One liners 19th December

• The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) announced that it has decided to procure anti-plagiarism software. The move is after it stumbled upon cases of students copy pasting articles as part of their thesis.

• Nasscom, IT industry body, announced its partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras for reskilling students and employees in the Information Technology sector and IT-enabled Services (ITeS).

• British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan from June next year after an over 10-year absence following the 2008 Marriott Hotel bombing in Islamabad, which killed 54 people.

• Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system, located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun. The new object has been nicknamed Farout.

• Jaipur Wax Museum, situated at Nahargarh Fort, marked its second anniversary by unveiling a wax statue of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Weighing 56 kg, of which 19 kg is wax and the rest is fibre, the statue is five feet and nine inches tall and is designed by sculptor Susanta Roy.

• According to the Assam government scheme, it will write off 25 per cent loan of farmers up to a maximum of Rs 25,000 of all farm debts. The waiver will be for all the loans taken through Kisan Credit Card (KCC) and from PSU banks.

• Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) reported that 460 leopards died in India in 2018. It recorded the highest mortality rate of the particular big cat species across the country in the past four years.

• Goa was liberated from around 450 years of Portuguese rule on 19th December 1961. At the state-level Goa Liberation Day programme to be held in Panaji in North Goa, speaker of Goa legislative assembly Pramod Sawant will unfurl the tricolour, address the gathering and review the parade.

• The Union Cabinet approved the establishment of two new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

• Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate and lay the foundation of various projects worth over 9,500 Crore Rupees in separate events in Arunachal Pradesh.

• Actress Sonam Kapoor has been named India’s Person of the Year for 2018, by animal rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for her animal advocacy efforts.

• Pakistan government released Hamid Nehal Ansari from the jail after six years. Ansari entered India this evening via Wagah-Attari border. The 33-year-old Ansari was caught in Pakistan by intelligence agencies in 2012.

• India has deferred imposing higher duties worth $235 million on 29 American goods to January 31, 2019. The retaliatory tariffs were scheduled to come into effect on December 17 and have been postponed for the fourth time.

• The 37th Senior National Rowing Championship began in the Army Rowing Node in Pune. Around 500 rowers and coaches from various rowing associations across the country are taking part in the Championship.

• The ‘2018 Top 10 Stars of Indian Cinema’ list, based on global film and TV website Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) ‘StarMeter’ stats and page views, was released. Shah Rukh Khan was second on the list, followed by Aamir Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

• Apoorva Chaudhary, the 28-year old ultrarunner from Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, created a national record by completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event at the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held at New Delhi under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India.

• Drone delivers vaccines in for the first time in Vanuatu. For the first time ever, the vaccine was delivered commercially by drone to a one-month-old Joy Nowai in a remote island in the South Pacific country of Vanuatu.

• IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players. A total of 60 players were sold out of the 351, where 40 were Indians (Capped and Uncapped) and a total of 20 overseas players were sold.
• Indian Film Period. End of Sentence Made It To Oscars Shortlist. This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham.

• Jammu and Kashmir become the first state in the country to enact a law banning sexual exploitation of women “by those in positions of authority, having a fiduciary relationship or a public servant”, Under Section 354E of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC).

• Vogo, a scooter sharing start-up, has partnered with Ola, the ride-hailing company. Ola will boost Vogo’s supply by investing in 1,00,000 scooters on the Vogo platform, worth $100 million.

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched infrastructure and housing projects worth about Rs 41,000 crore in Maharashtra.

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