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Important Current Affairs 30th December 2019

Chief of Defence Staff: Gen Bipin Rawat to be India’s first Chief of Defence Staff

General Bipin Rawat will be India’s first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). He will serve as the principal military advisor to the defence minister as the head of the new Department of Military Affairs to ensure jointness and synergy between the three defence services of India.

Key Facts about CDS

• The CDS will administer all tri-services organisations, comprising personnel from the army, air force and navy, however, it will not have any operational role and military command to ensure impartial advice. The command will be held with the Chief of the service.

• The CDS will be appointed by the President of India.

• CDS will be responsible to head the following:

• Department of Military Affairs

• Chiefs of Staff Committee

• National Security Council

• Defence Acquisition Council

• Defence Planning Committee

• Nuclear Command Authority

• The defence ministry had recently amended the Army, Air Force and Navy rules by bringing in a new clause that allows the Chief of Defence Staff to serve upto a maximum age of 65 years.

• For the individual services, the maximum service age is limited to 62 years.

SDGs Index 2019-20: Kerala tops the list while Bihar is worst performer

• NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2019-20 on December 30, 2019.

• This is the second edition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which indicates where the country and its States and UTs currently are on SDG implementation.

• Key points of the Index

• Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are top states on the SDGs Index-2019-20

• India has improved its composite score from 57 in 2018-19 to 60 in 2019-20 in the index

• None of the States scored below 50 out of 100 score.

• The United Nations SDG has 17 goals spread across 169 targets and 232 indicators

Pan-Aadhaar linking final deadline is December 31: Know how to link PAN card with Aadhaar card online?

The final deadline for linking the pan card with the aadhaar card is December 31. Those who haven’t yet linked their pan with aadhaar can check how to link the two cards online and through SMS here. Those who are unsure whether they have linked their pan with Aadhaar can also confirm the same by following a few simple steps.

Assam Launches Abhinandan education loan subsidy scheme

• Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the state government’s Abhinandan education loan subsidy scheme to bolster its education infrastructure and urge more students to pursue higher education.

• Under the scheme, one-time subsidy of Rs. 50,000 will be provided to students who have availed education loans of a minimum of Rs 1 lakh, provided that loan should have been sanctioned before March 31, 2019.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Launches auction Platform ‘eBkray’ for assets attached by banks

• Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a common e-auction platform ‘eBkray’ (eBक्रय), on December 28, 2019, to enable online auction of attached assets by banks transparently and cleanly for the improved realization of value.

• The e-platform eBkray provides a single-window access to information on all the properties up for e-auction, as well as a facility for the comparison of similar properties.

• It is equipped with property search features and navigational links to all PSB e-auction sites, along with photographs and videos of uploaded properties.

HDFC Life partners with Paytm to expand its distribution

• HDFC Life Insurance has partnered with Paytm to expand its distribution. The partnership is aimed to enable customers of Paytm to purchase insurance products from HDFC Life.

• HDFC Life Insurance is constantly exploring opportunities to create and sustain new partnerships to strengthen its distribution network.

• With the partnership, HDFC Life Insurance aims to increase insurance penetration in India and to simplify the customers experience right from the purchase to the claim process.

New Delhi hosts 49th Border Coordination Conference between BSF & BGB

• 9th Border Coordination Conference between border guarding forces of India and Bangladesh was held in New Delhi.

• The Indian delegation was headed by DG Border Security Force Vivek Kumar Johri and the Bangladesh delegation was headed by DG of Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) Md Shafeenul Islam.

• The conference focused on co-operation in Border Guarding and Border Management between the two forces.

• During the conference, both forces agreed to make all possible efforts to curb the menace of cattle smuggling or any other criminal activity and to ensure tranquility on the borders.

Director General of Border Security Force: Vivek Kumar Johri.

Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka; PM: Sheikh Hasina.

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