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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

WCF, NITI Aayog Partner to provide training to Country’s Children and Youth on CybersafetyWNS partners Niti Aayog to extend education on cybersecurity

WCF (WNS Cares Foundation), the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of Private firm WNS Global Services has partnered with Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL), an initiative under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog for providing training to India’s children and youth on cybersafety. WCF will provide digital education through its platform CyberSmart.
i.ATL will use CyberSmart platform and digital programs of WCF in its network of around 6, 500 schools to educate students on cybersecurity and other relevant areas.
ii.The volunteers will support ATL to deliver the modules effectively.
CyberSmart Platform:
CyberSmart Platform is India’s 1st Holistic cybersecurity education portal. It inculcates learning through gaming, thematic quiz-based module based on curriculum advisory.
About WNS Global Services:
Chief Executive Officer – Keshav Murugesh
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Atal Innovation Mission (AIM):
AIM is a flagship initiative of NITI Aayog.
Mission Director – R. Ramanan
Headquarters – New Delhi
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UNESCO Launched 2020 State of Education Report for India to Support GoI in Youth’s Skill DevelopmentUNESCO launches 2020 State of the Education Report for India

i.On December 8, 2020, the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), New Delhi virtually launched the 2nd edition of “State of the Education Report for India 2020: Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)”.
ii.This report is an overview of the present capacity for TVET provision through short-term and long-term courses.
iii.It has been developed by an experienced team of researchers from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, Maharashtra under the guidance of UNESCO New Delhi.  It’s technical and financial partner was New York (United States) based American India Foundation (AIF).
iv.Aim of the Report: To support the Government of India (GoI) by acting as a reference tool for enhancing and influencing the policies and programs related to skills development.
v.The SDG 4 represents Quality education. As per NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog 2019 Performance of states and UT on the SDG, Himachal Pradesh is performing best in SDG 4 with a score of 81 while on complete SDG performance Chandigarh and Kerala have gained a maximum score of 70.
About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
Director General– Audrey Azoulay
Headquarters– Paris, France
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Indian Navy finalises procurement of Israeli ‘SMASH 2000’ Anti-Drone SystemsIndian Navy finalises procurement of anti-drone systems

Indian Navy has finalised the contract for procurement of a batch of Israeli ‘SMASH 2000 Plus fire Control SystemsAnti-Drone Systems which is capable of destroying high-speed enemy drones. It is manufactured by Israel Firm ‘Smart Shooter’. It will be used in border security, bases and strategic facilities protection.
i.The Smash Fire Control Systems Are Electro-optical rifle sights which will be mounted on Assault rifles such as AK-47/103 rifles.
ii.They are expected to be delivered by 2021.
Key Points:
i.SMASH 2000 Plus has a range of up to 120 metres.
ii.It is equipped with Targeting Algorithms to track and hit small drones which are capable of flying at high speeds.
iii.The SMASH 2000 Plus is equipped with Advanced Counter-UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) Mode to counter emerging drone threats.
India’s Weapon Procurement from US Jumps to USD 3.4 Billion in 2020:
According to Data released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the United States (US) India topped the list of Major buyers of American Weapons in 2020 it recorded weapons procurement worth USD 3.4 Billion from the United States
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff (CNS)– Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters of Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
About Smart Shooter:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) –  Michal Mor
Location – Israel
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Foreign Ministers of India, Oman hold virtual meeting; Oman announces Directive to form Friendship Association with IndiaOman announces directive to form Friendship Association with India

On December 2, 2020, External Affairs Minister (EAM), S. Jaishankar and Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Albusaidi, Foreign Minister of Oman held a virtual meeting. During the meeting, EAM appreciated Oman’s directive to establish Oman-India Friendship Association. The establishment of the Friendship Association will be the First Ever in the West Asia region.
Objective of the Friendship Association:
i.The association has been established with an aim of promoting friendship & understanding between the two countries.
ii.The association will also be useful for discussion of matters of mutual interest between Oman and India Business and social communities in the Sultanate.
Highlights:
i.India conveyed its greetings to Oman on the occasion of the 50th National Day of Oman’s modern renaissance.
ii.EAM, Jaishankar lauded the Government of Oman for its support to the Indian Community during COVID-19.
About Oman:
Sultan – Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
Capital – Muscat
Currency – Rial (OMR)
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6th India-Japan ICT Joint Working Group meet held virtually5G, AI technologies discussed at 6th India-Japan 6th India-Japan

