Current Affairs - UPSC

Dec 18, 2018


  • Central government has decided to extend the pradhan mantra ujjwala yojana to all poor house hold in the country.
  • Pradhan mantri ujjwala yojana is the government flagship program to provide free cooking gas.(LPG connection)
  • The scheme targets to reach out to provide free LPG connections to 80 million families by 2020.
  • Pradhan mantri ujjwala yojana was launched in may 2016.
  • The initial target set for the scheme was to provide 50 million LPG connections. To below poverty line
  • The vision behind the scheme is to ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in india. Which will help in women empowerment
 MERRIAM – Webster Selects “Justice” As Its 2018 Word Of The   Year 

Lok Sabha Passes Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill 2016.
  • To empower the transgender community in the country by providing then a separate identity
  • Primary objective of the transgender persons (protection of rights) bill 2016 is to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against the transgender community.
Cop 24 In Katowice Outcomes
  • 2018 united nations climate change conference that took place between December 2nd  – December 15 2018 in Katowice Poland.
  • It is the 24th conference of the parties to the united nations frame work convention on climate change which is also refered as Katowice climate change conference or Katowice climate talk.
  • The important outcome of COP 24 was that the countries have agreed on rules for implementation 2015 paris agreement.
The Indian Government Will Soon Inaugurate Information Fusion Centre (Ifc)
  • Objective to boost maritime security and information exchange for Indian ocean region
  • The IFC will be set up by Indian navy at the information management and analyses centre (IMAC) gurugram Haryana.
 Mount Soputan Volcano Erupts On Sulawesi Island Of Indonesia
  • Erupted on 16th December 2018
  • Indonesia has 129 active volcanoes .
  • Indonesia is an architelago which is highly prone to earthquake and volcanoes and it is located in the “pacific” ring of fire.
 NITI Aayog Organised Women Transforming India Award 2018 In New Delhi
  • Theme of WTI award 2018 “women and entrepreneurship”
 Joshna Chinappa Wins National Squash Womens Singles Title By Defeating Urwashi Joshi
Cartiona Gray From Philippines Wins Miss Universe 2018 Title
  • She was crowned by Demi leigh nel-peters from south Africa. The universe 2017 title winner
  • That was held at Thailand on December 17. 2018
 PV Sindhu Wins Maiden Vwf World Tour Title By Defeating Nozomi Okuhara 2017 World Champion
Belgium Wins Hockey World Cup 2018 Title By Defeating Netherland Which Was Helt At Kalinga Stadium In Bhuvaneswar Odissa
 47th Anniversary Of Vijay Diwas Celeberated On 16th December 2018 Marking Over The Victory Over Pakistan In 1971 War
Bhupesh Baghel To Become New Chief Minister Of Chhattisgarh
  • Baghel sworn in as the chief minister of chhatisgarh by anandi ben patel
18th Meeting Of Inter-Governmental Commission On Military Technical Co-Operation Was Held In New Delhi
Foundation Stone Of Institute Of High Altitude Medicinal Plants Laid In Jammu And Kashmir  
Shree Saini Wins Miss India World Wide 2018
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Dedicated Indias First Railway University To The Nation In Vadodara
Punjab Assembly Passed Resolution To Seek 33% Reservation For Women In Parliament
Pu Zoramthanga Belonging To Mizo National Front Has Sworn In As Mizoram New Chief Miister By The Governor K.Raja Sekhran
Ashok Gehlot Was Selected As The Chief Minister Of Rajasthan
Australia Recognize West Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel
Internet Faciity For Post Office Savings Bank Customers Has Launched    
Akademik Lomonosov Worlds First Floating Nuclear Power Plant Became Operational
English Writer Amitav Ghosh Selected For Jnanpith Award 2018
  • Circle of reason 1986 was his first novel
  • Shadow lines 1988
  • Calcutta chromosome 1995
  • Glass palace 2000
  • Hungry tide 2004
  • First volume sea of poppies 2008
  • Second volume reverse smoke 2011
  • Third volume flood of fire 2015
Bharat Bhushan Vyas Appointed As New Member Of UPSC
India And Asian Development Bank(ADB) Signed a Loan Agreement 60 Million Dollar For Assam
Fourth Edition Of Kochi-Muziris Biennale Was Inaugurated
4 Indian Psu’s Future In Worlds Top 100 Arms Producer
 B P SINGH Appointed As FTII New Chairman
Uttar Pradesh Based Start Up Help Us Green Has Been Honored By Un For Its Work To Clean River Ganga
Dec 17, 2018


  • PM at Prayagraj inaugurates new Airport Complex, Integrated Command and Control Centre for Kumbh Mela; launches development projects
  • PM remembers brave soldiers who fought in 1971, on the occasion of Vijay Diwas
  • Vice Prez flags-off car rally for Parliamentarians
  • The objective of the rally is to promote awareness among the people on road safety and responsible driving.
  • PM lauds Gautam Gambhir for his contribution to sport & work on social causes
  • PM Modi to hold delegation-level talks with Maldivian President in New Delhi
  • The two leaders are expected to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations. A number of agreements are expected to be signed after the talks.
  • India is a leading development partner of Maldives and capacity building and skills development is one of the key components of India’s assistance to the island nation. 
  • Growing from modest beginnings, India-Maldives bilateral trade now stands at 700 crore rupees. Indians are the second largest expatriate community in the Maldives with an approximate strength of around 22 thousand. 
  • UN Climate conference finalises rules to implement Paris climate treaty
  • After two weeks of intense negotiations at Katowice in Poland ministers of  200 nations finally reached consensus on rules to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
  • The Paris accord aims to limit rise in global atmospheric temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial revolution levels.
  • The concerns of developing nations including India and least developed nations on funding for carbon credit were finally addressed. 
  • The affluent nations which are the main polluters agreed to pay for greening in the underdeveloped world. 
Dec 13, 2018


  • PM hands over tricolour to Arunima Sinha on her expedition to Mount Vinson, Antarctica

  • The Government of India and ADB sign a $31 Million Loan Agreement to develop Tourism and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu

  • Russian Federation Navy Ships arrive Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA NAVY 2018