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News Capsule Current Affairs 2017

ASEAN India Connectivity Summit begins in Delhi 11 December 2017
International Mountain Day observed globally 11 December 2017
Human Rights Day 2017 observed globally 10 December 2017

Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 December 2017

3 hrs ago
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma has created history by becoming the first-ever batsman in the history of cricket to score three double centuries in one-day internationals (ODI). The ace batsman achieved the feat during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali, Punjab, in which India put up a mammoth score of 394/4 in 50 overs.

UN releases World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 Report

5 hrs ago
As per the report, Indian economy is likely to grow by 7.2 per cent in 2018 and by 7.4 per cent in 2019 following its strong private consumption, public investment and the ongoing structural reforms. The report has projected India with a positive outlook despite the slowdown in 2017 and the lasting effects of demonetisation.

In a first, Sikh American Gurbir Grewal nominated to be New Jersey Attorney General

8 hrs ago
If Grewal‘s nomination is approved by the State Senate, he will be the first Sikh to assume the top state law enforcement position in the US. He will also be the second Indian-American after Kamala Harris, who held the position in California before her election to the US Senate.

Morning Current Affairs: 13 December 2017

11 hrs ago
The World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018 report was released on 11 December 2017 by the United Nations. The report demonstrates that current macroeconomic conditions offer policy-makers greater scope to address some of the deep-rooted issues that continue to hamper progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 12 December 2017

1 day ago
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has passed a resolution lifting decades-old ban on providing licenses to commercial movie theatres. The decision will pave way for the opening of the country’s first public cinemas after more than 35 years.

Priyanka Chopra conferred Mother Teresa Memorial award for social justice

1 day ago
Indian actor, Priyanka Chopra has been bestowed with the 2017 Mother Teresa Memorial Award for her contribution towards lending her support to social causes such as her recent visit to Syria where she met and interacted with refugee children.

India’s Lakshmi Puri among six diplomats felicitated with Diwali 'Power of One' award at UN

1 day ago
Six top diplomats including one Indian were felicitated with the inaugural Diwali ‘Power of One’ award at the UN headquarters in New York for their contribution to help form a more perfect, peaceful and secure world.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theatres after 35 years

1 day ago
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that a resolution was passed on 11 December 2017 that lifted the decades-old ban on providing licenses to commercial movie theatres. The decision will pave way for the opening of the country’s first public cinemas after more than 35 years.

Hindi writer Mamta Kalia selected for Vyas Samman 2017

1 day ago
The award is given annually by KK Birla Foundation to a Hindi literary work published in the past 10 years. The first recipient of the award was eminent literary critic and poet Ram Vilas Sharma, who was awarded in 1991.

Morning Current Affairs: 12 December 2017

1 day ago
Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have initiated the preliminary work to design and develop a low-cost small satellite launcher. This was announced by K Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO’s rocket development node. Its design will enable engineers to assemble the launcher within a week. The launcher will be capable to put satellites of up to 500-600 kg in orbits close to the Earth.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 11 December 2017

2 days ago
The Government of India has launched a door-to-door campaign for 15-days in the country for early diagnosis, detection and treatment of tuberculosis to eliminate the disease. The health ministry has initiated this campaign along the lines of its anti-polio drive.

ASEAN India Connectivity Summit begins in Delhi

2 days ago
The ASEAN India Connectivity Summit (AICS) began in New Delhi on 11 December 2017. The theme of the two-day Summit is Powering Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century. The main focus areas of the summit are Infrastructure, Roadways, Shipping, Digital, Finance, Energy and Aviation.

International Mountain Day observed globally

2 days ago
International Mountain Day was observed across the world on 11 December 2017 with the theme ‘Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger and migration’. More than half of the human population depends on the mountains for resources such as fresh water, food and clean energy, which are becoming increasingly scarce with time.

Morning News: 11 December 2017

2 days ago
The Union government would soon be launching the Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The programme aims at mainstreaming sports as a tool for individual development, community development, economic development and national development.

