Daily Current Affairs 20 December 2019: Your guide for daily General Knowledge Preparation

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This post contains important current affairs of 20 December 2019. It includes all Major National, International, Business and Sports related current affairs of 20 December 2019. A brief explanation of every current affair is provided to further enhance your general knowledge. Once you have gone through these current affairs we would recommend to you to try 20 December 2019 Current affairs test.

National News

1. President’s colours to Gujarat Police

  • Gujarat Police were honoured with ‘President’s colours’.
  • ‘President’s colours’ is the highest honour given to a police force in India.
  • The previously awarded states were Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura and Assam.
  • ‘President’s colours’ is an emblem that will be worn by all police officers on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform.

2. Rankings under Mission Antyodaya scheme

  • Molugamboondi, Tamil Nadu has topped the 2019 rankings of Gram Panchayats under Mission Antyodaya scheme.
  • Mission Antyodaya is a convergence framework for measurable effective outcomes on parameters that transform lives and livelihoods.
  • Mission Antyodaya seeks to converge government interventions with Gram Panchayats as the basic unit for planning by following a saturation approach by pooling resources – human and financial – to ensure sustainable livelihoods.

3. Accessible India campaign

  • The deadline for the Accessible India Campaign has been extended to March 2020
  • Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan is a program which is set to be launched to serve the differently-able community of the country. The program comes with an index to measure the design of disabled-friendly buildings and human resource policies.

4. Bharat Vandana Park

  • Amit Shah has laid the foundation stone of the much-awaited Bharat Vandana Park in Dwarka, Delhi.
  • Amitabh Anilchandra Shah is an Indian politician and the current Minister of Home Affairs who has been President of the Bharatiya Janata Party since 2014. He was elected to the lower House of Parliament the Lok Sabha in the 2019 Indian general election from Gandhinagar.

International News

1. Philippines to sign contract for BrahMos missiles

  • Philippines will sign a contract with India for two batteries of supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles.
  • The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.

2. World’s first Liquid Hydrogen Carrier Ship

  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan has debuted the world’s first marine carrier that transports liquefied hydrogen.
  • Japan: Capital: Tokyo || Currency: Japanese yen

3. Exercise ‘Apharan’

  • The Indian Navy has conducted a large-scale anti-hijacking Exercise ‘Apharan’ off the Port of Kochi.
  • The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh

4. International Human Solidarity Day

  • International Human Solidarity Day is observed across the world on 20th December.
  • It is adopted by UN General Assembly on 22 December 2005.

Business News

1. Mastercard with BharatPe

  • Mastercard has selected BharatPe for its Start Path program.
  • Bharat Pe is the only company from India selected by Mastercard as part of the latest initiative.
  • BharatPe is a ‘Indian’ payments company serving the offline retailers and businesses. It empowers the merchants to accept UPI payments for ‘FREE’ through the BharatPe QR.

2. ‘JalSathi’ App

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched ‘Jalsathi’ programme to ensure supply of safe drinking water to all households in the state.
  • App Name: ‘JalSathi’ App
  • Governor of Odisha: Ganeshi Lal.

3. ‘Connected Home over IP’ Project

  • Apple, Amazon & Google have partnered for ‘Connected Home over IP’ Project.
  • Aim: To lay the groundwork for better compatibility among their smart home products.

4. HDFC Bank crosses $100 billion market capitalisation

  • HDFC Bank has become the 3rd Indian firm to cross $100 billion mark in market capitalisation.
  • 1. Reliance Industries with a market cap of $140.74 billion
  • 2. Tata Consultancy Services with a market cap of $114.60 billion.
  • HDFC Bank Ltd. is an Indian banking and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It has a base of 111,208 permanent employees as of 30 September 2019. HDFC Bank is India’s largest private sector lender by assets. It is the largest bank in India by market capitalisation as of February 2016.

Sports News

1. Latest FIFA rankings

  • Indian men’s football team was ranked 108th in latest FIFA rankings
  • President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino || Founded: 21 May 1904 || Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland.

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