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December 05, 2018

5th December 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (5th December 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 5th December 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (5th December) is World Soil Day.
    • The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.
    • Theme of World Soil Day 2018 : "Be the Solution to Soil Pollution!"
  • Today (5th December) is International Volunteer Day (IVD).
    • This day is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985.
    • It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    • Theme of International Volunteer Day 2018 : “Volunteers build Resilient Communities
  • The 1st bilateral air exercise between Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) titled SHINYUU Maitri-18 began at Air Force Station, Agra. 
    • Theme of SHINYUU Maitri 18 : Joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) on Transport aircraft.
  • Australia is going to pass legislation giving police and intelligence agencies access to encrypted messages on social networking platforms such as WhatsApp
    • Technology giants such as Facebook and Google oppose it.
National Current Affairs
  • Indian Navy is going to conduct its flagship large-scale coastal defence exercise Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX) from January to March 2019 to test robustness of entire coastal security apparatus. 
    • As part of TROPEX, Indian Navy will conduct large-scale coastal defence exercise ‘Exercise Sea Vigil’. 
    • This exercise will involve all stake holders across mainland and island territories.
    •  It will see participation of all operational ships, submarines and aircraft as well as units of Indian coast guards (ICG), Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities across country to observe December 7 as Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate supreme sacrifices made by country’s soldiers during conflicts. 
  • Union Government has included Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttrarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in Jharkhand under it's PRASAD scheme to develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in the country. 
    • With the new additions, the number of sites under PRASAD has now reached to 41 in 25 states.
    • PRASAD - Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive
Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) today successfully launched India's heaviest satellite GSAT-11 from the European Spaceport in French Guinana.
    • France-headquartered Arianespace’s Ariane-5 rocket successfully lifted off with communication satellite Gsat-11 and South Korean geo satellite Geo-Kompsat-2A.
    • Weighing 5,854 kg, GSAT-11 will boost broadband speeds (at least 16 Gbps) and provide the capacity to meet growing demands for internet connectivity.
    • The satellite, with a mission life of 15 years, will be placed in a Geostationary Orbit.
  • Microsoft Azure recently launched the Virtual Assistant Accelerator (VAA), which promises to develop conversational bots to enhance personalised content delivery across multiple devices. 
  • Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev today announced that Russia is ready to assist India, particularly in training astronauts, for Gaganyaan (India's 1st manned mission to space) planned for 2022. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the repo rate, the rate at which banks borrow from RBI, unchanged at 6.50% in its 5th bi-monthly monetary policy review of 2018-19.  
    • The six-member Monetary Policy Committee, headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel, began its three-day meeting on Monday.
    • The Reverse repo-rate, the rate at which RBI borrows money from the banks, is 6.25 per cent. 
  • Bollywood Actor Salman Khan has topped the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of 2018 with ₹253.25 crore earnings. 
    • Top 5 in the List :
      • Salman Khan 
      • Viraty Kohli
      • Akshay Kumar
      • Deepika Padukone
      • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MOUs & Agreements
  • During External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's Abu Dhabi visit, India and UAE signed a ₹3,500-crore Currency Swap Agreement
    • The agreement is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like US dollar and reduce transmission costs arising from exchange rate risks.
  • India & UAE also signed an agreement to undertake development projects in Africa.
  • Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
    • He was the top scorer for India in the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals that India won. 
    • He played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is. 
  • Pakistani all-rounder and former captain Mohammad Hafeez announced his retirement from Test cricket at the end of the ongoing third and final Test match of the series between Pakistan and New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. 
  • Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils has been renamed as Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2019 IPL season.
  • Canada's now-retired weightlifter Christine Girard was given the London 2012 Gold Medal and the Beijing 2008 Bronze Medal after the urine samples of the weightlifters finishing above her at the events tested positive for banned substances. 
    • Note : Girard became the 1st Olympic champion in Canadian weightlifting history and the 1st Canadian ever to win two Olympic medals in the sport.
  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has submitted a formal expression of interest to bid for 2032 Olympics.  
  • The New India Assurance Company Ltd (NIACL) is recruiting Administrative Officers (Generalists) Scale I for the year 2019. There are 312 Posts in total.
    • Check complete details about this notification from HERE

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