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National (Current Affairs)
♦MoRTH signs MoU with Austria on technology cooperation in road infrastructure sector
- The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on 8th Dec signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria on technology cooperation in the road infrastructure sector.
- According to a statement issued by the MoRTH, the MoU aims to create an effective framework for bilateral cooperation in the field of road transportation and highways infrastructure development, management and administration, road safety and intelligent transport systems between both countries.
♦First India Water Impact Summit on December 10, 2020
- The first India Water Impact Summit began on December 10, 2020. The Summit is being organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the Centre for Ganga River Basin Management and Studies. The Summit will disseminate and discuss the need for modalities of embracing Ganga.
- Also, it will act as a common platform for the investors and stakeholders in the water sector. The Summit will promote International cooperation between India and several other foreign countries for river management.
- Theme: Comprehensive analysis and Holistic management of rivers and water bodies with a focus on Arth Ganga.
♦Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Koliwar Bridge
- Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Koliwar Bridge over the Sone river in Bihar On December 10, 2020. The bridge was constructed at an expense of 256 crores of rupees.
- The existing two-Lane Bridge over the river for both road and rail traffic is 138 years old.
International (Current Affairs)
♦Time magazine names Biden, Harris its ‘Person of the Year’
- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year” on 10th Dec, chosen from a list of finalists that included the man Biden vanquished at the polls – President Donald Trump.
- Time began its tradition in 1927. Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg last year became the youngest individual winner of the accolade.
♦MoU between Indo-Uzbek for capacity building & renewable energy sectors
- In his first bilateral ‘Virtual Summit’ with any Central Asian leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold summit-level dialogue with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 11th Dec.
- MoUs/Agreements in the field of development partnership, renewable energy, capacity building, are expected to be signed during the Summit.
Note: About Uzbekistan
- Capital: Tashkent
- President: Shavkat Mirziyoyev
- Currency: Uzbekistani soʻm
Banking & Financial
♦RBL Bank and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance forge bancassurance partnership
- RBL Bank and ICICI Prudential Life Insurance on 8th Dec entered into a bancassurance partnership to offer an array of life insurance products to the Bank’s customers.
- RBL Bank will distribute ICICI Prudential Life’s products through its network of 398 branches spread across 28 states besides it’s internet and mobile banking touch-points.
♦Bajrang Punia, Elavenil Valarivan bag top honours at FICCI India Sports Awards
- Tokyo Olympics-bound athletes – wrestler Bajrang Punia and shooter Elavenil Valarivan – bagged the top honours at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2020 held virtually this year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
|Sportsperson of the Year (Female)||Elavenil Valarivan|
|Sportsperson of the Year (Male)||Bajrang Punia|
|Best State Promoting Sports Award||Madhya Pradesh|
|Best Company Promoting Sports (Private Sector)||Anil Kumble|
♦Sonu Sood tops 50 Asian Celebrities in The World list 2020
- Indian actor, Sonu Sood has topped the first-of-its-kind ’50 Asian Celebrities In The World’ 2020 list, published by UK based Eastern Eye newspaper.
- The 47-year-old talented Bollywood star has been honoured for his inspiring philanthropic work throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, especially helping migrant workers reach their hometowns.
- Rank 5: Indian singer Armaan Malik
- Rank 6: Priyanka Chopra Jonas
- Rank 7: Pan-Indian star Prabhas
♦Carolina Araujo awarded 2020 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians
- The year 2020 Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians was awarded to Dr Carolina Araujo, Mathematician from the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IMPA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Her work area focuses on birational geometry, which aims to classify and describe the structure of algebraic varieties.
Note: About Award
- First awarded-2005 (Marcelo Viana, Brazil)
- The prize is supported by- the Ministry of Science and Technology (India) and Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
- Prize amount- $15,000
♦11th December: UNICEF Day
- Every year, UNICEF Day is observed on December 11 by the United Nations. The UNICEF day is celebrated on December 11 because the United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF on December 11, 1946.
- UNICEF stands for United Nations International Children Emergency Fund. It was started in order to provide assistance, supplies and improve health, education, nutrition of children after World War II.
♦11th December: International Mountain Day
- Every year International Mountain Day is celebrated on December 11 by United Nations and several other international organisations. It is important to conserve mountains as they are home to 15% of world population.
- The first International Mountain Day was celebrated in 2003. The increasing attention gained by the mountains and their conservatory measures forced the United Nations to declare 2002 as the UN International Year of Mountains.
- Theme 2020: Mountain Biodiversity
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