Current Affairs 07-08 December, 2019


1. K Vijay Kumar appointed senior security advisor in MHA

  • K Vijay Kumar has been appointed as a senior security advisor in the Union Home Ministry headed by Amit Shah.The 1975 batch officer of Indian Police Service will “advise the ministry on security-related matters of Union Territory of J&K and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected States.
  • He will be in the position for a period of 1-year from the date of his taking charge.He has served as Director-General of CRPF, Director of National Police Academy in Hyderabad and his most talked-about stint was as the chief of the Tamil Nadu police special task force that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.
  • After his retirement from service and as DG, CRPF in 2012, Kumar was appointed as senior security advisor LWE in the Home Ministry then headed by Rajnath Singh.

Foot Notes:
Governor: G. C. Murmu    

2. NEFT transactions to be made 24×7 from December 16

  • The Reserve Bank of India announced round-the-clock transactions will be allowed 24×7 facility under the National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) system on all days including weekends and holidays from December 16.
  • These transactions after the usual banking hours are set to be automated initiated using ‘Straight Through Processing (STP)’ modes by the banks.The existing discipline for crediting the beneficiary’s account or returning the transaction within 2 hours of settlement to the originating bank will also continue.
  • Member banks are also advised to initiate necessary action and ensure availability of all necessary infrastructural requirements at their end for providing seamless NEFT 24×7 facility to their customers.

Foot Notes:
About Reserve Bank of India
RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das
Headquarters: Mumbai
Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata

3. Armed Forces Flag Day: 7 December

  • Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on 7th of December every year across the country to honour the martyrs and Armed Forces personnel, who safeguard the mother land.The day provides an opportunity to express gratitude to the nation towards forces guarding the borders and their families.
  • The fund collected on this day is used for the welfare of the serving personnel and ex-servicemen.The day reminds that the welfare of the soldiers and their families is the responsibility of the entire nation.
  • Chief of the Army Staff: General Bipin Rawat

4. National Stock Exchange appoints Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as its new Chairman

  • Leading stock exchange NSE it has appointed Public Interest Director Girish Chandra Chaturvedi as its new chairman.
  • The position was vacant since Ashok Chawla resigned as the chairman of the National Stock Exchange(NSE) in January.
  • The board and the management of NSE has welcomed Chaturvedi, a retired IAS officer and former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, as the new chairman of the NSE.

5. SAARC Charter Day celebrated on December 8

  • On 8th of December in 1985, the leader of the Seven South Asian Countries (means Maldives, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladeshi and Sri Lanka) had signed the contract (means charter) in order to set up the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
  • SAARC was joined by the Afghanistan as a Member in the month of April, 2007. Accordingly, 8th December is being celebrated as SAARC Charter Day.

Foot Notes:
Founded: 8 December 1985, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Headquarters: Kathmandu, Nepal
Currencies: Afghan afghani

6. India’s top 10 Police Stations for 2019 announced: Andaman tops the list

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MOH) has released the list of best performing Police Stations across the country for the year 2019. Aberdeen police station from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Balasinor police station from Gujarat and Ajk Burhanpur from Madhya Pradesh take the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
  • The grading system of the police stations comes after the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the DsGP (State Police Chief) during the 2015 Conference held in Kutch, Gujarat.

7. SC ruled that no pension will be given for govt staff who resign

  • SC's move is to make a distinction between voluntary retirement and resignation. This cause impacts the pensionary benefits under the Rules while deciding a case relating to the resignation of an employee.
  • The Supreme Court (SC) ruled that an employee will become ineligible for a pension when he resigns because he forfeits his past service. It was passed under the Central Civil Services Pension Rules (CCS Pension Rules).
  • SC's move is to make a distinction between voluntary retirement and resignation. This cause impacts the pensionary benefits under the Rules while deciding a case relating to the resignation of an employee.

Foot Notes:
Chief Justice of India: Sharad Arvind Bobde

8. GS Lakshmi has become the first woman match referee to oversee a Men ODI

  • Former India cricketer GS Lakshmi has become the first woman match referee to oversee a men's One Day International (ODI). She officiated the opening match of the third series of the World Cup League 2 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Lakshmi will oversee the match between the UAE and the US at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
  • This is the second significant achievement for Lakshmi in 2019. The first achievement of Lakshmi was her appointment as the first woman onto the ICC International Panel of Match Referees in May. Lakshmi, 51, was first officiated as a match referee in domestic women's cricket matches in 2008-09. She has now overseen 16 men's T20 Internationals, 3 women's ODI matches, and seven women's T20 Internationals.

9. International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7 December

  • International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7 December 2019.  It is celebrated every year. The day aims to celebrate the unique role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.
  • The Day aims to create awareness about the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States.

Foot Notes:
About International Civil Aviation Day
Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
Head: Fang Liu
Founder: Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation
Founded: 1944

10. Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the 2019 Miss Universe

  • South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the 2019 Miss Universe title.
  • Miss Universe Mexico Sofia Aragon won third place. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi, the winner of the title, at the event held in Atlanta on 8 December.
  • Zozibini Tunzi, 26-year-old, is from South Africa. She fights against gender-based violence. She devoted her social media campaign to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is a proud advocate for natural beauty. She encourages women to love themselves the way they are.

Foot Notes:
Winner: Zozibini Tunzi, South Africa
Runner up: Madison Anderson, Puerto Rico
3rd place: Sofia Aragon, Mexico

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