Weekly Current Affairs 15th To 21st December 2019

Published on Monday, December 23, 2019
Weekly Current Affairs 15th To 21st December 2019

International News

Carnival of Aalst removed by UNESCO

  • The officials found the "recurrence of racist and anti-Semitic representations" to be incompatible with its principles of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • The carnival of Aalst of Belgium was initially added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity in 2010.

National News

GEM Samvaad

  • The outreach programme will facilitate the on-boarding of local sellers on the marketplace and caters to specific requirements and procurement needs of buyers.
  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM), commenced on 9th August 2016, is the national public procurement portal that offers end to end solutions for all procurement needs of Central and State Government Departments, PSUs, autonomous institutions and local bodies.

Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize

  • Mr Antonio Costa announced the award while addressing the 2nd meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  • The Gandhi Citizenship Education Prize is initiated in order to help perpetuate Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals inspired by his different thoughts and quotes.

Afghanistan: First Country to Recognise Indian Pharmacopoeia

  • The National Department of Regulation of Medicines and Health Products of the Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has formally recognised the Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP).
  • The Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) ensures the quality of medicinal products, the legal and scientific standards in the form of Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP).


ADB signed $490 Million Loan Agreement with GOI

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India (GOI) have signed a $490 million loan on 20th Dec 19, for a public-private partnership project to upgrade Indian state's roads.
  • Under the project, about 1600 kilometres of state highways and major district roads will be upgraded from single-lane to two-lane widths in Madhya Pradesh.


Global Gender Gap Report 2020

  • The Global Gender Gap Report measures the gender gap in political, economic and social spheres in a country.
  • The WEF Gender gap report points out that it will take 71 years to fully close the gender gap in the South Asia region with the current rate of improvement in Gender Gap.

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