Current Affairs : 12-12-2020 in English

Important Day

  • International Day of Neutrality - 12 December.
  • Theme for International Universal Health Coverage Day 2020 (12 December) - “Health for All: Protect Everyone”.

Economy

  • The Reserve Bank of India has announced that the ____ facility will now be available for round the clock transactions, with effect from 14 December 2020 - Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS).

Environment

  • A new species of Indian Muraingrasses known for survival in harsh conditions, low nutrient availability, have been spotted by scientists in - Western Ghats.
  • In off the coast of Mexico, marine scientists discovered a new species of ______, a species that is smaller than other whales and up to five meters long with dolphin-like snouts - Beaked whale.

International

  • According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), _____ buys the most defence arms globally (1990-2019), followed by Saudi Arabia and China - India (38th).
  • India’s rank in the Global House Price Index Q3 2020, released by Knight Frank - 54th (first place: Turkey).
  • This organisation has launched USD 9 billion vaccine initiative, the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX) that will offer support to its developing member economies to procure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines - Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • This country gave the green light to develop super soldiers, called “augmented soldiers”, that can resist pain, stay awake longer and have boosted brain power and hearing - France.

National

  • This food delivery and technology firm is collaborating with the Indian government for the Prime Minister Street Vendor’s AtmaNibhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme in 125 cities - Swiggy.
  • Campaign that was launched as part of the nation-wide Fit India Movement on December 1 - Fitness Ka Dose Aadha Ghanta Roz.
  • The ABTO (Association of Buddhist Tour Operators) International Convention is being held in partnership with Ministry of Tourism from 10-12 December 2020 in - Bodhgaya, Bihar.
  • From 10-15 December, the 5th India Water Impact Summit (IWIS) is being by the _____ and Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) with focus on Arth Ganga - river conservation synchronised development - National Mission for Clean Ganga.
  • Satellite-based NB-IoT (Narrow Band-Internet of Things), which is indigenously developed by _____, will connect with BSNLs satellite- ground infrastructure and provide PAN-India coverage, including Indian seas - Skylotech India.
  • An expansive program designed to strengthen the competitiveness of MSMEs with the digital technologies, announced by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in cooperation with Mastercard and NI-MSME - Digital Saksham Initiative.

Persons in News

  • Joint winners of the 2020 Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay NIF Book Prize - Jairam Ramesh (book: A Chequered Brilliance: The Many Lives of VK Krishna Menon) and Amit Ahuja (book: Mobilizing the Marginalised: Ethnic Parties without Ethnic Movements).
  • Recipient of ‘2020 Champions of the Earth’, given by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama (Policy Leadership category), Fabian Leendertz from Germany (Science and Innovation), Mindy Lubber from the US (Entrepreneurial Vision), Nemonte Nenquimo from Ecuador (Inspiration and Action), Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso (Inspiration and Action).
  • Recipient of the Earth Lifetime Achievement award, given by UNEP - Robert D. Bullard, the US.

State Current Affairs

  • The 13th Climate Change (CC) cell under the National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) will be set up in - Ladakh.
  • Ladakh Lieutenant Governor R K Mathur on 10 December virtually inaugurated the second edition of ‘Ladakh Literature Festival 2020’ in - Leh.
  • On 10 December, Swahid Diwas is celebrated to pay homage to the martyrs of the - Assam Movement.

Science & Technology

  • The ______’s first robotic Mars rover, named after scientist Rosalind Franklin, is all set to land on the Red Planet in 2023 - United Kingdom.

General Knowledge

  • In India, RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement System) was begun its operations on - 26 March 2004.
  • _____ is the time when a company makes the first offering of the shares to the public - Initial Public Offering (IPO).
  • Doing banking from a cubicle from which food, newspapers, tickets, etc are also sold, is called - Kiosk Banking.
  • A financial ratio which gives an idea or a measure of a company’s ability to meet its financial losses - Leverage Ratio.
  • Ability of converting an investment quickly into cash with no loss in value - Liquidity.
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