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December 22nd - 31st 2019

INTERNATIONAL

1. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg steps down 

  • Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has stepped down as the company is facing tough period following two fatal crashes.
  • He will be replaced by Chairman David Calhoun effective January 13, 2020.
  • He became the CEO of the world's largest aerospace company in July 2015.
  • The company's best selling commercial jet was grounded worldwide in March 2019 after two fatal crashes killed 346 people.
  • Headquarters of Boeing: Chicago, United States.

2. China launches its largest carrier rocket "Long March-5"

  • China has successfully launched its largest carrier rocket "Long March-5". The rocket was launched from Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province. The rocket is also known as CZ-5. It was China's third attempt to launch the rocket.
  • The Chinese rocket carried the Shijian-20 satellite, a communication satellite and placed it into its designated orbit. The Shijian-20 satellite will lay the foundation for the development of highly sensitive space probes.
    It is China's heaviest and most advanced communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit.
  • Capital of China: Beijing; Currency: Renminbi.


3. Russia deploys its 1st Avangard Hypersonic missile system

  • Russia's 1st missile unit equipped with Avangard Hypersonic glide vehicle enters into service.
  • Russia's defence ministry stated that a new hypersonic weapon with latest strategic missiles of intercontinental range has became operational.
  • The nuclear-capable missiles can travel more than 20 times the speed of sound. They have a "glide system" that affords great manoeuvrability and could make them impossible to defend against.
  • The Avangard can carry a nuclear weapon of up to 2 megatons. Avangard is designed using new composite materials to withstand temperatures of up to 2,000 Celsius resulting from a flight through the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds.
  • President of Russia: Vladimir Putin; Capital: Moscow; Currency: Russian Ruble.


4. WHO 1st time approved Biosimilar of "Trastuzumab" for breast cancer treatment

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that for the 1st time it had approved a "biosimilar" medicine of Trastuzumab named "Ontruzant" to make cheaper breast cancer treatment at an affordable rate to women globally.
  • The medicine is derived from living sources rather than chemicals. The biosimilar medicine of the Trastuzumab drug was supplied by Samsung Bioepis co Ltd.
  • WHO Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland, Director general: Tedros Adhanom.


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NATIONAL

1. Prez Kovind releases mobile app of Red Cross Society of India 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind released the mobile app of the Red Cross Society of India in Hyderabad.
  • This app is developed by the Telangana Centre for Good Governance in less than three months, the mobile app is accessible in all languages.
  • The developers informed that the access to blood bank and Red Cross membership will become easy with the launching of the mobile app.
  • CM of Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao.
  • Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.
  • Governor of Telangana: Tamilisai Soundararajan.

2. Urban India declared Open defecation free

  • Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban has achieved its target of creating Urban India Open Defecation Free.
  • Urban areas of 35 states and Union Territories have become ODF.
  • In all, 4,320 cities out of 4,372 have declared themselves ODF, of which 4,167 cities have been certified through third-party verification.
  • This has been achieved by the construction of nearly 65.81 lakh individual household toilets against Mission target of 59 lakhs and 5.89 lakh seats of public toilets against Mission target of 5.08 lakh seats.
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs: Hardeep Singh Puri.


3. Petroleum Minister unveils India's first long distance CNG bus 

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister unveiled India's first long-distance CNG bus fitted with CNG cylinders in New Delhi. It can travel around 1000 kilometres in a single fill.
  • The first long-range interstate CNG bus will ply from Delhi to Dehradun.
  • This type of buses will soon ply between Delhi to Jaipur, Chandigarh and Agra.
  • The project has been executed by Indraprastha Gas Limited, the largest CNG distribution company in the country.
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister: Dharmendra Pradhan.


4. Rohtang tunnel in Himachal Pradesh named as Atal tunnel

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi named Rohtang passageway in Himachal Pradesh as Atal Tunnel to mark the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • The tunnel has been named as a tribute to the former Prime Minister who took the historic decision of constructing this strategic tunnel.
  • It will provide all-weather connectivity to remote areas of Lahaul and Spiti Valley and also reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 Kilometres.
  • Himachal Pradesh CM: Jai Ram Thakur; Governor: Bandaru Dattatraya.


5. HRD Minister launches five documents developed by UGC 

  • The Union Human Resource Development Minister launched the 5 documents developed by UGC covering the 5 verticals of Quality Mandate in New Delhi.
  • These 5 documents cover evaluation reforms, eco-friendly and sustainable university campuses, human values & professional ethics, faculty induction and academic research integrity.
  • These 5 documents help to improve the quality in Higher Educational Institutions, University Grants Commission has adopted the Higher Education Quality Improvement Programme Mandate.
  • The quality mandate aims at evolving higher education system to equip country's next-generation with vital skills, knowledge and ethics for leading a rewarding life.
  • Union Human Resource Development Minister: Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'.


6. Health Minister inaugurates 2nd edition of "Eat Right Mela"

  • The Union Health Minister has inaugurated the 2nd edition of "Eat Right Mela" in New Delhi. The Eat Right Mela of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is a commendable effort and outreach activity for citizens towards eating right.
  • The Union Minister launched 'The PURPLE Book' a handbook on diets for diseases. The book provides general guidelines for hospitals on suitable diets for common medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, gut disorders and so on in a simple format and has been developed and vetted by experts in the field of food and nutrition. This book is available for free download on www.fssai.gov.in.
  • The Union Minister also launched NetSCoFAN (Network for Scientific Co-operation for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition), a network of research & academic institutions working in the area of food & nutrition along with the NetSCoFAN directory, covering detailed information of various heads/Directors and lead scientists of lead and associated partnering institutions.
  • The NetSCoFAN would comprise of eight groups of institutions working in different areas viz. biological, chemical, nutrition & labelling, food of animal origin, food of plant origin, water & beverages, food testing, and safer & sustainable packaging.
  • Union Health Minister: Dr Harsh Vardhan.
  • Chairperson of FSSAI: Rita Teaotia.
  • Chief Executive Officer of FSSAI: Pawan Kumar Agarwal.


