Union Cabinet approves new Consumer Protection Bill
The Union Cabinet on 20 December 2017 approved a new Consumer Protection Bill that seeks to establish an authority to safeguard consumers' rights and has the provisions for penalty and jail terms in case of adulteration and misleading advertisements by companies.
As per the new bill, the celebrities endorsing misleading advertisements will also be liable for fine and ban up to three years. The bill would be replacing the 2015 bill, which was introduced by the centre in the Lok Sabha in August 2015 to repeal the 30-year-old Consumer Protection Act of 1986.
Mamang Dai, Ramesh Kuntal win Sahitya Akademi Award 2017
Mamang Dai and Ramesh Kuntal Megh on 21 December 2017 won the Sahitya Akademi Award 2017.
Mamang Dai was awarded in English language for his novel The Black Hill. While, Ramesh Kuntal Megh won the award in Hindi for his literary criticism work Vishw Mithak Sarit Sagar. They were among the 24 winners who were awarded for their work in 24 different Indian languages.
The other winners were Udaya Narayana Singh (Maithili), Shrikant Deshmukh (Marathi), Bhujanga Tudu (Santali), Inqulab (Tamil), Devipriya (Telugu), Shiv Mehta (Dogri), Autar Krishen Rahbar (Kashmiri), Gajanan Jog (Konkani), Gayatri Saraf (Odia) and Baig Ehsas (Urdu).
Ramesh Kuntal Megh (Hindi), TP Ashoka (Kannada), Urmi Ghanshyam Desai (Gujarati), Bina Hangkhim (Nepali), and Neeraj Daiya (Rajasthani) were recognised for their literary criticism.
India’s Mithali Raj, Ekta Bisht selected in ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year
Indian skipper Mithali Raj was on 21 December 2017 named in the ICC Women's ODI Cricket Team of the Year while left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht was the lone cricketer to find a place in the both the ODI and T20 Teams of the year announced by the world body.
Besides the duo, Harmanpreet Kaur has found out a place in the ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year.
While England’s Heather Knight was named as the captain of the ICC ODI team of the year, Stafanie Taylor of the West Indies was appointed as the skipper of ICC T20I side. The teams were selected taking into consideration player performances from September 21, 2016 to date.