• Current Affairs, 4 December 2019

    • December 4, 2019
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    1. Corporate Affairs Ministry Launches Independent Director’s Databank
    2. The Government has de-classified all records relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj
    3. A new museum of antiquities proposed to be opened in Purana Quila by 2020
    4. Navy Gets its First Woman Pilot
    5. Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019
    6. Zimbabwe going through vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition
    7. 12 Indian observers to monitor Uzbekistan polls
    8. Typhoon Kammuri
    9. US vows 100% tariffs on French exports over digital tax
    • NATO leaders to meet to mark 70th birthday of alliance
    1. Global Migration Film Festival organized
    2. Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief
    3. India bag ten Gold medals at 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu
    4. Williamson, Taylor’s centuries help New Zealand tie Test, win series against England
    5. Priyam Garg to lead India at ICC U-19 World Cup 2020






    1. Corporate Affairs Ministry Launches Independent Director’s Databank


    • The Ministry of Corporate Affairs, with the objective of strengthening the institution of Independent Directors under the Companies Act,  launched today the Independent Director’s Databank in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and the rules made thereunder.
    • The Databank, which was launched by Shri Injeti Srinivas, Secretary Ministry of Corporate Affairs, can be accessed at mca.gov.inor www.independentdirectorsdatabank.in, is a pioneering initiative of the Ministry to provide an easy to access & navigate platform for the registration of existing Independent Directors as well as individuals aspiring to become independent directors.
    • Powered by an Integrated Learning Management System, the various e-learning capsules and videos available in the system will enable Individual users to easily acquire knowledge from diverse resources, develop distinct skills and assess their understanding on company operations, regulations and compliances. Companies also may register themselves with the databank to search, select and connect with individuals who possess the right skills and attitude for being considered for appointment as Independent Directors as the Databank is expected to become a comprehensive repository of both existing independent directors as well as individuals eligible and willing to be appointed as Independent Directors.
    • The Databank portal which has been developed and will be maintained by the Indian Institute for Corporate Affairs (IICA), is a first of its kind initiative from the Ministry. It provides for a wide array of e-learning courses on various topics including the Companies Act, Securities laws, basic accountancy, board practices, board ethics and board effectiveness. A number of value added services are expected to be rolled out through the portal for capacity building of Independent Directors.
    • As per the notified rules, all existing Independent Directors are required to register themselves in the databank within 3 months from 01 December 2019.
      They are also required to pass a basic online proficiency self-assessment test which will available from March 2020 onwards within 12 months thereafter.  In order to provide sufficient practice to individuals, a number of online mock Tests have also been made available in the system.   The real test can be taken online through a simple scheduling process.  The real test would be remotely proctored.

    The registration process has been specifically designed to be quick and simple and has been divided into three simple steps:

    1. Log in through the user account on the Website of the Ministry
    2. Upon log in the user will be directed to the Databank
    • Choose one of the Subscription Plans to access the e-learning and the e-proficiency assessment modules

    On the occasion, a publication named “Independent Directors Databank-Handbook covering key objectives, empanelment/registration process of individual or corporate and the knowledge resources available on the portal was also released.


    1. The Government has de-classified all records relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fau

    The Government has de-classified all records relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauj and placed them in the National Archives of India.

    The details of de-classified records relating to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose are as below:

    Sl. No. Ministry/Office No. of records/files
    i Prime Minister’s Office 58
    ii Ministry of Home Affairs 37
    iii Ministry of External Affairs 200
    iv Cabinet Secretariat 09
    Total 304


    Accordingly, a total of 304 declassified records/files have been transferred to National Archives of India by above mentioned Ministries/Offices for permanent retention. Out of 304 files, 303 files are already uploaded on the Netaji web portal i.e. www.netajipapers.gov.in

    The National Archives of India is the custodian of declassified files/records of the Government of India. In addition, in 1997 the National Archives of India had received 990 declassified files pertaining to the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) from the Ministry of Defence, and in 2012, 1030 files/ items pertaining to the Khosla Commission (271 files/ items) and Justice Mukherjee Commission of Inquiry (759 files/ items) from the Ministry of Home Affairs. All these files/ items are already open to the public under the Public Records Rules, 1997.



