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December 2018 Current Affairs

  • Government notifies four commonly used medical devices as drugs

    The Union Government has notified four commonly used medical devices including nebulisers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers and glucometers as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. Till recently, only 23 medical devices were monitored for quality by the nation's drug regulator.

    17 hrs ago
  • Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 3 December to 9 December 2018

    The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise at ease. The week's updated quizzes cover the topics such as ‘PEETHA’ initiative, India’s heaviest satellite GSAT 11 and 24th meeting of Conference of Parties among others.

    18 hrs ago
  • Top 10 Weekly Current Affairs: 3 December to 8 December 2018

    The Supreme Court has approved the Witness Protection Scheme 2018 and directed the Central and State Governments to enforce the same in letter and spirit. The scheme will become ‘law’ under Article 141/142 of the Constitution till the enactment of parliamentary and state legislations on the subject.

    1 day ago
  • NITI Aayog launches Global Hackathon on Artificial Intelligence

    NITI Aayog in partnership with Perlin, a Singapore-based AI start up, has launched ‘AI 4 All Global Hackathon’ to further expand the idea of ‘Artificial Intelligence, AI for All’ articulated in the National AI Strategy.

    1 day ago
  • Tourism Ministry formulates Guidelines for approval of Online Travel Aggregators

    The Union Ministry of Tourism has formulated the guidelines for approval and re-approval of Online Travel Aggregators to ensure adequate safeguards against deficiency of service, alternate arrangements and punitive deterrence.

    1 day ago
  • Ministry of Shipping approves Rs 156 crore Freight Village in Varanasi

    A pre-feasibility study by the World Bank discovered Varanasi as a suitable site for the freight village. The city is located strategically and is a focal point in the logistics chain of Eastern Transport Corridor of India where the National Waterways-1, Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC), National Highway-7 and National Highway-2 pass through.

    1 day ago
  • ESIC to allow non insured persons to avail medical services from its underutilised hospitals

    The ESI Corporation during its 176th meeting decided to allow non insured persons to avail medical services from underutilised ESIC Hospitals.The non insured persons would now be able to avail medical services from ESIC's underutilised hospitals after levying user charges at a subsidised cost of Rs 10 for OPD Consultation.

    2 days ago
  • Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 December 2018

    The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the pleas filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Alok Verma and NGO Common Cause, challenging the decision of the Central Government to remove Verma as the CBI chief.

    2 days ago
  • Current Affairs in Short: 7 December 2018

    India, with 18 percent of the world’s population, has a disproportionately 26 percent of the global premature deaths and disease burden due to air pollution. One in eight deaths in India was attributed to air pollution in India in 2017, making it a leading risk factor for death.

    2 days ago
  • UN launches new framework to combat international terrorism

    The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has launched a new framework titled ‘UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact’ to combat international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.

    2 days ago
  • CBI Dispute: SC questions CVC on overnight removal of Alok Verma as CBI Chief; reserves its order

    Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), represented by Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, that what prompted it to take an “overnight” decision to divest Alok Verma of his powers as CBI Director without consulting the Selection Committee.

    2 days ago
  • Top Current Affairs Quiz: 7 December 2018

    The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Sahitya Academy Award 2018, theme of World Soil Day 2018 and India’s longest rail-road bridge among others.

    2 days ago
  • Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy 2018 to double farmer's income by 2022

    The Policy will double the agricultural exports and integrate Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains. Exports of agricultural products would play a crucial role in achieving the goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

    2 days ago
  • Former Indian diplomat Preeti Saran elected to UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    In November 2018, India nominated Saran for the Asia Pacific seat on the Council. Her nomination was circulated to UN members by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on November 23, paving the way for election.

    2 days ago
  • Top Cabinet Approvals: 7 December 2018

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan. The MoC will enable establishment and promotion of closer and long-term cooperation between India and Japan in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources on the basis of equity and mutual benefits.

    2 days ago