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Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 December 2018

The Supreme Court on December 12, 2018 extended the deadline for the submission of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.

Dec 13, 2018 17:18 IST
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Shaktikanta Das assumes charge as 25th Governor of Reserve Bank of India

Shaktikanta Das, Member of the 15th Finance Commission, on December 13, 2018 assumed charge as the 25th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made his appointment on December 12, 2018, within 24 hours of Urjit Patel’s sudden resignation as RBI Governor. Das will have a three-year term.

He currently represents India at the G-20 as a Sherpa, representatives of leaders of G20 member countries who coordinate on the agenda of the summit.

Supreme Court extends NRC claims submission deadline to December 31

The Supreme Court on December 12, 2018 extended the deadline for the submission of claims and objections by individuals excluded from the first draft of the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC)  to December 31, 2018. Earlier, the last date for submission was December 15.
 
Consequently, the process of commencement of verification has been shifted to February 15, 2019 from February 1.

The Assam government released the final draft of NRC on July 30, 2018. The list incorporates names of 2.89 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The names of 40.07 lakh people have been left out.

K Chandrasekhar Rao sworn in as Telangana CM

The President of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), K Chandrasekhar Rao, who led his party to a massive win in the Telangana Legislative Assembly Elections 2018, was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of the state for a second straight term on December 13, 2018.

All the MLAs-elect unanimously elected Rao as the leader during their meet at the Telangana Bhavan, the TRS headquarters. The oath-taking ceremony took place on the lawns of the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad at 1.30 pm. Governor ESL Narasimhan administered the oath to the chief minister.

Along with Rao, party MLC Mohammed Mehmood Ali, who was deputy chief minister in the previous TRS government, took oath as a minister. The full-fledged cabinet will, however, be formed in the next few days.

Zoramthanga to be sworn in as Mizoram CM

Mizo National Front (MNF) President Zoramthanga would be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Mizoram for the third term on December 15, 2018 at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl. He had earlier served as the state’s chief minister for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2008.

The 74-year-old rebel-turned-politician was a former underground leader and a close aide of the legendary MNF leader Laldenga. His party had staked claim to form the government on December 11 after it secured a landslide victory by winning 26 seats in the 40-member Mizoram House.

Editors Guild of India suspends MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal over sexual harassment allegations

The Editors Guild of India (EGI) on December 12, 2018 suspended the membership of journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar and former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Executive Committee of the EGI also decided to seek a formal response from journalist Gautam Adhikari on the charges against him.
Former Union Minister MJ Akbar has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment. Journalist Priya Ramani was the first to name Akbar in a Twitter post on October 8, 2018, revealing that an article she had written last year about an editor inviting her to his hotel room for a job interview and asking her to sit on the bed with him was Akbar.

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