Top GKToday’s News Headlines- 13 December 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 13 December 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Rajya Sabha; seeks to include certain tribal communities in Karnataka into Scheduled Tribe category
  • International Seminar cum Exhibition on Naval Weapon Systems ‘NAVARMS – 2019’ being held in Delhi on December 12-13
  • GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd) hands over LCU (Landing Craft Utility) amphibious ship to Indian Navy
  • Bangladesh Navy Chief Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury visits naval units in Visakhapatnam
  • Veteran Telugu actor, writer Gollapudi Maruti Rao dies at 80
  • Social worker Minoti Riba, wife of former Arunachal Pradesh CM Tomo Riba, dies in Itanagar at 83


  • Parliament has passed the International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019
  • The Bill seeks to set up a unified authority for regulating all financial activities in international financial services centres (IFSCs) in the country.
  • It was passed by Rajya Sabha on December 12 and Lok Sabha on December 11.
  • The first IFSC in India has been set up at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar


  • Parliament has passed the Constitution (126th) Amendment Bill
  • The Bill seeks to extend reservation to SCs and STs in Lok Sabha and state assemblies by another ten years
  • The Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on December 12 and Lok Sabha on December 11
  • Given for the past 70 years, the reservation was due to end on January 25, 2020
  • Reservation given to Anglo-Indian community has not been extended in the new bill
  • The bill would now be sent to states for ratification by 50% of the assemblies before it comes into force


  • The Lok Sabha passed the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019.
  • The Bill seeks to upgrade three deemed Sanskrit universities into Central universities
  • They are: Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Bhopal, Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth Tirupati

Economy & Business Current Affairs

  • Industrial production declines by 3.8% in October
  • Retail inflation rises to over three-year high of 5.54% in November
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank lists on stock exchanges after successful IPO
  • India Design Council launches initiatives — Chartered Designs of India (CDI) and Design Education Quality Mark (DEQM) — to promote Design Education and Standards
  • FSSAI, Nasscom Foundation partner to develop app to prevent food wastage
  • Tara Sinha, the founder of advertising agencies Clarion and Tara Sinha Associates, dies at 88
  • Amazon’s Audible launches an India-first audio service ‘Suno’

International Current Affairs

  • Indian embassy, NGO INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) to rebuild 11 heritage sites damaged in Nepal earthquake of 2015
  • Voters in Bougainville opt for independence from Papua New Guinea in referendum
  • World’s first fully electric commercial plane, operated by Harbour Air, takes flight in Canada
  • International Universal Health Coverage Day celebrated on December 12 with the theme ‘Keep the promise’
  • International Day of Neutrality observed on December 12

Sports Current Affairs

  • Pakistan’s Aleem Dar breaks West Indian Steve Bucknor’s record of umpiring in most number of Tests in his 129th test at Perth
  • Spain’s football league LaLiga names cricketer Rohit Sharma as its brand ambassador in India


  • The FCCI India Sports Awards 2019 were presented to the winners in New Delhi
  • Best National Sports Federation: National Rifle Association of India
  • Sports person (female): Rani Rampal (hockey)
  • Sports person (male): Saurabh Chaudhary (shooting)
  • Para-athlete: Sandeep Chaudhary (javelin).
  • Breakthrough sports person: Amit Panghal (boxing)
  • Lifetime achievement (administrator): Govindaraj Kempareddy
  • Lifetime achievement: Pankaj Advani (cue sport)
  • Best State promoting sports: Odisha
  • Best sports journalist: Kamesh Srinivasan

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