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January 03, 2018

December 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners)

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Friends, here are the Major Current Affairs Highlights of December 2017. These one-liners cover all important International, National, MOUs, Indexes, Banking, Technology, Books & Authors, Committees and Sports affairs of October month (from 1st to 31st December 2017). We will  provide the pdf version by tomorrow, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best and Happy Reading :)

December 2017 Current Affairs Highlights (One-Liners) 

  • 1st December 2017 was observed as World AIDS Day with the Theme "Right to health".
  • 2nd December 2017 was oberved as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery with the theme "Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent".
  • 3rd December 2017 was observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with the theme "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all".
  • 52nd Raising Day of Border Security Force (BSF) was observed on 1st December 2017.
  • 5th December 2017 was observe as World Soil Day with the theme "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground".
  • 5th December 2017 was observed as International Volunteer Day (IVD) with the theme "Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere".
  • 7th December 2017 was observed as International Civil Aviation Day with the theme 'Working Together to ensure No Country is Left Behind'.
  • 7th International Ground Water Conference (IGWC-2017) was recently held at New Delhi. Theme of IGWC 2017 : “Ground water Vision 2030- Water Security, Challenges and Climate Change Adaptation”.
  • 9th December 2017 was observed as International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme 'United against corruption for development, peace and security'.
  • 10th December 2017 was observed as Human Rights Day with the theme "Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity".
  • 11th December 2017 was observed as the International Mountain Day with the theme “Mountain under Pressure: climate, hunger, migration”.
  • 18th December 2017 was obserevd as International Migrants Day with the theme  "Safe Migration in a World on the Move".
  • 24th December 2017 was observed as the National Consumers Day / National Consumers Right Day with the theme “Emerging Digital Markets: Issues & Challenges for Consumer Protection”.
  • A 12-foot-tall bronze sculpture of legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona was unveiled at a club in Kolkata during his visit to the city.
  • A research institute for the study of 'Bhagavad Gita' would soon be set up by CM Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government in Mathura.
  • According to the data revealed by the Minister of State (MoS) for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are the top contributors among states and Union Territories in the first five months of the rollout of the GST regime.
  • Afghanistan's Mujeeb Zadran has become the first male cricketer born in the 21st century to play international cricket.
  • ‘Ajeya Warrior- 2017’ aCombined Military exercise  between India and the UK was recently held at Mahajan Field Firing Range near Bikaner, Rajasthan.
  • Afghanistan's second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish was on a 5 day visit to India.
  • 10 leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will be Chief Guests for  India's 69th Republic Day celebrations.
  • Ahead of the 25th anniversary of Dialogue Partnership between India and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Delhi has hosted a two-day ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit during 11th and 12th December 2017. Theme of this Summit : 'Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century'.
  • American comic book publisher DC Comics is going to release a new graphic novel titled 'I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography of a Hero' in May 2018. The novel has been written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by over 20 artists.
  • An Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) named ICGS Sujay was recently commissioned into Indian Coast Guard (ICG).
  • Andhra Pradesh Assembly unanimously passed the bill providing 5% reservation for Kapu, Balija Vontari & Telaga communities in education and employment sectors.
  • Auctioneer Christie's has confirmed that Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism has acquired the ₹2,900-crore Salvator Mundi painting. This is the world's most expensive painting ever sold.
  • Australia beat Argentina to win Hockey World League Final Gold at Bhubaneswar. India defeated Germany in the final to grab the Bronze medal.
  • Baba Ramdev promoted Patanjali has been ranked as India's most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) brand for the year 2017, according to the Brand Trust Report India Study 2017.  
  • Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has received awards for the best player and top scorer in La Liga for the 2016/17 season.
  • Billionaire Elon Musk-backed digital payments startup Stripe has launched its private beta version in India.
  • Bitcoin's rival cryptocurrency Ripple has surpassed Ethereum as the world's second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation.  
