Current Affairs - December, 2019

Offshore Patrol Vessel: Saksham

The Goa Shipyard Limited recently launched the fifth and final Offshore Patrol Vessel ICGS (Indian Coast Guard Ship) Saksham. It is to be commissioned by October 2021. About the Offshore Patrol Vessels These Patrol Vessels are armed with 30-mm guns. They weigh 2,350 tonnes. The hull of these vessels is designed to provide high fuel ..

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Central Equipment Identify Register: Government launches web portal to trace stolen mobiles

The Government of India on December 30, 2019, launched “Central Equipment Identify Register” portal to block and trace mobile phones. The web portal will operate under Department of Telecom. Highlights The CEIR portal has been established in order to address theft, security and other concerns. The portal will also hold database of IMEI numbers of ..

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General Bipin Rawat appointed as CDS officer

On December 31, 2019, General Bipin Rawat was appointed as the Chief of Defence Staff. He recently retired as Chief of Army Staff and was succeeded by General Manoj Mukund. Highlights Recently, the Union Cabinet approved the post of Chief of Defence Staff in the rank of four star general. The salaries and perks of ..

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Sustainable Development Goal Index Released

On December 30, 2019, NITI Aayog released Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. According to the report, the overall composite score of India improved from 60 in 2018 to 57 in 2019. India succeeded in the areas of power and industry, water and sanitation, nutrition and gender equality. The index covered 16 out of 17 SDGs. ..

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch sets record for longest single spaceflight by woman

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Astronaut Christina Koch has created a record for longest single spaceflight by a woman, after surpassing the earlier record of 288 days in space with about two months left in her mission. Christina, who is onboard the International Space Station (ISS) since 14 March 2019, would have spent over ..

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