Daily GK Update: 9th December 2019

Israeli high school students to launch self-made satellite from ISRO’s Sriharikota

  • Three youngsters from an Israeli school will travel to India next week to launch a satellite — Duchifat 3 — designed and built by them aboard PSLV C48 from ISRO’s Sriharikota launch site.
  • Alon Abramovich, Meitav Assulin and Shmuel Aviv Levi, all 17 to 18 years old, are students of Sha’ar HaNegev High school in Israel’s southern region.
  • They will be leaving for India on Monday evening and the satellite launch is on December 11, 2019.

Source : India Today

Constitution (126th amendment) bill, 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha

  • A bill which seeks to extend by ten years the reservation given to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday.
  • A similar reservation for the Anglo-Indian community in Lok Sabha and state assemblies is not being extended.
  • The reservation given to SCs, STs and the Anglo-Indian community for the past 70 years is to end on January 25, 2020.
  • Saugat Roy (TMC) opposed the introduction of the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill, saying the Anglo-Indian community is being deprived.
  • Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said as of now, there are only 296 members of the Anglo-Indian community.
  • Roy’s opposition was rejected by a voice vote.

Source : India Today

Alliance Air flags off Guwahati-Dimapur-Imphal flight under UDAN scheme

  • Alliance Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air India, on Saturday flagged-off its first flight operations between Guwahati in Assam to Dimapur, the largest city of Nagaland and Imphal in Manipur, under the Regional Connectivity Scheme – Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (RCS-UDAN).
  • The inaugural event was graced by Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Losii Dikho, Minister (PHED) of Manipur government, Dr. Sapam Ranjan Singh, Chairman, Tourism Corporation of Manipur Ltd and other dignitaries from Air India and Air Alliance.

Source : Business Standard

ISRO to launch spy satellite, 9 foreign customer satellites on Dec 11

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is gearing up to launch the nation’s latest spy satellite RISAT-2BR1 and nine foreign satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on December 11.
  • The other nine foreign satellites, which will be blasted off to space along with Indian spy satellite are international customer satellites that are being launched under a commercial arrangement with New Space India Limited (NSIL).
  • These satellites are — USA’s multi-mission Lemur-4 satellites, technology demonstration Tyvak-0129, earth imaging 1HOPSAT, Israel’s remote sensing Duchifat-3, Italy’s search and rescue Tyvak-0092, and Japan’s QPS-SAR – a radar imaging earth observation satellite.

Source : Business Today

Hornbill Festival celebrated in Nagaland

  • Hornbill Festival is one of the most popular festivals of Nagaland, It is celebrated every year from 1st to 10th December.
  • The Hornbill Festival is indeed the most renowned celebration of Nagas. There is a huge gathering for merrymaking in the form of drinking, eating, singing, and dancing.
  • The Hornbill Festival is one of the largest celebrations of the indigenous warrior tribes of Nagaland.
  • Naga people have a rich tradition of maintaining their unique heritage and customs. For this reason, people plan their visit and book Nagaland Hornbill Festival tours so that they can experience the uniqueness of this tribe and spent some time with the locals.

Source : Indian Holiday

Four eminent diplomats honoured with 2019 ‘Diwali – Power of One Award’

  • Four prominent diplomats have been honoured with ‘The Diwali – Power of One’ award in recognition and celebration of their work, especially at the United Nations, for a secure and peaceful world.
  • The diplomats who were honoured are former foreign minister and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN Kairat Abdrakhmanov, former Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Nicholas Emiliou.
  • Former Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN Frantisek Ruzicka and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko were also honoured with the ‘Power of One’ awards during a ceremony at the UN Headquarters on Friday.

Source : Business Standard

National Energy Conservation Week

National Energy Conservation Week is celebrated all over India from December 14 to December 20. Various Government enterprises and Public Sector Undertakings celebrate the week by organizing energy conservation message-oriented activities.

Malaysia records first polio case in 27 years

  • A three-month-old Malaysian boy has been diagnosed with polio, the first case reported in the country in 27 years, the Health Ministry confirmed on Sunday.
  • The three-month-old Malaysian boy from Tuaran — Sabah — had been admitted into a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after experiencing fever and weakness of limbs, The New Strait Times reported after quoting Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
  • He added that the last polio case in Malaysia occurred in 1992, and in 2000, after which the country was declared polio-free.
  • In the recent case, the child was confirmed to be infected with the vaccine-derived poliovirus Type 1 (VDPV1) on December 6 this year.

Source : Business Standard

Arms Sales Increased Nearly 5% Worldwide In 2018, Says New Report

  • Arms sales across the globe have risen nearly 5 per cent worldwide, according to reports. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the United States still dominates the world arms market.
  • The top 100 arms manufacturers around the world are believed to have had $420 billion and a large part of that was due to the US market.

Source : Republic World

Miss Universe 2019 winner is Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, India’s Vartika Singh crashes out

  • South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi is the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico is the second-runner up. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi at the event held in Atlanta on Sunday night.
  • India’s Vartika Singh couldn’t make it to top ten.

Source : India Today

Now, PM-Kisan payments only via Aadhaar-linked bank accounts

  • The fourth instalment of the PM-Kisan income support scheme due this month will be transferred only to Aadhar-authenticated bank accounts of the more than 50 million beneficiaries, officials said. This will be the first time since the launch of this scheme in February that the government insists on the mandatory condition of Aadhar seeding.
  • “From fourth instalment onwards, payment would be made only to farmers whose Aadhar numbers have been authenticated with their bank accounts,” an agriculture department official said. The department has authenticated more than 50 million bank accounts, the person said.

Source : The Economic Times

Finland anoints Sanna Marin, 34, as world’s youngest serving prime minister

  • Finland will have the world’s youngest serving prime minister later this week when Social Democrat Sanna Marin, 34, is sworn in at the head of a coalition whose four other parties are all led by women, three of them in their thirties.
  • Marin, currently the transport minister, will take over from Antti Rinne, a former trade unionist who resigned last week after just six months in office when he lost the confidence of the Centre party, a coalition partner, over his handling of a postal strike.
  • She will become the Nordic country’s youngest ever head of government, but said on Sunday night she had “never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics, and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”

Source : theguardian.com

30 Rafales to have tail numbers with BS initials in ex-IAF chief’s honour

  • The IAF has decided to put tail numbers in 30 Rafale jets with the ‘BS’ initials to honour former Chief B S Dhanoa.  He had backed the Rs 59,000 crore deal for 36 Rafale jets to be procured from France under a Government to Government deal during his tenure.  Dhanoa retired from service in September.
  • Six Rafale trainer aircraft will carry ‘RB’ series tail numbers which stand for Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, the current Chief of Air Staff who played a key role as lead negotiator for the mega deal.
  • The political controversy relating to purchase of 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace major Dassault Aviation peaked during Dhanoa’s tenure as chief of the air staff and he had stoutly defended the deal.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2019: All you need to know

  • International Anti-Corruption Day: Every year December 9 is celebrated as International Anti-Corruption Day around the world. Its objective is to spread awareness against corruption.
  • Corruption is a major obstacle in the development of society and the country. The resolution was passed at the United Nations Convention against Corruption on 31 October 2003. Since then, International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated every year on December 9.

Source  : Jagran Josh