On December 8, 2020, The 6th Meeting of Joint Working Group under the India-Japan ICT (Information & Communications Technology) was held virtually. Cooperation in 5G technologies, medical applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) were some of the key issues discussed during the meeting. The meeting was inaugurated by Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Telecom, Ministry of Communication, India. The virtual meeting was held through VC Solution, a web platform developed by India’s C-DOT (Centre for Development of Telematics).
i.The India-Japan Joint Working Group on ICT was established in 2014 as part of the Japan-India ICT Comprehensive Cooperation Framework.
ii.India, Japan collaborative project at the Asian Institute of Gastroenterology in Hyderabad, the project involves the use of AI by Software to assist doctors in Colonoscopy diagnosis.
iii.Topics of Discussion – Submarine Optical Fiber Placement, Smart-City Development programme and application of AI in Healthcare, wireless planning, Standardization of technology and its utilization.
About Ministry of Communication:
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Japan:
Prime Minister – Yoshihide Suga
Capital – Tokyo
Currency – Japanese Yen
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India drops to 9th spot in Global Spam Call Tally – 4th Edition of Insights Report by Truecaller

According to the 4th Edition of Global Insights Report for 2020 released by Truecaller, a Swedish Caller ID and Spam Blocking app, India ranked 9th in the list of countries affected by spam calls in 2020. In India, Gujarat received the most spam calls.  The list was topped by Brazil, United States & Hungary. The report also stated that 8 out of 10 women in India receive sexual harassment, inappropriate calls and SMS regularly.

BANKING & FINANCE

ADB Approved US$300 mn Loan for Primary Health Care Program in Urban Areas; $2mn Additional Grant for its ImplementationADB to provide USD 300 mn loan for primary health care in urban areas

i.On December 8, 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved USD 300 million (about Rs 2,200 crore) loan for Strengthening Comprehensive Primary Health Care in Urban Areas Program in India.
ii.In addition to the loan, a $2 million technical assistance grant was also provided from ADB’s Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to provide technical support for program implementation.
iii.The program involving all levels of governance viz. Central, State, and Municipal will strengthen, upgrade, and increase the number of functional health and wellness centers in 13 states.
iv.The program will support the Ayushman Bharat (the Healthy India initiative) Health and Wellness Centres (AB-HWC) and Pradhan Mantri – Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana (PM-ASBY).
About Asian Development Bank (ADB):
Establishment– 1966
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Headquarters– Mandaluyong City, Manila, Philippines
Membership– 68 countries (Including India)
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RBI Cancelled Licence of Karad Janata Sahakari Bank , MaharashtraRBI cancels licence of Karad Janata Sahakari Ban

On December 8, 2020, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cancelled the licence of The Karad Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd., Karad, Maharashtra to carry on banking business, which includes acceptance of deposits and repayment of deposits as defined in Section 5(b) read with Section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 with effect from the close of business on December 7, 2020.

  • The bank was under All Inclusive Directions since November 07, 2017.
  • On liquidation, every depositor is entitled to repayment of deposits up to a monetary ceiling of Rs 5,00,000 from the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC), as per the DICGC Act, 1961. More than 99% of the depositors of the bank will get full payment of their deposits from DICGC.

Reason behind License Cancellation:
–The bank does not comply with the provisions of section 11(1) and section 22 (3) (d) read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 as it does not have adequate capital and earning prospects.
–It also failed to comply with the requirements of section 22(3) (a), 22 (3) (b), 22(3)(c), 22(3) (d) and 22(3)(e) read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949;
–To save the public interest as its present financial position is unable to pay its present depositors in full.
About Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation:
Executive Director– Pammi Vijaya Kumar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharshatra

Federal Bank Enters into an Online Rupee Remittance Tie-up with OrbitRemit Limited to Facilitate Money Transfer from New Zealand to IndiaFederal Bank ties up with OrbitRemit Limited

i.On December 8, 2020 Federal Bank Ltd entered into an online Rupee remittance tie-up with OrbitRemit Limited.
ii.This partnership will facilitate Non-Resident Indians(NRIs) and small businesses in New Zealand to transfer money to India in a modern, low cost, fast, easy and more reliable way.
About Federal Bank Ltd :
Headquarters– Aluva, Kerala
Managing Director(MD) & Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Mr. Shyam Srinivasan
Tagline – Your Perfect Banking Partner
Incorporated– April 23, 1931 as the Travancore Federal Bank Limited, Nedumpuram, Kerala under the Travancore Companies Regulation, 1916.
About OrbitRemit Limited:
CEO and Founder– Robbie Sampson
HeadQuarters– NewZealand
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ICICI Bank Becomes Designated Bank for all financial transactions under NHM in WBICICI Bank to be designated bank for all financial transactions

ICICI (Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India) Bank won the mandate to be the designated financial institution for all monetary transactions under National Health Mission (NHM) in West Bengal (WB) as it quoted the lowest bid.

