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Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 18.12.2019

Most Important Current Affairs of the Day- 18.12.2019

1. Veteran actor Shreeram Lagoo passes away aged 92

  • Veteran actor and theatre personality Shreeram Lagoo passed away on Tuesday aged 92 in a private hospital in Pune.
  • Lagoo had worked in over 100 Hindi and Marathi films, over 40 Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati plays and also directed over 20 plays in Marathi.
  • He won the 1978 Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award for the Hindi film Gharaonda.
  • He is best known for his role in the Marathi play Natasamrat. Some of his most prestigious works include Gidhade, Garbo and Atmakatha.
  • Shriram Lagoo had a background as a doctor and used to practiced medicine and surgery in Pune, India and Tabora, Tanzania in the 1960s. When his theatre career took off in 1969, he became a full time actor.
     
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Shreeram Lagoo, who recently passed away, was the famous? Actor

2. Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year

  • Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry has been named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the second time in three years.
  • Perry also won the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award. Perry has scored 441 ODI runs and taken 21 wickets this year.
  • Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy won T20I Women’s Cricketer of the Year award the second straight year.
  • Thailand’s Chanida Sutthiruang named as Emerging Cricketer of the Year
  • Meg Lanning named skipper of both ODI and T20I sides.
     
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been named as ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2019? Ellyse Perry (Australian all-rounder)
    2. Who won the ICC Women’s 2019 T20I Player of the Year award? Alyssa Healy (Australia wicketkeeper)
    3. Chanida Sutthiruang is related to which sport? Cricket

3. India slips 4 ranks to 112th on WEF’s gender gap report

  • World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2020 has ranked India at 112th out of 153 countries.
  • India has moved down from its 108th position last year.
  • The report also stated that India has “abnormally low sex ratios at birth” with 91 girls for every 100 boys.
  • Iceland (87.7%) remains the world’s most gender-equal country, followed by Norway (2nd, 84.2%), Finland (3rd, 83.2%) and Sweden (4th, 82.0%). Other economies in the top 10 include Nicaragua (5th, 80.4%), New Zealand (6th, 79.9%), Ireland (7th, 79.8%), Spain (8th, 79.5%), Rwanda (9th, 79.1%) and Germany (10th, 78.7%).
  • India ranked lower than many of its international peers, and some of its neighbours like China (106th), Sri Lanka (102nd), Nepal (101st), Brazil (92nd), Indonesia (85th) and Bangladesh (50th)
  • Yemen is ranked the worst (153rd), while Iraq is 152nd and Pakistan 151st.
  • The first WEF Gender Gap Index was published in 2006 when India was ranked at 98th position.
     

    About World Economic Forum:

    • World Economic Forum is a non-profit organization based in Switzerland. It is headquartered in Geneva. The Forum was established in 1971 by Professor Klaus M. Schwab, working at the University of Geneva, in the name of European Management. It was renamed as World Economic Forum in the year 1949 and since then, it organizes an annual meeting every year in the month of January called Davos.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. What is India’s rank in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2020? 112th
    2. Which country has topped the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2020? Iceland
    3. Which country is ranked the worst (153rd) in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Gender Gap Report 2020? Yemen
    4. The first WEF Gender Gap Index was published in 2006 when India was ranked at ___ position. 98th

4. Mohun Bagan president Gitanath Ganguly passes away

  • Mohun Bagan president and retired justice Gitanath Ganguly died following a cardiac arrest.
  • Ganguly took over as the club president after the Swapan Sadhan Bose-led panel swept the elections in November last year.
  • A close aide of Bose, Ganguly was associated with the Mariners for a long time and was the club’s legal consultant when Anjan Mitra was the general secretary.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Gitanath Ganguly, who died recently, was the President of which oldest existing association football club in India? Mohun Bagan

    5. Russia to be focal theme of 44th Kolkata book fair

  • The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair will begin from January 29 next year and Russia will be the focal country.
  • Around 22 countries from Asia, Europe and Latin America would take part in the 12-day mega event, known over the decades for its huge footfall. It will be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
  • The fair would be held at the Central Park in Salt Lake this year, too, and stalls of approximately 600 publishers and 200 small magazines will be set up.
  • Publishers from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and other states would be among the participants.
  • Moreover, the seventh Kolkata Literature Festival, a highlight of the book fair, will be held from February 6-8.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Name the focal theme country of 44th International Kolkata Book Fair? Russia

