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Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 January 2019

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on January 7, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the United States of America. The Globes this year pulled a twist at the end of the ceremony, with Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody staging upset wins.

Jan 7, 2019 18:08 IST
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Government to soon make Aadhaar linking with driving licence mandatory

The Union Government will soon make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with driving licences, as per Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

At present, the guilty person who causes an accident flees the scene and gets a duplicate licence which helps him escape blame and prosecution. However, with the Aadhaar linkage, one can change his/her name but cannot change his or her biometrics, neither iris nor fingerprints.

2019 Golden Globe Awards: Bohemian Rhapsody wins Best Picture Drama

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on January 7, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the United States of America. These annual awards honour the best in Motion Pictures and Television for the year 2018.

The Globes this year pulled a twist at the end of the ceremony, with Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody staging upset wins. While Green Book finished with three awards-the maximum for the evening, Bohemian Rhapsody- the Queen biopic and Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma won two each.

Though "A Star Is Born" was the odds-on favourite for the Best Motion Picture (Drama), ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won the award.

Lok Sabha passes bill to remove leprosy as ground for divorce

The Lok Sabha on January 7, 2019 passed the Personal Laws (Amendment Bill), 2018, which seeks to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce. Leprosy is being removed as a ground for divorce as it is now a curable disease as against the earlier notion of it being incurable.

The Bill seeks to amend five personal laws- the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act 1939, Divorce Act (for Christians) 1869, Special Marriage Act 1954 and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act 1956- to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce.

US Chief of Staff Kevin Sweeney resigns

Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff of the US Department of Defence, has announced his resignation from the post. Explaining his decision, Rear Admiral Sweeney said in a statement that "the time is right to return to the private sector".

In a terse resignation letter, Sweeney said it had been "an honour to serve" alongside his colleagues in the department, but made no mention of Trump. The move comes a month after the Defence Secretary James Mattis announced his departure in December 2018.

Saudi women to get divorce notices over text

In Saudi Arabia, a new regulation has been introduced to end secret divorces, wherein men end a marriage without telling their wives.

Starting from January 6, 2018, the Gulf nation’s courts will be required to notify the Saudi women by text on rulings confirming their divorces. The directive would ensure women are fully aware of their marital status and can protect rights such as alimony.

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