Latest Current Affairs of December 2021

The new and 24th Director General (DG) of the Indian Coast Guard who has taken over from DG Krishnaswamy Natarajan who retired from serviceDG VS Pathania
The state in which AFSPA (Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, has been extended for another 6 months with effect from 30 Dec 2021Nagaland
The Chief Photographer with Reuters who has been posthumously awarded the Redink Journalist of the Year 2021 AwardDanish Siddique
The senior journalist and author who has been awarded the Redink Lifetime Achievement Award 2021Prem Shankar Jha
The Indian wicketkeeper who has become the fastest Indian wicketkeeper to record 100 Test dismissals during the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park, CenturionRishabh Pant
The South African Anglican bishop and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist who passed away on 26 Dec 2021Desmond Tutu
The Indian film actress who has been named the PETA India's Person of the Year 2021, in support of an animal-friendly fashion industry and her advocacy for dogs and cats in needAlia Bhatt
The Indian cricketer who has announced retirement from all forms of cricketHarbhajan Singh
The lead vessel of her class of corvettes, in service with the Indian Navy, which was decommissioned on 23 Dec 2021 at VisakhapatnamINS Khukri
The indigenous messaging application launched by Indian Army as a replacement of the Army Wide Area Network messaging application is namedASIGMA
The indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile with ability to defeat interceptor missiles and to change its path mid-air tested by DRDO from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island is namedPralay
The Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise for the member nations of BIMSTEC countries, conducted from 20-22 Dec 21 at Pune was namedPANEX-21
The state in which the first S-400 air defence missile system received from Russia have been deployedPunjab
The Indian badminton player who has become the first Indian to reach the Badminton World Championships final in the men's singles and win a silver medalKidambi Srikanth
The Chief of Army Staff who has taken over as Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) following the death of CDS General Bipin RawatGeneral MM Narvane
The neighbouring country which has conferred its highest civilian award "Order of the Druk Gyalpo" on the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiBhutan
The annual Indian festival which has been inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCODurga Puja
The NASA spacecraft which has flown through the Sun’s upper atmosphere, the corona, for the first time in historyParker Solar probe
The Indian contestant who has been crowned Miss Universe 2021 at the beauty pageant held on December 12, 2021, at Universe Dome in Eilat, IsraelHarnaaz Sandhu
The venue of India International Science Festival 2021 held from 10 to 13 Dec 2021Panaji, Goa
The Indian mathematician at the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, who has been awarded the 2021 DST-ICTP-IMU Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from developing countries for her outstanding work in affine algebraic geometry and commutative algebraProf. Neena Gupta
The Social Democratic Party member who has been sworn in as the new Chancellor of Germany from 08.12.2021Mr. Olaf Scholz
The 11th edition of joint military exercise between India and Maldives to be conducted at Kadhdhoo Island, Maldives from 06 to 19 December 2021 is namedEKUVERIN
The veteeran journalist recepient of Padma Shri and Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award who passed away on 04.12.2021Vinod Dua
The former Indian athlete who has been named the Woman of the Year by World Athletics for her efforts in advancing the sport in IndiaAnju Bobby George
The city which has been listed as the world's most expensive city by the EIU's Worldwide Cost of Living Index 2021Tel Aviv
The former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Governor of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka who passed away on 04.12.2021Shri K. Rosaiah
The weak tropical cyclone in the Bay of Bengal which caused rainfall in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal was namedCyclone Jawad