  • Breaking nearly 70-year-old US policy, the US President Donald Trump has officially recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • Brussels has lost the right to stage matches at UEFA Euro 2020 following delays in the development of a new stadium.
  • Budget carrier IndiGo has become the first Indian airline to operate over 1,000 daily flights across its domestic and international network.  
  • Central American country  Guatemala has announced that it will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
  • Chennai is going to host Jallikattu Premier League, an Indian Premier League-styled event for the bull-taming sport of jallikattu, on January 7.
  • China announced plans to set up the world's biggest carbon market in a move aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • China has successfully launched its second Land Surveying Satellite LKW-2 (also known as Yaogan Weixing-32) into a preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
  • China opened its first highway with built-in wireless charging systems for electric vehicles in the country's Shandong province.
  • Delhi's Special CBI court has held former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda, former Coal Secretary HC Gupta, and former Jharkhand Chief Secretary Ashok Kumar Basu guilty of criminal conspiracy in the ₹1.86 lakh-crore coal scam.  
  • Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE's first astronaut programme.
  • Ex-US President Barack Obama arrived in India for the first time since leaving White House this year. He is the only US President to visit India twice while holding office.
  • Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Kaka, who lifted the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, announced his retirement from football.
  • Former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav was found guilty in the fodder scam case by a special CBI court in Ranchi .
  • Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the cricketer with most fielding dismissals in T20Is.
  • Formula One team bosses have voted Mercedes' championship-winning Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth successive year.  
  • France has passed a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories. This is world's first such ban.
  • Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar launched India's first-ever mobile food testing laboratory.
  • Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated the 25th edition of National Children Science Congress (NCSC-2017). Theme of NCSC 2017 : ‘Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development’
  • Haryana shooter Anisa Sayyed won the women's 25m pistol gold with a new finals national record at the 61st National Shooting Championship Competitions.  
  • Hollywood Actor Vin Diesel has been named the top-grossing actor of 2017 by Forbes, with $1.6 billion in global ticketing receipts from his film 'The Fate of the Furious'.
  • India and Afghanistan inaugurated their second air cargo route linking Mumbai and Kabul. The 1st air corridor between India and Afghanistan was launched in June this year to link Kabul and New Delhi.
  • India and Cuba have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the Health Sector.
  • India and Italy have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in health sector.
  • India and United Kingdom (UK) will soon sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Urban Transport sector for cooperation in policy planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation.
  • India Government Mint (IGM), a unit of Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd has launched India’s first home-grown high purity gold reference standard –Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201).
  • India has been admitted to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the global body which controls the export of conventional weapons.
  • India has been re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in Category-B.
  • India has sanctioned $25 million to help develop Myanmar's violence-hit Rakhine State.
  • India is going to host meeting of around 40 World Trade Organisation (WTO) Member Countries in February 2018 to muster support for food security and other issues.  
  • India is going to host the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of AIIB at Mumbai on 25th and 26th June 2018. Theme of this Meeting : “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration”.  
  • India is set to get its 1st sea bridge runway after the approval to extend the Agatti Airport in Lakshadweep has been given to Airports Authority of India (AAI).  
  • India was selected as Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on Review & Reforms to look into various issues pertaining to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPSC) at recently held KP Plenary Session in Brisbane, Australia.
  • India won five medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships in Japan.
  • India’s first Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) will be coming to Andhra Pradesh.
  • India’s first-ever broad gauge air-conditioned AC EMU suburban train was flagged off from Borivali station on western railway in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • India’s Saikhom Mirabai Chanu won Gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships held in Anaheim, United States.
  • Indian archer Deepika Kumari has won Bronze medal at Indoor Archer World Cup Stage 2 at Bangkok by defeating Sayana Tsyrempilova of Russia.
  • Indian archers grabbed three gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships in Dhaka.  
  • Indian captain Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 16,000 runs in international cricket, achieving the feat in his 350th innings against Sri Lanka .  
  • Indian chess grandmaster, a former World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand defeated  Russia's Vladimir Fedoseev in a three-way tie-break to win the World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh.
