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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 26th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Sports Awards, Appointments, Science, Obituary and Quiz importance of December 26th 2018.

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Christmas Day - December 25

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  • Christmas is an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

  • Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations and is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, and forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it.
Good Governance Day - December 25

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Key Highlights:

  • Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday is being celebrated as Good Governance Day across the country on 25 December.

  • The day was established in 2014 to honor the Bharat Ratna by fostering awareness among the people on accountability in Governance and Government.

  • The BJP stalwat had served as the country’s Prime Minister betwen 1998 and 2004. He passed away on August 16 this year at AIIMS in Delhi after prolonged illness.

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Thailand 1st Southeast Asian nation to legalise medical marijuana

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  • Thailand has become the first Southeast Asian nation to legalise the use of marijuana for medical use and research.

  • The junta-appointed parliament voted 166-0 to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 to legalise the medicinal use of marijuana.

  • Marijuana was used in Thailand to relieve pain and fatigue until its use was criminalised in the country in the 1930s.
Saudi to fund Syria's reconstruction after US exit: Trump

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  • US President Donald Trump has said that Saudi Arabia will spend the necessary money to help rebuild Syria following the US' exit from the war-torn country.

  • Trump tweeted "Isn't it nice when immensely wealthy countries help rebuild their neighbours rather than the US, that is 5000 miles away", Trump last week announced to withdraw nearly 2,000 US troops from Syria.
President Erdogan has invited Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019: White House

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Key Highlights:

  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited United States President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019.

  • White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,".

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Triple Talaq bill to be put to vote in Lok Sabha on Dec 27

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  • The Triple Talaq bill will be taken up for discussion and likely be put to vote on December 27 in the Lok Sabha.

  • The BJP has issued a three-line whip for members to strictly attend the Lok Sabha session over the bill. The bill will deem the practice 'illegal', with the husband supposedly facing a prison sentence of three years.
Law minister pushes for SC/ST quota in judiciary

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  • judicial services at a function organised by the All India Lawyers Board in Lucknow The minister did not mention reservation for other backward classes, but going by the UPSC model for all-India.

  • Civil services, there would be provision for OBCs as well in keeping with the SC-mandated implementation of the Mandal Commission's recommendations.
Memorial For Atal Bihari Vajpayee Inaugurated

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Key Highlights:

  • Sadaiv Atal, a memorial of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was dedicated to the nation on his 94th birth anniversary. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among the dignitaries who paid floral tributes to the former statesman at the memorial built near the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where his funeral took place on August 17.

  • Sadaiv (always) Atal memorial will be managed by a trust headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
25-ft high Vajpayee statue to be installed in Lucknow

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Key Highlights:

  • A 25 feet high statue of former Prime Minister Bihari Vajpayee will be installed in the Lok Bhawan in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced.

  • He was speaking at a function held to celebrate the 94th birth anniversary of the late leader.

  • Governor Ram Naik and the Chief Minister led the state in paying tributes to Vajpayee. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Vidhan Sabha Speaker Hriday Narayan Dixit were also present.
India to be top two scientific nations in world by top two scientific nations in world 2030 Harsh Vardhantop two scientific nations in world

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  • Union Minister for Science and Technology and Environment Harsh Vardhan said India is firmly on its course to become one of the top two scientifically advanced nations in the world by 2030.

  • The minister said the country has made significant progress in the fields of nano technology, space science under the Narendra Modi government while it is already on the top spot in terms of providing tsunami early warning.

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Inflation in control, RBI needs to cut rates: Sanjeev Sanyal

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Key Highlights:

  • Sanjeev Sanyal, principal economic adviser in the finance ministry, maintains a fine balance between his profession of an economist advising the government on the financial sector and his interest in reading and writing on history.

  • In an interview, Sanyal talks about supervising more closely the larger systemically important non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) and the need for structurally lowering real interest rates in sync with lower inflation level.
NBFC crisis brings more bad tidings for real estate in 2018

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  • The real estate sector has been down and out for about five years, with the last two years being particularly bad on the back of demonetisation and implementation of Real estate (regulation and development) Act (RERA) 2016 and goods and services tax (GST).

  • So, at the beginning of 2018, the sector clutched on hope, though tentatively, that the worst was behind and things would only improve from thereon.

