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14 December 2018

Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Congress announced. He has served as the state's Chief Minister twice, won from Sardarpura seat by defeating BJP candidate Shambhu Singh by a margin of over 40,000 votes. State Congress President Sachin Pilot has been selected as the state's Deputy Chief Minister.

14 December 2018

Uttar Pradesh based startup HelpUsGreen has been honored by UN for its works to clean River Ganga by recycling tonnes of floral waste. UN presented the award to the 14 other countries along with India at the Nations Climate Action award ceremony during the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice. According to UN, the startup flower recycled 11060 metric tonnes of temple waste by the women working with the startup.

14 December 2018

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement will remove duties on almost all agricultural and industrial products as well as open up the service sector and procurement. It also moves to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade. The deal will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and almost one-third of the world's total GDP. Japan's Parliament has already approved the agreement. EU businesses export €58 billion ($66 billion) in goods and €28 billion in services to Japan every year.

14 December 2018

India will launch its latest communication satellite, GSAT-7A from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota onboard the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11 on December 19. The 2,250 kg GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian Communication satellite built by ISRO. GSAT-7A can be used by the Indian Air Force and the Indian Army.

14 December 2018

The Thane city police are to begin a week-long drive from 14th December 2018 to create awareness among college students of the harmful effects of taking drugs. The campaign will be held in 10 colleges in Zone 1 and Zone 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. NGOs have joined hands with the police to conduct the drive, which will end on December 21.
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14 December 2018

May's statement came after she won a vote of no confidence triggered by MPs of her own party over her Brexit plan. She secured victory by 200 votes to 117 after telling lawmakers at a private meeting that she would hand over power to another Conservative leader before the next election.

14 December 2018

Justice Tarun Agarwala retired Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court appointed as the presiding officer in the Securities Appellate Tribunal, Mumbai. Justice Agarwala will remain presiding officer for a period of five years or till the age of 70 years, whichever is earlier. The Securities Appellate Tribunal is a statutory body established under the provisions of Section 15K of the Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI) Act, 1992, to hear and dispose of appeals against orders passed by the SEBI or by an adjudicating officer under the Act. Justice Agarwala graduated from Allahabad University with a law degree.

14 December 2018

Creator of Indian TV show 'CID' Brijendra Pal Singh has been appointed as the new president of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Society and Chairman of Governing Council. Singh will replace former FTII President Anupam Kher, who was appointed in 2017. Singh was previously Vice Chairman of FTII.

14 December 2018

The government has spent more than ₹2,012 crore on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and secure hotline facilities for PM Narendra Modi's foreign visits since 2014. Out of the ₹2,012 crore, ₹1,583 crore was spent on PM's aircraft maintenance. The details of PM's foreign travel expenditure were shared in the Parliament by Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh.

14 December 2018

NASA’s Juno mission is to mark the halfway point in next week in data collection by completing the 16th science pass of Jupiter. The Space agency said that by December 21, at 11:49:48 a.m. EST the spacecraft will be 5,053 kilometres above Jupiter’s cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 207,287 kilometres per hour. NASA’s Juno spacecraft was launched on August 5, 2011, from Cape Canaveral. Juno is a NASA space probe orbiting Jupiter since July 4, 2016. Currently, Juno is in a highly-elliptical 53-day orbit around Jupiter. Each orbit includes a close passage over the planet’s cloud deck where it flies a ground track that extends from Jupiter’s north pole to its south pole. It will provide coverage of the planet every 11.25 degrees of longitude, providing a more detailed picture of what makes the whole of Jupiter tick. The depth of Jupiter’s zonal winds, the generation of its magnetic field, and the structure and evolution of its interior are areas that will be probed.

14 December 2018

Pricol Limited, an automotive components manufacturer, announced that it has planned to enter into a joint venture (JV) with Israel-based Pointer Telocation. The JV is for manufacture and marketing of advanced telematics and IoT solutions in India and South East Asia. The initial focus will be on commercial vehicles. The Pointer will have 51% interest in the venture and Pricol 49%. Pricol is one of the leading telematics hardware suppliers to OEMs in India and had an installed base of more than one lakh vehicles.

