Weekly Current Affairs December 2017 1st Week

1. World AIDS Day: 1 December

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.

  • World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World Hepatitis Day.
  • Theme for the year 2017 is ‘My Health, My Right’.

2. India re-elected to International Maritime Organisation Council

India was re-elected to the Council of the International Maritime Organisation under Category B at an assembly of the body at its headquarters in London.

  • Indian High Commissioner to the UK YK Sinha represented India at the assembly where India secured the second-highest number of votes (144) from member-countries, just after Germany’s 146 and ahead of Australia’s 143.
  • The other countries to make the cut included France (140), Canada (138), Spain (137), Brazil (131), Sweden (129), The Netherlands (124) and the UAE (115).

3. International Day of Persons with Disabilities: 3 December

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3 every year.

  • It is an international day promoted by the United Nations since 1992.
  • The observance of the Day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.
  • 2017 Theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

4. SCO summit held in Russia

The annual SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit was held in Russia’s Sochi.

  • It discussed issues related to the regional security scenario including the situation in the Gulf and Afghanistan.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj represented India in the summit.

5. First phase of Chabahar port inaugurated

The first phase of Chabahar port, located in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, was inaugurated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the presence of representatives from India, Afghanistan and several other countries of the region.

  • The first phase of the Chabahar port project is known as the Shahid Beheshti port.
  • The port is likely to ramp up trade among India, Afghanistan and Iran.

6. International conference on climate change begins in Nepal

Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari has inaugurated an international conference in Hindu Kush to draw attention towards the adverse effects of global warming.

  • The four-day conference is attended by more than 300 experts from different countries of Asia including India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Myanmar.
  • V K Saraswat, member of India’s Neeti foundation is leading the Indian delegation in the conference.

Points to Remember

  • Nepal is a landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia.
  • Sher Bahadur Deuba is the Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Rupee is the currency of Nepal.

7. US to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

US President Donald Trump has announced that the US will recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

  • Mr Trump has also approved moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but not for several years.
  • Israel has always regarded Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

8. Kiran Rijiju inaugurates Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju has inaugurated 7th edition of three day ‘Kathakar: International Storytellers Festival’ at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.

  • Member of Parliament, Shri Manoj Tiwari, Film maker and composer Shri Vishal Bhardwaj, singer and musician Shri Mohit Chauhan, Australian High Commissioner to India Mr Harinder Sidhu and Member Secretary, IGNCA, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi will also participate in the event tomorrow.
  • Kathakar is the only oral storytelling festival in India and is a part of Ghummakkad Narain- the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under the aegis of UNESCO in 2010.
  • Kathakar is an attempt to not just preserve the art form but also create new audiences for the same.

9. 6th International Tourism Mart being organized in Guwahati, Assam

The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organising the “International Tourism Mart” (ITM) in Guwahati, Assam from 5-7 December, 2017.

  • The event will be held in Taj Vivanta, and will be inaugurated on 5th December by His Excellency, Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam in the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Chief Minister Assam and Shri K.J Alphons MoS (IC), Ministry of Tourism & MoS, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Union Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.
  • The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.

10. World’s first 3D Sanskrit film screened at IFFI

World’s first Sanskrit 3D film ‘Anurakthi is among the main attraction in 3D category at the ongoing International Film Festival of India in Panaji in Goa.

  • Asokan PK-directed film throws light on the ancient theatrical tradition of Koodiyattam in Kerala.
  • The movie narrates the story of ‘Vasudha’, a Punjabi danseuse.

11. Manohar Parrikar launches farmer engagement app ‘Jai Kisaan’

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has launched the Jai Kisaan App, a farmer engagement app packed with features and functions to fulfill the needs of the farmers community in India.

  • The Jai Kisan app is a one-stop solution on agricultural information and cultivation, covering crop nutrition, protection, seeds, and diagnostic services.

12. President of India inaugurates Hornbill Festival

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day celebrations of Nagaland on December 1, 2017 in Kisama.

  • Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Hornbill Festival is the perfect showcase of rich Naga culture and traditions, preserved over the years in the form of music, dance and food.
  • The Hornbill Festival at Kisama and the International Music Festival represent the diversity of Naga society.

13. Cabinet approves setting up of National Nutrition Mission

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi yesterday has approved setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.

  • The NNM, as an apex body, will monitor, supervise, fix targets and guide the nutrition related interventions across the Ministries.
  • The programme through the targets will strive to reduce the level of stunting, under-nutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies.

14. India Awarded Certificate of Commendation for Its Effort to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that India has been awarded with the Certificate of Commendation for its exemplary enforcement action in its regional and global effort to combat illegal wildlife trade.

  • “The award was given to Wildlife Crime Control Bureau by the Secretary General of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora at Geneva, Switzerland”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said in New Delhi.

15. MedTech Summit of Biodesign Programme Under Department of Biotechnogy

XIth Annual MedTech Summit was organised in New Delhi by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology.

  • This Program is implemented by Department of Biotechnology jointly at AIIMS and IIT Delhi in collaboration with International partners.
  • This event was attended by leaders of Government organisations, academia, medical device industry, start-ups, hospitals, design, business and engineering institutes from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.

16. HUA approves construction of over 1 lakh more houses for urban

The Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has approved the construction of 1.12 lakh more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

  • There will be an investment of Rs 8,105 crore for construction of these houses. The Centre will provide an assistance of Rs 1,681 crore for their construction.
  • Under PMAY(U), the government targets to provide houses to all urban poor by 2022.

17. Bengal first state in India to setup green university

West Bengal Assembly passed the West Bengal Green University Bill 2017 for setting up an environmental studies university at Hooghly district.

  • State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee tabled the Bill and it was passed while opposition Left Front and Congress boycotted the debate.
  • Chatterjee said West Bengal is the first state to have a university dedicated to environmental studies.

18. Mega Northeast Exhibition cum Sale Bonanza’ inaugurated

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh announced Rs. 90 crore for “Northeast Hill Area Development” beginning from Tamenglong district on a pilot basis, in the first phase, for a period of two years.

  • Dr Jitendra Singh said that he had made the commitment to introduce an exclusive hill area development programme during his visit to Imphal and the purpose behind this was to ensure equitable development of all the districts of the State, notwithstanding their diversities of topography, geographical conditions and other aspects.

19. Centre increases the agricultural education budget this year by 47.4 percent

The government of India has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.

  • Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that it is our main objective to attract youth including school children towards agricultural education.
  • The Agriculture Minister said that two years back Government of India decided to celebrate National Agricultural Education Day on December 3 because it is the birthday of our first Union Agriculture Minister and Former President of India, Dr Rajendra Prasad.

20. India’s Biggest Floating Solar Power Plant To Be Inaugurated In Kerala

Kerala Electricity Minister M.M. Mani will inaugurate the largest floating solar power plant in the country at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad on 4 December.

  • The floating solar power plant that floats on the surface of the water has a capacity of 500 kilowatts. This is the country’s largest floating solar plant.
  • Constructed by Thiruvananthapuram-based Ad tech Systems, the plant will generate seven lakh units per year. The total cost of the project is Rs. 9.25 crore.

21. ICG conducts Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) conducted a Regional Level Marine Oil Pollution Response Exercise called ‘Clean Sea 2017’ at sea off Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

  • The objective of the exercise was to ascertain preparedness of the Indian Coast Guard, resource agencies and other stakeholders in responding to a major oil spill.

22. International Conference on AYUSH and Wellness inaugurated in New Delhi

The First Ever International Conference on AYUSH and Wellness ‘Arogya 2017’ was inaugurated by the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi.

