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10 December 2018

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls. She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.  First runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.

10 December 2018

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post today citing personal reasons, effective immediately. Urjit Patel was appointed governor of RBI in 2016 and had about one more year left in his term.

10 December 2018

Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as its new leader.  She likely will lead the CDU into the 2021 federal elections and could become the country's next Chancellor. She narrowly won the party contest over corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz with 51.75% of the vote. Merkel announced in October that she would step down as CDU leader but will serve as the Chancellor for the remaining three years of her term.

10 December 2018

Kerala’s fourth international airport at Kannur (north Kerala) was inaugurated jointly by Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan by flagging off the maiden Air India Express flight to Abu Dhabi. International flights to the UAE, Oman and Qatar will be operated from Kannur airport. For regional connectivity, flights to Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai will be available. Kerala already has three international airports, at Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode. Kochi, also built under PPP model, is one of the fastest growing airports of the country.

10 December 2018

The accounts, whose e-bidding process will take place on December 21, are majorly concentrated in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata zones of the lender. Punjab National Bank's (PNB) gross bad loans stood at ₹81,250 crore in the July-September quarter. The bank posted a staggering loss of Rs 4,532.35 crore for the second quarter of the current fiscal on rising bad loans.
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10 December 2018

In October 2018, the Uttar Pradesh government had officially renamed Allahabad as Prayagraj. A formal proposal has now been sent to the state's Governor seeking his approval to rename Allahabad University as Prayagraj State University.

10 December 2018

Indian Railways flagged off the new Buddhist Circuit Tourist Train from New Delhi's Safdarjung Railway Station. The 12-coach train consists of a mini library, foot massager, touch-less taps and individual lockers, among others. The train will cover destinations associated with Lord Buddha's life, including Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Lumbini, and will end with a tour of the Taj Mahal.

10 December 2018

The World Bank has said India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with $80 billion. India is followed by China, Mexico, the Philippines and Egypt, according to World Bank's Migration and Development Brief. A foreign remittance is money transferred from a foreign worker to their family or other individuals in their home countries.

10 December 2018

Salman Khan won the Best Entertainment Host for 'Bigg Boss', and Anurag Kashyap won the Best Direction [Fiction] for season one of 'Sacred Games' at the inaugural Asian Academy Creative Awards in Singapore. Other winners from India included Discovery Communications India, which got Best Comedy Programme for 'Queens Of Comedy' and Cartoon Network India's 'Lamput' won Best 2D Animated Programme.

10 December 2018

A professional footballer, Prathamesh clinched the main title for India the very first time and was slashed by Gabriel Correa Mister Supranational 2017 and he received the trophy from Miss Supranational 2018 Valeria Vazquez. At the same pageant Mister Supranational Poland Jakub Kucner was adjudged first runner up. The second runner up title was won by Mister Supranational Brazil Samuel Costa.

10 December 2018

Around 5,000 migratory birds have arrived at Gharana Wetland Conservation Reserve along the International border in the outskirts of Jammu. It is located about 30 km from Jammu, Gharana is surrounded by wetlands of Makwal, Kukdian, Abdullian and Pargwal where more than 170 resident and migratory bird species flock during the winter, making it a treat for bird watchers.  These bird species are bar-headed geese, gadwalls, common teals, purple swamp hens, Indian moorhens, black-winged stilts, cormorants, egrets, and greenshanks

10 December 2018

The day has been celebrated since the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 31 October 2003 to raise public awareness for anti-corruption. UN along with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized a global campaign called- “Corruption: An impediment to Sustainable Development Goals”- for spreading the awareness on corruption.  

10 December 2018

Indian Navy agreed to gift INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned Pondicherry-class vessel, to the Union territory of Puducherry for the creation of country’s first underwater museum. The 60 m long and 12 m wide vessel was decommissioned in March 2018 after sailing 13000 nautical miles. It would be sent to the seabed at a depth of 26 m and 7 km off the Pondicherry coast to act as an underwater marine museum for scuba diving and snorkeling activities. This would enhance tourism in the UT.

10 December 2018

HCL Tech Vice Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra (ranked 51st), Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (ranked 60), HT Media MD Shobhana Bhartia (ranked 88th), and actress Priyanka Chopra (placed at 94) have been named in Forbes' World's 100 Most Powerful Women list. The list, which featured four Indians, has been topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the eighth consecutive year. Others in the list include Serena Williams and Melinda Gates.

