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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 13.12.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 13.12.2019

1. Infosys wins UN Global Climate Action Award in ‘Carbon Neutral Now’ category

  • Infosys was presented with the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Madrid, Spain.
  • Every year, the United Nations honours outstanding achievements in combating climate change through the Climate Action Awards.
  • Infosys won the award for its carbon neutral program, which delivers scalable, innovative and practical climate actions that address climate change and help drive progress on many other sustainable development goals, such as gender equality, health and well-being and economic opportunity.

    Infosys:

    • Founded: 7 July 1981
    • Headquarters: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
    • Chairman: Nandan Nilekani
    • MD & CEO: Salil S. Parekh
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which IT giant has won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category at COP 25 in Spain? Infosys
    2. Infosys has recently won the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in which category? Carbon Neutral Now

2. Maruti Suzuki ties up with Federal Bank for dealer and retail car financing

  • Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) has joined hands with Federal Bank to provide dealer finance and customised auto retail financing solutions to customers.
  • In August, MSIL had inducted Federal Bank as an approved partner for dealer inventory funding. The latest tie-up for retail financing to customers will further offer comprehensive loan access facilities to Maruti Suzuki dealers as well as customers.
  • Shyam Srinivasan, Managing Director and CEO of Federal Bank, said the arrangement will help the lender offer an end-to-end solution for dealers and retail banking customers via the best-in-class technology-enabled platform.

    About Maruti Suzuki:

    • Founded: 1981
    • Founder: Sanjay Gandhi
    • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
    • Chairman: R. C. Bhargava
    • Managing Director & CEO: Kenichi Ayukawa

    About Federal Bank:

    • Founder: K.P Hormi
    • Headquarters: Kochi, Kerala, India
    • MD & CEO: Shyam Srinivasan
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which automobile manufacturer has recently joined hands with Federal Bank for dealer and retail car financing? Maruti Suzuki India Ltd
    2. Where is the headquarter of Federal Bank located? Kochi, Kerala

3. Priyanka Chopra Jonas Honoured at Marrakech Film Festival

  • Shortly after Priyanka Chopra was bestowed with UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in New York.
  • The Bollywood star flew to Morocco where she was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival for her outstanding contributions to cinema.
  • The star has been a goodwill ambassador with the organisation for over a decade.
  • The actress was honoured alongside Hollywood actor Robert Redford in the ceremony. Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou, and filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier of Let Joy Reign Supreme fame were the other people in honoured at the festival.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which Indian actress has recently been awarded the UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in New York? Priyanka Chopra
    2. Recently who became the first Indian celeb to be honored at the Marrakech Film Festival? Priyanka Chopra

4. Salman Khan appointed as Pepsi’s new brand ambassador

  • Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has roped in Bollywood actor Salman Khan as the new face of its flagship Pepsi brand of carbonated beverage in India.
  • To note, the actor has been the face of rival Coca-Cola’s popular ThumsUp brand for years and was recently seen promoting Parle Agro-backed soft drink Appy Fizz.
  • In 2020, we look forward to building the brand’s Har Ghoont Mein Swag proposition with Salman in 2020,” said a PepsiCo India spokesperson.
  • Khan had previously endorsed PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew drink. Now, he will be a crucial cog in its flagship brand’s campaigns against Ranbir Kapoor-endorsed Coca Cola.
  • PepsiCo will also associate itself with Khan’s next big release Dabangg 3 that is scheduled to release later this month.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which Bollywood star has been named as Pepsi’s new brand ambassador? Salman Khan 

5. World Habitat Award’ for Odisha’s JAGA Mission

  • Odisha has won the ‘World Habitat Award’ for its ambitious initiative- Jaga Mission.
  • It aims at transforming the slums into liveable habitat with all necessary civic infrastructure and services at par with the better off areas within the same urban local body and to continuously improve the standard of the infrastructure and services and access to livelihood opportunities.

    World Habitat Award:

    • This award is given by World Habitat, in partnership with United Nations Habitat, every year, in recognition of innovative, outstanding, and revolutionary ideas, projects, and programmes from across the world in the field of housing.

