• Current Affairs , 27 December 2019

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    1. Syed Akbaruddin terms 2019 a year of successes for India at UN
    2. Last Solar Eclipse of decade observed in parts of India
    3. Army Chief criticises violence during protests against CAA
    4. President addresses Golden Jubilee celebrations of Vivekananda Rock Memorial
    5. Burkina Faso mourns as terrorists kill 35 civilians
    6. Kathmandu records coldest day of season
    7. Pope appeals for peace in global flashpoints
    8. Indian Archaeologist honoured in Bangladesh
    9. 1st woman CTO at FCC in US
    • Saudi Arabia, Kuwait end dispute over shared oil fields
    1. Iraq’s parliament approves new election law amid protests
    2. French army carries out first-ever drone strike during Mali operations
    3. Kohli among five Wisden cricketers of the decade
    4. Leander Paes to retire from Tennis in 2020
    5. India may host Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 2022




    1. Syed Akbaruddin terms 2019 a year of successes for India at UN



    • India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin has said that 2019 was a year of many successes for India at the UN.
    • He said be it was its fight against terrorism, climate change or its efforts for sustainable development.
    • Talking to a news agency, Mr Akbaruddin said the year 2019 will be remembered as a watershed moment in India’s fight against terrorism and its commitment to bring those responsible for terror attacks against the country to justice.
    • The year saw Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar listed as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council following India’s persistent efforts.
    • Mr Akbarudding said, that for the first time, the 15-nation Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly Pulwama attack on CRPF convoy.
    • On the climate front, Mr Akbaruddin said, the inauguration of a 50-kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a first of its kind effort by India at the UN.
    • The gesture highlights India’s willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change and a strong commitment to climate action and its focus on renewable energy.
    • In yet another highly significant diplomatic win for India and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat in the powerful Security Council for the 2021-22 term was unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the UN.
    • United Nations took note of India’s contribution towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Its ambitious programmes such as the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and the Aadhar biometric identity card that paves the way for financial inclusion for its over a billion-strong population were highly praised by the world body.


    1. Last Solar Eclipse of decade observed in parts of India



    • A partial solar eclipse was visible in India along with several other countries this morning.
    • This was an annular solar eclipse that happens when the Moon covers the sun’s centre, leaving the sun’s visible outer edges to form a ‘ring of fire’ or annulus – around the moon.
    • In Delhi, the partial eclipse began at 8.17 AM and ended at 10.56 AM. The total duration of the eclipse was 2 hours and 39 minutes. This was the last solar eclipse of the decade.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi watched the solar eclipse on the live stream.
    • In a tweet, Mr Modi said, like many Indians, he was enthusiastic about the solar eclipse. He said,  unfortunately, he could not see the Sun due to cloud cover but he did catch glimpses of the eclipse in Kozhikode and other parts on the live stream.
    • The Prime Minister said, he also enriched his knowledge on the subject by interacting with experts.
    • Devotees took a holy dip in rivers and water pools across the country on the occasion of the solar eclipse.


    1. Army Chief criticises violence during protests against CAA



    • Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today criticised violence during protests over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
    • Responding to a question on violence after CAA  passed by Parliament, General Rawat said, leaders should show the right path to the people.
    • Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi, General Rawat paid reverence to soldiers who stand steadfast manning Saltoro ridge in Siachen and others manning high altitude positions where the temperature ranges between -10 to -45 degrees.


    1. President addresses Golden Jubilee celebrations of Vivekananda Rock Memorial



    • President Ramnath Kovind has said that the vision and enthusiasm of Swami Vivekananda continue to inspire the nation and its youth. He was addressing the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu today morning.
    • The President recalled that Kanyakumari held a special place in the life of Swami Vivekananda. He pointed out that the Swamiji had spent three days in meditation in Kanyakumari, before embarking on his famous trip to Chicago for addressing the World Conference of Religions.
    • Mr Kovind also had special words of praise for the Rock Memorial, built on a rock at the confluence of three oceans, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year.
    • The function was attended by many dignitaries including Tamilnadu Governor Shri Banwarilal Purohit.
    • The President later visited the special audio-visual exhibition on India’s perennial epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharatha, being held in the premises of the Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari.







    1. Burkina Faso mourns as terrorists kill 35 civilians


    • The West African country of Burkina Faso was in mourning yesterday after terrorists killed 35 civilians.
    • The two attacks in the north were some of the deadliest assaults in nearly five years of violence. The army said seven soldiers and 80 militants also died in the simultaneous attacks on the town of Arbinda and its military base in Soum province.
    • The President declared 48 hours of national mourning, amid worldwide condemnation of the attack.



    1. Kathmandu records coldest day of season



    • Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu recorded the coldest day of the season today, with the minimum temperature settling at 2.9 degrees Celsius.
    • The temperature also dipped in several districts of the Terai region. Officials said, the westerly winds resulted in the dipping of the mercury level across the country.
    1. Pope appeals for peace in global flashpoints



    • Pope Francis has appealed for peace in many of the world’s hotspots, singling out the crises in the Middle East, Venezuela and Lebanon as well as armed conflicts ravaging many African countries.
    • The 83-year-old pontiff, in his traditional Christmas message at the Vatican, said may Christ bring his light to the many children suffering from war and conflicts in the Middle East and in various countries of the world.
    • The Pope also prayed for comfort to the Syrian people who still see no end to the hostilities that have rent their country over the last decade.
    • The Pope urged the ” international community to find solutions to allow the peoples of that region to live together in peace and security.




