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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 8th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking, Awards, Appointments, Obituary and Quiz importance of December 8th 2018.

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Indian Armed Force Flag Day – 07 December

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  • On 07 December 2018, Indian Armed Forces Flag Day was observed throughout the nation to honour the martyrs as well as the soldiers who valiantly fight on our borders to safeguard the country from enemy.

  • Since 1949, 07 December is observed as Indian Armed Forces Flag Day and Government of India has constituted ”Armed Forces Flag Day Fund” for the welfare and rehabilitation of the Ex-servicemen (ESM).
International Civil Aviation Day - December 07

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  • December 07 every year is observed as International Civil Aviation Day. The purpose of the annual celebration is to establish and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States.

  • The theme for International Civil Aviation Day this year is: “Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind.”

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US sanctions may lead to 'deluge' of drugs, refugees on West: Iran

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  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has warned that there could be a "deluge" of drugs, refugees and attacks on the West if US sanctions weaken Iran's ability to deal with them.

  • Rouhani further called US sanctions "economic terrorism". The US reimposed all sanctions against Iran last month following its withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May.
14 killed in shootout during attempted bank robbery in Brazil

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  • At least 14 people were killed on Friday when a shootout broke out between the police and bank robbers in Milagres in the Brazilian state of Ceará.

  • Lielson Macedo Landim, the Mayor of Milagres said that six people taken hostage during the robbery were killed by their captors. The authorities have reportedly arrested two suspected robbers.
Trump calls former US State Secretary 'dumb as a rock'

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  • US President Donald Trump called former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "dumb as a rock" after the former diplomat claimed Trump asked him to do things that were illegal.

  • "Rex Tillerson didn't have the mental capacity needed...I couldn't get rid of him fast enough. He was lazy as hell," Trump tweeted. Trump had fired Tillerson in March.

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Army soldier suspected of killing Bulandshahr cop detained in J&K

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  • An Army soldier suspected of killing a policeman during the mob violence over alleged cow slaughter in UP's Bulandshahr has been detained from 22 Rashtriya Rifles Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore.

  • Jitendra Malik will be handed over to UP Police on Saturday. Meanwhile, Malik's mother said she would kill him herself if he is found guilty.
EVM machine found lying on road in Rajasthan, 2 suspended
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  • An EVM machine was found lying unattended on the national highway in Shahabad area of Kishanganj constituency in Rajasthan.

  • Police were informed about the EVM after it was spotted by the locals of the area. Two officials have been suspended in connection with the incident and the machine has been kept in an EVM storage room.
All India Radio official demoted after 9 sexual harassment charges

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  • An All India Radio (AIR) official accused of sexual harassment by nine women employees has been demoted from his position as he was found guilty, National Commission for Women.

  • "The authority imposed a major penalty of reduction to a lower pay scale by two stages for one year and no increment during the reduction period," NCW added.
30 kids hospitalised after receiving vaccine at UP school

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  • As many as 30 children fell ill and were hospitalised after they were administered with Rubella vaccine at a school in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur.

  • The children, aged below 12, reportedly complained of acute headache and giddiness immediately after receiving the vaccine. Some of the children were discharged after being provided first aid, an official said.

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ADB enters an arrangement with World Bank for co-financed projects

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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) has entered into an arrangement with the World Bank to put in place a single framework that will make co-financed projects more efficient.

  • ADB’s first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with the World Bank will allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework.

  • The APA is a step further towards reducing procurement timelines in line with Strategy 2030. Strategy 2030 is ADB’s long-term plan to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s changing needs.

  • In 2017, ADB operations totalled USD 32.2 billion, including USD 11.9 billion in co-financing.

  • This will lessen the burden on executing and implementing agencies that have traditionally used multiple procurement frameworks on a single project and project implementation.

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Janhvi Kapoor to get Norwegian honour

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  • Actress Janhvi Kapoor will be awarded ‘Arets Stjerneskudd’ rising talent of the year by the Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai.

  • Janhvi, who made her debut with “Dhadak”, will be felicitated at an event organised in association with theatre chain INOX.
Rattan Lal honoured with Glinka World Soil Prize 2018
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  • Rattan Lal, has won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018 in a ceremony at the Rome headquarters of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for his outstanding contribution to sustainable soil management.

  • Rattan Lal is a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University and also the President of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS).

  • The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered the highest honour in the soil science profession.

  • He has been listed among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one per cent of all researchers in agriculture.

