Time names ‘silence breakers' as 2017 Person of the Year
Time magazine has named 'the silence breakers' as its Person of the Year for 2017 referring to those individuals, mostly women, who came forward this year to publicly expose patterns of sexual harassment and assault by powerful public figures in America.
Those recognised by Time include famous actresses who raised their voice against the discgraced Hollywood producer as well as ordinary women who shared stories of abuse via social media platforms using the hashtag #MeToo and its foreign language equivalents. Ashley Jude was the first actress to come forward on the record to make accusations against the 65-year-old Weinstein.
US President Donald Trump recognises Jerusalem as capital of Israel
US President Donald Trump has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced plans to relocate the US embassy, which is currently based in Tel Aviv, to the city.
Trump has also directed the State Department to immediately begin the process of construction of US embassy in Jerusalem. The US President also reiterated his commitment to the two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. He said, United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides.
Government to reward states, districts achieving 90 per cent immunisation cover
The Union Health Ministry would be rewarding the states and districts that succeeded in achieving 90 per cent immunisation coverage under the union government’s Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI).
The announcement was made by Union health minister J P Nadda at an IMI review meeting attended by health ministers and principal secretaries of 24 states. The Intensified Mission
Indradhanush was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 8 October at Vadnagar, Gujarat.
Under the initiative, the central government aims to reach every child below the age of two years and pregnant women left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.