Current Affairs of 4th December 2019

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India achieved a 28% reduction in malaria cases in 2018: WHO report

India and Uganda have received a special mention from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for their substantial reduction in malaria cases in 2018 over the previous year.

According to the World Malaria Report 2019, the two high-burden-to-high-impact (HBHI) countries that achieved a significant reduction in malaria cases in 2018, as compared with the previous year, were India (2.6 million fewer cases) and Uganda (1.5 million fewer cases).

Two countries in the region – the Maldives and Sri Lanka have been certified malaria-free, and two more, Timor-Leste and Bhutan, are close to the elimination target. As WHO South-East Asia Region continues to register a steep decline in malaria incidence, the WHO today reiterated accelerated efforts by member countries to achieve zero malaria by 2030.

Sundar Pichai named CEO at Google parent Alphabet

Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have announced that they are stepping down from the leadership role of the parent company Alphabet.

Google CEO Indian-AmericanSundar Pichai (47), will be assuming the role of Alphabet CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.

Japan, Philippines, Germany worst hit by climate change, India close behind

Japan, the Philippines and Germany top a list of countries worst hit by climate-enhanced extreme weather last year, with Madagascar and India close behind, researchers said on Wednesday.

Flood-inducing rains, two deadly heat waves, and the worst typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter-century — all in 2018 — left hundreds dead, thousands homeless and more than USD 35 billion (31.5 billion euros) in damage nationwide, according to a report from environmental thinktank Germanwatch.

Category 5 Typhoon Manghut — the most powerful tropical storm of the year — ripped through the northern Philippines in September, displacing a quarter of a million people and unleashing lethal landslides, according to the group’s updated Global Climate Risk Index.

In Europe, for example, extreme heat spells are now 100 times more likely than a century ago.” A sustained heatwave in 2003 claimed 70,000 lives across western Europe, mostly in France.

India was also ravaged by crippling heat in 2018, along with the worst flooding in over 100 years and a pair of cyclones. Total damages: nearly $38 billion.

The new report came a day after the UN’s World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that the last decade is the hottest on record, and up to 22 million people will have been displaced by extreme weather this year alone.

4th December: Navy Day

Navy Day is being celebrated by Southern Naval Command in Kochi on 4th December 2019. Vice Admiral A K Chawla, Flag Officer and Commander-in-Chief of Southern Naval Command laid a wreath during a solemn ceremony conducted at the war memorial in the Naval Base to pay homage to the Navy men who made the supreme sacrifice while defending the nation.

Navy Day is celebrated every year to commemorate the Indian Navy’s audacious and devastating attack on Karachi harbour on this day during the 1971 Indo-Pak war, which contributed to the ultimate victory of the Indian Armed forces over Pakistan.

Goa to host 2nd edition of Startup India Global Venture Capital Summit 2019

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), in partnership with

Government of Goa is organizing the 2nd edition of the Startup India Global Venture Capital Summit, on 6th and 7th of December, 2019 for Fund Managers and Limited Partners of Top Global Venture Capital Firms.

The theme for Startup India Global Venture Capital Summit 2019 is India Opportunity –“ Investing in tomorrow together.” The first edition of the Summit held last year in Goa brought together over 250 participants from over 9 countries and showcased the venture capital opportunities in India and facilitated a rich exchange of ideas on various aspects of the investor world.

This year the Summit aims to reach new heights in both reach and scope. The focus of the Summit is to mobilize global capital for innovation in India. The Summit will bring together a series of engagements involving over 350 representatives of leading Global Venture Capital Firms, Limited Partners, Family Offices, High-Network Individuals, Government of India officials, top Corporates, and select innovative Startups.

Govt launches 4th round of Regional Connectivity Scheme-UDAN

The government has launched the 4th round of Regional Connectivity SchemeUDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) to further enhance the connectivity to remote and regional areas of the country. Civil Aviation Ministry yesterday said, the focus in this round will be North East Region, Hilly States, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Islands.

