• Current Affairs , 26 December 2019

    • December 26, 2019
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    1. Nation remembers former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary
    2. PM Launches Atal Bhujal Yojana
    3. Sikkim CM laid the foundation stone two IPUs of Sikkim IFFCO
    4. Fisheries dept, NABARD & TN govt sign 1st tripartite MoA for fisheries development fund
    5. Wipro partners Nasscom to train 10,000 students on emerging technologies
    6. Government approves Rs 56,443 cr Kerala semi-high speed rail project named “Silver line”
    7. Bharat Award for bravery
    8. Vice President released book ‘Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years’
    9. Free WiFi services will be provided to all villages till March 2020
    • Digital Radio to be launched in 2024
    1. India constructs Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force
    2. Galapagos Islands: Emergency protocols activated in the Galapagos Islands after fuel spill
    3. Eight West African nations rename common currency to Eco
    4. Cuba names Manuel Marrero Cruz to be first PM since 1976
    5. 2019 ITF World Champions






    1. Nation remembers former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his birth anniversary


    • Nation is observing the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and iconic leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee today. He served as the Prime Minister of India for three times. His first term was for only 13 days in 1996.
    • He served his second term for a period of thirteen months from March 1998 to April 1999 and then a full term from 1999 to 2004. He was awarded India’s highest civilian honour ‘Bharat  Ratna’ in 2015.
    • The tallest leader of BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee has left behind a rich legacy comprising forward looking economic policies, massive infrastructure projects and development of national highways.
    • It was under his leadership that India successfully conducted Pokhran-II nuclear tests and cemented its position as a nuclear state in 1998. Born on 25th December 1924, in Gwalior, he rose to eminence as an erudite politician.
    • As a foreign Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first person to speak in Hindi in the United Nations in 1977. His personality had many facets – he was a forceful orator, a writer, poet, a selfless social worker, journalist, but more than anything else, he was a leader among leaders. Many of his poetries touched and ruled the hearts of the people.
    • The nation is also remembering Educationists and Freedom Fighter, Bharat Ratna Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya on his birth anniversary today.


    1. PM Launches Atal Bhujal Yojana


    • On the Birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) and named the Strategic Tunnel under Rohtang Pass after Vajpayee, in an event held in New Delhi .
    • Prime Minister said that today the name of a big project which is very important for the country, Rohtang Tunnel, connecting Manali, Himachal Pradesh with Leh, Ladakh and Jammu Kashmir, will now be known as Atal Tunnel. He also said that this strategic tunnel will change the fortunes of this region. It will help in promoting tourism in the region.
    • On Atal Jal Yojana, PM highlighted that the subject of water was very important to Atal ji and very close to his heart. Our Government is striving to implement his vision. Atal Jal Yojana or the guidelines related to the Jal Jeevan Mission, are big steps in proving the resolve to deliver water to every household in the country by 2024, the PM added. He said that this water crisis is worrying for us as a family, as a citizen and as a country also it affects development. New India has to prepare us to deal with every situation of water crisis. For this, we are working together on five levels.
    • Prime Minister emphasized that Jal Shakti Ministry freed the water out of Compartmentalized Approach and laid stress on a Comprehensive and Holistic Approach. In this monsoon, we have seen how extensive efforts have been made for water conservation on behalf of the society, from the Jal Shakti Ministry. He said that on one hand, Jal Jeevan Mission, will work towards delivering piped water supply to every house, and on the other hand Atal Jal Yojana, will pay special attention to those areas where groundwater is very low.
    • To incentivise gram panchayats to perform better in water management, Prime Minister said that a provision has been made in the Atal Jal Yojana, in which better performing gram panchayats, will be given more allocation. He said that in 70 years, only 3 crore out of 18 crore rural households have access to piped water supply. Now our Government has set the target to deliver clean drinking water to 15 crore homes in the next five years through pipes.
    • Prime Minister emphasized that water-related schemes should be made according to the situation at every village level. This has been taken care while making the guidelines of the Jal Jeevan Mission, he added. He also said that both Union and State Governments will spend Rs 3.5 lakh crore on water related schemes in the next 5 yrs. He requested the people of every village to make a water action plan and create a water fund. Farmers should make a water budget where groundwater is very low.
    • ATAL JAL has been designed with the principal objective of strengthening the institutional framework for participatory groundwater management and bringing about behavioral changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven States, viz. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Implementation of the scheme is expected to benefit nearly 8350 Gram Panchayats in 78 districts in these States. ATAL JAL will promote panchayat led ground water management and behavioural change with primary focus on demand side management
    • Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25), 50% shall be in the form of World Bank loan, and be repaid by the Central Government. The remaining 50% shall be through Central Assistance from regular budgetary support. The entire World Bank’s loan component and Central Assistance shall be passed on to the States as Grants.



