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The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Bill, despite opposition from Congress member Shashi Tharoor.
Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.
The introduced bill seeks to replace the Triple Talaq ordinance that was passed by the government in September 19.
Uday Shankar is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber - The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Shankar entered media as a political journalist with The Times of India and rose to become the CEO and editor of 'Star News'. He spearheaded the launch of 24-hour Hindi news channel 'Aaj Tak' in 2000, and 'Headlines Today' in English in 2003, as editor and news director of 'TV Today' Group.
Global telecom, British Telecommunications giant, said it plans to set up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science. The British Telecom Indian Research Centre will focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies for use in the company’s programmes, products, and services.
The India centre’s structure and organization will follow a model used for the British firm’s global research locations, combining academic, industry and government partnerships. It will join BT’s network of collaborative research facilities in China, Northern Ireland, the UAE, and the US.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami launched the distribution of satellite phones to fishermen involved in deep sea fishing. It will assist the fishermen in their navigation while in the high seas.
The satellite phones, NaVIC (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System) receivers, has been designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) as a bid to the fishermen. So far, ISRO has delivered 200 NaVICs to the State government.
The Union Cabinet approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme aims at providing deposit-free LPG connections to eight crore households.
So far, the scheme targeted the poor and underprivileged so listed in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011.
Andreas Goss is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel B.V., the proposed joint venture (JV) between Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp. Mr.Goss is currently the CEO of Thyssenkrupp’s steel division.
He would chair the management board of Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel B.V. Hans Fischer who is now the CEO of Tata Steel Europe would be the deputy CEO and chief technology officer of the JV Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp had also decided on the members of the future management board for the JV to be headquartered in Amsterdam.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Denmark Anders Samuelsen on December 17 co-chaired the 2nd session of Joint Commission Meeting in New Delhi.
Both the leaders took stock of the ties and identified cooperation in renewable energy, agriculture, food processing, shipping, Smart Cities, digitization and culture.
Mr Samuelson last visited India in November 2017 to participate at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
According to a data released by the RBI, over ₹1.10 lakh crore has been lost due to bank frauds since 2015.
The number of such frauds has gone up from 4,693 to 5,917 between 2015-16 and 2017-18.
An An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew with blended bio-jet fuel produced from Jatropha oil, unlocking the possibility of gradually expanding it to the entire service at some point. This has the dual benefit of reducing the carbon footprint as well as usage of fossil fuels. It was flown by highly qualified test pilots from the Aircraft and System Testing Establishment (ASTE).
The IAF intended to fly the An-32 with 10% bio-jet fuel at the Republic Day flypast on January 26, 2019.
This bio-jet fuel technology was developed by the Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in 2009 and tested between 2011 and 2013.
With her appointment, Divan becomes only the third woman to become an ASG (Additional Solicitor General) in the Supreme Court.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment and Divan will hold office till June 30, 2020.
Senior advocate Indira Jaising was the first woman to be appointed as the ASG, while the second one was Pinky Anand, who still holds the post.
Department of Telecommunication (DoT) said it expects to complete processes for 5G spectrum auction by August 2019 and the services will be rolled out by 2020.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated total base price of Rs 4.9 lakh crore, which includes radio waves for 5G services.
The roll out of 5G services in India will have an impact of USD 1 trillion on the economy.
Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami inaugurated Chennai Corporation’s 35 civic projects various parts of the city. The projects were implemented at a cost of Rs.22 crore.
The projects include parks, decentralized solid waste management projects, mobile diagnostic units, garbage clearing equipment, new box culverts for flood mitigation and facilities for persons with disability.
Aadhaar details for bank accounts or mobile phone connections will no longer be mandatory as Union Cabinet approved an amendment to the existing law, making Aadhaar details optional for these services.
The cabinet also cleared stringent penalties for hackers, and those responsible for data breaches.
The government’s move came after the Supreme Court struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, which earlier allowed private entities to demand the unique identity number before providing services.
The Supreme Court on September 26 had upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar.
India announced a $1.4 billion package for the Maldives to meet its immediate budgetary as well as some medium-term requirements.
The Maldives is weighed down by some $3 billion in debt to China and the country is looking to India and Saudi Arabia, besides others, for help. In November 2018, New Delhi had offered an immediate loan of $25 million to the Maldives during a visit by its new foreign minister Abdullah Shahid.
Here are 4 agreements that were signed during the state visit of Maldives President Ibrahim Solih:
1. Agreement on the Facilitation of Visa Arrangements
2. MoU on Cultural Cooperation
3. MoU for Establishing Mutual Cooperation to Improve the Ecosystem for Agribusiness
4. Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the field of Information & Communications Technology and Electronics.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2019 to be the “Year of Tolerance.” to highlight UAE as the Global Capital of Tolerance, instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities
The Year of Tolerance will focus on “Five Pillars”.
First one aims to deepen the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures and peoples by concentrating on teaching the youth on the values of tolerance.
The second pillar will focus on solidifying the UAE as the global capital for tolerance, via a series of projects with dialogue between various cultures and civilizations
The third will enact multiple cultural programmes and contributions to build tolerant communities.
The fourth pillar will see legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute mandating cultural and religious tolerance.
The fifth pillar will promote tolerance and co-existence through media initiatives.
Cyclone Phethai made a landfall at Katrenikona in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, with a wind speed of 80 kmph.
The cyclone caused huge damage to standing crops, especially paddy in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts.
Cyclone Phethai has crossed the Kakinada coast.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report to the central government recommending imposition of President’s rule in the State. This is because the six month of governor’s rule is close to expiry on December 19. The Union Cabinet has cleared the proposal to impose President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir from December 19.
Now, President Ram Nath Kovind will issue a proclamation declaring that the powers of the Legislature of the State shall be exercisable by or under the authority of Parliament.
The State plunged into a political crisis in June this year after the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government was reduced to a minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP in the State.
Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel Sworn in as third Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, at an indoor stadium Raipur, Capital of Chhattisgarh.
The Swearing-in Ceremony is administered by Governor Anandiben Patel.
Bhupesh Baghel Succeeds Raman Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Chhatisgarh from 2003 to 2018.
Two senior Congress leaders T.S. Singhdeo and Tamradwaj Sahu also sworn in as cabinet ministers.
Congress leader Kamal Nath,72 took oath as 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh after the 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election at Kanpur, Madhya Pradesh. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office of Kamal Nath.
National Institution for Transforming India( NITI AAYOG) organized the 3rd edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launch the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform 2.0. The Vice President of India M.Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest of the event where he presented the awards and launched the portal.
The theme of this year is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’.
15 winners have been chosen through an extensive six-month-long process.
The primary objective of Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) is to promote and support both established and aspiring Indian women entrepreneurs.