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Current Affairs 5 December 2019

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Current Affairs 5 December 2019

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Current Affairs is a type of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or ongoing at the time of broadcast. The article Current Affairs 5 December 2019 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Education, Banking, Sports and Appointments importance of 5 December 2019.


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General election 2019: Tories promise tax-cutting Budget if elected

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Key Highlights

  • Boris Johnson says he will take the UK out of the EU, present a “tax-cutting” Budget, and deliver on manifesto pledges on crime and health within the first 100 days if he wins the election.

  • <li<As the campaign enters its final week, the PM said only a Tory victory would end the Brexit uncertainty and get MPs "working on the people's priorities".


  • If re-elected, he said schools and the NHS would get immediate extra cash.

  • But Labour said their opponents only offered “more of the same failure”.

Macron pension reform: France braces for severe disruption amid strike


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Key Highlights

  • France is preparing for severe disruption as millions of workers go on strike in protest at being forced to retire later or face reduced pensions.

  • School and transport workers will join police, lawyers and hospital and airport staff in a general walkout.

  • France’s largest nationwide strike in years was agreed by unions unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for a universal points-based pension system.

  • Authorities have been trying to put in place plans to mediate the disruption.

China slams US on Xinjiang bill that calls for sanctions

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Key Highlights

  • China said bilateral cooperation with Washington will be affected in important areas following the passing of the US bill that called for “targeted sanctions” against the Chinese government for carrying out “arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of Uyghur Muslims” in Xinjiang.

  • Beijing’s angry reaction came after the US House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act 2019, which seeks to sanction Chinese government officials including the Xinjiang Communist Party of China’s (CPC) secretary, Chen Quanguo.


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Hyderabad Metro Rail to allow women to carry pepper spray for self-defence

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Key Highlights

  • Hyderabad Metro Rail Limited authorities announced that women travelling in metro trains in the city can hereafter carry pepper spray with them for self-defence.

  • The decision was taken in the wake of the latest incident of a 26-year old veterinarian who was allegedly raped and murdered on the outskirts of Hyderabad last week.

  • HMR managing director NVS Reddy said in a media communique that instructions have been issued to security personnel to allow women to carry pepper spray for their safety.

Indian Coast guards rescue 264 distressed fishermen from Arabian Sea

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Key Highlights

  • Indian Coast guards, with the help from merchant vessels transiting in the Arabian sea, rescued over 250 fishermen who were in distress owing to rough sea conditions.

  • Responding to a message from Tamil Nadu Fisheries authority Kolachel intimating about the distress of 50 stranded Fishing Boats at a distance of 250 Nautical Miles West of Goa, Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Centre facilitated the rescue of 264 fishermen by activating the International Safety Net.

PM Modi Announces Contest For ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ 2020

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Key Highlights

  • Another year and another session of ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ with the Prime Minister is here. An exercise that began in 2018 will enter its third year in 2020.

  • ‘Pariksha Pe Charcha’ is a unique interaction opportunity between students, parents, teachers, and the Prime Minister about exams and stress related to it.

India 5th most vulnerable nation to climate crisis: Study

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Key Highlights

  • India is the fifth most vulnerable country globally to climate crisis, according to a new analysis released.

  • India recorded the highest deaths due to climate crisis-led disasters and the second highest amount of monetary losses in 2018, said the analysis.

  • The Global Climate Risk Index 2020 by environmental think tank Germanwatch on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid, assessed 181 countries and quantified impacts of the climate crisis on them through economic losses, losses to GDP and fatalities to arrive at a ranking.


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JNU protest: Students decide to boycott exams

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Key Highlights

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University students have decided to boycott exams in protest over the hostel fee hike, according to a resolution adopted by the representatives of various schools and centres of the varsity.

  • A general body meeting was held among the students’ representatives of various schools and centers and it decided to boycott all academic activities.

IBPS Clerk Prelims 2019: Last minute revision tips, strategies to score better

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Key Highlights

  • Every year, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) conducts one of the most popular clerical-level banking examinations of the country – IBPS Clerk.

  • The exam is conducted in two stages— preliminary round and main round, which is followed by language proficiency test.

Fit India School Rating System launched as part of Fit India Campaign

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Key Highlights

  • Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju launched the Fit India School Rating System at Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, Delhi Cantt here.

  • They also jointly inaugurated the newly constructed cricket stadium which has been constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 294.41 lakhs and will facilitate around 5,000 children every year.


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RBI Keeps Key Lending Rate Unchanged, Lowers GDP Forecast From 6.1% To 5%

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Key Highlights

  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das-led Monetary Policy Committee left the repo rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent, surprising many economists.

  • The central bank, however, lowered its GDP growth forecast for the current financial year to 5 per cent from 6.1 per cent in October, while maintaining an “accommodative” stance of policy.

Interest Rate-Sensitive Stocks Edge Lower After RBI Keeps Repo Rate Unchanged

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Key Highlights

  • The interest rate sensitive stocks have edged lower after the RBI kept the repo rate unchanged at 5.15 per cent and lowered FY20 real GDP growth estimate to 5 per cent from 6.1 per cent.
  • The BSE Auto index has shed 86 points or 0.4% at 17,838 and the BSE Bankex has weakened by 200 points or 0.5 per cent at 36,222. In the auto space, M&M weakened by 0.2% at Rs 524, Maruti Suzuki shed 0.4% at Rs 7042 and Tata Motors lost 1.4% at Rs 167.


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Sharjeel Khan To Lecture Pakistan Teammates On Anti-Corruption Code As Part Of Rehab

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Key Highlights

  • With his ban for spot-fixing over now, disgraced opener Sharjeel Khan will lecture his former Pakistan teammates on the perils of violating the Anti-Corruption Code ahead of their home series against Sri Lanka as part of his rehabilitation program.

  • Sharjeel, who has returned to nets after completing a five-year (half of it suspended) ban for spot-fixing, has been told by the Pakistan Cricket Board to meet the Pakistan team players at their camp in Rawalpindi before the first Test against Sri Lanka from December 11.


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UK statue to honour Sikh soldiers unveiled

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Key Highlights

  • A statue to honour the role of thousands of Sikh soldiers who fought along with British forces in the two World Wars has been unveiled in the west Yorkshire town of Huddersfield, which has a sizeable Sikh community described as ‘vibrant’.

  • The monument in the Greenhead Park marks the culmination of a project of the Sikh Soldier Organisation (SSO), which coordinated donations and other activities of the six feet high bronze statue that cost £65,000. Various local bodies supported the project.

UK rises in international school rankings

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Key Highlights

  • The UK has made “positive” progress in international school rankings, based on tests taken by 15-year-olds in 79 countries and regions.

  • The Pisa tests, run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, show the UK rising in reading, maths, and science.

  • But the UK lags behind top performers such as China, Singapore, and Estonia.

  • The UK’s teenagers were also found to have among the lowest levels of “life satisfaction”.




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