    1. A new museum of antiquities proposed to be opened in Purana Quila by April 2020


    • The Government/Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will set upanother museum to house objects excavated from across India which have been lying inthe Central Antiquities Collection (CAC) at Purana Quila.
    • The museum will be housed in the arched cells of Purana Quila. Central Antiquity Collection Section is acentrefor housing the collection of antiquities explored and excavated by Archaeological Survey of India. These antiquities date backfrom the Prehistoric period to post Independence era. The objective to open newmuseum is to display antiquities such as tools, potteries, terracotta, beads of semi-precious stones, sculptures, architectural fragments, etc. for general public, students andresearch scholars.
    • (b) The museum is proposed to be opened by April 2020.
    • (c) The estimated cost of the project is Rs.2 crore.


    1. Navy Gets its First Woman Pilot


    • A batch of three trainee officers of the 7thDornier Conversion Course (DOCC) including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded the coveted golden “Wings” ata simple and solemnceremony held at INS Garuda on 02 Dec 19. Vice Admiral AK Chawla, AVSM, NM, VSM, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief (FOC-in-C), Southern Naval Command was the Chief Guest for the ceremony who presented the “Wings” to the passing out officers, signifying their qualification as naval aviators.
    • The FOC-in-C South Rolling Trophy for standing first in overall order of merit was awarded to Lieutenant Shivam Pandey. Sub Lieutenant (SLt) Shivangi created history as the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy, on successful graduation from the course.
    • The award of the ‘Wings’ marks the culmination of one year of flying training at the Air Force Academy (AFA), Dundigal and Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS) 550, INS Garuda in Kochi. From here on, these pilots will join the ‘Dornier Operational Flying Training’ course at INAS 550 from mid-January 2020, prior to joining an operational Maritime Reconnaissance squadron.
    • SLt Shivangi, a native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar was inducted into the Indian Navy under the Short Service Commission (SSC)-Pilot entry scheme, and was part of the 27thNavalorientationcourse(NOC)Course at the Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala. She was commissioned into the Navy in June last year. As part of her training, SLt Shivangi has flown Pilatus PC 7 MkII, Basic Trainer at AFA and completed Dornier Conversion with the Indian Navy at Kochi. She will continue her training at INAS 550, the Dornier squadron at INS Garuda, to become a fully operational pilot on Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) aircraft.







    1. Exercise Hand-in-Hand-2019


    • The 8thIndia-China joint training exercise ‘HAND-IN-HAND 2019’ with the theme counter terrorism under United Nations mandate is scheduled to be conduct at Umroi, Meghalaya from 07 to 20 December 2019.
    • The Chinese contingent from the Tibet Military command comprising of 130 personal and the Indian Contingent of similar strength will participate in the 14 day long training exercise. The exercise is planned at the company level with respective Battalion Headquarters controlling the training.
    • The aim of the exercise is to practice joint planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations in semi urban terrain.
    • The exercise schedule is focused upon training on various lectures & drills associated with counter terrorist handling & firing with each others weapons, special heliborne operations and case studies of various operations carried out in counter terrorist environment. Two tactical exercises are scheduled during the training; one on counter terrorism scenario and the other on Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.


    6. Zimbabwe going through vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition


    • The United Nations has said that Zimbabwe is going through a vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest. About half of the country’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse.
    • World Food Programme’s executive director David Beasley said in a statement that with poor rains expected before the harvest in April, the scale of hunger will worsen.
    • According to the UN expert, Hilal Elver, Inflation is skyrocketing to over 490 per cent. This is the second-highest rate in the world after Venezuela.
    • Zimbabwe’s crisis includes high unemployment, cash and water shortages and electricity outages of up to 19 hours a day.
    • The World Food Programme said it plans to more than double the number of people it helps to more than 4 million. More than 7 million people overall are in need.


    7. 12 Indian observers to monitor Uzbekistan polls


    • Twelve Indian observers, including from the Chief Election Commissioner’s office, will monitor the Uzbekistan polls scheduled to be held later this month. Uzbek envoy Farhad Arziev informed this in New Delhi.
    • He said Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora might himself visit Uzbekistan to monitor the polls or designate someone from the office for it.
    • Elections are due on December 22 and would see a contest between five political parties. A total of 500 international observers, including 12 from India, will monitor the polls.


