Daily GK Update: Current Affairs in English Medium. Date: 03.12.2016

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  • Navy rules out deploying ‘overweight’ Tejas on aircraft carriers
  • 6th Heart of Asia ministerial conference, on peace & development in Afghanistan, begins today at Amritsar
  • 32nd anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy being observed
  • NGT bans disposable plastic in Delhi, allows Okhla plant
  • Qatar PM to hold discussions with PM Modi
  • Women in white soon to sail Naval warships
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities being observed
  • Trump speaks with Taiwan President in break with U.S. policy
  • UAE-based Indian girl wins Intl Childrens Peace Prize
  • South Korea postpones impeachment Vote
  • US unemployment rate falls to 9 year low
  • US Ambassador to India Richard Verma arrives in Agartala on 2 day visit to Tripura
  • Kerala Govt to launch campaign to counter smear against coconut oil
  • Maharashtra: Dhasai becomes first cashless village
  • Gujarat: Administration, Municipal corporations & banks come jointly to spread digital awareness for cashless society
  • Global crude oil prices surge to 13% after OPEC agrees output cut
  • GDP growth recorded at 7.3% in second quarter of current fiscal
Navy rules out deploying ‘overweight’ Tejas on aircraft carriers
  • The navy has ruled out deploying indigenously built light combat aircraft Tejas on its aircraft carriers, saying it is not being able to meet the requirements. Citing overweight as one of the reasons for ruling out Tejas for India's aircraft carriers Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said the navy is looking at procuring an alternative aircraft. He said, as far as the carrier-based aircraft is concerned, Navy needs it in a time line of the induction of the aircraft carrier. He said we have the MiG 29K, which operates from Vikramaditya and will operate from (indigenous aircraft carrier) IAC
6th Heart of Asia ministerial conference, on peace & development in Afghanistan, begins today at Amritsar
  • The 6th Heart of Asia ministerial conference will begin at Amritsar in Punjab from today, it will discuss peace, cooperation and economic development in Afghanistan. The main conference will be inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani . Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will lead the Indian delegation in place of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who is unwell. 
32nd anniversary of Bhopal gas tragedy being observed
  • Bhopal is observing 32nd anniversary of gas leak tragedy today as on the intervening night of 2nd and 3rd December in 1984, several hundred people were killed and scores of people were maimed for life when the Methyl Isocyanate gas was leaked from the pesticide plant of Union Carbide. 
NGT bans disposable plastic in Delhi, allows Okhla plant
  • The National Green Tribunal has banned the use of disposable plastic in Delhi and NCR with effect from January 1, 2017 and directed the Delhi government to take steps to reduce dumped waste. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Swatanter Kumar, however, refused to shut down the Okhla waste-to-energy plant and issued a slew of directions for its eco-friendly operation along with two other plants at Gazipur and Bhalswa. The bench said all the corporations, DDA and other public authorities including NCT of Delhi are directed to take immediate steps for reduction and utilisation of dumped waste.
Qatar PM to hold discussions with PM Modi
  • Visiting Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani will hold discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of common interest in New Delhi today. The dignitary arrived yesterday on a two day visit to India. After the talks, India and Qatar are expected to sign agreements in various fields. This is the first visit of Sheikh Abdullah to India and the third high-level bilateral engagement between the two countries in the past two years, which underlines India’s growing ties with Qatar. With Qatar being the largest supplier of LNG to India, the two leaders are also likely to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in the strategic area of energy.
Women in white soon to sail Naval warships
  • Women in white will soon sail Naval warships working shoulder to shoulder with men. The issue is under discussion and the defence ministry is working out on a policy to ensure smooth sailing for women, according to Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht. He said the living conditions in ships are entirely different and the ships are being modified to suit women officers. Speaking to the media on board INS Shakti in connection with the Navy Day celebrations in Visakhapatnam yesterday the Vice-Admiral said a large number of women are on board aircrafts and other defence wings.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities being observed
  • Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it is an annual event promoted by the United Nations to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities since 1992. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme for this year’s International Day is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want”. This theme notes the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. It has been celebrated with varying degrees of success around the planet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has saluted determination of Divyang people and conveyed his best wishes to them. In his tweets on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mr Modi said, there is a need to continue the ongoing efforts with renewed vigour and create a nation where both accessibility and equality prevail.
