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Daily Current Affairs, 3rd December 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 3rd December 2018
1. International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day was proclaimed in 1992, by a United Nations General Assembly resolution.
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
  • The theme for this year is Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. 
  • The United Nations will launch the first-ever flagship report on disability and development "UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development 2018 - Realizing the SDGs by, for and with persons with disabilities".
2. 80th Session of the Policy Commission of the World Customs Organization (WCO) to commence in Mumbai
The 80th Session of the Policy Commission of the World Customs Organization (WCO) will commence in Mumbai. The Session is being organized by the WCO and hosted by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), India.
  • The Indian delegation will be headed by Chairman, CBIC, S Ramesh, along with Member PK Das and their team of senior officers.
  • Some of the important topics to be discussed during the meeting include trade facilitation, controlling illicit financial flow, performance measurement, challenges of small island economies, etc.
3. India's first locomotive-less train 'Train 18' crosses 180 kmph speed limit
India's first locomotive-less less train, known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run.
  • Train 18 is capable of touching 200 kmph provided the rest of Indian Railways' system such as tracks and signals permit. When this indigenously designed train is made operational, it will become country's fastest train.
  • With 16 coaches, the train will have the same passenger carrying capacity as that of the Shatabdi Express.
4. Chennai: Vice President inaugurates Rainbow Children's Hospital
Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the private sector must ensure that the treatment provided by them is not only accessible but also affordable.
  • After inaugurating Rainbow Children's Hospital, in Chennai, Vice President hoped that the Hospital would provide specialized but affordable care to children and contribute to the larger national mission of ensuring all infants survive, thrive and grow up into healthy active citizens of the New India.
  • Vice President called on the private sector to partner with the government in making healthcare affordable as well as accessible to the common man, particularly in the rural and remote parts of the country.
5. India to host G20 summit in 2022, 75th year of Independence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will host the G20 summit in 2022, the year the country would celebrate the 75th anniversary of its Independence.
  • The G20 is a grouping of the world’s 20 major economies. Modi made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the two-day summit held here in Argentina’s capital.
  • Italy was to host the international forum in 2022. Thanking Italy for allowing India to play the host, Modi invited G20 leaders to India in 2022, which also marks the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.
  • The G20 economies account for nearly 90% of the gross world product, 80% of world trade, two-thirds of the world population, and approximately half of the world land area.
6. PM Modi meets FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Buenos Aires
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who gifted him a football jersey with his name on its back.
  • During ''Yoga for Peace' event, Prime Minister Modi had elaborated how football connected the two countries.
  • He said, If Argentina is interested in India's philosophy, art, music and dance, then there are millions of fans of the Argentine soccer stars in India.
  • Maradona has now become a household name and also used in many vernacular phrases.
7. Shri Sunil Arora takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India
Shri Sunil Arora assumed charge as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India succeeding Shri O.P.Rawat. Shri Rawat who demitted the office on 1st December, 2018 after completing his tenure.
  • Born on 13th April, 1956, Shri Arora, a former Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre 1980 batch, superannuated on 30th April, 2016 as Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and Government of India.
  • During the 36 years of his service, he held various crucial positions in the State Government of Rajasthan and in the Central Government.
  • Prior to assuming charge as Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Arora had been serving as Election Commissioner in Election Commission of India since 1st September 2017.
8. Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia wins Pune International Marathon
Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia won the Full Marathon with the timing of 2 hours 17 minutes 17 seconds.
  • Teshome Getachew claimed second and Bekele Asefa third position. Both of them are also from Ethiopia.
  • In women’s Full Marathon Pascalia Chepkogei from Kenya stood first with the timing of 2 hour 50 minutes 27 seconds. Belew Mekonnen and Fekede Tilahun of Ethiopia claimed second and third position.
  • Dekebe Tafa and Degefa Gezmu both from Ethiopia are winners of the men’s and women’s half marathon.
  • Among Indian runners this year also Karan Singh of Bombay Engineering Group stood first in Men’s category. In women’s Full marathon Urvi Tambe stood first amongst Indian participants.

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