NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar retires
The Chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Justice Swatanter Kumar announced his retirement from the post on 19 December 2017, after completing his five-year tenure. A full bench reference was organised at the NGT on the occasion.
During his tenure as the NGT chief, he passed several landmark orders and judgments including the ban on 10- year-old diesel and 15-year-old petrol vehicles, capping the number of pilgrims at Vaishno Devi to 50,000 per day and the direction to maintain silence at Amarnath.
His successor is yet to be appointed.
International Migration Report 2017: India tops world in number of migrants abroad
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) on 18 December 2017 released the International Migration Report 2017 on the occasion of International Migration Day.
As per the report, there are an estimated 258 million people living in a country other than their country of birth. This reflects an increase of 49 per cent in the number of migrants since 2000.
International migration makes an important contribution to population growth in many parts of the world and even reverses population decline in some countries or areas.
The Skill Development Ministry on 18 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with Maruti Suzuki to impart training to youth and enhance their employment potential.
The MoU aims to provide high employment potential trades related to automobile and manufacturing industry to youth under the Skill India Mission. The training program would mainly cater to students who are 10th pass and 12th pass outs.
Under the deal, Maruti Suzuki in consultation with DGT will develop specific training modules as per the need of the automobile industry.
US regulators repeal net neutrality rules
The United States Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on 14 December 2017 to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order which protects net neutrality in the United States.
The repeal of net neutrality marks a huge victory for the internet service providers, as it hands them back the power over what content consumers can access. The move will give ISPs greater power to limit internet access while favouring certain data streams.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) in a report said that due to the growing fleet of coal power plants and strong power demand, India's coal-fired power generation will continue to rise.
As per the report, the import of coking coal is projected to raise over 5% per year through 2022 on account of increasing steel consumption in industries such as defense, shipbuilding and vehicle manufacturing as well in railways and housing.