  • This is on the lines of WB government decision of implementing a single bank account system for NHM. Under this, all financial transactions will be conducted through online software, integrated with bank accounts.

About National Health Mission (NHM):
Launched in 2013, the NHM encompasses its two Sub-Missions viz. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).  Its components include Health System Strengthening, Reproductive-Maternal- Neonatal-Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A), and Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases.

  • The mission was extended by Cabinet in 2018 with effect from 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2020.
  • It is operated under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW).

About West Bengal (WB):
Chief Minister (CM)– Mamata Banerjee
Capital– Kolkata
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony held Virtually; Paul Sein Twa of Myanmar won in Asia ContinentMyanmar indigenous activist Paul Sein Twa wins 'Green Nobel Prize' 2020 from Asia

i.The 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony was held virtually on November 30, 2020 which recognizes six grassroots environmental activists annually from each of the world’s six continents viz. Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The prize is also known as the “Green Nobel Prize”.
ii.The 2020 ceremony was hosted by actress Sigourney Weaver.
iii.The winners are Chibeze Ezekiel (Ghana), Kristal Ambrose (The Bahamas), Leydy Pech (Mexico), Lucie Pinson (France), Nemonte Nenquimo (Ecuador) and Paul Sein Twa (Myanmar).
About Goldman Environmental Foundation:
President– John D. Goldman
Headquarter– San Francisco, United States of America (USA)
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Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman Ranked 41 in the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2020 by ForbesFinance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at 41 on Forbes 2020 list

Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman made it to the World’s 100 most powerful women 2020 list announced in the 17th annual Forbes power list. This is the second time she features in the list, in 2019 she ranked at 34 and In 2020, she was ranked 41st position.
i.India’s leading Business women, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman of Biocon Limited also featured in the list at 68th position.
ii.The list also saw the biggest jump in ranking to 3rd position by Kamala Harris, Vice President Elect of USA, and Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed is ranked at 39.

Rank Personality Profession
41 Nirmala Sitharaman Finance Minister of India
68 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw Founder, Chair and Managing Director, Biocon Ltd.
1 Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany
2 Christine Lagarde President, European Central Bank
3 Kamala Harris Vice President-elect, United States
4 Ursula von der Leyen President, European Commission, European Union
5 Melinda Gates Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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   ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

CCI Approves Acquisition of AES’s 49% stake in OPGC by OHPC and Certain Assets of the Prestige Group by Affiliates of Blackstone Group Inc.CCI approves acquisition of shares of OPGC by OHPC

On December 8, 2020 The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the following acquisition.
i.Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Limited (OHPC) will acquire 49% equity shares in Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd (OPGC) from AES OPGC Holdings and AES India Private Limited.
ii.The affiliates of Blackstone Group Inc. will acquire certain assets of the Prestige Group
About Odisha Power Generation Corporation Ltd:
Incorporated– November 14, 1984 under the Companies Act 1956
Chairman– Nikunja Bihari Dhal, IAS(Indian Administrative Service)
About Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Ltd:
Incorporated– 21 st April 1995 under the companies Act 1956.
Chairman-cum-Managing Director(MD)– Sh Bishnupada Sethi, IAS
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HDFC Bank invests in smallcase Technologies

HDFC Bank has invested an undisclosed amount in S​mallcase Technologies, and bought a minority stake, as part of a recent Series B fund-raise of $14 million by the Bengaluru-based fintech startup. The five-year old startup operates in the capital markets infrastructure space and works with businesses to help individuals invest in simple and transparent products called smallcases.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

MoHFW develops ‘Co-WIN’ – Digital Platform & Mobile App for COVID-19 Vaccination DeliveryHealth Ministry develops mobile app Co-WIN

