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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 04.12.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 04.12.2019

1. Sundar Pichai becomes Alphabet CEO as Google Co-founders step down

  • Google Co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced Google CEO Sundar Pichai is replacing Page as CEO of parent company Alphabet.
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin have decided to transition from their roles as CEO and President, respectively, of Alphabet.
  • Page became CEO of Alphabet after Google restructured to form the parent company in 2015. He had previously been CEO of Google.

    About Alphabet:

    • Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate headquartered in Mountain View, California.
    • It was created through a corporate restructuring of Google on October 2, 2015, and became the parent company of Google and several former Google subsidiaries.
    • Alphabet is the world’s fifth-largest technology company by revenue and one of the world’s most valuable companies
    • Founders: Larry Page, Sergey Brin
    • CEO: Sundar Pichai
    • chairman: John Hennessy
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has become the CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google? Sundar Pichai
    2. Who has officially stepped down as CEO of Alphabet? Larry Page

2. ADB, India Sign 206 Million loan to strengthen urban services in 5 cities of Tamil Nadu

  • The Central government and Asian Development Bank have signed a 206 million dollar loan agreement to develop water supply and sewerage infrastructure in 5 cities of Tamil Nadu. It will also strengthen capacities of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) for improved service delivery.
  • The loan agreement was signed in New Delhi by Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry Sameer Kumar Khare and Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission Kenichi Yokoyama. Mr Khare said, the project will improve the lives of the urban people in the State by providing universal access to water supply and sanitation.
  • The project will target four cities namely Ambur, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruppur, and Vellore for developing sewage collection and treatment and drainage systems. Improvement to water supply systems would be targeted in the cities of Madurai and Tiruppur.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently Asian Development Bank and India have signed a 206 million dollar loan agreement to strengthen urban services in 5 cities of which Indian state? Tamil Nadu
    2. Recently, Asian Development Bank and India have signed a ___ loan agreement to strengthen urban services in 5 cities of Tamil Nadu. 206 million dollar

3. Vice President launches ‘Bharatiya Poshan Anthem’

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launched the “Bharatiya Poshan Anthem” which aims at taking the message of making India malnutrition free to all corners of the country.
  • The anthem has been penned by noted lyricist Prasoon Joshi and sung by Shankar Mahadevan.
  • Poshan Abhiyan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2018 with an objective to make India malnutrition free by 2022.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. The ‘Bharatiya Poshan Anthem’ has been penned by which noted lyricist? Prasoon Joshi
    2. In which year, Poshan Abhiyan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an objective to make India malnutrition free by 2022? 2018

4. UP govt announces 25% subsidy and full stamp duty waiver for defence industry

  • Uttar Pradesh government has decided to provide 25 per cent subsidy and 100 per cent stamp duty waiver for setting up defence industry in the state. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
  • State will also provided all facilities including power, road and fencing of land to the companies that will set up defence industries. In another big decision, state cabinet has given relief to the home buyers in Noida and Greater Noida region by giving exemption to the builders from penal interest and other dues for the period their project is stalled due to litigation.
  • Builders will only get this exemption if they pass on this benefit to the home buyers. Elaborating the decision after cabinet meet, Industrial Development Minister Satish Mahana said that the benefit will apply to builders who are set to provide homes to buyers by June 2021. The state government expected one lakh new homes to be constructed by that time.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently Uttar Pradesh government has announced to provide what percentage subsidy for setting up defense industry in the state? 25%
    2. Which state goverment has decided to provide 25 percent subsidy & full stamp duty waiver for defence industry? Uttar Pradesh

5. Cha In-ha: Korean actor dies aged 27

  • South Korean pop star and actor Cha In Ha has been found dead at the age of 27, the third young Korean star to die in the space of two months.
  • Cha (real name Lee Jae-ho) had recently started an acting career, starring in 2017 short film You, Deep Inside of Me and the TV drama Love With Flaws. Cha’s is the third sudden death of a K-pop star in recent months.
  • In November K-pop singer Goo Hara was found dead at her home, a few weeks after the death of her close friend and fellow singer Sulli.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the South Korean pop star and actor, who died recently at the age of 27? Cha In-ha

6. Cristiano Ronaldo named Serie A Player of the Year

  • Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been named the Serie A Player of the Year.
  • For the first time at the Italian ceremony, there were also awards for female players, with Roma and Italy forward Manuela Giugliano winning the top prize.
  • Ronaldo signed for Juventus from Real Madrid in July 2018 and helped Juventus win their eighth successive Serie A title.

