Current affairs (23rD DECEMBER)
UTTAR PRADESH'S GOVt. LAUNCHED 'VARASAT' CAMPAIGN
- The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special campaign ‘Varasat’ (natural succession) to curb property & land-related disputes in rural areas.
- This is a first of its kind campaign in the state which aims to put an end the land-related issues in the rural areas and eradicate the exploitation of the villagers over succession rights by land mafias, who generally target disputed properties.
- The two-month-long special drive will continue till 15th February 2020. Under the arrangements, the villagers will get both online and offline facilities for registering their ‘Varasat’.
- For the people who have landed in the village but they are living at some other place, a special counter will be opened at the Tehsil-level where they can apply for the same.
- People will get proper paper documents for their land property. They can even avail loans from banks. It would be helpful in minimising disputes and animosity within families and relatives.
- Villagers would also get rid of facing lawsuits that sometimes trail for generations. All the information related to such land will be uploaded on the website of the revenue board based on which the progress of the scheme will be reviewed.
SINGAPORE'S 'HAWKER CULTURE' GETS UNESCO RECOGNITION
- The Hawker Culture of street food in Singapore has been inducted by UNESCO in its prestigious ‘Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’.
- The Hawker Culture is a popular Singaporean style of street dining and culinary practices in a multicultural urban environment.
- Hawker centres are naturally-ventilated premises with stalls selling food from various cultures like Chinese, Malay, Indian, among others.
- The Hawkers of Singapore are known to master a variety of cuisines which they serve at the ‘community dining rooms’ where people from across all walk of life gather and share their unique experiences.
20TH IORA COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING HELD IN UAE
- The 20th edition of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers (COM) Meeting via video conferencing under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
- The theme of the meeting was “Promoting a Shared Destiny and Path to Prosperity in the Indian Ocean”.
- The Indian delegation was led by Muraleedharan, MoS, Ministry of External Affairs. Sri Lanka has assumed the charge of Vice-Chair of IORA for the period 2021-23.
- The COM-20 was inaugurated by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE. The UAE assumed the position of the IORA Chair in November 2019 during the 19th COM, for the period 2019-2021.
- All 22 Member States and 10 Dialogue Partners participated in the virtual meeting to discuss ways in coordinating efforts to achieve IORA’s vision for a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indian Ocean region as outlined in the Jakarta Concord and IORA Action Plan. During the 2020 COM, France was inducted as the 23rd member state of IORA.
- Secretary-General of Indian Ocean Rim Association: Nomvuyo Nokwe.
- Indian Ocean Rim Association Founded: 7 March 1997.
- Indian Ocean Rim Association Headquarters: Ebene, Mauritius.
- JAISHANKAR ADDRESSED 5TH ANNUAL GTS
- The 5th edition of the annual Global Technology Summit (GTS) was organised virtually by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India in collaboration with Carnegie India (CI).
- GTS is one of the four flagship annual conferences organised by MEA. The other three conferences are the Raisina Dialogue, the Geo-economic dialogue, and the Indian Ocean Conference.
- The theme of the 2020 GTS was “The Geopolitics of Technology”. The speakers from included the External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, and Dr K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.
- The industry experts, policymakers, and scholars from all over the world participated in the five-day event to deliberate on five comprehensive sub-themes, which included:
- Geopolitics of Technology
- Data: Linking the World
- Digital Payments: The Future of Global Financial Highways
- Digital Inclusion: Taking the Local to the Global
- Transforming Healthcare for a Post-COVID World.
RAJNATH SINGH INAUGURATED 'HWT' FACILITY IN HYDERABAD
- Union Minister of Defence, Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the advanced Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (HWT) test facility of the DRDO in Hyderabad, Telangana.
- The state-of-the-art HWT Test facility has made India as the only third country in the world, after the US and Russia, to have such a huge facility in size and capability.
- The indigenously developed HWT Test facility is a pressure vacuum-driven enclosed free jet facility having a nozzle exit diameter of 1 metre.
- This will simulate Mach No 5 to 12 (Mach represents the multiplication factor to the speed of sound)”.
- The facility has the capability to simulate hypersonic flow over a wide spectrum and will play a major role in the realization of highly complex futuristic aerospace and defence systems.
INDIA BAGGED MEDALS IN BOXING WORLD CUP 2020
- Indian boxers have bagged 9 medals including three gold, two silver and four bronze at the Cologne Boxing World Cup 2020, held in Cologne, Germany.
- India finished 2nd in the overall Medals List, Germany topped the list with 16 medals. The Cologne Boxing World 2020 was hosted by the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC).
List of Medal Winners
- Gold: The three gold medals for India were bagged by Amit Panghal (52kg), Manisha Moun (57kg) and Simranjit Kaur (60kg) in their respective categories.
- Silver: Silver medals were claimed by Sakshi Choudhary (57kg) and Satish Kumar (91kg).
- Bronze: Sonia Lather (57kg), Pooja Rani (75kg) Gaurav Solanki (57kg) and Mohamed Hussamudin (57kg) claimed the bronze medal in their respective categories.
- European Boxing Confederation Founded:
- European Boxing Confederation President: Franco Falcinelli.
- European Boxing Confederation Headquarters: Assisi, Italy.
4 INDIGENOUS GAMES INCLUDED IN KHELO INDIA YOUTH GAMES
- The Sports Ministry has approved the inclusion of four indigenous Games to be a part of Khelo India Youth Games 2021, which is scheduled to be held in
- The four new games are, Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba. The four selected games represent different parts of the country and will get national recognition with the help of the Khelo India Youth Games 2021.
Place of origin of the newly inducted games
- Kalaripayattu has its origin from Kerala.
- Mallakhamba is practised in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
- Gatka originates from Punjab. It is a traditional fighting style of the Nihang Sikh Warriors, used both as self-defence as well as a sport.
- Thang-Ta is a Manipur martial art.
NATIONAL MATHEMATICS DAY 2020: 22ND DECEMBER
- India observes the National Mathematics Day every year on 22 December since 2012.
- The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. This year nation celebrates his 133rd birth anniversary of Ramanujan.
- Ramanujan had a wealth of ideas that have transformed and reshaped 20th-century mathematics. These ideas continue to shape mathematics of the 21st century.
- The main objective behind the celebration of National Mathematics Day is to make people aware of the development of mathematics and its importance in the growth of humanity.
- The day was announced on 26 February 2012 by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 Dec 1887- 26 Apr 1920). 2012 was also observed as National Mathematics Year.