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Current Affairs Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in for a second and final five-year term, a month after winning a bitterly disputed election rerun marked by delays and boycott. Kenyatta, 55, won 98 percent of the votes cast in October’s poll, which was boycotted by the main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, who alleged the poll wouldn’t be free and fair.

Veteran journalist A Surya Prakash appointed the chairman of the Prasar Bharati board for a second consecutive term till February 8, 2020. Information and broadcasting ministry issued an order after a panel headed by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu recommended Prakash’s name for the post.

World Boxing Champion Mary Kom resigned from the post of the National Observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position. She resigned as national observer 10 days ago after having a word with the Minister. She had been requested to take up the position and it was not something she had asked. Mary Kom claimed her fifth Asian Championships gold medal last month.The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed in March by Sports Minister Vijay Goel.

The government of Andhra Pradesh passed the bill of 5% reservation the Kapu Community in the state. The Kapu Community was added to the Backward Classes (BCs) Today. This will benefit the community in government jobs, educational institutions  The bill extends 5% quota to Kapus under the Backward Castes (BC) 'F' Category. The state already has 29% reservation for Backward Castes under A, B, C, D and E categories. Apart from this, 15% and 6% reservations exist for Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), respectively.

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)  signed 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) with The Netherlands during the month of November’17.  These Agreements are the first ever Bilateral APAs with The Netherlands. With the signing of these Agreements, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT has gone up to 186. This includes 171 Unilateral APAs and 15 Bilateral APAs. These two APAs pertain to the Electronics and Technology sectors of the economy. The international transactions covered in these agreements include Distribution, Provision of Marketing Support Services, Provision of Business Support Services. The APA Scheme endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and setting the prices of international transactions in advance. Since its inception, the APA Scheme has been well-accepted by taxpayers.

One of the most prominent faces among empowered women of India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj again marked a powerful presence on a global platform. She represented the Government of India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Heads of Government Summit in Sochi. During her speech, she has strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Along with that, she has touched several other important issues.

While in every corner of the world, the balance of wildlife is threatened by some greedy human it is definitely positive that India awarded the Certificate of Commendation for its effort to combat illegal wildlife trade. “The award was given to Wildlife Crime Control Bureau yesterday by the Secretary-General of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) at Geneva, Switzerland”, Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Wildlife Crime Control Bureau is a statutory multi-disciplinary body established by the Government of India under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, to combat organized wildlife crime in the country. It aims to conserve the wildlife wealth by proper and effective intervention into matters related to capacity building of enforcement agencies in the field of wildlife crime enforcement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with BJP's women wing members in Gujarat via his NaMo App. In a unique new innovation, the Prime Minister addressed over 7500 Mahila Morcha workers of the Gujarat. The App is one of the most popular apps by any political leader. It has already around 10 million downloads.

Infosys announced the appointment of Salil S. Parekh as its new CEO and Managing Director. Salil was in Capgemini earlier. The Bengaluru-headquartered company was searching for a new CEO after former CEO Vishal Sikka resigned in August 2017. Cofounder Nandan Nilekani returned to the company as non-executive chairman to steady operations.

Current Affairs: The world's largest propeller plane, Antonov AN-22, landed at the Manchester Airport in England. The heavy military transport aircraft drew a large crowd of aviation enthusiasts to witness its landing. The aircraft has a 211-foot wingspan and is capable of carrying cargo weighing up to 80,000 kilograms.