Current Affairs – December 29, 2020 [Today’s News Headlines]

Here are Today’s News Headlines for December 29, 2020.

India

Pneumosil: First Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine of India

On December 28, 2020, the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the first Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine of India called Pneumosil. The vaccine was developed by Serum Institute of India.

100th Kisan Rail of India

On December 28, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the hundredth Kisan Rail of India. The train carried vegetables and fruits from Sangola in Maharashtra to Shalimar in West Bengal.

First Driverless Metro Train in Delhi

On December 28, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the first driverless train in New Delhi.

Arya Rajendran of Kerala becomes the youngest Mayor of India

The 21-year old Arya Rajendran was sworn in as the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram city corporation. She is from Communist Party of India-Marxist. She is now the youngest mayor in India.

38th District of Tamil Nadu inaugurates

On December 28, 2020, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami inaugurated the 38th district of the state, Mayiladuthurai. The district has been carved out from the Nagapattinam district.

Sonu Sood released his Autobiography

Actor Sonu Sood released his autobiography, “I am no Messaih”. It is co-written by Meena Iyer.

Economy and Corporate

“My FASTag” Application new feature

The National Highway Authority of India has added a new feature to the “My FASTag” application. The application is used to check balance status by entering vehicle number.

Ban on Onion Exports lifted

On December 28, 2020, the Government of India lifted the ban on onion exports.

RBI: “Maintaining Inflation Target at 4% is appropriate”

The Reserve Bank of India recently released a paper “Measuring Trend Inflation in India”. The paper says that inflation target at 4% is appropriate. In 2016, RBI introduced Inflation Target of 4% with an upper tolerance limit of 6% and lower limit of 2%.

World

S Jaishankar calls on Qatar’s Amir in Doha

On December 28, 2020, the External Affairs Minister S Jai Shankar called on Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamin and discussed strengthening the economic and security cooperation between the countries.

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness: December 27

The United Nations observed the first International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on December 27, 2020. The day was observed to highlight the importance of prevention of preparedness for partnerships against epidemics such as COVID-19.

US-European Space Orbiter crosses Venus

The joint US-European orbiter recently completed the first of its gravity assist flyby of Venus.

Chinese journalist sentenced for exposing COVID-19 outbreak

On December 28, 2020, a Chinese court sentenced a citizen journalist who documented early days of COVID-19 outbreak. Zhang Zhan travelled from her home in Shanghai to Wuhan to see the toll from the virus in the city.

Sports

Ronaldo wins “Player of the Century” award

Cristiano Ronaldo recently won the “Player of the century” award at the Globe Soccer Awards. Bayern Munich won the Club of the Year award.

ICC Awards: Virat Kohli named the Male Cricketer of the Year

The former Indian Captain MS Dhoni was named as the Captain of ODI and also the Captain of T20I. The ICC T20I Team of the Decade also includes Rohit Sharma, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Rashid Khan, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, AB de Villiers. The ICC ODI Team of the Decade includes Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shakib Al Hasan, AB de Villiers, Ben Stokes, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga, Imran Tahir, David Warner. Virat Kohli was announced the Skipper of ICC Test team of the Decade. In Women T20I Australia Meg Lanning was announced the Captain of the decade.

Arun Jaitley Statue unveiled

On December 28, 2020, the Delhi and District Cricket Association unveiled the statue of its former President Arun Jaitley.

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