    1. Indian Archaeologist honoured in Bangladesh



    • Noted archaeologist  Nagaswamywas honoured at the Silver Jubilee International Conference of Art in Dhaka by Bangladesh.
    • He is an Indian historian, archaeologist and epigraphist.
    • He served as the founder-director of Tamilnadu Archaeology Department.
    • In 2018 he was awarded India’s third highest civilian award Padma Bhushan.
    1. 1st woman CTO at FCC in US



    • Indian-American Dr Monisha Ghoshhas been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
    • She will advise Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology.
    • Dr Ghosh will take charge on January 13. She replaces Dr Eric Burger.


    1. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait end dispute over shared oil fields




    • Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have ended a nearly five-year-long dispute over shared oil fields and have agreed to resume oil production from the divided Neutral Zone, but stressed this would not change their OPEC commitments to crude oil production cuts.
    • The allied Gulf Arab nations signed the agreement in Kuwait City on Tuesday. Local media reported that about 300,000 barrels per day were being pumped from the area before the dispute halted production in early 2015.
    • The divided zone, located between the two neighbouring countries’ land borders, can produce up to half-a-million barrels per day.
    • The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that the agreement will not affect Saudi Arabia’s commitments to reduce its crude output to 9.7 million barrels of per day.


    1. Iraq’s parliament approves new election law amid protests


    • Iraq’s parliament approved a new election law on Tuesday aimed at giving political independents a better chance of winning seats in parliament. The new law changes each of the country’s 18 provinces into several electoral districts, with one legislator elected per 100,000 people.
    • It also prevents parties from running on unified lists, which in the past have helped them easily sweep all the seats in a specific province. Instead, seats will go to whoever gets the most votes in the electoral districts.
    • Drafting a new election law has been a key demand for the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have taken to the streets in Baghdad and the predominantly Shiite south since October 1. They have already forced Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi to resign late last month.
    • Iraqi security forces have responded with lethal force, killing at least 400 people.
    • Iraq’s 329-member parliament was elected in May 2018. The vote is held every four years, but the protesters have been demanding early elections.
    1. French army carries out first-ever drone strike during Mali operations





    • France’s armed forces said today it had carried out a drone strike for the first time, during operations in Mali at the weekend.
    • The Army said 40 terrorists were killed in this strike.
    • The French military command said, the drone strike happened during a follow-up operation Saturday in which another seven terrorists were killed.
    • The strike came just two days after the French army announced it had finished testing the remotely-piloted drones for armed operations.




    1. Kohli among five Wisden cricketers of the decade



    • Indian skipper Virat Kohli is one of the five players named in the Wisden Cricketers of the Decade.
    • Kohli joins Australian batsman Steve Smith, and South Africans, Dale Steyn, and AB de Villiers.
    • Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry is the only female cricketer in the list.


    1. Leander Paes to retire from Tennis in 2020



    • Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has announced that 2020 will be his last year as a professional tennis player.
    • The 46-year old will bid adieu to the sport after next season. Leander announced on Twitter that he will be picking and choosing tournaments next year to meet his fans all around the world.
    • Leander, who made his Olympic debut in 1992, will look for one final flourish at Tokyo Olympics next year. The Indian has made 7 appearances in a row at the Olympics making him the only tennis player ever to do so.
    • Paes has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.
    1. India may host Commonwealth Shooting Championships in 2022



    • Chances of India hosting a Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 2022 have brightened after the Commonwealth Games Federation asked Indian Olympic Association to submit a formal proposal for its consideration.
    • This is being seen as an idea mooted to compensate for the sport’s exclusion from the Birmingham Commonwealth games. Shooting has been axed from the 2022 edition by Birmingham Organising Committee, citing logistical issues.
    • The move triggered angry reactions from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the national shooting federation (NRAI).
    • For the first time since 1974, the sport has been excluded from the Games roster.
    • The submission of the proposal must be done by early January to the Sports Committee of the CGF which will then place the bid before its Executive Committee for approval.
    • The encouraging response comes weeks after a meeting between the CGF and International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) in Munich on December 5.
    • In a letter to Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra, the CGF said it was encouraged by the NRAI President Raninder and the Vladimir Lissin-led ISSF’s proposal to host the event just prior to the 2022 CWG.
    • NRAI and ISSF, the IOA has been trying to convince the CGF to reconsider its decision on shooting, citing India’s excellent medal count in the sport. Efforts were made to convince the CGF when Martin and Grevemberg visited the country last month.
    • The meeting was agreed upon following IOA’s proposal to the Sports Ministry in July to boycott the Games over shooting’s exclusion.
    • Shooting has always been one of India’s top medal contributors in the CWG. The discipline yielded 16 medals, including seven gold, at the last edition in Gold Coast.





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