Current Affairs of 18th December 2019

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Devesh Srivastava takes charge as CMD of General Insurance Corporation of India

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Devesh Srivastava on 18th Dec took charge as the Chairman and Managing director of General Insurance Corporation of India.

His name was recommended by Banks Board Bureau in August this year, and the government issued notification for his appointment on Tuesday.

Srivastava, a direct recruit officer of 1987 batch, began his career with Oriental Insurance Company Ltd. Subsequently, his services were transferred to GIC in 1999. He holds a post-graduate degree in Physics.

India has become the world’s third-largest publisher of science and engineering articles

India has become the world’s third-largest publisher of science and engineering articles, according to a US government agency data, topped by China.

As per the statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), the number of scientific papers published worldwide increased from 1,755,850 in 2008 to 2,555,959 in 2018.

The data, which was released on Tuesday, stated that in 2008, India published 48,998 science and engineering articles. This increased to 1,35,788 articles in 2018 at an average annual growth rate of 10.73 percent and the country now accounts for 5.31 percent of the total world publications in science and engineering.

China, which accounts for 20.67 percent of all global publications in scientific articles, is at the top position, followed by the US at 16.54 percent. The other countries which made it to the top 10 list are Germany (1,04,396), Japan (98,793), UK (97,681), Russia (81,579), Italy (71,240), South Korea (66,376) and France (66,352).

40% of Indian women fear online trolls as they access the Internet: Nielson report

While education and career development are top priorities for women Internet users in India, 40 percent of them fear irrelevant comments, being trolled and followed on smartphones which have become a preferred choice for them to remain online.

While 44 percent of women in Indian metros access online content in English to improve their soft skills and stay “job-ready,” this focus is sharper among younger women between the 18-23 age group, said the Verizon Media survey conducted by Nielsen with 1,300 respondents in 12 cities.

Across locations, younger women were found to access more content related to education, career growth, and skill development, while older women between 29-35 years of age accessed more online video content related to personal well-being.

The internet is empowering a new breed of Indian women who are coming online and preparing to take their place in the workforce. The right platform and support as a community will enable greater inclusion, boosting the participation of Indian women at the workplace.

India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Washington

India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue is scheduled to take place in Washington on 18th December where the two countries are likely to exchange views on salient regional and global issues.

US State Department will be hosting the second annual US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue led by Secretary of StateMike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External affairs Jaishankar and Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh.

Navy chief will visit Sri Lanka to bolster maritime ties

Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh will leave for Sri Lanka on Thursday on a four-day visit to “consolidate and enhance” the bilateral maritime relations between the two countries.

The visit of the Indian Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) comes a month after newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa came to India.

Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, Commander of Sri Lanka Navy. The Karambir Singh will also take part as the chief guest during the commissioning and passing out parade of the ’60th Intake Midshipmen’ scheduled to be conducted at the Naval Maritime Academy, Trincomalee, on December 22.

December 18: International Migrants Day

Each year on December 18, the United Nations, through the UN-related agency International Organization for Migration (UN Migration), uses International Migrants Day to highlight the contributions made by the roughly 272 million migrants, including more than 41 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the challenges they face.

All migrants are entitled to the equal protection of their dignity and human rights.

The theme of International Migrants Day 2019 is “Social cohesion, Celebrating the integration of migrants into communities around the world.” On International Migrants Day, we stand strong in our unequivocal commitment to respect and protect the dignity, human rights and fundamental freedoms of all migrants as well as to ensure that migration takes place in a safe, orderly and well-managed way.

Shashi Tharoor wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2019 for “An Era of Darkness”

Shashi Tharoor wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2019 for “An Era of Darkness”

Indian politician, writer, and Congress party member Shashi Tharoor won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2019. The Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram won the prestigious award for his book “An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India”. The book was published in 2016.

He won for his work in creative non-fiction in the English language.

Shashi Tharoor’s book talks about the effect of British rule in India and how the colonizers exploited the country.

Tharoor is also the author of many bestsellers like “Why I Am A Hindu”, “Paradoxical Prime Minister” and “Inglorious Empire”.

Sahitya Akademi Award Winners List 2019

Sahitya Akademi Award is a literary honor in India which Sahitya AkademiIndia’s National Academy of Letters, annually confers on writers of outstanding works in one of the twenty-four major Indian languages.