  • The three day exhibition cum conference is being held at Vigyan Bhawan from 4th to 7th December, 2017.
  • ‘Arogya 2017’ has been jointly organized by Ministry of AYUSH and Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Government of India including Pharmexcil in partnership with FICCI to showcase the strength and scientific valuation of traditional system of medicine.
  • Nearly 1500 delegates from India and 60 countries are participating in ‘Arogya 2017’.

23. 6th International Tourism Mart to Begin in Guwahati

“6th International Tourism Mart” (ITM) will begin in Guwahati, Assam. The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, in association with the North Eastern States is organizing this Mart from 5-7 December, 2017.

  • Shri Jagdish Mukhi, Governor of Assam will inaugurate the Mart in the presence of Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, KJ.Alphons,Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Chief Minister Assam, Union Tourism Secretary Smt. Rashmi Verma and other dignitaries from Central Ministries and North Eastern States.
  • The 6th International Tourism Mart, will put the spotlight on India’s “Act East Policy”, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger East Asia region, home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.

24. Maharashtra, Gujarat On High Alert due to Cyclone Ockhi

After crossing Lakshadweep , cyclone Ockhi has moved towards Maharashtra and Gujarat, reported IMD officials.

  • The cyclone originated near the coast of Sri Lanka and travelled hugging the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala towards Lakshadweep claiming 19 lives in Kerala in its wake.
  • It has now moved towards Maharashtra and Gujarat.

25. Successful Launch of Akash Missile

The Surface to Air Missile AKASH with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee, has been successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.

  • The Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile.

26. ISA to become a Treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization

In terms of its Framework Agreement, with ratification by Guinea as the 15th country on 6th November 2017, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organization on 6th December 2017.

  • The ISA, headquartered in India, has its Secretariat located in the campus of National Institute of Solar Energy, Gwalpahari, Gurgaon, Haryana.

Points to Remember

  • The ISA is an Indian initiative, jointly launched by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and the President of France on 30th November 2015 in Paris, on the sidelines of COP-21, the UN Climate Conference.
  • It aims at addressing obstacles to deployment at scale of solar energy through better harmonization and aggregation of demand from solar rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
  • As of date, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of ISA.

27. Vice President to inaugurate CIC’s Annual Convention

The Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the Central Information Commission (CIC)’s 12th Annual Convention on ‘Right to Information’in New Delhi.

  • This year the Convention follows two seminars held in May and July this year, to discuss ‘Implementation of the Right to Information Act 2005’ and ‘Land Records and RTI Act’ respectively.

28. Conference of States Power Ministers to be held in New Delhi

A conference of Ministers for Power and New & Renewable Energy of States & Union Territories will be held in New Delhi on 7th of December, 2017.

  • The Conference will be inaugurated by Shri Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy.
  • The aim of this conference is to review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes and deliberate on a host of issues pertaining to Power and Renewable Energy sectors.

29. 3rd DRC-NITI Aayog Dialogue held

The 3rd edition of the Dialogue between the NITI Aayog and the Development Research Council of China, the DRC- NITI Aayog Dialogue was held in Beijing.

  • The meeting was co-chaired by Vice Chairman NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, and Mr Li Wei, President (Minister), DRC.
  • The DRC-NITI Dialogue provides an important platform for both sides to discuss key macro- economic issues impacting both countries and areas of mutual interest.

30. Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli District Included in NCR

Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was included in the national capital region, taking the total number of districts in the NCR to 23.

  • Cities in the NCR get funds at “attractive” interest rates from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) for infrastructure development.
  • Besides Delhi, there were 22 districts -13 of Haryana, seven of Uttar Pradesh and two of Rajasthan  in the NCR so far.

31. Anupriya Patel inaugurates 22nd AHWP conference

Smt. Anupriya Patel, Hon’ble MoS (Health & Family Welfare) recently inaugurated the 22nd conference of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) at New Delhi.

  • The five day conference is being conducted by Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) and National Drug Regulatory Authority (NDRA) of India in collaboration with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
  • The key objective of the event is to develop and recommend approaches for the convergence and harmonization of medical device regulations in Asia and beyond and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise amongst regulators and the industry.

