TO THE POINTS: DECEMBER–2019

  • The World AIDS Day was observed annually on December 1.
  • National Pollution Control Day was observed every year on December 2.
  • India is holding its first ‘two-plus-two’ dialogue with Japan.
  • Lionel Messi has claimed the 6th Ballon d’Or overtaking Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Tukaram Dighole was the former Minister of Maharashtra.
  • Odisha’s Paramananda Sahu was a famous Theatre Artist.
  • Freedom fighter and former MP Laxminarayan Nayak passed away. He represented Khajuraho Lok Sabha seat from 1997 -1980.
  • December 4 was observed as the Indian Navy Day to commemorate the attack on Karachi harbour during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.
  • Venkaiah Naidu has launched the ‘Bharatiya Poshan Anthem’ to deliver the message of making India malnutrition free.
  • As per the YSR Arogya Asara scheme launched in Guntur, Rs. 225 will be patients be provided per day.
  • Crisil growth outlook for India is 5.1% for FY20.
  • Asian Development Bank will advance Tamil Nadu $206 million for civil infrastructure.
  • International Finance Corp. (IFC) will lead $200 million debt financing in Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd.
  • Pritivirajsing Roopun has been elected as the new President of Mauritius by parliament.
  • Podali Shankar Rajeshwar has been appointed as the Commander-in-Chief of Andaman & Nicobar Command.
  • Sundar Pichai has been promoted as the CEO of Alphabet.
  • Walmart India has tied up with HDFC to launch co-Branded Credit Card.
  • MobiKwik and Aditya Birla health insurance have entered into a strategic alliance to offer affordable Cancer Protect Cover.
  • The Hand-in-Hand exercise will be held in Meghalaya between India and China.
  • India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast. The missile weighs about 4,600 kg.
  • International Volunteer Day observed annually on 5th December.
  • World Soil Day observed annually on December 5. The theme of 2019 IVD is “Volunteer for an inclusive future”.
  • Election Commission is to implement ‘Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System’ from 1st January.
  • India’s first maritime museum will be setup in Gujarat.
  • World Economic Forum (WEF) has partnered with Punjab to design pilot on Electric Vehicles ecosystem.
  • Uttar Pradesh has announced 25% subsidy & full stamp duty waiver for defence industry.
  • Odisha launched ‘Madhu’ app, an e-learning mobile phone application for school students to understand their subjects in a better and efficient way.
  • 3-day-long North East Food Show which is dubbed to the biggest will begin in Meghalaya.
  • Resent repo rate – 5.15 %.
  • Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank signs bancassurance pact with Canara HSBC Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance for selling insurance products.
  • Upender Singh Rawat will be the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Costa Rica.
  • Trai revamps mobile number portability, bringing down the time period of requests to 3 days.
  • Joaquin Phoenix has been named as PETA Person of the Year, 2019.
  • Arun Jaitley has won the ET Lifetime of Public Service Award for Public Service.
  • Uttar Pradesh has been awarded with National Award for Excellence for rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
  • Mumbai railway station has got the first ‘Eat Right Station’ certification from FSSAI.
  • Uk India Business Council (Ukibc) has launched the Aerospace and Defence Industry Group.
  • ‘YuWaah’ youth skilling initiative to provide jobs to 300 million has been launched by Unicef.
  • CM Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy launches YSR Law Nestham scheme where stipend of Rs. 5000 will be credited into accounts of beneficiary junior lawyers.
  • Country’s first aqualab to be set up in Dehradun.
  • The Odisha government has decided to merge its flagship scheme to provide assistance to farmers with the Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) yojana, apparently due to financial constraint.
  • The RBI proposes new prepaid card for transactions up to 10,000 amount on goods and services.
  • Insurance provider HDFC ERGO has launched my:health Woman Suraksha – A special health insurance for women.
  • IDFC Bank & YES Bank have partnered with Black Buck Company to offer free FASTags to truckers.
  • Priyanka Chopra has been honored by UNICEF with Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award.
  • Roger Fedrer has become the first living Swiss to have coin minted in his honor.
  • Tamil Nadu, Gujarat & Madhya Pradesh were bestowed with awards for organ donation by NOTTO.
  • Famous celebrity’s Shilpa Shetty app has emerged to Be The Best In Google Play Awards 2019.
  • 2019 Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will be held in London.
  • President of India presents the National Florence Nightingale Awards on the occasion of International Nurse Day.
  • Armed Forces flag Day observed every year on December 7.
  • Theme of the International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) is 75 years of connecting the world.
  • Theme of the 4th India Water Impact Summit which was inaugurated by Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is Valuing Water , Transforming Ganga.
  • Rural areas in all States and UTs have become Open Defecation Free. 10 crore household latrines were constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin.
  • The Government has approved projects to strengthen FM coverage along the Indo- Nepal border.
  • 15th Finance Commission has submitted its report for FY21 to FM Sitharaman. NK Singh is the chairman of the 15th FC.
  • Punjab has launched s Enable Startup Track Acceleration (ESTAC) programme for startups.
  • Ram Nath Kovind has laid the foundation stone for Paika Rebellion memorial in Odisha.
  • RBI has tightened the norms for asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) to acquire financial assets from their sponsor firms and lenders on a bilateral basis.
  • NEFT money transfer facility to be available round the clock from December16. Timing for NEFT on working days is 8 am to 7 pm.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)will invest up to 600million in Indian infrastructure fund.
  • 200 crore is the net worth requirement of setting up Small Finance Banks as per RBI Guidelines.
