Current Affairs 02&03 December 2018

Current Affairs of 02 & 03 December 2018 are as follows:-

1. India pays homage to first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his 134th birth anniversary:-

  • India paid homage to the first President Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his 134th birth anniversary. 
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu remembered Dr. Rajendra Prasad and his invaluable services to the nation as a freedom fighter and first President. 
  •  Information and Broadcasting Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore said as the 1st President of Independent India, Dr. Prasad played an important role in laying a strong and stable foundation for India's prosperous future.

2. WhatsApp awaits RBI approval to expand its payment services:-

  • WhatsApp sought Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) approval that it can expand its payments services to all its 200 million users in India.
  • The messaging app is waiting for a regulatory clearance to launch full-fledged payments operations in India.
  • It has been almost two years since it first began discussions with the government on its payments services plans.
  • The initiation comes at a time when competitors such as Google have forged ahead with their payments offerings.
  • WhatsApp has drawn fire from the government over the spread of fake messages on its platform.

3. Telangana State signed the pact with British Council:-

  • The Telangana government and British Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation and support the knowledge ambitions and economic growth of Telangana.
  • The signatories, Alan Gemmell, Director, British Council India, and Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, signed the MoU in the presence of Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi.
  • The British Council has aimed at inspiring youngsters from across Telangana and India to build a relationship with the UK for the next 70 years.
  • Mr. Joshi hoped that the MoU will expand the scope of the Council’s engagements in developing the skill of young people.

4. Government launches Digital Sky Platform for drone registration:-

  • The Union Government’s Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) to enable safe flying of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) popularly referred to as drones came into effect on December 1, 2018.
  • The Government had announced the release of the regulations in August 2018. 
  • With the announcement, while nano drones can start flying in the country with immediate effect, for drones of micro size and above categories, the operators would be required to register on the Digital Sky portal.

5. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland:-

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 10-day-long Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on 1st December 2018. More than 60,000 people have visited the Hornbill Festival.
  • The assistant director of Tourism department (Statistics) T. Khakihe Sumi said that altogether 63,032visitors with 780 foreigners have visited the picturesque venue. The inaugural day had 19,953 visitors. The count increased up to 43,079 on the second day of the festival.
  •  The visitors were treated with cultural performances from across the country including Odisha, Assam, Manipur, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Jammu, and Kashmir.

6. World Gold Council appoints David Tait as next CEO:-

  • The market development organization for the gold industry, The World Gold Council announced the appointment of David Tait who has a very successful career in the financial services industry as the incoming Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

7. International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed globally:-

  • The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed globally on December 3, 2018, with the theme “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
  • The international day aims to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development.
  • It also aims to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life, be it political, social, economic or cultural.
  • This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”.

8. Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019:-

  • Qatar decided to withdraw its membership from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January 2019. 
  •  The announcement was made by Qatar’s Energy Minister, Saad al-Kaabi at a press conference in Doha.
  •  OPEC was informed about the decision ahead of the announcement. 

9. Air forces of the US and India to hold joint exercise 'Cope India 2019':-

  • Air forces of the United States and India are scheduled to participate in a 12-day joint exercise 'Cope India 2019' at two air force stations in West Bengal this month.
  • The exercise will be held from December 3 to 14 at Air Station Kalaikunda and Air Station Arjan Singh (Panagarh).
  • The Cope India exercise is being held after a gap of eight years, with the last one having taken place in 2010. Cope India began in 2004 as a fighter training exercise held at Air Station Gwalior.

10. Raninder Singh becomes first Indian to be elected ISSF Vice President:-

  • The elections were held during the General Assembly meeting of ISSF in Munich in which Raninder secured 161 votes to make it to the coveted position.
  • The 51-year-old Raninder is currently the president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI). The NRAI president was also awarded the ISSF diploma of honor gold medal at the General Assembly by the outgoing longest-serving president of the ISSF, Olegario Vázquez Raña, who was at the helm for 38 years.
  • Vladimir Lisin, of Russia, was elected as the seventh president of ISSF and Alexander Rather was elected as the new secretary general of ISSF in the same General Assembly meeting.
  • Indian Shooter and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra was honored with the prestigious Blue Cross, the highest recognition of the ISSF in the meeting.

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