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16 December 2017

Meghalaya became the first state in the country to operationalize The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017, a law that makes a social audit of government programmes and schemes a part of government practice. It was launched by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma at a national convention in Shillong. The law makes social audits part of the system as earlier it was civil society initiative rather than government-mandated.

16 December 2017

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, laid the foundation stone of the 'Nyaya Gram project' of the High Court of Allahabad in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.  This judicial academy will make a significant contribution to the capacity of the lower judiciary in Uttar Pradesh. As per the President, the Nyaya Gram project would prove to be a milestone in fulfilling the requirements of the Allahabad High Court.

16 December 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60-megawatt Tuirial hydroelectric power project from Aizawl, Mizoram. Mizoram had become the third power- surplus state in the north-east after Sikkim and Tripura. The hydropower project would produce "251 million units" of electrical energy every year. The Tuirial project, which was announced and cleared in 1998 by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. It was the first major central project to be successfully commissioned in Mizoram. Prime Minister also inaugurated the Shillong - Nongstoin Rongjeng Tura road.

16 December 2017

Indian and Columbia are set to join hands in the field of agriculture and fisheries with an aim to boost the economy and mutual co-operation of both the countries. Notably, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Colombia in the field of agriculture and fisheries.  The MoU provides for cooperation in the following fields of agriculture and Fisheries Innovative agricultural practices/approaches, New agricultural mechanizations, Successful models of agricultural marketing, To develop projects in association with agricultural companies for production of seed, Innovative production models and value generation processes in horticulture(vegetables, fruits and flowers), Exchange of information/exchange visits of SPS experts, Jatropha and Karaya.

16 December 2017

Jammu and Kashmir Bank launched a special financial scheme for journalists of the state. The scheme "J&K Bank Sahafat Finance Scheme" was launched by the bank's chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmad. The scheme will enable journalists to buy cameras, laptops, tablets and books. The minimum loan amount for the purpose has been fixed at Rs 50,000 while as the maximum cap is Rs 3 lac.

16 December 2017

Oxford Dictionaries crowned "youthquake" as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer's election in the United Kingdom. An amalgamation of "youth" and "earthquake", the noun is defined as "a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people." The word was coined in the 1960s by the then-Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, to describe upheavals in fashion and music caused by Britain's youth culture.

16 December 2017

Since 1980 India led to substantial increase in inequality so much that top 0.1% of earners has continued to capture more growth than all those in the bottom 50% combined, according to the World Inequality Lab in its World Inequality Report 2018. In 2014, the share of national income captured by India's top 1% of earners was 22%, while the share of top 10% of earners was around 56%.

16 December 2017

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a ban on plastic items like carry bags, plates etc in Haridwar and Rishikesh, located on the banks of the River Ganga. The move was taken to to tackle and prevent pollution of the Ganga. The NGT passed the direction after noting that despite its earlier order, plastic was being used in these areas causing pollution to the river. The green panel was hearing a plea of environmentalist MC Mehta. However, the use of plastic items continued unabated. The tribunal’s earlier directions were also aimed at making the Ganga pollution-free, thereby allowing devotees to take a dip and collect clean water from the river.

16 December 2017

R Hemalatha appointed as the new Director of the country’s premier National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad.   Hemalatha is a medical graduate of Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad. She assumes office at a historic moment as the institute enters its centenary year. She has served as secretary of the Nutrition Society of India, is a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and a fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.

16 December 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60-Megawatt Tuirial Hydropower Project in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.  The completion of this project is a reflection of the Centre's commitment to complete ongoing projects and usher in a new era of development in the North Eastern region. He will inaugurate the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road, which will improve connectivity and further economic growth.

16 December 2017

The third World Telugu Conference began in Hyderabad amidst much fanfare. The main aim of the Conference is to promote Telugu and its literature besides helping the present generation learn more about Telugu language and its rich culture and heritage. Telangana Government has put in place elaborate arrangements for the 5-day event for which about eight thousand Telugu speaking delegates from 40 countries all over the globe will be taking part. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu had formally inaugurated the Conference.

16 December 2017

The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been named “Winter Dream” and “Flight,” respectively. The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games.

16 December 2017

The Vijay Diwas day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini. On 16th December in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces consists of Indian Army. The anniversary of Vijay Divas is observed across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.

16 December 2017

The Indian diaspora is the largest in the world, with over 15 million migrants from India living abroad, according to the World Migration Report 2018 published by the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations migration agency. Because the country has the largest number of migrants abroad, India also receives the highest amount in remittances ($68.91 billion). The largest migration corridor is from India to UAE, where 3.5 million Indians were residing in 2015.

16 December 2017

The State Bank of India introduced a loyalty program for its valued customers. This program is called as State Bank Rewardz, the program gives the customers several opportunities to earn reward points and earn many times faster at Max Get More partner outlets. Thus, one can become a member of the State Bank Rewards Loyalty Program and earn points every time one spend.