Current Affairs- Today’s Headlines: December 19, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for December 19, 2021

INDIA

– New generation nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-P tested from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha; has a range of upto 2000 km
– PM lays foundation stone of 594 Km long six-lane Ganga Expressway in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh; will pass through towns of Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Amroha, Sambhal, Budaun, Shahjahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, RaeBareli, Pratapgarh and Prayagraj
– SC directs Madhya Pradesh govt to conduct municipal polls without OBC quota
– 3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue of foreign ministers being held in New Delhi on Dec 18-20
– NCC, NHAI sign Memorandum of Understanding to reuse plastic wastes
– Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Defence Minister launches Rashtriya Ekta Geet composed by NCC Cadets in 22 languages
– Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurates Rishihood University in Delhi
– Gujarat: 7 die from blast inside Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) in Panchmahal district
– Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Girish Thakorlal Nanavati, who investigated the 1984 anti-Sikh and the 2002 Godhra riots, dies at 86

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– India, Germany Development Bank sign 442.26 mn loan pact for Surat Metro Rail Project
– Assam govt. inks loan agreement with Asian Development Bank for setting up Assam Skill University project
– PM GatiShakti: Empowered Group of Secretaries holds its first meeting under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary
– DRDE to set up advanced biological defence lab in Gwalior (MP) to research, fight dangerous viruses
– WHO approves emergency use listing for Serum Institute of India manufactured Covovax

WORLD

– Australian actress Cate Blanchett (52) felicitated with French cinema’s top honour, the Cesar d’Honneur
– International Migrants Day celebrated on Dec 18; theme: ‘Harnessing the Potential of Human Mobility’
– World Arabic Language Day observed on Dec 18
– China’s oldest person, Alimihan Seyiti, dies at 135
– 12 killed in massive blast in Pakistan’s Karachi city

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