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Arjun Bhati wins US Kids Jr Golf World Championship

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Key Highlights:

  • India’s Arjun Bhati bagged the first position against Americas Aksel Moe during the three-level final match in the US Kids Junior Golf World Championship in Malaysia.

  • Arjun scored a total of 222 points followed by America and Vietnam at 2nd and 3rd position with 225 and 226 points respectively.
Five weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests reanalyzed

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  • The International Weightlifting Federation announced in Paris that five weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after the reanalysis of weightlifters’ urine samples collected during 2012 London Olympics.

  • The Weightlifters who are banned are Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, Uzbek Ruslan Nurudinov both where the participants of 105 kg Category, Valentin Hristov of Azerbaijan who participated in 56 Kg Category, Armenia’s Meline Daluzyan and Belarusian Mikalai Novikau.

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Union Home Minister released List of Top 10 Performing Police Stations Across India in Gujarat

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Key Highlights:

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 performing police stations across the nation.

  • The list was announced in the 3-day Inaugural Session of the DGPs or IGPs Conference in Gujarat.
  • The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

  • The police stations across the country were checked for various parameters like infrastructure, detection of registered crime cases and friendly relations with the public.

  • The top three police stations in India for 2018 are Kalu (Bikaner, Rajasthan), Campbell Bay ( Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and Farakka (Murshidabad, West Bengal).

  • Other police stations have been ranked as 4-Nettapakkam (Puducherry), 5– Guderi (Karnataka), 6– Chopal (Himachal Pradesh), 7– Lakheri (Rajasthan), 8– Periyakulam (Tamil Nadu), 9– Munsyari (Uttarakhand), 10– Churchorem (Goa).
Lewis Hamilton awarded Drivers’ Driver of the Year

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  • After claiming a historic Fifth World Drivers’ Championship, Lewis Hamilton has added to an ever-growing list of accolades after taking home the inaugural Drivers’ Driver of the Year. This was the first time the vote had been run by the F1 bosses, with seventeen of the 20 drivers taking part.

  • Max Verstappen led the charge in second place, after finishing the season with five straight podium finishes. Fernando Alonso took the final step on the podium, despite only scoring 50 points for uncompetitive McLaren team this year.

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P V Bharathi appointed MD and CEO of Corporation Bank

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Key Highlights:

  • The Ministry of Personnel appointed P V Bharathi as the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank, effective from February 1, 2019 till March 31, 2020 – the date of her superannuation.

  • Bharathi is presently the Executive Director of Canara Bank.

  • Additionally, Birupaksha Mishra and Balakrishna Alse S have been appointed as executive directors in Corporation Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce, respectively.

  • Mishra is currently the General Manager, Central Bank of India and Balakrishna is GM, Corporation Bank.

  • Also, K Ramachandran has been appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank from the current post of General Manager.

  • Ramachandaran will hold office up to the date of his superannuation, which is June 30, 2021.
Ex-IES Officer Sangeeta Verma appointed as third CCI Member: CCI Chairperson

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Key Highlights:

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) announced the appointment of Sangeeta Verma as its member in its 4-member council including the chairperson.

  • Verma is a former Indian Economic Services (IES) officer and had been appointed for a period of 5 years.

  • The other members of the council include Chairperson: Ashok Kumar Gupta, 2 other members: Augustine Peter and UC Nahta.

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US researchers made world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board with DNA

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  • Researchers from California Institute of Technology, United States of America (USA) made world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board using dynamic DNA microscopic organic structures that can be programmed to transform into Pre designed patterns.

  • Using this technique they fashioned a microscopic game of tic-tac-toe in which players place their X’s and O’s by adding special DNA tiles to the board.

  • They had chosen to make the world’s smallest version of the Italian polymath Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic painting Mona Lisa.

  • DNA consists of a backbone and four types of molecules known as bases. These bases are adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine.

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Former Liberal Democrats and UK Political leader Paddy Ashdown died aged 77

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Key Highlights:

  • Former Liberal Democrats leader of UK Politics, Paddy Ashdown, died at 77.

  • He was the longest serving leader of the Lib Dems in its history where he led from 1988 to 1999.

  • He had also served with the Royal Marines for 13 years.
Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty dead

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  • Famous Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty died following a cardiac arrest in Kolkata, Wet Bengal at the age of 94.

