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December 03, 2018

3rd December 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (3rd 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 3rd December 2018

International Current Affairs
  • The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed today.
    • The day is an annual event promoted by the United Nations since 1992. 
    • The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
    • Theme of IDPD 2018 : “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
  • Qatar is going to withdraw from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January after nearly 60 years.
    • The decision to withdraw from OPEC came after Qatar reviewed ways to enhance its role internationally and plan its long-term strategy. 
    • Note : Qatar is one of OPEC's smallest producers but the world's largest liquefied natural gas exporter.
    • About OPEC :
      • Headquarters : Vienna, Austria
      • Member-states : 15
      • Established in : September 1960
      • Came into effect on : January 1961
      • Official Language : English
      • Secretary General : Mohammed Barkindo
  • India and US Airforces began their 12-day joint exercise “Ex Cope India-2018” in West Bengal. 
    • It is fourth edition in series of bilateral joint exercise held by Air Forces of two nations conducted in India. 
    • This year for first time exercise will be held at two Air Force bases in West Bengal’s Kalaikunda and Panagarh.
  • Fortnight-long (Two weeks) UN Climate Summit begins in Poland.
    • Delegates from nearly 200 nations to discuss ways to tackle global warming in the summit.
National Current Affairs
  • Youngest revolutionary Khudiram Bose's (3 December 1889 – 11 August 1908)  birth anniversary today.
    • At the time of his hanging, he was 18 years, 8 months 8 days old.
  • Hockey Legend, Major Dhyan Chand's 39th Death Anniversary today.
    • He won 3 Olympic Gold Medals (1928, 1932 & 1936)
    • He scoredmore than 400 goals durng his international career.
    • He is known as the Wizard for his superb ball control.
  • Bhopal observed the 34th anniversary of gas leak tragedy, one of the worst industrial disaster of the world.
  • Dr RajendraPrasad, first President of India's birth anniversary today.
  • Armed Forces Week being celebrated from 1st to 7th December 2018.
    • India marks the Armed Forces Flag Day on 7th December every year and this year it will be the 70th Armed Forces Flag Day.
    • Since 1949, December 7 is observed as the Armed Forces Flag Day to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who valiantly fought on the borders to safeguard the country’s honour.
    • Defence Minister : Nirmala Sitharaman
  • The 'Rakhi with Khaki' initiative by Chhattisgarh's Bilaspur police, as part of which girls and women tied rakhis to 50,033 police personnel and took selfies, has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records
Recent Committees in News
  • The government has constituted a 6-member committee to oversee the sale of 149 oil and gas fields of state-owned ONGC, Oil India and other explorers
    • Head of this Committee : Rajiv Kumar (NITI Aayog Vice Chairman)
    • Members :
      • PK Sinha (Cabinet Secretary)
      • Subhash Chandra Garg (Economic Affairs Secretary)
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Indian banking and financial services company HDFC Bank has withdrawn its Mobile app from Google Play Store and Apple App Store after users complained of being unable to access it. 
    • The mobile app had been revamped and launched earlier this week with new interface and features. 
    • The bank is yet to issue an update regarding when the new version will be made available for users.
  • India's largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has offered for sale three of its bad loan accounts to recover dues worth ₹2,111 crore
    • The accounts, which belong to Sona Alloys, MCL Global Steel and Jayaswal Neco Industries, will be put up at an e-auction on December 13. 
    • Note : SBI recently auctioned 11 bad loan accounts with dues worth ₹1,019 crore.
  • Cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service WhatsApp is seeking a formal approval of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to expand its payment services to all of its users in India. 
    • WhatsApp’s partner banks have also submitted a request for formal approval.
Science & Technology
  • 'Train 18', India's first engineless train today breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run.
    • The major trials are over and Train 18 is expected to commence its commercial run from January 2019.
New Appointments
  • State-owned Bank of Maharashtra today appointed A S Rajeev as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO)
    • He previously served as the Executive Director of Indian Bank and had also been the CFO of Vijaya Bank. 
    • He will hold the position for a period of three years or till further orders, whichever is earlier.
Sports Current Affairs
  • India's Lakshya Sen won the the Men's Singles title at the Tata Open India International Challenge 2018 by defeating Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Thailand) in just 35 minutes.
  • 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha defeated eighth seed Vrushali Gummadi in finals to win the Women's Singles title of Tata Open India International Challenge 2018. 
    • This is her 2nd title in two weeks (On November 19, She won the Dubai International Challenge).

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