  • Indian Cricketer Rohit Sharma became the 1st-ever player in ODI history to hit three Double Hundreds, slamming his third in the Mohali ODI against Sri Lanka .
  • Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who took four wickets against Sri Lanka, has become the highest T20I wicket-taker in 2017.
  • Indian professional boxer and Olympic Bronze medalist Vijender Singh defeated Ghana's Ernest Amuzu at the Rajasthan Rumble to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles with 10th successive vistory.
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli becomes first batsman to score Six double centuries as Test captain.
  • Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Sushil Kumar won Gold medals at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championship.
  • India's double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar became the most expensive wrestler in the Pro Wrestling League after being sold to Delhi Sultans for ₹55 lakh in PWL's player auction.
  • India's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki became India's sixth most valued firm, crossing India's largest lender SBI.
  • India's largest lender State Bank India (SBI) has changed names and IFSC codes of nearly 1,300 of its branches, post its merger with associate banks.
  • India's Shiva Keshavan retained his Gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships in Germany.
  • India's state-run Corporation Bank has announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed certain restrictions on the bank to carry out banking activities as its share of bad loans rose sharply.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the 1st phase of the Chabahar port, opening up a new strategic transit route between Iran, India and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan.
  • Iraq has announced that its war against Islamic State is over.
  • Japan's Emperor Akihito (83) will renounce his throne on April 30, 2019, becoming the country's first monarch in 200 years to abdicate.  
  • Karnataka is going to provide 4% reservation for differently-abled people in the A and B categories of government jobs.
  • Karnataka's capital city Bengaluru has got it's own logo consisting both English and Kannada alphabets.
  • Kerala Electricity Minister MM Mani inaugurated India's largest floating solar power plant at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad district.
  • Kerala Kings thrashed Punjabi Legends by 8 wickets at Sharjah to become the first-ever T10 Cricket League champions.
  • Maharashtra has been the most corrupt state in India for three years in a row, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data. Odisha was placed second followed by Kerala.
  • Markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has imposed a penalty of ₹10 lakh on Tata Steel over delays in making necessary disclosures.
  • Meghalaya became first state in country to operationalize The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017, a law that makes social audit of government programmes and schemes a part of government practice.  
  • Mount Hope (3,239-metres) in the British Antarctic Territory has become Britain's highest mountain after satellite data revealed it was 55 metres taller than the 3,184-metre-high Mount Jackson, which was previously believed to be the tallest.
  • MS Dhoni, who represented Pune in the last two IPLs, has been cleared to play for Chennai Super Kings next year, following the franchise's return.  
  • Multi-lateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it increase annual funding to India to up to $4 billion from existing $2.7 billion from next year to accelerate inclusive economic transformation.
  • Mumbai batsman Prithvi Shaw has been picked to lead India’s Under-19 team at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018.  
  • Mumbai is going to start the construction of the city's first textile museum at the United Mill compound in Kalachowki in February.
  • Nagpur's Kanchanmala Pande became the 1st Indian to win a gold medal at the World Para Swimming Championship, taking place in Mexico.
  • New Zealand has signed an agreement of understanding with local tribes to give Mount Taranaki the same legal rights as a person. The stratovolcano is the third geographic feature in New Zealand which has been granted a legal personality after Te Urewera national park and  Whanganui River.
  • Norway became the world's first country to shut down national broadcasts of its FM network by completing its transition to digital radio.
  • Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu settled for a Silver at the year-ending World Superseries Finals in Dubai.
  • Paytm Payments Bank rolled out Paytm FASTag to enable electronic toll fee collection on highways across India without having to stop.
  • PM Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath jointly inaugurated the Delhi Metro's Magenta Line.
