One liners 22nd December

• US regulator Federation of Aviation Administration (FAA) retained the highest aviation safety ranking for India. According to FAA, India’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating remains ‘Category 1’. This ranking was based on an audit of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in July 2018.

• Civil aviation ministry along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI) launched an app named ‘GAS 2019’. This app will enable users to interact with the co-delegates and speakers besides providing a platform for networking through personal and group chats.

• Kabaddi World Cup Winning Captain Anup Kumar announced retirement. In his 15-year iconic career, Anup Kumar was part of the national team that won gold medals in 2010 and 2014.

• External Affair Minister Sushma and her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will co-chair the first-ever meeting of India-China High-Level Mechanism on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges in New Delhi.

• The union government decided to set up an expert committee to look into all the taxation issues being faced by startups and angel investors. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) statement that no coercive action or measures to recover the demands of completed assessment under income tax would be taken” against such firms.

• The Lok Sabha passed two Bills, the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 and the National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.

• A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colourful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world. The painting depicts a young boy’s journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon takes up 23,688 sq m.

• A newly-discovered blind amphibian from Panama is to be named after Donald Trump in recognition of the U.S. President’s stance on climate change. EnviroBuild, a U.K.-based sustainable building materials company, announced that it would be using Dermophis Donald trump as the name for the amphibian with no legs and poor eyesight.

• Tata Motors has partnered with self-drive rental car firm Zoomcar to offer the electric version of its compact sedan Tigor in Pune city as part of the shared mobility plans. Under the partnership, Zoomcar expects to deploy 500 electric vehicles in over 20 cities with Tata Motors in the next one year. Tata Motors is committed to the Centre’s vision of driving electric mobility in the country.

• Researchers at the University of Exeter in the U.K. and the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre in Portugal found that up to 93% of green turtle hatchlings could be female by 2100, as climate change causes “feminisation” of the species. The figures are specific to the study site in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa.

• Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has awarded Gujarat as the best performer in Start-up Ranking 2018. Other states ranked top performers were Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Rajasthan.

• A German court found in favour of US chipmaker Qualcomm in a patent dispute case against Apple, which could lead to a ban on sales of iPhones in Germany. The ruling affects iPhone 7 through iPhone X models, which contain a particular component that violated a Qualcomm patent.

• Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature. Twenty-three of the 42 available State Assembly seats will now be represented by a woman.

• Titled ‘Changing India’, the five-volume book, published by Oxford University Press, the book is being described as a definitive expression of the former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s perspectives on a wide range of economic, social and political issues as they evolved under his long and eventful career.

• The MEMU (mainline electric multiple unit) train, having eight stainless-steel coaches, will cater to Uttar Pradesh cities within 200-300 km from Delhi. The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will flag off the second air-conditioned 12-coach local train for the Mumbai suburban railways by December 31.

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