Current Affairs : 18-12-2019 in English


  • The land-attack version of the Supersonic cruise missile which was successfully test-fired from a base in Odisha's Chandipur on 17 December - BrahMos.
  • Joint military exercise between India and Nepal which was conducted at Salijhandi of Rupendehi district of Nepal from 3-16 December - ‘Surya Kiran-XIV'.
  • Next Vice Chief of Army Staff - Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane.
  • New Commandant of National Defence College - Air Marshal D Choudhury.


  • This stock exchange has entered into a pact with IHS Markit for developing valuation of fixed income securities in the country - Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).


  • A MoU was signed between India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and institute of this country to establish a framework for cooperation towards promotion and support of scientific and technological research - France.
  • According to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report, the world's most gender-neutral country – Iceland.
  • A loan agreement has been signed between this bank and German development bank KfW for USD 277 million (about Rs 1,900 crore) to establish an energy-efficient housing programme in India - State Bank of India (SBI).


  • According to the World Economic Forum's Gender Gap Report, India’s rank globally in terms of gender gap - 112th.
  • The MoU, which was signed on September 6, meant Cairn Foundation has extended its partnership with Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) under the - 'Project Divyang'.
  • The 1st National Cyber Security Summit organized in – Bengaluru.
  • India’s rank in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Report 2020 - 63rd.

Persons in News

  • Prime minister of South Korean - Chung Sye-kyun.
  • Next President of Algeria - Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
  • ‘Mind Master’ is the autobiography of - Viswanathan Anand (co-written by Susan Ninan).
  • New chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of the National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) - Sridhar Patra.
  • Winner of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019 at the IME Nepal Literature Festival for his novel "Half the Night is Gone" - Amitabha Bagchi.
  • UN’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit in New York - Agnes Kalibata (Rwanda).


  • 'Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year' by United World Wrestling (UWW) - Deepak Punia.
  • ICC T20 cricketer of the year 2019 - Alyssa Healy (Australia).
  • ICC ODI cricketer of the year 2019 - Ellyse Perry (Australia).

State Current Affairs

  • Seventh state police force in India to be bestowed with the honour of the President’s Colours - Gujarat police.
  • ‘Orange Festival’ held on 16-18 December in - Manipur.
  • State which has been selected by the Union Ministry of Rural Development for an award in the best performing category at the national level for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana - Jammu and Kashmir.

General Knowledge

  • National Cyber Security Association (NCSA) was founded in -2001.
  • United World Wrestling (UWW) - Founded: 1912; Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • South Korea - Capital: Seoul; Currency: Korean Republic won.
  • Algeria - Capital: Algiers; Currency: Dinar.
  • Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was established in – 1875 (9 July).

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