Human Rights Day 2017 observed globally

3 days ago
This year, the celebrations of the Day witnessed the launching of a year-long campaign '#Standup4humanrights' to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights'.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 9 December 2017

Dec 9, 2017
While releasing the report, the Ministry declared that India is now free from ‘Infective Trachoma’, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye. With this, India met the goal of trachoma elimination as specified by the WHO under its GET2020 program.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 observed globally

Dec 9, 2017
Every year USD 1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated USD 2.6 trillion are stolen through corruption, which is a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global GDP. In developing countries, funds lost to corruption are estimated at 10 times the amount of official development assistance.

Morning Current Affairs: 9 December 2017

Dec 9, 2017
India was declared free from infective Trachoma, a contagious bacterial infection of the eye. Trachoma causes inflamed granulation on the inner surface of the lids. This has been possible due to efforts such as provision of antibiotic eye drops, personal hygiene, availability of safe water, improved environmental sanitation and availability of surgical facilities for chronic Trachoma.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 8 December 2017

Dec 8, 2017
NASA scientists in Antarctica are set to launch SuperTIGER Balloon, a balloon-borne instrument, to study heavy cosmic particles, collect information on cosmic rays that enter Earth’s atmosphere every day. The announcement was made by NASA on 6 December 2017.

International Civil Aviation Day observed globally

Dec 8, 2017
International Civil Aviation Day was observed on 7 December 2017 with the theme ‘Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind’. The current theme was selected by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council for a period of four years from 2015 to 2018.

Morning Current Affairs: 8 December 2017

Dec 8, 2017
Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), key export control regime, on 7 December 2017 decided to admit India as its new member. The decision was taken during the two-day plenary meeting of the Wassenaar Arrangement grouping in Vienna.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 December 2017

Dec 7, 2017
The President of United States on 6 December 2017 recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, keeping with his long overdue campaign promise. Trump has also announced the plan of relocating the US embassy, which is currently based in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem, a move that is being opposed by many nations across the world including some of America’s closest allies.

Morning Current Affairs: 7 December 2017

Dec 7, 2017
Time magazine has named 'the silence breakers' as its Person of the Year for 2017 referring to those individuals, mostly women, who came forward this year to publicly expose patterns of sexual harassment and assault by powerful public figures in America.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 6 December 2017

Dec 6, 2017
According to the figures released by Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most tweeted about world leader after US President Donald Trump this year. Modi has 37.5 million followers on the popular micro blogging site.

Morning Current Affairs: 6 December 2017

Dec 6, 2017
India’s global initiative, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation on 6 December 2017. The ISA mainly aims at increasing solar energy deployment in its member countries.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 5 December 2017

Dec 5, 2017
Veteran Bollywood actor of the 70s Shashi Kapoor passed away on 4 December following a prolonged illness at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. He was 79. Shashi Kapoor was known for his line 'Mere Paas Maa Hai'.

Jupiter’s Moon may have similar plate tectonics as Earth

Dec 5, 2017
According to a new research, the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa may have plate tectonics similar to those on Earth, which could have important implications for the possibility of life in the ocean thought to exist beneath the moon's surface.

ILO releases World Social Protection Report 2017-2019

Dec 5, 2017
Only 29 per cent of the population enjoys access to social security, while the other 71 per cent population is not or partially protected. It recommends an increase of public expenditure on social protection to extend social protection coverage, especially in Africa, Asia and the Arab States.

World Soil Day observed globally

Dec 5, 2017
The World Soil Day was observed across the world on 5 December 2017 with the theme ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground’. The soil is a finite and non-renewable natural resource. It can help alleviate food insecurity. It is the source of 95 per cent of our food.

Veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Dec 5, 2017
He began his acting career as a child artiste in Raj Kapoor's films ‘Aag’ and ‘Awara’ in the late '40s. As a leading man, Kapoor made his debut in 1961 in Yash Chopra film 'Dharamputra', a film that remains relevant till date with its portrayal of the Partition and communalism.

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