Daily Current Affairs – December 29 2018


Daily Current Affairs – December 29 2018



‘Bhoomi Pujan’ Ceremony of Alimco’s Auxiliary Production unit and Limb Fitting Center

  • Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment attended the ‘BhoomiPujan’ ceremony function of ALIMCO’s Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center in Ballabhgarh, Faridabad.

Jammu & Kashmir 

Freezing temperature in Ladakh promoting winter sports and tourism

  • The freezing temperature in Ladakh region is making favourable environment to promote winter sports as well as winter tourism in the region.

Tamil Nadu

Chariot festival being celebrated in Madurai Meenakshi temple

  • The unique Chapparam (Chariot) festival, that symbolizes the importance of preserving all kinds of food and fodder, was celebrated with traditional rituals and festivities in the famous Madurai Meenakshi temple, in Tamil Nadu.
  • Specialty of the festival is that the chariot of Goddess Meenakshi is pulled by lady devotees alone.


6.9 Magnitude earthquake strikes off Mindanao

  • A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines.


MSP for Copra hiked by more than Rs.2000 per quintal

  • The Minimum Support Price [MSP] of Ball Copra will now be 9920 rupees per quintal which was earlier 7750 rupees.

PSBs approve loans worth over Rs 37,400 cr for MSME sector

  • Public sector banks have approved more than 1.12 lakh loan applications of MSMEs worth of 37,412 crore rupees under the ’59 minutes’ loan scheme launched by the government last month.
  • GST-registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can take loan up to one crore in just 59 minutes through ‘psbloansin59minutes.com’ portal.

Centre doubles export incentives for onion farmers to 10%

  • Government has doubled the export incentives for onionfarmers from existing 5 per cent to 10 per cent. 


Sixth National Report to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD)

  • India submitted its Sixth National Report (NR6) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report was submitted during the inaugural session of the 13th National Meeting of the State Biodiversity Boards (SBBs) organized by the National Biodiversity Authority (NBA).
  • India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the biodiversity rich mega diverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat.


One District, One Product Regional Summit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the One District, One Product Regional Summit in Varanasi.


Honeybee plan

  • Railway minister Piyush Goel announced that the Honey Bee plan in Assam that kept elephants away from the tracks will be expanded to other areas of the country.
  • It is a simple device that amplifies the recorded sound of honey bees to keep elephants away from the rail track.


Cabinet approves Indian Human Spaceflight programme

  • Union Cabinet has approved the Gaganyaan Programme with a demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.
  • Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of Gaganyaan Programme. 


Army rescues over 2,500 stranded tourists in Sikkim

  • In Sikkim, the Indian Army has rescued more than 2,500 tourists stranded due to heavy snowfall close to the Nathu La pass and Tsomgo (Changu) Lake in India-China border.


‘A Handbook for Students on cyber Safety’ Booklet

  • Home Ministry has brought out a booklet on cyber safety for school children to inform them about different aspects of cyber safety.
  • The booklet explains various kinds of cyber crimes like identity theft, job fraud, email spoofing and how children can overcome them.


SAMPANN software

  • PM Modi dedicated SAMPANN software to the nation which is a Comprehensive pension management system developed by telecom department to help lakhs of pensioners.


South Africa Vs Pakistan cricket

  • South Africa beat Pakistan by six wickets in the first Test at Super Sport Park in Centurion.


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