1.The United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is observed on 03rd December. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.
2.Air forces of India and the US began a 12-day military exercise ‘Ex Cope India-18’ in Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal.
3.Moody’s Investors Service’s annual Banking System Outlook on India estimated the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) for the current financial year and next fiscal to grow at 7.2 per cent and 7.4 per cent, respectively.
4.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved merger of SBM (Mauritius), India with SBM Bank (India).
5.FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has approved the merger with GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH India) through an-all equity deal, valuing the total business of the latter at Rs.31,700 crore.
6.South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at India’s 70th Republic Day celebrations.
7.India’s first locomotive-less train, known as Train 18, breached the 180 kmph speed limit during a test run, it will become the country’s fastest train.
8.The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched a new mass media campaign ‘Heart Attack Rewind’ calling for the elimination of industrially produced trans fat in the food supply.
9.The World Bank unveiled USD 200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.
10.The Asia Pacific Summit-2018 has started in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of two day Summit is “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity, and Universal Values”.
11.NATHEALTH has announced the appointment of Siddhartha Bhattacharya as Secretary General.
12.A S Rajeev has been appointed as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (MD & CEO) of Bank of Maharashtra.
13.Leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has been sworn in as the new Mexican President.
14.Atlawim Debebe of Ethiopia won the Pune International Marathon.