  • 7th OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and non-OPEC ministerial meeting was held in Austria.
  • Zozibini Tunzi has been crowned as Miss Universe 2019.
  • Girish Chandra Chaturvedi will succeed Ashok Chawla as the chairman of National Stock Exchange (NSE).
  • Andaman & Nicobar police station in the country has been judged as the best performing one.
  • According to the UNDP report India now ranks 129 among 189 countries in the UN’s human development index.
  • Sanna Marin has become the world’s youngest prime minister at the age of 34.
  • Caroline Wozniacki is related to Tennis.
  • Indian junior women’s team wins 3-nation hockey tournament against Australia held in Canberra.
  • Shashini Puvi has won gold in National Schools Chess Championship held in Aurangabad.
  • Bhawani Mukherji is related with Table Tennis.
  • Bhagabat Mohanty who passed away recently was the chief minister of Odisha.
  • International Anti-Corruption Day observed annually on December 9.
  • Govt disbursed 36,000 crore to farmers under PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.
  • Human Library event, which seeks to replace books with humans, was organized in Mysuru.
  • Manohar Lal Khattar has inaugurated the Integrated Command and Control Centre in Gurgaon.
  • The Odisha government has reduced Kalia assistance reduces from Rs. 10000 to Rs. 4000.
  • Exim Bank which provide 500 million credit to Bangladesh for defence procurement.
  • Xiaomi partnered with Zestmoney Partners to launch Small Ticket Loans, MiCredit.
  • Arnab Goswami has been elected by the News Broadcasters Federation as the governing board’s president.
  • C.Sugandh Rajaram has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Ghana.
  • The Golden Target award is presented in Shooting.
  • Priyanka Chopra has been honored at Marrakech Film Festival for 20 years in cinema.
  • Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari will be honored with the Gangadhar National Award.
  • 2nd edition of startup India Global Venture Capital Summit 2019 was held in Goa.
  • R. Praggnanandhaa has won the FIDE open category of the London Chess Classic.
  • Manav Thakkar has won the U-21 ITTF Challenge Series title in Canada.
  • Braj Bihari Kumar who passed away recently was the chairman of Indian Council of Social Science Research.
  • World Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10.
  • Himachal Pradesh has decided to sell water of the river Yamuna.
  • Abu Dhabi has been selected as the world’s leading sports tourism destination.
  • Government bonds have been launched with interest rate options on 10-year government bonds. The unit of trading is set at 2 lakh value of government securities.
  • Theme of International Mountain Day celebrated on 11 December every year is Mountains matter for Youth.
  • Girish Chandra Murmu has inaugurated a 72-metre long bridge in Rajouri district.
  • UP Cabinet has given the nod to set up 218 fast-track courts for rapes, crimes against children.
  • V Vishwanathan has been appointed on Dhanlaxmi Bank’s Board as additional director.
  • An MOU signed Between NSIC & Aramco Asia for development in Oil & Gas Sectors in India.
  • Right Livelihood Award has honored 4 activists working for justice in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • The book Nalak which examines the journey of Buddha has been written by Abanindranath Tagore.
  • The ‘Iron Union 12’ joint military exercise is held between UAE and US.
  • 13th South Asian Games recently concluded in Nepal.
  • UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Day celebrated every year on December 11.
  • Prahlad Patel has launched the web portal showcasing heritage of India in New Delhi.
  • US has shutdown the World Trade Organization appeals court is response to WTOs decision against trade rules.
  • The amount of loans sanctioned under MUDRA Yojana stands at 10 lakh crore.
  • 65 lakh patients have availed treatment worth Rs 9,549 crore under the Centre’s flagship Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Yojana (AB-PMJAY).
  • Haryana has distributed 101 Pashu Kisan Credit Cards.
  • Maharashtra has the most employable talent in the country.
  • Sunil Chhetri has become the brand ambassador of Global sports brand PUMA.
  • Salman Khan has become the new brand ambassador for Pepsi brand in India.
  • Sunil Shetty has become the brand ambassador for the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
  • Vakrangee has partnered with Union Bank of India for 20,000 banking BC points for Pan India Nextgen Vakrangee Kendras.
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) has scaled down India’s GDP growth forecast from 6.5% to 5.1% for FY20.
  • Dell has announced a New Initiative with UNESCO MGIEP to Enable School Teachers With Technology.
  • Odisha has won Bronze at World Habitat Awards.
  • Switzerland will be the partner country for BioAsia 2020 scheduled to be held in February 2020.
  • 11th edition of DefExpo 2020 was held in Uttar Pradesh.
  • ‘The World’s first’ fully-electric commercial flight has been tested in Canada.
  • International Day of Neutrality observed annually on December 12.
  • Theme of the International Universal Health Coverage Day is Keep the Promise.
  • The 2019 4th International Seminar Cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems will be held in New Delhi.
  • India has announced a “Green Window” to Catalyze Climate Finance.
  • The Indian citizenship amendment is not applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit.
  • The Inner Line Permit regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue, Delhi Dialogue XI was held in New Delhi.
  • India-US dialogue Two plus 2 dialogue will be held in Washington DC.
  • IBM has come out with a weather forecast system to improve accuracy of forecasts in India.
  • Boris Johnson has been elected as the new British Prime Minister.
  • Activist Licypriya Kangujam from India has addressed leaders at COP25 to act on climate change.
  • Bougainville is all set to become the World’s Newest Country by gaining independence.
