15th December 2020 Current Affairs


Daily GK Update of fifteenth December 2020 protecting the next information headlines: NITI Aayog, FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup, Himgiri, CRISIL, Goldman Environmental Prize.

National News

1. NITI Aayog releases ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’

  • NITI Aayog has launched a white paper titled ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’ on 14 December 2020.
  • The ‘Vision 2035: Public Health Surveillance in India’ is a continuation of the work on Health Systems Strengthening. The constructing blocks for this imaginative and prescient are an interdependent federated system of governance between the Centre and states.
  • The imaginative and prescient of this white paper is to make India’s public well being surveillance system extra responsive and predictive to boost preparedness for motion in any respect ranges.
  • The citizen-friendly public well being surveillance system will guarantee particular person privateness and confidentiality, enabled with a shopper suggestions mechanism.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog: Amitabh Kant.
  • Chairperson of NITI Aayog: PM Narendra Modi.

State News

2. Ola to arrange world’s largest scooter manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu

  • The SoftBank-backed mobility platform, Ola has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu authorities, to arrange its first manufacturing facility within the state, at an funding of Rs 2,400 crore.
  • Upon completion, the Ola manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu would be the largest scooter manufacturing facility on the earth. Initially, the manufacturing facility may have an annual manufacturing capability of 2 million items.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Tamil Nadu Capital: Chennai.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
  • Tamil Nadu Governor: Banwarilal Purohit.
  • Tamil Nadu State Dance: Bharathanatyam.

3. Odisha to host 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup

  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) had introduced that the 2023 FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup shall be hosted in Odisha, for a second consecutive time.
  • The event shall be held at two venues, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 was additionally hosted by Odisha.
  • The 2023 event shall be fifteenth version of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup. It shall be held on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and on the Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. FIH Hockey World Cup is held after each 4 years.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Chief Minister of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik.
  • Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar.
  • Odisha Governor: Ganeshi Lal.
  • Airports in Orissa: Biju Patnaik International Airport, Jharsuguda Airport, Rourkela Airport, Jeypore Airport and Savitri Jindal Airport.

Defence News

4. GRSE Kolkata launches ‘Himgiri’, its 1st Ship of Project 17A

  • Himgiri, which is the primary of the three Project 17A ships being constructed at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE), Kolkata was launched.
  • The launch of ‘Himgiri’ has showcased GRSE’s dedication in direction of the constructing of three state-of-the-art warships of P17A for Indian Navy.
  • Under the Project 17A program, a complete of seven ships, 4 at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and three ships at GRSE are being constructed with enhanced stealth options, superior indigenous weapon and sensor match together with a number of different enhancements.
  • P17A ships are the first gasoline turbine propulsion and largest fight platforms ever constructed at GRSE. Since its inception, Project 17A has upheld India’s imaginative and prescient for Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Economy News

5. CRISIL slows contraction charge for India at -7.7% in FY21

  • Rating company CRISIL has lowered the contraction charge of India’s GDP and now expects the expansion charge of the Indian economic system to contract 7.7% within the ongoing fiscal 2020-21, in comparison with the 9% forecast in September 2020, because of “faster-than-expected” restoration within the second quarter.
  • For the fiscal 2021-22 (FY22), CRISIL expects the expansion to bounce again to 10%.

Summits and Conferences News

6. ninth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit held in Dehradun

  • The ninth version of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDS) held in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • The four-day-long summit was organised by Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) and hosted by Sustainable Development Forum Uttaranchal (SDFU), Dehradun.
  • The theme for 2020 SMDS was ‘Emerging Pathways for Building a Resilient Post COVID-19 Mountain Economy, Adaptation, Innovation and Acceleration’.
  • The Summit deliberated on points similar to migration, water safety, local weather resilience and progressive options for the farm sector, and catastrophe danger discount within the Indian Himalayas.
  • The focus of the summit was on constructing pathways towards a resilient and sustainable mountain economic system within the context of a post-COVID-19 situation and Climate Change.

Awards News

7. Myanmar’s Paul Sein Twa receives Goldman Environmental Prize 2020

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Asia Regional Office awarded Paul Sein Twa, for Goldman Environmental Prize 2020 for Asia.
  • This award is given to him for his efforts in selling the self-determination of the Karen folks in managing their pure sources.
  • Paul is the co-founder of the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), established in 2001.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Director-General of International Union for Conservation of Nature: Dr Bruno Oberle.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature Headquarters: Gland, Switzerland.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature Founder: Julian Huxley.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature Founded: 5 October 1948.

Books and Authors News

8. A ebook titled ‘Dharma’ authored by Amish Tripathi

  • The 2nd non-fiction ebook by creator Amish Tripathi is titled “Dharma: Decoding the Epics for A Meaningful Life”.
  • The ebook gives sensible, philosophical classes drawn from historic Hindu epics. It is co-authored by his sister Bhavana Roy. It is to be printed by Westland. His final non-fiction ebook ‘Immortals India’ was launched in 2017.

Obituaries News

9. ‘Hind Kesari’-winning wrestler Sripati Khanchanale passes away

  • Noted Indian wrestler, Sripati Khanchanale, who had gained the celebrated ‘Hind Kesari’ title in 1959, handed away.
  • In 1959, Khanchanale gained the ‘Hind Kesari’ title by defeating wrestler Rustam-e-Punjab Battasingh on the New Railway Stadium in Delhi.
  • The prestigious ‘Hind Kesari’ title instructions the best respect within the Indian wrestling world.
  • He was additionally a recipient of the Shiv Chhatrapati award, which is given by the Maharashtra authorities.

10. Eswatini’s Prime Minister, Ambrose Dlamini passes away

  • Ambrose Dlamini, the Prime Minister of Eswatini, a rustic in Southern Africa, has handed away after contracting coronavirus.
  • He was appointed because the tenth prime minister of the nation in October 2018.

Important takeaways for all aggressive exams:

  • Eswatini Capitals: Mbabane, Lobamba; Currency: Swazi lilangeni.