Current Affairs 01 December 2018

Current Affairs of 01 December 2018 are as follows:-

1. Former US President George H.W. Bush passes away:-

  • George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States who helped steer America through the end of the Cold War, passed away on November 30, 2018. He was 94.
  • He is survived by four sons namely George W Bush, Jeb, Neil and Marvin and a daughter Dorothy Bush LeBlond.
  • President Bush was suffering from Parkinson's disease that forced him to use a wheelchair in recent years, and he had been in and out of hospitals in recent months as his health declined.
  • Earlier, he was admitted to a hospital with a blood infection on April 23, 2018, one day after the funeral of his wife Barbara Bush, and remained there for 13 days.

2. First Global Aviation Summit to be held in Mumbai:-

  • Supported by ICAO, IATA, AC, and CANSO, the 1st Global Aviation Summit will be held on January 15 and 16, 2019 at The Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.
  • It aims to focus on the celebration of 'Flying for All' and to provide a platform to the aviation fraternity to highlight the challenges of the sector in the newly-developing growth spots.

3. Y.K.Koo resigns as MD and CEO of HMIL:-

  • Y.K.Koo, the present Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL) resigned his position as he is to move back to Korea to take up a new role after completing a three-year term in India.
  • He has been with the Hyundai Motor Company for more than 34 years, handling different assignments. He has served HMIL for over nine years.
  • Seon Seob Kim, head of business operations division, will replace Mr.Koo as the MD & CEO of Hyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL).

4. Abhinav Bindra 1st Indian to receive Blue Cross from ISSF:-

  • India's Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to be honored with the Blue Cross by the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) for his contribution to the sport of shooting.
  • The Blue Cross is the highest laurel for shooters given by the ISSF. Bindra won an Olympic gold (2008), a World Championship gold (2006), 7 CWG medals and 3 Asian Games medals.
  • He was given the Arjuna award in 2000, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2001 and the Padma Bhushan in 2009.

5. Fourth India-Mozambique Joint Commission meeting held in New Delhi:-

  • India-Mozambique Joint Commission on Economic, Cultural, Scientific and Technical Cooperation held its 4th session in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • The meeting was chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique, Mr. Jose Condungua Antonio Pacheco.

  •  Bilateral relations between the two countries were reviewed. In 2017, India was the largest destination for Mozambican exports, which accounted for 35% of its total export revenue.

  •  Tica-Buzi Highway funded by Indian credit-line of about 150 million US Dollars was implemented recently in Mozambique. 

6. Pakistan to turn Rishi Kapoor's ancestral home into a museum:-

  • The Pakistan government has decided to convert Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar into a museum soon. This is after the request by the actor.
  • The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor.
  •  Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Peshawar on December 14, 1924. The actor-director is best known for a string of hit films he made in the 1950s and 1960s.

7. CRZ approved the construction of Pulicat bridge:-

  • Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment approved a proposal by the Highways Department for the construction of the bridge for the people of Pasiyavaram island on Pulicat Lake to the mainland.
  • The committee, while granting Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance for the bridge, with a width of 7.5 m to meet the IRC requirements, and costing Rs. 18.2 crore, noted that it was informed that the Pulicat Sanctuary Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZ), that starts from the inter-state boundary of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, is about 2 km away from the proposed bridge site.

8. CPCLs crude oil pipeline is set to be commissioned in December:-

  • Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd.’s 42-inch diameter crude oil pipeline from Chennai Port to its Manali refinery is to be commissioned soon in the month of December. 
  • The refinery’s latest lifeline will replace a 46-year-old 17 km-long pipeline that runs beneath many localities in thickly-populated north Chennai. 
  • CPCL Managing Director S.N. Pandey said that all required permissions had been got and that they were ready to take crude oil. The pipeline with state-of-the-art safety features is mechanically completed.
  • The port side is done and in the plant, all systems are ready to go. The new pipeline has safety aspects including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) for monitoring and control during operation, higher pipe thickness, an intelligent pigging facility for checking pipeline health condition and corrosion monitoring system.

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