  • Vipin Sondhi has become the new MD & CEO of Ashok Leyland.
  • Nirmala Sitharaman name has been featured among world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes.
  • Blue Sky Analytics has won the Copernicus masters award under social entrepreneurship category.
  • Greta Thunberg has won Time’s Person of the Year award.
  • Padmeswar Gogoi has won the Siu-Ka-Pha Award for contribution in the field of botany and science.
  • ISRO has launched a surveillance satellite RISAT-2BR1 on the PSLV C-48 rocket.
  • NASA scientists have developed maps showing presence of water ice on Mars.
  • Symposium on Scope of Science of Ayurveda in Global Health will be held in New Delhi.
  • Workshop on Bamboo cultivation was held in J&K on the month of December, 2019.
  • Mastercard has tied up with Federal Bank for identity check security for digital transactions.
  • The Government has decided to sell 100 per cent stake in Air India.
  • Tech Mahindra has bagged the smart city project from Pune’s PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporation.
  • Moody’s cuts India’s GDP growth forecast to 5.6 per cent for 2019.
  • Rani Rampal has won Female sportsperson of the year at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2019.
  • Rohit Sharma has become the new Indian brand ambassador for La Liga.
  • Mushtaq Ahmed has been appointed as the spin bowling consultant by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
  • Wassim Jaffer has become the first Indian to play 150 Ranji matches.
  • Ashleigh Barty has been named as the WTA Player of the Year.
  • Gollapudi Maruti Rao who passed away recently was related to Acting.
  • Ram Nath Kovind has laid down the foundation stone for Paika Vidroh memorial at Khurda.
  • TV Somanathan has been appointed the expenditure secretary of the Finance Ministry.
  • 7th round of economic census has been launched in the national capital.
  • Women in Bihar are set to outlive males by 2035.
  • National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management was set-up in Chennai.
  • 37th National Symposium of Heads of Police Training Institutions will be held in New Delhi.
  • India will host 36th edition of the International Geological Congress in March 2020.
  •  “Namaste Orchha” festival marking the cultural landscape of Madhya Pradesh will be held in the ancient town in March 2020.
  • Virtual Police stations is set to become a reality. It will be launched at Andra University.
  • Odisha will set up 45 new fast track courts.
  • Andhra Pradesh has cleared Disha Act to provide harsh punishments to those guilty of heinous crimes against women.
  • Odisha govt has brought in Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment Department under the ‘Mo Sarkar’ scheme.
  • 15 Indian origin politicians have been elected to the House of Commons in UK.
  • IRDAI forms a 10 member working group to study loss prevention and loss minimization in the general insurance industry.
  • RBI will provide new intraday liquidity window to make NEFT 24×7 from December 16.
  • Sushil Modi has replaced FM Nirmala Sitharaman as Head of GOM on Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST).
  • Ministry of HRD is implementing the Scheme of Vocationalisation of School Education to promote vocational education among children under Samagra Shiksha scheme.
  • The Public Enterprise Selection Board has shortlisted Shrikant Madhav Vaidya to be the next Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
  • Ravi Mittal has been appointed as Information and Broadcasting Secretary.
  • Rahul Adhikari has won the “Oscars” of education in London.
  • Famous journalist Shireen Dalvi has returned an award to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has inked an MoU with NASSCOM to prevent food wastage.
  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and NABARD have signed an MoU to facilitate the action research and up-scaling of the various technologies and innovative farmer models.
  • India and Indonesia have decided to strengthen defence and security ties.
  • Rajnath Singh has chaired a meeting of the Consultative Committee of Parliament for the Ministry of Defence in New Delhi.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) has handed over a Landing Craft Utility amphibious ship to Indian Navy.
  • US has replaced Kuwait as India’s 6th biggest oil supplier.
  • International Hockey Federation (FIH) unveils new world ranking system for 2020. The Headquarter of FIH is in Switzerland.
  • Tara Sinha who passed away recently was related to Advertising.
  • The National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated every year on December 14.
  • Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been declared as the new President of Algeria.
  • The Sustainable Development Cell for Environmental Mitigation Measures has been established under Ministry of Coal.
  • International tea day observed every year on December 15.
  • Cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
  • Vijay Diwas celebrated on 16 December to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971war.
  • Uttarakhand will soon get a ‘Centre of Excellence for Skilling’ in Uttarkashi district.
  • Kerala has launched two welfare schemes to support differently-abled persons as well as NSS, NCC and Student Police Cadet unit.
  • West Bengal has topped in a 100-day work programme for promoting livelihoods.
  • Edelweiss Asset Management Company (AMC) has launched India’s 1st corporate bond ‘Bharat Bond ETF’.
  • Wholesale Price Index inflation rises to 0.58 percent in November amid rising food prices.
  • The Indian Embassy has signed an agreement with Nepal for reconstruction of cultural heritage sites.
  • R.N. Ravi has been given additional charge as the Governor of Meghalaya.
  • Toni Ann Singh from Jamaica has taken the crown of miss world 2019.
  • Ram Nath Kovind will present the Visitor’s awards 2019 to promote research, innovation & entrepreneurship.
  • Deepika Padukone has received the Crystal Award 2020 for spreading awareness about mental health.
  • Viswanathan Anand has launched his autobiography ‘Mind Master’ in Chennai.
  • BEL & HAL will organize a roadshow urging active participation in Def Expo 2020. Def Expo 2020 was held in Uttar Pradesh.
  • India has donated solar-powered lamps donates solar-powered lamps to marginalized children in Palestine.
