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Friday, December 6, 2019

DAILY GK 3 – 4 DEC 2019


DAILY GK 3 – 4 DEC 2019
1.     ‘HAND-IN-HAND 2019’

ü The 8th edition of the joint training exercise between India and China named “HAND-IN-HAND 2019” for the year 2019 is to be held in Umroi, Meghalaya.
ü Theme: The theme for the exercise will be ’counter-terrorism under United Nations mandate‘.

2.    Mission Indradhanush 2.0 launched

ü Govt. launched nationwide vaccination drive under Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 (IMI-2.0) across the country. This flagship program aims to immunize children under 2 years of age and pregnant women against 8 vaccine preventable diseases such as diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B.
ü Target: The IMI’s vaccination driver which will be conducted from December 2019- March 2020,aims to achieve full immunization coverage target in 272 districts.


3.    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited India

ü The president of Sri Lanka Shri Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid a 3-day official visit to India. It is to be noted that this was his first overseas visit after becoming President.Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced to offer $450 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Sri Lanka.

4.    ‘India Corruption Survey 2019’

ü ‘India Corruption Survey 2019’ by independent agencies Transparency International India (TII) and Local Circles, was released. As per the report the Corruption rate in India fell by 10% in 2019.
ü The percentage of people who had paid bribes fell from 58% in 2018 to 51% in 2019.Rajasthan ranked as the most corrupt state having 78% citizens indulged in bribery. Rajasthan was followed by Bihar and Jharkhand in the second and third place respectively.
ü India ranks 78th position in the corruption index 2019 out of 180 countries

5.    IFC to invest $ 200 million in Mahindra finance

ü The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a unit of the World Bank Group, has anchored an investment round of $ 200 million in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Limited (MMFSL), a Rural NBFC (Non Banking Financial Company) with the objective to create a ‘pool’ specifically for financing MSMEs in low income states.

6.    12th Shakti Bhatt First Book prize 2019

ü English author Tony Joseph based in New Delhi has won the prestigious 12th ‘Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019’ for his 2018 book, ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From’ published by Juggernaut Books.

7.    Prithiviraj Roopan elected as the President of Mauritius

ü Prithiviraj Roopun was the former Minister of Arts and Culture of Mauritius. He preceded Ammenah Gurib-Fakim who resigned in March 2018.

8.    Ballon d’Or award 2019

ü Argentina’s professional football player Lionel Messi  won his record 6th Ballon d’Or award. The award was given after Messi scored 54 times for his Barcelona club.Prior to that, Messi and Portuguese football player Christiano Ronaldo equally had 5 Ballon d’Or awards under their name.
ü Megan Rapinoe(American) wins women’s Ballon d’Or.

9.    Steve Smith become the fastest man to score 7000 test runs

ü Steven Smith Australian cricketer became the fastest man to score 7000 runs in test matches by breaking a 73-year old record which was held by English cricketer Wally Hammond in the year 1946. Steve also became Australia’s highest scorer by beating Donald Bradman.

10. 21st Asian Archery Championship 2019

ü The 21st Asian Archery Championship for the year 2019 was held in Bangkok, Thailand.India secured the second position in the overall medal tally while South Korea topped the list.
ü India’s medal count: India obtained 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals totalling the medal count to 7.
ü Indian archers Abishek Verma and Jyothi Surekha Vennam won India’s only gold in the compound mixed pair event.

11. International Day of Persons with Disabilities-December 3,2019

ü The theme of the day was ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’.

12. India’s 1st National maritime heritage museum

ü India & Portugal has decided to set up India’s 1st National Maritime Heritage Museum at the ancient Indian site of Lothal in Gujarat with the aim to boost the underwater or marine archaeology. The Museum will showcase salvaged material from shipwreck sites in the Indian Ocean waters.

13. India stands 73rd  in UNCTAD’s B2C e-commerce Index 2019

ü According to the “Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019”  released by UNCTAD’s (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), India has moved seven places up and ranked 73rd  out of 152 countries index that measures an economy’s preparedness to support online shopping with the Index score of 57.0. For the 2nd consecutive year in a row, the Netherlands leads the Index with the score of 96.4.

14. World malaria report 2019

ü WHO released a report titled “World malaria report 2019”.
ü As per the report, India was one of the only two countries of the 11 high- burden- to- high -impact (HBHI) countries. India reported 2.6million fewer cases with 28% reduction in malaria cases. The country next to India was Uganda. It reported 1.5million fewer cases.

15. ET Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service 2019

ü Arun Jaitley former Finance Minister of India was bestowed with the Economic Times (ET) Lifetime Achievement award for Public Service 2019. The award was received by Arun Jaitley’s spouse Sangeeta Jaitley.

16. ‘Person of the Year’ by PETA

ü Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, American actor from California has been bestowed with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ‘Person of the Year’ Award 2019.

17. Sundar Pichai named as the CEO of Alphabet

ü Sundar Pichai, current CEO of Google has been made the CEO of Alphabet, the parent organization of Google, followed by the resignation of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, CEO and President of Alphabet and the founders of Google.

18. Upender Singh Rawat has been appointed as the Indian Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica


19. MCC’s Spirit of Cricket award 2019

ü New Zealand cricket team was awarded with 2019 Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCCs) Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for the sportsmanship it showed during the finals of the ICC (International Cricket Council) World Cup at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, England.

20. Indian Navy Day-Dec 4 2019

ü The day is celebrated in memory of the Operation Trident that was launched by the Indian Navy (IN) in Pakistan’s Karachi harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.

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