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Current Affairs in Short: 11 December 2018

The Supreme Court directed that names and identities of victims of rape and sexual assault should not be disclosed or revealed. The bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur directed the print and electronic media not to reveal the identity of victims of rape and sexual assault even in a remote manner.

Dec 11, 2018 17:27 IST
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Sino-India joint exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2018’ begins

• The 7th Sino-India joint exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand 2018’, scheduled during December 10 to 23, 2018, began on December 11, 2018 at Chengdu, China.  
• Company size contingents of 11 SIKHLI from Indian Army and a regiment from Tibetan Military District of People’s Liberation Army participated in the exercise.
• The Indian contingent was led by Col Puneet Pratap Singh Tomar, Commanding Officer, 11 SIKHLI, while the Chinese contingent was led by Col Zhou Jun.
• The exercise will consist of a balance of indoor classes and outdoor training activities.
• The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries and to enhance ability of the joint exercise commander to take military contingents of both nations under command.  

PM Modi to inaugurate Partners’ Forum 2018

• The Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fourth Partners’ Forum on December 12, 2018 at New Delhi.
• The Government of India, in association with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), is hosting this two-day international conference.
• The invited countries have been selected from across all regions and income levels and include countries that are currently chairing key global and regional bodies (e.g. G7, G20, BRICS, etc.).
• Partners’ Forum is a global health partnership launched in September 2005 to accelerate efforts to reduce child and maternal mortality, improve adolescent, child, newborn and maternal health.
• This partnership is an alliance of more than 1000 plus members, across 10 constituencies in 92 countries.

Economist Surjit S Bhalla resigns as Member of the Economic Advisory Council to PM Modi


• Economist Surjit S Bhalla resigned from his position as the part-time Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
• Prime Minister accepted Bhalla’s resignation.
• The Economic Advisory Council is headed by NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy.
• Other part-time members on the Council include economists Rathin Roy, Ashima Goyal and former bureaucrat Ratan Watal.

Winter Session of Parliament begins; 45 Bills to be taken up

• Winter Session of Parliament began on December 11, 2018. The nearly month-long session will continue till January 8, 2019.  
• Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said 45 Bills and one financial item will be taken up during the session.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the session and sought support of all political parties in ensuring smooth functioning of winter session of Parliament.
• Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day after making obituary references to their members who passed away during the intersession.

Home Ministry launches Twitter account to spread awareness about cybercrimes

• Home Ministry launched a Twitter account ‘@CyberDost’ to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken.
• The Twitter handle @CyberDost is aimed at enhancing people's basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention.
• The government is committed to creating an ecosystem to prevent and control cyber crimes to mitigate the possibility of disruption in normal business activities or losses due to cybercrimes.
• The capacity building and public awareness are critical components for obviating impact of cybercrimes and creating a suitable climate for trust-based transactions.

SC bars media from revealing identities of victims of rape, sexual assault

• The Supreme Court directed that names and identities of victims of rape and sexual assault should not be disclosed or revealed. A
• The bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur directed the print and electronic media not to reveal the identity of victims of rape and sexual assault even in a remote manner.
• The apex court said FIRs in cases of rape and sexual assault, including those against minors, should not be put in public domain by police.
• The top court ruled this while saying that it is unfortunate that rape victims are treated as untouchables in society.

Rattan Lal wins Glinka World Soil Prize 2018


• Rattan Lal , a distinguished university professor of soil science at the Ohio State University, won the ‘Glinka World Soil Prize 2018’ in a ceremony at the headquarters of UN FAO in Rome.
• He was awarded for his remarkable contribution to sustainable soil management.
• Lal was born in Gujranwala in West Punjab, Pakistan, and his family came to India as refugees in 1948. He studied in India and later came to the US to work on his doctorate in soils, which he completed in 1968.
• He has been listed among the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds (2012) and among the top one percent of all researchers in agriculture.
• The Glinka World Soil Prize, named after the pioneering Russian scientist Konstantin D. Glinka, is considered as the highest honour in the soil science profession.

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