    1. Sikkim CM laid the foundation stone two IPUs of Sikkim IFFCO


    • Chief Minister, Sikkim laid the foundation stone of two Integrated Organic Food Processingunits of Sikkim IFFCO Organics Ltd. in Rangpo, East Sikkim.
    • Sikkim IFFCO Organics Limited is a joint venture between the world’s biggest fertilizer Cooperative, IFFCO and Government of Sikkim.
    • Its aim is to promote and market the organic produce of the country and especially from Sikkim and other north-eastern states of India.
    • The major commercial crops in which Sikkim IFFCO will operate are ginger, turmeric, large cardamom and buckwheat.
    1. Fisheries dept, NABARD & TN govt sign 1st tripartite MoA for fisheries development fund


    • The department of fisheriesof govt. of India, NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) and the of Tamil Nadu (TN) has signed the 1st tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) for implementation of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF). The total outlay of the fund is Rs. 7522.48 crores. The FIDF will provide finance to the eligible entities, cooperatives, individuals and entrepreneurs for development of identified fisheries infrastructure.
    • Initial concessional finance of Rs 420 crorefrom NABARD will be availed by the TN govt. under the the 1st tripartite agreement. Under this initial concession 3 fishing harbours will be developed in TN. They include Tharangampadi (Tranquebar) in Nagapattinam District, Thiruvottriyur Kuppam in Thiruvallur District and Mudhunagar in Cuddalore District.
    • The concessional finance under the (FIDF) will be provided by NABARD, National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and all scheduled banks. These act as the Nodal Loaning entities (NLEs).
    • The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairying under the FIDF will provide interest subvention up to 3% per annum for the concessional finance by the NLEs. The interest rate will not be lower than 5% per annum.
    • It simply means a subsidy offered on interest rates. The subsidy helps the loan borrower in not having to pay the total interest amount on a loan amount.
    • NABARD provides concessional finance through State govts/State entities under the FIDF. Proposals to the tune of Rs.1715.04 crore received from various State govts. and other Eligible Entities (EEs) have been recommended by the Central Approval and Monitoring Committee.
    • The project proposals of Govt. of TN and Andhra Pradesh(AP) for development of fishing harbours in their respective States form the major part of these recommended projects.



    1. Wipro partners Nasscom to train 10,000 students on emerging technologies


    • Wiprohas partnered with Nasscom to train students on emerging technologies.
    • The programme will train on technologies such as artificial intelligence, data science, internet of things, cybersecurity.
    • Wipro will train 10,000 studentsfrom engineering colleges in India as a part of Wipro’s corporate social responsibility programme “TalentNext“.
    • TalentNext aims to improve the quality of engineering education by preparing faculty and academic leaders to train students.
    • The programme will now be extended to students directly through Future Skills, a Nasscom platform.
    • “Future Skills” bridges the industry-academia skill gap and help students learn new-age technologies.
    1. Government approves Rs 56,443 cr Kerala semi-high speed rail project named “Silver line”


    • As per the order was issued by the Ministry of Railways , the Central Government has gave its approval for Rs 56,443 crore worth of 532 km Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala semi-high speed rail (SHSR) corridor project, named “Silver Line”
    • This highspeed corridor project will be implemented by Kerala Rail Development Corporation (KRDCL),a joint venture between the Government of Kerala and the Ministry of Railways.
    • After the construction of this corridor, the distance between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod will be reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours. This corridor will pass through 11 districts in 14 of Kerala barring Pathanamthitta, Idukki, Palakkad and Wayanad. Trains on track will run at 200 km per hour.


