Current Affairs 9th December 2018

NATIONAL NEWS

Gender Wage Gap Highest In India, Women Are Paid 34% Less Than Men: ILO

Women are paid the most unequally in India, compared to men, when it comes to hourly wages for labour. On average, women are paid 34 per cent less than men, a recent report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found.

  • This gap in wages, known as the gender wage gap, is the highest among 73 countries studied in the report.
  • These findings are presented in the flagship publication of the ILO, the Global Wage Report 2018-19, which was released on November 26.
  • This gender wage gap has remained unchanged at 20 per cent from 2016 to 2017. Women are paid higher hourly wages than men in Bangladesh.
  • Extra info.:
    International Labour Organization Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland

India tops in road deaths; globally fatalities increase by 1 lakh in 3 years: WHO report

India continue to have the dubious distinction of registering the highest number of road fatalities across the globe.According to the Global Status Report on Road Safety, India reported a maximum of about 1.51 lakh road deaths in 2016 and globally the toll of road deaths increased from 1.25 million to 1.35 in a span of three years.

  • At this rate, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target 3.6 to halve road traffic deaths by 2020 will not be met. Road traffic injury is now the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5-29 years, signalling a need for a shift in the current child health agenda, which has largely neglected road safety,” the WHO report said.

Kerala becomes first state to have 4 international airports with Kannur Airport inauguration

Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Kannur international airport making Kerala the only state in the country to have four international airports.

  • The other three international airports are Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut International Airport.
  • Spread across 2,000 acres of area, this new international airport is likely to boost tourism in the region like Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargode. It may also increase the inter-trade in sectors such as spices and handloom.

18th All India Annual Conference of Heads of Science Centre’s & Museums begins at Itanagar

The 18th All India Annual Conference of the Heads of Science Centre’s and Museums began at Itanagar. Inaugurating the three-day conference, Arunachal Pradesh Environment and Forest Minister Nabam Rebia said that Arunachal Pradesh State Council Science and Technology is playing an important role to tie up and collaborate with other scientific institutions across the country to promote science and technology in the state. 

  • Mr Rebia also inaugurated the “Innovation Hub and Space Education Centre” situated at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Itanagar. He hoped that the three-day conference will able to chalk out strategies to promote scientific temper and to play a catalyst role for students.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

India expected to receive total remittance of $80 bn in 2018

India is expected to receive a total remittance of $80 billion in 2018, said the latest edition of the World Bank’s Migration and Development Brief. Among major remittance recipients, India retains its top spot, with remittances expected to total $80 billion this year, followed by China ($67 billion), Mexico and the Philippines ($34 billion each), and Egypt ($26 billion).

SPORTS

Ranji Trophy: Ajay Rohera creates world record for highest first-class debut score

Rookie Madhya Pradesh opener Ajay Rohera etched his name in the record books by slamming the highest first-class score on debut, an unbeaten 267 against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B game in Indore.

  • 21-year-old Rohera’s 267 not out is a world record. The record was earlier held by former Mumbai stalwart Amol Mazumdar, who had hit 260 versus Haryana at Faridabad in 1994.
  • The right-handed wicket-keeper batsman also had another reason to celebrate as he became the highest individual scorer for Madhya Pradesh surpassing JP Yadav’s 265.

AWARDS

Mexico’s Vanessa Poncede Leon wins Miss World 2018 crown

Vanessa Ponce de Leon of Mexico was crowned as Miss World 2018 by outgoing queen Manushi Chhillar in the coastal city of Sanya, China. She is the first Mexican queen to have won the title. Nicolene Limsnukan of Thailand was named first runner-up.

  • The 68th edition of the international beauty pageant witnessed a new format with the selection of top five beauty queens from the Continental Queens of Beauty. The top five included Belarus’ Maria Vasilevich, Jamaica’sKadijah Robinson and Uganda’s Quiin Abenakyo.
  • India’s Anukreethy Vas failed to make a mark at the pageant as she could not even make it to the top 30.

Goa’s Prathamesh Maulingkar is India’s first Mister Supranational winner

Goa’s Prathamesh Maulingkar has become the first Indian to win the title of Mister Supranational. The 27-year-old defeated over 30 other contestants from all over the world in the final round to win the 2018 title at the third edition of the gala in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.

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