Current Affairs Updates (13th,14th December 2019)

  • The Supreme Court (SC) has appointed a 3-member inquiry commission to be headed by former apex court judge V S Sirpurkar to inquire into the encounter killing of the four accused involved in the Hyderabad(Telangana) gang-rape and murder case of a veterinarian.
  • India Design Council (IDC), an autonomous body of Government of India (GoI) in association with and National Institute of design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat has launched the 2 Initiatives namely Chartered Designs of India (CDI) and the Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) in New Delhi.
    The designs are aimed to address 5 challenges of scale, quality of design, quality of education for design, raising the priority for design in industry and design for a public purpose.
  • Mastercard which is a American multinational financial services corporation has tied-up with Federal Bank, a Private Sector, scheduled commercial bank, to provide an additional layer of security function called ‘Mastercard Identity Check’ for digital transactions done by bank’s cardholders.
  • IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India), an autonomous body constituted to regulate and develop insurance business in India, has constituted a 10-member working group (WG) headed by IRDAI member (non-life) T. L. Alamelu to make recommendations for loss prevention & minimization in the general insurance industry. It should submit its report within 12 weeks.
  • Moody’s Investors Service,an American credit rating agency in its Global Macro Outlook 2020-21, has lowered India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product ) growth forecast for 2019 to 5.6 % , which is less than 7.4 % in 2018 .It cuts the forecast due to the slow growth rate of employment is impacting consumption.
  • According to the data furnished by the oil ministry of India to the parliamentary committee, the United States(US) has surpassed Kuwait to become India’s 6th largest oil supplier.
  • The 16th annual ranking of ‘The Forbes 2019 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list was released. Union Finance Minister of India Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman (60 years) ranked 34th in the list.
  • Rohit Gurunath Sharma (32), Indian International Cricketer, was named the first ever Indian brand ambassador of La Liga, a professional football division of the Spanish football league system for men.
  • Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Director of Refineries, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) was shortlisted to become the Chairman of IOC. He was selected for the post by government headhunter Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB).
  • FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) and NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to develop an application to prevent the wastage of food.
  • The scientists of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have mapped global wind circulation patterns in the upper atmosphere of Mars (red planet), which is the 4th closest planet to the sun.
  • Tara Sinha, the first Indian woman to establish a national advertising agency, Tara Sinha Associates (TSA), in 1985 in the country, passed away at the age of 87 due to old age ailments.
  • 7th edition of the Economic Census was launched in New Delhi. To carry out the economic census, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) tied up with Common Service Centres Network (CSCN).
  • Madhya Pradesh (MP) Tourism Department is going to organize a 3-day Cultural Festival ‘Namaste Orchha 2020’ in Orchha from March 6 – March 8, 2020, with the aim to promote MP Tourism through Orchha & especially to attract tourists.
  • According to the new report, ‘Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track?’ released by UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), the number of childbirth registrations has increased significantly over the past decade & the great efforts of South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh and Nepal have contributed to the global progress in this field.
  • NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has announced to launch its rover ‘MARS 2020’ in the year 2020. The rover will land on Mars, the 4th closest planet to the sun.
  • Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand’s autobiography ‘Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life’ was released in Chennai.