Current Affairs Daily Updates: 06th Dec 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 06th Dec 2017
1. Third DRC-NITI Aayog Dialogue Held in China
  • The 3rd edition of the Dialogue between the NITI Aayog and the Development Research Council of China, the DRC- NITI Aayog Dialogue was held in Beijing.
  • The meeting was co-chaired by Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, and Mr Li Wei, President (Minister), DRC.
  • The two sides agreed that the 4th NITI Aayog - DRC Dialogue will be convened in India in 2018. 
  • The dialogue took place under the MOU between NITI Aayog and the Development Research Centre (DRC), State Council of the China.
2. International Solar Alliance becomes Treaty-based International Intergovernmental Organisation
  • Indian brainchild International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become treaty-based International Intergovernmental Organisation .
  • With this, ISA has become the first treaty based international government organization to be based in India. 46 countries have signed the treaty so far.
  • ISA was jointly launched by the Prime Minister NarendraModi and President of France, Francois Hollande in 2015 in Paris on the sidelines of COP-21 of UN Climate Conference.
3. UP’s Shamli becomes 23rd district to be included in National Capital Region
  • Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), taking the total number of districts in the NCR to 23.
  • The Cities in the NCR get funds at "attractive" interest rates from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) for infrastructure development.
  • The decision to include Shamli in the NCR was taken at the 37th meeting of the NCRPB.
4. International conference on Climate Change held in Nepal
  • The International conference on climate change was held in Nepal.
  • It was inaugurated by Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari. It was titled ‘Resilient.
  • Its purpose was to draw attention towards adverse effects of global warming in Hindu Kush mountain range.
  • It was organized by Nepal’s Ministry for Environment in collaboration with International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
5. Syrian Boy Wins Children's Peace Prize
  • Sixteen-year-old Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria was awarded the International Children's Peace Prize for his efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children.
  • Al Jounde, a refugee of the Syrian civil war, set up a school together with his family in a Lebanese refugee camp that currently provides 200 children with education.
  • Al Jounde received the prize from Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work for children's rights.

6. Madhya Pradesh Assembly Passes Bill On Death For Rape Of Girls 12 And Below
  • The Madhya Pradesh Assembly unanimously passed a bill awarding death to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 and below.
  • With the passage of the bill, Madhya Pradesh becomes the first state in the country where those convicted of such rapes will face the gallows.
  • Introduced in the House by Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Rampal Singh, the bill was discussed in detail and then passed by all parties, including the ruling BJP and opposition Congress.
7. Akash missile successfully test fired
  • The Surface to Air Akash missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker was successfully test fired against the target UAV Banshee.
  • It was the first supersonic surface to air missile with indigenous seeker.
8. International Solar Alliance is Now a Legal Entity
  • In terms of its Framework Agreement, with ratification by Guinea as the 15th country in November 2017, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) now become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organization.
  • The International Solar Alliance is India's global initiative. It aims at increasing solar energy deployment in member countries.
  • The ISA was jointly launched by the PM Narendra Modi and the president of France in November 2015 in Paris, on the sidelines of COP-21, the UN climate conference.
  • Till date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the framework agreement of the ISA. The ISA interim secretariat has been operational as a de-facto organization since January 2016.
9. Yuvraj Singh Launches UNICEF-ICC's Adolescent Campaign
  • Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh will be promoting a UNICEF sports initiative for youngsters in South Asia, which will also have the ICC's backing.
  • Yuvraj launched the "Power of Sports to Shape the Future of Adolescents" campaign in South Asia.
  • Yuvraj was joined by under-19 players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who will compete in the ICC under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January 2018.
10. Union Government allows NGT to form one-member benches
  • The Union Environment Ministry affairs allowed NGT Chairperson to “constitute a single-member bench” in “exceptional circumstances”.
  • It has amended National Green Tribunal (Practices and Procedure) Rules, 2011 and issued a notification.
  • This move will address festering problem of vacancies in NGT. According to earlier rules, NGT bench consisted of “two or more members” with at least one judicial member and another expert.
  • The balance of judicial and independent experts was necessary to ensure that technical aspects of disputes were adequately addressed.
11. 5th December: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
  • International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed worldwide on 5th December every year.
  • The international observance has been designated by United Nations since 1985.
  • The aims to spread awareness to raise an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to make their contributions at local, level and international levels.