  • India has become the first to make the entire Haj process digital.
  • Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) will maintain the independent directors’ databank launched by the Government.
  • India has decided to import 110 lakh kg onions from Turkey amid rising prices.
  • China has suspended US from visiting Hong Kong.
  • Saudi Arabia has become the 1st Arab country to take over the G20 presidency.
  • Vijayawada railway station has bagged the ISO-14001 certification.
  • The state level program of Mission Indradhanush will begin in Rajasthan.
  • Ajit Doval has been recently conferred with an honorary degree from HNBGU.
  • Shivangi has become the first woman pilot for Indian Navy.
  • Hari Mohan has taken over as the Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board.
  • HR Khan has become the chairman of Code for Responsible Lending (CRL) in micro-credit.
  • UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Spain.
  • Gandhipedia, a one-stop repository on the life and times as well as the contributions of Mahatma Gandhi, is being created with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), by Indian researchers.
  • The 13th South Asian Games will formally begin in Nepal.
  • Lewis Hamilton has won the season ending of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019.
  • Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik clinched gold at the Senior Wrestling National Championships held in Jalandhar.
  • World Computer Literacy Day observed on December 2.
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on 2nd December. It was adopted by the UNGA in the year 1949.
  • Santhosh Gangwar inaugurated the Pension Week from 30th November to 6th December 2019.
  • Theme of International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Promoting the Participation of Person with Disabilities and their leadership: Taking Action on the 2030 Development Agenda.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping launched a natural gas pipeline from Siberia to northeastern China.
  • FASTags have been developed by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0 from December 2019 to March 2020.
  • Konark Festival, International Sand Art Festival was held in Odisha.
  • Punjab has created land in rural areas to boost industrial development.
  • Dewan Housing Finance Corp. Ltd (DHFL) has become the first financial services firm to be taken to National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).
  • Masatsugu Asakaw has been elected as the 10th President of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
  • Tony Joseph has won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2019.
  • UNESCO has recently removed Belgian Carnival from its Intangible heritage list.
  • Moody’s slashes FY20 growth forecast to 4.9 % citing weak household consumption.
  • India has joined the elite club to enable free 24×7 NEFT funds transfer facility.
  • Fifth Economic Advisory Council (EAC) meeting of 15th Finance Commission was held in New Delhi.
  • Centre has released 35000 crore GST compensation to states and UTs.
  • RAMCO has entered into an agreement with China Aircraft Services to manage its end to end line and base maintenance operations.
  • Arcelor Mittal and Nippon steel has completed acquisition of Essar Steel.
  • Mukund Naravane is set to become the next Indian Army Chief after General Bipin Rawat.
  • Vinod Kannan will take over as Vistara CCO after the resignation of Sanjiv Kapoor.
  • Gujarat police will become the 7th police force to get ‘President’s Colours’.
  • 3 days “International Seminar on Climate Smart Farming Systems” for BIMSTEC countries will be held in Delhi.
  • Mukesh Ambani’s RIL has replaced Indian Oil Corporation Limited at the top of Fortune India 500 list.
  • As per the WEF rankings on gender gap, India has been ranked at 112th position.
  • Virat Kohli has achieved the top spot in ICC Test rankings.
  • Gita Siddharth who passed away recently was related to Actor.
  • Former Union Minister ID Swami passed away recently. He was a parliamentarian from Karnal, Haryana.
  • Peter Snell who passed away recently was related to Running.
  • The International Migrants Day is celebrated annually on December 18.
  • Dalai Lama has written the book Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.
  • As per the National Broadband Mission, the Government has promised broadband access in all villages by 2022.
  • GEM has launched GEM Samvaad to facilitate on-boarding of local sellers on the marketplace.
  • Japan has launched the World’s first liquid hydrogen carrier ship.
  • India has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $250 million loan to expand energy efficiency investments in India.
  • Axis Bank and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) Company have launched a co-branded credit card for cashless payments.
  • Five-day music festival ‘TansenSamaroh’ was organized in Gwalior.
  • 16th Orange Festival has been organized in Manipur.
  • The Rajasthan government has set up 1000 crore Farmers Welfare Fund to boost agricultural produce and income.
  • Sridhar Patra has been appointed as the new CMD of NALCO.
  • Venkaiah Naidu presented the National Safety Awards to develop a culture of prevention and safety for all workers.
  • Amitabha Bagchi has won the 2019 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2019.
  • CSIR and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have inked an MoU for Promotion and Support of Scientific and Technological Research with France.
  • Indra 2019 was held between India and Russia in Pune and Gwalior for Air Force elements.
  • The Kargil to Kohima Ultra Marathonnamed as K2K Ultra Marathon-Glory Runwas flagged off from Kargil War Memorial at Drass.
  • Laura Marsh recently announced international retirement. She played for England.
  • The International Astronomical Union has announced the name of a white yellow star in the Sextans constellation as Bibhā.
  • Samanth Subramanian has written the book ‘A Dominant Character’ that captures the thoughts of British-Indian scientist JBS Haldane.
  • Concerned Citizens’ Group (CCG) headed by Yashwant Sinha has suggested restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Indian Railways has installed the first atmospheric water generator called Meghdoot to harvest water directly from air through a series of steps.
  • Minorities Rights Day observed all across the country on December 18.
  • Om Birla has inaugurated the 79th Conference of Presiding Officers of Legislative Bodies.
  • Google has been fined with USD 327 million tax bill in Australia.