7. CSMT gets 'Eat Right' station certificate 

  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) railway station in Mumbai has been conferred with 'Eat Right Station' certification with the five-star rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for food safety and hygiene.
  • CSMT has been judged on the basis of compliance of food safety and hygiene, availability of healthy diet, food handling at preparation, food waste management, promotion of local and seasonal food and creating awareness on food safety and healthy diet.
  • 'Eat Right Station' initiative is a part of the 'Eat Right India' movement launched by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) major which is aimed at promoting food safety and hygiene at the static catering units at railway stations.
  • CM of Maharashtra: Uddhav Thackeray; Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari; Capital: Mumbai.


8. 5th round of India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue

  • The 5th Round of India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue was held in Tokyo, Japan. The two sides exchanged views on various topics of mutual interest in the maritime domain and identified the means for further strengthening their maritime cooperation.
  • Both sides reiterated the importance of the Dialogue as an important mechanism between the two countries for consultations on issues of mutual interest in maritime affairs and agreed to hold the next round of the Dialogue on a mutually convenient date in India. The first round of India-Japan Maritime dialogue was held in New Delhi in 2013.
  • Japan Capital: Tokyo, Currency: Japanese yen, PM: Shinzo Abe.
  • "National Symposium of Poets 2020" organized by All India Radio
  • All India Radio organized the National Symposium of Poets 2020. Select poets of all 22 languages recognized in the 1constitution participated in the symposium.
  • It is being held every year since 1956. The poets from all corners of the country gave their presentations and captivated the hearts of the people during the symposium.
  • The symposium will be broadcasted on the eve of Republic Day and at all the centers of AIR.
    Chairman of Prasar Bharti: A. Surya Prakash.


9. Gen Bipin Rawat named as country's 1st Chief of Defence Staff

  • Indian Army General Bipin Rawat has been named as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). The Chief of Defence Staff will be a 4-star General, the principal military advisor to the defence minister, and will head the new Department of Military Affairs.
  • The Chief of Defence Staff will ensure the jointness in training, logistics and procurement of the three services. General Rawat is the first officer to hold the post of the Chief of Defence Staff
  • The Defence Ministry had also amended the army, air force and navy rules by bringing in a new clause that allows the CDS to serve upto a maximum age of 65 years.
  • The CDS will administer all tri-services organisations, but their command will be with the Chief of the service which has a predominant role in their functioning.


10. Christina Koch records longest single spaceflight by woman 

  • NASA Astronaut Christina Koch has created a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman. She has surpassed the earlier record of 288 days in space which was previously established by NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson in 2017.
  • She would return to Earth in February 2020. Till then, she would have spent more than 300 days in the space. She is onboard the International Space Station since 14th March 2019.
  • The world record for the single longest mission by any space explorer whether man or woman, is held by cosmonaut Valery Polyakov, who spent 438 consecutive days on board Russia's former space station Mir from January 1994 to March 1995.
  • Headquarters of NASA: Washington, D.C.
  • Established: July 29,1958.


11. CACS & e-BCAS launched to enhance security & ease of doing at airports

  • Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation launched the Biometric enabled Centralised Access Control System (CACS) and 'e-BCAS Project Training Module'. The two projects aims to enhance security and ease of doing business at airports.
  • The CACS project is aimed to digitize the employee movement process at the airports. This multi-layered security system encompasses the uniqueness of the Airport Entry Permit (AEP) users, biometric authentication in addition to PIN-based identity verification through contactless smart card technology.
  • The 'e-BCAS' project envisaged to achieve a 'paperless office' under e-Governance initiative of Government of India. The 'e-BCAS Project: Training Module' aims to switch from manual process of training to digital platform.
  • The objective of the e-BCAS project is to make all the activities in the BCAS transparent, user-friendly, and efficient. It also intends to provide an ease of doing business with the stakeholders.
  • Minister of State (I/C) for Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri.


12. Atal Bhujal Yojana launched by Government of India

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched Atal Bhujal Yojana (ATAL JAL) which aims to improve groundwater management.
  • The scheme has been designed with the principal objective of strengthening the institutional framework for participatory groundwater management.
  • It aims to bring behavioral changes at the community level for sustainable groundwater resource management in seven States.
  • The 7 states includes Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
  • The scheme will promote panchayat led ground water management and behavioural change with primary focus on demand side management.
  • The Government has outlaid Rs. 6000 crore for the scheme. Out of the total outlay of Rs. 6000 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years (2020-21 to 2024-25), 50% shall be in the form of World Bank loan, and to be repaid by the Central Government.
  • The remaining 50% shall be through Central Assistance from regular budgetary support. The entire World Bank's loan component and Central Assistance will be passed on to the States as Grants.


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STATES

1. Rajasthan government starts its first Janta Clinic 

  • Rajasthan Chief Minister inaugurated its first "Janta clinic" at in the Malviya Nagar area of Jaipur.
  • This clinic open to provide free primary health care to people living in slums. In its first phase, 12 Janta Clinics will be opened in Jaipur where people would get free medicines and free medical examination in some cases.
  • Later, in the second and third phases of this scheme, Janta Clinics will be opened in other areas.
  • CM of Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot.
  • Capital of Rajasthan: Jaipur.
  • Governor of Rajasthan: Kalraj Mishra.