    About Serie A Footballer of the Year:

    • Awarded for: Considered to have performed the best in each given Serie A season
    • Country: Italy
    • Presented by: Italian Footballers’ Association (AIC)
    • First awarded: 1997
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been named Serie A Footballer of the Year 2019? Cristiano Ronaldo
    2. Serie-A Player of the Year Award is given for the best performance in which sports? Football

7.  Masatsugu Asakawa elected ADB President

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said its board has unanimously elected Masatsugu Asakawa as its new president.
  • Asakawa, 61, currently special advisor to Japan’s Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will assume office as ADB’s 10th President on January 17, 2020.
  • He will succeed Takehiko Nakao, who will leave office on January 16, 2020.

    About Asian Development Bank:

    • Formation: 19 December 1966
    • Purpose: Social and Economic Development
    • Headquarters: Philippines
    • Membership: 68 countries
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who is the newly elected president of Asian Development Bank (ADB)? Masatsugu Asakawa
    2. On January 17, 2020, Matsugu Asakawa will assume office as the ___ President of Asian Development Bank (ADB). 10th

8. Govt launches 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN

  • Government has launched the 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme – UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country.
  • Civil Aviation Ministry said, the focus in this round will be North East Region, Hilly States, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Islands.
  • The scheme was launched in October, 2016, which seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions through revival of existing air strips and airports.
  • In the last three years government has successfully completed three rounds of bidding under the Scheme and awarded about 700 routes. The Ministry aims to operationalize one thousand routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently which phase of the regional connectivity scheme ‘Udaan’ has been launched by the government? 4th
    2. What does ‘UDAN’ stands for? Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik

9. New Zealand win MCC’s Spirit of Cricket award for 2019

  • New Zealand cricket team has been awarded the MCC’s Christopher Martin-Jenkins (CMJ) Spirit of Cricket Award 2019 for their “sporting conduct” in ICC Men’s World Cup 2019 final.
  • The Kane Williamson-led team had lost to England after a tied Super Over by the virtue of having scored fewer boundaries. “Their actions deserve this recognition,” said MCC President Kumar Sangakkara.
  • 2018’s joint winners were Dan Bowser and Chris Edwards of the England Learning Disability team, who were recognised for their outstanding sporting actions during the team’s tour of the Netherlands.
  • The CMJ Spirit of Cricket award was created in 2013 by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the BBC in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins (“CMJ”), who was passionate about promoting the spirit of the game.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which national cricket team has been awarded the MCC’s Christopher Martin-Jenkins (CMJ) Spirit of Cricket Award 2019? New Zealand

10. Rihanna’s Fenty label wins Urban Luxe at British Fashion Awards

  • Singer Rihanna’s fashion label Fenty won the Urban Luxe Award at the British Fashion Awards, which took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
  • Rihanna thanked the British Fashion Council and her collaborators in her acceptance speech.
  • Model Naomi Campbell won the Fashion Icon Award while Giorgio Armani received the Outstanding Achievement Award.

    Full list of The British Fashion Awards 2019 winners:

    • Award for Positive Change: Signatories of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
    • Brand of the Year: Bottega Veneta
    • British Emerging Talent Menswear: Bethany Williams for Bethany Williams
    • British Emerging Talent Womenswear: Rejina Pyo for Rejina Pyo
    • Special Tribute to Karl Lagerfeld
    • Urban Luxe: Fenty
    • Business Leader: Remo Ruffini for Moncler
    • Fashion Icon: Naomi Campbell
    • Accessories Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    • Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator: Sam McKnight
    • Designers’ Designer Award: Christopher Kane for Christopher Kane
    • Trailblazer Award: Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen
    • British Designer of the Year Menswear: Kim Jones for Dior Men
    • British Designer of the Year Womenswear: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    • Model of the Year: Adut Akech
    • Designer of the Year: Daniel Lee for Bottega Veneta
    • Outstanding Achievement Award: Giorgio Armani
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the Singer Rihanna’s fashion house, which won the Urban Luxe Award at the 2019 British Fashion Awards? Fenty
    2. Who won Designer of the Year award at the 2019 British Fashion Awards? Daniel Lee

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