5 December 2017 Current Affairs For Government Exam

Following is the 5 December 2017 Current Affairs For Government Exam

1. First Meeting of the Fifteenth Finance Commission held.

The Fifteenth Finance Commission held its first meeting at North Block in New Delhi was attended by all the other Members of the Commission.
meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Shri N.K. Singh.
The main objective was to hold wide-ranging consultations with all stakeholders including various Ministries of the Union Government.
All State Governments, Local Bodies, Panchayats and Political parties of each State Government needed to be expeditiously initiated.
The Commission approved the setting-up of its office at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan on Janpath in New Delhi.

2. 6th International Tourism Mart 2017 begins in Assam.

In Assam, the 6th International Tourism Mart 2017 began in Guwahati.
Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal and Union Tourism minister K L Alphons attended the inaugural program.
The three day program has been organized by Ministry of Tourism in association with all North Eastern states.
Panel discussions, workshops, business to business meetings, cultural programs are being organized.

3. India allows 1,300 Buddhists from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to enter Mizoram.

The Indian government has allowed over 1,300 tribal Buddhist refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine region to enter Mizoram.
The refugees left their homeland because of the ongoing war between the Myanmarese Army and the Arakan Army, made up of Buddhist insurgents.
This comes nearly a month after the Union Home Ministry had directed the northeastern states to take strict measures to prevent Rohingyas — who are Muslims — from entering Indian territory despite persecution by the Myanmar regime.
The new group of refugees, belonging to the Chin and few other communities of Myanmar, have come to four villages in Lawngtlai district.

4. Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli becomes 23rd district to be included in National Capital Region.

Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), taking the total number of districts in the NCR to 23.
Cities in the NCR get funds at “attractive” interest rates from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) for infrastructure development.
The decision to include Shamli in the NCR was taken at the 37th meeting of the NCRPB.

5. India’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant opens in Kerala.

The largest-ever floating solar power plant in India inaugurated by state power minister MM Man at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad.
The solar power plant that floats on the surface of water has a capacity of 500 kilowatts (KW).
The solar plant consists of 1,938 solar panels with a capacity of 260 watts, a 500 kilo volt ampere (KVA) transformer and 17 inverters.
The unique feature of this plant is the anchoring mechanism used by the overwhelming technology to maintain the plant with the alteration of the water level.
Constructed by the Thiruvananthapuram-based Ad tech Systems, the plant will generate seven lakh units of power in a year. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9.25 crore.

6. India and Germany sign Govt to Govt Umbrella Agreement.

India and Germany has signed the Government to Government Umbrella Agreement concerning the Financial Cooperation in 2016 (II) under the Indo-German Development Cooperation.
The agreement was signed to formalize an amount upto 200 million Euros.
It was for the financial cooperation in form of loan for the project ‘Climaye Friendly Urban Mobility III’.
11 million Euros in form if grant for four projects.
The Agreement was signed by Martin Ney, Ambassador on behalf of the Federal Republic of German and S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs of Union Ministry of Finance.

7. UAE, UK, US and French Armies hold Joint Exercises in Abu Dhabi

UAE Armed Forces along with the UK, US and French armies are participating in joint exercises in Abu Dhabi.
The drill code is named as “Flag4″.
The two-week long joint exercise aims to increase combat efficiency, gain more field expertise, and work to unify military concepts among participating parties.

8. Indian-American Senator Harris tops Global Thinkers List

Indian-American California senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine’s 2017 list of ’50 Leading Global Thinkers’.
This also features US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley.
Besides Harris and Haley, Indian-origin stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj has also made it to the list.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is ranked second in the list for trying to rebuild decent democratic leadership in South Korea.
Popular comedian Minhaj is placed third in the ranking for defining the narrative of a “New Brown America”.

9. Indian-American Congresswoman figures in Politico Power List:

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has figured in the Politico’s Power List for the year 2018, for having assumed the mantle of a House “leader of resistance”.
Jayapal, 52, ranked fifth on 18, is the only Indian-American to figure in the Politico’s power list.
Jayapal, a fast-rising democratic star and determined critic of President Donald Trump, has assumed the mantle of a House “leader of the resistance.

10. National Awards for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities presented.

The Award was presented by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The National Awards were presented in 14 main categories to 52 individuals and institutions. Some important awards are:
-Award for Best State in Promoting Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities: Chhattisgarh
-Award for the Best District in Providing Rehabilitation Service: Madurai
-The Best Braille Press Award: Mumbai-based National Association for the Blind.

11. Prithvi Shaw named India’s captain for U-19 World Cup.

Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw saw his performance in domestic season bear fruit was named as the captain of India’s squad for the upcoming ICC U-19 World Cup next year in New Zealand.
Shubman Gill is named the vice-captain.

12. Former Yemeni President Saleh killed by Houthi rebels.

Former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebel fighters.
Saleh’s death was announced by Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry as well as Saudi-owned al-Arabiya quoting Saleh’s party sources.
This comes a day after the former President formally renounced his alliance with the Iran-backed rebel group and re-aligned his forces with Saudi Arabia.

13. Amitabh Bachchan launches Book on Indian Cinema.

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan launched a book based on Indian cinema in showbiz capital Mumbai.
The book, titled ‘Bollywood: The Films! The Songs! The Stars!’, is a coffee table book.
It provides historical insights, lesser-known facts and behind-the-scene exclusives of the most iconic movies made in the history of the Indian film industry.
The book is co-authored by S.M.M. Ausaja, Karan Bali, Rajesh Devraj and Tanul Thakur.
The book on India’s tinsel town is published by British multinational publishing company Dorling Kindersley (DK).

14. Veteran Actor Shashi Kapoor passes away.

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor died at the age of 79.
Kapoor was unwell for quite some time.
The actor was admitted to the Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai.
The third and youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his Bollywood debut in 1961, as the lead actor, in the film Dharmputra.
Kapoor acted in more than a hundred films, of which he played the solo lead in 61.

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