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05 December 2019 Top Daily Current Affairs

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Odisha CM launches 'Madhu' app to help school students

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday launched 'Madhu' app, an e-learning mobile phone application for school students to understand their subjects in a better and efficient way. The app named after 'Utkal Gourab' Madhusudan Das is developed by Ganjam district administration for school students.

How will the app help?

  • It is aimed at helping school students in learning their lessons taught in school classrooms through videos and practicing them.
  • Through the app, the students will have access to video explanation of the topics they are taught in their classroom, said an official.
  • The courses have been prepared to make the videos interesting using quality teaching-learning material.

India ranks 73rd in UN index assessing e-commerce readiness

India has ranked 73rd out of 152 countries in a business-to-consumer E-commerce index that measures an economy's preparedness to support online shopping, moving seven places up in the list.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019 has been topped by the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.

The index scores 152 nations on their readiness for online shopping, worth an estimated USD 3.9 trillion globally in 2017, up 22 per cent from the previous year.

Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 5.15 %

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its fifth bi-monthly Monetary Policy has kept the policy repo rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent.

The six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by Governor Shaktikanta Das unanimously voted for a status quo policy.

The reverse credit policy has also maintained the reverse repo rate at 4.90 per cent and the marginal standing facility rate and Bank Rate at 5.40 per cent.

The real GDP growth for 2019-20 has been revised downwards from 6.1 per cent in the October policy to 5.0 per cent.

Interacting with Media, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the decisions are in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index inflation of 4 per cent while supporting growth.

Parliament canteen subsidy to be out from next session

From the next session, MPs may have to pay more for the food in they are provided in after they unanimously gave an in-principle approval to a proposal on Thursday to withdraw the subsidy they get on eatables.

The lawmakers from all parties took the decision in a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting in which Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla moved the proposal suggesting them to let go of the subsidy that all parliamentarians avail at Parliament canteen. From the next session all MPs will have to pay money for the food as per its preparation cost on "no profit, no loss" basis.

Lok Sabha Clears The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019

Lok Sabha today passed the Recycling of Ships Bill 2019. The bill was passed after the Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) Mansukh L. Mandaviya assured the House that it will pave way for streamlining the already existing ship breaking industry and also help the country obtain eco-friendly steel. He also assured the House that in the process, it will be asserted that India is not a place for dumping. Minister also assured the House, that all safety measures will be stringently followed as per the Hong Kong Convention.

As per the government, the Bill was necessary since the erstwhile Ship Breaking Code (Revised), 2013, did not provide penalties for contravention of the provisions of the Code, nor did it deal with the restrictions and prohibitions on use of hazardous materials on ships. The Bill was also an outcome of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009, to which India is a signatory.

Fit India School Rating System launched as part of Fit India Campaign

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju launched the Fit India School Rating System at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Delhi Cantt.

They also jointly inaugurated the newly constructed cricket stadium which has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 294.41 lakhs and will facilitate around 5,000 children every year. There is already a program going on in the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan called ‘Healthy Children Healthy India’, this Fit India program will give it a new dimension.

Punjab partners with WEF for e-mobility

To combat the growing problem of environmental pollution, the Punjab government has partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to design a public-private pilot project on shared, clean and electric mobility.

The state, which is also formulating its own Electric Vehicle (EV) policy to support the adoption of e-vehicles, has been chosen for the pilot project by the WEF as it is well positioned for the shared EV transition.

The state has already banned new registrations of diesel and petrol three wheelers in Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Mohali and Fatehgarh Sahib districts.

Punjab is also set to get India's first auto shredding plant, with capacity to handle two lakh cars per annum in an eight-hour shift. The plant has been set up in technical collaboration with German technology.

International players such as CLAAS, Freudenberg, Vibracoustic and Verbio Group (German companies) have already built robust vendor networks in Punjab while others like CN IFFCO from Spain are in the process of setting up similar operations.

PM Modi Ji, Maldivian President jointly inaugurate four key development projects in Maldives

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated four developmental projects through video conferencing in the Maldives. These projects are - Launch of RuPay card in the Maldives, Fish Processing plants, Fast Interceptor Craft to the Maldives and Lighting up of Male with LED lights.

05 December 2019 Top Daily Current Affairs