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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 09.12.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 09.12.2019

1. Finland elects Sanna Marin, the youngest-ever Prime Minister

  • Finland’s Social Democrats elected a 34-year-old former transport minister to the post of the prime minister, making her the youngest head of government in the country’s history.
  • Sanna Marin narrowly won vote to replace outgoing leader Antti Rinne, who resigned after losing the confidence of the coalition partner Centre Party over his handling of a postal strike.
  • At 34, Marin also becomes one of the world’s youngest state leaders, ahead of Ukraine’s prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is currently 35.
  • Former PM Antti Rinne had headed Finland’s centre-left five-party coalition since June, and Marin’s appointment is unlikely to lead to significant policy changes by the Social Democrat-led administration.

    About Finland:

    • Capital: Helsinki
    • President: Sauli Niinistö
    • Prime Minister: Antti Rinne
    • Currency: Euro (€)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been elected as new Prime Minister of Finland? Sanna Marin
    2. Recently Sanna Marin has become the youngest-ever Prime Minister of which country? Finland

2. ICSSR chairman B B Kumar passes away

  • Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), B B Kumar, passed away, the council said.
  • He had not been keeping well for some time.
  • Braj Bihari Kumar was appointed as the chairman of the ICSSR in May 2017.

    About Indian Council of Social Science Research:

    • The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) is the national body overseeing research in the social sciences in India. It was established in New Delhi in 1969.It provides funding to scholars and to a network of twenty-seven research
      institutes.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), who died recently? Braj Bihari Kumar
    2. Braj Bihari Kumar, who died recently, was the chairman of which government organisation? Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)

3. Ex-Petroleum Secy Chaturvedi appointed NSE Chairman

  • Former bureaucrat Girish Chandra Chaturvedi has been appointed as the Chairman of the governing board of the NSE.
  • The development comes after NSE received regulator SEBI”s approval on Chaturvedi”s appointment. He held the post of Public Interest Director at the company.
  • “The Board and the Management of National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) welcomes Girish Chandra Chaturvedi, a retired IAS Officer and former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, as the new Chairman of NSE,” the stock exchange major said in a statement.

    About NSE:

    • Location: Mumbai, India
    • Founded: 1992
    • Owner: National Stock Exchange of India Limited
    • MD & CEO: Vikram Limaye
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the governing board of the NSE? Girish Chandra Chaturvedi
    2. Who is the current MD & CEO of National Stock Exchange of India Limited? Vikram Limaye

4. South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019

  • Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa has been crowned Miss Universe 2019 at the finale in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
  • Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson was named the first runner-up while Sofía Aragón from Mexico stood third at the pageant.
  • India was represented by 26-year-old Vartika Singh, who couldn’t qualify for top 10.
  • The 2019 Miss Universe pageant was held in Atlanta, the capital of the US state of Georgia
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who won the Miss Universe 2019 title? Zozibini Tunzi
    2. Zozibini Tunzi, who recently crowned Miss Universe 2019, is from which country? South Africa

5. 8th edition of Embassy’s annual film festival inaugurated at Riyadh

  • Embassy’s annual film festival titled “Ambassador’s Choice: Screening of Films” saw the popular Hindi film ‘Dangal’ screened at Riyadh, which drew a large number of audience.
  • The eighth edition of the Embassy’s annual film festival titled “Ambassador’s Choice: Screening of Films” was inaugurated at the auditorium of Embassy of India, Riyadh.
  • Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Member of Parliament and India’s Sherpa to G-20 was present on the occasion as the Chief Guest.
  • The twelve-day festival, which is being held from 5th to 18th December, kicked off with the screening of three Arabic short movies titled: ‘The Swan Song’, ‘A Colourful Life’ and ‘Jaleed’, followed by an interactive session with the directors of the respective movies.
  • Besides Saudi and Indian movies, the festival will also feature popular movies from Brazil, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Spain, Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Mexico.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which edition of the Embassy’s annual film festival “Ambassador’s Choice: Screening of Films” has started in Riyadh? 8th
    2. What is the title of the 8th edition of the recently started Embassy’s annual film festival in Riyadh? Ambassador’s Choice: Screening of Films

6. Star Trek actor Rene passes away at 79 after suffering from cancer

  • Rene Auberjonois, known for playing Odo in 1993 TV series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, passed away due to metastatic lung cancer at the age of 79.
  • He’s also known for his roles in films like ‘Batman Forever’, ‘M.A.S.H’ and TV show ‘Benson’.
  • Auberjonois, the son of a writer, grew up in Paris and New York, where his family lived in an artists’ colony.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Rene Auberjonois, who passed away recently, was the famous? Actor