2. Andhra Pradesh CM launched 'Netanna Nestham' welfare scheme for weavers

  • Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy launched the 'YSR Nethanna Nestham' scheme at Dharmavaram in Anantapur district.
  • Under the scheme, the state government of Andhra Pradesh will provide financial assistance of Rs 24,000 annually to handloom weavers across the state.
  • CM of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
  • Governor of Andhra Pradesh: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.


3. PM Modi unveiled Atal Bihari Vajpayee statue in Lucknow 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a statue of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • He also laid the foundation stone for the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University in the Uttar Pradesh capital.
  • The state government has given 50 acres of land for the varsity.
  • CM of UP: Yogi Adityanath; Governor of UP: Anandiben Patel.


4. Hemant Soren to take oath as Jharkhand CM on Dec 29 

  • In Jharkhand, Grand Alliance leader Hemant Soren will take oath as Chief Minister on the 29th of this month.
  • He was formally elected the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislature party leader.
  • He was projected as the chief ministerial candidate by the JMM, Congress and RJD Alliance that gained the majority in the recently concluded Assembly polls.
  • Governor of Jharkhand: Droupadi Murmu.
  • Jharkhand was founded on 15 November 2000.


5. Mandu Festival begins at Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

  • The first edition of Mandu Festival begins at Mandu, picturesque fort city of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The event is organized by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board. The festival will witness a celebration of the historic heritage blended with the modern vibrancy of the city culture.
  • The Mandu festival will offer an eclectic mix of performing arts, workshops, art installations, nature trails, walks, food, architecture and music to the visitors during the festival. The festival is based on the idea of "Khojne Me Kho Jao".
  • The Mandu festival will redefine the essence of the city & bring about the joy of establishing a new tourism hub in the state.
  • Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh: Kamal Nath.
  • Governor of Madhya Pradesh: Lal Ji Tandon.


6. Hemant Soren sworn as CM of Jharkhand 

  • Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader Hemant Soren was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  • Governor of Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu has administered the oath of office and secrecy to Soren, in the presence of senior political leaders and chief ministers from across states.
  • This will be the 44-year-old JMM leader's second stint as Jharkhand Chief Minister. In the just-conducted Assembly elections, the JMM, Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) alliance triumphed over the BJP, winning 47 seats in the 81 member House.
  • Jharkhand was created on 15th November 2000.
  • Babulal Marandi was the first Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  • Ranchi is the capital of Jharkhand.


7. 11-day long 'Dhanu Jatra' begins in Odisha 

  • The 11-day long 'Dhanu Jatra' begins at Bargarh in western Odisha. Dhanu Jatra is considered as the largest open-air theatre of the world.
  • It is based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa. It is about the episode of Krishna and Balaram's visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their (maternal) uncle King Kansa.
  • Dhanu Jatra is the annual drama-based open-air theatrical performance celebrated in and around Bargarh city. The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian's Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil.


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AGREEMENTS

1. Bank of Baroda partners with Gujarat govt to provide MSME loans 

  • Bank of Baroda signed an MoU with the Gujarat government to facilitate the flow of credit in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector.
  • As per the agreement, the credit will be provided to the MSME for greenfield projects, startups, women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs from backward areas under the Gujarat Single Window Clearance Act 2017 & Ordinance Number 1 of 2019 dated October 24, 2019.
  • Bank of Baroda Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat.
  • Bank of Baroda MD & CEO: PS Jayakumar.
  • Bank of Baroda Tagline: India's International Bank.

2. Federal Bank ties up with Magicbricks

  • Private sector lender Federal Bank has tied up with online real estate platform Magicbricks for listing and e-auctioning of immovable properties repossessed by it in recovery proceedings.
  • The move is aimed at speedy recovery of the bank's impaired assets while helping customers get the best rate in the market for their properties.
  • Federal Bank Establishment: 1939 (as Travancore Federal Bank); December 1949 (Federal Bank).
  • Federal Bank Headquarter: Kochi, Kerala.
  • Federal Bank Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer: Shyam Srinivasan.
  • Federal Bank Tagline: Your Perfect Banking Partner.


3. Kotak Mahindra Bank partners with Pine Labs to enable EMIs on debit cards

  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has tied up with Pine Labs to enable debit card facility for their debit cardholders across point-of-sale terminals by Pine Labs.
  • Banks customers can avail EMI facility with a minimum purchase of Rs 8,000 and repay over 3 months to 12 months. Its aim is to provide affordable, flexible and easy EMI options on a range of products so that bank's customers can break their high-value purchases into affordable instalments at no extra cost.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Establishment: 2003.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer: Uday Kotak.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank Tagline: Lets make money simple.


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APPOINTMENTS

1. Sangita Reddy appointed as the President of FICCI for 2019-20 

  • Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group, has taken over as the President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for 2019-20.
  • She succeeds Sandip Somany, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, HSIL.
  • President of The Walt Disney Company APAC & Chairman of Star & Disney India, Uday Shankar has been elevated as Senior Vice President of FICCI.
  • Similarly, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Sanjiv Mehta was appointed as the Vice President of FICCI.
  • FICCI Established: 1927; FICCI Headquarters: New Delhi.

2. Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed new Foreign Secretary

  • Senior diplomat Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India's Ambassador to the US, has been appointed as the new Foreign Secretary.
  • He is a 1984-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service. He will take over the charge of the foreign secretary on January 29 from incumbent Vijay Gokhale.
  • The appointment has been cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


3. Niranjan Hiranandani takes over as Assocham president

  • Niranjan Hiranandani has taken over as the new president of The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (Assocham), the country's apex organisation of industry and trade.
  • He will succeed Balkrishan Goenka, the Welspun Group Chairman.
  • Niranjan Hiranandani is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Hiranandani Group of Companies.


