Current Affairs in Short: 12 December 2018
The Manipur Government has honoured AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medallist MC Mary Kom with the title "Meethoileima" at a function in Imphal. Kom was adorned with attires particularly worn by a queen of Manipur as a mark of ‘highest woman’ of the state while conferring the title.
Mary Kom honoured with Meethoileima title
• The Manipur Government on December 11, 2018 honoured AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medallist MC Mary Kom with the title "Meethoileima" (par excellent queen) at a function in Imphal.
• The state government conferred the title ‘Meethoileima’ in recognition of her unprecedented feat of winning the sixth gold medal in the recently concluded World Boxing Championship and her illustrious career in the field.
• On the occasion, the state’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh handed over a cheque worth Rs ten lakh to the world renowned boxer.The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.
• Kom was adorned with attires particularly worn by a queen of Manipur as a mark of ‘highest woman’ of the state while conferring the title.
Murdered journalist Khashoggi named Time magazine's "Person of the Year"
• Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October at his country's Istanbul consulate, has been named Time magazine's "Person of the Year" alongside other persecuted journalists.
• Other journalists to receive the honour include Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, Reuters’ reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are currently imprisoned in Myanmar and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, including five members killed in a June shooting.
• Time, which has awarded the "Person of the Year" title annually since 1927, published four different magazine covers for this week's edition, each one spotlighting different honourees. The magazine dubbed the journalists as the ‘guardians’ of truth.
• It is the first time someone has been chosen posthumously for the prestigious cover.
Home Ministry launches Twitter account to spread awareness about cybercrimes
• Home Ministry has launched a Twitter account to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken.
• The Twitter handles - @CyberDost - is aimed at enhancing people's basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention.
• Home Ministry said in the release that 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.
• It said capacity building and public awareness are critical components for obviating impact of cybercrimes and creating a suitable climate for trust-based transactions.
Sri Lankan parliament scheduled to take up a motion expressing confidence in ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
• Sri Lankan parliament is scheduled to take up a motion expressing confidence in ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe even as MPs supporting Mahinda Rajapaksa continue to boycott the house.
• This motion of confidence is to be presented by the MPs of United National Front (UNF) who claim to have the support of 117 in 225 member parliament.
• Another motion calling for the President to take future actions in accordance with Article 48 (2) of the Constitution is also to be presented to the Parliament today.
• President Sirisena has repeatedly said that he will not reappoint Wickremsinghe as Prime Minister even if he has the majority. Meanwhile, the decision of the Supreme Court on the dissolution of the parliament is still awaited. The court heard the matter last week and a decision is expected by December 14.
EU leaders rule out more negotiations on Brexit
• Germany's Angela Merkel and other European Union leaders have ruled out more negotiations on Brexit but are looking for ways to offer Britain reassurances after British Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a parliamentary vote to avoid a crushing defeat.
• A day after abruptly pulling the vote, May rushed to the Hague for breakfast with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, then to Berlin to meet Chancellor Merkel, followed by a trip to Brussels. She is seeking "reassurances" over provisions in the EU withdrawal agreement concerning Northern Ireland, which she hopes could persuade her rebellious Conservative party to support it.
• The message from the EU was clear that it can give legally-binding assurances about how it interprets the exit treaty, but will not countenance reopening the text itself. Meanwhile, May told Merkel that it was in nobody’s interest for Britain to leave with no accord.
• The parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal is now expected to be rescheduled before January 21, just months before Britain leaves the EU on March 29.
TDP MPs demand special category status for Andhra Pradesh
• The Telugu Desam Party MPs on December 12, 2018 demanded special category status for Andhra Pradesh.
• Holding placards in support of their demand in front of Gandhi Statue in Parliament complex, they also demanded financial assistance for backward districts of the state and a railway zone at Visakhapatnam.
• The MPs said the centre should take immediate steps in this direction.
UP to establish Umbrella University named after former PM late Atal Bihari Vajpayee
• The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to establish an umbrella university to control all the medical and dental colleges and nursing institutions in the state. The university will be named after former Prime Minister, late Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
• The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at Lucknow on December 11.
• The decision of the umbrella university will be quite helpful in controlling the quality of medical education by one syllabus and one education session. It will also help in transparency in entrance and examination system.
Centre, ADB sign 31 million dollar loan agreement to develop tourism, boost jobs in Tamil Nadu
• The Union Government and the Asian Development Bank on December 11, 2018 signed a loan agreement worth 31 million dollars in New Delhi to develop tourism and boost Jobs in Tamil Nadu.
• The project is expected to improve the tourism infrastructure in Tamil Nadu and also help the state in preserving its natural and cultural heritage.
• The activities under the project will also boost economic opportunities for the local people.
Navy inducts deep submergence rescue vehicle
• The Indian Navy on December 12, 2018 inducted the 'Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle' into service at the Western Naval Command here.
• The induction of the vehicle has put the Indian Navy into a small league of world navies that have an integral submarine rescue capability.
• The navy had successfully concluded maiden trials of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) on October 15. The vehicle can rescue as many as 14 people in one dive.
• These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV's ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and provided the navy with a critical capability.
• During the trials, the DSRV also dived successfully up to 666 metres, which is a record for deepest submergence by a 'manned vessel' in Indian waters.