Current Affairs: 22 December 2018

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22 December, 2018

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  1. Mobile App for Global Aviation Summit 2019 launched

Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha launched an official mobile application for Global Aviation Summit 2019. The Global Aviation Summit (GAS) 2019 is scheduled to be held in January 2019 in Mumbai.

The application was launched in the presence of R.N. Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI), Dr. Shefali Juneja, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, and other officials of AAI.

Source: – ANI News


  1. US defence chief quits a day after Trump’s Syria withdrawal order

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Thursday resigned, a day after President Donald Trump decided to pull all US troops out of Syria saying ISIS has been defeated there. “You have a right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects,” Mattis said in a letter to Trump.

Source: – Reuters


  1. IGOT and RTI Portal on judgments launched

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr. Jitendra Singh launched the IGOT (Integrated Government Online Training Programme) developed by Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions.

The Right to Information (RTI) Portal on Judgments/Orders of Supreme Court, High Courts and CIC has been developed by the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi. This Portal will provide a learning environment for all stakeholders under which a repository on the landmark cases on the RTI will be available at one place.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. India, China hold first People-to People Exchanges meeting

External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi co-chaired the first-ever meeting of India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and Peopleto-People Exchanges in New Delhi.

India and China had decided to set up people to people mechanism during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in China.

Source: – News on AIR


  1. FAA retains highest aviation safety ranking for India

The US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has retained the highest aviation safety ranking for India. The Federal Aviation Administration carried out an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018.

FAA formally confirmed that India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains Category 1. Category 1 means the carriers from the assessed state may initiate or continue service to the US in a normal manner and take part in reciprocal code-share arrangements with American carriers.

Source: – The Business Standard


  1. WV Raman appointed India women’s cricket team coach

W V Raman has been appointed the new coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. Raman is a vastly-experienced coach having been in charge of Tamil Nadu and India U-19 teams in the past. W V Raman will have to now step down as coach of the Bengal Ranji Trophy team to take up the India job.

Source: – The Indian Express


  1. RBI limits total outstanding ECBs to 6.5% of GDP

The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the government, has decided to have a rule-based dynamic limit for outstanding stock of External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) at 6.5% of GDP at current market prices.

As per the statement based on the GDP figures, the soft limit works out to $160 billion for the current financial year. The outstanding stock of ECBs as on September 30, 2018, stands at $126.29 billion.

Source: – The Hindu Business Line


  1. NFAI and FTII sign MoU for transfer of land

National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for transfer of three acres of land for the construction of storage facility for films and film material.

The land belonging to FTII at their Kothrud campus in Pune will be transferred to NFAI for this purpose. Shri Bhupendra Kanthola, Director FTII, and Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI signed the MoU.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Government launches asiatic lion conservation project

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” to protect and conserve the population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem.

The Asiatic Lion Conservation Project is aimed at the conservation and recovery of Asiatic Lion with the help of up to date techniques, instruments, regular scientific research studies, disease management, modern surveillance and patrolling techniques. The total budget of the project for 3 years amounts to around Rs 9784 lakh.

Source: – Press Information Bureau


  1. Gujarat emerges as best performing state in Start-Up ranking 2018

Gujarat has emerged as the best performing state in the Startup Ranking 2018. The National Report on States’ Startup Ranking was unveiled by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.

Gujarat, with 100 percentile, has performed better than all other states in all the seven areas including start up policy, incubation support, seeding innovation and scaling innovation. Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha and Rajasthan, with a score of more than 85 percentile, have been adjudged the top performers.

Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana have been recognised as Leaders. 27 states and 3 union territories participated in the ranking process.

Source: – DD News


  1. Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill

The Lok Sabha passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 that seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The Bill enforces consumer rights and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding deficiencies in goods and services.

It seeks to establish Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions at District, State and National levels. The district Commissions are authorised to look into complaints involving claims worth one crore rupees, which was 20 lakh rupees earlier.

Source: – DD News

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