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Current Affairs - December 2019

In this PDF, we are providing current affairs on below topics:

1. Politics and Governance

3. Economy

4. Security

1. Politics and Governance

a. CAA: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019 was recently enacted by the Parliament that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

b. 126th Constitutional Amendment Bill: Recently, 126th Constitutional Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament.
This bill has two objectives:
• Extend reservation for SC/ST to Lok Sabha and legislative bodies.
• Anglo Indians will not nominate themselves in Lok Sabha and legislative bodies.

c. Reforms in Criminal Laws: Recently, the Union Ministry asked all state governments to send their suggestions for a major overhaul and recasting of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), thus paving way for reforming the criminal justice system of India.

d. Good Governance Index: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions launched ‘Good Governance Index’ on the occasion of Good Governance Day (25th December). About Good Governance Index.
• Good Governance Index (GGI) may be a uniform tool across the States to assess the Status of Governance and the impact of varied interventions haunted by the government and UTs.
• The objectives of GGI are to supply quantifiable data to match the state of governance altogether states and UTs.

e. Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System (PPRTMS): Election Commission of India launched PPRTMS recently. It will be implemented through a web portal to facilitate tracking of the status of an application. The applicant is required to supply the contact mobile number and email address of the party/applicant in an application if they wish to trace the progress of the appliance.
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f. ARMS Act 2019:
Parliament passed the Arms (Amendment) Act, 2019 which seeks to amend Arms Act, 1959. To check illicit trafficking and commission of criminal offenses as indicated by enforcement agencies. To check illegal manufacturing of arms and punish people involved in such acts. To ensure that firearms not to be used in a rash or negligent manner in celebratory gunfire endangering human life or personal safety.

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2. Economy

a. National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP): The government released a report titled National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). To achieve the GDP of $5 trillion by 2024-25, India must spend about $1.4 trillion (Rs. 102 lakh crore). National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) takes account of projects to be implemented over the subsequent five years (2019-2025) in 18 States. NIP includes both economic and social infrastructure projects. Economic infra includes Roads, energy, railways, shipping, steel, etc. Social infra includes Education, health, sports, etc.

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b. India Skills Report 2020: The 7th edition of India Skills Report 2020 was released.
• It is a joint initiative of Wheebox (a global talent-assessment company), People Strong, and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in collaboration with UNDP, AICTE, and the Association of Indian Universities.
• India Skills Report 2020 aims to supply a summary of the availability of talent and therefore the demand from industry.
• The report brings together the readiness of our present talent pool for new-age jobs or job types and the skills that employers are today seeking prospective employees.

c. Future Skills Prime: Ministry of Electronics and IT along with NASSCOM, have approved the expansion of the Future Skills initiative -Future Skills PRIME (Programme for Reskilling/Upskilling of IT Manpower for Employability). In February 2018, the Future Skills Initiative was announced at Hyderabad to reskill the IT industry workforce in emerging technologies and job roles. The Future Skills platform currently offers reskilling/ upskilling in 10 emerging technologies like AI, Cyber Security, Blockchain, etc.

d. Mega Food Parks: Avantee mega Food Park in Dewas (Madhya radish) was inaugurated. This is the primary food park in central India. The government has come up with the Draft National Food Processing Policy in 2019 to boost the food processing industry.

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A developed sector that can process and help in the reduction of wastage, that can improve value addition in the food processing sector and can promote crop diversification and better returns to farmers.
This sector is additionally capable of addressing critical problems with food security, food inflation, and providing wholesome, nutritious food to the masses.

Major challenges and the potential for the development of the food processing sector in India is depicted in the infographic.

e. Railway Restructuring: Union Cabinet approved an organizational restructuring of the Indian Railways (IR). Presently, the management and administration of Railways are governed by a pool of Group A officers, drawn from Indian Engineering Services (such as Indian Railway Service of Engineers, etc.) and the Civil Services (such as Indian Railway Traffic Service, etc.) in eight technical and non-technical cadres respectively.

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3. Security

a. Chief of Defense Staff (CDS): Ministry of Defense (MoD) created the post of Chief of Defense Staff (CDS) to provide “effective leadership at the top-level” to the three wings of the armed forces. The outgoing Army chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat has been appointed as the country’s first Chief of Defense Staff (CDS). 
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b. India Nepal Cross Border Cooperation: Nepal’s Armed Police Force (APF) has assured India, cooperation in checking doubtful "third country" operatives on its soil.

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