6. GEM launches national outreach programme ‘GeM Samvaad’

  • Government e-commerce portal GeM has launched a national outreach programme, GeM Samvaad, to bring on-board more local sellers.
  • The outreach programme will take place with stakeholders across the country and with local sellers to facilitate on- boarding of local sellers on the marketplace.
  • The programme was launched by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan in New Delhi.
  • The programme will take place from 17th February next year and will cover all the States and Union Territories of the country.
  • Our Correspondent reports that GeM has more than 15 lakh products and around 20,000 services, more than 3 lakh registered sellers and service providers and more than 40 thousand government buyer organizations.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Government e-commerce portal GeM has launched which national outreach programme to bring on-board more local sellers? GeM Samvaad
    2. Recently the government e-commerce portal GeM has launched GeM Samvaad, a national outreach program to bring __. More local vendors on-board

7.  Sridhar Patra appointed NALCO CMD

  • Sridhar Patra was appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director of NALCO, a Personnel Ministry order said.
  • Patra is at present Director (Finance) in the National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO).
  • He has been appointed as the CMD of NALCO till the date of his superannuation, i.e. October 31, 2024, the order said.

    About NALCO:

    • Industry: Mining, Metals, Power
    • Headquarters: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
    • Products: Aluminium, Alumina & Hydrate
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Who has been appointed as the chairman-cum-managing director of NALCO? Sridhar Patra
    2. Where is the headquarters of National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) located? Bhubaneswar, Odisha

8. Govt launches National Broadband Mission; to invest 7 trillion in 4 years

  • The central government launched National Broadband Mission, which envisages an investment of 7 lakh crore in the next 4 years from both government and industry to connect the country digitally at a faster pace.
  • The mission, launched by Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, is part of the National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
  • The mission envisages 7 lakh crore investment from government and private sector together over the next 3 to 4 years. 10 per cent of the funds will come from USO Fund and the balance to come from industry in the form of towers and other assets, Anshu Prakash, the Telecom Secretary said at the launch.
  • In addition to this, USD 46 million financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) that will be administered by the ADB.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. The National Broadband Mission, Which is recently launched by Union Telecom Minister, is a part of ___. National Digital Communications Policy, 2018
    2. In the recently launched National Broadband Mission, the 10 percent of the funds will come from USOF. What is the expanded form of USOF? Universal Service Obligation Fund

9. India, Germany ink pact for Rs 1,958 crore finance to develop energy-efficient housing programme

  • India has secured a USD 277 million (about Rs 1,900 crore) loan from Germany to establish an energy-efficient housing programme in the country.
  • A loan agreement has been signed between State Bank of India (SBI) and German development bank KfW for USD 277 million to establish an energy-efficient housing programme in India, SBI said in a release.
  • The financial cooperation pact has been signed in October between the Government of India and the Government of Germany.
  • The programme shall be part of the Indo-German Development Co-operation, guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, SBI said.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently SBI has signed a loan agreement worth of ___ with KfW,a German state-owned development bank for establishing an energy-efficient housing programme in India. USD 277 million (about Rs 1,958 crore)
    2. India has secured a USD 277 million loan from which country to establish an energy-efficient housing programme? Germany

10. Cyrus Mistry restored as Executive Chairman of Tata Sons

  • The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has restored Cyrus Mistry as Executive Chairman of Tata Sons and ruled that his ouster in 2016 was illegal.
  • Mistry had taken over as Tata Sons’ sixth chairman in 2012 after Ratan Tata announced his retirement.
  • The Mistry family is the single largest shareholder in Tata Sons, with an 18.4% stake.
    Important Possible questions based on above News:
    1. Recently, NCLAT has restored Cyrus Mistry as the executive chairman of Tata Sons and ruled that his ouster in ___ was illegal. 2016

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