  • The 136 km international rail link will connect Raxaul, Bihar to Kathmandu.
  • Madhya Pradesh police has launched e-cop app for women’s safety.
  • Thaawarchand Gehlot has released the braille edition of the Book “Exam Warriors”.
  • Roy Jorgen Svenningsen has become the oldest person ever to complete in the Antarctic Ice Marathon.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board will invest $225 million in the India Resurgence Fund.
  • The first Agro-Based Food Processing SEZ will be set up in Tripura.
  • Theme of the 11th Regional Quality Conclave (RQC) is Advance manufacturing with quality, innovation & technology Interventions held at Rudrapur, Uttarakhand.
  • Patanjali Ayurved has made its first big acquisition of Rs. 4350 crore. It has acquired Ruchi Soya.
  • RajniKanth has been bestowed with the Icon of the Jubilee award at the Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India.
  • The Book “Exam Warriors” has been written by Narendra Modi.
  • HDFC has crossed $100 billion in market cap, becoming the third firm in the country.
  • 11th Regional Quality Conclave will be held in Uttarakhand.
  • Madhya Pradesh police has launched e-cop app to facilitate girls to get immediate backup just by the push of a button.
  • The GST Council has fixed a uniform tax rate of 28 percent on both states and private lotteries.
  • India is the largest contributor of troops to UN peacekeeping operations.
  • Kamal Nath has inaugurated the 5th Khajuraho International Film Festival.
  • Goa has organized the Golden Jubilee edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI).
  • Odisha has launched the ‘Jalsathi’ program.
  • Rajasthan has started Janta Clinic to provide free primary healthcare to people living in slums.
  • Goa’s Liberation Day was observed on December 19.
  • Germany has signed a new law to ban gay ‘conversion therapy’.
  • India is the world’s third-largest publisher of science & engineering articles. China is the top publisher.
  • GEM has signed two MoUs with Bank of Maharashtra and UCO Bank for payment related services.
  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry Ministry has notified the setting up of First ever Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tripura.
  • The Future Skill Prime programme to train professionals in futuristic skills will be jointly rolled out by the Information Technology ministry and Nasscom.
  • BP Raju from CBI has won the ”India Cyber Cop of the Year” award.
  • Sahitya Akademi has announced the annual SahityaAkademi Awards in 23 languages.
  • Roy Jorgen Svenningsen has become the oldest person ever to complete in the Antarctic Ice Marathon. He is from Canada.
  • Shriram Lagoo who passed away recently was a famous Actor.
  • GitanathGanguly who passed away recently was the president of Mohun Bagan AC.
  • Online portal to exchange reusable products launched in Chennai.
  • The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) is headquartered in Ontario.
  • First Global Refugee Forum was held in Geneva.
  • Nityanand Rai inaugurated the Second national conference on ‘Uniformed Women in Prison Administration’ being held in Bhopal.
  • The Chairman of Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, MallikaSrinivasan, has been appointed to the global board of US Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC).
  • Pinaka Missile System was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the Odisha coast. It has a capacity of striking up to a range of 75 kms.
  • International Astronomical Union headquartered in France.
  • Ram NathKovind chaired the second meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated the CGHS Wellness Centre to improve the delivery of health services.
  • 66000 crore amount has been allotted by the Central Government for the Kerala semihigh speed rail project.
  • RBI has recently conducted a special OMO (Similar to ‘Operation Twist’ of US) for Simultaneous sale & purchase of bonds.
  • Madhya Pradesh has signed a $ 490 Million Loan with ADB India for PPP to state highways and major district roads.
  • Cuba will resurrect the position of the Prime Minister after more than 40 years.
  • As per the list from Forbes, Ryan Kaji has become the highest-paid YouTuber with 26 million dollars.
  • Afghanistan has become the first country to recognize Indian Pharmacopoeia.
  • DeveshSrivastava has been elevated to CMD’s position of General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re).
  • MallikaSrinivasan has been appointed to the global board of the US India Business Council.
  • Cyrus Mistry has been restored by NCLAT as the chairman of Tata Sons.
  • Second national conference on ‘Uniformed Women in Prison Administration’ was held in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Indian Navy has conducted an anti-hijacking exercise by the name of Apharan at the Kochi coast.
  • DRDO successfully test fired the Pinaka Missile System off Odisha coast.
  • India got 108th position on the latest FIFA ranking list.
  • ZeenaKhitta has won the women’s national 10m Air Rifle. The event was held in Bhopal.
  • International Human Solidarity Day was observed on December 20.
  • Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Mission extended by 2 years to 2022. Scheme launched by the government on 2015.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan recently inaugurated the CGHS Wellness Centre in New Delhi. CGHS services have now been extended to 100 cities.
  • Central Government has given approval for the Kerala semi-high-speed project. It will be run between Thiruvananthapuram – Kasaragod.
  • J&K administration has inked an MoU with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to strengthen the immunization supply chain system.
  • Parliament has passed the bill to merge UTs of Daman & Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. The number of UTs in India after the merger is 8.
  • DRDO established on 1958.
  • Jignesh Patel has launched India’s first ‘Vaccination Clinic’ in collaboration with the Gates Foundation.
  • Thomas Chandy has died recently. He was the Former minister of Kerala.
  • Abhinav Lohan has won the Bengaluru Open Golf Championship.
  • Pat Cummins has become the most expensive overseas IPL player. He plays for Kolkata Knight Riders.
  • The Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry has decided to set up 500 skills hub and labs in govt schools.
