Current Affairs -December 2020

World

  • Semeru, the highest mountain on the island of Java, erupts.
  • Viktor Orban surpasses Kalman Tisza as the longest-serving Prime Minister of Hungary after 14 years and 145 days in office.
  • Frank Carney, who with his brother Dan  started the Pizza Hut empire in Wichita, died on from pneumonia.
  • Singapore has granted San Francisco start-up Eat Just regulatory approval to sell its laboratory-grown chicken in the city-state, the world’s first government to allow the sale of cultured meat.
  • Former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, who championed European integration and helped modernise French society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 94 after contracting COVID-19.
  • Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday at age 86.
  • A teenage scientist Gitanjali Rao and inventor named Time magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year has said she hopes to inspire others to come up with ideas to “solve the world’s problems”.
  • Former Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez died in Montevideo at the age of 80 after suffering from lung cancer.
  • Romanian prime minister Ludovic Orban resigned after his Liberal party lost parliamentary election, but his centrist camp appeared in pole position to form a coalition government against the victorious opposition leftists.
  • Zdravko Krivokapić takes office as Prime Minister of Montenegro, becoming the first independent to hold the post.
  • Nepal and China agree that the height of Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, is 8,848.86 meters (29,031.7 ft).
  • Nana Akufo-Addo  is re-elected for a second term as President of Ghana.
  • Hong Kong democracy activist and media tycoon Jimmy Lai,  has been charged under the city’s national security law on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces.
  • Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after being hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa.
  • Zdravko Krivokapić takes office as Prime Minister of Montenegro, becoming the first independent to hold the post.
  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine’s 2020 “Person of the Year”
  • The Tokyo District Court sentences serial killer Takahiro Shiraishi, dubbed the “Twitter killer”, to death, for murdering nine people at his apartment in 2017 and dismembering their bodies. Shiraishi, who was found mentally competent, pled guilty and told the court his crimes had a sexual motive.
  • The statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee is removed from the United States Capitol; it is slated to be replaced by a statue of civil rights activist Barbara Rose Johns.
  • Former Miss Belarus winner Volha Khizhynkova is released from prison after 42 days for protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko.
  • The US has announced charges against a Libyan Abu Agila Mohammad Masud who suspected of making the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988.
  • Donald Trump’s latest wave of pardons includes Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner
  • The former British spy and Soviet Union double agent George Blake has died at the age of 98.

Science & Business

  • British department store group Debenhams is set to close all its UK shops after 242 years in business, putting 12,000 jobs at risk in the country’s second major corporate failure in as many days.
  • Facebook-backed cryptocurrency Libra has been rebranded “Diem” in a renewed effort to gain regulatory approval by stressing the project’s independence.
  • China National Space Administration probe Chang’e 5 successfully lands at Mons Rumker on the Moon for the first lunar sample-return mission since the Soviet Union’s Luna 24.
  • Chinese e-commerce company JD.com Inc said it has become the country’s first virtual platform to accept Beijing’s homegrown digital currency.
  • A 90-year-old woman Margaret Keenan has become the first patient in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after its approval in the UK, where the NHS has launched its biggest vaccine campaign
  • Hayabusa2 successfully returns samples collected from asteroid 162173 Ryugu to Earth.
  • International Business Machines Corp said on Chief Executive Officer Arvind Krishna would take over as chairman from Jan. 1, replacing Ginni Rometty, who stepped down as its long-time CEO earlier this year.
  • The closest great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn since 1623 occurs on 21 December.
  • American media personality and reality TV star Kylie Jenner has been crowned the highest-paid celebrity of 2020 by Forbes.

Sports

  • France’s Stephanie Frappart will become the first female official to take charge of a men’s Champions League game when Juventus host Dynamo Kyiv.
  • Left-handed batsman Dawid Malan of England has attained the highest-ever rating points for batsmen in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings with 915 Points.
  • New Zealand’s twice Rugby World Cup-winning captain Richie McCaw was named Men’s 15s Player of the Decade by World Rugby.
  • Former Ryder Cup player Peter Alliss, who won 31 tournaments in his career before a successful stint as a commentator in which he was referred to as the “voice of golf“, has died at the age of 89.
  • US test pilot Chuck Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier, has died aged 97.
  • Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win the World Rally Championship, while Hyundai win the manufacturers’ title.
  • UEFA suspends the group stage match between Paris Saint-Germain and İstanbul Başakşehir inside the opening 15 minutes, after players from both teams abruptly left the pitch in protest of an alleged racist incident by a match official towards İstanbul Başakşehir assistant manager Pierre Webó.
  • World record-breakers Mondo Duplantis of Sweden and Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year respectively at the World Athletics Awards 2020
  • Paolo Rossi, Italy’s goalscoring hero from their victorious 1982 World Cup campaign, has died from “an incurable disease”, aged 64.
  • In motorsport, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win the World Rally Championship, while Hyundai win the manufacturers’ title.
  • The International Olympic Committee, after an unanimous vote, decides to make competitive breakdancing a sport, and would appear in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
  • Former France manager Gerard Houllier, who rebuilt Liverpool from Premier League underachievers into a cup treble winning side in 2001, has died aged 73.
  • Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Cleveland team will drop its “Indians” name, following persistent criticism that it was offensive to Native Americans.
  • Doha beat Riyadh to clinch the hosting rights for the 2030 Asian Games at the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia in Muscat, the regional governing body announced.
  • UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov has been voted BBC Sports Personality’s World Sport Star of the Year.
  • Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski was named The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2020, beating off competition from last year’s winner Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Lionel Messi scored his 644th goal for Barcelona to break Pele’s record of the most goals for one club santos.
  • Sun Yang has had his appeal against an eight-year doping ban given by the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld by the Swiss Federal Tribunal.
  • Former England and Surrey bowler Robin Jackman has died at the age of 75.Jackman played in four Tests and 15 one-day internationals for his country, while he took 1,402 wickets in a 399-game first-class career between 1966 and 1982.
  • Johnny Mullagh ,who was part of the 1868 One of the stars of the first Australian cricket tour of England has become the first Aboriginal inducted to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

Arts & Entertainment

  • British actress Barbara Windsor, known for her role as landlady Peggy Mitchell in the soap “EastEnders”, has died aged 83.
  • African-American country singer Charley Pride, whose No. 1 country hits included “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” and “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin,'” died at age 86 of complications from COVID-19.
  • British espionage writer  who was the author of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy John ,le Carré has died aged 89, following a short illness.
  • Star Wars actor Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in the original films, has died aged 75.
  • Stella Tennant, one of Britain’s top models, has died at the age of 50.
  • The Neverland ranch of the late pop star Michael Jackson has reportedly been sold to a billionaire investor for a quarter of its initial asking price.
  • “Demon Slayer”, the animated tale of a boy fighting human-eating demons that murdered his family, has shattered a nearly two-decade record to become Japan’s top-grossing movie.
  • French couturier Pierre Cardin, who made his name by selling designer clothes to the masses, and his fortune by being the first to exploit that name as a brand for selling everything from cars to perfume, died aged 98.

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