    JAGA Mission:

    • Odisha Liveable Habitat Mission (OLHM)- JAGA is a society under the Housing & Urban Development Department, Government of Odisha.
    • The slum land titling mission was being executed in collaboration with Tata Trusts and Norman Foster Foundation.
    • Odisha government rolled out this first of its kind project on May 7, 2018.
    • This mission was also awarded the ‘India Geospatial Excellence Award’ for technological innovation in transforming the lives of urban poor.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which state goverment has won the ‘World Habitat Award’ for its ambitious initiative- Jaga Mission? Odisha
    2. JAGA Mission is an initiative of which state government? Odisha

6. Veteran Telugu actor, writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao passes away

  • Renowned Telugu actor and writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao, who enthralled people with his writings and acting for several decades, passed away.He was 80.
  • Rao, who acted in around 250 films in about four decades, passed away in Chennai following a cardiac arrest.
  • Rao, a multi-faceted personality, had been a journalist, playwright, writer, actor and television personality, all rolled into one.
  • He had also worked in the All India Radio.
  • Maruti Rao had won the prestigious Nandi Award of the government in undivided Andhra Pradesh way back in 1960s as a writer, among many others.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Gollapudi Maruti Rao, who died recently, was the veteran actor of which regional cinema? Telugu`

7.  Kepler partners SpaceX for launch of own satellite constellation

  • Canada-based small satellite startup Kepler Communications has teamed up with SpaceX to launch its own nanosatellite constellation for high-speed data transfers and low-power IoT connectivity.
  • SpaceX will carry two separate batches of nanosatellites from Kepler aboard its Falcon 9 launch vehicles.
  • Notably, SpaceX has requested approval to send 42,000 satellites for its own Starlink constellation.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Which Canada-based small satellite startup has teamed up with SpaceX to launch its own nanosatellite constellation? Kepler Communications
    2. Who is the founder and CEO of SpaceX? Elon Musk
    3. Who is the current President and COO of of SpaceX? Gwynne Shotwell

8. Rohit named La Liga’s first India brand ambassador

  • One of international cricket”s premier batsmen, Rohit Sharma was named the first-ever India brand ambassador of top Spanish football club Real Madrid.
  • He is the first non-footballer in the history of the La Liga league to have become a brand ambassador.
  • Rohit comes on board following a series of major initiatives by La Liga in India since 2017.
  • The current ICC World No. 2, is the only batsman in the history of the game to have scored three double hundreds in the 50-overs format including a world record 264.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been named the first-ever India brand ambassador of top Spanish football club Real Madrid? Rohit Sharma
    2. Who became the first non-footballer in the history of the La Liga league to have become a brand ambassador? Rohit Sharma

9. Ashok Leyland names former JCB India chief Vipin Sondhi as MD and CEO

  • Chennai-based commercial vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland appointed Vipin Sondhi as its Managing Director and CEO for a period of five years.
  • Sondhi was the MD and CEO of JCB lndia for about 14 years.
  • Prior to Sondhi, the Hinduja Group company was being led by Vinod Dasari, who quit to join Royal Enfield as CEO in April.

    About Ashok Leyland:

    • Industry: Automotive Commercial
    • Founded: 7 September 1948
    • Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
    • Parent: Hinduja Group
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been appointed as the Managing Director and CEO of Ashok Leyland? Vipin Sondhi
    2. Name the Parent company of Ashok Leyland? Hinduja Group
    3. Where is the Headquarters of Ashok Leyland situated? Chennai

10. Merkel tops Forbes’ list of World’s Most Powerful Women for 9th straight year

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped Forbes’ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for the ninth straight year.
  • European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde has been placed second on the list.
  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, ranked at 34, is among the 23 newcomers in the Forbes’ 2019 list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
  • HCL Technologies Vice Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra was ranked as 54th most powerful woman while Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw was at 65.
  • Further, Renuka Jagtiani, the Chairwoman and CEO of UAE-based retail conglomerate Landmark Group, ranked 96th.

    Top 10 most powerful women in the world in 2019:

    1. Angela Merkel (Germany)
    2. Christine Lagarde (France)
    3. Nancy Pelosi (United States)
    4. Ursula von der Leyen (Belgium)
    5. Mary Barra (United States)
    6. Melinda Gates (United States)
    7. Abigail Johnson (United States)
    8. Ana Patricia Botín (Spain)
    9. Ginni Rometty (United States)
    10. Marillyn Hewson (United States)
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has topped Forbes’ 2019 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women? Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)
    2. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was ranked ___ in the Forbes 2019 list of 100 most powerful women in the world. 34th

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