Current Affairs of 4 December

64 Satellite Launched by Space X

64 Satellite Launched by Space X - Elon Musk-led US space agency Space X launched India’s first privately built satellite ExseedSAT 1 along with 63 other satellites (Total 64 Satellites) from 17 countries, setting a new US record. ExseedSAT 1 is an open radio transponder that works on ham radio frequencies. Space X’s Falcon 9 reusable rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Falcon 9 rocket carried 15 micro-satellites and 49 CubeSats belonging to 34 different clients including public, private and university sources from 17 different countries across the world including South Korea, France and Kazakhstan.

Christian James Michel

Christian James Michel - British national Christian James Michel, wanted in the alleged Rs 3,700-crore Agusta Westland chopper deal bribery case, was extradited to India from the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Michel’s role in the purchase of 12 helicopters surfaced in 2012 as a middleman for swinging the deal in favour of AgustaWestland.

Speedy Trial Against Legislator

Speedy Trial Against Legislator - Supreme Court directed the High Courts of Bihar and Kerala to prioritise trials of criminal cases against former and present Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) involving offences punishable with life imprisonment.

ADB Loan For Skill Development

ADB Loan For Skill Development - The Centre and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed an 85 million dollar loan to improve skill development eco-system in Odisha.  An advanced skill training centre, the World Skill Center (WSC) will also be established in Bhubaneswar with the help of a loan.

PETA Award

PETA Award - Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest and Elections Imran Hussain was awarded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-India for banning the Chinese Manjha, or the glass-coated kite strings, across Delhi.

Oil and Gas Fields For Sale

Oil and Gas Fields For Sale - The Union Government on December 3, 2018 constituted a six-member committee headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar to look at selling of 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned the Oil and Natural Gas Corporatio (ONGC) and Oil India Limited (OIL) to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.

India and the UAE signed Currency Swap Agreement

India and the UAE signed Currency Swap Agreement - India and the UAE signed two agreements, including one on currency swap, as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held exhaustive discussions with her counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to step up cooperation in areas like trade, security and defence. Swaraj arrived UAE on a two-day visit.

Indian Navy Day

Indian Navy Day - The 47th Indian Navy Day was celebrated on December 4, 2018 across India. The day is observed every year to celebrate the achievements and role of the naval force in the country. To celebrate the occasion, the naval forces presented a display of acrobatic skills from Army choppers in Rameswaram Tamil Nadu. 

Jon Ridgeon

Jon Ridgeon - The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced the appointment of Jon Ridgeon as its new CEO. Ridgeon will take up the new role in March 2019.

Jon Ridgeon

Pawan Singh - Pawan Singh has become the first Indian to be elected one of seven member's of the Judges Committee of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).

TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS)

TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) - The European Central Bank launched a new system aimed at letting banks settle payments instantly across Europe. The ECB's TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS) system will let people and companies in Europe transfer euros to each other within seconds and regardless of the opening hours of their local bank. 

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir - After 15 years of international cricket for India, World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. Gambhir retires after last playing for the country in 2016 against England in Rajkot.

Penalty on Delhi Government

Penalty on Delhi Government - The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Delhi government to deposit an environmental compensation of Rs. 25 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for failing to curb air pollution in the Capital.

WIPO Report

WIPO Report - The number of patents granted by India shot up by 50 per cent in 2017, keeping up a trend of steep increases, according to the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The patents granted by India increased from 8,248 in 2016 to 12,387 last year.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric - Croatian Captain and midfielder Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or.