Daily GK Update: 11th December 2019

Odisha government plans 45 fast-track courts

  • Aiming at expediting the trial of cases relating to women and children, the Odisha government on Tuesday said it will set up 45 new fast track courts.
    Of these, 21 courts would be dedicated for cases of rape and sexual harassment of women, Law Minister Pratap Jena said.
  • The remaining 24 fast track courts will specifically deal with Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) cases, he said.
    The state government’s action comes after the Centre’s decision to formulate a scheme for setting up 1,023 fast track special courts for expeditious trial and disposal of rape cases.

Source : Times of India

Parliament passes bill for stringent punishment to those carrying, manufacturing illegal weapons

  • Parliament on Tuesday approved a legislation providing for a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms.
  • The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which also has a provision for imprisonment of two years or fine which may extend to Rs 1 lakh or both for those using firearms in a rash or negligent manner in celebratory gunfire, endangering human life or personal safety of others, was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha.

Source : The Economic Times

Abu Dhabi selected as the worlds leading sports tourism destination

Abu Dhabi is selected as the world’s leading Sports tourism Destination for the seventh consecutive time. The decision was made at the 26th edition of the World Travel Awards (WTA) that is being held in Muscat, Oman.

2.95 crore released for ‘Gandhi Encyclopedia’

  • The Government is developing ‘Gandhi Encyclopedia’ to spread awareness in the society.
  • Ministry of Culture has approved a project for development of Gandhi Paedia by National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata for promotion of appropriate Gandhian philosophy and thoughts through social media platforms under 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi commemoration with financial assistance of Rs. 5.25 cr and released an amount of Rs. 2.95 cr against first installment.
  • This information was given by the Minister of State (I/c) of Culture and Tourism, Shri Prahlad Singh Patel in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

Source : Press Information Bureau

Naval weapon systems exhibition ‘NAVARMS 2019’ for Defence industry & users begins 12 Dec

  • The 4th edition of the International Seminar-cum-Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS 2019’ with the theme ‘Make in India – Fight Category: Opportunities and Imperatives’ is scheduled at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), Development Enclave, New Delhi on 12 & 13 December.
  • The two-day event spread over five plenary sessions will provide opportunities for exchange of ideas, create awareness, and identify emerging prospects for Indian and International Defence industries in the domain of Naval Weapon Systems.

Source : Indus Dictum

Exercise Iron Union 12 commenced on 10 December

  • Exercise Iron Union 12 commenced on 10 December 2019. It is a joint military exercise between the ground forces of the UAE and the United States.
  • The exercise was commenced in the presence of Lieutenant General Terry Ferrell, commander of US Army Central, USARCENT and Major General Saleh Mohamed Saleh Al Amiri, UAE Commander of Land Forces.

Actor Suniel Shetty is appointed as the brand ambassador for NADA


National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) appointed Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty as the brand ambassador for the agency in New Delhi. It is expected that the celebrity status will help NADA’s efforts to clean up sports in the country from the menace.

India achieve their highest medal tally in South Asian Games

  • India concluded the South Asian Games with their highest medal tally in the history of the tournament.
  • The contingent was able to win 310 medals, which includes 172 gold, 93 silver, and 45 bronze medals.
  • “India sets new record! India ends the #SouthAsianGames with a new medal record as they reach 310 medals, one more than their tally in 2016. India won 172 golds, 93 silver, and 45 bronze medals. Many congratulations to all the athletes for the fantastic feat. #SAG2019 #TeamIndia,” SAI Media tweeted.

Source : India Today

India, Japan discuss bilateral trade imbalance, RCEP pact

  • India and Japan discussed the rising bilateral trade imbalance between the two countries as well as New Delhi’s concerns on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) pact at a meeting of the Trade Ministers of both the countries on Tuesday.
  • Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Hiroshi Kajiyama assured his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal that all attempts will be made by the other members of the RCEP to address India’s concerns, a person aware of the meeting told BusinessLine.
  • India’s concerns are likely to be discussed by all RCEP members, including the 10-member ASEAN, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, later to see if a satisfactory way to resolve them could be arrived at, the person said. New Delhi’s key concern mostly relate to opening up markets for its main competitor China, as the local industry is opposed to it.

Source : The Hindu

Switzerland to seek closer ties with India at BioAsia 2020

  • Switzerland will be the partner country for BioAsia 2020 scheduled to be held here between February 17-19.
  • Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary of the Industries and Commerce and Information Technology, Government of Telangana announced here on Tuesday that Switzerland will serve as the country partner for the 17th edition of BioAsia.
  • She noted that Switzerland has an outstanding reputation globally as an extremely specialised production location for innovative life science products.

Source : Business Standard

India among top 10 countries with higher climate performance: Report

  • India, for the first time, ranks among the top 10 in this year’s Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) presented on Tuesday at the COP25 climate summit here.
  • The current levels of per capita emissions and energy use in India, ranked 9th in the “high category”, are still comparatively low and, along with ambitious 2030 targets, result in high ratings for the green house gas (GHG) emissions and energy use categories, the report released here in the Spanish capital.

Source : The Economic Times

IUCN adds 1840 new species to the Red List of Threatened Species

  • Moreover, the Climate change is adding to multiple threats species face, and there is a to act urgently and decisively to curb the crisis.
  • Bird: Dozens of species of birds and plants are now also threatened by rising temperatures.
  • IUCN is best known for its compiling and publishing of IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Source : The World News Monitor

Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

  • The Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, which seeks to provide stringent punishment for acts of piracy, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.
  • Shashi Tharoor (Cong) opposed the bill at the introduction stage saying, the provision of automatic death penalty was against the law.
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the bill does not have automatic death penalty provision. He said it is factually incorrect to say that there is an automatic death penalty provision.
  • The bill states that there is a provision of either life sentence or death, depending on the crime, he said.

Source : Business Standard

December 11: International Mountain Day

  • International Mountain Day is observed on December 11 every year since 2003. As per the United Nations, mountains are home to 15 per cent of the world’s population and a quarter of the world’s animals and plants.
  • United Nation states, “International Mountain Day has its roots in the document “Managing Fragile Ecosystems: Sustainable Mountain Development” (called Chapter 13), adopted in 1992 as part of the action plan Agenda 21 of the Conference on Environment and Development.”

Source : News 18

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

  • Global anti-doping leaders agreed unanimously Monday to banish Russia from international sports — including next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo —for four years, the latest and severest punishment yet connected to a yearslong cheating scheme that has tarnished global sport.
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency’s punishment includes specific bans on Russian sports and government officials and prohibits the country from hosting international events, and it comes four years after the first details of the scheme that peaked at the 2014 Sochi Olympics were made public.

Source : The Economic Times