Current Affairs for Defence Exams – 31st December 2018 – English

Current Affairs for Defence Exams

The General Awareness Section of Defence Exams covers numerous sections in it like History, Static GK, and Current Affairs. But the most important thing that you might have noticed is that Static Awareness questions asked in the General Awareness Section are based on Current Affairs only. The questions on Static Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Here is the Daily GK Update comprising of Current Affairs Important for upcoming Defence Exams to get you acquainted with the top events that made the headlines today!!

Current Affairs 31 December 2018 for Defence Exams

1. India won 2 Tests in a series in Australia for 1st time after 40 years

India defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third Test at Melbourne to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

  • This is the first time since 1977-1978 that India have won two matches in a Test series in Australia.
  • Further, the victory was India’s 26th in 45 Test matches under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

2. ICC Test Rankings: New Zealand Overtake South Africa to Third Spot

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 423 runs to claim the Test series and jump above South Africa into the third spot in the ICC Test team rankings.

  • India, who lead 2-1 after three Tests in Australia, are at the top of the rankings with 116 points. England are second with 108 points and Australia fifth on 102 points.

3. Delhi Police becomes first police force in India to digitise all malkhanas

With the launch of ‘E-Malkhana’ in the remaining 10 districts at Chinamaya Mission, the Delhi Police has become first in country to have digitalised malkhana in Police Stations of its all districts.
Malkhanas are rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition.

  • According to the release, around 3,11,600 case properties have been encrypted in digital form across all the police stations in the state.

4. Bumrah becomes top wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018

India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become the highest wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018 after picking up 9 wickets in the Melbourne Test against Australia.

  • The 25-year-old has taken 78 wickets this year, overtaking South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has taken 77 wickets.
  • Bumrah took 48 wickets in Tests, 22 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is in 2018.

5. Archie Schiller, the seven-year-old was named as the co-captain of the Australian team

Cricket Australia have added seven-year-old Archie Schiller in the 15-member squad for the third Test of the series against India, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Boxing Day, December 26.

  • He was co-captain alongside Tim Paine.
  • Archie Schiller, who has endured 13 heart operations and spent half of his life in hospital after being diagnosed with a life-threatening congenital disease, had the dream of captaining the Australian cricket team. Make a Wish Australia and Cricket Australia, worked together to make Archie’s cricket dreams come true.

6. First test communication satellite of Hongyan constellation and six Yunhai-2 atmospheric environment research satellites were launched by China in its 297th Long March-2D rocket mission

China successfully sent six Yunhai-2 atmospheric environment research satellites and a test communication satellite of Hongyan constellation into orbit.

  • They were launched by a Long March-2D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China. It was the 297th mission of the Long March rocket series.
  • The six Yunhai-2 satellites will study atmospheric environment, monitor space environment, prevent and reduce disasters and conduct scientific experiments.
  • The test satellite, the first for the constellation Hongyan, meaning “swan goose” in Chinese, will be used to verify the function of mobile communications in low earth orbit (LEO).

7. Rahul Chhabra concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Somalia

Rahul Chhabra who is presently the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Kenya concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Somalia, with residence in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Rahul Chhabra, an IFS Officer of 1987 batch was appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kenya on August 14, 2018.

8. PM Modi renamed 3 Andaman & Nicobar Islands as tribute to Netaji

On December 30, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

  • The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
  • On this day in 1943, Bose had suggested that Andaman and Nicobar Islands be renamed as Shahid and Swaraj Dweep respectively.
  • In 1943 Netaji Bose unfurled the Tricolour in Andaman and Nicobar islands. Modi also hoisted a 150-feet-high national flag at Port Blair, besides paying floral tribute at Netaji’s statue.


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