Sahitya Akademi, India’s national academy of letters, announced a list of 22 winners of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar and 23 recipients of the Yuva Puraskar for 2019.


Language Title and Genre Author
Assamese Mili, Amia Aru Ekhon Nadi (Stories) Swmim Nasrin
Bengali Total Contribution Nabanita Debsen
Bodo Solobatha Khwnasong De (Folk Tales) Lakhminath Brahma
Dogri Larjaan (poetry) Vijay Sharma
English India Through Archaeology: Excavating History (History) Devika Cariapa
Gujarati Total Contribution Kumarpal Desai
Hindi Kachu Ki Topi (Stories) Govind Sharma
Kannada Kadu Kanasina Beedige (Novel) Chandrakanth Karadalli
Kashmiri Shurin Hund Naji (Poetry) Naji Munauwar
Konkani Chitkulya Chinkichye Vishaal Vishwa (Stories) Rajashree Bandodkar Karapurkar
Malayalam Total Contribution Malayath Appunni
Manipuri Thawaishinggi Thawai (Play) R.K. Sanahanbi Chanu
Marathi Jangal Khajinyacha Shodh (Novel) Salim Sardar Mulla
Nepali Chara Ko Chirbir Bhura ko Kirkir (Poetry) Bhabilal Lamichhane
Odia Total Contribution Birendra Kumar Samantray
Punjabi Aliens Di Dharti Te (Novel) Pawan Harchandpuri
Sanskrit Chitva Trinam Trinam (Poetry) Sanjay Chaubey
Santali Jharumjhag (Poetry) Lakshman Chandra Saren
Sindhi Total Contribution Veena Shringi
Tamil Total Contribution Devi Nachiappan (Deivanai)
Telugu Thatha Maata Varaala Moota (Short Stories) Belagam Bheemeswara Rao
Urdu Science ke Dilchasp Mazameen (Stories) Mohammad Khalil


Language Title and Genre Author
Assamese Ei Pine Ki Ase ?(Short Story) Sanjib Pol Deka
Bengali Kuntal Fire Ase(Novel) Moumita
Bodo Sansri Arw Mwndangthini Mwkhang(Poetry) Rujab Muchahary
Dogri Sees(Short Story) Sunil Kumar
English Diwali in Muzaffarnagar(Short Story) Tanuj Solanki
Gujarati Retino Manas(Short Story) Ajay Soni
Hindi Baagh Aur Sugna Munda Ki Beti(Poetry) Anuj Lugun
Kannada Beru(Novel) Fakeer (Shridhar Banvasi G.C.)
Kashmiri Thaer Angnech(Poetry) Sagar Nazir
Konkani Kathaakar(Short Story) Hemant Aiya
Malayalam Amma Urangunnilla(Poetry) Anuja Akathoottu
Manipuri Canvasta Tarakpa Pirangna(Poetry) Jiten Oinamba
Marathi Shahar Atmahatya Karaycha Mhantay(Poetry) Sushil Kumar Shinde
Nepali Charkiyeko Bhui(Poetry) Karna Biraha
Odia Bimugdha Uccharana(Literary Criticism) Sisira Behera
Punjabi Waqt Beeteya Nahi(Novel) Yadwinder Singh Sandhu
Rajasthani Saglaan Ro Seer(Short Story) Keerti Parihar
Sanskrit Vagvilasini(Poetry) Yuvraj Bhattarai
Santali Jarpi Disomrin Manmi(Poetry) Guhiram Kisku
Sindhi Anmol Rishta(Poetry) Kiran Paryani ‘Anmol’
Tamil Vaal(Tail)(Poetry) Sabarinathan
Telugu Kongavalu Kathi(Novel) Gaddam Mohan Rao
Urdu LaC Ke Lahoo(Novel) Salman Abdus Samad

CBI officer wins’ India Cyber Cop of the Year’ award


 CBI officer B P Raju has won the ‘India Cyber Cop of the Year 2019‘ award by NASSCOM-DSCI for cracking a fraud case in an online entrance exam conducted by an engineering college in Rajasthan.

The award was given to Raju by Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, during the annual Information Security Summit held at Gurgaon.

Raju had investigated the case and exposed the fraud in the online entrance examination. The investigation team headed by BP Raju arrested nine accused persons and collected incriminating evidence from digital devices, which revealed the modus operandi adopted by the accused. The investigation was also completed within the stipulated time period.

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