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Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 December 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2018 inaugurated India's longest rail-road bridge ‘Bogibeel Bridge’ over the Brahmaputra River in Assam to boost defence along the border with China.

Dec 26, 2018 17:16 IST
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Year 2018 Current Affairs: Revisiting the Top Events of 2018 that changed the world

As we bid adieu to 2018 and welcome 2019, take a quick look at important events of 2018, crucial happenings, decisions and discourses that are very important to remember in terms of current affairs. JagaranJosh is providing you with brief and essential information of most important events that took centre stage in the year 2018.

PM Modi inaugurates Bogibeel Bridge in Assam

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25, 2018 inaugurated India's longest rail-road bridge ‘Bogibeel Bridge’ over the Brahmaputra River in Assam to boost defence along the border with China. The bridge was inaugurated on the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, under whose government the work for the bridge began in 2002.

The Bogibeel Bridge was a part of the 1985 Assam Accord and was approved in 1997-98. The foundation stone of the bridge was laid by then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on January 22, 1997, but the construction work commenced under the premiership of Vajpayee in April 2002.

PM Modi releases commemorative coin on Paika Rebellion; inaugurates IIT Bhubaneswar campus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 24, 2018 released the commemorative coin and postage stamp in memory of Paika Rebellion during his visit to Bhubaneswar to commemorate Paika Rebellion.

On the same occasion, the Prime Minister dedicated the IIT Bhubaneswar campus to the nation. IIT Bhubaneswar will spur the industrial development of Odisha, and work towards technology to improve the lives of the people. It would help generate employment for the youth of Odisha.

Good Governance Day 2018: Nation remembers former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee; ‘Sadaiv Atal’ samadhi dedicated to nation

India observed the Good Governance Day on December 25, 2018 to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16, 2018 at the age of 93. The Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor former-Prime Minister Vajpayee.

To mark the birth anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, his Samadhi ‘Sadaiv Atal’ was dedicated to the nation. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes at the Samadhi.

Japan announces withdrawal from IWC to resume commercial whaling

Japan on December 26, 2018 announced its decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and said that it will resume commercial whaling from July 2019. The withdrawal will come into effect by June 30, 2019.

The announcement comes after Japan failed in a bid earlier this year to convince the IWC to allow it to resume commercial whaling. "We have decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year," said a top Japanese government spokesman.

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