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) has developed ‘Co-WIN’ – A Digital Platform & Mobile Application for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery and recording data. The platform can be used by the people to register themselves for vaccination.
i.The app can also send real-time data of temperature of cold-storage facilities to the main server.
ii.Co-WIN will also help the Government to monitor the entire vaccination process.
iii.Co-WIN app will have 5 modules – administrator, registration, vaccination, beneficiary acknowledgement & report.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW):
Union Minister –  Harsh Vardhan
Minister of State (MoS) – Ashwini Kumar Choubey
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SPORTS

Indian Cricket Team won the 2020 Dettol T20I series against Australia  held in AustraliaIndia Won T20 Series 2-1

The Indian Cricket Team won the 3-match Dettol Twenty20 International (T20I) series 2020 against Australia by 2-1. The T20I series is part of India’s Tour of Australia, 2020-21 which consists of 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs), 3 T20Is & 4 Test matches taking place from November 2020 – January 2021.
Indian All-rounder Hardik Pandya was chosen as the Player of the Series.
Records:
i.Indian Spin Bowler Yuzvendra Chahal became the 1st Concussion substitute to be awarded in an International Cricket Match, he also became India’s Joint-highest wicket-taker in T20Is along with Jasprit Bumrah.
ii.Indian Captain Virat Kohli equalled Rohit Sharma’s record of Most Fifty Plus scores in T20I.
iii.Virat Kohli became the First Indian Captain to win a T20I series in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) Countries.
iv.Shikhar Dhawan became India’s 3rd Highest run-getter in T20I.
v.England Opening Batsman Dawid Malan became the first-ever player to cross 900-point for batsmen in ICC (International Cricket Council) T20I Player Rankings. This is the Highest-ever rating points in T20I history.
About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI):
President – Sourav Ganguly
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
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IOC adds Breakdance as Medal Events in 2024 Paris Olympic Games; 3 other events added in 2020 Tokyo Olympic GameBreakdancing gets Olympic status to debut at Paris in 2024

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board added “Breaking” – a competitive form of breakdancing & 3 other sports – Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, and Surfing to Medal Events Program in Olympic Games. Breaking will make its Olympic debut at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, while 3 other sports will make their olympic debut at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics to be held in July, 2021 (delayed due to COVID-19). The additional sports were proposed by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee.
i.The sports have been included by IOC to set a new standard for inclusive, gender-balanced and youth-centred games.
ii.The IOC has approved the reduction of certain medal events in the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics, Paris will have 329 medal events, 10 events less than the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games (to be held in 2021)
About International Olympic Committee (IOC):
President – Thomas Bach
Headquarters – Lausanne, Switzerland
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Indian Wicketkeeper-Batsman Parthiv Patel Retires from all forms of CricketParthiv Patel retires from all forms of cricket

On 9 December, 2020 Indian wicketkeeper batsman Parthiv Patel announced retirement from all forms of cricket. Parthiv, India’s youngest wicket keeper at 17, ended his International career with 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and two T20Is.
i.Parthiv Patel captained India at the 2002 Under-19 world cup.
ii.He captained Gujarat team in Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2015
About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI):
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
President- Sourav Ganguly
Secretary- Jay Shah
About International Cricket Council (ICC):
Headquarters- Dubai, UAE
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- Manu Sawhney
Chairman- Greg Barclay
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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Amish Tripathi Authored his 2nd Non-fiction Book Titled “Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life”; Co-authored by Bhavna Roy Amish Tripathi

Amish Tripathi authored his 2nd nonfiction book titled “Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life”, co-authored by his sister Bhavna Roy. The book provides philosophical lessons extracted from the ancient Hindu Epics. The book is published by Westland Publications Pvt Ltd and set to release in December 2020.
About Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life:
The book is presented in a form of conversation between the characters in modern day India, which offers various practical philosophical lessons from epics like “Maharabarat” and Amis’s books “the Shiva Trilogy” and “Ram Chandra Series”.
The book is targeted to reach the intelligent minds who are looking for in-depth philosophies in a reader friendly manner.
About Amish Tripathi:
Amish Tripathi, alumnus of IIM Kolkata, is a former banker who took up a career as a writer.
He debuted as a writer with his book “The Immortals of Meluha”, Book 1 of the Shiva Trilogy.
He is currently serving as the Director of the Nehru Centre in London, United Kingdom.
Book:
His famous mythological and historical fiction includes, “The Immortals of Meluha”, “The Secret of the Nagas”, “The Oath of the Vayuputras”, “Scion of Ikshvaku”, “Sita: Warrior of Mithila”, “Raavan: Enemy of Aryavarta” and “Legend of Suheldev: The King Who Saved India”.
He released his first non-fiction book titled “Immortal India” in 2017.
About Bhavna Roy:
Bhavna Roy, psychology graduate, served as a volunteer in a school for special children in Malegaon and in an NGO – SOS, in nashik.
She has authored the “Man Made Global crisis environmental effects on global warming” which was released by Neha Publishers & Distributors in 2011.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime – December 9International Day of Commemoration and Dignity

