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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 03.12.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 03.12.2019

1. Messi wins his 6th Ballon d’Or; Rapinoe wins women’s Ballon d’Or

  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi won this year’s Ballon d’Or award.
  • The 32-year-old Argentine overtook Cristiano Ronaldo and took his tally of Ballon d’Or wins to six, the most by any player.
  • Messi and Ronaldo have now won 11 of the past 12 Ballon d’Ors.
  • 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup-winning US co-captain Megan Rapinoe won the women’s Ballon d’Or.

    About Ballon d’Or:

    • Country: France
    • Presented by: France Football
    • First awarded: 1956
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who recently won the men’s Ballon d’Or award for a record sixth time? Lionel Messi
    2. Who won 2019 women’s Ballon d’Or award? Megan Rapinoe

2. EU Commission begins new term under von der Leyen

  • Ursula von der Leyen is the first woman to hold the EU’s top job as President of the European Commission, which has officially begun its new five-year term.
  • Already, the 61-year-old former German defence minister, who succeeds Jean-Claude Juncker has a full intray.
  • She has made the issue of climate change one of her top priorities – describing it as an existential crisis.

    About European Commission:

    • The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU
    • Established: 16 January 1958
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who became new President of European Commission? Ursula von der Leyen
    2. Who is the first woman to hold the EU’s top job as President of the European Commission, which has officially begun its new five-year term recently? Ursula von der Leyen

3. Saudi Arabia takes over G20 Presidency from Japan

  • Saudi Arabia has taken over the G20 Presidency from Japan. It is the first Arab nation to assume the G20 presidency.
  • “The kingdom of Saudi Arabia assumes the G20 Presidency, leading up to the summit in Riyadh” in 2020, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
  • The G20 presidency, which Saudi Arabia has taken over from Japan, will host world leaders for a global summit in its capital on 21-22 November in 2020.

    About G20 (Group of Twenty):

    • Formation: 26 September 1999
    • Purpose: Bring together systemically important industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy.
    • Chairman: Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)
    • Membership: 20 members
      • Argentina
      • Australia
      • Brazil
      • Canada
      • China
      • European Union
      • France
      • Germany
      • India
      • Indonesia
      • Italy
      • Japan
      • Mexico
      • Russia
      • Saudi Arabia
      • South Africa
      • South Korea
      • Turkey
      • United Kingdom
      • United States

    About Saudi Arabia:

    • Capital: Riyadh
    • King: Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
    • Currency: Saudi riyal
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the first Arab nation to take over the G20 presidency? Saudi Arabia
    2. Recently from which country Saudi Arabia has taken over the G20 Presidency? Japan

4. Govt appoints Soma Roy Burman as new Controller General of Accounts

  • The government said it has appointed Soma Roy Burman, a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service Officer, as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA). Burman is the 24th CGA and is the seventh woman to hold this position.
  • During her 33-year long career, she has held cadre positions at different levels in ministries such as Home Affairs, Information & Broadcasting, Industry, Finance, Human Resource Development and Shipping, Road Transport & Highways.
  • Prior to this, Burman served as the Additional Controller General of Accounts in the office of CGA, handling the critical areas of accounting rules, policy and reforms, financial reporting, data analytics, cash and budget management.
  • About Controller General of Accounts:

    • The Controller General of Accounts is the principal advisor to the Union Government on accounting matters. The CGA is responsible for establishing and managing a sound management accounting system.
    • The CGA is also responsible for the preparation and submission of the accounts of the Union Government and exchequer control and internal audits.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been appointed as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA)? Soma Roy Burman

5. Indo-Sri Lankan joint Military and Army Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2019’ begins in Pune

  • The 7th edition of joint military & Army Exercise Mitra Shakti 2019 aimed at enhancing interoperability and operational efficiency between the armies of India and Sri Lanka when deployed as part of the United Nations peace keeping forces commenced at Aundh Military Station, Pune.
  • The objective of the Exercise is to build and promote positive relations between the armies of India and Sri Lanka through focus on subunit level training on counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in urban and rural environment under the United Nations mandate.
  • The primary focus of the joint training exercise will remain on field craft, battle drills, and procedures, as also the ability to operate jointly with seamless interoperability.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Indo-Sri Lankan joint Military & Army Exercise ‘Mitra Shakti 2019’ has recently started in which city? Pune
    2. Which edition of joint military & Army Exercise Mitra Shakti 2019 has recently begun in Pune? 7th
    3. Mitra Shakti 2019 is the joint military & Army Exercise between India and which country? Sri Lanka

