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Union Home Minister affairs Rajnath Singh asked five eastern states sharing boundaries with Bangladesh to be extra vigilant against the influx of Rohingyas and illegal immigrants through the porous Indo-Bangla border. At a meeting of Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of West Bengal, Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura in Kolkata yesterday,  A border protection grid on the lines of Unified Command set up in insurgency-hit states will soon come up in these states to check illegal infiltration.  The concept of the grid has been planned as a multi-pronged and foolproof mechanism to secure the Indo-Bangla border.

Star Screen Awards, the annual film awards recognises the best of talent in Hindi films. Vidya Balan bagged the award for Best Actress (Critics) for Tumhari Sulu, Irrfan won the Best Actor Award for his performance in Hindi Medium. Rajkummar Rao won the Best Actor Award (Critics) for Newton & Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award for Bareilly Ki Barfi as well. The complete list of winners are as follows: Best Film (Critics): Newton Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal) Best Actress (Critics): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu) Best Actress: Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha) Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton) Best Actor: Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium) Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Supporting Actor (Female): Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu) Best Dialogues: Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain (Bareilly Ki Barfi) Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya (Dangal) Best Music Debut DirecDirector: Pritam (Dangal) Best Debut Director: Suresh Triveni (Tumhari Sulu) Best Playback Singer: Arijit Singh (Raees - Zaalima and Jagga Jasoos) Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Kanha - Shubh Mangal Savdhaan).

Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) extended the date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March next year.  In a release, Finance Ministry today said, it has come to the notice that some of the taxpayers have not yet completed the linking of PAN with Aadhaar.

Nagpur’s Kanchanmala Pande created history as she became the first Indian to secure pole position at the World Para-Swimming Championship in Mexico. The 26-year-old Reserve Bank of India employee won gold in the 200-metre medley event in the S-11 category and was also the only Indian to qualify for the women’s category. Unfortunately, she missed a podium finish in the 100 metres freestyle and came fifth in the breaststroke and backstroke category.

“The Silence Breakers”, the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, was revealed to be Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Time Magazine recognized the women who came forward with sexual assault allegations as its 2017 Person of the Year, calling individuals such as Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan, “the voices that launched a movement.” The faces of five women - including singer Taylor Swift and actor Ashley Judd - feature on the magazine's 2017 Person of the Year cover.

The Kerala government lead by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) has decided to raise the legal drinking age from 21 to 23 years. The State Cabinet in a meeting decided to introduce a new ordinance raising the minimum age for liquor consumption from 21 to 23. The Ordinance will amend the Abkari Act. The previous UDF regime had adopted a policy in favour of prohibition by shutting down bars and closing doors on state-run liquor vending outlets.

Shri Azar A.H.Khan, presently Consul General in the Consulate General of India, Istanbul appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan named noted Indian businessman, Deepak Parekh, as 'International Ambassador' who will be tasked with championing the UK capital across the globe. Parekh, is one of the first of a network of international ambassadors, that would include high-level business and cultural figures based in London or overseas. Parekh is the chairman of India's premier housing finance company HDFC Limited.

The Taj Mahal, India's iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey by online travel portal TripAdvisor. The Taj Mahal is rated after Cambodia's Angkor Wat. Other popular heritage sites on the survey include the Great Wall of China (Third) built by Xu Da of Northern Qi Dynasty in 1368 AD. Machu Pichu in Peru in South America has bagged the fourth spot.

Axis Securities, a subsidiary of Axis Bank become the first-ever broking arm of a bank to take membership of a commodity exchange by registering itself with NCDEX. In September, Reserve Bank of India allowed banks wishing to undertake commodities derivatives clearing to set up a separate subsidiary for the purpose and adhere to the membership norms laid by market regulator Securities Exchange Board of India.

Cristiano Ronaldo (from Portugal) won the Ballon d'Or for a fifth time to move level with rival Lionel Messi. The Real Madrid forward was named the winner of France Football's prestigious award at a ceremony in Paris, France. The award caps a year in which Ronaldo has won LaLiga, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as helping Portugal qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Messi, the only other player to have won the award since 2008, finished second.

The First International Conference on Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences SAICON 2017 was inaugurated in New Delhi by the Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore. The SAICON 2017 will promote scientific temperament in the country and inspire students, researchers and educationists alike to take up sports science and research to the next level. Organized by Sports Authority of India, the 3-day conference is being attended by about 1000 national and international delegates.

The oceans consist of 70% of the earth. But unfortunately, most of us are little aware of ocean politics, coastal security. Next decade may bring a change to the scenario as it has been dedicated to Ocean Science. United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’. The decision has been taken to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for the better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks. The UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will be leading the campaign.

The waste management system being implemented in Kerala's coastal town of Alappuzha recognized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of the five models across the world for fighting the pollution menace. Alappuzha, often called "the Venice of East", has been listed in the UNEP environment report entitled, 'Solid approach to waste: how five cities are beating pollution' alongside cities like Osaka in Japan, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Penang in Malaysia and Cajica in Colombia.

Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) decided to admit India as its new member.  India's entry into the export control regime would enhance its credentials in the field of non-proliferation despite not being a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The decision was taken at the two-day plenary meeting of the grouping in Vienna.  The grouping statement that the Wassenaar Arrangement participating states reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the plenary meeting to admit India.  India will become the Arrangement's 42nd participating state as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed. The WA membership is also expected to build up a strong case for India's entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). 

UNESCO inscribed 'Kumbh Mela' on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The decision was taken during the 12th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage at Jeju in South Korea. This inscription is the third in two years following the inscriptions of 'Yoga' and 'Nouroz' on 1st December 2016. The 'Kumbh Mela' is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on the earth.

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