i.The United Nations(UN)’s International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime is annually celebrated across the world on 9th December to remember and honour the victims of the crime of genocide.
ii.The 9th December 2020 also marks the 72nd anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide the “Genocide Convention” by the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA).
iii.As a part of the observance of the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, The United Nations has organised a special online event on 9th December.
About United Nations(UN):
Secretary general– António Guterres
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
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International Anti-Corruption Day 2020: December 9 International Anti-Corruption Day

i.The United Nations(UN) International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9 to raise awareness about corruption and ways through which it can be reduced.
ii.The day also aims to create awareness of the role of the UN Convention against Corruption and its role in combating and preventing corruption. The day also highlights the need to eradicate corruption.
iii.Theme of International Anti-Corruption Day 2020–  ‘Recover with Integrity’.
About United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC):
Director-General/ Executive Director of UNODC and  United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)–  Ms. Ghada Fathi Waly of Egypt(Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations)
Headquarters– Vienna, Austria
About United Nations Development Programme(UNDP):
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarters– New York, USA
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53rd Submarine Day 2020 – December 853rd Submarine Day observed by Indian Navy

i.Indian Navy annually observes the Submarine Day on 8th December to remember and honour the submarines and martyrs of Indian Navy who lost their lives to serve the nation.In the year 2020, Indian Navy observed the 53rd Submarine Day.
ii.The day marks the birth of the Submarine Arm of Indian navy and  commemorates the induction of the first submarine, Indian Naval Ship(INS) Kalvari, a foxtrot class submarine, into the Indian Navy in 1967. 
iii.This year also marks the commencement of the 50th year of INS Virbahu, which provided the operational, logistic and administrative support to the submarines at Visakhapatnam.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of Naval Staff(CNS)- Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
Integrated Headquarters Ministry of Defence (Navy)– New Delhi
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260th Army Service Corps Day Observed on December 8, 2020260th Army Service Corps Day

On December 8, 2020, the Army Service Corps (ASC) celebrated its 260th Corps Day or Raising Day at Headquarters Western Command Chandimandir (Chandi Mandir Cantonment) in Panchkula, Haryana.

  • The occasion was marked by a wreath laying ceremony at “Veer Smriti” where Harsh Chhibber, Major General ASC, Headquarters Western Command, officers, Junior Commissioned Officers and Jawans of Army Service Corps paid homage to the martyrs for their selfless and supreme sacrifice.
  • To commemorate this occasion, a 260 kilometer Ultra Run, themed ‘Run for Martyrs’ was organised from War Memorial, Chandimandir to National War Memorial, Delhi from 04 to 08 December 2020.

ASC is the oldest and the largest administrative service of the Army responsible for provisioning, procurement and distribution of supplies and petroleum products to the Army, Air Force, Navy and other Paramilitary forces. It has been celebrating its raising day since December 8, 1950 when the word ‘Royal’ was dropped from the nomenclature of ASC.

STATE NEWS

Justice Rajesh Bindal Appointed as Chief Justice of Common High Court for the UT of J&K and UT of Ladakh; Succeeds Justice Gita MittalJustice Rajesh Bindal appointed as acting Chief Justice

