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Saturday, December 28, 2019

DAILY GK 25 DEC 2019


DAILY GK 25 DEC 2019
1)       Kerala semi-high speed rail project
ü  Ministry of Railways , the Central Government has gave its approval for Rs 56,443 crore  worth of 532 km Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod in Kerala semi-high speed rail (SHSR) corridor project, named “Silver Line” project.
ü  After the construction of this corridor, the distance between Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod will be reduced from 12 hours to 4 hours. Trains on track will run at 200 km per hour.The state Government of Kerala has set a deadline to complete this corridor by 2024.

2)       Report :Trends in tobacco prevalence 2000-2025 
ü  WHO released its 3rd edition of global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025. As per the report despite decline in tobacco usage, India is off track to achieve 30% reduction in tobacco use by 2025 when compared to its 2010 levels. 163 nations besides India are also not on track in this regard.


3)       India-EU Summit 2020
ü  The President of European Council Charles Michel invited Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to attend the 17th India-EU summit in early 2020.  The summit which will be held at Brussels, Belgium, is aimed at expanding strategic partnership with Europe.

4)       66th National film awards for 2018
ü  The VP of India, Shri Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu has conferred the 66th National Film Awards for the year 2018 in 31 categories in New Delhi.
Amitabh Bachchan , who skipped the Awards ceremony due to ill-health will be presented with the prestigious 50th DadasahebPhalke Award (Indian cinema’s biggest honour in his 50th year in the Indian film industry).This  award consists of  Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) medallion, a shawl, and a cash prize of Rs 10,00,000.

5)       New President of Assocham

ü  Niranjan Hiranandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Groups has taken the charge of Assocham’s (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) new President on December 23, 2019. Asscham has celebrated its centenary meet in New Delhi recently. PM Modi was the chief guest for the event and spoke about the economic challenges and the preparations to achieve the target of $5 trillion economy.

6)       New chairman of ESAF SFB
ü  P R Ravi Mohan was appointed as the new chairman of ESAF Small Finance Bank (SFB). Ravi has replaced R Prabha, whose tenure as chairman has ended.ESAF Stands for Evangelical Social Action Forum.
Headquarters- Thrissur, Kerala.

7)       Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed as FSI

ü  The Government of India as appointed Harsh Vardhan Shringla as the next Foreign Secretary. He is the 33rd foreign secretary of the country. He replaces Vijay Gokhale. Shringla will take charge after the completion of VIjay Gokhale’s two-year term on January 29, 2020.

8)       “CBERS-4A” launched
ü  China and Brazil’s jointly developed earth observation satellite named China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite- 4A (CBERS-4A). The satellite along with 8 other satellites, was launched under a bilateral programme that would enhance cooperation among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations. It was launched from Long March-4B rocket in the northern Chinese province of Shanxi.

9)       DRDO successfully tested QRSAM

ü  DRDO has test-fired its Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from Chandipur district of Odisha.
This missile is developed by DRDO in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited for Indian Army.

10)    FIFA Team of the Year title for 2019
ü  For the second year in a row, Belgium was announced as the FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Team of the Year as it reached the top of the world rankings for the year 2019.  Belgium was followed by France, Brazil, England and Uruguay in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th spot respectively.

11)    16th FIFA club world cup 2019
ü  England’s football club (FC) Liverpool has won the 16th edition of Club World Cup (WC) title 2019 for the 1st  time after beating Flamengo (Brazilian sports club) with 1-0 scores in Khalifa International stadium, Doha ,Qatar.

12)    National Consumer Rights Day-December 24th
ü  Theme: Alternate consumer grievance/dispute redressal
ü  World Consumer Rights Day- 15 March.
ü  Theme of World Consumer Rights Day 2019: Trusted Smart Products

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