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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 7th 2018 includes News summary on current events of Days, International, National, Banking, Sports, Awards, Appointments, and Quiz importance of December 7th 2018.

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International Civil Aviation Day is annually observed December 7

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  • International Civil Aviation Day is annually observed December 7 to raise awareness of the importance of international civil aviation and the role that the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plays in international air transport.

  • The current theme for International Civil Aviation Dayis “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left behind,”.

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Dubai Crown Prince launches world’s largest Arabic audio library

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  • Dubai Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the largest Arabic audio library in the world.

  • The Dubai Audio Library, which targets seven million visually impaired people in the Arab world, was an initiative undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).

  • The RTA was seeking to provide 300,000 books in Arabic. More than 10,000 volunteers will convert Arabic books into digital format and edit them before uploading them to the website.
Luxembourg to become first country to make Public Transport Free

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  • Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free.

  • Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister recently.

  • Now, from the start of 2020 all tickets will be abolished, saving on the collection of fares and the policing of ticket purchases.

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Iceland’s Foreign Minister arrives in India

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  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, arrived in India on an eight-day visit to the country.

  • Thordarson is scheduled to address the Iceland-India Business Seminar at The Oberoi hotel in New Delhi.

  • On December 8, the Icelandic Foreign Minister will meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan and hold talks over bilateral issues.
Cabinet approves Shahpurkandi Dam project on river Ravi in Punjab

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  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi.

  • For this, central assistance of Rs. 485.38 crore (for irrigation component) would be provided over five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23.

  • On completion of the project, an irrigation potential of 5,000 ha in Punjab and 32,173 ha in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to be created.
Cabinet approves Agricultural export policy to double farmers’ income by 2022

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Key Highlights:
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Agriculture Export Policy, 2018 with an aim to double farmers’ income by 2022.

  • Exports of agricultural products would play a pivotal role in achieving this goal.

  • The Agriculture Export Policy has the vision to harness the export potential of Indian agriculture, through suitable policy instruments, to make India global power in agriculture and raise farmers’ income.
Shipping Ministry approves Rs 156 cr Freight Village in Varanasi

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  • The government said it has given its nod to develop a Rs 156 crore freight village in Varanasi adjoining the inland waterways terminal on river Ganga that will boost the logistics industry in the holy city.

  • The Varanasi freight village will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

  • The freight village “will serve as a cargo hub, and a centre for aggregation and value addition. It will also provide support to stimulate development of a professional logistics industry in Varanasi.

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Exim Bank extends USD 500 mn loan to Tanzania

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  • Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has extended a credit facility of USD 500 million (about Rs 3,542 crore) to Tanzania for water supply projects in the African country.

  • Under this agreement, of the total credit by Exim Bank, goods and services of value of at least 75 per cent of the contract price shall be supplied by the seller from India.

  • The remaining 25 per cent of goods and services may be procured by the seller for the purpose of the eligible contract from outside India.
Apple acquires London-based music firm Platoon

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  • In a bid to further cement its position in the global music space, Apple has reportedly acquired London-based creative services and music start-up Platoon for an undisclosed sum.

  • The acquisition of A&R and creative services company Platoon is aimed at tapping emerging artists for Apple Music.

  • The Apple deal gives Platoon the backing and resources to accomplish its vision and continue its goal to develop original music and visual content.
India’s per capita media consumption grew 9% for 6 years: Report

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  • Media consumption in India grew at an annual per capita rate of 9 per cent over the last six years, far outpacing the US and China in this regard, according to a joint report released by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

  • Although the country’s rate of media consumption was at twice the pace of China and nine times that in the US, there is “ample headroom” in India for growth to continue, said the report titled “One Consumer, Many Interactions”, released at the 7th CII Big Picture Summit in New Delhi.

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Budapest to host 2023 IAAF World Championships

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  • The Hungarian capital Budapest was officially confirmed as the host city of the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

  • The decision in this regard was taken at the IAAF Council meeting held in Monaco.

