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Current Affairs is a type of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or ongoing at the time of broadcast. The article Current Affairs December 13th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Sports Awards, Appointments, Science and Quiz importance of December 13th 2018.

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International Universal Health Coverage Day – 12th December

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Key Highlights:

  • On 12th December 2018, International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) was observed throughout the world. It aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind.

  • The theme for the 2018 UHC Day is: “Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action.”

  • Universal health coverage (UHC) ensures all people, everywhere, can access the quality health services they need without suffering financial hardship.

  • The United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) by resolution 72/138 in 2017.

  • This year 5 pillars to achieve Universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 were released and they include- Ensuring Political Commitment & Multi-Stakeholder Action, Leaving No One Behind, Engaging Community Voices, Investing More & Smarter and Holding Leaders Accountable.
2nd International Day of Neutrality

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Key Highlights:

  • December 12 is seen as International Day of Neutrality after its adoption by United Nations General Assembly in the 69th plenary meeting.

  • It is celebrated by United Nations to ensure neutrality among nations and abstention of a state from all participation in a war.

  • It is aimed at promoting the use of preventive diplomacy, and enhancing public awareness of the value of neutrality in international relations.

  • The resolutions of neutrality was reaffirmed in resolution 71/275 and the United Nations General Assembly declared the Day of December 12 to be seen as International Day of Neutrality on February 2, 2017.

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EU Parliament backs 'world's largest' free trade deal with Japan

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  • The European Parliament approved a free trade deal between Japan and the European Union, which is believed to be the world's largest free trade agreement.

  • The deal will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and almost one-third of the world's total GDP. Japan's Parliament has already approved the agreement.
Iranian oil minister joins Twitter, which is banned in Iran

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Key Highlights:

  • Iranian oil minister Bijan Zanganeh has joined Twitter, which is officially banned in the country.

  • "I have come to Twitter for a more dynamic and effective relationship with domestic and foreign audience," Zanganeh's first tweet read. Although banned, Twitter is used by a number of authorities, including President Hassan Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Trump ex-lawyer gets 3-yr jail, says job was to cover 'dirty deeds'

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Key Highlights:

  • US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for crimes including hush-money payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

  • He was also found guilty of lying to the US Congress. "I felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds," Cohen said.
Myanmar to grant visa-on-arrival to Indians

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  • Myanmar will provide visa-on-arrival to Indian tourists entering the country through the international airports of Nay Pyi Taw, Yangon and Mandalay to further people-to-people interactions, President Ram Nath Kovind said.

  • This comes as President Kovind is on an official visit to Myanmar. President Kovind called Myanmar a key partner of India's 'Act East' and 'Neighbourhood First' policies.
British PM May to face vote of no confidence over Brexit deal

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  • Lawmakers in British PM Theresa May's Conservative Party on Wednesday triggered a vote of no confidence in her leadership, in protest against her Brexit proposal. May said, "I will contest that vote with everything I have got."

  • She added that a new Prime Minister would have to extend or revoke Article 50, delay or even stop Brexit.

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36 out of 40 MLAs in Mizoram are crorepatis: Report

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  • As many as 36 out of the 40 newly-elected MLAs in Mizoram are crorepatis while the outgoing Assembly had 30 crorepati legislators, according to Association for Democratic Reforms.

  • The maximum number of 22 crorepati MLAs are from Mizo National Front, which won the election with 26 seats. The average assets of MLAs rose from ₹3 crore to nearly ₹5 crore.
Over 28,500 Indians died in Gulf countries in last 4 years

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  • More than 28,500 Indian nationals died in the Gulf countries of UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia between 2014-2018, Minister of State VK Singh informed the Lok Sabha.

  • Singh said that awareness campaigns are being conducted through labour camps in order to prevent workers' death in cases of suicides and road accidents.
India cancels passports of 33 NRIs for abandoning their wives

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  • The government has cancelled passports of 33 non-resident Indians (NRIs) for abandoning their wives, the Women and Child Development Ministry said.

  • Eight look-out circulars have been issued for absconding husbands by Integrated Nodal Agency, the Ministry added. Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the Centre would bring a Bill on this issue in the Parliament's winter session.
15,779 Indian websites hacked during Jan-Nov 2018: Prasad

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  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that 15,779 Indian websites were reported hacked this year up to November.

