10 December 2017 Current Affairs

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10 December: Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. The day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages. The Campaign is named as #standup4humanrights.

UN Women, Facebook inaugurates ‘We The Women’ event in Mumbai

UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two day event in Mumbai titled ‘We The Women’ to empower and recognise the magnificent contribution of women in our society. The event witnessed speakers from different walks of life including Textile and I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, Sakshi Malik, Mithali Raj, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar and others.

Hindi writer Mamta Kalia chosen for Vyas Samman 2017

Renowned Hindi scholar and writer Mamta Kalia (77) was chosen for Vyas Samman 2017 for her novel “Dukkham Sukkham”. She was selected by selection committee headed by author Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari. Dukkham Sukkham published in 2009 is saga of a lower middle-class familys three generations. The literary work focuses on the transition in relations and situations of our society.

Shankar appointed RBI Executive Director

Uma Shankar, chief general manager (CGM) in charge of RBI’s financial inclusion and development department has taken over as executive director. Shankar has been elevated after Meena Hemchandra the executive director in charge of the central bank’s supervision department retired at the end of November. Shankar is most likely to take charge of the supervision department of the central bank.

Indonesia Open Aquatic: Indian Diving Team wins 6 Medals

Indian Diving Team won 1 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in Indonesia Open Aquatic Championship 2017. The five-day championship concluded recently in Indonesia’s Jakarta. More than 1,500 athletes from eight countries, participated in the 5 day event. At the championships, the diving category featured athletes from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Maruti Suzuki replaces SBI as 6th most valuable Indian firm

India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki became India’s sixth most valued firm, crossing India’s largest lender SBI. Maruti Suzuki’s market capitalisation stood at ₹2.74 trillion, marginally ahead of SBI’s market value of ₹2.71 trillion. Reliance Industries is the country’s most valued company with a market value of ₹5.8 trillion, followed by TCS, HDFC Bank, ITC and Hindustan Unilever.

Ram Nath Kovind awards Presidents Colours to submarine arm of Navy

President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the President’s Colours to the submarine arm of the Indian Navy in recognition of its extraordinary service to the nation in the past 50 years. Till date, 17 submarines of the Navy have been awarded the Chief of Naval Staff’s Unit Citation for exceptional service. The first Indian naval submarine, on which the naval ensign and the national flag were hoisted on this day in 1967, was also named Kalvari.

Shooters Ghosh, Mane bag Youth Olympic Games quota places

Mehuli Ghosh and Tushar Mane became the first Indian shooters to secure the women’s and men’s quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by winning a gold and bronze each at the 10th Asian Championship 10M Rifle/Pistol at Wako City, Japan.

Pakistan to depreciate currency

Pakistan has agreed to allow the depreciation of rupee post talks with International Monetary Fund on nation’s economy. Authorities believe the currency adjustment would help shift foreign currency holdings from commercial banks back to official reserves. State Bank of Pakistan would now let the currency exchange rate to adjust to market conditions after many years of resisting expectations.

SBI changes name, IFSC codes of branches

Post merger of its 5 associates, SBI has changed names & IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 of its branches. The Bank has changed names & IFSC codes of branches located Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai & Kolkata and others. Indian Financial System Code (IFSC) is an 11-digit alpha-numeric code used to uniquely identify all bank branches participating in any RBI regulated funds transfer system.


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