Current Affairs of 22nd December 2019

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22 December: National Mathematics Day

The Indian government declared 22 December to be National Mathematics Day. This was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26 February 2012 at Madras University, during the inaugural ceremony of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 Dec 1887- 26 Apr 1920). On this occasion Singh also announced that 2012 would be celebrated as the National Mathematics Year.

Ebola emerges again in Congo

Ebola emerges again in Congo

Health officials in eastern Congo have documented the first relapse of the current Ebola epidemic.

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has so far infected more than 3,300 people and killed more than 2,200 since the middle of last year, making it the second-worst on record.

According to WHO, this recent relapse happened in the Aloya district where a motorcycle taxi operator is said to have come into contact with 33 people potentially the cause of 11 new confirmed Ebola cases in the past week.

About Ebola
Ebola is a rare but deadly virus that causes fever, body aches, and diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding inside and outside the body.

As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells, Platelet to drop. This leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding.

The disease was known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever but is now referred to as the Ebola virus. It kills up to 90% of people who are infected.

India constructs Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force School at Kirtipur

The Govt. of India has constructed Girls’ Hostel for Nepal Armed Police Force School, Kirtipur. Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Dr. Ajay Kumar inaugurated hostel building at Kirtipur in Kathmandu district. Mayor of Kirtipur Municipality, senior officers of Nepal Armed Police Force and political, community leaders also attended the inaugural ceremony.

Nepal Armed Police Force (APF) School is an academic institution created under the APF Welfare Service Centre of Nepal Armed Police Force. The school was established in 2005 and it has over 21 percent of girls students.

The new infrastructure constructed with the Government of India’s grant assistance of 40.42 million Nepali Rupees is a two-storied girls’ hostel. It comprises 32 rooms including a dormitory, warden room, bathroom, sanitation facilities for girls on each floor and furniture. 

The newly built infrastructure is expected to boost the learning environment of students.

Manuel Marrero Cruz appointed as Cuba’s first PM in more than 40 years

In Cuba, President Miguel Díaz-Canel has appointed Manuel Marrero Cruz as the country’s first prime minister in more than 40 years. It was reinstated under the rules of a new constitution for the communist-run island passed earlier this year.

Marrero, who has served as tourism minister for 16 years and is an architect by trade, helped boost Cuba’s economy by making tourism one of the engines of growth. The post of prime minister was scrapped in 1976 by the then-revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. On the other hand, critics say any such changes are purely cosmetic as the Cuban Communist Party and the military remain the only two real decision-making institutions in the country. 

Eight West African nations rename common currency to Eco

Eight West African countries have agreed to change the name of their common currency to Eco and severed their earlier currency CFA Franc’s links to former colonial ruler France.
The CFA Franc was initially pegged to the French franc and has been linked to the euro for about two decades.

Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo currently use the currency. All the countries are former French colonies with the exception of Guinea-Bissau.

The announcement was made Saturday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron to Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and France’s former main colony in West Africa. Macron hailed it as a “historic reform”, adding the Eco will see the light of day in 2020. The deal took six months in the making. The CFA franc, created in 1945, was seen by many as a sign of French interference in its former African colonies even after the countries became independent.

Mirabai Chanu bags Gold in 6th Qatar International Cup in Doha

Former world champion, weightlifterSaikhom Mirabai Chanu won the women’s 49kg category gold medal to open India’s account at the 6th Qatar International Cup in Doha.

Chanu bagged gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic qualifying event,  with the points which will come in handy when the final rankings for Tokyo 2020 cut are done. The 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 83kg in snatch and 111kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium. However, it was a performance way below her personal best of 201 kg.

Vice Prez released the book ‘Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years’

The Vice President of India  Venkaiah Naidu released a book titled ‘Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years’ in New Delhi.

The book is jointly authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan and is published by Om Books International. The book is about the life journey of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi from his days as a young boy rin Gujarat till becoming the Prime Minister of India.

Indian-American named 1st woman Chief Technology Officer of US’ communications commission


Indian-American Dr. Monisha Ghosh has been appointed as the first woman Chief Technology Officer at the US government’s powerful Federal Communications Commission.

She will advise Indian-American Chairman of the FCC Ajit Pai and the agency on technology and engineering issues, and work closely with the Office of Engineering and Technology. Ghosh will take charge on January 13 next year. She replaces Dr. Eric Burger.

Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal Claim 2019 ITF Awards

Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal were named International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) World Champions for 2019.

Barty, who quit tennis to play cricket in 2014 before returning to the game in 2016, became the first Australian to win the French Open since Margaret Court in 1973 when she beat Czech Marketa Vondrousova in June.

Nadal claimed the season-ending ITF world title for the fourth time after sealing a historic 12th French Open and a fourth U.S. Open, as well as helping Spain to their sixth Davis Cup title.

ITF 2019 Awards Winners

This awards will be given at the 2020 ITF world champions 2nd June, in Paris.

Men Singles Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Women Singles Ashleigh Barty (Australia)
Women Doubles Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Men Doubles Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah (Colombia)
Men’s Wheelchair Gustavo Fernandez (Argentina)
Women’s Wheelchair Diede de Groot (Netherland)
Quad Dylan Alcott (Australia)

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