Current Affairs of 14th December 2019

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FASTags to become mandatory for all vehicles from 15th Dec 2019

FASTags to become mandatory for all vehicles from 15th Dec 2019

FASTags or prepaid rechargeable tags for toll collection, that allow automatic payment, will become mandatory for all vehicles from tomorrow. The facility will be effective from 8 AM.

The government launched the National Electronic Toll Collection System which provides for the collection of user fees through FASTag to save fuel and time, curb pollution and ensure seamless movement of traffic. With the help of a FASTag, drivers will not have to stop their vehicles at toll plazas to pay tax.

National Highways Authority of India has equipped all fee plazas with Electronic Toll Collection System. All lanes, except one on each side in fee plazas, will be declared FASTag lanes. A FASTag uses radio frequency identification technology to enable direct toll payments from a moving vehicle. If anyone goes into an electronic toll collection lane without a FASTag, he or she has to pay double charges.

PM Modi reviews the progress of Namami Gange project in Kanpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the first meeting of the National Council for Ganga and reviewed the progress of the Namami Gange project aimed at cleaning river Ganga. The meeting takes place in Kanpur.

The Prime Minister reviewed the progress of work done and gave suggestions for cleaning the Ganga. Prior to the meeting, the Prime Minister visited an exhibition on Namami Ganga Mission, showcasing the work done for the cleanliness of the Ganga.

Under Namami Gange Programme, 13 out of 16 major drains in Kanpur have been completely tapped and the sewage and industrial effluents have been diverted to Common Effluent Treatment Plants. The Kanpur stretch of river Ganga is considered to be the most polluted segment of the river in its course from Gaumukh to Gangasagar.

However with the launch of the Namami Gange Programme that aims to clean and rejuvenate Ganga, 13 out of 16 major drains in Kanpur have been completely tapped and the sewage and industrial effluent have been diverted to Common Effluent Treatment Plants, CETPs.

December 14National Energy Conservation Day

Every year on December 14National Energy Conservation Day is observed to raise awareness among the people for the conservation of energy considering the global increase in population and also the demand for the supply of electricity.

Significance of National Energy Conservation Day Each and every citizen of India must aware of how to use efficient energy, how to save energy for their own future safety and many more ways. They should follow all the rules, regulations and policies implemented by the Government of India in order to support energy efficiency. Citizens of India can pay their direct contribution to the campaign of reducing energy use throughout the 11th Five Year Plan period.

ICAR and NABARD sign MoU to develop Climate Resilient Technologies for farmers

With a view to promoting sustainable agriculture and climate-resilient farming systems the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Board of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) to facilitate the action research and up-scaling of the various technologies and innovative farmer models.

These models are developed by the ICAR that includes the successful climate-resilient practices, models and integrated and hi-tech farming practices in a participatory model through adoptive research on the watershed platforms. The research carried out with the active participation of farmers to provide solutions for the challenges.

Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR) and Shri Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD signed the MoU in New Delhi today.

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh Crowned Miss World 2019

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh Crowned Miss World 2019

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh was crowned as Miss World 2019 on Saturday and said she wanted to use her title to work for sustainable change for women and their children. Ophely Mezino of France was declared the first runner-up. India’s Suman Rao was adjudged the second runner-up.

Miss World 2019, the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant, was held on December 14, 2019, at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom. This is Jamaica’s fourth Miss World title and its first since 1993.

India expands Indo-Pacific policy

India expands Indo-Pacific policy

At the end of the joint Indian Ocean Dialogue held in New Delhi, External Affairs Minister officially announced that India is increasing the area covered by its Indo-Pacific policy to include the western Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. This means that ASEAN is not only the heart of the Indo-Pacific but includes the Gulf states and Africa.

The Indo-Pacific concept is also moving beyond economic, cultural and historical linkages to include an overarching strategic imperative, which shows India gradually evolving this new foreign policy concept into a hard power attribute, “one which drives existing mechanisms with a new sense of purpose”.

Stretching the geographical and therefore strategic area of the Indo-Pacific to encompass not merely a region stretching eastwards from India, which would have the Asean as the central focus, India is now incorporating the western Indian Ocean and Africa.

Deepika Padukone wins World Economic Forum’s 26th Annual Crystal Award 2020

Actor, fashion icon and mental health ambassador Deepika Padukone will be honored with three others by the World Economic Forum at its 50th Annual Meeting on January 20.

The other three winners are – artist Theaster Gates (US), choreographer Jin Xing (China), and artist Lynette Wallworth (Australia).

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting will take place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from 21-24 January 2020, under the theme, “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

The winners of World Economic Forum’s 26th Annual Crystal Award 2020 are honored at the opening session of the Forum’s Annual Meeting 20th January 2020.


Theaster Gates, for his leadership in creating sustainable communities

Theaster Gate

Theaster Gates is an artist who lives and works in Chicago. Drawing on his interest and training in urban planning and preservation, Gates creates works that focus on space theory, land development, sculpture, and performance.

In 2010, Gates established the Rebuild Foundation to galvanize communities through neighborhood regeneration and the development of educational and arts programming.

Gates is a professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Visual Arts and the Harris School of Public Policy and is Distinguished Visiting Artist and Director of Artist Initiatives at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College. His work has been exhibited internationally.

Jin Xing, for her leadership in shaping inclusive cultural norms

Jin Xing

Jin Xing is a choreographer, media personality and China’s most popular TV host. She is a former male ballet dancer and army colonel, who was the first person, publicly, to undergo gender reassignment surgery in her country.

She is the founder of the award-winning Jin Xing Dance Theatre, the country’s first independent dance company. Her television shows, which have included Venus Hits Mars, The Jin Xing Show and Chinese Dating, draw more than 100 million viewers a week and create a space for discussion on contemporary life in China.

She is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Government and received an Honorary Doctorate of Dance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Deepika Padukone, for her leadership in raising mental health awareness

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone is an internationally acclaimed actor, fashion icon and mental health ambassador from India. She has acted in close to 30 feature films across genres and won several awards for her performances.

In June 2015, she founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) to give hope to every person experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression (SAD).

The foundation’s programs and initiatives include nationwide public awareness and destigmatization campaigns, adolescent mental health programs, funding support for treatment in rural communities, training general physicians in common mental health disorders, research and an annual lecture series featuring the world’s foremost thinkers and achievers.

Lynette Wallworth, for her leadership in creating inclusive narratives

Lynette Wallworth

Lynette Wallworth is an Australian artist whose immersive video installations, virtual reality and film works reflect on the connections between people and the natural world, as well as exploring the nature of resilience.

She won an Emmy Award for her virtual reality film Collisions, which the World Economic Forum commissioned, premiered and executive-produced. She was named one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine for immersing audiences in the destructive power of nuclear weapons.

Lynette ‘s 2018 mixed reality film Awavena, the story of the first woman Shaman from the Yawanawa tribe in Brazil, as well as her most recent works, have been made at the invitation of indigenous communities. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Virtual and Augmented Reality and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute.

WDO to launch World Design Protopolis in Bengaluru

The World Design Organization is all set to launch its new global program World Design Protopolis in Bengaluru, aimed at implementing holistic progress in megacities across the world and making them sustainable.

The announcement was made at the ongoing three-day Kochi Design Week (KDW), India’s largest design conclave that kicked off at Lulu International Convention Center, Bolgatty Island, Ernakulam, Kerala on 12th December 2019.

The project aims to measure the progress of the city, attract investments and solve the problems so that the city becomes a better place for the citizens.

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