  • As per the information by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), 33,147 and 30,067 Indian websites were hacked in 2016 and 2017 respectively, he added.

  • He said as a measure to enhance cyber security, CERT-In issues alerts regarding latest cyber threats.

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Centre may announce ₹4 lakh crore of farm loan waivers: Reports

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  • Ahead of the general election, the government is likely to announce farm loan waivers worth up to ₹4 lakh crore ($55.5 billion), according to reports.

  • The previous Congress party-led coalition government announced farm loan waivers worth nearly ₹72,000 crore in 2008. Notably, BJP has lost power to Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the recently concluded Assembly Elections.
Canada court grants $7.5 mn bail to Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

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Key Highlights:

  • A Canadian court granted bail to Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou for around $7.5 million. Meng was arrested on December 1 in Vancouver on US' request over alleged trade sanction violations.

  • US President Donald Trump has said he would intervene in the Justice Department's case if it would serve national security interests or help close trade deal with China.
Sensex surges 629 points after RBI Governor appointment

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  • Indian benchmark index Sensex rallied 629 points after the government appointed Shaktikanta Das as the Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), just a day after Urjit Patel resigned.

  • Sensex closed 1.79% up at 35,779.07 after clocking its best two-day rally since October 15. The broader Nifty 50 Index ended 188 points or 1.79% higher at 10,737.60.

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Official yells at India hockey players for entering VIP lounge

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  • Indian hockey team players, including captain Manpreet Singh, were yelled at by a top Hockey India official after being seen at VIP lounge of the Kalinga Stadium during Netherlands-Canada World Cup match.

  • As per the rules, players aren't allowed to enter the lounge. The official yelled at them while they were clicking pictures with fans and asked them to leave.
Groundsmen were once awarded 'Man of the Match' in a Test match

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  • Groundsman Chris Scott and his staff were awarded Man of the Match for their efforts to make play happen during a rain-affected Test match between New Zealand and South Africa, which ended on December 12, 2000.

  • They had ensured that 190.5 overs of play were possible despite the first, third and fourth days' play being abandoned without a ball bowled.
ICC persuading government to make fixing criminal offence: ICC CEO

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Key Highlights:

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) is constantly persuading governments, including India's, to make fixing a criminal offence, ICC CEO Dave Richardson has said.

  • "The Anti-Corruption Unit is trying to be much more pro-active," he added. This comes after former Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa were charged under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code.

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Manika 1st Indian to win 'Breakthrough Table Tennis Star' award

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Key Highlights:

  • Indian table tennis player Manika Batra became the first Indian to win the ITTF's 'Breakthrough Table Tennis Star' award.

  • "I'm really honoured and happy to have received the award. I feel, 2018 has been the best year of my career so far," said the 23-year-old, who had won four medals at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year.
Mary Kom honoured with Meethoileima title

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Key Highlights:

  • On 12th December 2018, MC Mary Kom , six times World Women Boxing Champion and Olympic Bronze medalist honoured with Meethoileima title by Manipur government.

  • She was honoured by Chief minister N. Biren Singh who also handed over a cheque of Ten lakh rupees.

  • The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.

  • Meethoileima means Outstanding Queen.

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Shaktikanta Das takes charge as 25th Governor of the RBI

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  • on 11th December 2018, Shaktikanta Das, former Economics Affairs Secretary appointed as 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He succeeded Urjit Patel after he resigned from the post on 10th December 2018.

  • Das is former Economic Affairs Secretary from 2015 to 2017, worked closely with the central bank. He is currently a member of the Finance Commission of India, and the government’s representative at the Group of 20 summits.

  • Urjit Patel resigned as the Governor of India’s central bank citing personal reasons amid tensions between the government and the RBI over issues related to governance and autonomy of the central bank.
CAG Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors till 2020

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Key Highlights:

  • On December 11, 2018, Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi became the Vice-Chair of the UN Panel of Auditors for a term of 2 years ending on June 30, 2020.

  • The decision was taken in the panel’s annual meeting in New York which was held from 3 to 4 December 2018.

  • The panel is currently chaired by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the UK and consists of External Auditors of the United Nations and its agencies.

