Current Affairs Capsule – 4 December 2019
- December 4, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: Current Affairs Capsule
- The first ever Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) between India and Japan was held in New Delhi. During the meet, the countries discussed about boosting defence and security ties with each other, apart from several other issues where they shared mutual interest. The ministerial meeting is a precursor to the annual summit where the prime ministers of both the countries will meet in Guwahati, Assam in December 2012. The Indian delegation at the Ministerial Dialogue was led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar while Japan was represented by Defence Minister Taro Kono and Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
- The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed on 2nd December every year. The event is organized by the United Nations’ General Assembly and is being celebrated since 1986. The day is focuses on eradication of contemporary forms of slavery like trafficking in persons, child labour, sexual exploitation, forced marriage and forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict. The UNGA had approved the Convention for Suppression of Traffic in Persons and of Exploitation of Prostitution of Others on 2nd December, 1949. A new legally binding protocol was adopted by the International labour Organization (ILO) in order to strengthen the efforts being made globally to eliminate forced labour.
- Soma Roy Burman has been appointed by the Government of India as the 24th Controller General of Accounts (CGA). She became the 7th woman to hold the post of the CGA. During her three decade long career, she had occupied different positions in ministries such as Finance, Home Affairs, Information & Broadcasting, Human Resource Development, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Industry. The office of the CGA is the principal advisor to the Government of India on accounting matters. It is the central accounting and reporting agency for the government and is responsible for maintaining and managing a transparent management accounting system.
- A National Maritime Heritage Museum at Lothal in Gujarat is being proposed to be established by the Government of India. In addition to displaying salvaged materials from shipwreck sites in the Indian Ocean waters, the museum will also be used as an independent research centre for archaeology of boat building and reconstruction of maritime history as well as materials traded. In India, the shipwrecks studies were initiated in the Sunchi Reef near Goa in 1989.
- Skymet, a private weather monitoring company, released a report on the Kharif Crop outlook. Apart from cotton, it can be expected that the other Kharif crops will witness a drop by 4.5% to 12% in their production, as compared to the production in 2018-19. Due to excess rainfall in some areas and rainfall deficit in the others, several crops such as groundnut, soybean, tur, cotton and urad were adversely affected, especially those crops growing in the state of Maharashtra. Kharif crops are those crops that are grown in the months of south west monsoon and the coastal regions in India bring the highest yield of these crops.
- The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change provided the details of tiger corridor mapping made by the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India in the Rajya Sabha on 2nd December 2019. The two institutes have mapped 32 corridors in total and have grouped them under four major categories – Shivalik hills and Gangetic plains, central India and Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats and the North Eastern Hills. Under the Tiger Conservation Plan, which is protected and implemented under Section 38V of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, these four corridors are being operated. India is home to 70% of the tiger population in the world, with Central India having the highest genetic diversity of tigers.
- The 12th Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize was awarded to English author Tony Joseph for his book ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came’. The award was instituted in 2008 and seeks to celebrate new writing in any genre from the South Asian countries.
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Q1. When is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery held every year?
- 1st December
- 2nd December
- 3rd December
- 4th December
Q2. Recently, India held its first ever Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) with which country?
Q3. Where is the proposed National Maritime Heritage Museum going to be set up?
Q4. Who has been appointed as the 24th Controller General of Accounts?
- Soma Roy Burman
- Arundhati Mishra
- Nargis Yar Khan
- Ratna Sheikh
Q5. In which region of India do the Kharif crops yield the highest?
- Eastern Ghats
- Central India
- Coastal region
- Desert region
Q6. How many tiger corridors have the National Tiger Conservation Authority and Wildlife Institute of India mapped?
Q7. Who was awarded the 12th Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize?
- Priyanka Dubey
- Numair Atif
- Roshan Ali
- Tony Joseph