  • The first World Soil Day Award was on December 05 2018 given to “Practical Action”, Bangladesh for organizing the best World Soil Day celebration in 2017.

  • The new FAO-established award is funded by Thailand.

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Krishnamurthy Subramanian has been appointed the new Chief Economic Advisor (CEA)

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  • Dr Krishnamurthy Sub ramanian has been appointed the new Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) for a period of three years. The post of CEA had been lying vacant since Arvind Subramanaian left the finance ministry after a four-year stint.

  • Dr Krishnamurthy is currently working as an Associate Professor and the executive director at the Indian School of Business (IBS), Hyderabad.

  • The CEA is the ex-officio cadre controlling authority of the Indian Economic Service (IES) & is under the direct charge of the Minister of Finance.

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Senior Congress MP Mohammad Asrarul Haque passed away at 76

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  • On December 7, 2018, Senior Congress MP and Noted Islamic Scholar Mohammad Asrarul Haque passed away at 76.

  • He was the state president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a leading Islamic organisation in India.

  • He was also a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the president of All India Milli Council.

  • Earlier, he had contested from Bihar’s Kishanganj constituency in 2009 and 2014 general elections.

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Q1. Union Cabinet approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab, with central Assistance of ____ rupees for irrigation component, for over 5 years from 2018-19 to 2022-23?
    A. Rs 567.77 crore B. Rs 485.38 crore C. Rs 985.65 crore D. Rs 679.90 crore Answer: B

Q2. Union Cabinet approved the strategic sale of what per cent of the Government of India’s equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control, on 6th December 2018?
    A. 44.58 % B. 67.56 % C. 41.50 % D. 52.63% Answer: D

Q3. Union Cabinet approved the launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), at a total outlay of ____ rupees for a period of 5 years, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Rs 3660 crore B. Rs 4235 crore C. Rs 1296 crore D. Rs 5678 crore Answer: A

Q4. Union Cabinet approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United States of America (USA) focused on Scientific and Technical Cooperation in which field, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Earth Sciences B. Maritime Defence C. Genetic Engineering D. Food Processing and Technology Answer: A

Q5. Union Cabinet approved a MoU between India and which country, that was signed in June 2018, focused on postage stamp, and following which Commemorative Postage Stamps including depiction of “Manipuri Dance” of India were released?
    A. South Korea B. Armenia C. Egypt D. Kazakhstan Answer: B

Q6. Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, laid foundation stone of Pusa Kisan Haat in Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) Agricultural Technology Information Centre (ATIC) in _____, on 6th December 2018?
    A. New Delhi B. Mumbai C. Kolkata D. Chennai Answer: A

Q7. Where was the annual India Water Impact Summit 2018 held from 5th to 7th December 2018?
    A. New Delhi B. Hyderabad C. Lucknow D. Guwahati Answer: A

Q8. The Supreme court approved the draft of India’s First Witness Protection Scheme 2018 to ensure security to the witness, on 5th December 2018. This Scheme was drafted by which Union Ministry?
    A. Ministry of Women and Child Development B. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare C. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment D. Ministry of Home Affairs Answer: D

Q9. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified amendments to central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, and announced that all new vehicles will be sold pre-fitted with the high-security registration plates from _____?
    A. 1 April 2019 B. 1 January 2019 C. 1 March 2019 D. 1 July 2019 Answer: A

Q10. Where was the Global Venture Capital Summit held on 7th December 2018? A. Madhya Pradesh B. Maharashtra C. Goa D. Tamil Nadu Answer: C
Q11. Ministry of shipping approved a Freight Village worth _____ rupees in Varanasi adjoining Inland Waterways Terminal at River Ganga, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Rs 156 crore B. Rs 250 crore C. Rs 345 crore D. Rs 400 crore Answer: A

Q12. Which pair has become India’s Second Inland Water Transport origin destination pair for containerized cargo movement on National Waterway-1?
    A. Paradip-Cuttack B. Kolkata-Patna C. Mumbai-Chennai D. Panaji-Kochi Answer: B

Q13. Where was the 1st International Conference on Bears held from 3rd to 6th December 2018?
    A. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh B. Agra, Uttar Pradesh C. Darjeeling, West Bengal D. Nagpur, Maharashtra Answer: B

Q14. Indian Coast Guard conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise named ‘Clean Sea – 2018’ at the sea off _____, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Chandipur, Odisha B. Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands C. Mumbai, Maharashtra D. Calicut, Kerala Answer: B

