Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Daily Current Affairs of 9, 10 and 11 December, 2017. These are important for the upcoming RBI Assistant Mains, IBPS Clerk Mains exam.
Current Affairs related to India
Govt launches door-to-door campaign against TB
- The Government of India has launched a door-to-door campaign for 15-days in the country for early diagnosis, detection and treatment of tuberculosis to eliminate the disease.The health ministry has initiated this campaign along the lines of its anti-polio drive, which fetched very good result for India and successfully eliminated this disease from the country.
- Through this door-to-door campaign, health department workers, ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) and TB supervisors will make door-to-door visits to find TB patients and give them free medical treatment till they are cured.
- As per the WHO (World Health Organisation), approximately 2.8 million cases of tuberculosis (TB) occur in India every year, out of which only 1.7 million cases are reported. Therefore, around one million cases of TB get missed every year. The aim is to detect these missed out cases by going to every household.
- The government aims to decrease incidences of tuberculosis by 90% by 2025 and reduce mortality due to the disease by 95% by 2030 under the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP).
- Under the 3rd phase of the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP), the center has identified 186 high-risk districts with the help of states.
- The phase is called Active Case Finding (ACF).
Uttarakhand government makes LED bulbs compulsory in all government offices
- The state government of Uttarakhand has taken a new initiative for energy conservation by making it compulsory for all government offices to install LED bulbs.
- The move is expected to reduce the consumption of electricity in offices and civic areas.
- The state government has made compulsory to install LED bulbs in all government offices, educational institutions, civic bodies and institutes taking grants from the government.
- The initiative is aimed at reducing consumption of electricity.
- All the District Magistrates and Head of Departments have been directed to strictly follow the orders, following sanctions by the state cabinet.
- The purchase of sodium vapour lamps and incandescent lamps by all the state departments have also been banned.
- All the departments would now have to purchase LED bulbs.
ASEAN India Connectivity Summit begins in Delhi
- The ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) began in New Delhi on 11 December 2017. The theme of the two-day Summit is Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century.
- The summit would be attended by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari along with ministers of state for External Affairs, Gen VK Singh and MJ Akbar and Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge), Manoj Sinha.
- The representatives from ASEAN include Deputy Communications Minister of Viet Nam, Phan Tam and Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia Tauch Chankosal.
Key Focus Areas
- The main focus areas of the summit are Infrastructure, Roadways, Shipping, Digital, Finance, Energy and Aviation.
- It aims at accelerating existing connectivity prospects, identifying issues of concern, evolving suitable policy recommendations and developing strategies to enhance economic, industrial and trade relations between ASEAN and India.
- It would be bringing together policymakers, senior officials from the government, investors, industry leaders, representatives of trade associations and entrepreneurs on the same platform to deliberate on the partnership models that may be adopted between the governments to build infrastructure linkages between India and ASEAN Countries.
National Trachoma Survey Report 2014-17 released: India declared free from Trachoma
- Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda on 8 December 2017 released the National Trachoma Survey Report 2014-17.
- While releasing the report, the Ministry declared that India is now free from ‘Infective Trachoma’, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye.
- With this, India met the goal of trachoma elimination as specified by the WHO under its GET2020 program.
Highlights of the National Trachoma Survey Report 2014-17
- The survey findings indicate that the active trachoma infection has been eliminated among children in all the survey districts with overall prevalence of only 0.7 per cent.
- This is much below the elimination criteria of infective trachoma as defined by the WHO. As per WHO, Trachoma is considered eliminated if the prevalence of active infection among children below 10 years is less than 5 per cent.
- The Survey results indicate that active trachoma is no longer a public health problem in India.
Now, SC/STs in Delhi can apply for Employment Loan through mobile app
- The Delhi Government on 9 December 2017 launched a mobile application through which Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, minorities, and handicapped persons can apply for employment loans.
- The app will help applicants to apply for the loan with Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities and Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (DSFDC) without any hassle.
- The Government also said that the inefficient officers, who do not process the loans on time, will be forced to take compulsory retirement.
- A person can apply for loan through the app and the applicant can know about the decision on its approval in a month’s time.
- If the application is rejected, the officer will have to clarify the grounds on which loan was rejected.
- If an officer does not complete the formalities in a week time, the file will be transferred to his superior officer and the inefficiency will be marked in the officer’s service book.
- Efficiency of the officers will be measured through data from the app for taking further action.
- Initially 100 students will be selected under the scheme and later the number will be increased to 5000.
India ranks 109 in mobile internet speed, 76 for broadband in Ooklas November Speedtest Global Index
- India is ranked 109th in the mobile internet speed and 76th for fixed broadband speed globally, which is a 15 per cent increase, according to data from Ooklas November Speedtest Global Index.