  • PM Modi addressed the annual general meeting of ASSOCHAM Annual Conference held in New Delhi.
  • African country Ethiopia has launched its first satellite from China.
  • India, Afghanistan, Iran met to monitor the implementation of the Chabahar pact. This is their 2nd meeting after the 2016 agreement.
  • Wipro has partnered with Nasscom to up skill 10,000 engineering students in India.
  • Fitch Ratings has reduced India’s GDP growth forecast to 4.6 percent in FY20.
  • Debt-ridden Air India has received 500 crore amount of guarantee from the Central Government.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced USD 210 million loan for irrigation & solar energy projects in India.
  • RBI will simultaneously buy and sell government bonds worth 10000 crore under special Open Market Operation (OMO).
  • CV Ramulu has been named the new Lokayukta of Telangana.
  • Ankit Gupta has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of OYO Hotels & Homes.
  • Anand Mahindra has decided to step down from the position of Mahindra Group’s executive chairman.
  • Indian-American scientist Sethuraman Panchanathan has been selected by the US president to lead the National Science Foundation in the US.
  • Belgium has won the FIFA Team of the Year.
  • India has ranked at 7th on the World Anti-Doping Agency list for violations.
  • Virat Kohli, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have been featured in Forbes India’s 2019 Celebrity 100 list.
  • The Indian Air Force is planning ‘swift trials’ in 114 fighter jet deal worth 1.5 lakh crore deal.
  • The government has proposed to invest 50 lakh crore rupees for modernization of Railways over the next 12 years.
  • World’s oldest fossil trees been recently discovered on New York.
  • ICC has partnered with UNICEF for 2020 Women’s T20 World Cup.
  • Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has bagged the Gold medal in the 6th Qatar International Cup, Doha.
  • Pat Cummins has become the most expensive overseas IPL player after being bought for a whopping 15.50 crore.
  • Avtar Singh Makkar, who passed away recently, was the former president of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak committee.
  • Prof LS Sheshagiri Rao was associated with Writing.
  • IIT Hyderabad Center for Healthcare Entrepreneurship (CfHE) Fellow has launched India’s first Vaccination on wheels concept in Pune in collaboration with Gates Foundation.
  • PM Modi recently addressed the ASSOCHAM Annual Conference. Theme – New India Aspiring for a USD 5 trillion economy.
  • RBI has planned to buy, sell govt bonds worth Rs 10,000 crore. Participants will submit their bid on E-Kuber platform.
  • The National Mathematics Day was observed annually on December 22.
  • Miguel Díaz-Canel has been named as Cuba’s first prime minister.
  • India get 4th position in the ICC Women’s T20 Team Ranking.
  • MaisnamLuwang has won the Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series. The Series 2019 held in Dhaka.
  • China-Brazil Earth Resource Satellite-4A (CBERS-4A) earth resource satellite has been launched into space from China.
  • Dr G Nanjundan, who passed away recently, was an eminent Translator.
  • ‘Oxygen Parlour’ has set up in Nashik railway station to combat the rising air pollution.
  • Integral Coach Factory has made a record by producing 3000 coaches in 215 days.
  • Regional Conference on ‘Improving Public Services Delivery – Role of Governments’ was held in Nagpur.
  • S Jaishankar co-chairs 19th Joint Commission meeting with Iran’s Foreign Minister. The meeting was held in Tehran, Iran.
  • The Central government has planned to organize 100 ‘HunarHaats’ in the next five years.
  • West African nations have decided to have a common currency ‘Eco’.
  • Ecuador has declared an emergency after fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands.
  • YSR NeetannaNestham scheme has been launched in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • India’s First ‘Water From Air’ System generator has been installed at Secunderabad railway station.
  • Telangana Express adorned with “SingareniColours” has started its run between Hyderabad and New Delhi.
  • Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) flocked to the Indian capital market with a net inflow of over 1.3 lakh crore rupees.
  • Reliance Infrastructure has won an arbitration award against Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for 1250 crore.
  • The Competition Commission of India has received Green Channel combinations for automatic approval under the competition law.
  • Anish Shah has been replaced PawanGoenka as Mahindra Group,’s MD and CEO.
  • MonishaGhosh has become the 1st woman CTO at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the US.
  • RamchandraBabu has died recently. He was related to Cinematography.
  • Renowned Archaeologist R. Nagaswamy was honored for his contribution to art, archaeology, history, and culture by Bangladesh.
  • Aditya K has won the Bharat Award for bravery for rescuing people from a burning bus.
  • UAE and Oman have signed an MoU to enhance trade & economic cooperation.
  • Bengaluru city has the Maximum Number Of Young Billionaires In India.
  • Army looks into the signing a deal for six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. The helicopters are expected to be delivered by 2022.
  • Remote sensing satellite CBERS-4A has been jointly developed by China & Brazil earth.
  • One of Sierra Leone’s top football clubs has picked a woman to coach its main squad, in a first for the West African country’s professional league.
  • MaisnamMeirabaLuwang has won the Bangladesh Junior International Badminton Series by beating Ken Yong Ong.
  • RadhaYadav has retained the 2nd position in the bowlers’ list of the ICC T20I rankings.
  • VidushiSavita Devi passed away recently, she was a renowned Hindustani Classical Vocalist.
  • Arpit Chug has been appointed as the new CFO of Razorpay.
  • The National Farmers day or KisanDiwas is celebrated across the country on December 23.
  • Harsh VardhanShringla has been appointed as the new foreign secretary replacing Vijay Gokhale.
