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Sanjay Manjrekar autobiography ‘’Imperfect’’ soon to be released.

Sanjay Manjrekar is all set to release his autobiography ‘’Imperfect’’ on December 25, 2017. The publishers for the book is Harper Collins. It captures his journey from Mumbai dusty maidans to conquering combative bowling. It also delves deep into his relationship with his father Vijay, also a former Indian cricketer,. . . . .

Dangal wins ‘Best Asian Film’ at AACTA

Dangal wins ‘Best Asian Film’ at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards! The seventh annual event took place on 6th December 2017.The ceremony’s Grand Jury President Russell Crowe announced the win on the stage. Lion found remarkable success by winning a jaw-dropping 12 awards! These include  Best. . . . .

Armed Forces Flag Day observed on December 07

Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India has been celebrated on December 7 since 1949. Armed Forces Flag Day or Flag Day of India has been celebrated since 1949 and is dedicated to commemorating the courage of servicemen as well as collecting welfare funds from the citizens of India to assist the rehabilitation of ex-servicemen. . . . .

Donald trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of US and international policy on the disputed holy city, a hugely controversial decision.Trump said he had 'judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between. . . . .

India and South Korea aims to increase cultural and tourism exchange

India and South Korea signed agreements on increasing cultural exchange and flow of people between the two countries during the 16th India-Korea Strategic Dialogue held in New Delhi last week. The two countries have decided to give high priority to cultural and tourism exchange. On agenda is increasing in the next one. . . . .

United Arab Emirates (UAE) to open three new consular centres in India

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open three new consular centres and invest $75 billion of its sovereign wealth fund in India in the next 10 years, the country’s envoy said on Dec. 5 in New Delhi. The decision comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Gulf nation in February 2018 for a summit.. . . . .

India’s first Military Literature Festival bagan in Chandigarh

India's first Military Literature Festival began in Chandigarh. A large number of military veterans, experts, scholars, writers, journalists, war correspondents, historians, artists, researchers and industrialists have come together to share their experiences.The two-day Military Literature Festival is being organised jointly. . . . .

Goa to start India’s first mobile food testing laboratory

India's first mobile food testing laboratory, which will enable on-the-spot food safety tests to be conducted in Goa, would be launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on 10/12/2017 The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality. It will also check the hygiene level of water, he said adding. . . . .

Telangana day to be celebrated in Jeddah

The Consulate General of India in Jeddah will celebrate ‘Telangana Day’ at Saudi Arabia between December 15 and 16. To mark the occasion, a series of cultural programmes have been lined-up during for the two-days. The Indian Embassy is collaborating with Saudi Indian Business Network and Jeddah Telangana Community to organise. . . . .

Akshay Kumar to promote central govt agricultural schemes

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will promote the governments flagship agriculture schemes like soil health card and crop insurance, a senior Agriculture Ministry official said today. The Union Agriculture Ministry has roped in the actor for television advertisements to intensify the publicity of the agri-schemes. 'The flagship. . . . .

Highlights of RBI’s fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement

Following are the highlights of fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement, 2017-18 released by the Reserve Bank of India: * Key interest rate (repo) kept unchanged at 6 percent. * Reverse repo rate remains at 5.75 percent. * Marginal standing facility rate and Bank Rate 6.25 percent. * Rate was. . . . .

Revised Merchant Discount Rates (MDR)

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday revised merchant discount rate (MDR) charges, or the commission paid by a merchant to a bank for facilitating digital transactions, to encourage small businesses to start accepting card payments. MDR rates: 1. The fee for merchants with turnover up to Rs 20 lakh in the. . . . .

Indonesian monkey ‘’Naruto’’ named as ‘’Person of the year’’ of PETA

An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie — and sparked a landmark U.S. copyright case — was named “Person of the Year” on 06/12/2017 by the animal rights group that took on the monkey’s cause. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honouring Naruto, a crested. . . . .

Time magazine’s Person of the Year is ‘’The Silence Breakers”

“The Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment have been collectively named Time magazine’s Person of the Year.Numerous women have spoken out since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. ##MeToo. . . . .

Uttar Pradesh becomes the first to endorse ‘’triple talaq’’ bill

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh has become the first State government to endorse the Modi government’s draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence.The draft law, which provides for three years in prison and a fine for a Muslim man trying to divorce his wife by uttering “talaq”. . . . .

Maharashtra government made Marathi as mandatory

The Maharashtra government has asked Central government offices and services like banks and insurance companies in the state to also use the Marathi language in routine work.A circular issued by the Marathi language department of the state government said Marathi should also be used at railway stations, airport and also during. . . . .

