Current Affairs 1st December 2020

1. 01 Dec: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year. The theme of World AIDS Day 2020 is “Global solidarity, resilient HIV services”. World AIDS Day was first marked in 1988 and was also the first-ever international day for global health.

2. 56th BSF raising day: 1 December

The Border Security Force (BSF) celebrated its 56th raising day on 1 December 2020. BSF is the largest border guarding force in the world. Tasked with guarding India-Bangladesh and India-Pakistan borders, BSF plays a very vital role in ensuring the security and integrity of the nation. It is led by DG Rakesh Asthana.

3. Nagaland celebrated its 58th Statehood Day

Nagaland celebrated its 58th Statehood Day on 1 December 2020. It became the 16th State of the Union of India on 1st December 1963. The formal inauguration of the state was done by the then President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. On the occasion, a state-level programme was held at Civil Secretariat Plaza Kohima wherein CM Neiphiu Rio delivered his speech.

4. AR Rahman: BAFTA Breakthrough India ambassador

AR Rahman was announced as the ambassador for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts ‘Breakthrough Initiative!’. The initiative supported by Netflix, aims to identify, celebrate, and support up to five talents working in film, games, or TV in India. BAFTA Breakthrough India will help facilitate the development of relationships between British talent and India’s homegrown creatives.

5. Blackstone buys DCI

Blackstone Group Inc. has acquired technology-driven credit investing firm DCI, which oversees about $7.5 billion in assets. DCI will become a part of Blackstone’s $135 billion GSO operation, which was recently rechristened Blackstone Credit. The DCI purchase will allow Blackstone Credit to wade deeper into the world of investment-grade bonds.

6. Unilever to the trial four-day working week

Unilever will trial a four-day working week in New Zealand to enhance worker wellbeing and boost productivity. All 81 workers will be eligible to work for four days on full pay. The trial, which starts from Dec 2020 and will run for a year, is limited to New Zealand at this stage. Unilever will work with Sydney’s University of Technology Business School to measure results.

7. New COVID-19 guidelines come into effect

The Centre has issued a fresh set of COVID-19 guidelines which are in effect from 1 Dec 2020. These COVID-19 guidelines will remain in force till December 31, 2020. The Home Ministry has allowed the states and UTs to impose local restrictions such as night curfew, however, lockdown can’t be enforced without prior consultation with the central government.

8. HAL delivers cryogenic propellant tank to ISRO

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited delivered the biggest cryogenic propellant tank C 32 LH 2 to the Indian Space Research Organisation in Bengaluru on 30 Nov 2020. The biggest cryogenic propellant tank of aluminum alloy is designed for improving the payload capability of the GSLV MK III heavy-lift satellite launch vehicle of ISRO. It can load 5755 kg propellant fuel in the 89 cubic meter volume.

9. Punjab CM lays foundation stones of 6 projects

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh has laid the foundation stone of six projects worth over Rs. 117 crore in Sultanpur Lodhi and Dera Baba Nanak. These two towns are associated with the life of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. While the foundation stone of projects worth Rs. 40.75 crore was laid in Sultanpur Lodhi, projects worth Rs. 77 crore would be implemented in Dera Baba Nanak.

10. Odisha identified 30,000 sites

The Govt of Odisha has identified 30,000 sites across the state to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, as and when available. It was also disclosed in the meeting that the state government has enlisted 8300 vaccinators for smooth COVID immunization. The govt has drawn up a multispectral response strategy involving stakeholders like NGOs and NCC and the civil society in their vaccination campaign.

11. Mumbai: Rs. 200 fine on those without face cover

Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the authorities to collect a fine of 200 rupees from the people found not wearing masks in public places. To encourage COVID-19-appropriate behavior amongst people, the BMC has also decided to provide ‘free’ masks to those found without face cover in public,

12. ONORC scheme starts in A&N Islands

The One Nation One Ration Card scheme commenced in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on 30 November 2020. Aadhar Enabled Biometric e-POS machines have been installed at nearly 50 shops in the islands. 28 states and UTs have joined on the network under the One Nation One Ration Card. The rest are required to join by March 2021.

13. Sero Survey started in Manipur

In Manipur, the State Health Department has started Sero-Survey in four districts to analyze the impact of COVID-19 local spread in the State. The state Health Department will be collecting 4600 samples during the Sero-Survey to be continued till 19th December 2020. Twelve medical teams consisting of five members in each team will visit the identified village to test the samples.