Points to Remember

  • Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) was established in 1999 as a voluntary non-profit organization of the 30 national regulators of member countries and industry members
  • Its goal is to promote regulatory harmonization on medical device regulations in Asia and other regions in accordance with the guidance issued by International Medical Device Regulators Forums (IMDRF).
  • The AHWP works in collaboration with related international organizations such as IMDRF, WHO, International Organization for Standardization (ISO), etc.

32. USAID announces $1 mn for TB awareness in India

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $1 million to create awareness about Tuberculosis (TB) to help India in its fight against the disease.

  • India has the world’s highest incidence of TB, with 2.8 million cases annually, and accounts for more than a quarter of the global TB burden.

33. West Bengal to get World Bank subsidy to buy 130 electric buses

The West Bengal government has negotiated with the World Bank to avail subsidy to buy 130 electric buses for plying in Kolkata, Asansol and Durgapur.

  • The World Bank has agreed to provide a subsidy of Rs seven lakh per bus.
  • While 100 buses would ply in Kolkata, the remaining 30 have been earmarked for industrial towns of Durgapur and Asansol.

34. Corp Bank launches RuPay credit cards

Corporation Bank has launched its RuPay Select and RuPay Platinum credit cards.

  • Corporation Bank’s RuPay credit cards are accepted at all RuPay-enabled 1.5 million plus PoS terminals and 80,000 plus e-commerce merchants in India and all ICS Partner acceptance points (POS, e-commerce merchants) globally.
  • Jai Kumar Garg, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank, unveiled the cards in Mangaluru.

35. Fitch lowers 2017-18 growth projection to 6.7%

International ratings agency Fitch has lowered the country’s GDP growth projection for 2017-18 to 6.7 per cent.

  • According to Fitch’s December Global Economic Outlook (GEO), the global ratings agency reduced the growth forecast for the fiscal year to end-March 2018 (FY18) to 6.7 per cent from 6.9 per cent.

36. Venezuela to Launch Oil-Backed Cryptocurrency

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has announced the launch of a sovereign cryptocurrency “petro” which could bypass the U.S.-led financial sanctions, according to a market commentator.

  • It is no surprise that digital currencies have become more popular as reports have been emerging that Venezuela’s economic crisis is triggering increased use of Bitcoin due to its currency — the bolivar — plunging in value.

Points to Remember

  • Venezuela is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.
  • Nicolás Maduro is the president of Venezuela.
  • Caracas is the capital of Venezuela. Bolivar is the currency of Venezuela.

37. Federal Bank offers savings a/c without interest

Aluva-based Federal Bank has launched a non-interest bearing savings account targeting those whose beliefs do not permit them to accept interest payments.

  • The ‘Noor Personal Account’ was launched on Milad-e-sherif.
  • While accountholders will not earn any interest they will get a platinum debit card which will provide them lounge access in airports eight times a year.

Points to Remember

  • The Federal Bank Limited is a major private sector commercial bank headquartered at Aluva, Kochi, Kerala.
  • Earlier, it was called Travancore Federal Bank Limited.
  • It was founded in 1931. Shyam Srinivasan is the Managing Director & CEO of Federal Bank.

38. ADB to lend $583 million for Reliance Power Bangladesh project

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) board of directors has approved debt financing and partial risk guarantees totalling $583 million to develop Reliance Power’s liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal and a 750-MW power project in Bangladesh.

  • The project, which includes a power plant to be located in Meghnaghat, near the capital city of Dhaka, and an LNG terminal near Kutubdia Island, south of Chiitagong, will significantly increase power generation and improve energy infrastructure in Bangladesh.
  • The total project cost is approximately $1 billion.

Points to Remember

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19 December 1966.
  • It is headquartered in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • Its motto is to Fighting poverty in Asia and the Pacific.
  • It has 67 member countries. Takehiko Nakao is the president of the bank.
  • As of 31 December 2016, Japan and United States hold the largest proportion of shares at 15.607%. China holds 6.444%, India holds 6.331%, and Australia holds 5.786%.