  • Presently, the panel consists of 11 countries — India, Germany, Chile, Canada, France, Italy, Philippines, Ghana, Indonesia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

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Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System inducted in to Indian Navy in Mumbai

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  • On December 12, 2018, Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was inducted by Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Naval Staff, at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.

  • The new system is a third generation, advanced Submarine Rescue System having a Non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV).

  • It is capable of undertaking rescue from a disabled Submarine upto 650 m depth.

  • It would be operated and deployed by the crew of Indian Navy’s newly formed Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in Mumbai.
NASA tweets advice to find Iron Man after fans request

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  • NASA has given advice to Marvel after fans called on them to help Tony Stark.

  • This comes after several fans of the Avengers franchise requested the space agency to help the character, who can be seen isolated in space in the movie's latest trailer.

  • NASA also included a photo which featured Thor's nameplate and hammer.

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Q1. Who assumed charge as Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)?
    A. Viral Acharya B. Shaktikanta Das C. Rajiv Mehrishi D. Kaushik Basu Answer: B

Q2. Who has been sworn in as the Chief Minister of Telangana?
    A. N Chandrababu Naidu B. K T Rama Rao C. T Harish Rao D. K Chandrasekhar Rao Answer: D

Q3. Which High Court has ordered a ban over online sale of medicines across India?
    A. Madras HC B. Delhi HC C. Allahabad HC D. Bombay HC Answer: B

Q4. Which Indian sportswoman has been honoured with the ‘Meethoileima’ title?
    A. Mary Kom B. PV Sindhu C. Saina Nehwal D. Vinesh Phogat Answer: A

Q5. The Union Government has signed a 31 million dollar loan agreement with ADB to develop tourism and boost jobs in which state?
    A. Chhattisgarh B. Odisha C. Madhya Pradesh D. Tamil Nadu Answer: D

Q6. Which state’s government has decided to establish an Umbrella University named after former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee?
    A. Gujarat B. Bihar C. Uttar Pradesh D. Jharkhand Answer: C

Q7. Murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been named as the "Person of the Year" by which magazine?
    A. The Wall Street Journal B. Time C. Forbes D. The New Yorker Answer: B

Q8. In December 2018, the Assembly Elections were not held for which state?
    A. Karnataka B. Rajasthan C. Madhya Pradesh D. Chhattisgarh Answer: A

Q9. The Union Government launched which Twitter handle to spread awareness about cyber crimes?
    A. @CyberGyan B. @CyberSakha C. @CyberDost D. @CyberSuraksha Answer: C

Q10. Who was appointed as Vice-Chair of UN Panel of Auditors for 2019?
    A. Siddharth Kumar B. Anand Awasthi C. Rohan Joshi D. Rajiv Mehrishi Answer: D

Q11. Joint military exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ began between India and which country?
    A. China B. Japan C. Malaysia D. South Korea Answer: A

Q12. Which country selected the Chinese character for ‘disaster’ as its defining symbol for 2018?
    A. USA B.Japan C. India D. Indonesia Answer: B

Q13. Where was the third exhibition of the 2nd series of collection titled “Uncrowned Glory – An exhibition of Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh” inaugurated on 11th December 2018?
    A. Shimla B. Manali C. New Delhi D. Mumbai Answer: C

Q14. Which state government announced the creation of an umbrella university named after former Prime Minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on 12th December 2018?
    A. Gujarat B. Uttar Pradesh C. Himachal Pradesh D. Karnataka Answer: B

Q15. The Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski inaugurated India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in _____, on 8th December 2018?
    A. Surat, Gujarat B. Manipal, Karnataka C. Kota, Rajasthan D. Raipur, Chhattisgarh Answer: B

Q16. Where was the National conference ‘AYUSHCHARYA’ on Dinacharya (Daily Regimen) and Ritucharya (Seasonal Regimen) for public health promotion, held on 10th and 11th December 2018?
    A. Mumbai B. Kolkata C. Puducherry D. New Delhi Answer: D

Q17. Ministry of Commerce and Industry released India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, aimed to propel India to become a USD 5 trillion economy before ____?
    A. 2023 B. 2025 C. 2031 D. 2028 Answer: B

