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Current Affairs 26th December 2018

Important Current Affairs 26th December 2018

  • Haryana to rename CCIs as ‘Jagannath Ashrams’

    • Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to name all the Child Care Institutes (CCIs) being run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashrams.’
    • The Chief Minister made the announcement during an event in Karnal.
    • A child care institution as defined under the JJ Act,2015, is a facility recognized under the Act for providing care and protection to children, who are in need of such services.
  • Italy’s Mount Etna erupts
    • Italy’s Mount Etna erupted on 24 December 2018, causing a magnitude 3.3 earthquake and the closure of Sicily’s Catania Airport.
    • The Mount Etna observatory said lava had spewed from a new fracture near its south-eastern crater.
    • Mount Etna is Europe’s highest and most active volcano.
    • In June 2013, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Weightlifters banned after 2012 Olympic tests
    • The International Weightlifting Federation announced that five weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reanalysis of their urine samples provided during the 2012 London Olympics.
    • They include two Olympic champions, Ukrainian Oleksiy Torokhtiy, and Uzbekistan’s’ Ruslan Nurudinov.
    • The other weightlifters are from Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.
  • Photography Awards to be held in Feb 2019
    • The photo division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will organise the 7th National Photography Awards in February 2019. 
    • The photographers will be awarded in mainly three categories – lifetime achievement award, awards for professional photographers, and the awards for the amateur photographers.
    • The Life Time Achievement award carries a cash prize of three lakh rupees.
  • Youngest woman to have 50 World Cup wins
    • America’s Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps on 22 December 2018.
    • Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova got the second position while Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter was in third place in slalom championship.
    • Slalom is an alpine skiing and alpine snowboarding discipline, involving skiing between poles or gates. 
  • Sulagitti Narasamma passed away
    • Padma Shri award winner Sulagitti Narasamma passed away in Bengaluru on 25 December 2018.
    • She conducted thousands of deliveries for free as a midwife at a time when medical help was hard to come by in rural areas.
    • Recognising her service to the society, she was awarded the ‘Devaraja Urs’ award in 2012 and ‘Kittur Rani Chennamma’ award in 2013.
  • Rajnath lays foundation stones of 576 projects
    • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stones of 576 projects worth Rs 161 crore in Lucknow on 25 December 2018.
    • On this occasion, Rajnath Singh also inaugurated 17 projects worth Rs 2 crore undertaken by CSR fund of Gas Authority of India Limited.
    • He also inaugurated ‘Vishram Sadan’ having 210 beds at King George’s Medical University from CSR fund of Power Grid Corporation.
  • Train launched on Patalpani-Kalakund route
    • The Western Railway (WR) launched the special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund section in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district on 25 December 2018.
    • The heritage train will depart from Dr. Ambedkar Nagar station and will reach Kalakund.
    • Patalpani-Kalkund is a British era meter gauge rail line and is the part of Western Railway’s Ratlam division.
  • Kuttappa new chief coach for men’s boxing
    • CA Kuttappa has taken over as India’s Chief boxing coach on 26 December 2018.
    • He took over from veteran coach SR Singh, who has now retired.
    • His first major assignment would be the second edition of the India Open scheduled in January 2019 in Guwahati.
    • He is credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh, among others.
  • Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’

    • Sitar player Manju Mehta was conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government
    • The award was given for her contribution in the field of music.
    • She was given a cash award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.
    • She was presented with the award at the inaugural ceremony of the Tansen Music Festival on 25 December 2018.
  • Maha launches Vajpayee international schools
    • Maharashtra government launched Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools in Mumbai on 25 December 2018.
    • The schools are affiliated to the newly formed Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB).
    • The State aims to introduce international curriculum in 100 schools run by civic bodies, the tribal development department, the social justice department, and the education department.
  • 485 schemes launched under ‘Digital Haryana’
    • Haryana government launched 485 schemes under the ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative on 25 December 2018.
    • Haryana became the first state in India, where 4000 ‘Atal Seva Kendras’ in rural areas, 22 at district headquarters, 51 at the sub-divisional level, & 20 ‘Antyodya Saral Kendras’ at Tehsil level, has been launched simultaneously.
    • A toll-free Antyodaya Helpline number was also inaugurated.
  • List of top 10 police stations released
    • Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 police stations in India during the DGPs and IGPs conference in Gujarat.
    • The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).
    • The Kalu police station in Rajasthan’s Bikaner bagged the first rank.
    • Andaman and Nicobar’s Campbell Bay secured the second spot and West Bengal’s Farakka was in third place.
  • Tata Coffee appoints Chacko Thomas as MD & CEO
    • Tata Coffee appointed Chacko Purackal Thomas as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
    • At present he is the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Tata Coffee.
    • He will take over from Sanjiv Sarin, whose term ends on March 31, 2019.
    • Before joining Tata Coffee, he was the Managing Director of Kannan Devan Hills Plantations Company, Munnar, Kerala.
  • Bengali poet Nirendranath passed away
    • Veteran Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passed away on 25 December 2018.
    • Alongside poetry, Nirendranath Chakraborty was well known for his short stories and novels.
    • He also gained critical acclaim for his poetry book Ulongo Raja (The naked king).
    • He won the prestigious Sahitya Academy prize for Ulongo Raja.

  • Govt. to rename 3 Andaman and Nicobar Islands
    • The government of India has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar.
    • The government has decided to rename Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep, and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
    • Bose hoisted the national flag in Port Blair on December 30, 1943.
  • Japan announces withdrawal from IWC
    • Japan has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC)in 2019.
    • It will resume commercial hunting of whales in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone from July 2019.
    • Japan will not be able to continue hunting of whale for the scientific research in the Antarctic.
    • Japan joins Iceland and Norway which defies the IWC’s ban on commercial whale hunting.
  • Thailand approves medical use of marijuana
    • On 25 December 2018, Thailand approved the licensed use of marijuana for medical use and research.
    • The changes will legalize the production, import, export, possession, and use of marijuana products for medical purposes.
    • Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to allow the use of medical marijuana.
    • Recreational use of the drugs remains still illegal in Thailand.
  • ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ launched
    • ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ was launched in Uttarakhand on 25 December 2018.
    • Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh annually.
    • The scheme will benefit 23 lakh households and cover 1,350 critical diseases.
    • A total of 99 government and 66 private hospitals have been selected under the scheme.
  • ‘Rafi Award’ conferred to Laxmikant & Usha
    • The ‘Mohammed Rafi Award 2018’ was given to late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy.
    • Laxmikant was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy.
    • Usha Timothy was honoured with the award and 51,000 rupees.
    • The awards were instituted by the NGO Spandan Arts.
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