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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 DEC 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 10 DEC 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1.   SURESH PRABHU IN ARGENTINA TO ATTEND 11TH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF WTO
i. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is in Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend the 11th Ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization.
ii. Trade in Services remains an area of key interest to India and other developing countries.

2.   GIRIRAJ SINGH LAUNCHES PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PORTAL FOR MSES - MSME SAMBANDH
i. A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched by Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (I/C) for MSME in New Delhi.
ii. The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises.

3.   INDIA TO ACHIEVE ‘ELECTRICITY FOR ALL’ BY EARLY 2020S: IEA
i. Half a billion people have gained access to electricity in India since 2000, almost doubling the country’s electrification rate, according to the World Energy Access report released by the International Energy Agency.
ii. This “remarkable” growth puts India on course to achieving access to electricity for all in the early 2020s, the report added.

4.   SARVESH TIWARI APPOINTED AS PRESIDENT PARA SPORTS FOUNDATION
i. On the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a renowned communication expert, Sarvesh Kumar Tiwari, was appointed as the President of Para-Sports Foundation, India.
ii. The announcement was made at the National Award for Divyangjan 2017 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Para Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards the social welfare of persons with disabilities.


5.   NEW DELHI TO HOST ASEAN-INDIA CONNECTIVITY SUMMIT
i. According to the External Affairs Ministry, New Delhi will host the two-day long Asean-India Connectivity Summit on the theme "Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century".
ii. The event comes ahead of the visit of the leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for the commemorative summit of 25 years of the India-Asean dialogue partnership.

6.   INDIA'S GDP GROWTH TO RISE TO 7.5 PC IN 2018: MORGAN STANLEY
i. The Indian economy is expected to witness cyclical growth recovery, with real GDP growth likely to accelerate from 6.4 percent this year to 7.5 percent in 2018 and further to 7.7 percent in 2019, says a report of Morgan Stanley.

7.   DIRECT TAX COLLECTIONS FOR FINANCIAL YEAR 2017-18 SHOW GROWTH OF 14.4% UPTO NOVEMBER, 2017
i. The provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to November, 2017 show that net collections are at Rs. 4.8 lakh crore which is 14.4% higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year.
ii. The Net Direct Tax collections represent 49% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for the Financial Year. 2017-18 (Rs. 9.8 lakh cr).  Gross collections (before adjusting for refunds) have increased by 10.7% to Rs.5.82 lakh cr during April-November, 2017.

8.   MAHESH SHARMA INAUGURATES ‘BODHI PARVA: BIMSTEC FESTIVAL OF BUDDHIST HERITAGE’
i. Minister of State for Culture (I/C) Dr. Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated the three days ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi.
ii. India is hosting the the Parva from 8 to 10 December as part of celebrations of 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.

9.   UN WOMEN, FACEBOOK INAUGURATES 'WE THE WOMEN' EVENT IN MUMBAI
i. UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two day event in Mumbai titled 'We The Women' to empower and recognise the magnificent contribution of women in our society.
ii. The event witnessed speakers from different walks of life including Textile and I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, Sakshi Malik, Mithali Raj, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar andothers.

10.           INDONESIA OPEN AQUATIC: INDIAN DIVING TEAM WINS 6 MEDALS
i. Indian Diving Team won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017. The five-day championship concluded recently in Indonesia's Jakarta.
ii. More than 1,500 athletes from eight countries, participated in the 5 day event. At the championships, the diving category featured athletes from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

11.           FIFA LIFTS KUWAIT FOOTBALL BAN
i. The international football federation, FIFA, has lifted a two-year suspension against Kuwait’s football association that has prevented the country from participating in international tournaments.
ii. FIFA president Gianna Infantino confirmed the move in a video posted on the Instagram account of Kuwait’s minister of trade and industry and acting minister of youth affairs Khaled Al-Roudhan.

12.           HUMAN RIGHTS DAY- 10 DECEMBER
i. Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. The day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
ii. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document. The Campaign is named as #standup4humanrights.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHICH UNION MINISTER HAS LAUNCHED A PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PORTAL ‘MSME SAMBANDH’ FOR MSMES?
a)  Giriraj Singh
b)  Suresh Prabhu
c)  Arun Jaitley
d)  D. V. Sadananda Gowda
Q2. WHICH CITY TO HOST THE ASEAN INDIA CONNECTIVITY SUMMIT?
a)  Indore
b)  New Delhi
c)  Jaipur
d)  Kanpur
Q3. WHICH COUNTRY IS HOSTING THE “BODHI PARVA: BIMSTEC FESTIVAL OF BUDDHIST HERITAGE”?
a)  China
b)  India
c)  Nepal
d)  Myanmar
Q4. WHAT IS THE THEME OF THE 2017 WORLD HUMAN RIGHTS DAY?
a)  Stand Up for Human Rights
b)  Stand up for someone’s rights today
c)  Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity
d)  Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always
Q5. WHO IS LEADING THE INDIAN DELEGATION AT THE 11TH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION?
a)  Suresh Prabhu
b)  Narendra Singh Tomar
c)  Sushma Swaraj
d)  Radha Mohan Singh

ANSWERS: 

1 - A    2 - B    3 - D    4 - C    5 - A

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