  • He was born in 1924 and His first book of poems ‘Nil Nirjone’ was published in 1954.

  • He won the Sahitya Akademi award in 1974 for his poem ‘Ulanga Raja’ (naked king).

  • He was also a recipient of ‘Ananda Purashkar’ and was the president of Paschimbango Bangla Akademi. He was also conferred with the Bangobibhusan honour in 2017 by West Bengal government.

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Q1. Recently, to mark the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his Samadhi was dedicated to the nation. What name is ascribed to Vajpayee’s Samadhi?
    A. Saudharm Atal B. Atal Sahej C. Sadaiv Atal D. Atal Sadaa Answer: C

Q2. Asia's second longest rail-cum-road bridge was inaugurated recently in which state of India?
    A. Arunachal Pradesh B. Odisha C. Andhra Pradesh D. Assam Answer: D

Q3. India’s longest rail cum road Bridge Bogibeel Bridge is situated on which river?
    A. Brahmaputra B. Ganga C. Kaveri D. Indus Answer: A

Q4. PM Modi recently inaugurated Lalitgiri Museum in which state?
    A. Maharashtra B. Odisha C. Gujarat D. Assam Answer: B

Q5. Which country has expanded economic sanctions on Ukraine?
    A. Russia B. US C. Japan D. China Answer: A

Q6. Which country has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC)?
    A. Australia B. New Zealand C. Malaysia D. Japan Answer: D

Q7. Which country has become the first one in Southeast Asia to legalise the medical use of marijuana?
    A. Singapore B. Malaysia C. Thailand D. Indonesia Answer: C

Q8. Veteran politician Nirupam Sen passed away on December 24. He belonged to which political party?
    A. CPI(M) B. TMC C. CPI D. INC Answer: A

Q9. Which Indian zoo had to be closed indefinitely after deaths of peacocks due to H5N1 Virus?
    A. Delhi Zoo B. Lucknow Zoo C. Patna Zoo D. Jaipur Zoo Answer: C

Q10. Which nation, liberated from the Islamic State terrorists declared Christmas Day as a public holiday for the first time this year?
    A. Iran B. Iraq C. Saudi Arabia D. Oman Answer: B

Q11. Which state houses India’s longest railroad bridge named Bogibeel bridge, over River Brahmaputra which is 4.94 km long and built at a cost of Rs. 5900 crores by Indian Railways, and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2018?
    A. Odisha B. Assam C. Biharu D. Chhattisgarh Answer: B

Q12. Name Indian Navy’s 10th Naval Hospital Ship that was commissioned at the Naval station Karanja in Uran, Maharashtra, on 24th December 2018?
    A. INHS Sandhani B. INHS Pratham C. INHS Nakshatra D. INHS Drakshi Answer: A

Q13. Ministry of Information & Broadcasting organized an India-China Film festival during the 1st India-China High Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges in ____ that concluded on 24th December 2018?
    A. Kolkata B. New Delhi C. Bengaluru D. Mumbai Answer: B

Q14. Where was International Gita Mahotsav 2018 held from 7th to 23rd December 2018?
    A. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh B. Kurukshetra, Haryana C. Guwahati, Assam D. Rajkot, Gujarat Answer: B

Q15. The 1st meeting of the Follow-up Committee for implementation of the Trilateral Chabahar Agreement between India, Iran and which country was held in Chabahar, Iran, on 24th December 2018?
    A. Afghanistan B. Turkey C. Pakistan D. Kazakhstan Answer: A

Q16. Where was the 24th meeting of Conference of Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
    A. Katowice, Poland B. Paris, France C. Hague, Netherland D. Bern, Switzerland Answer: A

Q17. Women’s group from which Indian state won the Gender Just Climate Solutions Award of the Women and Gender Constituency in the technical category, for a technology named Bhungroo, at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
    A. Rajasthan B. Maharashtra C. Uttar Pradesh D. Gujarat Answer: D

Q18. World Bank promised _____ dollars in climate action loans for the period 2021-2025, at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) held from 2nd to 14th December 2018?
    A. $200 billion B. $150 billion C. $300 billion D. $400 billion Answer: A

Q19. Any retired RBI (Reserve Bank of India) official intending to take over the position of CEO or Chairman of any other entity would have to wait for how many years, as per guidelines issued by RBI on 23rd December 2018?
    A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 1 Answer: B