Dr. Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage income limit abolished

Removing the income ceiling of Rs 5 lakh per annum, the Centre has opened its scheme meant to encourage inter-caste marriages to all couples where either the bride or the bridegroom is a Dalit. The ‘Dr. Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage’ was started in 2013, with a target to provide. . . . .

Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $583 million debt to Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Power Project

The board of directors of Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved debt financing and Partial risk guarantees totalling $583 million to help develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Power Project in Dhaka. Fact sheet: 1. Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines 2. President- Takahiko Nakao

48 journalists killed worldwide in 2016: Amnesty report

Amnesty International released its global report ‘Deadly but Preventable Attacks: Killings and Enforced Disappearances of Those who Defend Human Rights’. The report said that: “In India, journalists, land rights activists, and those advocating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities, Dalits and Adivasis (tribal). . . . .

Russia banned from winter Olympics over doping issue

Russia has been banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang (South Korea) in an historic decision by the International Olympic Committee – although some Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under a neutral flag.The head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, revealed the decision in a press conference in Lausanne,. . . . .

International Solar Alliance (ISA) becomes legal entity

The International Solar Alliance (ISA), which aims at increasing solar energy deployment in member countries, will become a treaty-based international inter governmental organization from 06th December 2017.  The ISA, headquartered in India, has its secretariat located in the campus of the National Institute of Solar. . . . .

Indo-American senator Kamala Harris topped the list of ‘’50 leading Global Thinkers’’

Indian-American California senator Kamala Harris has topped the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine’s 2017 list of ’50 Leading Global Thinkers’. She belongs to democratic party of USA.  She is the first-ever Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate. Seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate,. . . . .

Surface-to- air missile Akash successfully test fired

India successfully test-fired Akash its supersonic surface-to- air missile with indigenous radio frequency seeker from a test range in Odisha.The state-of- the-art indigenous missile targeting an UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) 'Banshee' was fired from the launch complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.

P.M Narendra Modi topped in Twitter followers.

The list of 10 most followed Indians on Twitter in 2017 topped by Narendra Modi with 37.5 million followers, Amitabh Bachchan with 31.5 million followers in second position. Top Hashtag Trends of the Year:  Tamil film Mersal generated colossal engagement from fans of South Indian cinema, making #Mersal the top hashtag. . . . .

B.Sunitha Vs State of Telangana, lawyers shouldn’t violate professional ethics

 Lawyers demanding percentage of claimed amount from clients:The practice of some lawyers demanding a percentage of the claim amount awarded to clients by the courts as professional fees, was severely criticized by the Supreme Court and ruled that this amounts to “misconduct” and goes against public policy.  The. . . . .

T-Works incubator for hardware startups will be ready by 2018

Telangana government is setting up T-Works in Hyderabad by the end of 2018. With an equipment worth $20 million, it will be set up in 2,50,000 square feet area.The initiative was announced by IT Minister KT Rama Rao at India Design Summit organized by CII in collaboration with Telangana government.T-Works is expected to serve. . . . .

Ajay Kumar Reddy to lead India in World cup cricket tournament for blind

Ajay Kumar Reddy will lead a 17-member Indian squad at the 5th ODI World Cup Cricket Tournament For The Blind to be held in January.The squad was announced by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).The World Cup will be held in Pakistan and Dubai from January 7 to 21.

First meeting of 15th Finance commission held

Meeting for the first time after its constitution last week, the 15th Finance Commission on Monday decided to involve various research organisations across the country.  The panel will decide on devolution share of states from central taxes  It will suggest measures to improve the Consolidated Fund of a State. . . . .

Fitch Ratings lowers India GDP forecast from 6.9% to 6.7%

Global rating firm Fitch Ratings has cut India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the fiscal year ending March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 percent from its earlier projection of 6.9 per cent in September, saying that the rebound in the economy was “weaker than expected”. The cut in GDP growth estimate by Fitch. . . . .

Five-day air force drill ‘’Vigilant Ace’’ launched

United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile ever, an ICBM that may be able to target the eastern seaboard of the United States. The five-day drill, which is called Vigilant Ace, is meant to improve the. . . . .

China invited other nations to participate in CPEC project

China has thrown open its economic corridor with Pakistan for investment by other countries. China invited other countries to participate in the corridor on the “principle of equality and voluntarism”. China announced this statement on the occasion of completion of first phase of 1320 Megaatt Port Qasim power project.

Raping a minor will attract death penalty in Madhya Pradesh

The Madhya Pradesh assembly on Monday unanimously passed a bill that will see rapists of girls 12 years or below being hanged till death. The bill will be sent to the Centre and will need the assent of the President to become a law.  Background: The development comes after the latest NCRB report revealed that Madhya. . . . .