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AWARDS

1. Kamareddy wins Unicef-2019 Award for Swachh Bharat implementation 

  • Kamareddy district of Telangana has secured the United Nations International Children's and Education Fund (Unicef)-2019 Award.
  • The district has won the award for effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in water sanitation and hygiene sectors.
  • Kamareddy district was on top in the country among other districts in construction of individual sanitary lavatories, swachh darpan wall paintings, swachh survekshan, swachh sundar shouchalay and many other activities.
  • Chief Minister of Telangana: K Chandrasekhar Rao; Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan.

2. AAO bestows Life Achievement honour to Dr Santosh G Honavar

  • Dr Santosh G Honavar, India's ophthalmologist is conferred with the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) highest award Life Achievement honour that is given to its members.
  • He is the first Indian chosen for the honour. American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye specialists.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Headquarters: San Francisco, California, US.
    American Academy of Ophthalmology Founded: 1979.

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BANKING


1. GoI to infuse Rs 8,655 crore into Allahabad Bank, IOB & UCO Bank 

  • The Government of India has approved the release of Rs 8,655 crore as fresh capital to three public sector banks. The list includes Allahabad Bank, Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) and UCO Bank. The infusion will be done for preferential allotment of shares.
  • Fresh capital amounting to Rs 2,153 crore will be allocated to Allahabad Bank, Rs 2,142 crore to UCO Bank and Rs 4,630 crore to Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) for preferential allotment of shares.
  • MD & CEO of Indian Overseas Bank: Karnam Sekar.
  • Chairman of UCO Bank: Atul Kumar Goel.


2. RBI caps lending on P2P platforms at Rs 50 lakh

  • The Reserve Bank of India has capped the permissible exposure limit of a lender on a Peer-to-Peer lending (P2P) platform for all borrowers. The aggregate exposure has been set at Rs 50 lakh at any given point of time. The step has been taken to protect the consumers interest.
  • The lender investing more than Rs 10 lakh across P2P platforms has to produce a certificate to P2P platforms from a practising Chartered Accountant certifying minimum net-worth of Rs 50 lakh.
  • The central bank also stated that the "Escrow accounts" to be operated by bank promoted trustee for transfer of funds need not be mandatorily maintained with the bank which has promoted the trustee. It also mandates that all the transactions through bank accounts, and cash transaction are strictly prohibited.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.


3. AIIB to give $210 million loan for irrigation & solar energy projects 

  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced a loan of $210 million for irrigation and solar energy projects in India. The bank will lend $145 million to improve irrigation services and strengthen flood risk management in West Bengal.
  • The irrigation project in West Bengal is co-financed by the World Bank and is expected to strengthen the management of the Damodar Valley Command Area irrigation scheme. The bank will also lend $65 million for a 250-megawatt (MW) solar project in Rajasthan.
  • President of AIIB: Jin Liqun; Headquarter: Beijing, China.


4. RBI launches new PPI for small digital transactions

  • The Reserve Bank of India has introduced a new semi-closed prepaid payment instrument (PPI) which can be used for the transaction of goods and services up to a limit of Rs 10,000.
  • The loading facility of the instrument will be linked only from a bank account. This direction has made under Section 18 read with Section 10(2) of Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007.
  • PPIs are instruments that facilitate the purchase of goods and services, including financial services, remittance facilities, etc., against the value stored on such instruments. There are currently three kinds of PPIs allowed by RBI: closed system, semi-closed and open PPIs.
  • The PPIs may be issued as cards, wallets, and any such form/instrument which can be used to access the PPI and to use the amount therein. PPIs in the form of paper vouchers shall no longer be issued.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.


5. RBI directs large UCBs to report exposures above Rs 5 cr to CRILC 

  • The Reserve Bank of India has directed large cooperative banks to report all exposures of Rs 5 crore and more to the Central Repository of Information on Large Credits (CRILC).
  • The move is aimed at early detection of financial distress. The aggregate exposure will include all fund-based and non-fund based exposures like partial credit enhancement, including investment exposure on the borrower.
  • As per the new rules, Urban Cooperatives Banks are required to submit CRILC report on quarterly basis with effect from December 31, 2019.
  • The CRILC was created by the Reserve Bank of India. CRILC constitutes commercial banks, all India financial institutions and certain non-banking financial companies with multiple objectives, which, among others, include strengthening offsite supervision and early recognition of financial distress.
  • RBI 25th Governor: Shaktikant Das; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 April 1935, Kolkata.


6. Finance Minister launches an e-auction platform "eBkray"

  • Finance Minister has launched an e-auction platform "eBkray". The platform will enable online auction of attached assets by banks. The platform provides navigational links to all PSB e-auction sites, property search feature.
  • It also presents single-window access to information on properties up for e-auction, comparison of similar properties, and also contains videos and photographs of the uploaded properties.
  • Indian Banks Auctions Mortgaged Properties Information (IBAPI) portal is an initiative of Indian Banks Association under the policy of the Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance was launched to provide a platform to give details of mortgaged properties to be auctioned online by Banks, starting with PSBs.
  • Union Finance Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman.


7. SBI to implement OTP-based ATM cash withdrawals from January 1 2020 

  • State Bank of India will introduce One Time Password (OTP)-based ATM cash withdrawals. The step has been taken to reduce the occurrences of unauthorised transactions happening at ATMs. SBI will introduce one-time password for every cash withdrawal of Rs 10,000 and above between 8 am and 8 pm.
  • The OTP-based cash withdrawal will be effective from January 1, 2020 across all SBI ATMs. When an SBI cardholder will enter the amount of cash he/she wishes to withdraw, a screen will appear asking for the OTP. The customer will then have to put the OTP that the bank will send to the registered mobile number.
  • OTP is a system-generated string of numeric characters that allow users to make a single transaction. The facility will not be applicable at other banks' ATM as this functionality has not been developed in National Financial Switch (NFS).
  • Chairperson of SBI : Rajnish Kumar; Headquarters: Mumbai; Founded: 1 July 1955.