10 December 2018

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon, 26, a Mexican model and volunteer, has been crowned Miss World at a glitzy event on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan. She holds a degree in international business, volunteers for “Migrantes en el Camino” and is on the board of directors of a rehab centre for girls. She was crowned as the 68th Miss World by last year’s winner, Manushi Chhillar of India, in the coastal city of Sanya.  First runner-up was Thailand’s Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan, a 20-year-old studying business administration. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were among the final five. It is the eighth time the Miss World final has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the pageant in 2003.

10 December 2018

Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that Bioplastics, often promoted as a climate-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastics, may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. But shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. An increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from cropland expansion on a global scale. Plastics cause fossil fuel depletion and climate change. It is estimated that by 2050, plastics could already be responsible for 15% of the global CO2 emissions. On the other hand, bioplastics are in principle climate-neutral since they are based on renewable raw materials such as maize, wheat, and sugarcane. These plants get the CO2 that they need from the air through their leaves. The study found that it takes a lot of time for the switch to bioplastics to pay off.

10 December 2018

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he is to visit Afghanistan on December 15. He said he intends to hold talks with top Afghan leaders on political reconciliation and durable peace. His announcement comes after U.S. President Donald Trump sent a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking Islamabad’s help with the peace talks. Pakistan: ♦ Capital: Islamabad ♦ President: Arif Alvi ♦ Prime Minister: Imran Khan ♦ Currency: Pakistani rupee ♦ National languages: Urdu ♦ Official languages: English, Urdu ♦ Dominion: 14 August 1947​​​​​​​

10 December 2018

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu jointly inaugurated the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL). KIAL is the fourth international airport in the state.  The other three are Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode and with the commissioning of KIAL, Kerala becomes the state with the highest density of airports in the country. Vijayan and Prabhu flagged off the first flight, an Air India Express with 180 passengers bound for Abu Dhabi.

10 December 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh on a two-day visit. During his visit, he will grace the Founder’s Week Celebrations of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad in Gorakhpur. He will also offer puja at the sanctum of the Gorakhnath temple and meet representatives of the Gita Press who will gift him a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.

10 December 2018

Shalindra Kumar will take over as the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir on 12th December 2018. He will be replacing the incumbent Shaleen Kabra. His office will take effect a day after the completion of the ongoing nine-phased panchayat polls in the State.  The panchayat elections in J&K is being held after a gap of seven years. The elections in the State began on November 17 and will culminate on December 11.

10 December 2018

The 10th Edition of the bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) started at Visakhapatnam.  The Maritime exercise will conclude on December 16. The Primary aim of the exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the two navies, develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. This Year’s edition of exercise would be held in two phases, The Harbour phase would be held at Visakhapatnam from 9-12 December and the Sea phase would be held from 13-16 December in the bay of Bengal. Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Air Defence Drills, Surface firings, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) operations and tactical procedures will be the thrust of exercises at sea.

10 December 2018

The Global Investors Meet (GIM) 2019 is to be held in Chennai, India on January 23 and 24, 2019. The officials of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have planned to spruce up the Chennai airport to give a facelift to a host of facilities. AAI has set up separate counters for e-visas, foreign passports and passengers having Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) passports. A special parking area will be created for the those coming to attend the GIM 2019. It has also decided to deploy additional manpower and put up some facilitation counters to help those arriving at the airport. Even when the first ever Global Investors Meet happened in 2015, the airport was revamped.

10 December 2018

US President Donald Trump nominated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.  The former Fox News presenter’s appointment to the UN role will have to be approved by the US Senate. Nauert will replace Nikki Haley, who will be leaving the post by the end of 2018.

10 December 2018

Union Home Ministry has notified amendments to the Citizenship Rules, 2009, to include a separate column in the citizenship form for applicants belonging to six minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Still, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is pending in Parliament. The Centre has made the changes under Section 18 of the Citizenship Act, 1955. The Ministry has notified new rules on December 3. Under the amendments, a separate entry in the form will ask the applicant, if they belong to one of the minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Sikhs and Christians.

10 December 2018

Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO Council approved India’s proposal to observe an International Year of Millets in 2023.  Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh stated that the 160th session of the FAO Council, in Rome approved the proposal.  

10 December 2018

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched a new framework, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.  

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