- “At the start of 2017, the average mobile download speed in India was 7.65 Mbps. Heading into the end of the year, average mobile download speed is 8.80 Mbps as of November. That’s a 15 per cent increase,” a statement said here on Monday.
- “While mobile speeds increased modestly, fixed broadband speeds increased dramatically. Average fixed broadband download speed in January was 12.12 Mbps. As of November, it’s at 18.82 Mbps, a close to 50 per cent jump,” it added.
- As of November, Norway ranks first in the world for mobile internet with an average download speed of 62.66 Mbps. Singapore takes the top spot for fixed broadband with a 153.85 Mbps average download.
- “Both mobile and fixed broadband internet in India are getting faster, that’s good news for all Indian consumers no matter which operator or plan they use to access the internet. India still has a long way to go to catch up with countries that have top speeds around the world, however, we at Ookla are highly optimistic about the capacity for growth that is available in the Indian market and look forward to watching how the market grows in this coming new year,” said Doug Suttles, Co-Founder and General Manager at Ookla.
- Ookla analyses the performance of the internet in every country based on consumer-initiated tests taken by real people using Speedtest.
Days observed between December 9 and 11
International Mountain Day observed globally
- International Mountain Day was observed across the world on 11 December 2017 with the theme ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger and migration’.
- The day provides an occasion to highlight how climate, hunger and migration are affecting highlands and to ensure that sustainable mountain development is integrated into the 2030 Agenda and in the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
- This year’s theme is also linked to the Mountain Partnership Global Meeting, which is scheduled to be held from 11 to 13 December 2017 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, Italy.
- The meeting will focus on the challenges and opportunities in sustainable mountain development and will launch a Framework for Action to support concrete actions and establish policies that strengthen the resilience of mountain people and environment.
Human Rights Day 2017 observed globally
- The Human Rights Day was observed across the world on 10 December 2017 with the theme ‘Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity’.
- This year, the celebrations of the Day witnessed the launching of a year-long campaign ‘#Standup4humanrights’ to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’.
- The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document that proclaimed the rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political opinion, national origin, property, birth or other status.
- The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.
International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 observed globally
- The International Anti-Corruption Day was observed across the globe on 9 December 2017 with the theme ‘United against corruption for development, peace and security’.
- This year United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have developed a joint global campaign, focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.
- The 2017 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Every year USD 1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated USD 2.6 trillion are stolen through corruption, which is a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.
Current Affairs related to Sports
Union Government to soon launch ‘Khelo India’ programme
- Union government would soon be launching the Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.
- The announcement was made by the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore while addressing the Yuva Sambardhana Utsav organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar on 10 December 2017.
- According to Rathore, the initiative marks a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports and will impact the entire sports ecosystem, including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition structure and sports economy.
- The campaign aims to promote 150 select schools from different districts and 20 universities across the country, as hubs of sporting excellence, which would enable talented sportspersons to pursue both education and competitive sports.
India set to host Afghanistan for their first-ever cricket Test match
- India will host newly promoted Test side Afghanistan for their first-ever Test match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday.
- The dates of the historic Test will be chalked out later, BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary announced after a Special General Meeting here.
- He said India will also host 81 matches across all the three formats from 2019 to 2023 according to the new Future Tours Programme (FTP).
- The next FTP cycle at home will include high-profile series against England, South Africa and Australia.
- Among other important decisions taken at the SGM were lifting the ban on the Rajasthan Cricket Association, provided former IPL czar Lalit Modi stays away from its functioning.
Pradeep Singh Kharola takes over as Air India CMD
- Senior IAS officer Pradeep Singh Kharola today took charge as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India.
- Kharola assumed charge from Rajiv Bansal.
- A 1985-batch Karnataka cadre officer, Kharola would be steering the national carrier at a time when the government has started the process for its strategic disinvestment.
- He was the managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd since February 2015.
- Among others, Kharola has worked in various posts in Karnataka, including as the chairman of Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation Ltd. He has also served as principal secretary to the Karnataka chief minister.
Current Affairs around the World
Mt Hope new tallest mountain in British Antarctic Territory
- As per new discovery from cartographers surveying Antarctica, Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Its height is measured at 3,239 meters above sea level.
- Earlier, maps showed Mt Jackson with the height 3,184 meters as the tallest mountain in the territory according to researchers at British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
- However, new satellite data disclosed that Mt Hope is 55 meters taller than Mt Jackson and 377 meters higher than previously thought.
- The latest discovery was made to revise planning maps for pilots operating in Antarctica.
- In the past, measurements from old overland surveys were used for mapping the region and the new high-resolution satellite measurements, precise to within 5-metres, show there are numerous errors in these surveys.