Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. In the public vote, the 36-year- old Swiss came out ahead of five other nominees in what was a glorious year following time away in 2016 due to injury. Legend of the sport, Federer extended his Grand Slams tally to 19 with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.. . . . .
On the 93rd birth anniversary of India's greatest showman Raj Kapoor, his children Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain and Rajiv Kapoor launched Raj Kapoor: The One and Only Showman. The book on Raj Kapoor is both an autobiography and biography. While the autobiography uses his own words, culled from interviews,. . . . .
A retired IAS officer who runs his own cow shelter S.P. Gupta, appointed as head of Animal Welfare Board of India. But a section of the board is not happy with the choice. Gupta, they claimed, has no track record in animal welfare, and may have been appointed because of his political connections. Gupta, who was appointed a member. . . . .
Aadhaar body UIDAI prohibited Bharti Airtel and the Airtel Payments Bank from conducting e-verification (eKYC) for existing and new customers. This decision comes after allegations that the telecom major had secretly on-boarded customers to its bank while carrying out their Aadhaar verification. The move will mean that any new. . . . .
The Maldives signed a crucial free trade deal with China while endorsing its Maritime Silk Road project shunned by India for its strategic implications in the Indian Ocean. “China deems the Maldives as an important partner to building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR),” President Xi Jinping told his visiting Maldivian. . . . .
The Cabinet approved the signing of an agreement between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries. Under the MoU, a joint-working group (JWG) will be constituted to prepare/finalise the work plan for the next two years. The MoU will be initially valid for five years and would be automatically extended. . . . .
India and Morocco signed agreements for cooperation on water resources, road and marine sectors. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked to work jointly in water resources sector. While an agreement was also signed for cooperation between Indian Maritime University (IMU) and Higher Institute of Maritime Studies (ISEM),. . . . .
The Union Cabinet approved a Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq- e-biddat a criminal offence and a Muslim husband resorting to instant talaq can be jailed for up to three years. The proposed Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill will deal with complaints against instant triple talaq across the country,. . . . .
NITI Aayog has selected three districts in the state — Jayashankar Bhupalpally, Kumaram Bheem-Asifabad and Khammam — for a special initiative to develop backward areas. The Centre has appointed IAS officers Rajeev Ranjan Misra for Khammam district, Ms Vasudha Misra for Kumaram Bheem-Asifabad and Mr Sanjay Kumar for. . . . .