Q18. Which state hosted the AdventureNext 2018 event from 3rd to 5th December 2018?
    A. Maharashtra B. Arunachal Pradesh C. Madhya Pradesh D. Jammu and Kashmir Answer: C

Q19. India’s 1st Agriculture Export Policy 2018, released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, would boost India’s agricultural exports to _____ dollar by 2022?
    A. USD 60 billion B. USD 50 billion C. USD 25 billion D. USD 75 billion Answer: A

Q20. India signed an ascension pact to the 30-member Trans Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN), on December 10, 2018. T-RMN is led by which country?
    A. France B. Russia C. United States D. Italy Answer: D

Q21. Where was Vivah Panchami, the wedding of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita, celebrated on 12th December 2018?
    A. Dhaka, Bangladesh B. Janakpur, Nepal C. Uttar Pradesh, India D. Colombo, Sri Lanka Answer: B

Q22. Which country topped in the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)’s report on the world’s 100 biggest armaments groups, released on 10th December 2018?
    A. United States B. China C. Japan D. Russia Answer: A

Q23. Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its supplement report “Asian Development Outlook (2018)” has retained India’s growth forecast at ____% for FY19 and 7.6% for FY20?
    A. 7.5 % B. 7.3 % C. 7.7 % D. &.2 % Answer: B

Q24. ‘PCS1x’, a cloud based new generation technology, to increase ease of doing business was launched by Indian Ports Association (IPA), on 11th December 2018. What does “C” represent in PCS?
    A. Cloud B. Communication C. Code D. Community Answer: D

Q25. Name the sportsperson who was honoured with the Meethoileima (Outstanding Queen) title by Manipur government, on 12th December 2018?
    A. Manu Bhaker B. Hima Das C. MC Mary Kom D. Saina Nehwal Answer: C

Q26. _____ is the first deceased journalist to be honoured with the Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year award?
    A. Jamal Khashoggi B. Yasin Azeem C. Rustum Daffne D. Mike Delfino Answer: A

Q27. Who was appointed as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), on 11th December 2018?
    A. Ravi Handa B. Shaktikanta Das C. S Krishnamoorthy D. Arjun Rishab Answer: B

Q28. Comptroller and Auditor General _____ has become the Vice-Chair of the UN (United Nations) Panel of Auditors for a term of 2 years ending on June 30, 2020?
    A. Rajiv Mehrishi B. Vishwanath Sridhar C. Anika Singh D. Lagnajith Desai Answer: A

Q29. Name Flipkart’s CFO (Chief Financial Officer) who has been given additional charge as COO (Chief Operating Officer)?
    A. Sriram Venkataraman B. Nitin Seth C. Kalyan Krishnamoorthy D. Ananth Narayanan Answer: A

Q30. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)’s indigenously developed Light Utility Helicopter achieved an important milestone of flying at _____ kilometer altitude in Bengaluru, on 11th December 2018?
    A. 6 Km B. 7 Km C. 8 Km D. 9 Km Answer: A

Q31. Indian Navy’s first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System was inducted by Chief of Naval staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba. It will be operated and deployed by Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in which city?
    A. Mumbai B. Mangaluru C. Kochi D. Vishakapatnam Answer: A

Q32. What is the rank of India in the Climate Change Performance Index released on the sidelines of COP24 UN Summit in Katowice, Poland, on 10th December 2018?
    A. 4 B. 6 C. 9 D. 11 Answer: D

Q33. Which animal possesses the fastest animal movement on record, as per a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, on 12th December 2018?
    A. Jack Rabbit B. Pronghorn Antelope C. Dracula Ant D. Peregrine Falcon Answer: C

Q34. Name the team that won the 115th Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament held in New Delhi, on 10th December 2018?
    A. Army XI Danapur B. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy C. Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy D. Punjab Panthers Answer: C

Q35. What was the theme of International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) 2018 celebrated on 12thDecember 2018?
    A. Health for All – Rise for our Right B. Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action C. Health Coverage for all by 2025 D. Universal Health Coverage for a healthy future Answer: B

Q36. When was the 2nd International Day of Neutrality 2018 observed throughout the world?
    A. December 10 B. December 11 C. December 9 D. December 12 Answer: D
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