8. HDFC Life partners with Paytm to expand its distribution

  • HDFC Life Insurance has partnered with Paytm to expand its distribution. The partnership is aimed to enable customers of Paytm to purchase insurance products from HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance is constantly exploring opportunities to create and sustain new partnerships to strengthen its distribution network.
  • With the partnership, HDFC Life Insurance aims to increase insurance penetration in India and to simplify the customers experience right from the purchase to the claim process.


9. Mastercard signs agreement to acquire RiskReckon 

  • Mastercard has announced an agreement to acquire RiskRecon. RiskRecon is one of the leading providers of data analytics solutions and artificial intelligence focused on cyber-risk and security and offering solutions to mitigate cyber risks faced by the companies.
  • The acquisition would enhance the cyber-security systems for MasterCard which offers payment processing services on a global scale.
  • CEO and Co-Founder of RiskRecon: Kelly White.


10. No extra charge on digital payments via RuPay & UPI from 1st Jan 2020

  • The Union Finance Minister has announced that the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges for businesses with over Rs 50 crore annual revenues will be waived off from January 1, 2020.
  • Also, the digital transactions made using RuPay credit cards, or UPI QR codes will not face any additional charges for merchants or customers from January 1, 2020.
  • All shops, business establishments and companies with an annual turnover of Rs 50 crore or more have been mandated to offer these modes of payment to customers.
  • The Department of Revenue will also notify RuPay and UPI as the prescribed mode of payment for digital transactions without any Merchant Discount Rate (MDR).
  • The Merchant Discount Rate is the percentage of the digital transaction that a merchant pays to banks. This cost is often passed on to the customer. The decision aims to promote the home-grown digital payment pathways like RuPay and UPI, over those promoted by foreign companies, including VISA and MasterCard.
  • Union Finance Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman.


11. CBIC paid Rs 1,12,000 crore as IGST refunds to exporters

  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has announced that it has paid Rs 1,12,000 crore as Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) refunds to exporters.
  • According to CBIC, over 83,000 exporters have been benefited by these refunds. The numbers indicated the government's efforts to fast track refunds under GST especially to exporters. Also, as of now, refunds of only 3,604 crores are pending with Customs.
  • CBIC is using data analytics to identify risky exporter entities that "take input tax credit fraudulently and monetize it by paying IGST and taking refund". Such exporters are being subject to KYC and verification process before the grant of refund.
  • Chairman of CBIC: Pranab Kumar Das.

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BOOKS

1. Book to chronicle India's Olympic journey 

  • A book titled "Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games" author by Boria Majumdar with Nalin Mehta released. The book will be published by HarperCollins India in January 2020.
  • The book comprises of all the wins, the misses, the star sportspersons, their stories, and the challenges and possibilities that lie ahead of India to make its mark in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • The book provides an inside view of what goes on backstage in the Indian Olympics world alongside a quick history of how India has fared at the Olympics over the past century and a look at how the Indian Olympics world has changed in the last decade.

2. A book titled "Politics of Opportunism" released by S Gurumurthy

  • Noted Economist and Political Analyst S. Gurumurthy released a book titled "Politics of Opportunism: Regional Parties, Coalitions, Centre-State Relations In India".
  • The book is authored by R P N Singh. The book throws light on the subject related to rise of regional parties and Centre-States relation.
  • RNP Singh is a former officer of the Intelligence Bureau, Government of India. He has also earned the coveted Presidents Police Medal, Indian Police Medal, the Sukriti and Kautilya awards for his distinguished services.


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DEFENCE

1. Indian Coast Guard conducts 'Swachchh Samundra NW-2019' 

  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a two-day regional level pollution response exercise named 'Swachchh Samundra NW-2019' at sea off Vadinar in Gulf of Kutch.
  • The exercise was conducted to validate and reinforce the response mechanism for oil pollution incidents and enable the Indian Coast Guard to fine-tune the actions required in such eventualities.
  • The exercise was conducted in two phases.
  • The Gulf of Kutch (GoK) region handles 70 per cent of the oil imported by India and 11 Single Point Moorings (SPMs) out of total 27 SPM.
  • Indian Coast Guard founded: 18 August 1978.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Motto(s): Vayam RaksÌ£ āmahÌ£ (We protect).

2. India test fires QRSAM System

  • Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) system developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully flight-tested from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha coast.
  • The missile was flight-tested with the full configuration in deployment mode intercepting the target mid-air, meeting the mission objectives.
  • With this mission, the developmental trials of the weapon system are successfully completed and the weapon system is expected to be ready for induction by 2021.
  • The QRSAM weapon system, which operates on the move, comprises of fully automated Command and Control System, Active Array Battery Surveillance Radar, Active Array Battery
  • Multifunction Radar and Launcher.
  • DRDO Chairman: G Satheesh Reddy; Established: 1958; Headquarters: New Delhi.



3. IAF bids farewell to the iconic "MiG-27" fighter aircraft 

  • The Indian Air Force bids farewell to the iconic "MiG-27" with a decommissioning ceremony at the Jodhpur air base. The Mig 27 is a soviet origin aircraft that was built under licence by HAL and became a part of the IAF strike fleet in 1985.
    The jet contributed significantly in wars and peace-keeping operations and also emerged as the real hero in the 1999 Kargil war. It's contribution in the Kargil war earned it the title 'Bahadur'.
    Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria is the present Chief of the Air Staff.
    Indian Air Force was founded on 8 October 1932.
    Headquarters of IAF: New Delhi.