    8. Typhoon Kammuri


    • In the Philippines, one person has been killed as typhoon Kammuri made landfall.
    • It brought heavy rains that prompted the suspension of air travel and government offices in the capital, Manila, and warnings of floods and storm.
    • Local governments evacuated some 225,000 people ahead of the arrival the Typhoon overnight.
    • Kammuri is the 20th typhoon to hit the country this year.
    • It packed winds of 150 kilometre per hour and gusts of up to 205 kilometre per hour, damaging some homes, structures and felling trees and signage in urban areas.


    9. US vows 100% tariffs on French exports over digital tax



    • The US government says it may slap punitive duties of up to 100 per cent on 2.4 billion worth of French exports as retaliation for the country’s new digital services tax.
    • US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the new tax, which France approved in July, unfairly targets American tech giants. The items that could face tariffs include cheese, make-up and handbags.
    • The U.S. trade agency said it would collect public comments through 14th of January on its proposed tariff list as well as the option of imposing fees or restrictions on French services, with a public hearing scheduled for the 7th of January. It did not specify an effective date for the proposed 100 per cent duties.


    1. NATO leaders to meet to mark 70th birthday of alliance


    • The leaders of North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, will meet to mark the 70th birthday of the organization in London.
    • Scotland Yard said road closures will be in place in central London during the meet. The two-day summit includes receptions at Buckingham Palace and Downing Street plus a working session at a golf resort in outer London. United States President Donald Trump landed in Britain ahead of the summit yesterday.
    • NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, the alliance needs to address the challenges and opportunities posed by an increasingly powerful China, but added that the alliance does not want to make an enemy out of Beijing.
    • The twenty-nine member alliance is the world’s biggest military alliance.
    • NATO was founded in 1949 for the collective defence of its members, linking the security of the United States with its European allies against the Soviet Union. It witnessed the end of communism, defeating the Soviet Bloc without firing a shot.
    • The talks take place amid a bitter dispute between French President Emmanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over Turkey’s recent incursion into northern Syria.
    • Mr Macron infuriated Ankara when he suggested NATO was suffering from brain death over the lack of coordination after Turkey’s crazy attack on the Kurds, seen as a key Western ally in the fight against the Islamic State group.



    1. Global Migration Film Festival organized


    • The Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF) was organised in Dhaka on Monday. The day-long festival screened  15 films on the theme of migration and its various aspects.
    • The GMFF started in 2016 and this year it is being organised across many cities in the world between 28 November to 18 December.
    • The short films and documentaries shown during the festival were selected through a global competition for which 600 entries were received. The jury selected 30 best films out of which 15 were screened in Dhaka.
    • Speaking on the occasion of the festival inauguration, the Ambassadorof the European Union to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink praised the German chancellor Angela Merkel for allowing more than one million migrants from Syria into Germany. She said European countries wish to promote migration through aspiration and not based on desperation.
    • The Chief of International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) in Bangladesh Giorgi Gigouri said that the Global Migration Film Festival is a global initiative simultaneously being run in many countries of the world to draw attention to the issues of internal migration, forced migration and climate change-related migration to engage people in a conversation on the issue of migration.
    • The festival was organised by the International Organisation of Migrants (IOM) and Dhaka University Film Society with the support of the European Union.  IOM is the UN migration agency established in 1951. It works to ensure orderly and humane management of the migration issue.
    • ‘Gifts from Babylon’, ‘Just another memory’, ‘Dying for Europe’ and ‘ The power of passport’ among the other films of the festival powerfully depicted the suffering and dilemma of the migrants in various parts of the world.


    1. Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief


    • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that humanity must choose between hope and surrender while confronting a climate crisis threatening civilization itself.
    • Addressing the opening plenary of a UN Climate Conference in Madrid yesterday, Mr Guterres said, one is the path of surrender, where they have sleepwalked past the point of no return, jeopardizing the health and safety of everyone on this planet.
    • United States Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said that the world could still count on the United States in the fight against global warming despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
    • Ms Pelosi and 14 other members of the US Congress were in Madrid to make the point that larges swathes of the United States are committed to the targets set by the 2015 agreement, as are most Democratic candidates for President.
    • Speaking at the UN Conference, she said, they are at the meet to say, on behalf of the House of Representatives and the Congress of the United States that they are still in it. She said, they see global warming as an existential threat.
    • President Trump had dismissed global warming as a hoax. Last month, he gave formal notice of the US withdrawal from the 196-nation Paris climate treaty.
    • The Madrid summit aims to put the finishing touches to the rules governing the 2015 Paris accord. The meet was due to be held in Chile but was cancelled by the government due to weeks of civil disturbances. Spain then stepped in to host the event, which will see 29,000 attendees over the two weeks of talks. Overall some 50 world leaders will attend the conference.














