Current Affairs in Short: 28 December 2018
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has bettered Rahul Dravid's long-standing record of most runs scored by an Indian in a calendar year overseas, adding another feather to his illustrious cap.
Kohli surpasses Dravid for most overseas runs in calendar year
• Skipper Virat Kohli on December 27, 2018 bettered Rahul Dravid's long-standing record of most runs scored by an Indian in a calendar year overseas, adding another feather to his illustrious cap.
• With 82 runs at the MCG on the second day of the third Test against Australia, Kohli now has 1138 runs to his name. Dravid held the record for scoring 1137 runs in Tests away from home in 2002.
• Besides Kohli and Dravid, Mohinder Amarnath notched up 1065 runs in 1983 while the great Sunil Gavaskar had scored 918 runs in 1971 to make the top four in the list.
• Kohli has had a sensational year with the bat, scoring nearly 600 runs in five Tests in England besides making handsome contributions across three formats in South Africa.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting inducted into ICC Hall of Fame
• Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on December 26, 2018.
• To mark the occasion, Ponting received his commemorative cap from compatriot ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, Glenn McGrath, during the tea break on the opening day of the third Test against India at the MCG.
• Ponting was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with former India captain Rahul Dravid and England woman wicketkeeper-batter Claire Taylor during the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin in July. Ponting could not attend the ICC conference.
• Ponting is a three-time ICC Cricket World Cup winner including two times as captain. He is the 25th Australia cricketer to be formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.
Government declares Khalistan Liberation Force banned organisation
• The Union government on December 25, 2018 declared the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) a banned organisation.
• The decision was taken under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 for the outfit's alleged involvement in the killing of innocent people and police officers and several bombings on civilian targets in India.
• The KLF and all its manifestations have been declared outlawed under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
Chamba SP conferred 'Champion of Change' award
• The Chamba superintendent of police was conferred the 'Champion of Change' award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu for her exemplary administrative work. The award ceremony was held in Delhi on December 26, 2018.
• Chamba SP Monika Bhutunguru was conferred one of the most prestigious award by the vice president at Vigyan Bhawan for her immense contribution, exemplary work and bringing a significant change in the district.
• The award selection jury was led by former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishna and former Supreme Court judge Sudha Mishra. The event was attended by eminent jurists, politicians, social leaders.
India announces Rs 4,500 crore assistance to Bhutan
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a Rs 4,500 crore financial assistance to Bhutan for its 12th five-year plan after holding wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Dr. Lotay Tshering.
• The new five-year plan of Bhutan began this year and will continue till 2022. In his media statement, Modi said hydropower cooperation with Bhutan is a key aspect of bilateral ties and that work on the Mangdechhu project will soon be completed.
• Further, the Prime Minister said that collaboration in space science is a new dimension in India-Bhutan relations. He said that the ground station being built by ISRO in Bhutan will soon be ready. The station will help Bhutan get benefits from South Asian satellite.
• Dr. Tshering arrived in New Delhi on December 27, 2018 on his first foreign visit after taking charge as Prime Minister of the Himalayan nation last month. His visit takes place during the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.