One liners 26th December

• Haryana’s Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced to name all the Child Care Institutes (CCIs) being run in the state as ‘Jagannath Ashrams.’

• Italy’s Mount Etna erupted on 24 December 2018, causing a magnitude 3.3 earthquake and the closure of Sicily’s Catania Airport. The Mount Etna observatory said lava had spewed from a new fracture near its south-eastern crater.

• The International Weightlifting Federation announced that five weightlifters have been provisionally suspended after reanalysis of their urine samples provided during the 2012 London Olympics.

• The photo division of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting will organise the 7th National Photography Awards in February 2019. The Life Time Achievement award carries a cash prize of three lakh rupees.

• America’s Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win 50 World Cup ski races with victory in the slalom in the French Alps on 22 December 2018.

• Padma Shri award winner Sulagitti Narasamma passed away in Bengaluru on 25 December 2018. She conducted thousands of deliveries for free as a midwife at a time when medical help was hard to come by in rural areas.

• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stones of 576 projects worth Rs 161 crore in Lucknow on 25 December 2018. On this occasion, Rajnath Singh also inaugurated 17 projects worth Rs 2 crore undertaken by CSR fund of Gas Authority of India Limited.

• The Western Railway (WR) launched the special heritage train on the Patalpani-Kalakund section in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam district on 25 December 2018. The heritage train will depart from Dr. Ambedkar Nagar station and will reach Kalakund.

• CA Kuttappa has taken over as India’s Chief boxing coach on 26 December 2018. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh, who has now retired.

• Sitar player Manju Mehta was conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government. The award was given for her contribution in the field of music.

• Maharashtra government launched Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Schools in Mumbai on 25 December 2018. The schools are affiliated to the newly formed Maharashtra International Education Board (MIEB).

• Haryana government launched 485 schemes under the ‘Digital Haryana’ initiative on 25 December 2018. A toll-free Antyodaya Helpline number was also inaugurated.

• Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of top 10 police stations in India during the DGPs and IGPs conference in Gujarat. The list was prepared by the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

• Tata Coffee appointed Chacko Purackal Thomas as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. At present he is the Executive Director and Deputy CEO of Tata Coffee.

• Veteran Bengali poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passed away on 25 December 2018. Alongside poetry, Nirendranath Chakraborty was well known for his short stories and novels.

• The government of India has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar. The government has decided to rename Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep, and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

• Japan has announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC)in 2019. It will resume commercial hunting of whales in its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone from July 2019.

• On 25 December 2018, Thailand approved the licensed use of marijuana for medical use and research. The changes will legalize the production, import, export, possession, and use of marijuana products for medical purposes.

• ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ was launched in Uttarakhand on 25 December 2018. Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical treatment of up to Rs 5 lakh annually.

• The ‘Mohammed Rafi Award 2018’ was given to late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. Laxmikant was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy.

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