CURRENT AFFAIRS 7TH DECEMBER

NATO Summit 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) hosted a two days Summit in London named , NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit 2019. The year 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the summit. It was attended by NATO leaders and chaired by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

 

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Member countries of NATO: 29;

Founded: 4 April 1949

Headquarters: Brussels, Belgium.

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“Shilpa Shetty App” wins in 2019 Google Play Awards

Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s fitness app “Shilpa Shetty App” has been awarded Google Play’s Best Apps of 2019. The app was awarded in the category of ‘Personal Growth’.

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Exercise INDRA 2019

Exercise INDRA 2019 a joint, tri-services exercise between India and Russia will be conducted in India from 10-19 December 2019 simultaneously at Babina (near Jhansi), Pune, and Goa.

The INDRA series of exercise began in 2003 and the First joint Tri-Services Exercise was conducted in 2017.

 

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President of Russia – Vladimir Putin.

Capital city of Russia – Moscow .

Currency of Russia – The Russian Ruble .

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Avantee mega Food Park inaugurated in MP’s Dewas

The Union Minister for food processing inaugurated Avantee mega Food Park in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. This first food park of central India is spread over 51 acres and has been constructed at a cost of about 150 crore rupees. About 5 thousand local people will get employment from this Mega Food Park. Processing of soybean, gram, wheat and other grains and vegetables will be done in the park. Warehouses will also be opened in Indore, Ujjain, Dhar and Agar in the next phases.

 

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Union Minister for food processing: Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

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Piyush Goyal inaugurates 3rd edition of National Public Procurement Conclave

Commerce and Industry Minister inaugurated the 3rd edition of National Public Procurement Conclave in New Delhi. The conclave has been organized by Government e-Marketplace, GeM in association with Confederation of Indian Industry. GeM epitomizes the speed, skill and scale which is essential in an e-marketplace platform. GeM rests on the three pillars of openness, fairness and inclusiveness and is a symbol of a truly transparent e-marketplace.

 

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Union Commerce and Industry Minister: Piyush Goyal.

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India’s 1st HAM project in “Sewerage Sector” inaugurated in Haridwar

Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated the 14 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) in Sarai village near Haridwar in the presence of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia.

The Sarai STP is “the first-ever project in the country on a hybrid annuity PPP model (HAM)”. 34 STPs are being built in Uttarakhand at a cost of Rs 1,144 crore, besides crematoria and ghats on the Ganga. Of these, 23 have been completed. Once all the STPs become operational, there will be “considerable improvement in the water quality of Ganga,”.

 

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Capital of Uttarakhand: Dehradun;

Governor: Baby Rani Maurya.

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Nation pays homage to Dr BR Ambedkar on his 64th Mahaparinirvan Diwas

The nation is paying homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his 64th Mahaparinirvan Diwas (death anniversary) on 6 December. He was popularly known as Babasaheb Ambedkar and everyone knows that he was one of the architects of the Indian Constitution. He was a very well-known political leader, eminent jurist, Buddhist activist, philosopher, anthropologist, historian, orator, writer, economist, scholar and editor, too. He is a leader who dedicated his life to eradicating social inequality in India.

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RBI keeps the repo rate unchanged at 5.15% in 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy

In its 5th Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting, the Reserve Bank of India has decided to keep the policy repo rate unchanged to 5.15%. The MPC has also decided to maintain the accommodative stance of monetary policy to revive growth, while ensuring that inflation remains within the target. The main decisions taken in the 5th Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting are:

 

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The repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) left unchanged to 5.15%.

The reverse repo rate under the LAF stands same i.e. 4.90%.

The marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate also remains same i.e. 5.40%.

Governor of RBI: Shaktikant Das;

Headquarters: Mumbai;

Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.

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New Zealand wins MCC’s Spirit of Cricket award

The New Zealand cricket team has been awarded the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award. The team has been awarded for its exemplary show of sportsmanship during the final match of the ICC World Cup at Lord’s in July 2019, which it lost under controversial circumstances.

Martin-Jenkins was the former MCC president and BBC Test Match Special commentator.

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Odisha launches ‘Madhu’ app to help school students

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘Madhu’ app. It is an e-learning mobile phone application which will help school students to understand their subjects in a better and most efficient way. The app is named after ‘Utkal Gourab’ Madhusudan Das. The app is developed by Ganjam district administration for school students.

Through this app, the students will be able access the video explanation of the topics they were taught in their classroom.

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