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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 16th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Sports Awards, Appointments Science and Quiz importance of December 16th 2018.

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International Tea day celebrated on 15th December and ITA inks pact with Chinese tea body to boost shipments

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Key Highlights:

  • On 15th December 2018, International Tea Day aimed to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of global tea trade on workers and growers was observed in Tea Producing countries.

  • Indian Tea Association (ITA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA) in a meeting held in Kolkata between Vivek Goenka, Chairman ITA and Wang Qing, President CTMA.
  • ITA Expects to double the export to China in next one year.

  • The MoU aims to collaborate towards ensuring sustainability of the industry globally and promoting black and green tea in International Markets.

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UAE President declares 2019 as ‘Year of Tolerance’

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Key Highlights:

  • UAE President bin Zayed Al has declared 2019 as the “Year of Tolerance”, highlighting the country as a global capital for tolerance, through its goals to enhance the role of the country in instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities. This is the fifth in theme-based observation of years in the United Arab Emirates.

  • The President said the “Year of Tolerance” will be an extension of the “Year of Zayed”, as it upholds the values of tolerance and coexistence that the late Sheikh Zayed established among the people of the UAE.
India signs bilateral annual Haj agreement with Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage next year

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Key Highlights:

  • Haj agreement 2019 was signed between India and Saudi Arabia by Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas, and Haj and Umrah Minister of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

  • This year more than 2,100 women have already applied to go to Haj without ‘Mehram’ (male companion) after the Modi Government had lifted the ban on women going to Haj without Mehram last year and they had also been exempted from the lottery system.

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NRTI: India’s first and World’s third railway university at Vadodara, dedicated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal & Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
Key Highlights:

  • Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicated the nation’s first National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in Vadodara, Gujarat.

  • It is India’s first and world’s 3rd railway university after Russia and China.

  • The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Ashwani Lohani who is the Chairman of the Railway Board of India.

  • The Minstry of Railways had sanctioned Rs. 421 crore for the upcoming 5 years for the operation of the project.

  • It has been built on 110 acres of land at Pipaliya village in Waghodiya Taluka, District Vadodara.

  • The railway university began its operations on September 5 this year to mark Teacher’s Day.

  • The building’s construction of the university has been designed on the lines of Pratap Vilas Palace of the erstwhile Gaekwad state.
WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

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Key Highlights:

  • Visakhapatnam is set to emerge as a major hub for manufacture of medical devices in the country, meeting the requirements of the domestic market as well as the export market, according to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

  • He was speaking at the inaugural session of the fourth WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices after dedicating the AP Medtech Zone to the nation.

  • The park will give a tremendous boost to the medical devices segment in the healthcare industry. It was the first time the WHO Global Forum on Medical devices was being held in the country and he thanked the WHO representative Henk Bekedam for choosing Visakhapatnam and AP Medtech Zone for the purpose.
India’s first drone manufacturing facility inaugurated in Hyderabad

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Key Highlights:

  • India’s first private Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drone manufacturing facility has been inaugurated in Hyderabad.

  • The facility has been set up by Adani Defence & Aerospace, and Elbit Systems. The 50,000 square feet facility would also be the first facility outside Israel to manufacture Hermes 900 Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) UAV. It was inaugurated by Telangana Home Minister Mohammad Mahmood Ali.

  • Apart from the UAV Complex, the Adani Aerospace Park was also inaugurated by the Home Minister of Telangana.
India’s first rail university and world’s third dedicated to the nation

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Key Highlights:

  • Union Railways Minister Goyal has dedicated India’s first railway university to the Nation in Vadodara. The Railway University will be first of its kind institution in the nation and the third in the world after Russia and China.

  • It will be a deemed university which will offer professional courses in technology and management of transportation networks. The chairman of Railways Board Sh. Ashok Lohani has been named the Vice Chancellor of the University.

  • The National Rail and Transportation Institution (NRTI) started its operation on September 5 earlier this year. The Railways Ministry has sanctioned Rs 421 crore for the NRTI and its curriculum development for the next five years.

  • A greenfield campus is also under development for the university. Indian Railways has identified a 110-acre plot of land for the NRTI campus at Pipaliya village in Waghodiya Taluka, District Vadodara.

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India Post introduced internet banking services for savings account holders: MoS(I/C) DoT
Key Highlights:

  • On December 14, 2018, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for communications, Manoj Sinha launched India Post’s Internet banking facility for post office savings bank (POSB) customers, at the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

  • Under this new facility, customers will be able to Transfer funds from one post office savings bank account to another POSB account.

  • Make online deposits from savings bank account to recurring deposit (RD) account and public provident fund (PPF) account of post office.

