DECEMBER 2017 CURRENT AFFAIRS
NASA’s “Girl of the Year” doll
NASA, is collaborating with American Girl, a doll and book company, to inspire children to dream big and reach for the stars. The focus of the collaboration is the “Girl of the Year” doll for 2018, an 11-year-old aspiring astronaut named Luciana who wants to be the first person to put boots on Mars. NASA want to encourage girls and boys to pursue their dreams.
Nepal bans solo climbing on Mount Everest and other peaks
Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents. The new safety regulations also prohibit double amputee and blind climbers from attempting to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak without a valid medical certificate. The law had been revised to make mountaineering safer and to decrease deaths. World-renowned Swiss climber Ueli Steck, who was known as the “Swiss Machine”, also died during a solo climb to a peak neighbouring Everest. Foreign climbers will have to be accompanied by a guide, according to the new regulations. The new rule also will help create more job opportunities for Nepali mountain guide.
Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, and China (RIC) are holding a trilateral meeting in New Delhi.
The meeting is expected to review global and regional issues of mutual interest as well as discuss trilateral exchanges and activities.
The External Affairs Minister will have separate bilateral meetings with her Russian and Chinese counterparts. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China Wang Yi have arrived in New Delhi.
Human Rights Day
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. The day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.\
This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document. The Campaign is named as #standup4humanrights
UN Women, Facebook Inaugurates ‘We The Women’ Event in Mumbai
UN Women in collaboration with Facebook inaugurated a two day event in Mumbai titled ‘We The Women’ to empower and recognise the magnificent contribution of women in our society.
The event witnessed speakers from different walks of life including Textile and I&B Minister, Smriti Irani, Sakshi Malik, Mithali Raj, Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar andothers.
Sushil Kumar Clinches Gold at Commonwealth Wrestling Championships
Double Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar clinched a gold medal at the Commonwealth Wrestling Championships in South Africa. Sushil defeated New Zealand’s Akash Khullar via a pinfall in the final of the 74 kg freestyle category to clinch the medal.
Parveen Rana also won a bronze medal in the same category. Another Olympic medalist, Sakshi Malik also clinched a gold medal in the championships. Sakshi defeated New Zealand’s Tayla Tuahine Ford in the final of the 62kg women’s freestyle category.
WHO Certifies Gabon as Polio Free
The World Health Organisation has declared Gabon a “polio-free country”, given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country. According to WHO, the UN health agency nonetheless recommended taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease.
Cases of polio have decreased by 99 percent since 1988 when polio was endemic in 125 countries and 350,000 cases were recorded worldwide.
BJP wins absolute Majority in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
The BJP has retained power in Gujarat for the 6th time in a row and swept the polls in Himachal Pradesh finishing just short of the two-third majority. The party romped home again in Gujarat by winning 99 seats, seven seats more than the mark of absolute majority in the 182-member House. Congress won 77 seats and others 6.
In Himachal Pradesh, BJP wrested power from Congress by winning 44 seats, two seats short of two-third majority, in the 68 member House. The Congress won 21 and others three. In Himachal Pradesh, Congress Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has won, while former BJP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has lost.
1. All About Zee Cine Awards 2017
Zee Cine Awards 2017 took place recently, marking the presence of almost all the big stars from Bollywood. The complete winner’s list is out that includes Varun Dhawan, Sridevi, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, and Golmaal Again team grabbing the highest recognition.
Below is the complete list of winners of Zee Cine Awards 2017:
- Best actor male- Varun Dhawan for Badrinath Ki Dulhania.
- Best actor female- Sridevi for Mom.
- Best director- Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi.
- Best film- Golmaal Again.
- Extraordinary franchisee award- Baahubali.
- Global icon award- Priyanka Chopra.
- Best script award- Nitesh Tiwari for Bareilly Ki Barfi.
- Best music director- Amit Trivedi for Secret Superstar.
- Best male playback Singer- Akhil Sachdeva for Humsafar.
- Best action director- Sham Kaushal for Kaabil.
Centre Gives ‘Green’ Nod for Kaleshwaram Project in Telangana
The Telangana state government’s prestigious Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) has finally got the Green Nod from central government.
The expert appraisal committee (EAC) of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest recommended the “proposal for grant of environmental clearance” in its meeting held in Delhi.
Salient features of the Project-
- Total catchment area of the project: 36,35,437 hectares,
- Project likely to generate 1,480 lakh cubic metres muck,
- Compensatory afforestation will be taken up in 5,333.817 hectares.
Nirmala Sitharaman Launches Start-up Incubation Centre in Mangalore
Nirmala Sitharaman has launched a start-up incubation centre called the Centre for Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Learning (CEOL) in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
ii. She has allocated Rs. 1.5 crore from her MPLAD (Member of Parliament’s Local Area Development) scheme for the development of CEOL. She represents Karnataka as an MP in the Rajya Sabha.
Prince Harry named President of African Conservation Group
Prince Harry has been named the president of African Parks, a conservation group that manages a dozen wildlife areas across the continent. As per the environmentalist organisation, Prince Harry will contribute to its effort to protect Africa’s natural heritage and support both wildlife and communities, who live in and around conservation areas.
Israel to name a station after Trump
Israel’s transport minister wants to dig a railway tunnel under Jerusalem’s Old City and name a station next to the Western Wall after US President Donald Trump. Yisrael Katz said he wanted to honour the US president for his decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital. The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews are permitted to pray