December 24, 2019

National

  1. Girls’ hostel for Nepal APF school built with Rs 2 crore Indian grant inaugurated in Kathmandu
  • The Government of India (GoI) has granted Rs 2 crore (40.42 million Nepali Rupees) for construction of Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) School in Kirtipur, Kathmandu.
  • The construction project was implemented by Nepal APF. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Dr Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Ramsharan Paudel, Assistant Inspector General, Armed Police Force, Nepal, and others.
  • The two-storey hostel has 32 rooms including a dormitory,furniture, warden room, bathroom, sanitation facilities for girl students on each floor.

State

  1. AP CM Jagan launched ‘Netanna Nestham’ welfare scheme for weavers
  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (AP) Shri Yeduguri Sandinti Jagan Mohan Reddy launched a scheme for weavers named “Nethanna Nestham” at Dharmavaram of Anantapur district. The aim of the scheme is to provide Rs 24,000 per annum for each handloom weaver family.
  • The scheme would provide financial aid to about 85,000 families across the State for a period of 5 Thus, each family would get Rs. 1.2 lakh at the end of 5 years.
  • The CM also announced ex-gratia to all the families of the deceased weavers who had committed suicide. Families of 57 weavers from Anantapur district, AP will be given a financial assistance of Rs.5 crores.The cheques would be delivered by public representatives and authorities.

International

  1. Trump launches US Military Space Force
  • US President Trump has officially launched the Military Space Force. He has issued guidelines to the Pentagon to set up the Space Force.
  • Soldiers will not be sent to space, this military force will work for national security, the security of satellites and security of other international communication vehicles.
  • There will be special training for US Space Force. The approval of the US Congress is necessary to bring the military space force into reality.
  1. Saudi court gives death sentence to 5 convicts of Khashoggi murder
  • A Saudi Arabia court convicted eight people in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
  • The court sentenced the death penalty to the five accused while three other convicts have been given imprisonment.
  • The murder trial was also conducted in a very confidential manner. Saudi Arabia did not reveal the names of the accused.
  1. 8 West African nations rename common currency to Eco from CFA Franc
  • 8 West African Nations agreed to rename their common currency known as “CFA Franc” to “Eco” to severe the CFA franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
  • This announcement in change to a new currency was made during French President Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron’s visit to Ivory Coast, which is France’s former main colony in West Africa and also the world’s top cocoa producer.
  • The 8 countries are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.
  • Eco in force: Eco usage will come in to force in The deal to change the currency from CFA Franc to Eco took 6 months in the making.

Sports

  1. Trans Stadia arena in Ahmedabad (Gujarat) may host FIFA U-17 women’s world cup 2020
  • As per the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), Ahmedabad, a city in Gujarat, has received the provisional clearance for hosting the U-17 (Under-17) women’s world cup 2020 tournament at its Trans Stadia arena.
  • The tournament will be held between November 2 – 21, It will mark the first time that India may host a FIFA women’s football tournament.
  • The provisional clearance given to Ahmedabad after the FIFA delegation visited India in November 2019 and checked the facilities in Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Vernon Philander announces retirement
  • South African all-rounder Vernon Philander has announced his retirement plan after England test-series.
  • He has played 97 matches in all three formats of cricket and gained 261 wickets while scored 1784
  • He said that it is an appropriate time to retire from cricket after a long journey.

Award & Honors

  1. Popular Marathi actor Sharad Ponkshe wins Janakavi P Sawlaram memorial award 2019
  • Sharad Ponkshe (52), an Indian film actor and writer, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi cinema, was awarded prestigious Janakavi P Sawlaram Memorial Award 2019 at Thane in Maharashtra for his contribution in the field of cinema and theatre.
  • The award consists a cash prize worth of Rs. 25,000, a citation and shawl. Also, Marathi Actress, Usha Naik was also awarded the Ganga-Jamuna Award These awards were presented by Thane Mayor Naresh Mhaske.
  • Janakavi P Sawlaram Memorial Award is jointly given by the Thane Municipal Corporation and the Janakavi P Savlaram Kala Samiti.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. DRDO successfully test-fires QRSAM
  • Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore.
  • It is all-weather and all-terrain missiles that can be mounted on a truck. It is also equipped with an electronic counter system.
  • It can target aircraft and drones hovering around the border. Its abilities can help the Indian Army to hit targets.
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