Latest Current Affairs of December 2019

The first Chief of Defence Staff, a four star rank created by the Union Cabinet recently General Bipin Rawat
The US astronaut who has created a new record for the longest single space flight by a woman breaking the record of 288 days held by Peggy WhitsonChristina Koch
The activist from Pakistan who has been named as the most famous teenager in the world by the United Nations in its decade review reportMalala Yousafzai
The Indian contestant who has become the first from the country to be crowned Miss Teen International at a beauty pageant held in JaiBagh Palace in JaipurAyushi Dholakia
The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader who has been sworn-in as the 11th Chief Minister of JharkhandHemant Soren
The place in Uttar Pradesh where India's first university for the transgender community is being set up by the Akhil Bhartiya Kinnar Siksha Seva TrustKushinagar
The railway route on which Him Darshan Express, comprising all new vistadome coaches has been unveiled by the Indian RailwaysKalka to Shimla
The two day pollution response exercise conducted by Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Vadinar in Gulf of Kutch was named Swachchh Samudra NW-2019
The tennis players who have been named International Tennis Federation's World Champions for 2019Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty
The eight west African countries, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo have renamed their common currency CFA-Franc to Eco
The European nation whose football team has been named FIFA Team of the Year 2019 (for the second time in a row)Belgium
The anti-hijacking exercise conducted jointly by the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Kochi was code namedApharan
The country which has announced launching of Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize to be given every yearPortugal
The country which has become the first in the world to recognise Indian Pharmacopoeia (The IP specifies the standards of drugs manufactured and marketed in India in terms of their identity, purity and strength.)Afghanistan
The Indian cricketer who has become the first bowler from the country to claim 2 hat tricks in one-day internationalsKuldeep Yadav
The Indian author who has been chosen for the 2019 DSC Prize for South Asian literature for his novel Half the Night is GoneAmitabha Bagchi
The English international cricketer who has been chosen as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019Ben Stokes
The Australian tennis player who has won the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) Player of the Year 2019Ashleigh Barty
The Indian actress who has been chosen for the 2020 Crystal Award for spreading awareness about mental health by the World Economic ForumDipika Padukone
The contestant from Jamaica who has been crowned Miss World at a beauty pageant in London (Indian contestant Suman Rao was the 2nd Runner-up)Tony-Ann Singh
The veteran Hindi and Marathi film and theatre actor who passed away on 17 Dec 2019Dr. Shriram Lagoo
The present Vice Chief of Army Staff who has been chosen to be the next Chief of Army Staff from 31 Dec 2019Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane, PVSM, AVSM, SM, VSM
The State to which Inner Line Permit regime was extended by a Presidential order making it the 4th state after Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram where the regime is applicableManipur
The environmental activist from Sweden who has been named Time Person of the Year 2019Greta Thunberg
The noted Hindi writer who has been chosen for the 33rd Moortidevi Award 2019 for his work Asti aur BhavatiVishwanath Prasad Tiwari
The South African contestant who has been crowned Miss Universe 2019 in a ceremony in Atlanta, USAZozibini Tunzi
The country which has been banned by World Anti-Doping Agency for 4 years from all major sporting events Russia
The American engineer well known for inventing the Universal Product Code (Bar Code) who passed away on 05 Dec 2019George J. Laurer
The Indian actress who has been awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEFPriyanka Chopra
The country to which India has gifted a Made in India patrol vessel named KAAMIYAABMaldives
The railway station which has been conferred with the Eat Right Station certification with four stars rating by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) as a part of 'Eat Right India' movement launched last yearMumbai Central
The joint, tri services exercise between India and Russia to be conducted from 10 to 19 December 2019 simultaneously at Babina (near Jhansi), Pune, Gwalior and Goa is namedExercise Indra
The Australian cricketer who has become the fastest to score 7000 runs in test cricket by reaching the milestone in 126 innings (breaking the record of Wally Hammond - 131 innings)Steve Smith
The team which has won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 (cricket) defeating Tamil Nadu in the finalsKarnataka
The Indian journalist and author who has been awarded the Shakti Bhatt First Book prize for his book Early Indians: The Story of our Ancestors and Where we came fromTony Joseph
The German politician who has taken over as the first female President of European CommissionUrsula Gertrud von der Leyen
The venue of the 14th edition of bilateral annual military exercise SURYA KIRAN-XIV between Indian and Nepal Army Salijhandi, Rupendehi (Nepal)
The venue of UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) under the presidency of Chila, India being represented by Environment Minister Prakash JavadekarMadrid, Spain
The venue of the 8th edition of India-China joint training exercise 'HAND-IN-HAND 2019' with the theme counter terrorism under United Nations mandate scheduled to be conducted from 07 to 20 December 2019Umroi, Meghalaya
The Naval officer who has become the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy Sub Lt Shivangi
The venue of joint military exercise of India and Sri Lanka, MITRA SHAKTI- 2019 which commenced on 01 December and concluded on 14 DecemberAundh Military Station, Pune

The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Released by: Forbes

#NameCountry
1.Angela MerkelGermany
2.Christine LagardeFrance
3.Nancy PelosiUSA
34.Nirmala SitharamanIndia
54.Roshni Nadar MalhotraIndia
65.Kiran Mazumdar ShawIndia

