08-09.12.19 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

AP Maritime Board to have headquarters in Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam will be the headquarters of Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board which was constituted last month.

The board would help in rapid development of the port sector, the hinterland, besides offshore areas connected to the port and industrialisation in port areas in AP.

Representatives of all privatised ports in the state and one representative from the Ministry of Shipping, Customs and Central Excise would be members of the board.

The in charge of coastal police, representatives of Indian Navy and Coast Guard would also be members along with two independent experts elected by the board.

The independent members shall serve as advisors to the board for tenure of three years.

They should have expertise in maritime trade, global shipping and supply chain of key cargo commodities and port policy, PPP contract, in major and non-major ports in India.

The government had identified around 14 non-major ports development in the state. Presently there are three ports– Vizag Port Trust, Gangavaram and Krishnapatnam–are handling bigger quantity of commodities.

INTERNATIONAL

 

●       India provided USD 500 million Line of Credit to Bangladesh

 

India provided a $500 million Line of Credit (LoC) to Bangladesh on 5 December.

 

The funding is for defenCe-related procurement in Bangladesh.

 

RBI said that under the soft loan facility, financing of export of eligible goods and services from India would be allowed subject to the Foreign Trade Policy.
Under the agreement, out of the total credit by Exim Bank, the goods and services of the value of at least 75% of the contract price shall be supplied by the seller from India. The rest 25% of goods and services can be procured by the seller for the purpose of the eligible contract from outside India, including Bangladesh.

But the eligible goods and services supplied by the seller from India can be reduced from 75% to 65% based on the nature of the procurement and further reduction may be considered on a case-to-case basis.

 

●       International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on 9 December

 

  • International Anti-Corruption Dayis observed on 9 December. The day aims to raise awareness about corruption and the measures that can be taken to combat corruption.

 

 

The theme for the year 2019 is United Against Corruption. The theme was set by the UN to support the 2030 Agenda. UN conducts the #UnitedAgainstCorruption. 
#UnitedAgainstCorruption: The campaign focuses on corruption as it is one of the biggest obstacles to achieve the SDG.

 

●       Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the 2019 Miss Universe

 

South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the Miss Universe 2019. Zozibini and Miss Universe Puerto Rico Madison Anderson were the top two contestants for the 2019 Miss Universe title. Miss Universe Mexico Sofia Aragon won third place. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray crowned Zozibini Tunzi, the winner of the title.

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

●       Cabinet approved the creation of Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund

 

 

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved for the creation of the Bharat Bond Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). Under the approval, Bharat Bond will create an additional source of funding for Central Public Financial Institutions (CPFIs), Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs), and other government organizations. The announcement was made by the Union Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman.

 

The move aimed to deepen the corporate bond market and reduce the cost of borrowing in India.

 

 

  • Aberdeen in Andaman and Nicobar Islands adjudged best police station in Country

 

 

Aberdeen Police station in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands ranks first in the list of the best-performing police stations in the country while dealing with a property offence, a crime against women and weaker sections.

Home Ministry released the list of ten best-performing Police stations in the country.

 

Balasinor police station in Gujarat secured the second rank while and Ajk Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh got the 3rd position.

 

The ranking of top ten Police Stations out of over 15 thousand 500 Police Stations in the country was done through data analysis, direct observation and public feedback.

●       Ministry of Tourism identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourist Sites

 

The union government identified some world-class iconic tourist stations in India to attract foreign and domestic tourists.

The Budget Announcements of 2018-19, Ministry of Tourism identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourist Sites

The iconic sites are Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort & Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath & Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).

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