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RRB English Current Affairs 16th December 2018

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwalintroduced the Dam Safety Bill 2018 in Lok Sabha.
  2. Government forms seven-member panel under BBB to select MD for PSU insurance firms headed by Banks Board Bureau (BBB) chairman B P Sharma.
  3. Operation Oliver: Coast Guard launches operation to safeguard turtles
  4. 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) held in New Delhi
  5. Minister of state for health and family welfare Anupriya Patelannounced that West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh emerged the largest beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. Nepal government bans Indian currency notes above Rs 100
  2. Bilateral Annual Haj 2019 Agreement between India and Saudi Arabia Signed at Jeddah
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. OBOPAY Card: new generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise customers launched by OBOPAY, Federal Bank and MasterCard
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. Global debt hits all-time high of USD 184 trillion, more than 50% of debt borne by US, China and Japan: IMF
  2. India’s first private sector unit for manufacturing UAV was inaugurated by Telangana’s Home Minister in Hyderabad
  3. Amazon Indiapartnered with the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) to encourage Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises(MSMEs} to sell products online through e-commerce.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  1. Tata Steel bags Prime Minister’s Trophy for the ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ for the year 2016-17
  2. Union Ministry of Agriculturehad selected Jharkhand for “Krishi Karman” award in the rice category.
  3. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayaninaugurated the closing ceremony of the 23rd International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) at Nisagandhi Auditorium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. ACC approved extension of tenure to IB director Rajiv Jain, RAW chief Anil Dhasmana and re-appointment of Shri Anil Srivastava as NITI Aayog’s Principal Advisor
  2. Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, appointed Brijendra Pal Singh, the director-producer of popular television series CIDas the new president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Chairman of Governing Council.
  3. C. Barupalwas appointed the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Guinea.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft find evidence of water on asteroid Bennu
SPORTS
  1. Allan Border Medal to be rebranded as Australian Cricket Awards
  2. National Athletics Championship for Blind held in New Delhi
OBITUARY
  1. Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies
  2. Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke died
  3. Thoppil Ajayan, National award winning director, passed away