The chief of International Hockey Federation, Narinder Batra was elected as the President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at its Annual General Meeting held in New Delhi on 14 December 2017.
The 60-year-old Batra received 143 votes out of the total 160, winning the polls with an overwhelming majority. His opponent Anil Khanna on the other hand just managed to scramble 13 votes.
The Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi inaugurated a 2-day National Workshop on Role of Sakhi One Stop Centres in strengthening the multi-sectoral response to violence, in New Delhi on 15 December 2017.
The initiative is aimed at bringing together officials to understand, discuss and deliberate on strengthening the multi-sector response to address violence against women through the Sakhi One Stop Centres across the country.
It also aims to Introduce Nirbhaya Dashboard – a real time OSC and Women Helpline data maintaining mechanism.
Sri Lanka has become the 163rd nation to assent to the anti-personnel mine ban convention. Sri Lanka had pledged last year to join the mine ban convention and support the international community to support the landmine clearance program.
The move is considered as significant steps from Sri Lanka because it used antipersonnel mines in the past and has since carried out an extensive, ongoing mine clearance effort.Sri Lanka said that they look forward to implementing and promote this Convention, including through capacity-building and mine clearance.
NASA has recently discovered an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star which is 2545 light-years far from Earth. The announcement of the discovery was made by NASA on 14 December 2017.
Kepler-90i is a hot rocky planet that orbits its star once every 14.4 days. Around 30 per cent larger than Earth, Kepler-90i is so close to its star that its average surface temperature exceeds 800 degrees Fahrenheit, on par with Mercury.
According to a declaration that was adopted on 11 December 2017, the heads of world space agencies have proposed the creation of a climate observatory to combine acquired data and share it with scientists around the globe.
The space agency heads had met on the eve of the ‘One Planet Summit' in Paris, to discuss climate monitoring from space, including areas such as greenhouse gases, water resource management and the use of satellites during natural disasters.