4. Home Minister lays foundation stone of CRPF Headquarters in New Delhi 

  • Union Home Minister laid the foundation stone of Directorate General Building of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in New Delhi.
  • The new building at a cost of Rs 280 crore will have all modern facilities and green amenities. It will also have effective control and command system with modern training modules for 3.5 lakh strong force to enhance their operational capability.
  • The Home Minister also launched a new logo œGarud for those engaged in providing security to the common man and VIPs.
  • Director General CRPF: Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar.
  • Union Home Minister: Amit Shah.


5. New Delhi hosts 49th Border Coordination Conference between BSF & BGB 

  • 49th Border Coordination Conference between border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh was held in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was headed by DG Border Security Force Vivek
  • Kumar Johri and the Bangladesh delegation was headed by DG of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) Md Shafeenul Islam.
  • The conference focused on co-operation in Border Guarding and Border Management between the two forces. During the conference, both forces agreed to make all possible efforts to curb the menace of cattle smuggling or any other criminal activity and to ensure tranquility on the borders.
  • Director General of Border Security Force: Vivek Kumar Johri.
  • Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka; PM: Sheikh Hasina.


6. GoM constituted to expedite revival plan of BSNL & MTNL 

  • A Group of Ministers (GoM) has been constituted to to expedite revival plan of BSNL & MTNL.
  • The GoM will fast-track and oversee the implementation of the Rs 69,000 crore revival plan for state-owned telecom corporations BSNL and MTNL.
  • The GoM includes Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, IT and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
  • The government had approved a Rs 69,000 crore revival package for BSNL and MTNL which includes merger of the two loss-making firms, monetising their assets and giving VRS to employees. The GoM will expedite the smooth implementation of decisions taken on revival of BSNL and MTNL.

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RANKS

1. India world's 3rd largest producer of Scientific Articles 

  • India has emerged as the world's third-largest publisher of science and engineering articles, according to a latest US report.
  • In 2008, India published 48,998 science and engineering articles.
  • This increased to 1,35,788 articles in 2018 and the country now accounts for 5.31 per cent of the total world publications in science and engineering.
  • China, which accounts for 20.67 per cent of all global publications in scientific articles, is at the top position, followed by the US at 16.54 per cent, as per the statistics compiled by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).

2. Tamil Nadu tops 'Good Governance Index' launched by GoI

  • The Central Government has released the 'Good Governance Index' on the occasion of Good Governance Day.
  • The 'Good Governance Index' was launched to assess the state of governance in Indian States and Union Territories.
  • The prime objective of the GGI is to provide quantifiable data to compare the state of governance in all states and Union Territories, enable them to formulate and implement suitable strategies for improving governance and shift to result oriented approaches and administration.
  • The Index was launched by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, and the Centre for Good Governance.
  • The GGI takes into consideration ten sectors. These ten Governance Sectors are measured on total 50 indicators.
  • The 10 sectors are:
    • Agriculture and Allied Sectors
    • Commerce & Industries
    • Human Resource Development
    • Public Health
    • Public Infrastructure & Utilities
    • Economic Governance
    • Social Welfare & Development
    • Judicial & Public Security
    • Environment
    • Citizen-Centric Governance
  • The states and UTs are divided into three groups:
    • Big States
    • North-East & Hill States
    • Union Territories
  • Some key results of the day:
    • Among the "Big States", Tamil Nadu topped the Good Governance Index. The poor performers are Odisha, Bihar, Goa, and Uttar Pradesh with Jharkhand finishing last in the group.
    • Among the "North-East and Hill States", Himachal Pradesh topped the index, followed by Uttarakhand, Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim.
    • The worst performers in this group are Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, with Arunachal Pradesh finishing last in the group.
    • Among the "Union Territories", Puducherry topped the index followed by Chandigarh and Delhi. Lakshwadeep is the worst performing UT.

3. "India State of Forest Report 2019" released

  • The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change released the biennial œIndia State of Forest Report (ISFR), in New Delhi.
  • The report provides information on forest cover, tree cover, mangrove cover, growing stock inside and outside the forest areas, carbon stock in India's forests, Forest Types and Biodiversity, Forest Fire monitoring and forest cover in different slopes & altitudes.
  • The report is published by the Forest Survey of India (FSI). The FSI has been mandated to assess the forest and tree resources of the country including wall-to-wall forest cover mapping in a biennial cycle.
  • This is the 16th edition of India State of Forest Report. In comparison to the assessment of 2017, there is an increase of 5,188 sq. km in the total forest and tree cover of the country.
  • Some key highlights of the report:
    • The total forest and tree cover of the country is 80.73 million hectare. It is 24.56% of the total geographical area of the country.
    • The forest and tree cover has increased by more than 130 million hectares in the last 4 years.
    • Area-wise, Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover in the country.
    • In terms of forest cover as percentage of total geographical area, the top five States are Mizoram (85.41%), Arunachal Pradesh (79.63%), Meghalaya (76.33%), Manipur (75.46%) and Nagaland (75.31%).
    • In comparison with ISFR 2017, the increase in the forest cover has been observed as 3,976 sq km and that in tree cover is 1,212 sq. km.
    • The top 3 states showing increase in forest cover are Karnataka (1,025 sq. km) followed by Andhra Pradesh (990 sq km) and Kerala (823 sq km).
    • Mangrove cover has been separately reported in the ISFR 2019 and the total mangrove cover in the country is 4,975 sq km which showed an increase of 54 sq Km as comapre to that of 2017. Top three states showing mangrove cover increase are Gujarat (37 sq km) followed by Maharashtra (16 sq km) and Odisha (8 sq km).
    • The extent of bamboo bearing area of the country has been estimated 16 million hectare showing an increase of 0.32 million hectare.
    • The total carbon stock in country's forest is estimated 7,124.6 million tonnes and there an increase of 42.6 million tonnes in the carbon stock of country as compared to the last assessment of 2017.
    • There are 62,466 wetlands covering 3.8% of the area within the Recorded Forest Area (RFA)/Green Wash (GW) of the country.
    • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar.