  • PM Narendra Modi commissioned India's first indigenous Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into the Navy at Mumbai's Naval Dockyard.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated Andhra Pradesh Fibre Grid project, aimed at providing affordable high-speed internet service to every household in the state at a nominal rate.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 18th edition of the Hornbill Festival at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, Nagaland.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Tuirial Hydropower Project in Mizoram.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60 MW (megawatt) Tuirial hydropower project in Aizawl, Mizoram.
  • Rajasthan government approved 1% reservation for members of the Gujjar community and four other backward castes.
  • Rajasthan has become the first state in India to launch free email addresses in Hindi for its residents.
  • Real Madrid C.F. star Cristiano Ronaldo has been named Globe Soccer's Best Player for 2nd year in a row and the 4th time overall.
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo won this year's Ballon d'Or in a ceremony at the Eiffel Tower, equalling Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's record of five Ballon d'Or titles.  
  • Russia and Egypt signed a deal to build Egypt's first nuclear power plant. According to this agreement, Russia would cover 85% of the construction costs and service the plant's four reactors for 60 years.
  • Saudi Arabia announced its largest-ever budget of $261 billion for 2018, higher than its 2017 budget of $250 billion.
  • Saudi Arabia's Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad announced that Public cinemas would be allowed in the country for the first time in over 35 years.
  • Social media giant Facebook has topped the List of best tech companies to work for in 2018 in the US, according to Glassdoor.
  • Sophia, the world's first robot to be granted citizenship, made its first appearance in India during an annual festival at IIT-Bombay.
  • South Korea and United States have launched Vigilant Ace, their largest-ever joint aerial drills.
  • Spinner Washington Sundar became the youngest debutant for India in T20Is after appearing in the final T20I against Sri Lanka.  
  • Sri Lanka formally handed over the Southern Hambantota Port to China on a 99-year lease and received $292 million out of the $1.12-billion deal.
  • Surface-to-air missile Akash was successfully test fired with an indigenous radio frequency seeker.
  • Technology giant Google has launched a lightweight Android Oreo Go edition operating system designed for devices with RAM up to 1 GB.
  • The 11th Annual MedTech Summit of Biodesign Programme was held in New Delhi.
  • The 11th edition of Naseem-Al-Bahr (Sea Breeze) 2017 Naval exercise between India and Oman was held at Said Bin Sultan Naval Base, Wudam in Oman.
  • The 1st International Exhibition and Conference on AYUSH and Wellness systems, International AROGYA was held in Delhi from 4th to 7th December 2017.  Theme of International AROGYA 2017 : ‘Enhancing the global potential of AYUSH’.
  • The 22nd conference of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) was recently held New Delhi.
  • The 22nd meeting of Board of Mangement (BOM) of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) was recently held at New Delhi.
  • The 4th India-Australia-Japan Trilateral Dialogue was recently held at New Delhi.
  • The 6 member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the Rpo Rate, the rate at which banks borrow from RBI, unchanged at 6% for the second time in a row during its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review .
  • The 6th International Tourism Mart (ITM) 2017 was held in Guwahati, Assam.
  • The 7th edition Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival was recently held at Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.
  • The 8th edition of India, Maldives bilateral military exercise EKUVERIN 2017 was held at Belagavi, Karnataka.
  • The Aadivasi Mahotsav 2017 was recently held in Raipur, Chhattisgarh to display the rich and diverse tribal traditions of the central state.
  • The Afghanistan cricket team, which was recently made a Test-playing nation, will play its first-ever Test match against India in India in 2019.  
  • The Andhra Pradesh state cabinet has approved a scheme to provide a pension of ₹1,500 per month to transgenders above 18 years of age in the state.  
  • The Bihar government has launched Safe City Surveillance Scheme for checking crime against women.
  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that India will host the 2021 ICC Champions Trophy and 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
  • The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has asked mutual fund companies to ensure that individual clients compulsorily submit Aadhaar details from January 2018.
  • The Delhi Cabinet has approved a scheme to bear the treatment cost incurred by victims who have suffered motor, acid and fire accidents on Delhi's streets.
  • The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for a ban on arms sale to Saudi Arabia over its role in Yemen's civil war.  
