Current Affairs of 14 December


Ashok Gehlot
Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot
Ashok Gehlot - Ashok Gehlot is likely to be sworn-in as Rajasthan Chief Minister for the third time. While, Sachin Pilot will take oath as the Deputy CM of Rajasthan. The Indian National Congress (INC) emerged as the single largest party in Rajasthan, winning 99 seats on its own. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailed behind with 73 seats and others fetched 27 seats. 
Lokmat Parliamentary Awards
Lokmat Parliamentary Awards
Lokmat Parliamentary Awards - Eight parliamentarians were honoured by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu for their contribution in strengthening parliamentary democracy. List of winners of Lokmat Parliamentary Awards 2018 –
Lifetime achievement award - Rajya Sabha MP Sharad Pawar and Murli Manohar Joshi
Best Parliamentarian Award - Ghulam Nabi Azad and Nishikant Dubey
Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian (Lok Sabha) - Hema Malini
Best Woman Parliamentarian - Lok Sabha MP Rama Devi
Best Woman Parliamentarian in The Rajya Sabha - DMK leader Kanimozhi
Best Debut Woman Parliamentarian (Rajya Sabha) - Chhaya Verma

Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award
Jnanpith Award - Noted English writer Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with this year's Jnanpith Award, a literary award given to an author for "outstanding contribution towards literature".

Indian Note Banned in Nepal
Indian Note Banned in Nepal
Indian Note Banned in Nepal - To check money laundering, hoarding, counterfeiting and misuse of high denomination currency from India, Nepal has announced the ban of currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations. The decision will adversely affect Nepalese labourers working in India as well as Indian tourists visiting Nepal. India is Nepal’s largest trade partner and supplies the majority of its consumer goods.

National Rail and Transportation Institute
National Rail and Transportation Institute
National Rail and Transportation Institute - Union minister Piyush Goyal along with the Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will dedicate to the nation India’s first railway university and third such in the world after Russia and China. The National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in Vadodara, Gujarat opened its doors to the first batch in two fully-residential undergraduate courses in September this year.

First Private Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
First Private Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
First Private Unmanned Aerial Vehicle - The country’s first private unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturing facility and the first outside Israel to manufacture the Hermes 900 medium altitude long distance endurance UAV took off at the Adani Aerospace Park near the Shamshabad international airport. The facility, set up by Adani Elbit Advanced Systems India Ltd a 51:49 joint venture between Adani Group’s Adani Defence & Aerospace and Israel’s Elbit Systems.

British PM Won No Confidence Motion
British Prime Minister Theresa May
British PM Won No Confidence Motion - British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party. She got the support of 200 MPs while 117 MPs voted against her. The confidence vote was triggered by 48 of her MPs, who are angry at her Brexit policy. They said that her policy has betrayed the 2016 referendum result.

Google Online Shopping
Google Online Shopping
Google Online Shopping - Google has unveiled Google Shopping, a dedicated search engine intended to provide an immersive and improved online shopping experience. Along with finding products, Google Shopping allows users to filter through offers and review prices across multiple retailers. The new shopping experience has been launched on three platforms: ‘Shopping’ tab on Google Search, Google Lens app on mobile devices and a brand new Shopping home page.

Real-Time Occupancy Status of Running Train
Real-Time Occupancy Status
Real-Time Occupancy Status of Running Train - Hand-Held Terminals (HHTs), the new tablet devices will help TTEs (Travelling Ticket Examiner) update Indian Railways about the real-time occupancy status of a running train, hence increasing chances of waitlisted, RAC tickets getting confirmed. To begin with, the plan is to introduce these hand-held devices in all Shatabdi and Rajdhani Express trains. The service will be extended to all trains with reserved coaches.

Fees on Groundwater Extraction
Groundwater Extraction
Fees on Groundwater Extraction - In a bid to promote conservation of groundwater, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has notified a water conservation fee (WCF) that industries will need to pay on groundwater extraction starting from June 2019. As per the notification, industries extracting groundwater would need to apply for a no-objection certificate (NOC). However, the agriculture sector will be exempt from the fees.

ADB Loan for Assam
ADB
ADB Loan for Assam - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $60 Million Loan Agreement in New Delhi to continue financing riverbank protection works, renovation of flood embankments, and community-based flood risk management activities in critically flood-prone areas along the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

India and Saudi Arabia signed Agreement
India and Saudi Arabia
India and Saudi Arabia signed Agreement - India and Saudi Arabia signed the bilateral annual Haj 2019 agreement at Jeddah. The agreement was signed by the Union Minister for Minority Affairs,  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi  and Haj and Umrah Minister of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten.

Punjab Assembly Passed Woman Reservation Bill
Punjab Assembly Passed Woman Reservation Bill
Punjab Assembly Passed Woman Reservation Bill - Punjab Assembly unanimously passed the resolution moved by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urging Central government to hasten enactment of Women's Reservation Bill providing for the reservation of one-third of seats in the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies for women. 

Global Debt At All Time High
Global Debt At All Time High
Global Debt At All Time High - The International Monetary Fund has revealed in a report that the global debt has reached an all-time high of 184 trillion US dollars, which is the equivalent to 225 per cent of the world GDP in 2017. The report states that nations like the United States, China and Japan account for more than half of the debt.

National Medical Devices Promotion Council
National Medical Devices Promotion Council
National Medical Devices Promotion Council - Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, announced setting up of a National Medical Devices Promotion Council under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The Council will be headed by Secretary, DIPP. The announcement was made at the occasion of the 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices, at Andhra Pradesh Medtech Zone, in Vishakhapatnam.

GoM on Stressed Power Projects
GoM on Stressed Power Projects
GoM on Stressed Power Projects - The government has constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to vet the recommendations of a high-level panel on stressed power projects. The panel, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, had submitted its report in November 2018. The other members of the GOM are Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Power Minister R K Singh.

Floating Nuclear Power Plant
Floating Nuclear Power Plant
Floating Nuclear Power Plant - Akademik Lomonosov, the world's first "floating" nuclear power plant (FNPP) for installation in remote areas, has been started and brought to 10% of its capacity, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced.

Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
Gulf Cooperation Council Summit
Gulf Cooperation Council Summit - The 39th Gulf Cooperation Council Summit was inaugurated by the King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit will be held in the United Arab Emirates. The GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The presidency of GCC shifts among the six members based on the Arabic alphabet. 

UN Report on FDI
UN Report on FDI
UN Report on FDI - As per the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report, FDI inflows to South and South-West Asia decreased by 6% in 2017 due to a drop in foreign funding flow to countries like India and Turkey. FDI inflow to South and South-West Asia stood at USD 63 billion in the last calendar year. India remains the largest investment destination in the subregion, largely due to its large and growing market and attracted USD 22 billion FDI in the first half of 2018. 

National Energy Conservation Day
National Energy Conservation Day
National Energy Conservation Day - National energy conservation day is celebrated every year by the people all over India on 14th of December. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is a constitutional body which comes under Government of India and helps in the development of policies and strategies in order to reduce the energy use.