39. YES BANK Awarded ‘Best Bank in India’ for CSR

YES BANK, India’s fifth largest private sector bank, received multiple awards at the ‘Asiamoney Awards-2017’ hosted in Hongkong by the prestigious Asiamoney magazine.

  • YES BANK was recognized as the Best Bank in India in the Asiamoney Corporate Client Choice Survey 2017.
  • YES BANK also received the “Best Bank in India for CSR” award for multiple initiatives including championing Green Finance as well as the use of digital technologies.

40. RBI retains economic growth projection at 6.7% for FY’18

The Reserve Bank retained economic growth projection for 2017-18 at 6.7 per cent saying that the risks are evenly balanced.

  • The 6-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, kept the repo rate unchanged at 6 per cent and reverse repo at 5.75 per cent.
  • In its Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2017- 18, RBI has also raised the inflation forecast for the remainder of the current financial year to 4.3-4.7 per cent.

41. S K Chourasia appointed as DGOF and Chairman of Ordnance Factory Board

Shri Sunil Kumar Chourasia, IOFS, has been appointed as the new Director General of Ordnance Factories (DGOF) and Chairman of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) w.e.f. 1st December, 2017.

  • Previously, he was Member, OFB and was in charge of Material & Components division.
  • Graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Jabalpur and thereafter earning an M Tech from IIT Kanpur, Shri Chourasia joined Indian Ordnance Factories Service in 1981.

42. A. Surya Prakash reappointed chairman of Prasar Bharati

Former journalist and author A. Surya Prakash has been appointed as the chairman of the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for a second term.

  • Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.
  • Prakash, who has been at the helm of Prasar Bharati for three years since 2014, retired earlier in October.

43. Infosys appoints Salil S. Parekh as CEO and Managing Director

Infosys has appointed Capgemini executive Salil Parekh as Chief Executive Officer, putting an end to an executive search that lasted for nearly two months.

  • Parekh, who will take over on January 2, 2018 for a period of five years, was a member of the Group Executive Board at French firm Capgemini.
  • U B Pravin Rao, who had replaced Vishal Sikka as interim CEO and Managing Director, will step down from that role effective January 2, 2018 and will continue as Chief Operating Officer and a whole-time Director of the Company.

44. British singer Ellie is UN environment global goodwill ambassador

British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN Environment, joining the fight to save the lives and habitats of people and animals by cleaning up the planet’s air and seas, fighting climate change and protecting species.

  • Poor air quality, and pollution of all forms, is high on the agenda of the UN Environment Assembly, which Ellie will attend when it begins on December 4 in Nairobi.

45. Akshay Kumar to promote government’s flagship agri-schemes

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar will promote the government’s flagship agriculture schemes like soil health card and crop insurance.

  • The Union Agriculture Ministry has roped in the actor for television advertisements to intensify the publicity of the agri-schemes.
  • Besides soil health card scheme, the actor will promote Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana and others.

46. Jenny Kim crowned Miss Supranational 2017

Miss Korea Jenny Kim bagged the title of Miss Supranational 2017 at the gala event held on December 1 in Poland’s Spa Resort of Krynica- Zdroj.

  • Romania’s Bianca Tirsin was announced as the second runner-up.
  • Kim left behind 64 contestants from different countries to bag the title.
  • She was crowned Miss Supranational 2017 by last year’s winner Srinidhi Shetty.

47. ‘Populism’ is Cambridge dictionary’s ‘word of the year’

The word “populism” has been announced as the Cambridge Dictionary 2017 Word of the Year.

  • The dictionary defines populism as “political ideas and activities that are intended to get the support of ordinary people by giving them what they want”.

48. Star Screen Awards 2018

The 23rd edition of the annual film awards show, Star Screen Awards, was held at Mumbai.

