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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

DAILY GK 20-21 DEC

 DAILY GK 20-21 DEC

1.     INDIA’S FIRST WINTER EXPEDITION TO ARCTIC

        Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has launched ‘1st Indian Winter Expedition to Arctic’  to expand the India’s scientific activities to other critical and core Arctic realms, in New Delhi, Delhi.

        India’s Arctic research station ‘Himadri’ is located in Ny Alesund at Spitsbergen, Norway.

        India has two operational research stations at Antarctica namely  Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’.

 

2.     18TH SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMITTEE FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

        The 18th session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) was held in Kasane, Republic of Botswana.

        The session was chaired by H.E. Mr Mustaq Moorad, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Botswana to UNESCO.

        (UNESCO): Director-General– Audrey, Azoulay

        Headquarters– Paris, France

        Established– 1945

 

3.     INDIA TOPS GLOBAL REMITTANCE CHARTS

        According to World Bank(WB)’s Migration and Development Brief 39 titled ‘Leveraging Diaspora Finances for Private Capital Mobilization’,  India is considered a top remittance recipient with an estimated inward remittance flow of USD 125 Billion.

        Mexico stands at the second position with an estimated recipient value of USD 67 billion followed by China as third with USD 50 billion.

 

4.     BHUTAN’S NATIONAL ORDER OFMERIT

        Bhutan Government honoured Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh(India), Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia, with Bhutan’s National Order of Merit (NOM) Gold Medal for her significant contribution to public healthcare services to Bhutan.

        Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the Druk Gyalpo(dragon king) of Bhutan presented the award during the celebration of 116th National Day of Bhutan(17th December 2023) in Thimphu, Bhutan.

 

5.     GAJA CAPITAL BUSINESS BOOK PRIZE 2023

        The 5th edition of Gaja Capital Business Book Prize 2023 was jointly awarded to”Against All Odds: The IT Story of India” written by S. ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan, N. Dayasindhu, and Krishnan Narayanan; and “Winning Middle India: The Story of India’s New-Age Entrepreneurs” written by T.N. Hari and Bala Srinivasa.

        Gaja Capital Business Book Prize 2023 is an annual award established in 2019, which celebrates non-fiction works on contemporary Indian business.

        The award offers prize money of Rs 15 lakhs, the largest book prize in India.

 

6.     EGYPT  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

        Incumbent Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil El-Sisi secures 3rd term as Egypt’s president, after winning the 2024 Presidential Elections with 89.6% of the vote.

        In 2019, constitutional amendments in Egypt extended the presidential term from 4 years to 6 and also amended the constitution to raise the limit on consecutive terms in office from 2 to 3.

        It added 2 years to El-Sissi’s 2nd term and allowed him to run for the 3rd term with six-years this is also said to be the final term in office according to the constitution, starting from April 2024.

        Egypt: Capital– Cairo

 

7.     KHELO INDIA PARA GAMES 2023:

        Haryana topped the medal tally with 105 medals (40 gold, 39 silver, and 26 bronze) in the inaugural edition of the Khelo India Para Games 2023 held in New Delhi.

        Uttar Pradesh finished second in the medals table with 62 medals (25 gold, 23 silver, and 14 bronze) while Tamil Nadu finished third with 42 medals (20 gold, 8 silver, and 14 bronze).

        Mascot: ‘Ujjwala’, a sparrow, reminds strength comes in many forms and the human spirit is unbreakable.

 

8.     KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

        Israeli film ‘Children of Nobody’, written and directed by Erez-Tadmor, won the Golden Royal Bengal Tiger Award for Best Film in the international competition category at the 29th Kolkata International Film Festival – 2023 (KIFF – 2023) held in Kolkata(West Bengal).

        Along with the award, ‘Children of Nobody’(Yeladim Shel Af Ehad in Hebrew language) was given the prize money of Rs 51 lakh.

        Venezuelan director Carlos Daniel Malave was chosen as the Best Director and Rs 21 lakh for “One Way”.

        Mon Potongo’, directed by Sarmistha Maiti and Rajdeep Paul, was awarded best film under the Bengali Panorama category

        ‘Broken Dreams Stories from the Myanmar Coup’ from Myanmar directed by Ninefold Mosaic won the NETPAC award(Asian Select) for Best Film.

 

9.     2023 FIH HOCKEY STAR AWARDS

        Indian men’s hockey team mid fielder Hardik Singh and Indian women’s hockey team captain Savita Punia won the FIH men’s Player of the Year and the FIH Women’s Goalkeeper of the Year award respectively at the 2023 International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) annual Hockey Star Awards.

        Xan de Waard (the Netherlands)       Women’s Player of the Year

        Pirmin Blaak (the Netherlands)          Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year

        Gaspard Xavier (France)      Men’s Rising Star of the Year

        Teresa Lima (Spain) Women’s Rising Star of the Year

        André Henning (Germany)    Coach of the Year (Male)

        Alyson Annan (China)          Coach of the Year (Female)

        Ben Göntgen (Germany)      Umpire of the Year (Male)

        Ayanna McClean (Trinidad and Tobago)        Umpire of the Year (Female)

 

10.  KKR BIDS MITCHELL STARC FOR RS 24.75 CR

        Australian cricket player Mitchell Aaron Starc becomes the most expensive player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) as he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 24.75 crore to play in the 2024 IPL season.

        Mitchell Starc breaks Pat Cummins‘s (Australia) record buy of Rs 20.50 crore by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

11.  INTERNATIONAL HUMAN SOLIDARITY DAY 2023- DECEMBER 20

        The United Nations (UN)’s International Human Solidarity Day is annually observed across the globe on 20 December to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity in addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality, and injustice.

        The Human Rights Council replaced the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

        Members– 47 member states

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