Q15. Central Government has approved Anti-Smuggling National Coordination Centre (SCord) under _____ to tackle Smuggling?
    A. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) B. Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) C. Directorate of Defence Trade Controls (DDTC) D. Directorate of Maritime Safety (DMS) Answer: A

Q16. Where was Regional Customs Enforcement Meeting (RCEM) conducted by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on 4th and 5th December 2018?
    A. Mumbai B. Bhopal C. Chandigarh D. New Delhi Answer: D

Q17. The top 10 fastest growing cities in the world from 2019 to 2035 are in India, as per Oxford Economics report. Which Indian city tops this list?
    A. Mumbai, Maharashtra B. Surat, Gujarat C. Agra, Uttar Pradesh D. Bengaluru, Karnataka Answer: B

Q18. India is the _____ highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 % of global emissions in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project?
    A. Second B. Third C. Fourth D. Fifth Answer: C

Q19. Which country has become the first Latin American Country to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
    A. Mexico B. Costa Rica C. Panama D. Argentina Answer: C

Q20. Where was the 12th session of India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic and Technical Cooperation, held on 3rd and 4th December 2018?
    A. New Delhi, India B. Mumbai, India C. Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) D. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Answer: D

Q21. A Currency Swap Agreement was signed between which Indian bank and the Central Bank of the UAE (United Arab Emirates), 0n 4th December 2018?
    A. State Bank of India (SBI) B. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) C. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) D. Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) Answer: B

Q22. India signed a MoU on Development Cooperation in Africa with which country for establishing a Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) in Ethiopia, on 4th December 2018?
    A. United Arab Emirates (UAE) B. Japan C. United States of America (USA) D. South Korea Answer: A

Q23. Where did External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-inaugurate Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum, on 4th December 2018?
    A. Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) B. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) C. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia D. Doha, Qatar Answer: B

Q24. India signed an agreement with which country to pay for the crude oil it imports from the country in rupees, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Iran B. Iraq C. Qatar D. Saudi Arabia Answer: A

Q25. Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed its first Alternative Procurement Arrangement (APA) with ____ to allow procedures on co-financed projects to follow a single procurement framework, on 6th December 2018?
    A. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) B. World Bank C. European Investment Bank (EIB) D. State Bank of India (SBI) Answer: B

Q26. Which airlines became the first Indian carrier to have 200 aircraft in its fleet, on 6th December 2018?
    A. IndiGo B. SpiceJet C. Jet Airways D. GoAir Answer: A

Q27. Who won the 2018 Turner Award, Britain’s prestigious contemporary art award, at Tate Britain in London, United Kingdom, on 5th December 2018?
    A. Evangeline Hodge B. Charlotte Prodger C. Caleb Richard D. Rufus Huffman Answer: B

Q28. Name the person who won the Glinka World Soil Prize 2018, at a ceremony in Rome, the headquarters of United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on 6th December 2018?
    A. Hadley De Silva B. Rattan Lal C. Amarnath Puri D. Harriet Granger Answer: B

Q29. Who was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of New India Assurance (NIA) for a five year period, on 4th December 2018?
    A. G Srinivasan B. Atul Sahai C. Manish Joshi D. Anshal Sarin Answer: B

Q30. Which software company has announced that it will shut down its messaging app Allo in March 2019 after 2.5 years of debut?
    A. Microsoft B. Yahoo C. Google D. Ubisoft Answer: C

Q31. Which country won the 9th edition of International Admiral’s Cup Regatta 2018 held in Ettikulam Beach at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, Kerala?
    A. France B. India C. Bangladesh D. Italy Answer: D

Q32. Arun Kumar Shaw passed away following a prolonged illness in Kolkata, on 6th December 2018. He was a National Champion and first ____ to win Arjuna Award from Bengal?
    A. Cricketer B. Swimmer C. Shooter D. Hockey Player Answer: B

Q33. Mohammad Asrarul Haque passed away on 7th December 2018. What was his profession?
    A. Singer B. Actor C. Journalist D. Politician Answer: D

Q34. When was Indian Armed Forces Flag Day observed throughout India?
    A. December 4 B. December 5 C. December 6 D. December 7 Answer: D

Q35. What was the theme of International Civil Aviation Day 2018 celebrated on 7th December 2018?
    A. Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind B. Setting a whole new standard for Aviation C. Sky is the Limit D. Technological Development is the Key Answer: A