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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

International Migrants Day 2017 observed globally

27 mins ago
The total number of international migrants has increased from an estimated 175 million in 2000 to 244 million in 2015. Nearly two thirds of all international migrants, that is 76 million people, live in Europe or Asia.

Morning Current Affairs: 18 December 2017

1 hour ago
The counting of votes for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has begun. The results will be announced by the end of the day. In total, 182 seats in Gujarat and 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh are up for elections. The results of these elections are expected to have an effect on the 2019 parliamentary elections as well.

Morning Current Affairs: 16 December 2017

2 days ago
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 that seeks to criminalise instant triple talaq among the Muslim community.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 15 December 2017

2 days ago
The Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi inaugurated a 2-day National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres in strengthening the multi-sectoral response to violence. The initiative aims to provide quality services to the victims/survivors of violence.

World's space agencies propose creation of a space climate observatory

2 days ago
According to a declaration that was adopted on 11 December, the heads of world space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe.

Morning Current Affairs: 15 December 2017

3 days ago
Disney on 14 December 2017 reached a deal to acquire certain assets of 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the parent company of FOX Business, for approximately USD 52.4 billion in stock. The total transaction is valued at USD 66.1 billion, including 21st Century Fox’s debt. The deal includes 21st Century Fox assets- Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses like Star India.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 14 December 2017

3 days ago
Sri Lanka on 9 December 2017 formally handed over the strategic southern port of Hambantota to China on a 99-year lease and received USD 292 million out of USD 1.12 billion deal signed between both the countries in July 2017.

27th National Energy Conservation Day observed

3 days ago
The 27th National Energy Conservation Day was celebrated in New Delhi with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind being the chief guest at the event. The day is aimed at demonstrating India’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation.

INS Kalvari, first Scorpene-class submarine commissioned into Indian Navy

3 days ago
INS Kalvari, the first of the Scorpene-class submarines, was commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The war ship is the first of six such submarines that will be inducted into the Indian Navy. It represents a significant success for the Make in India initiative.

Morning Current Affairs: 14 December 2017

Dec 14, 2017
President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting the National Energy Conservation Awards in New Delhi, on the occasion of National Energy Conservation day. The awards would be conferred to Industries that have demonstrated measurable reductions in their energy use.

Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 December 2017

Dec 13, 2017
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

Dec 13, 2017
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

Dec 13, 2017
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

Dec 13, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 12, 2017
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

Dec 11, 2017
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

Dec 11, 2017
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

Dec 11, 2017
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

Dec 11, 2017
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

Dec 10, 2017
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.

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