International Volunteer Day celebrated on December 05

International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies,. . . . .

World Soil day observed on 05th December

World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December.World Soil Day 2017 activities aim to communicate messages on the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. 2017 Theme: ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’ Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director-General. . . . .

Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passed away

Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on 4/12/2017 after prolonged illness. He was 79. The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film  Dharmputra and went on to appear in more than 116 films during . . . . .

Telangana government formed cabinet panel on World Telugu Conference.

The State government on Monday constituted a cabinet sub-committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to oversee the arrangements for the ensuing five-day World Telugu Conference, to be held from December 15 in the city. Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao, Roads and Buildings Minister. . . . .

Prithvi Shaw named as India’s U-19 world cup team Captain

Young batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will lead India in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next month. The 16-team event will be held from January 13 to February 3, 2018. India’s record: Previously India won this tournament in 2000,2008 and 2012 respectively

First Phase of Chabahar port inaugurated by Iran

The first phase of the Shahid Beheshti Port in the Sistan-Baluchestan province inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on 03rd December. Significance: Construction of the Chabahar port in Iran will contribute to regional trade It helps to bilateral and regional trade and economic development. . . . .

New warning and toll free ‘’Quit-line’’ to be soon on Tobacco

The Central government is working on issuing a new set of enhanced pictorial and text warnings and planning to print the national toll-free anti-smoking helpline number on the packets of all tobacco products to amplify the message. Exam point: The National Tobacco Cessation QuitLine-1800 227787 is a dedicated toll-free. . . . .

Registration of BS-IV vehicles going to be banned after 2020

The government has announced a draft notification to amend Central Motor Vehicles Rules to prevent registration of BS-IV compliant automobiles built before April 1, 2020, beyond June 30, 2020. Objective: In a major step to curb vehicular pollution, the government last year decided that the country will move directly from. . . . .

First post-GST union budget going to be introduced on February 1

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is likely to present India’s first post-GST and the current government's last full Budget on 1 February 2018.This will be Jaitley's 5th Budget in a row The Budget session of Parliament may begin on 30 January with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing the Joint Session of both the Houses. . . . .

All Market yards in Telangana to be integrated with e-NAM

Operations at all the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMC) in the State to be integrated with the all-Indian electronic trading portal of the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) well before Kharif-2018. The e-NAM motto is “one nation and one market” Uses: Promoting online services in the marketing. . . . .

Virat Kohli achieves a rare feat in Test Cricket    

The swashbuckling batsman Virat Kohli, who has been dominating in all the formats as a player, is equally good as a captain as well. The added burden of captaincy hasn't affected him at all.In fact, Kohli's form got better with the captaincy. The Team Indian captain who scored his career's 20th Test ton and the third consecutive. . . . .

Government planning to go for ‘’Strategic sale’’ of more PSU’s

The government plans to float more expressions of interest (EoIs) for a strategic sale of public-sector enterprises, where full ownership and management could be handed over to private players. Who will supervise disinvestment process of government? Department of investment and public asset management (DIPAM).

India blue won Challenger Trophy

India Blue beat Sri Lanka Board President XI by 95 runs in the final of the BCCI’s Challenger Trophy Men’s Under-19 one-day tournament on Saturday.The Challenger Trophy was a selection trial tournament for the ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in New Zealand from January 13 to February 3. The 15-member Indian team and other. . . . .

International day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 03rd December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities observed on 3rd of December across the world. Objective: It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political,. . . . .

Infosy’s appoints Salili Parekh as CEO

Infosys appointed Capgemini executive Salil Parekh as Chief Executive Officer effective January 2, 2018. Parekh, who will take over on January 2, 2018, for a period of five years, was a member of the Group Executive Board at French firm Capgemini Background: Infosys had initiated the search after CEO Vishal Sikka. . . . .

India got certification of commendation from CITES

India has been awarded a certificate of commendation for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The award was given to the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) which works under the Ministry. The award was given to WCCB. . . . .

India re-elected to IMO council

India has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization [IMO] under Category “B” at the 30th session of the Assembly of the IMO held in London on 01 December 2017.  The 30th Session of the IMO Assembly is being held at IMO Headquarters London from 27 November to 06 December 2017. In 1959. . . . .

Season’s first Cyclone ‘’Ockhi ‘’ hits Lakshadweep

The southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu affected by  Cyclone Ockhi. Ockhi is the first cyclone originated in this cyclone season from the Bay of Bengal. Fact sheet: Meteorological department works under Ministry of Earth Sciences.



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