  • Indian Railways is planning to modernize its Signalling system, with trials of over a route of 640 kilometre.
  • Urban India has been declared Open defecation free. Urban areas of 35 states and Union Territories have become ODF.
  • Govt has notified the rules for fixation of microdots. Purpose of microdots is Prevent vehicular theft.
  • Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day long period of extreme cold in Kashmir, began on December 21 and will continue till January 31 followed by Chillai-Khurd and Chillai-Bachha.
  • Arunachal Pradesh will have schools be marked into ‘hard’, ‘soft’ and ‘medium’.
  • According to Government data, only 15 percentage of new tax payers have paid taxes.
  • 6.1 % is the forecasted GDP growth rate of India by IMF.
  • Andhra Pradesh has laid down the foundation stone for Rs 15,000 crore steel plant.
  • Sangeeta Reddy has been taken over as the new President of FICCI.
  • Govt has extended the tenure of NABARD chief Harsh Kumar Bhanwala by six months. Headquarters of NABARD located in Mumbai.
  • Ashraf Ghani has become the President of Afghanistan.
  • Venkiah Naidu has handed out the 66th National Film Awards at VigyanBhawan, New Delhi.
  • SharadPonkshe has received the Janakavi P Sawlaram Memorial Award for the contribution in the field of cinema and theatre.
  • Army Tech Seminar ‘ARTECH 2019’ for ‘Make in India’ Defence industry took place in New Delhi.
  • Startup India, DPIIT has partnered with WE Hub to launch WING Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Telangana.
  • The US President has officially established the US Space Force, by signing w National Defense Authorization Act.
  • President Kovind has released a mobile app of Red Cross in Hyderabad.
  • Indian weightlifter RakhiHalder has created two new national records at the Qatar International Cup in Doha.
  • Ahmedabad has got a Provisional Clearance to Host FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 Games.
  • National Consumer Rights Day is observed annually on December 24th every year. Theme for 2019 is Trusted smart products.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu honoured winners at 66th National Film Awards. The best feature film award was won by Hellaro.
  • Vernon Philander has recently announced his retirement from International cricket.
  • The Good Governance Day is observed annually on December 25.
  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has inaugurated the 65th National School Games of SGFI in New Delhi.
  • DharmendraPradhan has unveiled India’s First CNG Bus that can run aroud 1000 kilometers in a single fill.
  • The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to agreement on Security Cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia.
  • As per the recently released test rankings, India stands on top with 360 points in Test cricket.
  • Cabinet has given approval to the agreement between India and Sweden related to Recognition of maritime education & training.
  • I&B minister Prakash Javadekar has announced the launch of Digital Radio in 2024.
  • PM Modi would unveil the statue of AtalBihariVajapayee ; 25 feet in Lucknow.
  • PM Modi has recently launched the AtalBhujalYojana. The project outlay of the scheme is 6000 crore.
  • Leaders from China, Russia, and South Korea have recently reiterated their commitment to ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
  • The RBI has capped the lending on P2P platforms. 50 lakhs is the upper limit of the aggregate exposure of a lender to all borrowers.
  • Amazon will open its first farm collection centre in Pune.
  • The Gross NPAs of banks have declined from 11.2 percent to 9.1 percent in H1 of FY20 as per RBI.
  • Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) has inked pact for mutual and technical cooperation with SEBI.
  • BhartiInfratel has extended the deadline for the merger with Indus Towers.
  • NABARD has inked an agreement under Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF) with Tamil Nadu.
  • Rohtang tunnel named after former Prime Minister AtalBihari Vajpayee, connects Kullu and Lahaul Valley.
  • ESAF Small Finance Bank has appointed PR Ravi Mohan as its new chairman. He has been replaced R Prabha.
  • NiranjanHiranandani will take over as the new President of Assocham.
  • HemantSoren will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
  • Anoop Mishra has been felicitated by Army Chief BipinRawat for developing a bulletproof jacket.
  • UNICEF has awarded the Kamareddy district of Telangana for effective Swachh Bharat implementation.
  • Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and Saudi Arabia for cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy.
  • Cabinet approves Signing of MoU between India and Brazil on Bioenergy Cooperation India has successfully test-fired Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile system. It has been developed by DRDO.
  • Tamil Nadu has topped in the maximum coverage area under micro-irrigation.
  • Researchers from Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) have developed a new ink formulation for security printing.
  • HemantSoren is set to be sworn in as the new CM of Jharkhand. Governor of Jharkhand – DraupadiMurm.
  • Manu Bhaker and AnishBhanwala have clinched five gold medals at National Shooting Championships. The event was held in Bhopal.
  • Tamil Nadu government has topped the Good Governance Index launched by the Central Government.
  • The Central government has planned to convert 75 hospitals into medical colleges.
  • Free Wifi services will be provided in all villages across the country by March 2020.
  • Govt has approved the updation of National Population Register. The next census will be taken place in 2021.
  • The post of Chief of Defence Staff post will be the rank of 4 star general.
  • Typhoon Phanfone Misery has hit Philippines on Christmas Day.
  • Delhi has launched the Housing Scheme For Residents Of Unauthorized Colonies.
  • Delhi cabinet has approved the policy on electric vehicles to curb pollution. It aims to convert 25 percent vehicles to electric vehicles.
  • 11th National Street Food Festival held in New Delhi.
  • A fan from Tamil Nadu has built a temple for PM Modi on his farm land.
  • Telangana government has raised the retirement age of employees of the Road Transport Corporation.
