Cabinet approval for Five-Star Hotel at Pragati Maidan
The cabinet has given its approval to build a five-star hotel at Pragati Maidan. Pragati Maidan is managed by the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO).
The ITPO will transfer 3.7 acres of Pragati Maidan to build a five-star hotel on a fixed lease of 99 years.
Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will make a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will look after the operations of this hotel.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu launches Bharatiya POSHAN Anthem
The Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu launched ‘Bhartiya POSHAN Anthem’ with an aim to make India malnutrition free by 2022.
It is written by famous lyricist Prasoon Joshi and voiced by Shankar Mahadevan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Nutrition Campaign Mission’ in March 2018.
According to the Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016–18, about 34.7% of Indian children under the age of five are malnourished.
Mumbai Central railway station-1st to receive FSSAI’s ‘Eat Right Station’ certification
The Mumbai Central station of Western Railways was conferred with the ‘Eat Right Station‘ certification with a 4-star rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
With this certification, it became India’s first “Eat right station”. The certification was done as part of the ‘Eat Right India’ movement launched in 2018 by FSSAI.
The certificate was conferred based on healthy diet, food handling at preparation, transhipment & retail/serving point, food waste management, promotion of local & seasonal food and creating awareness on food safety and healthy diet.
Food handlers both in canteens and base kitchens were trained by FSSAI along with Western Railways (WR) and Indian Railways Catering Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
Eat Right India movement: The eat right India movement aims to improve the health and well-being of Indians by ensuring they eat healthy. It is built on two broad pillars. They are Eat Healthy’ and ‘Eat Safe’.
Potash Mineral reserves found in Bikaner and Nagaur: Minister
Prahlad Joshi, The Minister Of Mines, Coal and Parliamentary Affairs, announced that the Geological Survey of India (GSI) found Potash mineral resources in Bikaner and Nagaur during surveys.
It is for the first time when its reserves have been found in Bikaner and Nagaur districts of Rajasthan. So far, about 2500 million tonnes of potash reserves have been discovered.
Rajasthan will become stronger after the discovery of crude oil and potash reserves.
Delhi to get free Wi-Fi from December 16: CM Kejriwal
In the first phase, the Kejriwal government will install 11,000 Wi-Fi hot spots. About 100 crore rupees will be spent on this scheme.
Delhiites will get 15 GB of data per month under the free Wi-Fi scheme. About 1.5 GB of data can be used daily.
The hot spot will operate up to 100 meters radius. Its speed will be 100 Mbps. It can also be 200 Mbps in many areas.
CM Jagan to launch YSR Arogya Asara scheme in Guntur
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is in the process of launching another program to provide relief to poor patients as part of the health scheme.
YSR Arogya Asara will be launched at Guntur General Hospital. After the surgery, the patients are offered a maximum of Rs.225 per day or a maximum of Rs 5,000 per month for the prescribed relaxation time.
This is the first in India to offer this type of service to patients. The scheme was introduced by the CM with the intention that the family should not suffer financially if the family gets sick. 4.5 lakh people benefit from this.
Punjab govt joins hands with WEF to design pilot on e-vehicles ecosystem
In a bid to tackle environmental pollution, the Punjab state government has partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to design a public-private pilot project on shared, clean and electric mobility (e-mobility).
This collaboration will be formulated at the WEF annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2020.
The project will look into the role of public and private sectors that can interplay to offer the most robust and successful EV (Electric Vehicle) ecosystem & will form a blueprint for EV implementation across cities and countries worldwide.
Punjab has already restricted new registrations of diesel and petrol three-wheelers in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib districts & also formulating its own EV Policy to support the adoption of e-vehicles.
The state has EV battery units in the new industrial park spread over 380 acres in the Dhanansu village in Ludhiana district & also set to get India’s first auto shredding plant, with a capacity to handle 2 lakh cars per annum in an eight-hour shift. The plant has been installed in technical collaboration with German technology.
A 2-day Progressive Punjab Investors Summit (PPIS) 2019 to be held Mohali, Punjab will see the discussion over e-mobility as a key subject, with famous dignitaries from automobile, e-mobility and research institutions.
