One liners 28th December

• Odisha forest department has started preparing the beach at the Bahuda river mouth in Ganjam district to lure the endangered turtles to come over for mass nesting next year. The Bahuda rookery is located around 20 km to the south of Rushikulya rookery coast, a major mass nesting site of olive ridleys on the Indian coastline.

• The Meteorological Department said that the Kashmir Valley has touched the minimum temperature of minus 7° Celsius in Srinagar for the first time in 28 years. Several waterbodies, including the Dal Lake, were covered in sheaths of ice.

• The Lok Sabha on December 27 passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018. The opposition Congress and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) staged a walkout before the voting. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

• The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has been awarded Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings. Swachh Survekshan was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).

• The mechanical branch of Central Railway‘s Nagpur division developed a new AI-powered robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid) which examines parts of the coach in real time with an HD camera and transmits them over WiFi.

• The ranking details the incremental progress achieved by the districts during June to October this year across six key development sectors. Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu has shown the most improvement overall, followed by Nuapada district in Odisha, Siddarthnagar in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar’s Aurangabad and Koraput in Odisha.

• Larsen & Toubro (L&T) said that its construction arm has bagged orders worth Rs.2,357 crore from APCRDA and MPJNM. L&T’s water and effluent treatment and transportation infrastructure business had secured an order worth Rs.1,281 crore from Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).

• Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli laid the foundation stone for the reconstruction of the historic Dharahara tower in the heart of Kathmandu. The Dharahara tower was destroyed during the 2015 earthquake.

• FedEx Express, a U.S. multinational courier delivery giant, has named Rajesh Subramaniam, an Indian-American, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the firm. He will assume his new role on January 1, 2019.

• Defense Ministry appointed Air Marshal Rajeev Sachdeva who had served in three out of four wings of Integrated Defense Staff (IDS) headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defense Staff (Operations).

• The government plans to infuse Rs.28,615 crore into seven public sector banks (PSBs) through recapitalisation bonds by the end of December 2018. The amount infused will help the banks meet the regulatory capital requirement, and its disbursement might take place before December 31.

• The ‘Himachal Pradesh Early Childhood Care and Education Centers (Registration and Regulation) Bill 2017’ aims to ensure quality education to children by providing all basic facilities.

• Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh conferred the ‘Champions of Change’ award by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi. He was recognized for his leadership role in transforming the governance in the north-eastern state.

• Divya Patidar Joshi from Madhya Pradesh was crowned with Mrs. India 2018 title at the Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale held in New Delhi. She defeated 24 promising contestants and won all the rounds of Beauty with Brain contest along with Best Cat Walk title.

• A recent study covering 100 km of rivers and channels around the Sunderbans found that an increase in salinity in the water system has resulted in a decrease in population of the Ganges River Dolphins in the region.

• Noted sitar player Manju Mehta conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music.

• Indian Oil Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and NTPC emerged as the top three most profitable Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in 2017-18.

• Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the Rayalaseema Steel Corporation Limited’s 3 MT integrated steel plant in Kadapa district. The plant has been planned to be completed in 24 months.

• Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, voted 102-2 to dissolve the government, triggering early general elections for April 9, 2019. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this week his decision to disband his coalition. Netanyahu would be contesting the polls amid allegations of corruption against him and his wife.

• Madhya Pradesh State government has declared Kuno wildlife sanctuary as a national park in compliance with the last condition imposed by a Supreme Court-appointed committee for the much awaited ‘translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir in Gujarat.’

• In Assam, the third Dwijing Festival begun on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district. Around 15 lakh tourists will participate in the festival. Assam PHE minister Rihon Daimary inaugurated the festival in presence of several dignitaries.

• The four day long 12th Annual Indian Subcontinent Decision Sciences Institute (ISDSI) conference commenced in SPJIMR, Mumbai. The theme of this international conference is “Data-Driven Decision Making in the Digital Age”.

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