Current Affairs of 9th December 2019

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India ranked 129th in 2019 human development index: UNDP

India climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 Human Development Index, according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). India ranked 130 last year.

The report analyzes inequality in three steps: beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today. The top three countries are Norway (Rank-1) followed by Switzerland (Rank-2) and Australia (Rank-3). Niger ranked 189 is the last in the HDI report.


India, Australia for collaboration to counter terror threat

India and Australia today emphasized the need for enhanced collaboration to counter the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through increased information sharing.  
They also exchanged views on achieving their shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress in the Indo-Pacific region.

They also held a discussion on the prevailing regional security concerns. The issues came up for discussion during the third India-Australia Secretary-level 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi today.

The Indian delegation was led by Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar and Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale. The Australian side was led by Defence SecretaryGreg Moriarty and Foreign Secretary, Frances Adamson.


South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi crowned Miss Universe 2019

South Africa‘s Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned Miss Universe for the year 2019, beating more than 90 contestants. The 26-year-old Tunzi was declared the winner at a televised event at Atlanta in the United States yesterday. This is the third Miss Universe crown for South Africa.


Worldwide arms sales rise by nearly 5% in 2018

Worldwide arms sales rose by nearly five per cent in 2018. According to a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the market is dominated by the United States. The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers came to 420 billion dollars.

US manufacturers alone accounted for 59 per cent of the market, or a turnover of 246 billion dollars, up 7.2 per cent on the previous year.

Russia was second in the rankings for arms production, with 8.6 per cent of the market, just ahead of the United Kingdom on 8.4 per cent and France on 5.5 per cent. The world’s largest arms maker remains the US firm Lockheed Martin, as it has been since 2009.


Finland elects Sanna Marin, the youngest-ever Prime Minister

Finland elects Sanna Marin, the youngest-ever Prime Minister

Finland’s Social Democrats elected a 34-year-old former transport minister to the post of the prime minister, making her the youngest head of government in the country’s history. Sanna Marin won the vote to replace Antti Rinne, who resigned on Tuesday.


PM Modi urges SAARC countries to take effective steps to defeat scourge of terrorism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged SAARC countries to take effective steps to defeat the scourge of terrorism and forces that support it. In a letter to the SAARC secretariat to mark the founding day of the bloc, Prime Minister said, such efforts will generate greater trust and confidence to build a stronger SAARC.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of states in South Asia. Its member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

SAARC Founding Day is commemorated every year on 8th of December to mark the signing of the group’s charter. It was founded in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 8 December 1985.

The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu, which was attended by PM Modi. The 2016 SAARC summit was to be held in Islamabad. But after the Uri terror attack, India expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to prevailing circumstances.  The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad meet.


2nd National Level Sports Meet for students of EMRS inaugurated in Bhopal

In Madhya Pradesh, the second National Level Sports Meet for the students of Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) was inaugurated by Chief MinisterKamal Nath at TT Nagar Stadium, Bhopal


Boxing: Joshua reclaims his world heavyweight crown

Britain’s Anthony Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight crown from Andy Ruiz, outclassing the Mexican-American to score a unanimous points victory.

Joshua, who suffered a stunning knockout defeat to Ruiz in New York in June, produced a masterclass performance to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO titles in emphatic fashion at Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia last night. Dominating from the outset, Joshua won by margins of 118-110 on two scorecards with the third judge making it 119-109.


The government launched a Pilot Project for Using FASTags for Parking Purposes Launched at Hyderabad Airport

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has started a pilot project for using FASTags for parking purposes at Hyderabad Airport. The pilot project has been launched in two phases, the first being a controlled pilot testing, wherein only ICICI tags would be used.

The second phase of the pilot shall cover all other Issuer Bank tags. This has been done to ensure the benefits of FASTag beyond tolling. Conceptualised as FASTag 2.0, it covers parking payments, fuel payments, etc. After the success in Hyderabad, the project will be launched at Delhi airport. Other banks like SBI, Axis, HDFC & IDFC are also in talks with airports in Mumbai, Bangalore & few of the malls to launch FASTag 2.0.


9 December: International Anti-Corruption Day

International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9 December, since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.


Defence & Foreign Secretaries of India & Australia hold third 2+2 dialogue

The third India-Australia Secretary-level 2+2 Dialogue was held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Foreign Secretary Shri Vijay Gokhale, while the Australian side was led by Defence Secretary Mr Greg Moriarty and Foreign Secretary Ms Frances Adamson.

During the dialogue, issues related to bilateral defence engagements, areas to enhance cooperation in the field of defence industry and defence technology as well as the prevailing regional security concerns were discussed.

Defence Secretary conveyed his satisfaction on the ongoing defence engagements between the two Armed Forces and conveyed the commitment of the Ministry of Defence to further enhance the defence cooperation engagements, both in scope and complexity.

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