Current Affairs Updates (10th December 2019)

  • The parliament has passed the “The Recycling of Ships Bill 2019’’ inorder to ensure environmentally safe and sound recycling of Ships in India. Under the bill, the govt. will provide regulations of recycling of ships by setting international standards.
  • The 20th edition of GeoSmart India conference 2019, was held in Hyderabad, Telangana from December 3-5, 2019.  It was the largest geospatial event of India with the aim of bringing the geospatial and emerging technologies together. The theme of the 2019 conference was “Ignite – Innovate – Integrate”.
  • The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released a report on worldwide arms sales titled “The SIPRI Top 100 Arms Producing and Military Services Companies, 2018”. As per the report, arms sales rose up by 4.6% in 2018. India has ranked 10th in the overall country ranking while, United States(US) topped the list.
  • According to the joint report of World Health Organization(WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), India has the 2nd highest number of children who are not vaccinated against measles with 2.3 million in 2018 (2.9 million in 2017) .
  • With the aim to provide institutional investors ability to manage risk through a non-linear product, National Stock Exchange (NSE), the leading stock exchange of India has launched interest rate options (financial derivative contracts whose values are based on an underlying interest rate) on 10-year Government securities (G-secs). These interest rate options are based on 10-year government bonds maturing in the year 2029 with coupon rate of 7.26% and 6.45 %.
  • Abu Dhabi, capital of UAE (United Arab Emirates) has been selected as the World’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination by the 26th Edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2019 held in Muscat, Oman. Abu Dhabi has been selected for the award for the 7th time in a row.
  • Activists Davi Kopenawa, Greta Thunberg, Guo Jianmei and Aminatou Haidar received the Right Livelihood Award 2019, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.
  • WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) Executive Committee has banned Russia from the Olympics and World Championships for 4 years. Russia has been banned, after it’s capital Moscow trying to manipulate laboratory data by deleting and planting fake evidence to help them in their drug test.
  • Wasim Jaffer, (41) from Mumbai, Maharashtra and former Indian Cricketer has become the first Indian to play 150 Ranji Matches.
  • 10th December – World Human Rights Day. The theme of Human Rights day 2019 is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”.