Sahitya Akademi Awards 2021

1 Assamese Iyat Ekhan Aaronya Asil (Novel) Anuradha Sarma Pujari
2 Bengali Mitjafar O Ananya Natale (Play) Bratya Basu
3 Bodo Khora Sayao Arw Himalay (Poetry) Mwdai Gahai
4 Dogri Namme Tunnel (Short Stories) Raj Rahi
5 English Things to Leave Behind (Novel) Namita Gokhale
6 Hindi Samrat Ashok (Play) Daya Prakash Sinha
7 Kannada Gandhi Kathana (Biography) D.S. Nagabhushana
8 Kashmiri Tawazun (Criticism) Wali Mohd. Aseer Kashtawari
9 Konkani Raktachandan (Poetry) Sanjiv Verenkar
10 Malayalam Hrudayaragangal (Autobiography) George Onakkoor
11 Marathi Baluchya Awasthantarachi Diary (Short Stories) Kiran Gurav
12 Nepali Usha Anirudha (Epic Poetry) Chhabilal Upadhyaya
13 Odia Sarijaithiba Apera (Poetry) Hrushikesh Mallick
14 Punjabi Sullan Da Salan (short Stories) Khalid Hussain
15 Rajasthani Mugtee (Poetry) Meethesh Nirmohi
16 Sanskrit Srijati Shankhnadam Kil, Kavita (Poetry) Vindeshwariprasad Mishr 'Vinay'
17 Santali Mane Rena Arhang (Short Stories) Niranjan Hansda
18 Sindhi Nena Nindakhra (Poetry) Arjun Chawla
19 Tamil Civappuk Kazuttu Tan Oru Paccaip Paravai (Short Stories) Ambai
20 Telugu Vallankitaalam (Poetry) Gorati Venkanna

Awards in Gujarati, Maithili, Manipuri & Urdu languages will be announced at a later date.


General Bipin Rawat, PVSM, UYSM, YSM, SM, VSM

Born: 16.03.1958; Passed away: 08.12.2021

Commissioned into the Indian Army: 16.12.1978

Unit Commissioned: 5/11 Gorkha Rifles

27th Chief of Army Staff from : 17.12.2016 to 31.12.2019

First Chief of Defence Staff from: 01.01.2020 to 08.12.2021

Helicopter in which travelling on 08.12.2021: Mi17

Helicopter was travelling from: Sulur Air Force Base to DSSC, Wellington


Jnanpith Award Winners

2020 (56th Jnanpith): Nilamani Phookan (Assamese)

2021 (57th Jnanpith): Damodar Mauzo (Konkani)



Most Powerful Indian Women

Report released by Fortune India

  1. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Finance Minister
  2. Ms. Nita Ambani, Businesswoman and Philanthropist
  3. Ms. Soumya Swaminathan, Paediatrician and Chief Scientist at WHO
  4. Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biocon founder and Chairperson
  5. Ms. Suchitra Ella, Jt MD at Bharat Biotech

Important Days of December

World AIDS Day: 01 December 2021

Designated by: World Health Organisation

Theme: End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics

First Observed in: 1988

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 03 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”

First Observed in: 1992

International Volunteer Day: 05 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Together We Can Through Volunteering

First Observed in: 1986

World Soil Day: 05 December 2021

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: Volunteer Now for Our Common Future

International Civil Aviation Day: 07 December 2021

Established by : International Civil Aviation Organisation (1994)

Adopted by : United Nations General Assembly (1996)

Theme (upto 2023): Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development

International Anti Corruption Day: 09 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2003

Theme: Your Right, Your Role: Say No To Corruption

United Nations Human Rights Day: 10 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: EQUALITY - Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights

Slogan: All Human, All Equal

First Observed in: 1948

International Mountains Day: 11 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Sustainable Mountain Tourism

First Observed in: 2003

International Universal Health Coverage Day: 12 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Leave No One’s Health Behind: Invest in health systems for all

First Observed in: 2017

International Migrants Day: 18 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Harnessing the Potential of Human Mobility

First Observed in: 2000

International Human Solidarity Day: 20 December 2021

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2006


Good Governance Index 2021

CategoryTop Ranking State
Group AGujarat
Group BMadhya Pradesh
N.E. & Hill StatesHimachal Pradesh
UTsDelhi

James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope developed by NASA with contributions from the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Launch date: 25 December 2021

Rocket: Ariane 5 ECA (VA256)

Launch site: Centre Spatial Guyanais, ELA-3


NITI Aayog Health Index 2021

CategoryRank 1Rank 2Rank 3
Larger StatesKeralaTamil NaduTelangana
Smaller StatesMizoramTripuraSikkim
UTsD.N Haveli & Daman & DiuChandigarhLakshadweep


Asian Champions Trophy 2021 (Men's Hockey)

Host: Bangladesh

Venue: Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium, Dhaka

Winners: South Korea

Runners-up: Japan

Third position: India

Top scorer: Jang Jong-hyun (S. Korea)

Best player: Kenta Tanaka (Japan)

Best Goalkeeper: Suraj Karkera (India)


Abbreviations in News

ASIGMA: Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application




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