Current Affairs : 05-12-2020 in English

Important Day

  • Theme of International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2020 (5 December) - “Together We Can Through Volunteering”.
  • Theme of World Soil Day 2020 (5 December) - “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”.

Defence

  • Appointment as Deputy Chief of Army Staff (Strategy), a newly created post, at Army headquarters - Lt General Paramajit Singh.

Economy

  • Current Repo rate - 4 percent.
  • Current Reverse repo rate - 3.35 percent.

International

  • World's largest renewable solar and wind energy park with total capacity of 30,000 megawatts (MW) is located in - Kutch, Gujarat.

National

  • The upcoming new campus of National Institute of Naturopathy (NIN), Pune will be called - “Nisarg Gram”.
  • Winner of the national award as Best centre in the country for its efforts in the development of organic farming technologies, given by All India Network Project on Organic Farming (AI-NPOF) - Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR), Kozhikode, Kerala.

Persons in News

  • Winner of the one-million US dollar Global Teacher Prize 2020 for promoting girls' education and initiating a quick-response (QR) coded textbook revolution in India, instituted by the Varkey Foundation in partnership with UNESCO - Ranjitsinh Disale (primary school teacher from Maharashtra’s Solapur district, India).
  • Indian-American teenager who has been named as TIME magazine's first-ever Kid of the Year for her works using 'technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying - Gitanjali Rao (15-year-old).

State Current Affairs

  • Product marketed by Punjab Markfed, Asia's largest cooperative, which has successfully withstood the tests of purity conducted by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) - SOHNA honey.
  • This state government has launched ‘Manobik’ scheme where differently-abled persons with 40 percent or more disabilities will receive a monthly pension - West Bengal.
  • The Punjab cabinet gave its nod for setting up Punjab Innovation Mission and ______ to give further impetus to the start-up ecosystem in the state - Punjab Innovation Fund of Rs 150 crore.

Science & Technology

  • A team of scientists from this institute has developed a new device that could measure the rate of evaporation from soils of a local area within a couple of minutes - Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

General Knowledge

  • Punjab & Sind Bank - Founded: 24 June 1908; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Indian Bank - Founded: 15 August 1907; Headquarters: Chennai.
  • Bank of Maharashtra - Founded: 16 September 1935; Headquarters: Pune.
  • Bank of India - Founded: 7 September 1906; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Central Bank of India - Founded: 21 December 1911; Headquarters: Mumbai.
  • Indian Overseas Bank - Founded: 10 February 1937; Headquarters: Chennai.
  • UCO Bank - Founded: 6 January 1943; Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal.
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