14. Senior TRS leader N Narasimhaiah passes away

In Telangana, the senior leader of the ruling Telangana Rastra Samiti and MLA, N. Narasimhaiah passed away in Dec 2020. He served as floor leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) twice in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Assembly while representing the Nakrekal constituency. He lost the election in 2014 election but won from Nagarjunasagar in 2018 from the ruling TRS.

15. Karnataka: Taskforce submits report to govt

A Task Force Committee headed by former Chief Secretary S V Ranganath submitted its report to the government on 1 Dec 2020. The committee was appointed by the Karnataka Government to suggest a road map to implement the National Education Policy. The Committee has suggested a new Karnataka State Universities Act to establish the Karnataka Higher Education Commission.

16. Hornbill Festival 2020 begins

Nagaland is hosting the first virtual celebration of Hornbill Festival 2020 from 1-5 Dec 2020. The festival is celebrated every year showcasing the rich cultural heritage and tradition of the Nagas in one platform at Naga Heritage Village Kisama under Kohima District. However, due to the pandemic, the state is holding its 21st edition of Hornbill festival 2020 completely on virtual mode.

17. Bangladesh to provide free vaccine doses

The govt of Bangladesh has announced that it will provide 3 cr doses of COVID vaccine to people free of charge. It has already given the consent to procure 3 cr doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID 19 vaccine from the Serum Institute of India for which Taka 735.77 cr has been allocated. The govt will follow the protocol set by WHO to select the people to be vaccinated.

18. Jenett Yellen appointed as Treasury Secretary

US President-elect Joe Biden has named ex-Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen as his nominee for Treasury Secretary. If confirmed, she will be the first woman ever to hold the post. Indian American Neera Tanden has been named as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He also named Wally Adeyemo as his nominee for Deputy Treasury Secretary.

19. the US imposes sanctions on a Chinese firm

The United States has imposed sanctions on Chinese firm China National Electronics Import & Export Corporation (CEIEC). It has accused it of supporting Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. CEIEC has been providing technical expertise to Venezuelan government entities, against the people of the country,

20. A book released on the occasion of Gurupurab

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri released a book titled ‘Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Government’s Special Relationship with Sikhs’ on the occasion of Gurupurab. The book, published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, was released in English, Hindi, and Punjabi languages. The book is based on the messages of Guru Nanak Dev.

21. Agriculture Infrastructure Fund launched

The Central Govt has launched the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF). The fund is a medium-long term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets through interest subvention and credit guarantee. Under the initiative, a credit guarantee for loans up to two crore rupees is provided by the government.

22. 10-day-long Aadi Mahotsav launched

The 10-day-long Aadi Mahotsav, a festival of tribes was launched on 1 Dec 2020 by Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda. It is being hosted on the Tribes India website and the main focus is on the tribal craft and culture of Madhya Pradesh. It commenced in 2017 and is an attempt to familiarize the people with the rich craft and culture of the tribal communities.

23. Scottish homes to use 100% green hydrogen

Scotland is set to start the world’s first trials of green hydrogen to replace natural gas for cooking and heating in 300 homes. Scotland’s gas company SGN will fit houses in Fife with free hydrogen heating systems and stoves/ovens to be used over four years. The aim is to see if carbon-free hydrogen made from water and electricity via electrolysis can help the UK meet its carbon goals.

24. WB to start free ambulances for road accident

The West Bengal government will soon start a free-ambulance service for road accident victims. Service starting with at least 150 ambulances, the state government is at the moment setting up a detailed map of the accident-prone zones and the nearby hospitals. This service will primarily work on the GPS and for the same, the state government will have to bear a cost of around Rs. 30Cr.

25. IT workers get jobs through Karmo Bhumi app

Nearly 8000 jobs have been secured by IT professionals in West Bengal who have returned from other places due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Karmo Bhumi is a Government of West Bengal initiative to collaborate between job seekers and employers in the IT/ITES sector. The state IT department had developed the “Karma Bhumi” app for professionals.

26. Tech companies sign ‘Tech for Good’ initiative

Google, Facebook, Microsoft are among the 75 executives of technology companies that had signed up the French government’s ‘Tech for Good’ initiative. The initiative seeks to get global tech companies to publicly commit to principles including paying their fair share of taxes. Amazon and Apple have not signed up to a new French initiative.

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