44th Navy day observed on 4th December.

  • PM Narendra Modi extended greetings to naval personnel and commended their dedication to protect the maritime interests of nation.
  • The occasion saw screening of Navy Telefilm 2015 titled Empowering India Through Maritime Security and Indigenisation on DD National.
  • The Navy day is celebrated every year to commemorate the success of Operation Trident of Indian Navy on Karachi Harbour during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

HP became first state to launch Rotavirus vaccination project.

  • The vaccine will help in controlling the child mortality rate (under five years of age) due to diarrhea.
  • Rotavirus vaccines are administered orally to infants in three dose course at ages of six, ten and fourteen weeks and are part of Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP).
  • State CM Virbhadra Singh launched this project at Dharamsala in Kangra District.
  • He administered the Rotavirus drops to children aged under five years.

ICBC to become strategic banking partner of Tata Group.

ICBC : Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd.

Tata Sons Ltd and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) have formed a long-term partnership, under which ICBC will become a strategic banking partner to the Tata group.

Tata Sons is the principal investment holding company of $108 billion Tata Group and promoter of Tata companies.

Lok Sabha passed bill to estabilish BIS on National Standards Body.

  • Lok Sabha on 3 December 2015 passed the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 to establish the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as a National Standards Body.
  • The bill seeks to establish harmonious development of standardization and assessment and quality assurance of goods, processes and services.

First India International Science Festival began at IIT Delhi.

  • First India International Science Festival (IISF) began on 4 December 2015 at IIT-Delhi.
  • The five day festival will explore ways to translate academic research into industrial applications benefiting the common man and encourage culmination of scientific temperament among youngsters, especially school children.
  • The five-day festival that will conclude on 8 December 2015 was jointly organised by Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Union Government.

Paris pact on water and climate change adaptation announced.

  • The announcement was made at the Water Resilience Focus event held under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda on climate change.
  • The event was held on the sidelines of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, France.
  • Its objective is to make water systems – the very foundation of sustainable human development – more resilient to climate impacts.
  • Almost 290 water basin organisations are engaged under the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation.

NTC signed MoU with Trasparency International India (TII) for adopting Intergrity Pact (IP).

  • With this signing, NTC became the 51st Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and 49th Central PSU to sign a MoU with TII.
  • Integrity Pact is a tool which ensures that all activities and transactions between a Company or Government Department and their Suppliers are handled in a fair, transparent and corruption-free manner.
  • It also prohibits any kind of bribing, favour or any other unethical practice, which is closely monitored by honorary Independent External Monitors (IEMs).

First Video production studio opened by YouTube.

  • Stepping up its India focus, YouTube along with Subhash Ghai-owned film school Whistling Woods International, has opened its first video production studio in the country.
  • Called YouTube Spaces, it has similar collaborations in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York City, Sao Paulo, Paris and Berlin.

GAIL and ISRO launched satellite based portal to monitor pipelines.

  • GAIL (India) Limited in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre, a unit of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has launched a surveillance geo-portal – ‘Bhuvan-GAIL Portal’ – that utilises space technology for its pipeline safety application.
  • The launch took place in the presence of B.C. Tripathi, Chairman GAIL (India) Ltd, V.K. Dadhwal, Director NRSC, ISRO and senior officials from GAIL and ISRO, according to a statement issued here.


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