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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 5 DEC 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 5 DEC 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      FIRST MEETING OF THE FIFTEENTH FINANCE COMMISSION HELD IN NEW DELHI
i. The first meeting of 15th Finance Commission was held at North Block in New Delhi. The Meeting was held under the Chairmanship of N.K. Singh and was attended by all the other Members of the Commission – Shaktikanta Das and Dr. Anoop Singh, and the part time Members Dr. Ashok Lahiri and Dr. Ramesh Chand.
ii. The 15th Finance Commission was constituted on 27th of November 2017. The Commission felt that wide-ranging consultations with all stake holders needed to be initiated.
iii. It was keen to seek academic inputs and inter-actions with leading Think Tanks and domain knowledge experts. It approved the setting-up of its office atJawahar Vyapar Bhawan on Janpath in New Delhi.

2.      INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE BEGINS IN NEPAL
i. Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has inaugurated an international conference to draw attention towards the adverse effects of global warming in the Hindu Kush mountain range.
ii. The conference 'Resilient Hindu Kush Himalaya: Developing Solutions towards a Sustainable Future for Asia' is being organized by Nepal's Ministry for Environment in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
iii. The four-day conference is attended by more than 300 experts from different countries of Asia including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar. V K Saraswat, member of India's Neeti foundation is leading the Indian delegation in the conference.

3.      PRESIDENT CONFERS 'NATIONAL AWARDS FOR DIVYANGJAN 2017'
i. President Ramnath Kovind confers 'National Awards for Divyangjan 2017' on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, in New Delhi.
ii. The award distribution stresses on the generation of employment for Divyangjans. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu launched Deen Dayal Divyangjan Sahajya Yojana in Guwahati, Assam. The National Awards were presented in 14 main categories.

4.      CENTRE INCREASES AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION BUDGET BY 47.4 PERCENT
i. The government of India has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.
ii. According to the Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, in order to adopt quality and holistic approach to higher agricultural education, the Fifth Dean Committee Report has been implemented in all the Agricultural Universities. This is First-of-its-kind that all Graduate Level Courses of Agriculture
5.      PM MODI INAUGURATED UNIQUE WORLD-CLASS HOSPITAL IN AHMEDABAD
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a unique world-class hospital at the Swaminarayan Gurukul Vidyapeeth Pratisthanam in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The 200-bed hospital is an integration of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Allopathy.
ii. The hospital has world-class facilities in all the 3 streams offering the best possible care for any ailment. This world-class hospital aims at providing top of the line medical and health care on subsidized rates.

6.      CYCLONE OCKHI HITS SOUTHERN INDIA
i. Air Force and Coast Guard have launched a massive rescue operation off the Kerala coast to save hundreds of fishermen stranded in the rough sea hit by Cyclone Ockhi.
ii. The weather department of Kanyakumari stated that the cyclone has moved to the Arabian sea. The Navy is using Dornier and Advanced light helicopters with divers while looking for fishermen stranded at sea. The cyclone has now moved beyond Lakshadweep.

7.      INDIA'S FIRST MADAME TUSSAUDS WAX MUSEUM OPENED IN NEW DELHI
i. India's first Madame Tussauds wax museum has been opened in New Delhi with 50 life-like figures spanning across history, sports, music, films, and politics, for the public at the iconic Regal building in central Delhi.
ii. Madame Tussauds has been a successful tourist attraction in places like London, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Hong Kong. The Delhi facility is the 23rd edition of Madame Tussauds.

8.      1ST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE ON AYUSH & WELLNESS SECTOR BEGUN IN NEW DELHI
i. The first International exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness sector- AROGYA 2017 has begun in New Delhi. The four day event was inaugurated by Ayush Minister Shripad Yesso Naik.
ii. The theme of the conference is 'Enhancing the global potential of Ayush'. The objective of the event is to showcase the strength and scientific validation of Indian System of Medicine in the global context. The fair will give a boost to AYUSH Products in International Market.

9.      SOUTH KOREA, US LAUNCH LARGEST AIR EXERCISE
i. South Korea and the United States launched their largest-ever joint aerial drills. The annual US-South Korean drill, called Vigilant Ace, will run for 5-days, with six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to be deployed among the more than 230 aircraft taking part.
ii. Around 12,000 US service members, including from the Marines and Navy, have joined South Korean troops.

10.  PAYTM PAYMENTS BANK UNVEILS PAYTM FASTAG ACROSS INDIA
i. Paytm Payments Bank rolled out Paytm FASTag to enable electronic toll fee collection on highways across the country, in line with the government's move to make FASTag mandatory on every new vehicle sold from December 1.
ii. The Paytm FASTag - which is a simple and reusable tag based on radio-frequency identification technology that can be placed on a vehicle's windscreen.

11.  PRITHVI SHAW NAMED INDIA'S CAPTAIN FOR 2018 U-19 WORLD CUP
i. Mumbai's 18-year-old batsman Prithvi Shaw has been named the captain of the Indian Under-19 team for the 2018 U-19 World Cup
ii. The tournament is scheduled to be held in New Zealand starting January 13, 2018. This comes after Shaw slammed three tons and two fifties in five Ranji Trophy matches this season. Punjab's Shubman Gill has been named as Shaw's deputy.

12.  DEEPIKA KUMARI WINS BRONZE AT INDOOR ARCHERY WORLD CUP
i. India’s Deepika Kumari has won bronze medal at the Indoor Archery World Cup Stage 2 that concluded in Bangkok, Thailand.
ii. Deepika, seeded third, defeated 13th seeded Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia 7-3 in the women’s recurve bronze play-off.

13.  VETERAN ACTOR SHASHI KAPOOR PASSES AWAY
i. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died at the age of 79. Kapoor was unwell for quite some time. The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai.
ii. Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the film Dharmputra. Kapoor acted in more than a hundred films, of which he played the solo lead in 61.

14. INDIAN NAVY DAY: 4 DECEMBER
i. The Indian Navy Day is observed on 4th December every year to celebrate achievements and role of the naval force to the country.
ii. During the India-Pakistan war of 1971, the Indian Navy played a significant role in the bombing of the Karachi harbor and sank Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Ghazi.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. THE FIRST MEETING OF THE FIFTEENTH FINANCE COMMISSION WAS HELD AT?
a)  Mumbai
b)  New Delhi
c)  Kolkata
d)  Chennai
Q2. WHICH STATE INAUGURATED THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE ON AYUSH & WELLNESS SECTOR, AROGYA 2017?
a)  West Bengal
b)  Punjab
c)  New Delhi
d)  Uttarakhand
Q3. IN WHICH CITY OF GUJARAT, PM MODI INAUGURATED UNIQUE WORLD-CLASS HOSPITAL AT THE SWAMINARAYAN GURUKUL VIDYAPEETH PRATISTHANAM?
a)  Surat
b)  Vadodara 
c)  Gandhinagar
d)  Ahemdabad  
Q4. IN WHICH COUNTRY, THE 4-DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE WAS HELD?
a)  Nepal
b)  Bhutan
c)  India 
d)  Bangladesh

ANSWERS: 

1 - B    2 - C    3 - D    4 - A

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