Current Affairs 04 December 2018

Current Affairs of 04 December 2018 are as follows:-

1. Nagaland becomes the second state to adopt pan-India women helpline:-

  • Nagaland became the first state in the Northeast and second in the country, after Himachal Pradesh, to launch a pan-India single emergency number ‘112’ under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS).
  • The launch coincided with the state’s formation day and the inaugural day of the 2018 edition of the Hornbill Festival.
  •  The Union Government has allocated Rs 321.69 crore under the Nirbhaya Fund for the implementation of the ERSS project across the nation. Nagaland alone has been allocated Rs 4.88 crore for the project.
  • The Justice Verma Committee, in the backdrop of the unfortunate Nirbhaya incident in December 2012, suggested for the implementation of the ‘Emergency Response Support System’ (ERSS) across India.

2. SpaceX launches 64 satellites aboard reusable rocket:-

  • Elon Musk's SpaceX on December 3, 2018, launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying 64 small satellites into low orbit around the Earth, setting a new US record. 
  • According to the company, the mission was one of its largest and most complex and intricate endeavors. The mission also marked the third voyage to space for the same Falcon 9 rocket, which marks another milestone for SpaceX's cost-cutting reusable rocket technology.
  • The rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California carrying satellites from 34 different companies, government agencies, and universities, including the University of Illinois.

3. IPL auction to be held in Jaipur on December 18:-

  • The player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season will take place on December 18 in Jaipur.
  • As many as 70 players including 20 overseas cricketers will be up for grabs for the eight franchises, who are left with a total purse of ₹145.25 crore.
  •  Yuvraj Singh was released by KXIP while Delhi Daredevils let go of Gautam Gambhir.

4. The Yes Bank appoints T.S Vijayan as an independent director to the board:-

  •  Yes Bank appointed T.S Vijayan, former Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) chairman, as an independent director on the board of the private sector bank with immediate effect.
  • The board was formed by the bank to select the successor of its MD & CEO, Rana Kapoor, whose present term ends on January 31. He was the only external member in the search and selection committee.
  • He has been given a five-year term. Mr.Vijayan’s appointment comes after a spate of resignations from the board which raised concerns over corporate governance practices among investors.
  • Three board members had resigned in November. With the current appointment, the board now has eight members.

5. India celebrates the Indian Navy Day on 4th December:-

  • The Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year to commemorate Operation Trident, an attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest in the world, employing 67,109 personnel.
  • The Indian Navy has three commands: Eastern Command headquartered in Vishakhapatnam, Western Command in Mumbai, and Southern Command in Kochi. The Navy operates in 66 bases under the Commands.
  • It operates three classes of submarines: Chakra (under which is the nuclear-powered INS Chakra), Sindhughosh, and Shishumar. Marine Commandos or MARCOS, part of a special unit of the Navy, are made to undergo an excruciating training which only 10% of the trainees successfully complete.

6. NGT instructed Delhi government to pay a fine of Rs.25 crore:-

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) instructed the Delhi government to deposit an environmental compensation of Rs.25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for failing to curb air pollution in the Capital. A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said in case the State government failed to comply with the orders, a sum of Rs.10 crore per month will be levied.
  • The tribunal further, said that a performance guarantee of Rs.25 crore has to be provided by the State government and in case of non-compliance of orders, the amount will be forfeited.
  • The Chief Secretary has been directed to file a compliance affidavit by March 31, 2019.

7. The government holds Workshop on Developing Ganga Museum in New Delhi:-

  • An international workshop on “Developing a Ganga Museum Concept: Exchanging Experiences and Ideas between India and Europe” were held in New Delhi.
  • The workshop was organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) along with GIZ India, as a part of Indo German Development Cooperation.
  • Experts from India and the European Union participated. NMCG is planning to set up a Ganga Exhibition and a Ganga Museum for public outreach, portraying river Ganga’s history and mythology, its importance for the livelihood of a huge population, and efforts for Ganga Rejuvenation.

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

  • Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced that the country will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January 2019. This decision to quit OPEC was confirmed by Qatar Petroleum, the state oil company.
  • Qatar’s pure strength is the production of Gas. Qatar is the world's biggest supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), producing almost 30 percent of the world total. Qatar also shares the world's largest known natural gas field the ‘North Field’ with Iran.

9. Common Mobility Card was launched in Delhi:-

  • Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot launched the Common Mobility Card which can be used by commuters to travel aboard both Delhi metro trains and State-run buses. 
  • The ONE card, which is essentially the rebranded Delhi Metro smart card with the tagline ‘One Delhi. One Ride’ with the logos of all three transport operators in the city, the Delhi Metro, the Delhi Transport Corporation and the Delhi government.

10. First, manned Soyuz mission to ISS was launched successfully:-

  • After the October launch failure, a Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit on 3rd December in the first manned mission.
  • Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Anne McClain of NASA and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency were launched off for a six-and-a-half month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).  
  • After the rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russian space agency Roscomos announced that the capsule was successfully launched into orbit.

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