NoteThis post covers important Current Affairs for preparation of all the competitive exams.
Appointments1) Suneet Sharma takes over as new Chairman & CEO of Railway Board (Effective 1st Jan 2021)
2) Soma Mondal takes charge as new SAIL Chairman ( Effective 1st Jan 2021 )
3) ISRO Chairman K Sivan gets one year extension up to 2022
4) Vineet Agarwal takes over as new Assocham President
5) Anil Soni appointed first CEO of The WHO Foundation
6) New Zealand’s Greg Barclay elected new ICC Chairman
7) Uday Shankar named FICCI President for 2020-21
8) Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry took over as Director of the Border Highway Bureau (DGBR)
Awards and Honors1) Pt Satish Vyas conferred Tansen Samman at the World Music Festival
2) PM Modi won the American Legion of Excellence Award
3) Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR-Uttar Pradesh) won the international award TX2
4) Senior Scientist Award for the year 2020 – Dr. Samir Damare
5) Global Teacher Award 2020 – Ranjitsinh Disale, an elementary school teacher in Solapur,Maharashtra
6) UN Population Award 2020 – HelpAge India
Books and Authors1) Dharma: Decoding the Epics for A Meaningful Life – Written by Amish Tripathi
2) Oh Mizoram – Written by Governor of Mizoram, P S Sreedharan Pillai
3) Ayodhya – Written by Madhav Bhandari
4) 40 Years with Abdul Kalam- Untold Stories – Written by Dr A.Sivathanu Pillai
5) Covid-19: Sabhyata ka Sankat Aur Samadhan – written by Kailash Satyarthi
Economy and Business1) The Government of India (GoI) and the World Bank signed a $500 million project is to build safe and green national highway corridors in the states of Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh
2) The bonds issued by Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) were listed on the BSE, raising 2 billion rupees for Uttar Pradesh.
3) The Government of India (GOI) and the World Bank signed a $400 million project to support India’s efforts to provide social assistance to families affected by Covid.
4) GST collectionsin India touched a record high of over Rs  1.15 lakh crore in December
5) India’s exports slipped marginally by 0.8 per cent in December 2020 even as the trade deficit widened to USD 15.71 billion due to the rise in imports
6) A recent report released by the Center for Economics and Business Research (CBER) predicts that India will again overtake the UK as the fifth-largest economy in 2025
7) The country’s foreign exchange reserves surged by USD 2.563 billion to touch a record high of USD 581.131 billion in the week to December18
Important Dates 1) 1st December – World AIDS Day
2) 1st Dec – BSF raising day
3) 2nd Dec – National Pollution Control Day
4) 2nd Dec – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
5) 3rd Dec – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
6) 4th Dec – International Bank Day
7) 4th Dec – Indian Navy Day
8) 5th Dec – World Soil Day
9) 5th Dec – International Volunteer Day
10) 7th Dec – Flag Day of the Armed Forces
11) 7th Dec – International Civil Aviation Day
12) 8th Dec – SAARC Charter Day
13) 8th Dec – Submarine Day
14) 9th Dec – International Anti-Corruption Day
15) 10th Dec – National Human Rights Day
16) 11th Dec – International Mountain Day
17) 12th Dec – International Universal Health Coverage Day
18) 12th Dec – International Neutrality Day
19) 14th Dec – National Energy Conservation Day
20) 18th Dec – World Arabic Language Day
21) 18th Dec – “Minority Day” or “Minority Rights Day”
22) 19th Dec – Shahidi Divas of Guru Tegh Bahadur
23) 19th Dec – Goa Liberation Day
24) 20th Dec – International  Human Solidarity Day
25) 22nd Dec – National Mathematics Day
26) 23rd Dec – Kisan Diwas or National Farmer’s Day
27) 24th Dec – National Consumer Rights Day
28) 25th Dec – Celebrated as Good Governance Day , To commemorate the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birth anniversary.
29) 27th Dec – International day of epidemic preparedness
National and International News1) The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched E-Sampada, a new web portal and mobile application.The new application provides a single-window for all services.
2) Donald Trump’s administration has removed Sudan from the US List of state sponsors of terrorism
3) The entire Nagaland was on Wednesday declared a “disturbed area” for six more months by the Central Government
4) Nine states have completed One Nation One Ration card reform in India
5) Gupkar alliance lead in the first-ever District Development Council(DDC) , BJP emerged as the single largest party
6) India has made considerable progress in reducing its malaria burden and is the only high endemic country which has reported a decline of 17.6% in cases during 2019,as compared to previous year
Obituaries1) Veteran broadcaster Indira Joseph Venniyoor passes away
2) The famous dance scholar and critic Sunil Kothari died on 27th Dec
3) French-Italian fashion designer Pierre Cardin died on 29th Dec
4) Motilal Vora (Former CM Of MP) died on 21st Dec.
5) Mahashay Dharmpal Gulati (MDH Spices Owner) died on 3rd Dec.
Science and Technology1) India’s 1st Testbed for for Autonomous Navigation Systems (Terrestrial and Aerial) (TiHAN) launched at IIT Hyderabad
2) India successfully test-fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) on 23 December from Odisha coast
3) The Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) in Mumbai has developed the first indigenous Ruthenium 106 Plaque form of eye cancer therapy to treat Ocular Tumours.
4) Six years after the launch of Japan’s “Hayabusa2” mission, it will return to Earth. It will carry samples from the Ryugu asteroid orbiting the sun.
5) The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully demonstrated the communication between its two laboratories using Quantum Key Distribution (N) technology.
Sports and Games1) The Ministry of Sports included Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Thang-Ta and Mallakhamba in Khelo India Youth Games 2021.
2) ICC Awards of the Decade
Player of Decade – Virat Kohli
Spirit of Cricket Award of Decade -MS Dhoni
3) Asian Games – Qatar to host 2030 and Saudi Arabia to host 2034 edition
4) Jehan Daruvala becomes first Indians to win Formula 2 race
Summits and Conferences1) Madhya Pradesh Government organizes a “Raag-Bhopali” exhibition to promote Bhopal’s Zari-Zardozi handicrafts.
2) The Sixth SAMVAD Conference between India and Japan was held.
3) PM Narendra Modi inaugurated International Science Festival (IISF) 2020 and is being held from 22-25 December, 2020
4) 20th Sri Lanka Economic Summit organized by Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) as Virtual meeting
5) 5th Global Technology Summit 2020 organized by Ministry of External Affairs and Carnegie India as Virtual meeting
6) FICCI’s 93rd Annual General Meeting organized by FICCI as VideoConferencing
7) India Mobile Congress 2020 organized by Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India as Virtual meeting
8) Agriculture Scientists Meet at IISF 2020 organized by Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Kailash Choudhary as Virtual meeting

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