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Top 5 Current Affairs: 4 December 2018

The Supreme Court on December 4, 2018 directed the High Courts of Bihar and Kerala to prioritise trials of criminal cases against former and present Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) involving offences punishable with life imprisonment.

Dec 4, 2018 17:40 IST
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Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019

Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad Sherida al-Kaabi on December 3, 2018 announced that the country will withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in January 2019. This decision to quit OPEC was confirmed by Qatar Petroleum, the state oil company.

Qatar’s pure strength is the production of Gas. Qatar is the world's biggest supplier of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), producing almost 30 percent of the world total. Qatar also shares the world's largest known natural gas field the ‘North Field’ with Iran.

Prioritise trial against MP/MLAs; designate special courts: SC directs Kerala and Patna HCs

The Supreme Court on December 4, 2018 directed the High Courts of Bihar and Kerala to prioritise trials of criminal cases against former and present Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) involving offences punishable with life imprisonment.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Sanjay Krishan Kaul and K.M. Joseph also directed the high courts to designate as many Sessions and Magistrate’s courts in each district as Special Courts to conduct the speedy trials of lawmakers. Such cases will be heard on a day to day basis and cases involving life imprisonment as punishment will be heard on priority basis.

Government forms Rajiv Kumar Committee to look at selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies

The Union Government on December 3, 2018 constituted a six-member committee to look at selling of 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned the Oil and Natural Gas Corporatio (ONGC) and Oil India Limited (OIL) to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.

The panel is chaired by the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar. The formation of the Committee came as a follow up of the October 12, 2018 meeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to review domestic production profile of oil and gas and the roadmap for cutting import dependence by 10 percent by 2022.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sworn in as 58th President of Mexico

Veteran leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was sworn in as the 58th President of Mexico on December 1, 2018 in the presence a huge crowd that included world leaders including US Vice President Mike Pence, Ivanka Trump and King Felipe VI of Spain.

Lopez Obrador, who took office following his landslide victory in the July 1 presidential elections, vowed to bring an end to corruption, chronic poverty and extreme violence that have plagued the country for more than a decade. The 65-year-old would hold the post of President of Mexico for a term of six years.

National Commission for Women to support livelihood programmes for women in northeast


The National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to support northeast livelihood programmes for women, particularly for those falling under the younger age group, through skill development and specialised training.

The same was decided upon during a meeting between the Minister of State for DoNER Ministry, Dr. Jitendra Singh and the newly appointed member of the three-member National Commission for Women, Soso Shaiza in New Delhi on December 3, 2018.

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