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Current Affairs of 8th December 2017

Gujarat polls: Campaign for 2nd phase in full swing :- Even as preparations for the first phase of Gujarat elections are complete, campaigning for the second phase is on in full swing.

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Centre committed to do its best to fulfil aspirations of Naga people: HM Rajnath Singh :- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the central government is committed to do its best to fulfil the aspirations of the Naga people for a brighter tomorrow.

Wife, mother to meet Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pak; India calls development ‘positive’ :- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said Pakistan has conveyed to India that it will grant visas to Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife. India has welcomed the “positive” development.

PM Modi campaigns for 2nd phase of Gujarat polls; hits out at Congress :- Campaigning for phase two of polls in Gujarat on the 14th of December is on in full swing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed four rallies on Friday.

1st phase of polling in Gujarat tomorrow :- Polling for 89 of the 182 assembly seats in Gujarat will take place on Saturday.

BJP releases Sankalp Patra for Gujarat polls :- The ruling BJP released its Sankalp Patra a day before the first phase of polling in Gujarat.

Delhi govt cancels licence of Max Hospital for negligence in death of a new-born baby :- Delhi government today cancelled licence of Max Hospital of Shalimar Bagh for negligence in the death of a new-born baby.

Govt extends date for linking Aadhaar with PAN till 31st March 2018 :- The government on Friday extended the deadline for mandatory linking of PAN with Aadhaar by three months to March 31, 2018.

Political leaders downrightly condemn Aiyyar’s statement :- BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain said that there is widespread anger among the people across the country against the remarks.

Gujarat: Swaminarayan sect priest attacked in Junagadh :- The priest Bhaktiprasad Swami has alleged that Congress supporters had a role to play in this attack.

Nithari Killings: Death sentence to Pandher and Koli :- Special Central Bureau of Investigation Judge PK Tiwari had held them guilty on Thursday, saying that they both deserved to be punished since both were involved in the crime.

Gujarat Elections: PM addresses rally in Banaskantha :- Hitting out at the Congress, PM Modi said that the party only craves for power, while the BJP stands by the people in times of need.

Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu leaves for Argentina to attend WTO meeting :- The Commerce & Industry Minister said that Trade in Services remains an area of key interest to India and other developing countries. He also said other issues discussed should have the interests of all parties on board.

Health Minister J.P. Nadda directs CM’s to implement Clinical Establishments Act :- The Act has been enacted by the Central government to provide for registration and regulation of all clinical establishments in the country with a view to prescribe the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them.

President awards Presidential Colours to Submarine Arm of Navy :- Submarine Arm of Indian Navy is celebrating 50 glorious years of silent service to the Nation. To mark the occasion, President, Ram Nath Kovind, the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, awarded the Presidential Colours to the Submarine Arm of the Navy in recognition of its exemplary service during 50 years of its glorious existence.

Gujarat polls: Campaigning ends for 1st phase :- The first phase of the battle for the Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections has now reached the last round. The state goes to polls for 89 assembly seats on Saturday.

14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 hurt in Congo attack :- Rebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 53 others in the worst single attack against a UN mission in recent history.

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UK reaches historic deal on its EU exit terms :- Britain today reached a historic deal on its EU exit terms, enshrining special rights for 4m citizens and paying euro 40bn- euro 60bn in a hard-fought Brexit divorce settlement that clears the way for trade talks next year.

Pakistan allows family to meet Kulbhusan Jhadav on December 25 :- In November this year, Pakistan has offered to arrange a meeting of Jadhav with his family members in Pakistan on humanitarian grounds.

Nepal: Left alliance leads in parliament & provincial elections :- The historic elections for 165 constituencies House of Representative and 330 seats of seven provincial assemblies were held in two phases on November 26 and December 7.

California reels from massive wild fires :- Some 2 lakh people have evacuated ahead of the fires, which have destroyed hundreds of homes and forced hundreds of Los Angeles-area schools to close.

Suresh Prabhu in Argentina to attend 11th ministerial conference of WTO :- Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is in Buenos Aires, Argentina to attend the 11th Ministerial conference of the WTO.

India joins the Wassenaar Arrangement :- India has joined the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) on Friday following the completion of internal procedures for joining the Arrangement.

CBDT extends date to link Aadhaar with PAN to March 31, 2018 :- In view of the difficulties faced by some of the taxpayers in the process, the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN was initially extended till 31st August, 2017 which was further extended upto 31st December, 2017.

Power Ministers’ meet: States agree on 24X7 power for all, direct benefit transfer :- The Power Minister said that there would be 100 percent metering (of electricity supply) and 90 percent of this would be pre-paid meters.

SEBI proposes to allow mutual funds enter commodity derivatives sector :- On Thursday, it issued a consultation paper on this, seeking reactions by the end of this month on allowing them, how and a possible regulatory framework.

HWL final 2017: India lose 0-1 to Argentina in semi-final :- India lose 0-1 to Argentina in the semi-final to bow out of the Hockey World League Finals at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

ICC decides to consider air pollution guidelines for matches in future :- Following repeated concerns voiced by members of the Sri Lanka team during the recently concluded Delhi Test, the International Cricket Council has decided to consider air pollution guidelines for matches in the future.

Hockey World League Finals: India to face Olympic champs Argentina :- Argentina might be the reigning Olympic champions and world’s numero uno team at present, but the Indians have a better head-to-head record against them.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or for fifth time, equals Lionel Messi’s record haul :- Ronaldo previously won the award in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

“Coco” set to hold on to top spot at weekend box office :- The Disney/Pixar release, which follows a boy who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead during the Mexican celebrations for Dia de los Muertos, is predicted to take in an additional 18.8 million dollars, according to studio estimates published by BoxOfficePro.

Black holes have weaker magnetic fields than thought :- Black holes – known for their intense gravitational pull capable of gobbling up entire stars – may have significantly weaker magnetic fields than previously thought, a study has found.

India now free of infective trachoma: Health Minister J P Nadda :- Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Friday released the National Trachoma Survey Report 2014 to 2017 in New Delhi

Kumbh Mela intangible cultural heritage of humanity: UNESCO :- India’s Kumbh Mela has been recognised by UNESCO as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” and held up as the world’s largest peaceful gathering of pilgrims.