One liners 17th December

• The Nepal government has banned the validity of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations in the country.

• The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that, Former international spinner Ashley Giles has been appointed as the new managing director of England men’s cricket. He replaces Andrew Strauss who stepped down in October.

• India and France also agreed to enhance their strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, civil nuclear, defence and security, space, trade and economic sectors.

• PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate new campus of IIT Bhubaneswar on December 24. Besides dedicating the new IIT Bhubaneswar campus, Modi will lay the foundation stone for IISER, Berhampur.

• Scientists from the Aalto University and the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool that can successfully predict whether a patient is at risk of developing a serious, and possibly life-threatening infection after surgery.

• PV Sindhu defeated world number five Nozomi Okuhara of Japan to record her 300th career match victory across categories and clinch the BWF World Tour Finals women’s singles title. Sindhu, who is ranked sixth worldwide, won the final with scoreline of 21-19, 21-17.

• Belgium defeated Netherlands in the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar to clinch the men’s Hockey World Cup for the first time. This is the second consecutive time that Netherlands finished second in the tournament.

• Catriona Elisa Gray became the fourth woman from the country to win the title. Tamaryn Green from South Africa was named the first runner-up while Miss Venezuela Sthefany Gutiérrez stood third at the pageant which was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

• A Study from Sheppard Pratt Health System in the US has found that Probiotics, commonly referred to as ‘good bacteria’, may help treat bipolar disorder and other psychiatric mood disorders. Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by dramatic shifts in mood from depression to mania.

• A new artificial archipelago of five islets was created in Markermeer, one of Europe’s largest freshwater lakes under an ambitious project. The five islets were built in two and a half years and have already served as a resting place for 30,000 swallows this year.

• NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the image of the InSight lander which recently touched down on Mars, the Red Planet. The InSight lander, heat shield, and parachute were spotted by HiRISE (High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment).

• Bangladesh in its 47th anniversary of the ‘Victory Day’, 16th December, honoured 12 Indian war veterans, marking its emergence as an independent nation following the 1971 Liberation War.

• Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli became the second fastest player to score 25 Test Centuries after scoring 123 runs on the third day of Second Test against Australia at Perth. He is only behind of former Australian captain and cricketing legend Sir Don Bradman.

• Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn into office two months after being removed by President Maithripala Sirisena, thus bringing an end to the weeks-long political crisis in the country.

• The Indian Navy will be formally inaugurating the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) for the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) this week. The IFC-IOR is established with the vision of strengthening maritime security in the region and beyond, by building a common coherent maritime situation picture.

• Ashok Kumar Singh, Lok Sabha Secretariat assumed charge as Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST). NCST is empowered to investigate and monitor matters relating to safeguards provided for STs under the Constitution or under other laws or under Govt. order.

• Producer Ashok Amritraj was honored with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit for his contribution to the world of cinema and Indo-French film industry. The award was presented to him at the Closing ceremony of 2-day Indo-French Professional Meeting for the Film and Television Industry held in Mumbai, India.

• The Congress has named Bhupesh Baghel as the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Three CM’s are to be sworn-in today. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be first attending the swearing-in of Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot, scheduled for 10.30 a.m at Rajasthan.

• Indian-American Shree Saini crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at the 27th annual global pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. It is Organised by the New York-based India Festival Committee (IFC).

• Australia became one of the few countries to formally recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel however it will not move its embassy from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is reached.

• Foundation Stone of Institute of High-Altitude Medicinal Plants (IHAMP) laid in Jammu and Kashmir. The institute will be a dedicated facility for research in medicinal plants found at high altitude and shall also become a major source of income for the farmers in cultivation of medicinal plants.

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