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DAILY GK : 17 DEC 2020

 DAILY GK : 17 DEC 2020

1. MIGRATORY BIRDS FESTIVAL

      Bihar’s 1st Migratory Birds Festival was organized in Bhagalpur, Bihar.

      The event will Showcase hundreds of Migratory birds yearly visiting the Bhagalpur region during the winter season.

      Photography competition to identify migratory birds.

 

2. LADAKH NEW YEAR ‘LOSAR’ CELEBRATED

      Ladakh Buddhist Association (LBA) celebrated the ‘Losar’ festival to mark the beginning of Ladakhi New Year.

      ‘Losar’ is celebrated in the 11th month of the Tibetan calendar.‘Tarchen’ – a religious and traditional flag was hoisted to mark the beginning of the new year.

 

3. INDIA WATER IMPACT SUMMIT (IWIS) 2020

      5th India Water Impact Summit (IWIS) 2020 was organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Center for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies (cGanga) on the theme “Arth Ganga – River Conservation Synchronised Development”.

      The summit provided a platform for interaction between global investors and stakeholders in the water sector to address issues pertaining to water and river management in India.

 

4. HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2020

      “Human Development Report 2020 – The next frontier:Human Development and the Anthropocene” released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India (score of 0.645) was ranked 131 in the list of 189 countries based on Human Development Index (HDI).

      Norway topped the list with a score of 0.957, the second place was grabbed by 2 countries – Ireland (0.955) and Switzerland (0.955). 

 

5. MEGHDOOT AWARD FUNCTION 2020

      Department of Posts (DoP) conducted Meghdoot Award Function 2020.

      The General category for Grameen Daksevak was conferred upon Kirtan Nayak of Odisha Circle while the Best Woman Employee was presented to Rinchen of Himachal Pradesh Circle. 

      DoP and India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) have virtually unveiled a new digital payment app DakPay.

 

6. HIGHEST PAID CELEBRITY LIST

      Famous American Media Personality and founder of Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner topped the Forbes 2020’s highest paid celebrity list with an earning of USD 590 million in 2020.

      She was followed by popular American singer Kanye West in the second spot with 170 million.

      The 23-year-old topped the list after she sold a 51% stake in Kylie Cosmetics for $600 million to Coty.

 

7. ISRAEL SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRES 3 MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEMS

      Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) together with United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully test fired a series of Israel’s 3 multi-range missile defence systems namely – “Arrow”, “David’s Sling” & “Iron Dome” over the Mediterranean Sea.

      The tests are being conducted amidst heightening tensions between Israel & Iran.

      The drills showcased the capability of the systems to intercept a range of aerial targets from drones to long range ballistic missiles.

 

8. 49TH VIJAY DIWAS

      Vijay Diwas is annually celebrated across India on 16th December which marks India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 which resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan.

      The 16th December 2020 marks the 49th Vijay Diwas and also marks the beginning of the celebration of “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” – 50th anniversary of India’s victory over Pakistan.

      Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled the logo for “Swarnim Vijay Varsh” on the occasion of the 49th Vijay Diwas.

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