  • The Foreign Ministers of China  (Wang Yi) and Russia (Sergey Lavrov) visited India for a trilateral meeting.
  • The French government has decided to ban students from using mobile phones in primary, junior, and middle schools.
  • The government cut the interest rate on small savings schemes, such as Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC), by 0.2 percentage points for the January-March quarter.
  • The government extended the Deadline for linking Aadhaar with PAN to March 31, 2018.
  • The government has waived the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on all Debit card, UPI, and Aadhaar-based transactions of up to ₹2,000 for the next two years, starting January 1, 2018.
  • The government is going to issue Universal ID cards to persons with disabilities which will be valid throughout India, Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar said.
  • The High Level Inter-Governmental Mid-Point review meeting of Asia and Pacific Decade for Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022 was held in Beijing, China. Indian delegation was led by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot.
  • The Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the city’s de facto central bank, raised the base lending rate by 25 basis points to 1.75 per cent, as it moves in lockstep with the equivalent overnight increase by the United States Federal Reserve to maintain the Hong Kong dollar’s peg to the greenback.
  • The India-headquartered International Solar Alliance (ISA) became a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation.
  • The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted the Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise named ‘Clean Sea-2017’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • The Indian government has launched a nasal foreign body removal device titled Noxeno.
  • The Indian men's football team has ended the year 2017 at the 105th position in the latest FIFA rankings, which is its best year-end ranking in the last 24 years. World Cup holders Germany ended the year as the number one team
  • The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at next year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, over state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Sochi Games.
  • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) has become the first treaty-based international government organisation to be based in India.
  • The legwork on India's first undersea tunnel for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train corridor has begun in Mumbai.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Assembly has unanimously passed a bill that imposes death penalty for convicts in rape and gangrape cases involving girls aged 12 years or below.  
  • The Maharashtra government granted administrative approval to the Versova-Bandra sea link (VBSL) project.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has proposed that ATMs shouldn't be replenished with cash after 9 pm in cities, 6 pm in rural areas, and 4 pm in Maoist-affected districts, over attacks on the vans.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star which is 2545 light-years far from Earth.
  • The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has set up 3 Member committee headed by George Kurien (NCM's Vice Chairman) to study the matter to give minority status to Hindus in 8 states where their population is less than 50%.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed complete blanket ban on use, sale, purchase and storage of plastic items such as carry bags, plates and spoons in towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh till upper areas of Uttarkashi along the Ganga River in Uttarakhand.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary has selected 'Youthquake' as Word of the Year 2017. Meaning of this word : “A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.”
  • The Patiala House Court acquitted all accused in the 2G scam case, including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK leader Kanimozhi.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of ₹5 crore on Syndicate Bank for violating the directions issued on cheque purchase, bill discounting, and Know Your Customer (KYC) norms.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched an SMS campaign titled  "Suno RBI Kya Kehta Hai" along with a missed-call helpline to warn people against scams promising prize money from the RBI.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has penalised IndusInd Bank with ₹3 crore for violating guidelines in the assessment of bad loans and extension of non-fund based facilities.
  • The Southern Command of Indian Army conducted a major army exercise ‘Hamesha Vijayee’ in deserts of Rajasthan. Aim of Hamesh VIjayee : To evaluate capability of armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle.
  • The Telangana government has announced the launch a mobile application titled 'Urban Genie'. This app will enable citizens of urban areas across the state to find certified technicians and workers.
  • The Telangana Government is going to set up the World’s first Information and Technology (IT) Campus for differently-abled persons (Divyangs) in state capital Hyderabad.
  • The UK government has announced that it is going to pass a legislation to make high-speed broadband a legal right in early 2018.
  • The UK is going to switch from burgundy to blue coloured passports after the country leaves the European Union.
  • The Union Cabinet  approved a plan to set up India's first National Rail and Transport University in Gujarat's Vadodara.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO), as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of the National Nutrition Mission (NNM), with a three-year budget of ₹9046.17 crore, to target the problems of malnutrition, stunting, and low birth weight babies.
