Current Affairs Today 18th December 2019

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Current Affairs Today 18th December 2019


SBI inks $277 million pact with Germany based KfW bank for energy-efficient housing programme in India

A loan agreement has been signed between State Bank of India (SBI) and German development bank KfW for USD 277 million to establish an energy-efficient housing programme in India.
The programme will be a part of Indo-German Development Cooperation which is guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Founded: 1 July 1955

Chairman: Rajnish Kumar

India signs $250 million loan agreement with ADB to expand energy efficiency investments in India

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $250 million loan to Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to expand energy efficiency investments in India that will benefit agricultural, residential and institutional consumers.
In addition, $46 million financing will be provided from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF), to be administered by ADB.
EESL will also explore business models to generate greater public demand for e-vehicles to support India’s current push for electric vehicles.


President: Takehiko Nakao

Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines

Founded: 19 December 1966

Music festival Tansen Samaroh began in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

The Tansen Music Festival or the Tansen Sangeet Sammelan or the Tansen Utsav is held every year in order to celebrate the memory of one of the greatest artists in Indian history, Tansen.
The festival attracts thousands of musicians and aspiring singers from all over India. Artistes from the US, Greece, Iran, and Belgium will perform in different sessions of the Tansen festival.
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon

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Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death for high treason

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death in the high treason case by a special court.
A three-member bench of the special court headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth handed Musharraf death sentence in the long-drawn high treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
Musharraf is facing treason charges for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.


Prime Minister: Imran Khan

President: Arif Alvi

Pakistani high commissioner to India: Moin-ul-Haq

Deepak Punia named 2019 UWW’s ‘Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year’

World championships silver medallist Deepak PUNIA has been named United World Wrestling’s (UWW) Junior Freestyle Wrestler of the Year.
Deepak Punia is the first Indian wrestler in 18 years to win a junior world title at the Junior World Championships held in Talinn, Estonia in August 2019.

International Migrants Day observed on 18 December

The International Migrants Day is observed on 18 December every year to protect the rights of migrant workers and members of their families.
The International Migrants Day is observed by the United Nations since 1990 in order to protect the rights of the migrants.

Theme: “We Together”

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launches National Broadband Mission 2020

The Union government has launched National Broadband Mission to provide Broadband access to all villages by 2022.
The mission aims to connect 600,000 villages across India with an investment of Rs 7 lakh crore in the next 4 years from both government and private sector.
Broadband access to all villages by 2022.
Facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services for across the country and especially in rural and remote areas.
Laying of incremental 30 lakhs route km of Optical Fiber Cable and increase in tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah lays foundation for Bharat Vandana Park in Dwarka, New Delhi

Shri Amit Shah, Union Home Minister today laid the foundation stone of Bharat Vandana Park at Sector 20, Dwarka in New Delhi.
The park will be a major tourist attraction covering an area of 200 acres at a cost of Rs.550 crores, the park is located near the Indira Gandhi International Airport and metro station.
  • Amit Shah Constituency: Gandhinagar

GEM launches National Outreach Programme “GEM Samvaad”

A national outreach Programme, GeM Samvaad, was launched by Anup Wadhawan, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Go1vernment of India and Chairman, GeM in New Delhi.
The outreach programme will take place with stakeholders across the country and with local sellers in order to facilitate the on-boarding of local sellers on the marketplace while catering to specific requirements and procurement needs of buyers.

Moody’s cuts India’s growth forecast to 4.9% for FY20

Moody’s Investors Service has lowered India’s gross GDP growth projection for the 2019-20 fiscal year to 4.9 per cent from 5.8 per cent.
The major factors responsible for weakening economic growth were rural financial stress, low job creation and liquidity constraints, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report.


Headquarters: New York, United States

CEO: Raymond W. McDaniel Jr

BrahMos Missile successfully test-fired from Chandipur, Odisha

India successfully conducted a developmental trial of the land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Chandipur Integrated Test Range, off Odisha coast.
The BrahMos missile is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from submarines, ships, fighter jets or land.

Axis Bank launches co-branded credit card with IndianOil Corporation

Axis Bank announced its partnership with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to launch a co-branded credit card for customers who prefer cashless and hassle-free payments.
This partnership is an effort from Axis Bank and IOCL to expand their presence in the fast-developing credit card ecosystem in India, with an aim to offer attractive rewards and benefits for its customers.

Axis bank

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

Tagline: Badhti ka naam zindagi

CEO: Amitabh Chaudhry

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