  • Rahul Gandhi is scheduled to launch tribal dance in Chhattisgarh.
  • India’s first university for transgender community has come up in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Earliest Sanskrit inscriptions have been found in South India. They are related to Saptamatrika.
  • GST Council has decided to setup GRC at zonal and state level. GRC – Grievance Redressal Committee.
  • RBI has introduced a new prepaid payment instrument for purchase & sales of goods up to a limit of 10000.
  • NTPC has been planning to add 10GW of solar energy capacity by 2022.
  • Hubballi has been chosen by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs for certificate of merit for healthcare project under Best Smart Health Project category.
  • ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj Terminus has been conferred with the ‘Eat Right’ station certification.
  • ViratKohli has been named among five Wisden cricketers of the decade.
  • Tennis player Leander Paes retired from Tennis in 2020.
  • MS Dhoni has been named as the captain of Cricket Australia ODI team of the decade.
  • The solar eclipse of decade was observed in many parts of the country, it lasted for 2 hour and 39 minutes.
  • Researchers from IIT Madras have found a link between a tissue-remodelling enzyme and hypertension risk.
  • Ganga Prasad Vimal, who passed away recently, was a famous Writer.
  • The Good Governance Index has been launched by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG).
  • 11th National Street Food Festival in New Delhi is being organized by FSSAI in collaboration with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI).
  • Governor of Telangana – TamilisaiSoundarajan.
  • Aadhaar has been made mandatory for Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana.
  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) decided to distribute 1000 Bee Boxes, 100 Pottery Wheels and Leather Kits in Agartala.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated the 2nd Edition of “Eat Right Mela” in New Delhi.
  • Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the LPG bottling plant of BPCL in Bolangir, Odisha.
  • HRD Minister has launched five documents developed by UGC. Purpose of the documents is Evaluation reforms.
  • Tsunami victims were remembered on the disaster’s anniversary in Tamil Nadu. A massive tsunami occurred in Tamil Nadu in 2004.
  • Massive locust invasion has been a cause of concern for farmers of Gujarat.
  • Dharmendra Pradhan has flagged off Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express featuring Odisha’s heritage.
  • Italy has approved a 3% Digital Tax on Large Tech Companies from next year.
  • Allahabad Bank will get fresh capital of Rs. 2,153 crore from the government.
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is now offering recharge option for FASTag through BHIM UPI app.
  • India will cross the 100GW renewable energy capacity mark in 2020.
  • SBI will introduce OTP based ATM cash withdrawal from 1st January to protect customers from unauthorized transactions.
  • Pine Labs has partnered with Kotak Mahindra Bank to enable EMIs on debit cards.
  • Dennis Muilenburg has been resigned as the CEO of Boeing.
  • China has started a joint naval drill with Iran and Russia in the Gulf of Oman.
  • Bowler James Anderson has become the first to play 150 Test matches.
  • Researchers from IIT Hyderabad have unravelled the mechanism of action of a protein that repairs damaged DNA.
  • Healthcare company Qure.ai has developed a software to provide fast and accurate diagnosis of Tuberculosis.
  • Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta has written the book “Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games”.
  • Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated the 2nd Edition of “Eat Right Mela” in New Delhi.
  • CEO of Allahabad Bank – S. S. Mallikarjuna Rao.
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs will organize a consultative workshop with States & UTs to set out the framework for “Shehri Samridhi Utsav 2020”.
  • More than 1 cr houses have been sanctioned under PM Awas Yojana (Urban). Scheme launched in 2015.
  • Vikas Sabnis has died recently. He was a famous Cartoonist.
  • UN has given green light for a draft treaty to combat Cybercrime.
  • China is set to launch Beidou-3 satellites in 2020.
  • The UN has adopted a 3.07 billion operating budget for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar.
  • Assam Government has launched the ‘Abhinandan’ scheme to benefit students.
  • Losar Festival which denotes the start of the New Year is being celebrated in Ladakh.
  • First edition of the Mandu Festival held in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The North Eastern Council with the J&K admin will organize a workshop cum exhibition related to Bamboo.
  • According to the UIDAI, the total number of people having Aadhar cards is now over 125 crore people.
  • Karnataka Bank, as a part of its digital initiative, launched ‘KBL Xpress SB Accounts’.
  • SBI has been appointed as the lead convener for the union territory of Ladakh.
  • RBI has directed large co-op banks to report exposures above crores to the Central Repository of Information on Large credits.
  • Swiggy has launched its own digital wallet to process and credit refunds.
  • Ashok Leyland has inked an MoU with Citicorp Finance India Ltd for commercial vehicles’ financing.
  • Aayushi Dholakia has been crowned as Miss Teen International 2019.
  • Malala Yousafzai has been declared the ‘most famous teenager’ of decade by UN.
  • Ratan Tata has emerged as India’s most searched business tycoon on Google in 2019.
  • Air force had decommissioned the last MiG-27 squadron. It was procured from Soviet Union.
  • China has successfully launched the largest carrier rocket named Long March 5.
  • Russia has inducted the first Avangard hypersonic missiles into service.
  • Physicists from IISER Kolkata have accurately predicted the shape of Sun’s corona 43 days ahead of eclips.
  • Mars rover seeks to search for traces of ancient life on the planet. It will be launched in 2020.
  • Schools in Uttarakhand will introduce ‘water bell’ to have students consume more water.
  • Rajnath Singh has launched the DefExpo 2020 mobile app to provide detailed information on day to day events.

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