13th South Asian Games 2019

Venue: Kathmandu and Pokhara (Nepal)

Held from 01 to 10 December 2019

Mascot: A pair of blackbucks

Participant countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Medals Tally

#CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1.India1739345311
2.Nepal516095206
3.Sri Lanka4183128252
4.Pakistan324159132

Bhartiya POSHAN Anthem

Title: Poshanam

Launched by: Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu

Written by: Prasoon Joshi

Composed and sung by: Shankar Mahadevan

Aim: To inspire people to join the movement to fight the scourge of malnutrition


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Important Days of December

World AIDS Day: 01 December 2019

Designated by: World Health Organisation

Theme: Communities make the difference

First Observed in: 1988

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 03 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda

First Observed in: 1992

International Volunteer Day: 05 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Volunteer for an inclusive future

First Observed in: 1986

World Soil Day: 05 December 2019

First launched by : International Union of Soil Sciences (2002)

Endorsed by : Food and Agricultural Organisation (Jun 2013)

Accepted by : United Nations General Assembly (Dec 2013)

Theme: Stop Soil Erosion, Save our Future

International Civil Aviation Day: 07 December 2019

Established by : International Civil Aviation Organisation (1994)

Adopted by : United Nations General Assembly (1996)

International Anti Corruption Day: 09 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2003

Theme: United against Corruption

United Nations Human Rights Day: 10 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Youth Standing up for human rights

First Observed in: 1948

International Mountains Day: 11 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Mountains Matter for Youth

First Observed in: 2003

International Universal Health Coverage Day: 12 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Keep the Promise

First Observed in: 2017

International Migrants Day: 18 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: We together

First Observed in: 2000

International Human Solidarity Day: 20 December 2019

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2006


Sahitya Akademi Awards 2019

LanguageTitle and GenreAuthor
AssameseChanakya (Novel)Joyshree Goswami Mahanta
BengaliGhumer Darja Thele (Essays)Chinmiy Guha
BodoAkhai Athumniphrai (Poetry)Phukan Ch. Basumaraty
DogriBandraita Darpan (Essays)Om Sharma Jandriari
EnglishAn Era of Darkness (Non-Fiction)Shashi Tharoor
GujaratiMojma Revu Re (Essays)Ratilal Borisagar
HindiCheelate Hue Apne Ko (Poetry)Nand Kishore Acharya
KannadaKudi Esaru (Autobiography)Vijaya
KashmiriAkh Yaad Akh Qayamat (Short Stories)Abdul Ahad Hajini
KonkaniThe Words (Poetry)Nilba A. Khandekar
MaithiliJingik Oriaon Karait (Poetry)Kumar Manish Arvind
MalayalamAchan Piranna Veedu (Poetry)Anuradha Patil
ManipuriEi Amadi Adungeigi Eethat (Novel)L. Birmangol Singh
MarathiKadachit Ajoonahi (Poetry)Anuradha Patil
OdiaBhaswati (Short Stories)Tarun Kanti Mishra
PunjabiAntheen (Short Stories)Kirpal Kazak
RajasthaniBareek Baat (Short Stories)Ramsawroop Kisan
SanskritPrajnachakshusham (Poetry)Penna Madhusudan
SantaliSisirjali (Short Stories)Kali Charan Hembram
SindhiJeejal (Short Stories)Ishwar Moorjani
TamilSool (Novel)Cho. Dhaman
TeluguSaptabhoomi (Novel)Bandi Narayana Swamy
UrduSawaneh-E-Sir Syed: Ek Bazdeed (Biography)Shafey Kidwai

FICCI India Sports Awards 2019

Sports Person of the Year - Female: Rani Rampal (Hockey)

Sports Person of the Year - Male: Saurabh Chaudhary (Shooting)

Best National Sports Federation: National Rifle Association of India

Best Company Promoting Sports (Public Sector): Railway Sports Promotion Board

Best Para-athlete: Sandeep Chaudhary (Javelin).

Breakthrough Sports Person: Amit Panghal (Boxing)

Lifetime Achievement: Pankaj Advani (Cue sports)

Best State promoting sports: Odisha


Launch of RISAT-2BR1

Launch date : 11.12.2019

Launch vehicle : PSLV-C48

Launched from : SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota

RISAT-2BR1 is a radar imaging earth observation satellite weighing about 628 kg. The satellite will provide services in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Disaster Management. The mission life of RISAT-2BR1 is 5 years.

Alongwith RISAT, nine customer satellites of Israel, Italy, Japan and USA were also injected into their designated orbits. These satellites were launched under a commercial arrangement with NewSpace India Limited (NSIL).


The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019

The Act provides for the following, namely:—

  1. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014, will not be treated as illegal migrants.
  2. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, can apply for citizenship by naturalization on completion of 5 years instead of 11 years.
  3. These provisions on citizenship for illegal migrants will not apply to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura, included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution. Further, it will not apply to the “Inner Line” areas notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. (applicable to Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland and Manipur.)

Abbreviations in News

IMI - Intensified Mission Indradhanush

PPRTMS - Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System

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