  • The World Championships will return to Europe after a six year hiatus following Doha, Qatar in 2019 and Eugene, USA in 2021. The 2017 IAAF World Championships was held at London, England.
Yasir Shah becomes fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets after Breaking 82 year old Record

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Key Highlights:
  • Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets in just 33 Tests,breaking an 82-year-old record, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests set against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.

  • Yasir achieved this by taking New Zealand’s batsman Will Somerville wicket in Abu Dhabi.

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Sahitya Akademi announced winners in 24 languages

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  • India’s National Academy of Letters, Sahitya Akademi has announced the names of prestigious annual Sahitya Akademi Awards for litterateurs 2018 in 24 languages.

  • 7 Books of Poetry, 6 of Short Stories, 3 of Literary Criticism and 2 of Essays have won this years Sahitya Akademi Awards 2018.
Malala Yousafzai honoured by Harvard University

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  • Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has been honoured by Harvard University for her global work promoting girls education.

  • The 21-year-old received the 2018 Gleitsman Award from the Centre for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School for her global movement to equip girls with 12 years of free, quality and safe education.

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Indian-origin Lawyer Shamila Batohi appointed head of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority

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Key Highlights:
  • Prominent Indian-origin lawyer Shamila Batohi has been appointed to head South Africa’s prosecuting authority, the first woman to head the agency facing criticism for its handling of the investigations against former president Jacob Zuma over corruption charges.

  • Batohi will start her new role as the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) in February 2019.
Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as new Chief Economic Advisor

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Key Highlights:
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved the appointment of Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian as the new Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) for a term of three years. This comes nearly six months after former CEA Arvind Subramanian stepped down from the post.

  • Krishnamurthy currently serves as an associate professor of finance and as the executive director of the Centre for Analytical Finance at the Indian School of Business.

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Q1. Which state/union territory government launched a 3 day, 2 night free pilgrimage scheme, consisting of five religious circuits, for senior citizens named- the ‘Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana’, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Manipur B. Delhi C. Andaman and Nicobar Islands D. Madhya Pradesh Answer: B

Q2. The Cooperative department of Punjab decided to merge how many District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) with the Punjab State Cooperative Bank (PSCB), on 3rd December 2018?
    A. 20 B. 35 C. 70 D. 55 Answer: A

Q3. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched SMART (State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation) initiative, on 6th December 2018, for which World Bank has provided financial assistance of ____ dollars?
    A. $210 million B. $370 million C. $450 million D. $180 million Answer: A

Q4. Swedish firm Spowdi and Indian firm EMVEE signed a MoU, on 3rd December 2018, to set up local manufacturing and assembly unit in which city?
    A. Bengaluru B. Mumbai C. New Delhi D. Chennai Answer: A

Q5. Which museum signed a MoU with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, New Delhi, on 4th December 2018, to provide an amazing discount offer to Delhi NCR tourists?
    A. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum B. National Rail Museum C. National Handicrafts Museum D. National Science Museum Answer: B

Q6. Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio, inaugurated the first ever Swadesh Darshan Project in Nagaland named “Development of Tribal Circuit: Peren-Kohima-Wokha Project” worth ____rupees, on 5th December 2018?
    A. Rs 97.36 crore B. Rs 123.56 crore C. Rs 67.98 crore D. Rs 80.55 crore Answer: A

Q7. HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company announced tie-up with which bank on 5th December 2018, for distribution of HDFC ERGO’s non-life insurance offerings to the customers of the bank through its network branches?
    A. Canara Bank B. DBS Bank C. Axis Bank D. Federal Bank Answer: D

Q8. Large borrowers having working capital of Rs. 150 crores and above can draw a minimum loan component of ____% of the capital, as per guidelines issued by Reserve Bank of India (RBI), with effect from April 1, 2019?
    A. 50 % B. 40 % C. 60 % D. 25 % Answer: B

Q9. Fitch Ratings, in its Global Economic Outlook report, has lowered India’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth forecast to what per cent for current fiscal?
    A. 7.4 % B. 7.2 % C. 7.1 % D. 7.0 % Answer: B

Q10. Name the professor who has been awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2018?
    A. Dr. Rajanish Giri B. Dr. Prathiksha Patil C. Dr. Anuprada Biswas D. Dr. Kiran Rao Answer: A