  • Best Film (Critics): Newton
  • Best Director: Nitesh Tiwari (Dangal)
  • Best Actress (Popular): Vidya Balan (Tumhari Sulu)
  • Best Actress (Critics): Konkona Sen Sharma (Lipstick Under My Burkha)
  • Best Actor (Critics): Rajkummar Rao (Newton)
  • Best Actor (Popular): Irrfan Khan (Hindi Medium)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Rajkummar Rao (Bareilly Ki Barfi)
  • Best Supporting Actor Female: Neha Dhupia (Tumhari Sulu)
  • Best Playback Singer (male): Arijit Singh (Raees and Jagga Jasoos)
  • Best Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati (Shubh Mangal Savdhaan)

49. 16-year-old Syrian wins Children’s Peace Prize 2017

Sixteen-year-old Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for his efforts to ensure the rights of Syrian refugee children.

  • Al Jounde, a refugee of the Syrian civil war, set up a school together with his family in a Lebanese refugee camp that currently provides 200 children with eduction.

50. Saudi crown prince tops Time Person of the Year readers’ poll

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, has won TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 online reader poll.

  • The 32-year-old crown prince received 24% of the “yes” votes cast.

51. ‘MeToo’ movement named Time magazine’s Person of the Year’

The ‘Silence Breakers’ who started the #MeToo movement have been named Time ‘Person of the Year’.

  • Last year’s winner, President Trump, and China’s President Xi Jinping came in second and third place.
  • Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal called the movement ‘the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades’.

52. Taj Mahal named second best UNESCO world heritage site

The Taj Mahal, India’s iconic ivory-white marble mausoleum in Agra, is the second best UNESCO world heritage site in the world, according to a new survey.

  • With over 8 million visitors per year, the monument built by mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is rated after Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
  • Conducted by online travel portal TripAdvisor, the survey lists the UNESCO Cultural and Natural heritage sites best rated by travellers around the globe.

53. Ankushita wins the ‘Best Boxer’ title in World Youth Women’s Boxing

Ankushita Boro, a 17-year-old girl from Assam won The Best Boxer title in World Youth Women’s Boxing Championship held in Guwahati.

  • Ankushita Boro sealed the fifth gold with her bout against Russia’s Ekaterina Dynnik in the 64kg final.
  • Nearly 200 players from over 30 countries took part in the championship which was held for the first time in India.

54. Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first World Championships gold in 22 years

India won its first weightlifting World Championships gold medal since 1995 when Mirabai Chanu defeated the Thai favourite Thunya Sukcharoen in the women’s 48kg.

  • India’s last World Championships winner was Karnam Malleswari, who in 2000 became the country’s first female Olympic medallist in any sport.

55. Mary Kom resigns as boxing’s National Observer

Five-time world champion M.C Mary Kom has resigned as the National Observer for Indian boxing after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore made it clear that active sportspersons will not be considered for the position.

  • The 35-year-old Olympic bronze-medallist was among 12 national observers appointed by the then Sports Minister Vijay Goel in March.

56. India beat Nepal 3-0 to lift South Asian badminton title

India defeated Nepal 3-0 to win the first ever South Asian Regional Badminton Tournament (team championship) in Guwahati.

  • With the team championship over, the individual competition will commence from December 6.

57. Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor passes away at 79

Veteran Hindi film actor Shashi Kapoor passed away on Monda after prolonged illness. He was 79.

  • Kapoor was well-known for his roles in films like ‘Deewaar’ (1975), ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’ (1978), ‘Junoon’ (1978), ‘Shaan’ (1980), and ‘Namak Halaal’ (1982).
  • In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government.
  • In 2015, he became the third in his family to be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.

58. Gulzar pens debut novel in English on the Partition

Veteran lyricist Gulzar has come out with his debut novel in English which examines the status of refugees after the Partition.

  • “Two” was originally written in Urdu, Gulzar’s medium of writing.
  • “Two” is written in Gulzar’s inimitable and riveting style.

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