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SPORTS

1. South African seamer Vernon Philander announces retirement 

  • South African all-rounder Vernon Philander announced international retirement from all forms of cricket after the conclusion of the upcoming Test series against England.
  • He has played 97 matches across all three formats, taking a combined 261 wickets with 1784 runs in his international career.
  • He also took 51 wickets in his first seven Test matches which earned him the 2012 SA Cricketer of the Year award.

2. MS Dhoni named captain of CA's ODI team of the decade

  • Former India skipper and wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni been named captain of Cricket Australia's (CA) ODI team of the decade and the line-up features three Indian players.
  • Apart from Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have made the cut in CA's team.
  • CA's ODI team of the decade: Rohit Sharma, Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shakib Al Hasan, Jos Buttler, MS Dhoni (c), Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan.


3. Leander Paes to retire from Tennis in 2020 

  • Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has announced that 2020 will be his last year as a professional tennis player.
  • Leander, who made his Olympic debut in 1992, will look for one final flourish at Tokyo Olympics next year.
  • He has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles.


4. Abhinav Lohan wins Bengaluru Open Golf Championship

  • Abhinav Lohan has won the Bengaluru Open Golf Championship 2019 powered by Karnataka Tourism. This was Lohan's first title on the TATA Steel PGTI. Karandeep Kochhar finished the championship as runner up.
  • With the victory, Lohan has become the 4th Indian golfer to register his maiden title on the TATA Steel PGTI.
  • Abhinav Lohan was part of the Indian team that won the silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.


5. Virat Kohli named in Wisden cricketers of the decade list 

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli is one of the five players named in the Wisden Cricketers of the Decade. Kohli, who has scored 5,775 more international runs than anyone else in the last 10 years, has arguably been the best batsman over the last decade.
  • Kohli joins Australian batsman Steve Smith, and South Africans, Dale Steyn, and AB de Villiers.
  • Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry is the only female cricketer in the list.
  • ICC Chief Executive Officer: Manu Sahney, Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


6. Australia paceman Peter Siddle retires from international cricket

  • Australian pace bowler Peter Siddle has announced his retirement from International Cricket. In his career of 11 years, he represented Australia in 67 Tests, 20 ODIs and 2 Twenty20 matches.
  • He took 221 wickets in 67 Test matches. He started his International Cricket career against India in 2008.


7. Kohli & Bumrah named in Wisden's T20I Team of the decade 

  • India skipper Virat Kohli and pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah were the only Indians in Wisden's T20 International team of the decade.
  • Australia's limited overs skipper Aaron Finch was named captain of the Wisden's T20 International team of the decade.
  • Here is the complete Wisden's T20I team of the decade: Aaron Finch (c), Colin Munro, Virat Kohli, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Jos Buttler, Mohammad Nabi, David Willey, Rashid Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.


8. Koneru Humpy becomes women's World Rapid champion

  • Indian Grandmaster Koneru Humpy wins the World Women's Rapid Chess Championship held in Moscow, Russia. She won the title after drawing the Armageddon game against Lei Tingjie of China. Humpy lost the first tie-break game and then won the second to reach the Armageddon game.
  • China's Lei Tingjie won the silver and Ekaterina Atalik of Turkey settled with bronze. Humpy is only the second Indian to win the rapid gold in the current format after Vishwanathan Anand who won it in 2017.


9. Sarbananda Sonowal launches torch relay of Khelo India Youth Games 

  • Assam Chief Minister has launched the torch relay of the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati, Assam. The 3rd edition of the tournament will be held in January 2020.
  • Athletes from all over the country will be coming to Guwahati for the Khelo India Youth Games.
  • The officials of the competition are preparing a total of eight venues for the tournament to make the Games one of the largest sporting spectacles of the country.
  • Chief Minister of Assam: Sarbananda Sonowal.
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.


10. IOA ends boycott call for 2022 Commonwealth Games

  • The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has withdrawn its boycott call for the 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham. The decision was taken during its Annual General Meeting held in New Delhi.
  • The cause of the boycott call was exclusion of shooting. IOA also announced that the country will bid to host either the 2026 or the 2030 edition.
  • President of Commonwealth Games Federation: Dame Louise Martin.
  • Chief of Indian Olympic Association: Narinder Batra.


11. S S Deswal given additional charge of DG of CRPF 

  • S S Deswal has been given the "additional" charge to head Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
  • The Union home ministry took the decision as CRPF's serving Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar retired on 31st December, 2019.
  • S S Deswal is presently serving as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • CRPF is India's as well as the world's largest paramilitary force with over 3.25 lakh personnel in its ranks.
  • It was raised as the Crown Representatives Police (CRP) in 1939 under the British and post Independence, named as CRPF in 1949.


12. General Mukund Naravane becomes new Indian Army chief 

  • General Manoj Mukund Naravane took charge as the 28th Chief of Army Staff. He succeeded General Bipin Rawat who retired on 31st December, 2019. Earlier, General Naravane was serving as vice chief of the Indian Army.
  • In his 37 years of service, he has also headed the Army's Eastern Command that takes care of India's nearly 4,000-km border with China.
  • General Mukund Naravane is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. He was commissioned into the 7th battalion, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment in June 1980.