Q20. Kalu police station located in _____, emerged as the top police station in the list of top 10 performing police stations across India for 2018, released at the Inaugural Session of the DGPs or IGPs Conference in Gujarat?
    A. Nettapakkam, Puducherry B. Murshidabad, West Bengal C. Munsyari, Uttarakhand D. Bikaner, Rajasthan Answer: D

Q21. Who was appointed the MD and CEO of Corporation Bank, effective from February 1, 2019?
    A. Rakesh Jain B. P V Bharathi C. Ashish Raheja D. Sayesha Singh Answer: B

Q22. Name the person who was appointed the next High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh, on 20th December 2018?
    A. Ankita Agrawal B. Riva Ganguly Das C. Aman Mittal D. Sakshi Patel Answer: B

Q23. _____ was appointed as the third member of Competition Commission of India (CCI)’s 4-member council, on 24th December 2018?
    A. Sunil Shetty B. Anu Chhabra C. Sangeeta Verma D. Ashok Kumar Gupta Answer: C

Q24. Who was appointed as executive director in Corporation Bank, on 25th December 2018?
    A. Birupaksha Mishra B. Sameer Khan C. Vishal Singh D. Rahul Saini Answer: A

Q25. Name the person who was appointed as executive director in Oriental Bank of Commerce, on 25th December 2018?
    A. Balakrishna Alse S B. Sunita Iyer C. Parmesh S D. Runa Khatri Answer: C

Q26. ____ was appointed as the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank, on 25th December 2018?
    A. Manish Chandan B. Rujuta Dev C. K Ramachandran D. Shikha Sharma Answer: C

Q27. Researchers of which country made the world’s smallest tic-tac-toe game board using dynamic DNA microscopic organic structures, on 23rd December 2018?
    A. Japan B. China C. United States of America (USA) D. Russia Answer: C

Q28. Which team won its third straight FIFA (The Federation Internationale de Football Association) Club World Cup, in Abu Dhabi, UAE (United Arab Emirates), on 22nd December 2018?
    A. Real Madrid B. Al-Ain C. Barcelona D. Liverpool Answer: A

Q29. Who won the Maharashtra Kesari 2018 title, at the 62nd Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Championship held at Jalna, Maharashtra, on 23rd December 2018?
    A. Abhijeet Katke B. Bala Rafique Shaikh C. Ranjan Kumar D. Prithvi Jain Answer: B

Q30. _____ won the men’s title in the CCI Western India Squash Championship organized by Squash Rackets Federation of India in Mumbai, on 23rd December 2018?
    A. Rutvik Rau B. Mahesh Mangaonkar C. Tushar Shahani D. Sumit Rawat Answer: B

Q31. Name the American woman who became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps, on 22nd December 2018?
    A. Mikaela Shiffrin B. Julie Mayer C. Gabriel Sollis D. Steffi George Answer: A

Q32. Paddy Ashdown of United Kingdom died on December 22, 2018. He was a _____?
    A. Football Player B. Singer C. Script Writer D. Politician Answer: D

Q33. Nirendranath Chakraborty died following a cardiac arrest in Kolkata on 25th December 2018. What was his profession?
    A. Journalist B. Cricketer C. Scientist D. Poet Answer: D

Q34. Name the first female speaker of Fiji’s Parliament, who died on 22nd December 2018?
    A. Dr. Jiko Luveni B. Dr. Maria Jude C. Anne Benard D. Edie Van De Camp Answer: A

Q35. When was the 55th anniversary of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) celebrated at its 25th Battalion, Ghitorni, in New Delhi?
    A. December 23 B. December 24 C. December 25 D. December 22 Answer:

Q36. Name the former Prime Minister of India whose 94th birth anniversary was celebrated as Good Governance Day in India on 25th December 2018?
    A. PV Narasimha Rao B. Rajiv Gandhi C. Indira Gandhi D. None of these Answer: D

Q37. Sadaiv Atal, the Samadhi of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, constructed at a cost of Rs 10.51 crore, located in ____ , was dedicated to the nation, on 25th December 2018?
    A. Varanasi B. Kanpur C. Ahmedabad D. New Delhi Answer: D

Q38. Where was Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools inaugurated on 25th December 2018?
    A. Kolkata B. Jaipur C. Dehradun D. Mumbai Answer: D
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