14 December 2018

Indian Tea Association (ITA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA). It aims at promoting green and black tea consumption in major tea markets in Europe, the U.S., Russia, and West Asia. The MoU covers the areas of trade promotion, intellectual property protection, and technology exchange. China imported 30 million kg of black tea annually amid its rising popularity in the country where green tea had earlier held sway. Indian exports stood at about 8.7 million kg in 2017 with the market being dominated by Sri Lanka and Kenya. An export of 15 million kg was being targeted next year. China was the world’s third largest exporter, mainly of green tea.

14 December 2018

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from one of the most prestigious universities of  Ghana, West Africa. This move is after the complaints citing that “he was racist against black Africans”. The statue of the global peace icon at the University of Ghana in Accra was unveiled by India's former president Pranab Mukherjee two years ago. It remained as a symbol of close ties between the two nations. The lecturers of the University began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Mahatma Gandhi claiming that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black Africans. The University authorities refused to comment while an official at the Foreign Affairs Ministry called it an internal decision by the university.

14 December 2018

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) announced that Russia has emerged as the world’s second-largest arms producer after the United States.  Russia surpassed Britain which had held that spot since 2002 and remains Western Europe’s No. 1 arms maker. SIPRI announced in its annual report on the world’s 100 biggest armaments groups that the combined arms sales of Russian companies amounted to $37.7 billion in 2017, an 8.5 percent rise from a year earlier.

14 December 2018

The migratory birds at the Chilika lake, Odisha are facing a threat to their lives due to the detection of avian influenza virus. Some crows and chickens were found dead inside poultry farms in Krushnaprasad block last week. When sent for testing to the National Institute of High-Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal, it was found that the birds were tested positive for H5N1 virus. The State government has planned for a massive culling operation inside private poultry farms in the affected villages. The Puri district administration would cull birds within one km radius of the place where the carcasses were found. Besides, officers of the animal husbandry department have been asked to intensify surveillance in 10 km-radius area. It should be noted that around seven lakh migratory birds have arrived at the Chilika lake this year.

14 December 2018

Steel Authority of India’s Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur to clinch the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament held at Major Dhyan Chand hockey stadium in New Delhi. Jay Prakash Patel scored the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match.

14 December 2018

India and Russia have agreed to simplify export clearances to take forward joint manufacturing in the defence. This decision was made during the 18th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-MTC) chaired by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu on 13th December 2018. India is planning for joint production under Make in India. This includes allowing Indian companies, both Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and private sector, to manufacture spares for Russian systems in India. So far, four military-industry conferences have been held between Russian manufactures and Indian companies to take the process forward, in this regard.

14 December 2018

International Cricket Council (ICC) signed a contract with Pernod Ricard India Pvt Ltd, the makers of whiskey brand Royal Stag for a five-year global partnership as an official sponsor. The size of Royal Stag’s sponsorship deal is estimated to be $5-6 million per year. The partnership which will last until 2023 would allow Royal Stag a comprehensive presence across broadcast, digital and on-ground activations of all ICC global tournaments, including the 2019 World Cup, T20 World Cup, World Test Championship and U19 World Cup and Women’s World Cup.

14 December 2018

Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas, IAS officer from Jammu and Kashmir cadre of 1986 batch was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member, Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) by Shri Arvind Saxena, Chairman, UPSC. Born in 1957, Shri Bharat Bhushan Vyas served in State & Centre in various capacities, retired as Chief Secretary.  

14 December 2018

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowed Bandhan Bank to open as many as 40 new branches, by the end of December releasing the restriction that RBI has put on the Bandhan bank’s branch opening spree three months back. The RBI barred the bank from opening new branches in September after the private-sector lender failed to bring down main shareholders stake to below 40 % as mandated in the licensing norms for universal banks. Bandhan Financial Services (BFSL) the promoter of Bandhan Bank, currently holds 82.28 %  stake in the bank.

14 December 2018

Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (I/C), Giriraj Singh inaugurated a Multi-Disciplinary Training Centre (MDTC) of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat in New Delhi. Samadhan is an industrial training institute set up on PPP mode with the MSME Ministry, to provide comprehensive industry and business related guidance and quality knowledge to entrepreneurs, industries, corporate and institutions.

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