  • The Union Ministry of Communications has launched a programme titled DARPAN (Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) to improve quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of un-banked rural population.
  • The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has launched an outreach mission titled SAMEEP (Students and MEA Engagement Program). Aim of SAMEEP : To take Indian foreign policy and its global engagements to students across India.
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Strategic Plan 2017-24. Aim : To eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2030.
  • The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has launched an electronic-Human Resource Management System (e-HRMS).
  • The Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Maruti Suzuki India Limited have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support Skill India Mission in automobile industry.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) barrred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification using eKYC process.
  • The United Kingdom (UK)  reached a deal with the European Union on its exit terms from the bloc, opening the way for the second phase of talks on post-Brexit relations next year.
  • The United Kingdom has topped Forbes' rankings of best countries in the world for business in 2018 for the first time.
  • The US Federal Reserve has raised the benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points, the third such increase in 2017.
  • The US has unveiled its new embassy in London which is believed to be the world's most expensive embassy.
  • The word 'Feminism' has been named the Word of the Year by the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
  • The word 'Populism' has been announced as Cambridge Dictionary's Word of the Year 2017.
  • The World Bank announced that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019.
  • The World Bank committed $40 million (over ₹256 crore) for the development of tourism facilities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that it is going to classify Gaming Disorder as a mental health condition in its forthcoming 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is to be published in the year 2018.
  • The World Health Organization has declared Gabon a "polio-free country," given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.
  • The World University of Design (WUD) has opened its campus at Sonipat, Haryana. This is India’s first and only design university.
  • The world's first-ever detection of two neutron stars colliding, which revealed the origin of heavy elements like gold and platinum, was voted as the scientific breakthrough of the year 2017 by the journal 'Science'.
  • The World's Longest Glass Bridge, located in China's Hebei province, recently opened for the public.
  • To cut costs as part of a turnaround plan, the Bank of India is going to shut 400 ATMs.
  • To make the practice of "instant" triple talaq an offence, Union Cabinet cleared the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017.
  • To pave the way for tightening loopholes in existing code and to make resolution process more effective, the Lok Sabha passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill 2017.
  • Turkey signed a $2.5-billion loan agreement with Russia for the purchase of S-400 missile defence systems.
  • Ultra Violet has been announced as the 'Color of The Year' for 2018 by Pantone Color Institute, a world renowned authority on colours.  
  • UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was on a visit to North Korea.
  • Under it's FAME India scheme, the government is going to provide ₹437 crore subsidy to 11 cities for launching electric buses, taxis and three-wheelers.
  • Under the BharatNet project, the government has approved ₹4,066 crore for providing Internet connectivity to people in all gram panchayats.
  • US President Donald Trump  signed into law a defence policy bill that authorises a $700-billion (over 45 lakh crore) budget for the military.
  • US-based MagLab has successfully tested the world's strongest superconducting magnet, producing 32 teslas (a unit of magnetic field strength), 33% stronger than the previous record.
  • Uttar Pradesh has become the 1st state to endorse the Centre's draft bill on Instant Triple Talaq.
  • Uttar Pradesh is going to set up cow sanctuaries in all 75 districts of the state.  
  • Uttar Pradesh's Shamli district was included in the National Capital Region (NCR), making it the 23rd district to be included in the region.
  • With an aim to combat black money, India has signed agreement with Switzerland for automatic sharing of tax-related information from January 1, 2018 .
  • World's largest retailer Wal-Mart Stores is changing its legal name to 'Walmart' after 47 years, effective February 1. 
  • Venezuelan President Nicol├ís Maduro has announced the creation of a new cryptocurrency 'Petro' in a bid to ease the country's economic crisis.
  • Vice President Venkaiah Naidu released a book titled “Yuga Purush Bharata Ratna Atal Ji” about India's former and 10th Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. This book has been authored by the Member of Parliament (LS), Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
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