ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) begins in New Delhi
The ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) held at New Delhi, being organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in collaboration with AIC and CII. The Summit was attended by Road, Transport and Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, Ministers of State for External Affairs Gen VK Singh and MJ Akbar.
The AICS 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.
Theme: Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century
Giriraj Singh launches Public Procurement Portal “MSME Sambandh”
A Public Procurement Portal ‘MSME Sambandh’ was launched by Shri Giriraj Singh, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for MSME. The objective of the portal is to monitor the implementation of the Public Procurement from MSEs by Central Public Sector Enterprises.
The procurement policy mandates the Central government departments/CPSEs to procure an overall 20 percent of their total annual purchases from MSEs.
Aadivasi Mahotsav held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh
The two-day Aadivasi Mahotsav was held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The festival aimed at displaying the rich and diverse tribal traditions of the central state. It is inaugurated by Union Tribal Affairs minister Jual oram and chief minister Dr.Raman Singh.
The festival has been organised in the memory of 1857 revolutionary from the region, Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh on his martyrdom day.
Chief Minister: Raman Singh
Governor: Balram Das Tandon
Khelo India Programme to be launched from 2018
The Government of India will launch a Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1,756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20, announced by Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.Each athlete selected under the scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 years and 2018 will be celebrated as Year of Sports.
India’s first ever mobile food testing lab unveiled in Goa
The Chief Minister of Goa Manohar Parrikar has launched India’s first mobile food testing laboratory in Goa. Parrikar unveiled the vehicle, worth Rs 41 lakh, in presence of Goa Food and Drugs Administration minister Vishwajit Rane.
The laboratory mounted on a bus will be travelling across the state checking food samples on the spot.The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check food quality and curb adulteration, also check hygiene level of water.
Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar
Governor: Mridula Sinha
Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage held in New Delhi
India hosted “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi as part of celebrations of 20th Anniversary of BIMSTEC.
The Festival was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma.
Uma Shankar appointed RBI Executive Director
Uma Shankar has been appointed as RBI Executive Director. She is the chief general manager (CGM) in charge of the Reserve Bank of India’s financial inclusion and development department. She will replace Meena Hemchandra.
RBI has 11 Executive Directors currently.
AWARDS AND HONOURS
Mamta Kalia Selected for Vyas Samman – 2017
Renowned Hindi scholar and writer Mamta Kalia has been chosen for this year’s Vyas Samman for her novel“Dukkham Sukkham” . The award includes a cash prize of Rs 3.50 lakh.
Vyas Samman is given annually to an outstanding work of Hindi literature.
Maruti Suzuki replaces SBI as 6th most valuable Indian firm
India’s Maruti Suzuki became India’s sixth most valued firm, crossing India’s largest lender SBI.
Maruti Suzuki’s market capitalisation stood at ₹2.74 trillion, marginally ahead of SBI’s market value of ₹2.71 trillion.
Reliance Industries is the country’s most valued company. It has a market value of ₹5.8 trillion, followed by TCS, HDFC Bank, ITC and Hindustan Unilever.
Australia beat Argentina to win gold in Hockey World League
Australia beat Argentina in the final of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) to win gold at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
India beat Germany to win bronze medal in Hockey world League.
Currency: Australian dollar
Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull
World Human Rights Day – 10th December
Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December.
Theme: ‘Let’s stand up for equality, justice, and human dignity’.
Lalji Singh, ‘father of DNA fingerprinting in India,’ passes away
Eminent scientist and ‘father of DNA fingerprinting in India’ Lalji Singh passes away. Lalji Singh was the recipient of the prestigious Padma Shri award.