Daily GK Update: 22nd December 2019

Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Qatar International Cup, Jeremy bags silver

  • Former world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up the women’s 49kg category gold medal to open India’s account at the 6th Qatar International Cup here on Friday.
  • The 25-year-old Chanu won gold with an effort of 194kg in the Olympic qualifying silver level event, the points from which will come in handy when the final rankings for 2020 Tokyo Olympics cut are done.
  • To qualify for Tokyo, a weightlifter must compete in at least one event in each of the three periods of six months (spread over November 2018 to April 2020), at least six events overall and in at least one gold and another silver level event.

Surce: Sportstar

India, 163 nations off track to meet tobacco reduction targets

  • Despite a decline in tobacco use, India is off track to achieve 30 per cent reduction by 2025 as compared to 2010 levels, according to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on December 19, 2019. In fact, 163 other countries besides India aren’t on track in this regard.
  • “Despite gains, progress in meeting the global target set by governments to cut tobacco use by 30 per cent by 2025 remains off track. Based on current progress, a 23 per cent reduction will be achieved by 2025,” it said.
  • One country (out of eight) in South-East Asia, three (out of 27) in the Western Pacific region, six (out of 53) in the European region, one (out of 23) in the Eastern Mediterranean, 13 (out of 35) in the Americas and eight out of 46 in the African region would be achieving the targets.

Source: Down to Earth

IPL auction: Pat Cummins becomes most expensive foreign signing in IPL history

  • Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Thursday took the IPL auction by storm when he became the most expensive foreign signing in the history of the T20 league, surpassing England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
  • In IPL 2017, Stokes was signed for Rs 14.5 crore by the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.
  • Cummins — who returned to Kolkata Knight Riders for a jaw-dropping Rs 15.5 crore — is also the second most expensive player in the history of the IPL auction, after Yuvraj Singh, who was signed by the then Delhi Daredevils for Rs 16 crore in 2015.

Source: Down to Earth

Donald Trump officially launches US space force

  • Donald Trump has launched space force, the first new US military service in more than 70 years.
  • In signing the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act that includes the force, Trump claimed a victory for one of his top national security priorities two days after being impeached by the House of Representatives.
  • It is part of a $1.4tn (£1.1tn) government spending package – including the Pentagon’s budget – that provides a steady stream of financing for Trump’s US-Mexico border fence and reverses unpopular and unworkable automatic spending cuts to defence and domestic programmes.

Source: The Guardian.com

European Council president calls up Modi, discusses India-EU summit

  • President of the European Council Charles Michel telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and they decided to hold the next India-EU summit in early 2020.
  • According to a statement posted on the prime minister’s official website, Modi congratulated Michel on assumption of the office of the President of the European Council and conveyed his best wishes for a successful tenure.
  • The Prime Minister expressed confidence that India-EU partnership will be further strengthened under the leadership of Michel.

Source: Business Standard

Union ministers, CMs to join over 100 CEOs at WEF’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos

Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Mansukh Mandaviya as well as three chief ministers – Amarinder Singh, Kamal Nath and B S Yeddyurappa will join over 100 Indian CEOs in the Swiss ski resort town of Davos next month for the WEF’s 50th annual meeting, which will be attended by thousands of rich and powerful from across the globe.
 Source: The Economic Times

Front of Packet Labelling to be delinked from general labelling regulation: FSSAI

  • Front of Packet Labelling (FoPL) will soon be delinked from the general labelling regulation, reported FnBnews.com, citing Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive of Food Safety Standards Association of India (FSSAI), on December 18, 2019.
  • FoPL was included within the draft Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2019. It is aimed at making consumers aware of food products that are high in fat, sugar and salt content.

Source: Down to Earth

India-China border talks to focus on delimitation of boundary, border management: China

  • The two-day India-China border talks between their special representatives in New Delhi will focus on delimitation of the border, boundary management and a host of bilateral and international issues, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said here on Friday.
  • The Chinese delegation will be led by its Foreign Minister Wang Yi, while National Security Advisor Ajit Doval will head the Indian team at the boundary talks beginning on Saturday.

 Source: The Economic Times