Current Affairs: 29 December 2018

  1. Madhya Pradesh’s Divya Patidar Joshi crowned Mrs. India 2018 title

The Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale was held in Delhi and Divya Patidar Joshi was crowned with the prestigious honor. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam, Divya won the crown of Mrs India this year from among 24 promising contestants. She won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title.

Source: – News nation


  1. National Children’s Science Congress begins in Bhubaneswar

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 26th edition of National Children’s Science Congress in Bhubaneswar in which as many as 800 students from ten Asian and seven Gulf countries are participating.

This year’s theme is ‘Science, Technology and Innovations: For clean, green and healthy nation’. It is for the second time that the National Children’s Science Congress is being organized in Odisha. Earlier, the mega event was held in 2015.

Source: – DD News


  1. 10,000cr budget for sending 3 Indians to space for 7 days approved

The Cabinet on Friday approved a budget of $10,000 crore for sending three Indian astronauts to space for up to seven days by 2022 for the Gaganyaan Programme. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of the programme. The programme will help India become the fourth nation to have a manned mission to space.

Source: – ANI


  1. Nepal Caps expenditure of its citizens in India

Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. A spokesperson of the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) stated that a Nepali citizen would be unable to spend more than INR 1 lakh per month while paying for goods and services in India.

The decision was taken to address the country’s current account deficit. The policy applicable to prepaid, credit and debit cards of Nepali banks came into effect.

Source: – The Hindu


  1. India announces INR 4,500 crore assistance to Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Rs. 4,500 crore financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan after holding wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering. The new five-year plan of Bhutan began in 2018 and will continue till 2022.

Source: – NDTV


  1. Airlines asked to make in-flight announcement in local language

Aviation regulator DGCA has issued an advisory stating that airlines should make in-flight announcements in local language “to the extent feasible”. Announcements in local language would be in addition to the ones made in Hindi and English, according to the advisory. The regulator also said that pilots can make in-flight announcements about important monuments or sites en route the flight.

Source: – Livemint


  1. 12th annual ISDSI Conference held in Mumbai

SPJIMR hosted the 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) Conference at SPJIMR, Mumbai. The theme of this international conference is “Data-Driven Decision Making in the Digital Age”.

The main objective of this conference is to provide a platform for academicians, researchers and practitioners to disseminate research, providing insights into the challenges, opportunities, emerging strategies and analytical tools in the domain of decision making;

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  1. Praveen Kumar appointed as Chief Justice of new Andhra HC

Justice Chagari Praveen Kumar has been appointed as acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court with effect from January 1. Earlier, the Union Law Ministry issued an order signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, which said Andhra Pradesh will have its own High Court at its capital Amaravati and the Hyderabad High Court shall become High Court for Telangana.

Source: – The News Minute


  1. Pilots told to announce when flying over sites like Statue of Unity

Aviation regulator DGCA has asked airlines to direct pilots to make announcements of important monuments and sites like Taj Mahal, Statue of Unity and Ajanta Ellora while flying over them. The regulator said this was to enhance awareness about India’s cultural heritage. “It is made clear that the above announcements be made without compromising safety of operations,” it added.

Source: – Livemint


  1. Ministry signs MoU to develop a mobile audio guide app for 5 iconic sites

K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, handed over a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme to Resbird Technologies for development of a mobile Audio Guide App for five iconic sites.

The five iconic sites for which the mobile Audio Guide App is to be developed are Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Kaziranga (Assam), Colva Beach (Goa), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).

Source: – Press Information Bureau

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