One liners 18th December

• The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill, was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 17.

• Uday Shankar is the first ever Indian media and entertainment executive to assume the leadership position in a national industry chamber – The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

• Global telecom, British Telecommunications giant, said it plans to set up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the Indian Institute of Science.

• Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami launched the distribution of satellite phones to fishermen involved in deep sea fishing. It will assist the fishermen in their navigation while in the high seas.

• The Union Cabinet approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The scheme aims at providing deposit-free LPG connections to eight crore households.

• Andreas Goss is appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Thyssenkrupp Tata Steel B.V., the proposed joint venture (JV) between Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp. Mr.Goss is currently the CEO of Thyssenkrupp’s steel division.

• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Denmark Anders Samuelsen on December 17 co-chaired the 2nd session of Joint Commission Meeting in New Delhi.

• According to a data released by the RBI, over ₹1.10 lakh crore has been lost due to bank frauds since 2015. The number of such frauds has gone up from 4,693 to 5,917 between 2015-16 and 2017-18.

• IAF tested military aircraft using blended bio jet fuel. An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) flew with blended bio-jet fuel produced from Jatropha oil, unlocking the possibility of gradually expanding it to the entire service at some point.

• Advocate Madhavi Divan appointed Additional Solicitor General in Supreme Court. With her appointment, Divan becomes only the third woman to become an ASG (Additional Solicitor General) in the Supreme Court.

• Department of Telecommunication (DoT) said it expects to complete processes for 5G spectrum auction by August 2019 and the services will be rolled out by 2020.

• Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswami inaugurated Chennai Corporation’s 35 civic projects various parts of the city. The projects were implemented at a cost of Rs.22 crore.

• Aadhaar details for bank accounts or mobile phone connections will no longer be mandatory as Union Cabinet approved an amendment to the existing law, making Aadhaar details optional for these services.

• India announced a $1.4 billion package for the Maldives to meet its immediate budgetary as well as some medium-term requirements. The Maldives is weighed down by some $3 billion in debt to China and the country is looking to India and Saudi Arabia, besides others, for help.

• United Arab Emirates (UAE) President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2019 to be the “Year of Tolerance.”

• Cyclone Phethai made a landfall at Katrenikona in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, with a wind speed of 80 kmph. The cyclone caused huge damage to standing crops, especially paddy in East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts. Cyclone Phethai has crossed the Kakinada coast.

• Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik sent a report to the central government recommending imposition of President’s rule in the State.

• Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel Sworn in as third Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, at an indoor stadium Raipur, Capital of Chhattisgarh. The Swearing-in Ceremony is administered by
• Governor Anandiben Patel.

• Congress leader Kamal Nath,72 took oath as 18th Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh after the 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election at Kanpur, Madhya Pradesh. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of office of Kamal Nath.

• National Institution for Transforming India( NITI AAYOG) organized the 3rd edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launch the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform 2.0.

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