6. Hamilton wins season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton cruised to a win from the pole position at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
  • Hamilton finished ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
  • Hamilton now moves onto 84 career wins and is just seven behind Michael Schumacher’s record of 91. He is also just one title away from matching Schumacher’s haul of seven world titles.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who recently won Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? Lewis Hamilton

7. Veteran Hollywood actress Shelley Morrison passes away

  • Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on ‘Will & Grace,’ passed away.
  • Morrison died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure after a brief illness. She was 83.
  • Morrison played Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of ‘Will & Grace’ from 1999 to 2006, becoming part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Shelley Morrison, who died recently, was the famous actress of which country? America

8. India becomes 1st country to make entire Haj process digital

  • India has become the first country to make the entire process for pilgrims going on Haj completely digital, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said after signing the bilateral agreement for next year’s pilgrimage with the Saudi Haj Minister in Jeddah.
  • An online application, e-visa, Haj mobile app, “e-MASIHA” health facility, “e-luggage pre-tagging” providing all information in India itself regarding accommodation and transportation in Mecca and Madina will be provided to 2 lakh Indian Muslims going for Haj in 2020
  • Even the mobile phone SIM card has been linked to mobile App which will ensure pilgrims immediately get all the latest information regarding Haj in Mecca and Madina on their mobile phones.
  • This year, a 100-line information centre has been established at the Haj House, Mumbai for providing information regarding the entire Haj process.
  • A health card is being provided to Indian Haj pilgrims in the country, Naqvi said.
  • E-MASIHA (E-Medical Assistance System for Indian Pilgrims Abroad), an online system to create and maintain the complete health database of Indian pilgrims along with doctors’ prescriptions, medical treatment as well as medicine disbursal, has been developed to deal with any emergency in Mecca and Madina, Naqvi said.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which country has become the first to make the entire process for pilgrims going on Haj completely digital? India
    2. Name the mobile app, which has been developed for the health facility of pilgrims going to Haj? E-MASIHA
    3. What E-MASIHA stands for? E-Medical Assistance System for Indian Pilgrims Abroad

9. 20th Edition of Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland

  • The much-awaited festival, the Hornbill Festival began with a colourful blend of culture and tradition with a modern twist at Naga Heritage Kisama in Nagaland. This is the 20th edition of Hornbill Festival.
  • The festival organised by Nagaland Government is an annual tourism promotional event to showcase the state’s traditional and rich cultural heritage in all its ethnicity, diversity and grandeur.
  • Nagaland Governor R N Ravi was the chief host of the festival, while Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was the host.
  • Highlights of the ceremony include a colourful display of Naga Culture themed as “Colours of Nagaland.

    About Nagaland:

    • Capital: Kohima
    • Governor: R.N. Ravi
    • Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which edition of the annual Hornbill Festival has started in Nagaland? 20th
    2. Hornbill Festival is a celebration held every year in ___. Nagaland
    3. Hornbill Festival, which is celebrated every year in Nagaland, is also known as__. Festival of Festivals

10. Senior Wrestling National C’ships: Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik clinch gold

  • Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik registered convincing wins in the finals to claim gold medals at the Senior Wrestling National Championships in Jalandhar.
  • While Phogat beat 20-year-old Haryana’s Anju 7-3 in the 55kg category, Olympic bronze medallist Malik defeated Radhika of Haryana 4-2 in the 62kg category.
  • In the 68kg category, 35-year-old Haryana wrestler Anita Sheoran stunned Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran.
  • Punjab’s 35-year-old Gursharan Kaur, a single mother of a five-year-old girl, claimed the title in the 76kg category, with a 4-2 win over Pooja of Haryana.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who recently won gold in women’s 55kg category at the Senior Wrestling National Championships in Jalandhar? Vinesh Phogat
    2. Who won gold in women’s 62kg category at the Senior Wrestling National Championships? Sakshi Malik

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