Current Affairs: 20 December 2018

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20 December, 2018

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  1. WEF Gender Gap Index 2018: Iceland tops, India ranks 108th

India has been ranked 108th in World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index 2018, same as 2017 while recording improvement in wage equality for similar work and fully closing its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.

As per the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Report 2018, Iceland topped the list having closed more than 85.8% of its overall gender gap. The Report was published for total 149 countries. Norway and Sweden were on 2nd and 3rd position, respectively.

Source: – WEF


  1. President’s rule to be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after 22 years

President’s rule will be imposed in Jammu and Kashmir on December 20, after a period of 22 years. This comes after the Centre approved a proposal put forward by the state’s Governor Satya Pal Malik. The state was under the Governor’s rule since June 20, when BJP withdrew its support to PDP leading to the fall of Mehbooba Mufti-led government.

Source: – Times Now


  1. Government appoints interim CBI Head Nageswara Rao as additional director

CBI’s Joint Director M Nageswara Rao, who is currently the interim CBI Director, was promoted to the rank of Additional Director by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. The 1986-batch IPS officer from the Odisha cadre had joined the CBI in 2016.

Before being appointed interim chief, Rao was No. 3 in the pecking order and was handling the Chandigarh branch along with certain branches in South India.

Source: – News on AIR


  1. Textiles Minister gives away Handicrafts Export Awards

Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, presented awards to handicrafts exporters for their outstanding performance in exports for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 at a function at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.

Minister of State for Textiles, Ajay Tamta and Development Commissioner [Handicrafts], Shantmanu, were also present on the occasion. The awards for outstanding performance of handicrafts exports were given under different categories to 136 exporters.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. ISRO launched GSAT- 7A communication satellite

The GSLV F 11 carrying GSAT ZA was successfully launched from the Space research Centre Sriharikota by ISRO. The last launch of this year is a dedicated mission for updating and increasing the capability of the Country’s defence forces. GSLV F 11 carries the 2250 kilogram GSAT 7A from Sriharikota.

The rocket spewed out the satellite within 20 minutes after lift off from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. The rocket, GSLV F 11 is the fourth generation launch vehicle with three stages.

Source: – ISRO


  1. 9th India-ROK joint commission meeting held in New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of South Korea Kang Kyung-wha co-chaired the 9th India-ROK Joint Commission meeting. Ms. Kyung-wha arrived in New Delhi on a two day visit to India.

Mrs. Swaraj and her Korean counterpart reviewed the progress in multifaceted cooperation under the Special Strategic Partnership between the two countries. It includes follow-up action on decisions taken during the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to India in July this year.

Source: – AIR World Service


  1. Sonam Kapoor named PETA India’s 2018 Person of the Year

Actress Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Person of the Year for 2018.

Sonam has been feted as she sings in praise of vegan eating and because she keeps animal skins out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson, apart from taking other action for the welfare of animals.

Source: – News18


  1. Bill banning commercial surrogacy passed in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, which bans commercial surrogacy. The bill allows ‘altruistic’ surrogacy, which involves an arrangement where the couple does not pay the surrogate mother any compensation other than the medical and insurance expenses related to the pregnancy. Moreover, the surrogate mother must be a ‘close relative’ of the intending couple.

Source: – ANI

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