Daily GK Update: 16th December 2019

India to host International Geological Congress in March 2020

  • India will host the 36th International Geological Congress (IGC) in the capital during the first week of March 2020.
  • The theme of the forthcoming conference is ‘Geosciences: The Basic Science for a Sustainable Development’. Popularly described as the Olympics of Geosciences, the IGC is a prestigious global geoscientific event held once every four years and witnessing participation of around 5,000-6,000 geoscientists from across the world.


Accessible India Campaign

  • Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) is a nation-wide Campaign launched by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to provide universal accessibility to persons with disabilities.
  • The campaign aims at providing equal opportunity to persons with disabilities to participate in all the aspects of life and live independently. The Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan focuses on developing accessible physical environment, transportation system and Information & communication ecosystem.

Mother Dairy hikes milk prices by up to Rs 3/litre

  • Leading milk supplier Mother Dairy on Saturday announced an increase in milk prices by up to Rs 3 per litre in Delhi-NCR due to lower supply and rise in procurement cost.
  • The new prices will be effective from Sunday, it said.
  • Prices of both token and poly pack milk have been increased in a range of Rs 2-3 per litre.
  • The price of bulk vended milk (token milk) has been hiked by Rs 2 to Rs 42 per litre.
  • In poly packs, full cream milk rate has been raised by Rs 2 to Rs 55 per litre. Price of half litre full cream milk has been hiked to Rs 28 from Rs 27.
  • Toned milk price has been hiked by Rs 3 per litre to Rs 45 while double-toned milk will now be sold at Rs 39 per litre compared to Rs 36.
  • Price of cow milk too has been raised by Rs 3 per litre to Rs 47 per litre.

Source : India Today

CII organizes “Steeling India-2019”

On December 16, 2019, the Confederation of Indian Industry organized “Steeling India 2019” conference, a drive to increase metal intensity in key sectors. Union Minister for Steel, Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the conference.

ITBP launches matrimonial site to help staff find ‘suitable matches’

  • In a unique approach, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has started a dedicated matrimonial site for its staff.
  • The website started last week will be managed by ITBP and only the staff will be able to access it.
  • “This is the first-ever dedicated and well-managed matrimony portal among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) started by ITBP on December 9. There are more than 25,000 unmarried men in the Force while more than 1000 women personnel are also unmarried. Keeping in view their duties and engagements after joining the service, finding suitable matches becomes an uphill task for the serving personnel,” an ITBP official said.

Source : Business Standard

Vijay Diwas celebrated across country

  • Vijay Diwas, which marks the Indian military’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pak war and the creation of Bangladesh, was celebrated across the country on Monday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that the history created by the soldiers will be written in golden letters.
  • On this day in 1971, over 90,000 Pakistani soldiers had surrendered before Indian troops, bringing to an end the bitterly fought war on the eastern and western fronts. It also led to the creation of Bangladesh.

Source : Business Standard

Andhra Assembly passes Disha Bill to award death penalty to rapists within 21 days

  • Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill 2019 (Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law Amendment Act 2019) to award death sentences to convicts in rape cases within 21 days.
  • The Disha Bill provides for awarding death sentence to criminals found guilty of rape and gang rape and expediting trials in such cases within 21 days.
  • Earlier, the Andhra Pradesh cabinet had approved two bills for strengthening of the provisions relating to crimes against women and children.

Source : India Today

Gujarat police to get ‘President’s Colours’ on December 15

  • The Gujarat Police, on December 15, will become the seventh state police force in the country to be bestowed with the honour of the President’s Colours, after Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam. President’s Colours, also called as ‘Nishaan’, an emblem which all police officers of Gujarat would wear on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform.
  • The President’s Colour is the highest honour bestowed upon a police force in recognition of their invaluable contribution to society.
Source : India TV

U.N. climate talks end with hard feelings, few results and new doubts about global unity

  • Global climate talks lurched to an end here Sunday with finger-pointing, accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world’s collective resolve to slow the warming of the planet — at a moment when scientists say time is running out for people to avert steadily worsening climate disasters.
  • After more than two weeks of negotiations, punctuated by raucous protests and constant reminders of a need to move faster, negotiators barely mustered enthusiasm for the compromise they had patched together, while raising grievances about the issues that remain unresolved.
  • The negotiators failed to achieve their primary goals. Central among them: persuading the world’s largest carbon-emitting countries to pledge to tackle climate change more aggressively beginning in 2020.

Source : The Washington Post

International Tea Day 2019

  • International Tea Day: The United Nations (UN) has declared May 21 as International Tea Day on the recommendations of India, however, this day is celebrated on December 15 Every Year. The proposal was made by India at the International Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Intergovernmental Group meeting held in Milan 4 years ago.
  • The United Nations General Assembly has also recognized the tea’s medicinal properties as well as cultural importance. International Tea Day started in New Delhi on December 15, 2005, but a year later it was celebrated in Sri Lanka and spread from there to the world.

Source : Jagran Josh

Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica crowned Miss World; Suman Rao second runner-up

  • Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh has bagged the Miss World 2019 at an annual beauty pageant held here, with India’s Suman Rao becoming second runners-up.
  • The 23-year-old Jamaican was declared the winner at a televised event, hosted by British television personality Piers Morgan, held at ExceL London here on Saturday.
  • Born to her Indo-Caribbean father Bradshaw Singh and African-Caribbean mother Jahrine Bailey, Singh is a student of women’s studies and psychology at Florida State University and she aspires to be a medical doctor.

Source : The Economic Times

Train service between Lahore-Wagah resumes after 22 years

  • The train service between Lahore and Wagah resumed operations after 22 years on December 15, 2019.
  • The shuttle train services between the two stations will complete three round trips daily. The train service will enable over 1000 passengers to commute between the stations in three trips.
  • The fare for the travel has been fixed at PKR 30. The train would take about an hour to reach Wagah with observing stoppages local stations including Jallo station.

Source : Jagran Josh

Ministry Of Coal To Establish Sustainable Development Cell

  • The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.
  • This move gains significance as the new private entities are now going to form a significant part of the future, a set of guidelines for proper rehabilitation of mines need to be evolved in tune with global best practices.

Source : Business Standard