Current Affairs December 6, 2017
1. International Solar Alliance becomes Treaty-based International Intergovernmental Organisation:
- Indian brainchild International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become treaty-based International Intergovernmental Organisation .
- With this, ISA has become the first treaty based international government organization to be based in India. 46 countries have signed the treaty so far.
- ISA was jointly launched by the Prime Minister NarendraModi and President of France, Francois Hollande in 2015 in Paris on the sidelines of COP-21 of UN Climate Conference.
2. Akash missile successfully test fired:
- The Surface to Air Akash missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker was successfully test fired against the target UAV Banshee.
- It was the first supersonic surface to air missile with indigenous seeker.
3. UAE and Saudi Arabia separate from GCC:
- The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have recently formed a new economic group named Joined Cooperation Committee, separating from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
- This step has been taken as half of the member countries of GCC have boycotted Qatar accusing it for supporting and funding terrorism.
4. 5th December: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development:
- International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed worldwide on 5th December every year.
- The international observance has been designated by United Nations since 1985.
- The aims to spread awareness to raise an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make their contributions at local, level and international levels.
5. UP’s Shamli becomes 23rd district to be included in National Capital Region:
- Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh has become 23rd district to be included in the National Capital Region (NCR).
- With this, the NCR now includes 13 districts from Haryana, 8 districts from UP and 2 districts from Rajasthan.
6. Flag4: Joint Military Exercise between US, UK, France and UAE:
- A two week exercise named ‘Flag4’ has recently been conducted in Abu Dhabi.
- Armed forces of US, UK, France and UAE have participated in the exercise.
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