7.  Aus captain Mark Milligan retires from international football

  • Australia captain Mark Milligan has announced his retirement from international soccer, the football federation (FFA) said.
  • The 34-year-old, who was named in the Socceroos’ last four World Cup squads, made his debut against Liechtenstein in June 2006 and went on to make 80 appearances for his country.
  • Milligan, who has captained the Socceroos 19 times, made his final appearance for the national team in the their 5-0 World Cup 2022 qualifying win over Nepal in Canberra in October
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Mark Milligan, who recently announced his retirement, has captained the ___ international soccer team. Australian
    2. Mark Milligan is related to which sports? Soccer

8. Julia Price becomes first-ever female coach in BBL

  • Former Australia wicket-keeper Julia Price has made history by becoming the first-ever female coach in the Big Bash League.
  • Julia has been appointed as the assistant coach of Brisbane Heat for the upcoming ninth BBL season and will work alongside head coach Darren Lehmann, bowling coach Ryan Harris and coaching assistant Gavin Fitness.
  • Price played 10 Tests and 84 ODIs for Australia and was part of the 1997 and 2005 Women”s World Cup triumphs.
  • She is currently the USA women”s coach after previously coaching Tasmania and the WBBL Hobart Hurricanes for the first three seasons where they made the semi-finals on two occasions.
  • The ninth edition of the BBL will begin with the clash between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder at The Gabba on December 17.

    About BBL:

    • The Big Bash League (BBL) is an Australian professional franchise Twenty20 cricket league, which was established in 2011 by Cricket Australia.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who recently became the first-ever female coach in the Big Bash League? Julia Price
    2. Julia Price is related to which sport? Cricket

9. Ranveer, Alia win Best Actor, Best Actress at Star Screen Awards

  • Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt won the Best Actor (Popular) and Best Actress (Popular), respectively, for ‘Gully Boy’ at the Star Screen Awards.
  • The award for Most Promising Actor (Male) went to Siddhant Chaturvedi for ‘Gully Boy’, while Sara Ali Khan won the Most Promising Actor (Female) for ‘Kedarnath’.
  • The award for Best Action film went to ‘War’.

    Here are the other winners:

    • Best Film Critics Choice– Article 15
    • Best Film Popular– Gully Boy
    • Best Actor Female Popular- Alia Bhatt – Gully Boy
    • Best Actor Male Popular– Ranveer Singh – Gully Boy
    • Best Director Critics Choice– Anubhav Sinha – Article 15
    • Best Actor Critics Choice (Male)– Ayushmann Khurrana
    • Best Actor Critics Choice (Female)– Bhumi Pednekar and Taapsee Pannu
    • Best Director Popular– Zoya Akhtar – Gully Boy
    • Most Promising Debut Director– Aditya Dhar – Uri: The Surgical Strike
    • Best Supporting Actor (Male)– Gulshan Devaiah – Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota
    • Best Supporting Actor (Female)– Kamini Kaushal – Kabir Singh
    • Baat Nayi Award– Lukka Chuppi
    • Most Promising Actor (Male)– Siddhant Chaturvedi – Gully Boy
    • Most Promising Actor (Female)– Sara Ali Khan – Kedarnath
    • Best Actor In Comic Role (Female)– Yami Gautam – Bala
    • Lifetime achievement award– Prem Chopra
    • Best Screenplay– Gully Boy
    • Best action film– War
    • Best Story Film– Article 15
    • Best Dialogue– Gully Boy
    • Best Choreography– Ghunghroo- War
    • Best Lyrics– Apna Time Aayega- Gully Boy
    • Best Music– Gully Boy, Kabir Singh
    • Best Playback Singer (Male)– Bekhayali, Kabir Singh- Sachet Tandon
    • Best Playback Singer Female– Shreya Ghoshal- Kalank
    • Best Sound Design– Uri
    • Best Production Design – Gully Boy
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Ranveer Singh won the Best Actor Male (popular) Star Screen Award 2019 for his performance in which film? Gully Boy
    2. Who has bagged the Best Actor Male (Critic’s choice) Star Screen Award 2019? Ayushmann Khurrana
    3. Who won the Best Actress (Popular) title at the Star Screen Awards 2019? Alia Bhatt 

10. India to launch spy satellite, 9 others on Dec 11

  • India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket would launch the country’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites on December 11, said the Indian space agency.
  • According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the rocket numbered as PSLV-C48 will lift off at 3.25 p.m. with RISAT-2BR1, a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg.
  • The rocket will blast off from the first launch pad at Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh and place RISAT-2BR1 into an orbit of 576 km. The satellite will have a life of five years.
  • Piggybacking on the Indian satellite would be nine foreign satellites from the USA (multi-mission Lemur-4 satellites, technology demonstration Tyvak-0129, earth imaging 1HOPSAT), Israel (remote sensing Duchifat-3), Italy (search and rescue Tyvak-0092) and Japan (QPS-SAR – a radar imaging earth observation satellite).
  • These international customer satellites are being launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. According to ISRO, PSLV-C48 rocket will launch which latest spy satellite of India on December 11? RISAT-2BR1
    2. Which rocket will launch the India’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 on December 11? PSLV-C48

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