December 15, 2019


  1. Economic census launched in national capital
  • The Seventh Economic Census was launched in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has tied up with Common Service Centre to carry out the economic census.
  • For the first time the entire census is being conducted on a digital platform by the use of an application which will ensure high accuracy and data security.
  • The census will provide valuable insights into the geographical spread, clusters of economic activities, ownership pattern and persons engaged of the establishments engaged in economic activity.
  • In the Seventh Census, an IT-based digital platform is being used for data capture, validation, report generation and dissemination.
  1. Women in Bihar to outlive males by 2035
  • Women in Bihar are expected to outlive their male counterparts by the year 2035 according to a report by National Commission on Population, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
  • According to the report, the female life expectancy at birth for women will reach 74.5, as compared to 72.9 of males by 2035.
  • The report titled ‘Population Projections For India and States 2011-2036’, has projected a major increase in the population of Bihar as well.
  • This increase in population will also see a jump in density of population from 1,106 to 1,578 persons per square kilometre by 2035. Details released by the state health department said that Bihar will continue to be the youngest state till 2036, with an expected median age of around 28.1.
  1. 36th International Geological Congress 2020: To be hosted by India in New Delhi
  • India is to host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in New Delhi on the first week of March 2020.
  • The theme of the conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for Sustainable Development’. The event is to be organized by the Ministry of Mines.
  • As an initiative of the event a half-day interactive workshop was held in New Delhi. The event was inaugurated by M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Anil Kumar Jain, Secretary Coal & Mines.


  1. Trial run on Dhaka-Gangtok, Dhaka-Darjeeling bus routes starts.
  • The trial run on Dhaka-Gangtok and Dhaka-Darjeeling bus routes.
  • The trial run was inaugurated by Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation Chairman EhsanElahi. The bus will return back to Dhaka on December 16.
  • Darjeeling and Gangtok are popular tourist destinations for Bangladeshi visitors.
  • Darjeeling via Siliguri is around 450km and Gangtok about 500km away from Dhaka.
  • Currently, buses operate on five cross-border routes between Bangladesh and India — Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka, Dhaka-Agartala-Dhaka, Dhaka-Sylhet-Shillong-Guwahati-Dhaka, Agartala-Dhaka-Kolkata-Agartala and Dhaka-Khulna-Kolkata-Dhaka.
  • Bangladesh sends the largest number of foreign tourists to India. Almost 20 percent of all foreign travellers to India are from Bangladesh. In 2018, more than 22 lakh Bangladeshi tourists visited India.

Banking & Finance

  1. RBI will provide new intra-day liquidity window to make NEFT 24×7.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to provide an additional collateralised intra-day liquidity facility for smooth operation of payment system National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) on a round-the-clock basis from December 16.
  • The move will aid the payment system become operational on a 24×7 basis.
  • The facility is used to electronically transfer funds from one account to another of banks which are members of this system.
  • In order to facilitate smooth settlement of NEFT transactions in the accounts of the member banks maintained with the Reserve Bank in a 24×7 environment, it has been decided to provide an additional collateralised intra-day liquidity facility, to be called Liquidity Support (LS).


  1. FIH unveils new world ranking system for 2020
  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) unveiled a new world ranking system for 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland today.
  • For a better reflection of current performances, the new ranking will be match-based instead of tournament-based calculation. The new world ranking system has been launched after 12 months of painstaking research, analysis and testing.
  • It cited numerous restrictions of the tournament-based system for the change.
  • The world body governing hockey said that the new model removes much of the subjectivity surrounding continental weighing by creating a system which is fair to all.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya to be next Indian Oil Corporation Chief
  • The Public Enterprise Selection Board has shortlisted Shrikant Madhav Vaidya to be the next Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Vaidya is presently the Director (Finance) at IndianOil. He is slated to take over from Sanjiv Singh, who retires in June 2020.
  1. Ravi Mittal appointed as Information and Broadcasting Secretary.
  • Mr Mittal, who belongs to 1986 batch of Bihar Cadre of Indian Administrative Service, will replace MrAmitKhare who has been appointed as the new secretary of the Department of Higher Education.
  • MrSushil Kumar will be the Mines Secretary while Mr Praveen Kumar will be Secretary in Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Mr Rajesh Bhushan will be the Secretary, Department of Rural Development and Mr Sunil Kumar will be the new Secretary in Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
  1. TV Somanathan appointed expenditure secretary
  • The government appointed TV Somanathan as secretary in the expenditure department of the Ministry of Finance.
  • Prior to his appointment as expenditure secretary, Somanathan was commercial taxes commissioner and principal secretary (Planning & Development) in the Tamil Nadu government
  • The post of expenditure secretary remained vacant after the appointment of GC Murmu as the first lieutenant governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  1. Former PM Abdelmadjid Tebboune (74) elected as the President of Algeria
  • Abdelmadjid Tebboune, (74) former Prime Minister (PM) of Algeria was elected as the President of Algeria succeeding Abdelkader Bensalah.
  • Tebboune served as the PM from May 2017 to August 2017, under the governance of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
  • He was voted by members of a nationwide protest movement and received 58.15% of votes.
  • The turnout of the election was only 41% as stated by Mohamed Charfi, head of the National Independent Electoral Authority (NIEC).

Award & Honors

  1. 26th Annual Crystal Award 2020: winners Deepika Padukone, Theaster Gates, Jin Xing, and Lynette Wallworth
  • The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 26th Annual Crystal Awards 2020 announced its winners to celebrate the enduring contributions of exceptional artists to the society.
  • The winners will be honoured in the World Economic Forum at its 50th Annual Meeting 2020 to be held on 20th January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland.

Winners of 26th Annual Crystal Award 2020 are as follows:

  • Deepika Padukone, India, for her leadership in raising mental health awareness
  • Theaster Gates, United States (US), for his leadership in creating sustainable communities
  • Jin Xing, China, for her leadership in shaping inclusive cultural norms
  • Lynette Wallworth, Australia, for her leadership in creating inclusive narratives


  1. Viswanathan Anand’s autobiography ‘Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life’ launched in Chennai
  • Indian chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand’s autobiography ‘Mind Master: Winning Lessons from a Champion’s Life’ was released in Chennai.
  • The book was authored by Viswanathan Anand and Susan Ninan and published by Hachette India.
  • It is an inspirational book that shares Anand’s experience on how to navigate life. In this book he revisits the ups and downs he faced in the games played against the best minds, and the methods he used to win the games.
  • Anand was born in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu and is a former World Chess Champion. He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988.


  1. India’s first advertising lady Tara Sinha passes away
  • The advertising industry’s doyenne Tara Sinha passed away at 87 years.
  • With over 50 years of experience, she was also the first woman to set up a national advertising agency, Tara Sinha Associates (TSA), in the 1980s
  1. New Zealand olympic athletic champion Peter Snell passes away at the age of 80
  • New Zealand middle-distance runner, Sir Peter George Snell, who the 3 Olympic gold medals & and world mile record-holder has passed away in Dallas, U.S(United States) .He was 80.
  • Born on 17 December 1938 in Opunake, New Zealand,he was Considered as one of the greatest medium-distance runners. Snell won the 800-meter race at the 1960 Rome Olympics at the age of 21.
  • He was successful in winning the double title of 800 meters and 1500 meters at the Tokyo 1964 Games. He was the first male player to win the 800 m and 1500 m titles at the same Olympics after 1920. After them, no male runner has repeated this feat.
  • He also won 2 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1962 in the 880 yard and one mile run in Perth.
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