Miscellaneous Current Affairs in December 2020

Miscellaneous Current Affairs in December 2020

Current Affairs- Miscellaneous Current Affairs

8th December 2020

Invest India' has won the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Award 2020

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development has conferred the award in recognition and celebration of the outstanding achievements and best practices of the Investment Promotion Agencies (IPAs) from all across the globe. The evaluation for the same is based on UNCTAD’s assessment of work, which was undertaken by 180 Investment Promotion Agencies.

7th December 2020

IIT-Bombay has come up with the Urban Quality Of Life Index

 Researchers from IIT Bombay have released an urban quality of life index,  related to the real urban life in India presently. Gender Parity has been taken into consideration for the very first time. The research states that women experience cities differently. Meeting the needs of women becomes crucial in the promotion of sustainable urban development.

According to the report:

  • Top city: Mumbai 
  • The other top cities: Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai.
  • Most women-friendly: Chennai 
  • Least women-friendly: Patna
  • Highest crime rate against women: Jaipur 
  • Lowest crime rate against women: Chennai
  • Widest gap in literacy rate between men and women: Jaipur (13.2%) 
  • The lowest gap in literacy rate between men and women: Kolkata (5.4%).
  • Highest overall Literacy rate: Pune (91%) 
  • Lowest overall Literacy rate: Hyderabad (83%).
  • The highest unemployment rate for women: Patna 

The sown area of summer crops has registered an increase of 36% over the previous year.

As per the government of India, the sown area has witnessed a rise of 36% in the sown area, primarily observed in the rice cultivation. At the recently held Kharif Conference 2020 the food grain production has been fixed at an ambitious 298 million tonnes.

6th December 2020

Alternative Nobel Prize has been awarded to the ‘Dalai Lama of the Rainforest’

“Dalai Lama of the Rainforest’ as is Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawapopularly known  has received the Right Livelihood Award, famously known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” for the year 2020. The prize was established in 1980  to“honor, acknowledge  and support the people offering pragmatic and exemplary solutions to the most pressing challenges facing us today.”

'Green Nobel Prize' 2020  has been awarded Paul Sein Twa from Asia

An indigenous Myanmar Karen activist who had spearheaded the establishment of a sprawling conservation zone in eastern Myanmar has received the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize. Several peace parks have been set up and conservation efforts have been undertaken by the people in the Salween basin under Twa’s guidance.

5th December 2020

The number of CNG stations have doubled since 2014 according to Petroleum Minister Pradhan

India’s first Compressed Natural Gas dispensing unit was launched by the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. The Mobile Refuelling Unit will be operated by the Mahanagar Gas Ltd (MNGL) located in Pune.

 Vice President has Virtually released postage stamp in former Prime Minister IK Gujral’s honor

A commemorative Postage Stamp in honor of the 12th Prime Minister of India Inder Kumar Gujral has been launched by the Vice President of India. I K Gujral was also a freedom fighter. He is well known for the ‘ Gujral Doctrine’, a set of 5 principles to shape the foreign relations of India with its immediate neighbors.

Vice President  has released a book on Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

M Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice President of India has released the book ‘40 Years with Abdul Kalam- Untold Stories’, on the life of the former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. This book has been authored by Dr. A.Sivathanu Pillai. Pentagon Press LLP is publishing the book, and the foreword of this book was written by former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.

'Vahana Masterclass' launched By Italian Writer Alfredo Covelli

Italy based author, Alfredo Covelli, has launched his new book Vahana Masterclass for the children and Young Audience in the Indian market. Targeted towards readers from 8 to 12 years, the books shall be illustrated and published by Scholastic India.

Merriam-Webster has named 'Pandemic' as the 2020's Word of the Year 

Pandemic is defined as an  Outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geography. The World Health Organization on March 11th had declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The searches for the word, on 11th March 2020 were 115,806% higher than on the same date last year. Coronavirus and Quarantine were among the  runners up for the 2020 Word of the year

4 December 2020

'Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield: Book  has been released

The book titled  “Indian Icon: A Cult Called Royal Enfield” which has been authored by the journalist Amrit Raj traces the trail-blazing story of the brand Royal Enfield, it celebrates the company and the individuals who have made the Chennai based Royal Enfield, which was founded in 1955, a premium homegrown consumer brand for the global markets. The book tells the story behind the making of the Indian biking giant.

Directorate of Revenue Intelligence celebrates its 63rd Founding Day

The DRI celebrated its 63rd Founding Day on the 4th of December. Taking the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration, this year the celebration was done virtually in the presence of the Finance Minister along with the Minister of State for Finance.

3 December, 2020

The winners of Infosys Prize 2020 have been awarded

The Infosys Science Foundation has awarded the winners of the Infosys Prize 2020

Key Points:

  • The winners have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to science and research in a virtual awards ceremony. 
  • The prize consists of a pure gold medal & a citation and a reward of USD 1,00,000
  • The awards are given for contributions in six fields:
  • Engineering and Computer Science,
  •  Humanities, 
  • Life Sciences, 
  • Mathematical Sciences,
  •  Physical Sciences and 
  • Social Sciences. 

The Prime Minister of New Zealand has declared ‘climate emergency’

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has declared a climate emergency urging the nation’s parliament to take action on climate change on an urgent basis.

Key Points:

  • The declaration was needed for the sake of future generations. 
  • New Zealand is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. 
  • Britain had become the first in the world to declare a climate emergency
  • New Zealand aims to generate all energy from renewable sources by 2035.

2 December, 2020

Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific’ book released by ADB

Asian Development Bank (ADB) released the book Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia & the Pacific

Key Point:

  • This reviews the progress with regional cooperation & integration in Asia and the Pacific.
  •  It consists of papers contributed by scholars & staff of ADB
  • ADB was established in the year 1966 and has its HQ in Mandaluyong, Philippines