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Daily Current Affairs – 19 Dec 2020 : GKToday Updates
1. Defence Acquisition Council approves proposals worth Rs 27,000 crore to procure equipment from domestic industry
- Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved proposals to procure equipment worth Rs 27,000 crore from the domestic industry.
- DAC approved Capital Acquisition proposals of various weapons, platforms, equipment and systems required by the Indian Army, the Navy and Air Force at an approximate overall cost of Rs 28,000 crore.
- This was the first meeting of the Council under the new regime of Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020 and this will give a boost to the Make in India and Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiatives of the Government.
- Acquisition proposals approved include the DRDO designed and developed Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems for the Indian Air Force, Next Generation Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Indian Navy and Modular Bridges for the Indian Army.
2. Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate and lay foundation stone for 33 highway projects in Karnataka
- Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay foundation stone for 33 highway projects in Karnataka today.
- The projects worth 11 thousand crore rupees, has a road length of nearly 1200 kilometres.
- Paving the way for development of Karnataka, these roads will enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in the State.
- Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will preside over the virtual function. It will also be attended by Union Minister Gen VK Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Govind M. Karjol and several ministers from the state.
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Karnataka Capital: Bengaluru; Governor: Vajubhai Vala
3. India, ADB sign 4.21 million dollar PRF facility for preparation of infrastructure development projects
- The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a 4.21 million dollar project readiness financing (PRF) facility for the preparation of infrastructure development projects to improve urban amenities and develop tourism infrastructure in Tripura.
- This is ADB’s first PRF facility for a state in the north-eastern region of India.
- The facility will support Tripura Government’s priorities of improving urban services and tourism infrastructure that will help boost economic development.
- The facility aims to ensure high readiness of ensuing infrastructure projects through feasibility studies, preparing detailed engineering designs, and capacity building of state level agencies while ensuring climate and disaster resilience and sustainability of sub -projects.
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The Asian Development Bank is a regional development bank established on 19th December 1966, which is headquartered in Manila, Philippines. The company also maintains 31 field offices around the world to promote social and economic development in Asia.
President: Masatsugu Asakawa
4. Asian Games: Qatar to host 2030 edition, Saudi Arabia gets 2034 edition
- The Olympic Council of Asia announced that Doha, the Capital of Qatar, will be hosting the 2030 Asian Games while the 2034 edition of the games will be hosted by Riyadh, Capital of Saudi Arabia.
- Qatar has beaten Saudi Arabia for the 2030 games in the vote at the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia which was held online in Muscat, Oman.
- The vote took place amid a political dispute between the two nations as Saudi Arabia is one of the four countries that has imposed trade and travel ban on Qatar since 2017.
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The Asian Games, also known as Asiad, is a continental multi-sport event held every four years among athletes from all over Asia.
5. International Migrants Day: 18th December
The International Migrants Day is observed on 18th December every year to commemorate the benefits and contributions migrants offer their host communities.
The day is also observed to draw attention to the particular challenges they face and the need to promote and protect the rights of all migrants
The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, which was adopted by the United Nations (UN) on 18 December 1990.
The theme for the year 2020 is: ‘Reimagining Human Mobility’.