  • A POSB customer can access the internet banking facility at

  • Additionally, the revamped India Post website and e-commerce portal for rural entrepreneurs were launched as well.

  • Also, the event witnessed Disbursement of scholarship under Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana & Conferment of Meghdoot award by the minister.
IRDAI allowed single compulsory personal accident cover for multiple vehicles effective from January 1, 2019

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Key Highlights:

  • On December 13, 2018, as per notification of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), customers would be covered under standalone compulsory personal accident (CPA) from January 1, 2019.

  • IRDAI introduced standalone PA cover where a single PA cover can be taken for multiple vehicles.

  • Additionally, if an owner-driver has a 24 hour personal accident cover against Death and Permanent Disability (Total and Partial) for CSI of at least Rs 15 lakh, no separate CPA is necessary.

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Pakistan to host 2020 Asia Cup; final venue unclear

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Key Highlights:

  • The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) awarded the hosting rights of the 2020 Asia cup to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a meeting held in Bangladesh Capital Dhaka.

  • The Decision was taken by ACC President Nazmul Hassan Papon but the final venue of the event is still unclear over whether it will be played in UAE or Pakistan.

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Renowned English writer Amitav Ghosh selected for Jnanpith Award, 2018

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Key Highlights:

  • Jnanpith Selection Board chaired by eminent novelist, scholar and Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray selected Renowned English writer Amitav Ghosh for the prestigious Jnanpith Award 2018.

  • Ghosh is one of the most prominent contemporary Writer who is famous connecting past with present in relevant ways in his novels.

  • Shadow Lines, The Glass Palace, The Hunger Tide, River of smoke, Flood of Fire are some of the greatest novels of Amitav Ghosh.

  • Amitav Ghosh is also recipient of the Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi Awards.

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MNF Chief Zoramthanga takes oath as Mizoram CM for Third Time

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Key Highlights:

  • MNF dethroned Congress by winning 26 seats in the 40 member legislative assembly. Congress bagged 5 seats whereas BJP won just 1 seat.

  • Mr Tawnluia sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister of Mizoram.
Sri Lanka’s disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns

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Key Highlights:

  • Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post, signalling an end to nearly a two-month-long political crisis that has kept the island nation without a functional government.

  • Rajapaksa’s resignation came after the country’s Supreme Court refused to stay a lower court order barring him and his Cabinet from functioning. The Parliament had already passed two no-trust motions against him.

  • The President has agreed to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe who leads the United National Party (UNP) as Prime Minister.

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ISRO to reuse dead rockets in space for science experiments

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Key Highlights:

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to reuse PSLV rocket's last stage, which becomes "dead" after it releases the primary satellite in orbit.

  • The new technology will use the dead rocket as a satellite and will be demonstrated during PSLV-C44 launch in January 2019. Notably, ISRO will be the first-ever space agency to achieve the feat.

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Q1. Where was the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices “Increasing access to medical devices” held from 13thto 15th December 2018?
    A. Patna, Bihar B. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh C. Guwahati, Assam D. Kolkata, West Bengal Answer: B

Q2. A National Medical Devices Promotion Council will be set up under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. Who will be the head of the Council?
    A. Ramesh Abhishek B. Arthika Chaudhary C. Ramesh Seth D. Sindhya Johnson Answer: A

Q3. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has approved registration of a record number of how many new breeds of livestock and poultry in 2018?
    A. 12 B. 25 C. 15 D. 20 Answer: C

Q4. Water Conservation Fee (WCF) will be levied on water extraction, to discourage misuse of water by industries from _____, as per the guidelines notified by Central Ground Water Authority?
    A. June 1, 2019 B. April 1, 2019 C. January 1, 2019 D. August 1, 2019 Answer: A

Q5. Which state has become the first state in India to enact a law banning sexual exploitation of women by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant?
    A. Maharashtra B. Telangana C. Haryana D. Jammu and Kashmir Answer: D

Q6. Name the Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings (ECBC-R) launched by Ministry of Power on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day 2018, on 14th December, in New Delhi?
    A. National Building Code of India 2018 B. Green Building Guidelines 2018 C. ECO Niwas Samhita 2018 D. ECO Imaarat Niyam 2018 Answer: C

Q7. The _____ edition of India’s largest contemporary art exhibition Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) was held in Kochi, on 12th December 2018?
    A. 2nd B. 3rd C. 4th D. 5th Answer: C

Q8. Which state/union territory launched a community policing scheme named “Prahari’’, to prevent crime, and maintain law and order, on 14th December 2018?
    A. Madhya Pradesh B. Goa C. Puducherry D. Delhi Answer: D

