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Daily Current Affairs, 6th December 2018

Daily Current Affairs, 6th December 2018
1. India and the Republic of Peru sign Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters
An Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Peru on Co-operation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters was signed in Mumbai, on the side-lines of the 80th Session of the Policy Commission Meeting of the World Customs Organizations (WCO).
  • The three day 80th Session of the Policy Commission Meeting of the WCO is being organized by the Central Board of Customs and Indirect Taxes (CBIC), Government of India in Mumbai, India, from 3rd to 5th December 2018.
  • The Agreement was signed by Mr. S. Ramesh, Chairman, CBIC on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Rafael Garcia, as the National Superintendent of Customs on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Peru.
2. DIPAM uses the Swachhta Pakhwada from 16th to 30th November, 2018 to mobilize its Staff for Voluntary Work
The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Ministry of Finance observed Swachhta Pakhwada from 16th to 30th November, 2018.
  • The Department started the Pakhwada with all the Officers/staff of the Department taking Swachhta Pledge.
  • The Pledge was administered by the Secretary, DIPAM, Shri Atanu Chakraborty.
  • All the employees and officers of the Department led by the Secretary, Shri Atanu Chakraborty, cleaned a nearby Park in the CGO Complex as part of the cleanliness drive.
  • The Pakhwada concluded on 30th November, 2018 with a Swachhta Awareness March undertaken by the officers/staff of the Department.
3. PM Modi most followed world leader on Instagram
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most popular global leader on social media platform Instagram with 14.8 million followers.
  • According to a list published by online platform twiplomacy, Mr Modi is closely followed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo with 12.2 million followers.
  • With 10 million followers, US President Donald Trump is at the third position on photo-sharing platform.
  • The picture of newly married Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma meeting the prime minister has become the most liked picture posted by any world leader.
4. Nation pays homage to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 63rd Maharparinirvan Diwas
Nation pays homage to Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambedkar on his 63rd Mahaparinirvan Diwas.
  • The Father of the Indian Constitution Dr Ambedkar was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labourers.
  • He died on this day in 1956 and the day is observed as Mahaparinirvan Diwas every year. A number of functions are being organised all over the country to mark the occasion.
5. World Soil Day: 05 Decemeber
The day is observed annually on 5th December to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.
  • The theme for this year's World Soil Day is - 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution'.
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Soil holds three times as much carbon as the atmosphere and can help meet the challenges of a changing climate.
  • It said, 815 million people are food insecure and 2 billion people are nutritionally insecure, but it can be mitigated through soil. 95 per cent of food comes from soil and 33 per cent of the global soils are already degraded.
6. SpaceX successfully launches 64 small satellites using reusable Falcon 9 rocket.
Elon Musk-led SpaceX has successfully launched 64 small satellites into low Earth orbit onboard of its reusable and preflown Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This has set new record in United States of launching satellites in single go.
  • Space X It is private US space agency. It was founded by Elon Musk on May 6, 2002 who is its current CEO of Space X.
  • Its main purpose for its establishment was to reduce cost of space transport and establish human habitation on Mars house. Space X has developed series of Falcon Rockets.
7. RBI keeps all key policy rates unchanged
The Reserve Bank of India maintained status quo on all key policy rates in the fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review. Subsequently, the repo rate remains unchanged at 6.5 percent and the reverse repo rate at 6.25 percent.
  • Repo rate is the rate at which RBI lends to banks generally against government securities. The reverse repo is the rate at which RBI borrows money from banks.
  • The RBI informed the marginal standing facility rate and the Bank Rate too remain at 6.75 percent.
  • The six-member monetary policy committee headed by RBI Governor Urjit Patel unanimously voted to maintain the status quo on policy rates.
  • In the last policy announced in October, RBI had kept all the policy rates unchanged.
8. Croatia’s Luka Modric wins Men’s Ballon d’Or award 2018.
Croatia’s midfielder Luca Modrich (33) has won prestigious honor of football, Ballon d’Or. He was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to FIFA World Cup final (defeated by France) and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy.
  • With this, he ended the tenure of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for almost decade. Messi and Ronaldo have won this award since 2008.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo remained second in run of ballon d’or race this year.
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or Award is annual football association award given by FIFA to the male player who has performed the best in previous calendar year.

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