Trump speaks with Taiwan President in break with U.S. policy
  • US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken directly with the President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut. Mr Trump's transition team said the two leaders noted close economic, political, and security ties between the US and Taiwan in a phone call. 
UAE-based Indian girl wins Intl Childrens Peace Prize
  • A 16-year-old Indian environmental activist Kehkashan Basu has won this year's prestigious International Children's Peace Prize for her fight for climate justice and combating environmental degradation. Kehkashan, based in the UAE was presented the award by Bangladesh's Nobel peace laureate Mohammad Yunus at a glittering ceremony in The Hague. The International Children's Peace Prize is an initiative of Marc Dullaert, Chairman and Founder of the Dutch Kids Rights Foundation, and is awarded annually to a child, anywhere in the world, for his or her dedication to children's rights.
South Korea postpones impeachment Vote
  • South Korea's National Assembly announced yesterday that the vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye had been postponed until December 9th. The President has been embroiled in a multimillion-dollar influence-peddling scandal that has decimated her image as a strong, incorruptible leader. But if Park's offer to resign earlier this week was a political ploy to upend impeachment efforts underway, as opposition lawmakers contended, it apparently worked. For the first time in South Korean history, prosecutors named the sitting President as a subject in a criminal investigation. 
US unemployment rate falls to 9 year low
  • In US, unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low in November, adding to expectations that US interest rates will rise later this month. Figures from the Labor Department showed the US economy created 178,000 jobs in November, while the jobless rate fell to 4.6 per cent from 4.9 per cent in October.
US Ambassador to India Richard Verma arrives in Agartala on 2 day visit to Tripura
  • US Ambassador to India Richard Verma arrived in Agartala on a two-day visit to Tripura. After arriving in Agartala yesterday evening, Mr Verma called on the state Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. US Ambassador said given the current developments in the region including Tripura in various sectors, issues like Infrastructure, Development, Governance, Education, Power and Trade came up during his interaction with Manik Sarkar. During the meeting, the US Ambassador also discussed about forthcoming ‘Connectivity Summit’ to be organized by US Consulate of Kolkata in near future which is most likely to deliberate on issues related to connectivity linking the North Eastern Region. 
Kerala Govt to launch campaign to counter smear against coconut oil
  • Kerala Government will launch an aggressive campaign based on scientific studies to counter the smear campaign against coconut oil. Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar said yesterday that there was a systematic and organised campaign involving a section of medical professionals also against edible coconut oil
Maharashtra: Dhasai becomes first cashless village
  • Amid the Centre's push for digital transaction, Dhasai village in Thane district has become the first "cashless village" in Maharashtra. All payments in the Dhasai village are being done through plastic money. Dhasai, in Murbad taluka, around 70 km from Mumbai, has a population of around 10,000. 
Gujarat: Administration, Municipal corporations & banks come jointly to spread digital awareness for cashless society
  • In Gujarat, district administration, Municipal corporations and banks have joined hands to spread digital awareness among the people after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for cashless society. A special drive has been undertaken by banks and local bodies to encourage more and more people towards cashless transactions by organising awareness camps and sessions for public as well as small businessmen.
Global crude oil prices surge to 13% after OPEC agrees output cut
  • Global crude oil prices shot up 13 percent today, after Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (opec) and Russia cut a deal to reduce output to drain a global supply glut. Brent crude oil futures surged 13 percent to 52.54 dollars a barrel. US crude jumped to 50.11 dollars a barrel. OPEC yesterday agreed to its first oil output reduction since 2008, after Saudi Arabia dropped a demand that Iran also slash output. The cut of 1.2 million barrels per day was at the upper end of expectations. But some doubts over the output cut remain.
GDP growth recorded at 7.3% in second quarter of current fiscal
  • The Indian economy grew 7(point)3 percent in the second quarter of the current fiscal, up from 7(point)1 per cent growth posted in the first quarter. The improvement was mainly on improved performance of the manufacturing, services and trade sectors.GDP had grown by 7.6 per cent in the second quarter of the previous fiscal. According to official data, the sectors which registered growth of over 7 per cent in the July to September quarter are public administration, defense and other services, financial, insurance, real estate and professional services, manufacturing and trade, hotels, transport and communication, and services related to broadcasting.
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Courtesy: AIR News / The Hindu / The Times of India

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