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Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar starts “Sahakar Pragya” initiative

Narendra Singh Tomar
  • The Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar recently uncovered a new initiative called Sahakar Pragya.
  • Sahakar Pragya is an initiative of the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC), to assist in the capacity development of the cooperative sector in India, through the training programme.

Utpal Kumar Singh designated as Secretary-General of Lok Sabha

Utpal Kumar Singh
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has designated senior IAS officer Utpal Kumar Singh as Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha and Lok Sabha Secretariat.
  • His appointment will come into effect from December 1, 2020. He will replace incumbent Snehlata Shrivastava.

IAS officer Varsha Joshi designated as the Chairperson of NDDB

Varsha Joshi
  • The Government of India has designated as IAS officer Varsha Joshi as the new Chairperson of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB).
  • She is currently worked as Joint Secretary (CDD), Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India.

A book named ‘Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific’ by ADB

Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a new book named ‘Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific’.
  • The book presents insight on how stronger regional cooperation strategies, including in health, trade, finance, and disaster risk, can help governments in Asia and the Pacific expedite economic growth and strong recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lewis Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix 2020

Lewis Hamilton
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain.
  • The race was the 15th round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. This is the 11th victory for Hamilton of the term, and the 95th F1 win of his career.

World AIDS Day: 01 December

World AIDS Day
  • Every year, on 1 December, the world celebrates World AIDS Day. The day gives an opportunity for people worldwide to join the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.
  • This year the theme of World AIDS Day is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.

Piyush Goyal introduces the Dhigawara-Bandikui section of NWR

Dhigawara-Bandikui section
  • The Union Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal has introduced the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section of North Western Railway (NWR) in the state of Rajasthan.
  • The Minister also flagged off the first train on this recently electrified route. The Dhigawara-Bandikui section is on the Delhi-Ajmer route via Jaipur.

BSF observes its 56th Raising Day on December 1, 2020

  • The Border Security Force (BSF), is celebrating its 56th Raising Day on 01 December 2020. BSF was formed on December 1, 1965, as a combined central agency, after the Indo-Pak and India-China wars, for assuring the security of the borders of India and for matters connected therewith.

Arjun Munda e-launches “Virtual Aadi Mahotsav-Madhya Pradesh”

Virtual Aadi Mahotsav-Madhya Pradesh
  • The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda has started the first-ever virtual edition of Aadi Mahotsav – Madhya Pradesh.
  • The event will present the tribal traditions of the various tribal communities by having their crafts and natural products on display.

Bata appoints Sandeep Kataria as global CEO

Sandeep Kataria
  • Footwear major Bata Shoe Organization has selected Sandeep Kataria as the new global Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
  • He is the first Indian to be elected to the global role of Bata (Headquarter-Lausanne, Switzerland). He takes over from Alexis Nasard, who has stepped down after almost five years in the role.

ADB ink $132.8 million loan agreement for Meghalaya’s Power supply

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have inked a USD 132.8 million loan agreement for Meghalaya Power Distribution Sector Improvement Project.
  • The project plans to strengthen and modernize the distribution network and advance the quality of power supplied to households, industries, and businesses in the northeastern state of Meghalaya.

OECD predicts India’s FY21 GDP at -9.9%

  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has marginally raised its GDP prediction for India to a contraction of 9.9% in 2020-21 (FY21) from its earlier projection of (-)10.2% in September 2020.

US Air Quality Index: Lahore is the world’s most polluted city

  • Lahore, the cultural capital of Pakistan, has been listed as the world’s most polluted city, according to air pollution data published by the US Air Quality Index (AQI).
  • Lahore listed a particulate matter (PM) rating of 423. New Delhi stood second with a PM of 229, while Nepal’s capital Kathmandu ranked third with a PM of 178.

Centre makes AIPA committee headed by Environment Secretary

  • The Central Government has made an Apex Committee for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement (AIPA) for accomplishing its goals under the global deal.
  • The 17-member committee consists of members from 13 key ministries of the Union Government.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: December 2

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is celebrated every year on 2nd December since 1986 by the United Nations General Assembly.
  • The focus of this day is on exterminating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

National Pollution Control Day: 02 December

National Pollution Control Day
  • In India, the National Pollution Control Day is celebrated annually on December 2 to celebrate the life of people lost in the unfortunate incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy that occurred in the year 1984 on the night of 2–3 December.

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