On December 8, 2020 Ram Nath Kovind, President of India appointed Justice Rajesh Bindal as the Chief Justice of the Common High Court(HC) for the Union Territory(UT) of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) and Union Territory of Ladakh. He will take charge on December 9, 2020. He succeeds Justice Gita Mittal, the 1st female Chief Justice of this court.
Note
President of India appointed him, in exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India
About Justice Rajesh Bindal
i.Prior to his appointment as chief justice of the common HC for the UT of J&K and UT of Ladakh, he served as the senior-most Judge of this court.
ii.He was appointed as Permanent Judge of the HC of Punjab and Haryana on March 22, 2006.
iii.He was transferred to J&K  High Court on November 19, 2018.
About Justice Gita Mittal:
i.She has served as the Acting Chief Justice and Judge of Delhi High Court.
ii.She was appointed as a single judge Tribunal under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 in February, 2008
iii.This was to examine the government ban on activities of the Students of Islamic Movement in India (SIMI).
Points to be Noted
i.In 2019, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh became two separate Union territories from under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
ii.It was also mentioned that it will have a common high court.
iii.Late Leila Seth is the First Woman Chief Justice of the High Court in India.
iv.Sindhu Sharma is the 1st woman judge of Jammu & Kashmir High Court.

Mizoram CM Launches Employment Generation Project to assist Migrant Workers

Mizoram CM Launches Employment Generation ProjectOn 9 December, 2020 the Chief Minister of Mizoram Zoramthanga launched an employment generation project, “Livelihood Generation for Returned Migrant Workers project”, in the state to assist migrant workers who lost their job in the Covid-19 pandemic. The total outlay of the project is Rs 3.3 crores under Mizoram Youth Commission (MYC).
Key Highlights of the Project:

  • The project will be funded by North East Council.
  • Provide skill based training and entrepreneurship to over 2,600 workers through 7 components.
  • Implemented in all the 11 districts of Mizoram targeting 550 candidates under this component.

Project Implementation:
i.Skill training component for 150 people, implemented by Labour Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship department.
ii.Entrepreneurship skill training to 100 candidates, conducted by Mizo University
iii.BPO, animation, gaming and designing training to 637 people.
iv.Home based food processing for 120 people
v.Tour guides training for 100 people
vi.e-Commerce training to limited people.
About Mizoram:
Capital- Aizawl
Chief Minister- Zoramthanga
Governor- P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
Phawngpui also known as Blue Mountain, is the highest mountain peak in the Mizo Hills (Lushai Hills) and in the state of Mizoram, India.

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1 WCF, NITI Aayog Partner to provide training to Country’s Children and Youth on Cybersafety
2 UNESCO Launched 2020 State of Education Report for India to Support GoI in Youth’s Skill Development
3 Indian Navy finalises procurement of Israeli ‘SMASH 2000’ Anti-Drone Systems
4 Foreign Ministers of India, Oman hold virtual meeting; Oman announces Directive to form Friendship Association with India
5 6th India-Japan ICT Joint Working Group meet held virtually
6 India drops to 9th spot in Global Spam Call Tally – 4th Edition of Insights Report by Truecaller
7 ADB Approved US$300 mn Loan for Primary Health Care Program in Urban Areas; $2mn Additional Grant for its Implementation
8 RBI Cancelled Licence of Karad Janata Sahakari Bank , Maharashtra
9 Federal Bank Enters into an Online Rupee Remittance Tie-up with OrbitRemit Limited to Facilitate Money Transfer from New Zealand to India
10 ICICI Bank Becomes Designated Bank for all financial transactions under NHM in WB
11 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize Ceremony held Virtually; Recognized 6 Grassroots Environmental Activists
12 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman features in the 100 Most Powerful Women by Frobes
13 CCI Approves Acquisition of AES’s 49% stake in OPGC by OHPC and Certain Assets of the Prestige Group by Affiliates of Blackstone Group Inc.
14 HDFC Bank invests in smallcase Technologies
15 MoHFW develops ‘Co-WIN’ – Digital Platform & Mobile App for COVID-19 Vaccination Delivery
16 Indian Cricket Team won the 2020 Dettol T20I series against Australia  held in Australia
17 IOC adds Breakdance & 3 other events as Medal Events in Olympic Games
18 Indian Wicketkeeper-Batsman Parthiv Patel Retires from all forms of Cricket
19 Amish Tripathi Authored his 2nd Non-fiction Book Titled “Dharma: Decoding the Epics for a Meaningful Life”; Co-authored by Bhavna Roy
20 International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime – December 9
21 International Anti-Corruption Day 2020: December 9
22 53rd Submarine Day 2020 – December 8
23 260th Army Service Corps Day Observed on December 8, 2020
24 Justice Rajesh Bindal Appointed as Chief Justice of Common High Court for the UT of J&K and UT of Ladakh; Succeeds Justice Gita Mittal
25 Mizoram CM Launches Employment Generation Project to assist Migrant Workers