Current Affairs Updates(11th,12th December 2019)

  • On December 10, 2019, the 7th edition of the India Skills Report 2020 for the year 2019-20 was launched. As per the report about 46.21% students were found employable or ready to take up jobs in 2019, compared with 33% in 2014, and 47.38% in 2018. Maharashtra emerged as the top-ranked state in terms of employability. It was followed by Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh(UP) in the second and third rank respectively.
  • Switzerland will be the country partner at the 17th edition of BioAsia2020 scheduled to be held from February 17-19, 2020 with the theme “Today For Tomorrow” in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The Ministry of Shipping (MoS) has announced that Mongla and Chattogram (Both in Bangladesh) have been declared as Ports of Call under “Coastal Shipping Agreement” between India & Bangladesh.
  • The United States(US) decided to shut down the appeal court of WTO (World Trade Organisation) in response to WTOs decisions against the federal trade rules imposed by the US administration. WTO’s appeal court acts as a trade dispute settlement body for its member countries.
  • Vakrangee Finserve Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vakrangee Limited (VL) has partnered with Union Bank of India (UBI), one of the largest government-owned banks of India for 20,000 Banking Business Correspondent (BC) points for Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB),an international development finance institution has lowered India’s GDP(Gross Domestic Product) growth forecast to 5.1% for the current financial year-FY 20(or 2019) due to consumption has been affected due to slowing employment growth and delayed harvesting.
  • DuPont de Nemours,Inc (commonly known as DuPont), an American company with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions has partnered with AGNIi (Accelerated Growth of New India’s Innovations), an initiative of the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India(GoI), executed by Invest India (the national investment promotion and facilitation agency of India), to support the development of sustainable innovations and technologies across industries.
  • Suniel Shetty, Bollywood actor has been appointed as the Brand Ambassador of National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). 
  • Dell technologies announced a partnership with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) MGIEP (Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace) to improve educational quality in classrooms by using ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools and enabling teachers to adopt new technologies in classrooms as mentioned under Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SGD 4-Education) by the member-states of the United Nations (UN).
  • 11th December – UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) day.
  • The Gurugram- based startup program has created an application called ‘Zuri’ that won the Copernicus Masters Award also called Space Oscars, under the social Entrepreneurship category. The award was given by the Earth observation program managed by the European Commission (EU) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). The application was developed by Gurgaon-based startup Blue Sky Analytics.
  • Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Swedish climate activist has been named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019. She is the youngest person to be honoured with the title in the 92 year history of TIME magazine.