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National (Current Affairs)
♦ICAR and NABARD signs MoU to facilitate the action research and innovative farmer models
- Promote sustainable agriculture and climate resilient farming systems the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Board of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to facilitate the action research (the research carried out with the active participation of farmers to provide solutions for the challenges) and up-scaling of the various technologies and innovative farmer models developed by the ICAR that includes the successful climate resilient practices, models and integrated and hi-tech farming practices in a participatory model through adoptive research on watershed platform.
- Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) and Shri Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD signed the MoU in New Delhi on 13th December.
Note: About NABARD
Founded: 12 July 1982
Chairman: Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
♦11th Delhi Dialogue; 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and associated events on December 13-14, 2019
- The Ministry of External Affairs will host the 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue XI at the Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi on December 13 and 14, 2019.
- The 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue takes place on December 13, and the theme is “Indo-Pacific: Re-imagining the Indian Ocean through an Expanded Geography”.
- It is being organized with the assistance of the Indian Council for World Affairs. Delhi Dialogue XI will start on the evening of December 13, and will run through to the evening of December 14. The theme for this year’s Delhi Dialogue is “Advancing Partnership in Indo-Pacific”, and is being organized with the assistance of the Research and Information System (RIS) for Developing Countries.
- Participated Academicians and scholars from policy institutes, universities and international institutions in Australia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Sri Lanka, Russia, South Africa, Bangladesh, UAE(United Arab Emirates), Oman, Iran, Mauritius, US(United States), Kenya and India participated.
International (Current Affairs)
♦EU leaves Poland out of 2050 climate deal after standoff
- The European Union left Poland out of a 2050 climate neutrality agreement on 14th December after hours of summit haggling with three poorer eastern member states that demanded more funds for economic transition and support for nuclear power.
- The Czech Republic and Hungary eventually dropped their resistance after winning a guarantee that nuclear energy would be recognized as a way for EU states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But Poland remained against.
- The tussle came a day after Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the bloc’s executive European Commission, proposed a 100-billion-euro ($110 billion) investment plan for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, declaring it Europe’s “man on the moon moment”.
Banking and Financial
♦Moody’s cuts India’s FY20 growth projection to 4.9%
- Moody’s Investors Service on 16th December said that India’s weak household consumption will curb economic growth and weigh on the credit quality of Indian issuers in a range of sectors.
- Moody’s has lowered its GDP growth projection for India for the fiscal year ending March 2020 to 4.9 per cent from 5.8 per cent.
- Reason: The major factors responsible for weakening economic growth were rural financial stress, low job creation and liquidity constraints.
♦Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica crowned Miss World; Suman Rao second runner-up
- Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh has bagged the Miss World 2019 at an annual beauty pageant held here, with India’s Suman Rao becoming second runners-up.
- The 23-year-old Jamaican was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by British television personality Piers Morgan, held at ExceL London here on 14th December.
♦Ben Stokes Named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year 2019
- England cricketer Ben Stokes was on December 15 named BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year, capping a successful 2019 that saw him play a key role in the team’s maiden ICC World Cup win and also produce a memorable Test innings at Headingley during the 2019 Ashes.
- Stokes beat out six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished second. The podium was rounded off by sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.
♦16th December: Vijay Diwas
- The nation is celebrating Vijay Diwas to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war. Rich tributes are being paid to the martyrs who laid down their lives during the war.
- It was on this day in 1971, Chief of the Pakistani forces, General AA Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops, had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini. The end of the war also resulted in subsequent secession of East Pakistan into Bangladesh.
♦Veteran Bollywood actress Gita Siddharth passes away
- Actress Gita Siddharth Kak breathed her last in the evening of December 14 in Mumbai. She is best known for her role in M.S. Sathyu’s 1973 classic Garam Hava. While Sathyu’s effort won a National Award as Best Feature Film on National Integration, she received a souvenir at the ceremony for her role of Amina in the film.
- Gita made her debut in Gulzar’s 1972 film, Parichay, starring Jeetendra and Jaya Bhaduri.