Daily Current Affairs – December 13 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – December 13 2018

NATIONAL

New Delhi

Expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi handed over the tricolour flag to Arunima Sinha, marking the beginning of her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Arunima Sinha is the first female Divyang to climb Mount Everest.
  • Arunima Sinha had earlier conquered the highest peaks in five continents, becoming the first female Divyang to achieve the feat.

Revised Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction

  • Revised Guidelines for Ground Water Extraction Notified, to be Effective From 1st June 2019. The revised guidelines aim to ensure a more robust ground water regulatory mechanism in the country.
  • Water Conservation Fee Introduced for the First Time 

Uttar Pradesh

Railways commissions 41 projects for Kumbh Mela

  • Railways has commissioned 41 projects at a cost of 700 crore rupees for the Kumbh Mela that will begin in Allahabad from January next year. 

INTERNATIONAL

Sweden to ban outdoor smoking

  • Sweden is banning outdoor smoking in certain public places including playgrounds and train station platforms. According to the new law, the goal is to make the Scandinavian country smoke-free by 2025.

British PM wins vote of confidence in her leadership of Conservative party

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. She got the support of 200 MPs while 117 MPs voted against her.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Sebi initiates adjudication against NSE

  • Markets regulator SEBI has initiated adjudication proceedings against NSE as well as around 30 entities in the exchange’s co-location matter.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

5th Enterprise India show

  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 5th Enterprise India show in Yangon, Myanmar which was hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry and the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce.
  • The focus of the conference was Small and Medium Enterprises.

Indian Defence University workshop

  • Indian Defence University (IDU) organised a two-day workshop on ‘Ideas for Sustainability’ for senior and middle level officers from the three Services.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas takes Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, UPSC 

SCHEMES

Pratibha Parva

  • In Madhya Pradesh, three days Pratibha Parva, a programme to nurture talent in school children is being organized in all primary and secondary schools.
  • “Pratibha Parva” is an important programme of the School Education Department to improve the quality of elementary education. 

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

MoU between ADB and Government of India

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $60 Million Loan Agreement in New Delhi to continue financing riverbank protection works, renovation of flood embankments, and community-based flood risk management activities in critically flood-prone areas along the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

SPORTS

Men’s Hockey World Cup

  • India clash with the Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the Men’s Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneswar.

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