Daily Important Current Affairs – 15th December 2020 Current Affairs

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15 December 2020 Current Affairs
15 December 2020 Current Affairs

National Affairs

Government’s Think Tank NITI Aayog unveils white paper “Vision 2035 – Public Health Surveillance in India”

NITI Aayog which is a policy think tank of the Government of India has released white paper “Vision 2035 – Public Health Surveillance in India”.

  • The vision of this white paper is to make India’s public health surveillance system more responsive and predictive to enhance preparedness for action at all levels
  • The white paper was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, Member (Health) Dr Vinod K Paul and CEO Amitabh Kant.

About NITI Aayog:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Narendra Modi

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Health Ministry released Fifth National family health Survey

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released the fifth National Family Health Survey. This survey contains detailed information on population, health and nutrition for India and its states and union territories.

  • As per the survey, mortality rate of infants and those under 5 years has fallen in 18 states and union territories.
  • Currently, the health ministry aims to establish 1.5 lakh such centres by December 2022.

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FICCI’s 93rd Annual General Meeting inaugurated by PM Modi

Prime Miniter Narendra Modi inaugurated FICCI Annual Expo 2020 Virtually through video conferencing. It was organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

  • Theme for this year is – ‘Inspired India’
  • The FICCI Annual Expo 2020 will provide an opportunity to exhibitors from all over the world to showcase their products and advance their business prospects.

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Bombay Stock Exchange launches electronic spot platform BEAM

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Limited has launched electronic spot platform BSE E-Agricultural Markets Ltd (BEAM).

  • The objective of this platform is to enhance the competitiveness of the Indian agricultural market by enhancing the strength of the BSE in financial markets, market technology and its vibrant ecosystem.

About BSE:

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Founded: 9 July 1875

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International Affairs

‘Swadhinata Sarak’ between India and Bangladesh to be inaugurated on March 26

India & Bangladesh, The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Dr. A K Abdul Momen has informed that ‘Swadhinata Sarak’ between Bangladesh and India will be opened on March 26, 2021.

  • The Chilahati-Haldirbari rail link will also be inaugurated during the virtual summit between the Prime Ministers of India and Bangladesh on December 17. The Rail link was active till 1965

About Bangladesh:

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka

UNESCO announces 2021 as International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development

UNESCO was declared as the International Year of CREATIVE ECONOMY for Sustainable Development. This announcement was made at 74th session of the UN General Assembly.

  • The main aim to declare 2021 as International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development is to raise awareness, promote cooperation and networking, enhance human resource capacity etc.

Banking Affairs

Reserve Bank of India to set up Automated Banknote Processing Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which is central bank, responsible for the issue and supply of the Indian rupee will launch Automated Banknote Processing Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The functions of the ABPC will also include processing of banknotes received from currency chests (CCs) and bank branches and destruction of soiled banknotes in an automated manner

About RBI:

  • Governor: Shaktikanta Das
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

Awards & Honors

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Prize to be launched by UNESCO

UNESCO(The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) that is a specialised agency of the United Nations has going to launch Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib International Prize.

  • The international award will create a knowledge-sharing mechanism by capturing, celebrating and communicating best practice in the development of creative entrepreneurship.
  • Currently, there are 23 UNESCO International Awards in the name of international celebrities and organisations.

About UNESCO:

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Head: Audrey Azoulay

MoUs & Agreements

India and Austria signs MoU on Technology Cooperation

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has signed a MoU with the Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria on Technology Cooperation in the Road Infrastructure Sector.

  • The Main aims of this MoU is to promote long-standing bilateral relations and enhance trade and regional integration between the two countries.

Sports Affairs

Netherland car racer Max Verstappen wins 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Red Bull Netherland car racer Max Verstappen won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020.This was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

  • Mercedes-Finland Racer Valtteri Bottas won second position, followed by Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) who is secured third position.

ITF doubles won by India’s Ankita Raina and Georgia’s Ekaterine Gorgodze

Indian Tennis player Ankita Raina won her doubles title with her Georgian partner Ekaterine Gorgodze in Dubai. 2020 Al Habtoor Tennis Challenge is Ankita’s third Double Title win.

  • Overall It was the fourth doubles final of the season for Ankita but the biggest trophy of the calender since her earlier two titles were at the USD 25,000 level.

Odisha to conduct 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneswar and Rourkela

FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup will be conducted in Odisha on 2023.

  • It will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and at the Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
  • The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 was also hosted by Odisha. The 2023 tournament will be 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup.

Obituaries

Noted Marathi Music Composer Narendra Bhide passes away

Narendra Bhide, who had composed music for several Marathi films, died of a heart attack. He was 47.

  • He also composed music for plays such as Kon Mhanta Takka dila, Makdachya Hati Champagne, Katkon Trikon etc.
  • Narendra Bhide, who had composed music for several Marathi films. Bhide had composed music for several award winning Marathi films as well as TV shows

Sanskrit Scholar Vidyavachaspati Govindacharya Dies

Popular Sanskrit scholar Vidyavachaspati Bannanje Govindacharya has passed away. He was conferred with the Padma Shri in 2009.

  • Govindacharya was widely known for his translation of and commentaries on the complete texts of Sri Madhvacharya. He had authored nearly 150 books and translated several texts from Sanskrit to Kannada.

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