World malaria report 2019: India reports 2.6 million fewer malaria cases in 2018
The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report titled “World malaria report 2019”. The report was on Malarial cases and steps taken regarding the disease globally. The report in detail are as follows,
Malaria reduction: As per the report, India was one of the only two countries of the 11 high- burden- to- high -impact (HBHI) countries that achieved a significant reduction in the number of malaria cases in 2018 compared to previous year (2017).
Accordingly, India reported 2.6million fewer cases with 28% reduction in malaria cases. The country next to India was Uganda. It reported 1.5million fewer cases.
India-only non-African country in top 11: The malarial reduction cases made India, a country that is no more with the world’s 4th highest malaria burden.
Banking & Finance
Crisil cuts India growth outlook sharply to 5.1%
Crisilslashes India’s FY20 growth to 1% over slump across sectors.
Rating agencyCrisil sharply cut its growth forecast for the current financial year to 1 per cent from an earlier estimate of 6.3 per cent.
Asian Development Bank to advance Tamil Nadu USD 206 million for civic infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to advance a loan of US $206 million to develop water supply and sewerage infrastructure in Tiruchi and other cities in Tamil Nadu and strengthen the capacities of urban local bodies (ULBs) for improved service delivery in the state. The Centre signed an agreement with ADB in New Delhi.
This is the second project loan for the ADB-supported USD 500 million multi-tranche financing for the Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Programme, approved in September 2018.
The programme aims to develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in 10 cities of Tamil Nadu. The first project under the programme, with USD 169 million financing, is currently under implementation.
The project is aimed at improving the lives of the urban people in the identified cities of Tamil Nadu by providing universal access to water supply and sanitation and improving sewage treatment and drainage systems.
Virat Kohli reclaims No. 1 spot in ICC Test rankings
Indian captain Virat Kohli has once again become number one Test batsman, leaving behind Australia’s Steven Smith.
Virat scored 136 runs in the day-night Test against Bangladesh in Kolkata. He secured 928 points and he is now five points ahead of Smith.
Smith scored 36 runs in the Adelaide Test against Pakistan and has slipped from 931 points to 923 in ICC Rankings.
Appointment & Resignation
Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne resigns
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto has accepted the resignation of his prime minister, Antti Rinne.
Niinisto has asked the current administration to remain as a caretaker government until a new one is in place.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet CEO
Google’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai will be assuming the role of the parent company Alphabet’s CEO.
Google’s co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from Alphabet’s leadership role.
Sundar will be the CEO of both Google and Alphabet
Sundar Pichai, who was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, completed his degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). He also has an MS from Stanford University in material sciences and engineering and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Award & Honors
American actor Joaquin Phoenix named 2019 ‘Person of the Year’ by PETA
Joaquin Rafael Phoenix, American actor from California, United States (US) has been bestowed with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ‘Person of the Year’ Award 2019.
Joaquin Phoenix has been a vegan since the age of three and has been a supporter of PETA for a long time.
He has recently appeared in an advertisement of PETA titled “We are all animals”, which was displayed in the Times Square and Sunset billboards to promote the prohibition of travelling wild-animal circuses.
Previous year winners of PETA ‘Person of the Year’ are Pope Francis, Oprah Winfrey, Anjelica Huston, Olivia Mun, Eva Mendes and Alicia Silverstone.
Science, Space & Technology
India successfully conducted night trial of indigenously made Prithvi-2 missile
India has successfully conducted night trial of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-2 surface-to-surface missile as part of a user trial for the armed forces from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in the coast of Odisha.
The missile has a strike range of 350 kilometres with warheads carrying capacity of 500-1,000 kilograms.
Launch activities: The launch activities were carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the armed forces and was monitored by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) scientists.
Indian Navy Day
Indian Navy Day is observed on 4 December to commemorate the courageous attack on the Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 by the Indian Naval Missile.
Navy Day in India is celebrated every year to recognize the splendour, great achievements and role of the naval force to the nation. Indian Navy is the marine branch of India’s armed forces.