Daily Current Affairs, 04th December 2019 - VISION

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Daily Current Affairs, 04th December 2019







1) Indian Navy Day: 4 December
•Navy Day is being celebrated in India on 4th December. The day is celebrated in honour of the maritime force’s role during the war with Pakistan in 1971 when Indian warships attacked Karachi port and successfully hurt Pakistani operations in the western coast.

•The Day is also celebrated to highlight the role the Navy plays in securing the country’s marine borders during peacetime and carrying out humanitarian missions. As per the recent Data, since 2008, 70 Indian naval warships have been deployed, which safely escorted over 3440 ships with over 25,000 mariners on board.

2) EC to implement Political Parties RTMS
•The Election Commission of India will implement the political parties Registration Tracking Management System (RTMS). It will be implemented through an online portal to facilitate tracking of the status of the application by applicants. The Commission said, the applicant who is applying for party registration from 1st January 2020 onwards will be able to track the progress of his or her application and will get status through SMS and email.

3) Govt launches 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN
•The government has launched the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. The focus in this round will be North East Region, Hilly States, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Islands.

•The scheme was launched in October 2016, which seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions through the revival of existing airstrips and airports.

4) India successfully test-fires indigenously developed nuke-capable Prithvi-II missile
•India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast. The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of the 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

•The missile weighs about 4,600 kg, is capable of carrying 500 to 1000 kilograms of warheads and is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines. The 9 meters tall, single-stage liquid-fueled Prithvi-II is the first missile to have been developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. This missile is developed under the joint collaboration of Defence Research and Development Organization and Bharat Dynamics Limited, the missile was first test-fired on 27 January 1996.

5) Vice Prez M Venkaiah Naidu launches Bharatiya POSHAN Anthem
•Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the ‘Bharatiya Poshan Anthem’ in New Delhi. The aims towards taking the message of making India malnutrition free to all corners of the country. The anthem was conceptualised by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) and has been penned by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi and sung by Shankar Mahadevan.




6) 35th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy
•The 35th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Tragedy is being observed across the country. It is one of the world’s worst industrial disaster that claimed thousands of lives on the night of December 2, 1984. The disaster took place in a pesticide production plant, named the Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL).

•The leak of 40 tonnes of deadly methyl isocyanate gas on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984. The gas cloud killed 3,787 people in and around Bhopal, according to Madhya Pradesh government’s estimates. However, other reports suggest the actual death tally to be anywhere between 16,000 and 30,000, and the injury count close to 500,000.

7) UP govt announces 25% subsidy & full stamp duty waiver for defence industry
•Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide 25 per cent subsidy and 100 per cent stamp duty waiver for setting up the defence industry in the state. The state government will also provide all facilities including power, road and fencing of land to the companies that will set up defence industries.

8) Pritivirajsing Roopun elected as new President of Mauritius by parliament
•The National Assembly of Republic of Mauritius has unanimously elected Prithvirajsing Roopun, as new President of the island nation, a largely ceremonial post. He was former arts and culture minister of the country. In Mauritius, Prime Minister is head of government and holds most political power while the president is head of state but has no executive role and is considered guardian of the constitution.

9) Masatsugu Asakawa elected ADB President
•The Asian Development Bank (ADB) board has unanimously elected Masatsugu Asakawa as its new president. He is currently a special advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will assume office as ADB’s 10th President on January 17, 2020. He will succeed Takehiko Nakao, who will leave office on January 16, 2020. He served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo from 2012 to 2015 and at Saitama University from 2006 to 2009.

10) Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet Inc. CEO
•Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet Inc. CEO after Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet.

•Google CEO Indian-American Sundar Pichai will be assuming the role of Alphabet Inc CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world. Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a President and Sundar Pichai will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet.

11) Lionel Messi wins Ballon d’Or for 6th time
•Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player for a record 6th time. It is the 32-year-old Argentine’s first Ballon d’Or since 2015 and comes after he scored 54 times for club and country in 2018-19, in which Barca won La Liga. Virgil van Dijk was second-one of four Liverpool players in the top seven, including Sadio Mane in fourth. Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the award five times, was third in the voting.



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