    1. Bharat Award for bravery


    • Aditya K.of Kozhikode, Kerala has become the first child from the State to bag the Bharat Award for bravery.
    • The most prestigious of the National Bravery Awards, given away by the Indian Council for Child Welfare.
    • The Bharat Award has gone to Aditya for rescued 20 people from a bus carrying members of the Calicut University Pensioners’ Forum and their families when it caught fire coming down a steep mountain road.
    • Two more children from the State are also recipients of the awards. Muhammed Mohsinhas been given the award posthumously for saving the lives of three children.
    • Fatahgets the award for rescuing a woman and a girl from an approaching train. Both belong to Kozhikode.


    1. Vice President released book ‘Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years’


    • The Vice President of India  Venkaiah Naidureleased a book titled ‘Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years’ in New Delhi.
    • The book is jointly authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhanand is published by Om Books International.
    • The book is about the life journey of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi from his days as a young boy rin Gujarat till becoming the Prime Minister of India.


    1. Free WiFi services will be provided to all villages till March 2020

    • Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that free WiFi services will be provided to all villages across the country through Bharatnet till March next year.
    • Inaugurating Digital Village Gurawara in Rewari in Haryana, Mr Prasad said, the Ministry has already connected one lakh 30 thousand gram panchayats through Bharatnet. He said, the target is to take this to two lakh 50 thousand gram panchayats. Mr Prasad also said, the target of the government is to convert at least 15 per cent of villages to the digital village in the next four years.
    • The Minister said, the process of empowering villages is on track and day is not far off when rural India will take the lead in shaping the country’s of dreams.



    1. Digital Radio to be launched in 2024


    • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that NDA government is bringing Digital Radio in 2024. Addressing the annualAkashvani awards function in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Javadekar said, the audio of digital radio will be more clear and its reach will be higher.
    • The Minister said, All India Radio is an institution which is a part of people’s lives, be it music, news or entertainment.
    • Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash said, AIR news commands huge credibility. He said, Akashvani has one of the largest news gathering and dissemination apparatus in the world.
    • Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said, Prasar Bharti is looking forward to a change in the format of these awards so that it brings out the hidden talent of the people.






    1. India constructs Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force


    • The Govt. of India has constructed Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force School,Kirtipur, Nepal.
    • Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Dr Ajay Kumar inaugurated hostel building.
    • Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) School is an academic institution created under the APF Welfare Service Centre of Nepal Armed Police Force.
    • The school was established in 2005 and it has over 21 per cent of girls students.
    • The new infrastructure constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of 40.42 million Nepali Rupees is a two-storied girls’ hostel.
    • It comprises 32 rooms including a dormitory, warden room, bathroom, sanitation facilities for girls on each floor and furniture.


    1. Galapagos Islands: Emergency protocols activated in the Galapagos Islands after fuel spill


    • Ecuadorhas activated the emergency protocols in the Galapagos Islands.
    • The emergency protocol was activated to contain the environmental impact of a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands.
    • The step was taken after a barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sank.
    • The accident occurred in a port on San Cristobal Islandwhen a crane collapsed while loading a container onto the barge.
    • The falling container destabilized the ship, causing it to sink.
    • The Galapagos archipelagois a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to one of the most fragile ecosystems on the planet.


    1. Eight West African nations rename common currency to Eco


    • Eight West African countries have agreed to change the name of their common currency to Ecoand severed their earlier currency CFA Franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
    • Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togocurrently use the currency.
    • All the countries are former French colonies with the exception of Guinea-Bissau.
    • The CFA franc, created in 1945, was seen by many as a sign of French interference in its former African colonies even after the countries became independent.


    1. Cuba names Manuel Marrero Cruz to be first PM since 1976


    • In Cuba, President has appointed Manuel Marrero Cruzas the country’s first prime minister in more than 40 years.
    • Marrero, who has served as tourism minister for 16 years and is an architect by trade, helped boost Cuba’s economy by making tourism one of the engines of growth.
    • The post of prime minister was scrapped in 1976by the then-revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.






    1. 2019 ITF World Champions


    • Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal were named International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Champions in singles for 2019.
    • This awards will be given at the 2020 ITF world champions 2nd June, in Paris.
    Men Singles  Rafael Nadal (Spain)
    Women Singles  Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
    Women Doubles  Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France)
    Men Doubles  Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (Colombia)
    Men’s Wheelchair  Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina)
    Women’s Wheelchair  Diede de Groot (Netherland)
    Quad  Dylan Alcott (Australia)


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