Current Affairs of 15th December 2019

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India slips to 112th rank on World Economic Forum’s gender gap index

India has slipped four places on the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index to 112, behind neighbors China, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, due to rising disparity in terms of women’s health and participation in the economy.

Iceland remained the world’s most gender-neutral country, while Yemen is ranked the worst (153rd), while Iraq is 152nd and Pakistan 151st.

India has moved down the ladder from its 108th position last year on the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report to rank below countries like China (106th), Sri Lanka (102nd), Nepal (101st), Brazil (92nd), Indonesia (85th) and Bangladesh (50th).


India to Become First Asian Country to Host International Geological Congress Twice

By hosting the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in Delhi during March 2-8. 2020, India is all set to become the only Asian Country to host the event twice.

The last time India hosted the prestigious summit was back in 1964 when the then President of India Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan inaugurated the 22nd session of IGC in New Delhi.

The theme of the 36th IGC next year is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’. The mega-event is popularly called the ‘Olympics of Geosciences‘ among the academic circles as it is held once in four years. More than 5,000 geoscientists from around the world are expected to attend the event being hosted at the India Expo Centre & Mart in the National Capital Region.

Geologically, India is of great academic interest as it hosts the oldest rocks spanning 3.6 billion years of Earth’s history to the youngest, active fold mountain belt of the world: the Himalayas. The event is being funded by the Ministry of Mines (MoM) and Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) with the support of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Science Academies of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Geological Survey of India is the nodal agency for organizing the event.


ITBP becomes first among CAPF to launch a matrimonial site for its staff

In a unique approach, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has started a dedicated matrimonial site for its staff.

The website started last week will be managed by ITBP and only the staff will be able to access it.

This is the first-ever dedicated and well-managed matrimony portal among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) started by ITBP on December 9. There are more than 25,000 unmarried men in the Force while more than 1000 women personnel are also unmarried. Keeping in view their duties and engagements after joining the service, finding suitable matches becomes an uphill task for the serving personnel.

The ITBP was raised on October 24, 1962, for reorganizing the frontier intelligence and security set up along the Indo-Tibetan border. ITBP presently has 56 service battalions, 4 specialist battalions, 17 training centers and 7 logistics establishments with a total strength of approximately 90,000 personnel.


Gujarat police to get ‘President’s Colours’ on December 15

The state police of Gujarat was honored with ‘President’s colours’. The Gujarat police were presented with the President’s colours by Vice President of India Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. They have presented the president’s colours for their outstanding services.

It is the highest honour given to the police force in India. The previously awarded states were Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam. The President’s Colours is also known as ‘Nishaan’ which is an emblem that will be worn by all police officers on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform.


15 December: International Tea Day

International Tea Day is observed annually on December 15. It has been celebrated since 2005 in tea producing countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Uganda and Tanzania.

International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens on the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade. The first International Tea Day was celebrated in New Delhi in 2005.


Ministry Of Coal To Establish Sustainable Development Cell

The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines. This move gains significance as the new private entities are now going to form a significant part of the future, a set of guidelines for proper rehabilitation of mines need to be evolved in tune with global best practices.

The Sustainable Development cell (SDC) will advise, mentor, plan and monitor the mitigation measures taken by the coal companies for maximizing the utilization of available resources in a sustainable way, minimizing the adverse impact of mining and mitigating it for further ecosystem services and will act as nodal point at Ministry of Coal level in this matter.

The SDC will adopt a systemic approach, starting from collection of data, analysis of data, presentation of information, planning based on information; by domain experts, adoption of best practices, consultations, innovative thinking, site-specific approaches, knowledge sharing and dissemination and finally end with an aim to ease the lives of people and communities in general. All of the above will be done by executing the following tasks in a planned way.


Lahore-Wagah train service resumes operation after 22 years

The shuttle train service between Lahore and Wagah railway station resumed operation on 15th December 2019 after a gap of 22 years. Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid formally inaugurated the train.

The train would complete three round trips daily and provide the travelling facility to over 1,000 passengers in three trips.

The service would provide hassle-free commute to hundreds of visitors intending to witness the flag hoisting and lowering ceremony at Wagah or visiting Jallo Park. A large number of people go to see the parade of Indo-Pak soldiers on the Wagah border daily. Till now they have to go there by bus, so time takes longer.

Similarly, 22 years ago, a passenger train from Lahore used to reach Wagah border daily but it was stopped due to some reasons but now it has been restarted.

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