Current Affairs of 24 December


Patrick Shanahan
Patrick Shanahan
Patrick Shanahan - US President Donald Trump announced that he would replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan as acting Pentagon chief. Shanahan will assume charge of Acting Secretary of Defense from 1 January, 2019. Mattis resigned in protest after Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. 

Coin on Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Coin on Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Coin on Atal Bihari Vajpayee - On the eve of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a Rs 100 commemorative coin in memory of the former Prime Minister. Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary, which falls on 25th December, is celebrated as 'Good Governance Day'. He was conferred with the Bharat Ratna was in 2014.

Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif - An anti-corruption court in Pakistan sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail and imposed 2.5 million US Dollars fine in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. However, it acquitted him in the Flagship Investments corruption case in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.

Three Islands In Andaman & Nicobar Renamed
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
Three Islands In Andaman & Nicobar Renamed - Modi government has decided to rename three islands in Andaman & Nicobar - Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shahid Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep - coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Bose having hoisted the national flag in Port Blair. New names will be announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Port Blair on December 30.

Prepaid Electric Meters in Three Years
Prepaid Electric Meters
Prepaid Electric Meters in Three Years - The government plans to make all electricity meters smart prepaid in three years from April 1, 2019 in a bid to cut transmission and distribution losses. Move towards smart meters is a pro-poor step as consumers need not pay the whole month’s bill in one go, they can pay as per their requirements.

Digital Public Credit Registry
Public Credit Registry
Digital Public Credit Registry - The Reserve Bank of India shortlisted six major IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters. The proposed PCR will also include data from entities like SEBI, the corporate affairs ministry, Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). It will enable banks and financial institutions to get a 360-degree profile of the existing as well as prospective borrowers on a real-time basis.

Bibek Debroy Committee
Bibek Debroy
Bibek Debroy Committee - The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) has constituted a Logistics Development Committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman of EAC-PM to assess key challenges and suggest reforms in logistics development and associated commerce.

Naseer-Ka-Najeer— Phir Ek Din
Naseeruddin Shah
Naseer-Ka-Najeer— Phir Ek Din - Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah released his book ‘ Naseer-Ka-Najeer— Phir Ek Din,’ a Hindi translation of his book ‘And Then One Day’.

Mining Ban in Sariska Tiger Reserve
Sariska Tiger Reserve
Mining Ban in Sariska Tiger Reserve - The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on December 22, 2018, banned all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve. It also said that any further mining activity is subject to the clearance of leases by the National Board of Wildlife. The Supreme Court had in 2006 prohibited any mining activity within 1 km of national parks and sanctuaries.

New Capital of Burundi
Burundi
New Capital of Burundi - Burundi declared the small central city of Gitega the country’s new political capital. A government spokesman named Gitega while also stating that the previous capital Bujumbura, would in future function solely as the country’s economic centre.

BVP Rao
BVP Rao
BVP Rao - BVP Rao has been elected as the president of the Archery Association of India in the polls. Rao beat Rupak Debroy of Tripura at the elections held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.

National Energy Conservation Awards
National Energy Conservation Awards
National Energy Conservation Awards - Indian Railways bagged 17 awards at the 'National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) 2018' held in New Delhi. The awards are given by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power to various institutions for adopting energy efficiency measures.

National Consumer Day
National Consumer Day
National Consumer Day - Every Year 24th December is observed as National Consumer Day with a specific theme in India. This year the National Consumer Day is celebrated with the theme “Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints”.

China-India Yoga College
China-India Yoga College
China-India Yoga College - China's first Yoga college in Yunnan province, which was set up as part of cultural exchange programme between India and China, has planned to open 50 more branches across the country as the popularity of India's ancient physical and spiritual discipline continues to grow all over China. The China-India Yoga College was opened at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming in 2015 after the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies
NABCB
National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies - National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB), India’s national accreditation body, has secured equivalence for its accreditation programme for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS) Certification Bodies in Asia- Pacific region. NABCB is the third accreditation body in the Asia Pacific Region to become internationally equivalent in the region, the other two being the accreditation bodies of Hong Kong and Mexico.

Top Performer in PMMVY
PMMVY
Top Performer in PMMVY - Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were the top three performing states under the maternity benefit programme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY). PMMVY is a centrally-sponsored scheme under which the cost-sharing ratio between the Centre, states and the Union Territories with the legislation is 60:40.

Coin on Paika Rebellion
Coin on Paika Rebellion
Coin on Paika Rebellion - Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a stamp and a coin to commemorate the Paika rebellion of 1817 in Odisha. The Paika Rebellion, many claim, was the first war of Independence against the British.