Daily Current Affairs – December 30,31 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – December 30,31 2018

NATIONAL

Andaman and Nicobar islands

75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose[on Dec 30, 1943] in Port Blair.
  • 1) The Ross Island renamed – Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, 2) The Neil Island renamed – Shaheed Dweep and 3) The Havelock Island renamed – Swaraj Dweep.

Madhya Pradesh

New Spiritual Department

  • The state government has decided to form a new Spiritual Department. The Religious Trust and Endowments and Happiness Department will be merged in the new department.

Meghalaya

Rescue operation by Indian Navy and NDRF begins

  • In Meghalaya, a joint operation by the Indian Navy and the NDRF to rescue the trapped miners began.

New Delhi

‘Dandi Yatra’

  • An exhibition ‘Dandi Yatra’, which is a part of the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, was inaugurated in New Delhi.It has been organised by the National Gallery of Modern Art(NGMA).

Tamil Nadu

Tuticorin Airport to be 5th International airport in 4 years

  • Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) Airport to be declared as the fifth international airport in Tamil Nadu.

INTERNATIONAL       

Storm Usman

  • Storm Usman that resulted in heavy rain and triggered deadly landslides hit the Bicol region in Manila, Philippines.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Loan subsidy for middle-income group extended till March 2020

  • Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, PMAY loan subsidy for middle-income group has been extended till 31st March 2020.

Mobile phone-based solution to help visually impaired identify banknotes

  • The Reserve Bank of India is exploring the possibility of mobile phone-based solution to help visually-impaired people easily identify the currency notes. Currently, intaglio printing-based identification marks are present in the banknotes of Rs 100 and above for helping the visually challenged.

RANKINGS & INDEXES

ICC Test Player Rankings

  • Batsmen – 1) Virat Kohli
  • Bowler – 1) Kagiso Rabada

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

Indian Science Congress-2019

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate Indian Science Congress-2019 in Jalandhar, Punjab on the third of next month.
  • This will be the 106th edition of the event based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’.

SCHEMES

Kala Utsav

  • HRD Ministry has launched national level Kala Utsav to promote arts in schools.

Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat

  • HRD Ministry has taken several initiatives to promote National Integration under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

Sports Ministry embarks Rs 100 Cr for funding athletes under TOPS

  • Director General of Sports Authority of India, Neelam Kapur said that the sports ministry has earmarked Rs.100 crore for funding the athletes under the (TOPS) Target Olympic Podium Scheme ahead of 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

SPORTS

10th R R Lakshya Cup

  • The 10th R R Lakshya Cup, an international shooting competition, will be held at Karnala.

3rd Edition of Women’s national boxing championships

  • Third edition of women’s national boxing championships begins in Vijayanagara, Karnataka.

India Vs Australia Test Cricket

  • India beat Australia by 137 runs in the third cricket test at Melbourne to take 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand Test Cricket

  • New Zealand crush Sri Lanka by 423 runs in the second Test in Christchurch.

ICC announces women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year

  • International Cricket Council, ICC, announced women’s ODI and T20I teams of the year 2018.
  • New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named as captain of the one day team and Harmanpreet Kaur of India appointed captain of the T20 team.

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