The scheme was launched in October 2016, which seeks to provide connectivity to un-served and under-served regions through the revival of existing airstrips and airports. In the last three years government has successfully completed three rounds of bidding under the Scheme and awarded about 700 routes. The Ministry aims to operationalize one thousand routes and more than 100 airports in the next five years.

PM Modi, Maldivian President jointly inaugurate four key development projects

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih jointly inaugurated four key development projects covering a wide range of sectors through video conferencing this evening.

One of the projects includes the lighting up of Male using LED lights. Another project is the launch of the RuPay card in Maldives. Three fish processing plants were inaugurated and a Fast Interceptor Craft was gifted to the Maldives.

Odisha govt launches ‘Madhu’ app for school children

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik launched a smart learning app called ‘Madhu’ for school children in the state. The app was named after Utkal Gourab Madhusudan Das and developed by the Ganjan district administration in accordance with the 5T initiative of the Odisha state government.

The CM while launching the mobile app interacted with the students from 22 blocks of Ganjan District via video conferencing and advised them to focus on their studies and make the state proud.

The mobile app consists of video lectures and is available in the Odia language by leading subject experts and educationists. The first phase of the app consists of study materials for Mathematics and Science subjects from classes 5 to 8.

Chief of the Air Staff Participates in Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium 2019

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff is participating in the Pacific Air Chiefs’ Symposium 2019 (PACS 2019) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘A Collaborative Approach to Regional Security’.

The conference will bring together Air Chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific region who will provide perspectives on common challenges faced and on shared mutual interests while focusing on relevant topics like ‘Regional Security’, ‘Domain Awareness’, ‘Multi-Domain Awareness’, Ínteroperability’ and ‘HADR’.

The symposium will also entail discourse and discussions on the combined effort required to maintain peace and security within the region. Participation of Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria in PACS 2019 will provide impetus towards articulating and highlighting common regional challenges and would reaffirm India’s commitment to peace, prosperity, security, and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Shashini Puvi bags silver in National Schools Chess Championship

Shashini Puvi from Karnataka has won the coveted gold medal in the recently held National Schools Chess Championship in Aurangabad.

Mumbai girl Myrah Sachdev has bagged the silver medal in the championship that concluded on Monday.

ICC Test rankings 2019

Team India is back at the top position in the ICC Test Ranking with 120 points followed by New Zealand (109 points) and England (104 points).

Among the batsman, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli is at No. #1 position in the ranking of best test batsman of ICC followed by Australian Steven Smith.

Australian blower Pat Cummins got the No. one position in the ICC Test Ranking of the blower. Jasprit Bumrah is the highest-placed Indian at the fifth position. Senior off-spinner R Ashwin was also static at ninth in the rankings. West Indies captain Jason Holder has consolidated his position at the top of the all-rounders’ list followed by Ravindra Jadeja.

Ministry of Tourism sanctions 18 North East Development Project

Union Ministry of Tourism is planning the development and promotion of tourism in the North East region. Ministry under its Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD Schemes has sanctioned 18 projects covering all the North-Eastern states for Rs 1,456 crore.

These activities include:

  1. Release of television campaigns on Doordarshan and private new channels in the country.
  2. Production of publicity material, creatives and television commercials/promotional films on the region.
  3. The North East region is the theme of India Pavilion set up by Ministry at the South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE).
  4. Complimentary space is provided to the North-Eastern states for their participation in the India Pavilion set up by the ministry at international travel fairs and exhibitions
  5. The ministry organizes an annual International Tourism Mart in the North-Eastern region with the objective of highlighting the tourism potential of the region
  6. Projects under the Swadesh Darshan and PRASHAD are identified for development in consultation with state governments and UT Administrations and are sanctioned subject to availability of funds, submission of suitable detailed project reports, adherence to scheme guidelines and utilization of funds released earlier.
  7. The ministry identified Kaziranga as one of the 17 sites for development in the country under the Development of Iconic Tourist site scheme.

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