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Daily Current Affairs, 4th December 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 4th December 2018
1. Qatar to leave OPEC from January 2019
Qatar has announced its decision to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) from January next year and focus more on the production of natural gas.
  • Qatar has plans to increase its annual exports of liquified natural gas, LPG from 77 million tons of gas per year to 110 million tons.
  • Qatar is the world's largest exporter of LPG. Al-Kaabi said, Qatar also wants to raise its oil production from 4.8 million barrels of oil equivalent a day to 6.5 million barrels.
2. International conference on bears starts in Agra
More than 80 delegates from 11 countries are participating in an international conference on bears being organized in the Taj city for the first time.
  • Hosted by Wildlife SOS, a conservation non-profit, the conference from December 3-6 is focused on bear care, wildlife conservation and human wildlife conflict mitigation and is in collaboration with Bear Care Group from the US and Canada.
  • The conference aims to share knowledge on principles of welfare of bears and other wild animals in zoos, sanctuaries and rescue centers.
3. ADB, Centre sign 85 mn dollar loan to support Odisha skill development project
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 center, the World Skill Center (WSC) will also be established in Bhubaneswar with the help of a loan.
  • The Odisha Skill Development Project agreement was signed by Additional Secretary in the Finance Ministry Sameer Kumar Khare and Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission Kenichi Yokoyama in New Delhi.
  • The project will help over 1.5 lakh people learn skills in priority sectors, including manufacturing, construction and services for formal employment. The Skill Centre will deliver eight training courses for 13 thousand students and provide training to five thousand teachers.
4. Navy Day : 04 December
The day is celebrated in honor of the maritime force's role during the war with Pakistan in 1971 when Indian warships attacked Karachi port and successfully hurt Pakistani operations in the western coast.
  • The Day is also celebrated to highlight the role the Navy plays in securing the country's marine borders during peacetime and carrying out humanitarian missions.
  • Operation Trident, the codename for the naval attack on Karachi, is considered one of the most successful operations in the post-World War II era.
5. Government forms Rajiv Kumar Committee to look at selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies
Union Government has constituted six-member committee to look at selling as many as 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.
  • The committee will be headed by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and includes Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Oil Secretary M M Kutty, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker as members.
  • Constitution of this committee is follow up of October 2018meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review domestic production profile of oil and gas and the roadmap for cutting import dependence by 10% by 2022.
6. Exercise SHINYUU Maitri-2018 with JASDF Commences
The Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) is in India for a bilateral air exercise SHINYUU Maitri-18 with Indian Air Force from 03-07 Dec 18 at A F Station Agra.
  • The theme of the exercise is joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) on Transport aircraft.
  • IAF is participating with An-32 and C-17 aircraft with aircrew & observers. The focus of the exercise is set for the IAF and JASDF crews to undertake Joint Mobility/ HADR operations.
7. Pawan Singh first Indian to be elected in ISSF's judges committee
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).
  • Mr Singh also holds the post of the Joint Secretary General of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI).
  • Mr Singh got elected onto the seven members' Judges Committee for which 22 candidates from all over the world were in the fray. Members of the administrative council of ISSF voted to select the committee during the elections held at Munich. The ISSF elections take place every four years.
  • A few days back Raninder Singh, President of NRAI had become the first Indian to be elected Vice President of ISSF.
8. Maheshwari Chauhan retains women's skeet title
Rajasthan's Maheshwari Chauhan retained her women's skeet title at the 62nd National Shooting Championship Competitions (NSCC) for shotgun events in Jaipur.
  • Maheshwari overcame Ganemat 52-51 in the final to clinch the gold.
  • The bronze medal was won by Punjab's Simran Preet Kaur Johal, who later picked up three gold in other events.

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