Current Affairs Today 16th December 2019
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Current Affairs Today 16th December 2019
India celebrates Vijay Diwas on 16 December
The nation celebrates Vijay Diwas today to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in 1971 war and remember the martyrs who laid down their lives during the war.
On this day in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93 thousand troops had surrendered unconditionally to the allied forces consisting of Indian Army and Mukti Bahini led by Lieutenant General Jagjit Singh Aurora in Dhaka after their defeat in the Liberation war.
Ankur Garg appointed as chief commercial officer at AirAsia India
AirAsia India on Sunday announced the appointment of Ankur Garg as its chief commercial officer (CCO), a role in which he will be in-charge of areas such as network and revenue management, marketing and sales and cargo.
Ankur Garg will replace Mr. Sanjay Kumar, AirAsia India’s Chief Operation Officer (COO).
Headquarters: Bangalore, India
Chairman: S. Ramadorai
CEO: Sunil Bhaskaran
Andhra Assembly passes Bills enabling separate commissions for SCs, STs
The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed two Bills that enable setting up of separate Commissions for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).
The Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Scheduled Castes Bill was tabled by Social Welfare Minister P Viswarup. Both the Bills were passed by voice vote, which is taken by noting the relative strength and volume of calls of aye and no.
Recently AP in News
Andhra Pradesh is to set up virtual police station (VPS) in the Andhra University.
AP Assembly passes Disha Bill to award death penalty to rapists within 21 days.
Andhra Pradesh launches ‘Nadu-Nedu’ programme.
AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched YSR Vahana Mitra scheme.
Viswanathan Anand launched his autobiography ‘Mind Master’
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.
The book covers wonderful memories of Viswanathan Anand’s journey.
Viswanathan Anand was born in Mayiladuthurai, Tamil Nadu
He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988.
Gujarat police was honoured with the Presidents Colours award
Gujarat Police was recently honoured with President’s Colour for its services and courage. This honour is the biggest honor given by the President to the Armed Forces, Para Military Forces and State Police Forces.
Gujarat became the seventh state police force in India to be bestowed with the honour of the President’s Colours.
President’s Colours is also called NISHAAN. Now, the emblem will be worn by all the police officers of Gujarat on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform.
Recently Gujarat in News
World’s first CNG port terminal to be built at Bhavnagar port in Gujarat
The GoI has launched the first ever common foundation course called the “Aarambh” for civil servants at the Statue of Unity, Kevadia, Gujarat.
Gandhinagar becomes Gujarat’s first kerosene free district.
Second edition of BWF World tour finals 2019 held in Guangzhou, China
Men’s singles – Japan’s Kento Momota
Women’s singles – China’s Chen Yufei
Men’s doubles – Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan
Women’s doubles – Chen Qingchen & Jia Yifan
Mixed doubles – Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong
NASA will launch rover ‘MARS 2020’ in the year 2020
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) announced to launch its rover ‘MARS 2020’ in the year 2020.
The rover has been built and managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
The rover will land on Mars and explore a landscape shaped by water which is the ‘Jezero Crater’, the site of an ancient delta.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Founded: 29 July 1958
Nagaland Governor R N Ravi to hold additional charge of Meghalaya
Nagaland Governor R N Ravi has been given additional charge of Meghalaya. The decision has been taken by the President of India in the wake of the “absence of leave” of Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya.
The move assumes significance as the state has witnessed protests against the amended Citizenship Act, that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to religious minorities of Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan facing persecution there.
Ministry of Coal to establish “Sustainable Development Cell” to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining
The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a Sustainable Development Cell (SDC) in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country.
It will address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.
Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted university heads’ conference
Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted a conference of 46 Heads of Central Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning in several fields including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, aviation, design, petroleum and energy.
Google Earth covers 98 percent of the entire population
Search engine giant Google has revealed that it’s powerful mapping service, Google Earth now covers more than 98 percent of the world.
It has captured 10 million miles of Street View imagery, a distance that could circle the globe more than 400 times.
CEO: Sundar Pichai
Founded: 4 September 1998
Headquarters: California, United States
Parent organization: Alphabet Inc
Madhya Pradesh govt to host Orchha festival in March 2020.
Namaste Orchha festival marking the cultural landscape of Madhya Pradesh will be held in the ancient town in March 2020.
Orchha, a town in Bundelkhand region, is famous for its Ram Raja temple besides numerous monuments and royalpalaces.
Recently Madhya Pradesh in News
The state government of Madhya Pradesh has announced 5% reservation in government jobs.
Madhya Pradesh government offers cows for adoption online.