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RRB English Current Affairs 13th December 2018

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitleyannounced the rise in contribution of the government in National Pension Scheme (NPS) to14 per cent from existing 10 per cent, burdening the government by Rs 2,840 crore for 2019-20.
  2. 2-day Regional Conference on ‘Good Governance – Focus on Aspirational Districts’concluded at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
  3. First International Conference, on the theme- ‘Sustainable Water Management’, commenced at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali in Punjab.
  4. ‘Operation Minimum wage’,to check violations of Minimum Wage Act 2017, launched by Delhi government
  5. Arunachal Pradeshgets its 24th district – Lepa Rada,a day after Shi Yomi became a new district.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. 7th Sino-India joint exercise Hand-in-Hand 2018, commenced at Chengdu, China.
  2. Israelbecame a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system.
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. Government of Indiaand the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a loan agreement of 31 million dollars in New Delhi to develop Tourism and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu.
  2. Tranche 4 loan agreement worth $31 mn to develop Tourism infrastructure in Tamil Nadu under Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT) signed between India and ADB
  3. Jana Small Finance Bankin association with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has launched Jana Bankable Debit Card.
  4. Reserve Bank of India (RBI)imposed a fine amounting to  1 crore on Indian Bank for violating cyber security norms.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. World Bankreleased a report named Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy (RISE) 2018.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  1. Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, became the first-everrecipient of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.
  2. Golden State Warriors Named Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year. The team will be honored at the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in Los Angeles
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) Indiaappointed former SBI chief Arundhati Bhattacharya as the new Chairman of its board.
  2. Indian economist Surjit Bhallaannounced his resignation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singhlaunched a portal ENSURE- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries.
  2. Voyager 2 probe has officially reached interstellar space: NASA
ENVIRONMENT
  1. Nishidhi stone inscriptionfrom the 12th century was found at Nandi Basaveshwara temple in Harakere village in Shivamogga district, Karnataka.
  2. OBITUARY
  3. Senior Congress leaderand former Kerala minister CN Balakrishnan passed away
BOOKS & AUTHORS
  1. Of Counsel: The Challenges of the Modi-Jaitley Economy’ written by former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanianwas launched in Mumbai
IMPORTANT DAYS
23. UNICEF Day 2018 – 11 December 2018