    1. India bag ten Gold medals at 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu


    • India dominated the 13th South Asian Games in Nepal today by clinching 10 Gold in Athletics, Volleyball, Shooting and Table Tennis
    • In track and field events Archana Suseendran in women’s 100 metre, M. Jashna in women’s high jump, Sarvesh Anil Kushare in men’s high jump and Ajay Kumar Saroj in men’s 1500 metres won a gold each to begin India’s athletics campaign on an impressive note. Overall, in Athletics India won four gold, four silver and two bronze on the opening day today.
    • In Volleyball, Indian men’s and women’s team won gold. Men’s team defeated Pakistan 3-1. India lost first set to Pakistan by 20-25. But Indian players bounced back and won second and third set by 25-15 and 25-17. There was neck to neck fight in the fourth set till the end. Both teams moving one by one point. Finally, India won by 29-27 and lifted the title.
    • Indian women’s volleyball team defeated host Nepal by 3-2 in the final at Kathmandu this evening. In a nail-biting competition Indian girl made a good start and won first set by 25-17. But in the next two sets amid huge support from the home crowd Nepali team played better. In close contests, Nepal won second and third set by 25-23 and 25-21. In the next two sets, Indian team took an early lead and grabbed the title-winning fourth and fifth sets by 25-20 and 15-6. Thousands of volleyball lovers cheered their team throughout the game. Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun also witnessed one of the most thrilling contests of the games. Mr Pun gave away medals to the winning Indian team.
    • In Shooting, India swept all the medals on offer in the women’s 10 metres air rifle event with Mehuli Ghosh winning the gold. India also won the team gold in the 10 metres air rifle event.
    • In Table Tennis, Indian men’s and women’s teams claimed gold medals defeating Nepal and Sri Lanka in the finals. India beat hosts Nepal 3-0 in the men’s final, while their women’s counterparts defeated Sri Lanka by an identical 3-0 margin to win a gold each.
    • The Indians have so far claimed 40 medals, including 15 gold, 16 silver and nine bronze. The country is currently second in the medals tally behind hosts Nepal with 44 medals.


    1. Williamson, Taylor’s centuries help New Zealand tie Test, win series against England


    • Centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor ensured New Zealand drew the rain-hit second Test against England in Hamilton today, sealing a 1-0 series win.
    • New Zealand batted the final day needing a substantial innings to avoid defeat and were helped by sloppy England fielding.
    • Heavy rain arrived soon after lunch to end play on the fifth day when New Zealand were 241 for two in their second innings, 140 ahead with Taylor on 105 and Williamson on 104. They resumed the day at 96 for two.
    • New Zealand, meanwhile, head to Australia on Saturday for a three-Test series, with the 1-0 win over England cementing their number two world ranking behind India.


    1. Priyam Garg to lead India at ICC U-19 World Cup 2020


    • Uttar Pradesh batsman Priyam Garg will lead defending champions India in next year’s Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa.
    • The All-India Junior Selection Committee, which met in Mumbai yesterday, picked the squad for the tournament to be held from 17th January to 9th February next year.
    • The 19-year-old Garg, a right handed top-order batsman, has a first-class double hundred and a List ‘A’ century to his name.
    • The 13th edition of the U-19 World Cup will be played among 16 teams, split into four groups.
    • India are placed in Group ‘A’ with first-time qualifier Japan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super League stage.
    • Ahead of the World Cup, the India U-19 team will travel to South Africa for three one-day matches against the Proteas U-19 side, followed by a Quadrangular Series featuring South Africa U-19, India U-19, Zimbabwe U-19 and New Zealand U-19.
    • Indian squad for U-19 World Cup: Priyam Garg (Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Divyaansh Saxena, Dhruv Chand Jurel (vice-captain & wk), Shashwat Rawat, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kumar Kushagra (wk), Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil.
    • India U-19 squad for the tour of South Africa: Priyam Garg (Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Divyaansh Saxena, Dhruv Chand Jurel (vice-captain & wk), Shashwat Rawat, Divyansh Joshi, Shubhang Hegde, Ravi Bishnoi, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Atharva Ankolekar, Kumar Kushagra (wk), Sushant Mishra, Vidyadhar Patil, CTL Rakshan.







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