Current Affairs of 30th December 2019

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1. ‘World’s oldest rhino’ Fausta dies in Tanzania aged 57

A rhino thought to be the oldest in the world has died in Tanzania, aged 57.

Fausta, an eastern black rhino, was first sighted in the Ngorongoro crater in 1965, when she was three. She roamed the crater freely for more than 54 years, but health issues in her old age required her to spend her final few years receiving specialist care in a sanctuary.

2. Koneru Humpy bags World Rapid Chess Championship

Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy claimed the World Women’s Rapid Chess Championship title in Moscow. The winner of Women’s World Rapid Championship was decided in a playoff that ended with Humpy beating China’s Lei Tingjie.

3. Finance Minister launches ‘eBkray’ auction platform for assets attached by banks

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday launched eBkray, an online platform to increase the transparency in auctioning of assets attached by banks.

The platform is equipped with property search features and navigational links to all PSB e-auction sites, provides single-window access to information on properties up for e-auction as well as facility for comparison of similar properties, and also contains photographs and videos of uploaded properties.

The gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of PSBs have declined from ₹8.96 lakh crore in March 2018 to Rs. 7.27 lakh crore in September 2019, with their provision coverage ratio rising to their highest level in seven years. Finance Ministry said that extensive reforms carried out by the government have restored banks to health, with the gross non-performing assets (NPAs) of state-run lenders declining from ₹8.96 lakh crore in March 2018 to ₹7.27 lakh crore in September 2019, provision coverage ratio rising to their highest level in seven years, and banks returning to profitability, with as many as 13 banks reporting profits in the first six months of the current financial year.

4. General Bipin Rawat to be first Chief of Defence Staff

Former Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will be the country’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). CDS will function as a single-point Adviser to the government on matters related to the military and will focus on better synergy between the Army, Air Force and the Navy. General Rawat retired as CDS. Defence Ministry had recently amended the Army, Air Force and Navy rules by bringing in a new clause that allows the Chief of Defence Staff to serve up to a maximum age of 65 years.

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