current affairs(2nd DECEMBER)
WB CM MAMTA BANERJEE CAMPAIGN 'DUARE SARKAR'
- West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee has launched a massive campaign titled ‘Duare Sarkar’ (government at doorsteps) to aware people about the 11 state-run welfare schemes and help them avail its benefits.
- The two-month-long outreach programme has been launched keeping in view the 2021 state assembly elections which are due in April-May.
- The campaign will continue from December 1, 2020, to January 30, 2020, in four phases, with slogan ‘jar jekhane darkar, asche apnar duare sarkar’ (government will be at your doorsteps whenever you need it).
- The 11 schemes will be made available to the beneficiaries through camps set up for the purpose.
- Chief Minister of West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
- Governor of West Bengal: Jagdeep Dhankhar.
OECD PROJECTS INDIA'S FY21 GDP AT -9.9%
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has marginally raised its GDP forecast for India to a contraction of 9.9% in 2020-21 (FY21) from its earlier projection of (-) 10.2% in September 2020.
- OECD expects the GDP to rebound to 8% in 2021-22 (FY22) and 5% in 2022-23 (FY23).
- In terms of the global economy, OECD expects the world GDP to contract 4.2% in 2020. This estimate was (-) 4.5 per cent in September forecast.
- OECD has also projected the world economy to grow by 4.2 per cent in 2021 from an earlier forecast of 5 per cent. For 2022, Global GDP is projected at 3.7%.
- OECD Headquarters: Paris, France.
- OECD Founded: 30 September 1961.
- OECD Secretary-General: Jose Angel Gurria.
AR RAHMAN: AMBASSADOR OF BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH
- Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian composer, AR Rahman has been roped in as ambassador of the BAFTA Breakthrough initiative in India.
- In 2020, BAFTA will identify and support up to five exceptional talents working in film, games or television in India.
- The BAFTA Breakthrough initiative is part of the Academy’s year-long programme to support new talent, coming up in the film, games and television industries in the UK, China, India and the US and gives them access to unique career development and mentoring opportunities.
- It is a unique opportunity for promising artists to be supported by a world-renowned organisation, including connections with other talented creatives across the world and being mentored by BAFTA-winners and nominees.
LEWIS HAMILTON WON BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2020
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain) has won the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain.
- The race was the fifteenth round of the 2020 Formula One World Championship. This is the 11th victory for Hamilton of the season, and 95th F1 win of his career.
- Also, Hamilton now holds the records for the most wins (95), in Formula One history. Red Bull Racing teammates Max Verstappen (Netherlands) and Alexander Albon (Thailand) were second and third respectively.
ADB RELEASED NEW BOOK ON REGIONAL COOPERATION
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a new book titled ‘Future of Regional Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific’.
- The book provides insight on how stronger regional cooperation strategies, including in health, trade, finance, and disaster risk, can help governments in Asia and the Pacific accelerate economic growth and robust recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It also explores opportunities for economies in the region to work together to recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- President of ADB: Masatsugu Asakawa.
- Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
- International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is observed annually on 2nd December since 1986 by the United Nations General Assembly.
- The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, and the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
- The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption of the convention by the General Assembly, of the United Nations.
- The Convention is for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).
NATIONAL POLLUTION CONTROL DAY: 2ND DECEMBER
- In India, the National Pollution Control Day is observed every year on December 2 to commemorate the life of people lost in the unfortunate incident of Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
- The Gas tragedy occurred in the year 1984 on the night of 2–3 December. The year 2020 marks the 36th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.
- Through this day, awareness is created about the rising pollution of air, water, and soil, as well as shifts the attention of people with regards to the pollution control acts.
Objectives of the day:
Spread awareness of managing and controlling industrial disasters.
Prevent the pollution produced by industrial processes or human negligence.
Make people and industries aware of the importance of pollution control acts.
UP GOVT. PASSED ORDINANCE ON UNLAWFUL CONVERSION
- The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government has recently passed an ordinance to deal with unlawful religious conversions, which are in opposition of various judgments of the Supreme Court (SC).
UP Unlawful Religious Conversion Prohibition Ordinance, 2020:
- It makes religious conversion for marriage a non-bailable offence and the onus will be on the defendant to prove that conversion was not for marriage.
- The notice period to the District Magistrate for the religious conversion is two months. In case of conversion done by a woman for the sole purpose of marriage, the marriage would be declared null and void.
Supreme Court on Marriage and Conversion:
- The SC in its various judgments has held that faith, the state and the courts have no jurisdiction over an adult’s absolute right to choose a life partner.
- India is a “free and democratic country” and any interference by the State in an adult’s right to love and marry has a “chilling effect” on freedoms.