Q9. Where did Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicate India’s first National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), on 15th December 2018?
    A. Vadodara, Gujarat B. Nagpur, Maharashtra C. Chennai, Tamil Nadu D. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Answer: A

Q10. What is the name of the first-of-its-kind reality show launched by DD Kisan, on 14th December 2018, which will showcase the impact women have had on Indian agriculture?
    A. Mahila Desh B. Mahila Kisan Awards C. Mahila Shakthi D. Mahila Puraskar Answer: B

Q11. How many MoUs were signed between India and Myanmar, during President of India, Ram Nath Kovind’s 5-day maiden visit to Myanmar, from 10th to 14th December 2018?
    A. 2 B. 4 C. 6 D. 8 Answer: A

Q12. Where was the 5th Enterprise India Show held on 13th December 2018?
    A. Bangladesh B. Nepal C. Sri Lanka D. Myanmar Answer: D

Q13. Customers will be covered under standalone compulsory personal accident (CPA) from _____, as per notification of Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI)?
    A. January 1, 2019 B. April 1, 2019 C. March 1, 2019 D. August 1, 2019 Answer: A

Q14. Where did Minister of State (Independent Charge) for communications, Manoj Sinha launch India Post’s Internet banking facility for post office savings bank (POSB) customers, on 14th December 2018?
    A. Kolkata B. New Delhi C. Mumbai D. Kochi Answer: B

Q15. Indian Ordnance Factories, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Dynamics and _____ are the 4 companies listed in the world’s top 100 arms producers in 2017, by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?
    A. Hindustan Aeronautics B. Tata Aviation C. MRL Ordinance Factories D. Essar Electronics Answer: A

Q16. What is the rank of India in the list of countries by arms sales, as per the report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)?
    A. 2 B. 5 C. 7 D. 10 Answer: D

Q17. European Parliament approved the world’s largest free trade agreement between which country and the EU, on 12th December 2018?
    A. China B. Japan C. Russia D. France Answer: B

Q18. Which entity relaxed norms pertaining to setting up of cyber security operation Centre for small market intermediaries citing that they lack knowledge in cyber security, on 14th December 2018?
    A. Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) B. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) C. Finance Ministry D. Indian Banks Association (IBA) Answer: A

Q19. Korean Won and _____ are the two new currencies added to the List of Currencies for Exchange Rate, by Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC), on 12th December 2018?
    A. Turkish Lira B. Japanese Yen C. Chilean Peso D. Brazilian Real Answer: A

Q20. Name the English writer who has been selected for the Jnanpith Award 2018?
    A. Prathiba Ray B. Amitav Ghosh C. Amelia James D. Rishi Chander Answer: B

Q21. Who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Mizoram for the third time, on 15th December 2018?
    A. Zoramthanga B. Kummanam Rajasekharan C. Min Hoi D. Anshal Sen Answer: A

Q22. Coastal Andhra Pradesh and North Tamil Nadu are expected to receive heavy rainfall on 16th and 17th December 2018 due to a severe cyclone named ____, as per India Meteorological Department (IMD)?
    A. Phethai B. Feity C. Jaggo D. Rishu Answer: A

Q23. Which country will host the 2020 Asia cricket cup, as approved by Asian Cricket Council (ACC)?
    A. Afghanistan B. Pakistan C. Sri Lanka D. Bangladesh Answer: B

Q24. When was International Tea Day celebrated to draw global attention on the impact of global tea trade on workers and growers?
    A. December 12 B. December 15 C. December 17 D. December 18 Answer: B

Q25. International Universal Health Coverage Day is observed on which day?
    A. 12 December B. 11 December C. 14 December D. 10 December Answer: A

Q26. The maritime exercise 'Indra Navy 2018' was held between India and ________.
    A. USA B. Japan C. Russia D. China Answer: C

Q27. Which is the first state in India to have 4 International Airports?
    A. Maharashtra B. Uttar Pradesh C. Tamil Nadu D. Kerala Answer: D

Q28. Which of the following companies announced a partnership with Polis to create 'Journalism Artificial Intelligence (AI)' project?
    A. Facebook B. Yahoo C. Google D. Amazon Answer: C

Q29. The 1st International Conference on 'Sustainable Water Management' was held in ________ on 10-11 December 2018.
    A. Shimla B. New Delhi C. Gurugram D. Mohali Answer: D

Q30. The United Nations adopted the 'Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration' in which country?
    A. Netherlands B. Russia C. Morocco D. Israel Answer: C

Q31. SWIFT India appointed ________ as the new chairman of its board.
    A. Rajnish Kumar B. Shikha Sharma C. Arundhati Bhattacharya D. Naina Lal Kidwai Answer: C
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