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1. 'Oxygen Parlour' at Nashik Railway Station to combat air pollutiont 

  • In a unique initiative to battle rising air pollution in cities, an 'Oxygen Parlour' has been opened at Nashik railway station to provide an experience of breathing clean air to the commuters.
  • The initiative comes with the efforts of Airo Guard in collaboration with the Indian Railways.
  • The concept of Oxygen Parlour is based on the recommendation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • There are around 1500 plants here, so, these plants can directly and effectively bring down the pollution in the air at the railway station and allow the people to breathe cleaner air.

2. Finance minister releases stamp to commemorate DRI's role

  • Finance minister of India released a postage stamp to commemorate distinguished service and glorious contribution of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) in protecting the nation.
  • DRI plays an immense role to counter smuggling and preserve cultural heritage and environment of the country.
  • It is essential for DRI to keep pace with technologies such as data analytics to fight against contraband items such as gold and narcotics. Contraband is good that is against the law to trade or to import or export.
  • The Union finance minister of India: Nirmala Sitharaman.


3. Indian railway launches 'Him Darshan Express' 

  • Indian Railways started a glass-enclosed vistadome 'Him Darshan Express' train on the heritage Kalka-Shimla route, with glass rooftop to have a panoramic view of the hilly region.
  • This train will have seven coaches, including one first-class sitting cum luggage room coach (FCZLR) and six first-class AC vistadome coaches.
  • Railway Minister: Piyush Goyal.



4. Government of India will launch "Digital Radio" in 2024 

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has announced that the Central government will launch the "Digital Radio" in 2024.
  • The announcement was made during the annual Akashvani Awards function held in New Delhi.
  • The minister stated that "All India Radio is an institution which is a part of people's lives, be it music, news or entertainment".
  • Chairman of Prasar Bharati: A Surya Prakash.
  • CEO of Prasar Bharati: Shashi Shekhar Vempati.


5. Raksha Mantri launches "DefExpo 2020" mobile app 

  • Raksha Mantri has launched the "DefExpo 2020" mobile app of the forthcoming DefExpo 2020.
  • The app has been developed by Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence (MoD).
  • It provides detailed information about the daily events, participating exhibitors, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), guest speakers of seminars/webinars, publications, and directions of the venues and city weather. The main features of the app constitutes inform, engage and feedback.
  • Union Defence Minister of India: Raj Nath Singh.


6. Indian Railways introduces a new Passenger Information System 

  • Indian Railways introduced a new "Passenger Information SysteM" at Anakapalle Railway Station of Vijayawada Division in South Central Railway.
  • The comprises "At a Glance Display Board" which gives a glance of the status of various train timings at the Station and "Coach Guidance Display Board" which provides the Coach Composition position of a train.
  • The application aims to provide better features and easy guidance to the passengers and hence providing satisfactory user experience.
  • The system provides automated display information about the trains expected at the station in the next two hours in Trilingual form i.e. in three languages: Telugu, English and Hindi.
  • Union Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal.

 

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OBITURIES

1. Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Vidushi Savita Devi passes away 

  • Renowned Hindustani classical vocalist Vidushi Savita Devi has passed away.
  • She was known for her thumirs. She was the author of the book 'Maa¦Siddheshwari' which was the biography of her mother Siddeshwari Devi.
  • She was also the head of the music department at Daulat Ram College under Delhi University for many years.

2. England World Cup winner Martin Peters passes away

  • Former West Ham and Tottenham midfielder Martin Peters, who scored England's second goal in the 1966 World Cup final against West Germany, passed away.
  • He joined West Ham in 1959 as a 15-year-old, made his debut in 1962 and was a key player in the side who won the 1965 Cup Winners Cup final at Wembley.


3. Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad passes away

  • Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal passed away in a road accident in Sri Lanka.
  • He was born in 1939 in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. He wrote more than a dozen poetry collections, short story collections and novels.
  • His last novel, Manushkhor, was published in 2013. He received several Hindi literary awards.


4. American songwriter Allee Willis passes away

  • The American songwriter Allee Willis passed away recently. She penned the iconic "I'll Be There For You" track for the long-running television show "Friends".
  • She has several other hits under her name like Earth, Wind and Fire, which was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. She won a Grammy in 1985 for her work on the soundtrack for "Beverly Hills Cop".


5. 'Colours of the Mountain' author Da Chen passes away 

  • China's brilliant storyteller, Da Chen, who created the critically acclaimed memoir "Colours of the Mountain" passed away recently.
  • In "Colours of the Mountain" he recounted the abuses he and his family suffered during the latter years of the country's Cultural Revolution. The book was published in seven languages. His last book which was published recently was "Girl Under a Red Moon".


6. Veteran Political cartoonist Vikas Sabnis passes away

  • Veteran Political cartoonist Vikas Sabnis has passed away recently. He recently completed 50 years of illustrious career in 2018. He was inspired by Bal Thackeray and RK Laxman.
  • He has also worked as a staff cartoonist at various newspapers, including the Times of India and the Mid-day. He made caricatures and political cartoons on various subjects and issues. These ranges from local to international levels.


7. Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt passes away

  • The pontiff of Pejawar Mutt, Vishwesha Tirtha Swami passed away in Udupi. He was born at Ramakujna in Dakshina Kannada district on April 27, 1931.
  • He was ordained as a monk at the age of eight in 1938, as the 33rd seer in the linage or 'guru parampara' of the Pejawar Mutt.
  • Vishwesha Tirtha Swami made history by becoming the only seer among the seers of the Ashta Mutts (eight mutts) of Udupi, which propagate the Dwaita philosophy, to have performed five biennial Paryayas.


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