Q11. Who topped Forbes India rich list 2018, released on 6th December 2018?
    A. Azim Premji B. Mukesh Ambani C. Lakshmi Mittal D. Pallonji Mistry Answer: B

Q12. Forbes India 2018 Celebrity 100, released on 6th December 2018, was topped by ____?
    A. Deepika Padukone B. Salman Khan C. Shah Rukh Khan D. Virat Kohli Answer: B

Q13. Name the writer who has been selected for Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 under novel category in Hindi language?
    A. Inderjeet Kesar B. Anees Salim C. Chitra Mudgal D. Mushtaq Ahmed Answer: C

Q14. Which writer has been selected for Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 under Poetry category in Sanskrit language?
    A. Sananta Tanti B. Paresh Narendra Kamat C. S Ramesan Nair D. Dr Rama Kant Shukla Answer: D

Q15. Who was elected to the Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the United Nations for 4 years, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Preeti Saran B. Chandrashekhar Dasgupta C. Raghuram Sivan D. Vinay Khosla Answer: A

Q16. Name the Indian-origin lawyer who became the first woman to be appointed as the National Director of South Africa’s National Public Prosecutions (NDPP), on 5th December 2018?
    A. Urmila Singh B. Ruhi Wadia C. Shamila Batohi D. Anita Gupta Answer: C

Q17. Nand Kishore and ____ were appointed as Nominee Directors of (IL&FS) Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Service Investment Managers, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Randeep Singh B. Kaushik Modak C. Akash Mehra D. Ajit Dubey Answer: B

Q18. Who was appointed as the new government nominee on private sector ICICI Bank, on 5th December 2018?
    A. Lalit Kumar B. Madhav Narayanan C. Akhil Pandey D. Sanjay Pandit Answer: A

Q19. Which city has been officially confirmed as the host city of the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships?
    A. Nairobi, Kenya B. Budapest, Hungary C. New Delhi, India D. Islamabad, Pakistan Answer: B

Q20. Who became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets breaking an 82-year-old record, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Rohit Sharma B. Yasir Shah C. Rashid Khan D. Will Somerville Answer: B

Q21. Jayaraman passed away in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on 6th December 2018. He was a renowned ____?
    A. Pianist B. Agriculturalist C. Singer D. Actor Answer: B

Q22. Who won the Sahitya Academy Award 2018 in Hindi Language in Novels category?
    A. Chitra Mudgal B. Sanjib Chattopadhyay C. Anees Salim D. Ramesan Nair Answer: A

Q23. The US recently re-established its diplomatic mission in which country after 27 years?
    A. North Korea B. Somalia C. Serbia D. Uganda Answer: B

Q24. India’s longest rail-road bridge Bogibeel Bridge has been built over which river?
    A. Ganga B. Kaveri C. Brahmaputra D. Alaknanda Answer: C

Q25. Which Ministry signed pact with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum to foster tourism? (Marks: 0)
    A. Ministry of Tourism B. Ministry of Culture C. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting D. Ministry of Railways Answer: D

Q26. Kandhamal Haldi will get GI tag soon. It is produced in which state?
    A. Odisha B. Jharkhand C. Tripura D. West Bengal Answer: A

Q27. The Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and which nation on scientific and technical cooperation in earth sciences?
    A. US B. UK C. China D. Germany Answer: A

Q28. US President Trump has agreed to reach a trade deal with which nation within 90 days?
    A. Mexico B. China C. UK D. India Answer: B

Q29. What was the theme of World Soil Day 2018?
    A. Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground B. Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life C. Soils, a solid ground for life D. Be the Solution to Soil Pollution Answer: D

Q30. Sitting Member of Parliament from Kishanganj seat in Bihar, Maulana Asrarul Haq Qasmi has passed away. Which political party did he belong to?
    A. BJP B. INC C. RJD D. JD(U) Answer: B

Q31. Which renowned artist has won the Turner Prize for 2018?
    A. Naeem Mohaiemen B. Charlotte Prodger C. Luke Willis Thompson D. Forensic Architecture Answer: D