One liners 23rd December

• Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than six months aboard the International Space Station. The trio spent 197 days in space.

• A three day India China Film Festival is set to begin in New Delhi from 22nd of December this year culminating on 24th of December. In order to strengthen and deepen cultural understanding between the two countries.

• The Maharashtra cabinet approved an ex-gratia payment of Rs 200 per quintal rate for onions sold between November 1 to December 15. Rs 150 crore compensation comes as a big relief to the onion producing farmers who had to sell their produce at low prices.

• The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the “Asiatic Lion Conservation Project” to protect and conserve the population of Asiatic Lion and its associated ecosystem.

• National Film Archive of India (NFAI) and Film & Television Institute of India (FTII) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for transfer of three acres of land for the construction of storage facility for films and film material.

• The Centre has sought Parliament’s approval for an additional equity infusion of Rs.2,345 crore for debt-laden Air India (AI) and a separate sum of Rs.1,300 crore for a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which houses the national carrier’s debt and non-core assets.

• The Maharashtra State government has approved a film-centric entertainment destination to be developed by the Mahindra Group in Kandivali, with an investment of Rs.1,900 crore in Mumbai.

• Researchers have Genetically Modified (GM) a common indoor plant, golden pothos or Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum), to remove pollutants inside the house. It has been modified to produce a liver enzyme called cytochrome p450 2e1, which is taken from rabbits.

• The Tripura government has planned to conduct a fresh survey on the literacy rate in the State. A survey conducted in 2014 had recorded 95% literacy rate in the State. This survey was conducted by the Indian Statistical Institute.

• Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is to soon offer its commuters a facility to book a ride through its mobile app, for travelling to areas around stations. For this project, CMRL has tied up with a firm to offer the service.

• Russia has confirmed that the United States of America has decided to cancel the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which was signed between Russian and the USA in 1987.

• To help students, Haryana Government has started mobile app ‘Shiksha Setu’ which would have all information related to attendance, fee, online admission and scholarships in all government colleges of the state besides having details of lecturers of government colleges and officers of the Directorate.

• Pandit Bhaduri was considered to be one of the masters of Bengali songs and bhajans. The veteran singer had served as a guru (teacher) at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, and was a top radio and television artiste.

• Merriam Webster chooses its word of the year based on an increase in traffic and overall volume of traffic. They report “justice” saw a 74 percent increase year over year, taking it higher than other words that might have been “trendy” or “buzzed about.” The word follows “toxic,” picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and “misinformation,” plucked by Dictionary.com.

• Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has issued an order to 10 central agencies, authorising them to intercept, monitor and decrypt any “information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer”.

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