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Latest Current Affairs 15th December 2017

Cabinet clears Bill banning instant Triple Talaq : Big boost for Muslim women; Cabinet approves bill to make Instant triple talaq in oral, written or electronic form a cognizable offence.

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Sushma Swaraj: Will help ‘India’s daughter’ come home from Pakistan : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday assured a Hyderabad man to provide ticket to his daughter Mohammadi Begum for her return from Pakistan.

SC rejects Congress’ plea to verify VVPAT with EVM votes : The Apex Court dismisses Congress’ plea seeking directions to Election Commission to count and cross verify at least 25% of VVPAT paper trail with EVM votes; suggests Gujarat Congress to approach SC through filing a writ petition for electoral reforms.

U.P.: President Ram Nath Kovind addresses Convocation at BBAU Lucknow : In Uttar Pradesh,President Ram Nath Kovind has said that  every citizen is indebted to the society and country and have to pay it back. Quoting examples he said that self employment has no limit of development. He was addressing on 7th Convocation function of Baba Saheb Bhimrao  Ambedkar University at Lucknow on Friday.

NGT bans plastic items in towns located along banks of Ganga : The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on plastic items like carry bags, plates and cutlery in towns located on the banks of the River Ganga like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

SC extends deadline for all mandatory Aadhaar linkages to 31 March : The Supreme Court on Friday extended till March 31 next year the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes.

Winter Session: PM introduces new ministers in Parliament : The winter session of Parliament began on Friday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi introducing newly-inducted ministers of his cabinet to Lok Sabha members.

Gujarat Assembly elections 2017: 69.99% voter turnout in 2nd Phase : Battle for Gujarat which caught nation’s attention for over a month has finally ended; Over 2.22 crore voters sealed the fate of 851 candidates and their political bosses.

Completion of election on time is a milestone to implement constitution: Nepal President : President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari has said that completion of election on time is a milestone to implement constitution.She has thanked Nepal government, Election Commission, political parties, civil servants and security forces for successful elections.

Peru opposition party demands immediate resignation of President Kuczynski : The right-wing opposition party that control’s Peru’s Congress said it wants President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign and allow Vice President Martin Vizcarra replace him, the party’s spokesman said.

U.S. Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules : The U.S Federal Communication Commission voted along party on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

Eighth round of Syrian talks ends in Geneva with no agreement : The eighth round of Syrian talks concluded with no agreement or progress made in Geneva on Thursday night.

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Nepal: Oli, Prachanda discuss new govt formation : After a landslide victory in recently concluded parliament and provincial elections in Nepal,  CPN (UML) Chief K.P. Sharma Oli and CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushapa Kamal Dahal Prachanda met in Kathmandu on Friday.

Cabinet approves special package for leather and footwear sectors : Cabinet approves special package of 2,600 crore rupees for creating 3.2 lakh jobs in leather and footwear sectors; major decision taken to promote digital payments; merchant discount rate to be re-imbursed for transactions upto 2000 rupees.

Ashes: Australian captain Smith foils England again : Australian captain Steve Smith again proved to be a major obstacle as England was not able to capitalise on their overnight momentum on the second day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday.

BCCI allows Shami, Umesh and Saha to play Ranji : BCCI decides to allow the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav to turn up for their respective states in the Ranji Trophy semi-final; BCCI wants players to be match-ready.

No evidence Ashes Test under fixing threat: ICC : International Cricket Council (ICC) are taking allegations in a British newspaper about attempts to organise spot-fixing during the third Ashes Test “extremely seriously” but do not think the match has been compromised, global cricket’s governing body said on Thursday.

Pulisic makes history as US men’s footballer of the year : Christian Pulisic won US Soccer’s Male Player of the Year award for 2017 in a landslide, becoming at 19 the youngest footballer to earn the honor.

Atlantic rowing challenge begins in “world’s toughest row” race : Dubbed the “world’s toughest row”, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge set off from the Canary Islands on Thursday as they aim to row their way across the Atlantic Ocean towards the Caribbean island Antigua.

Sindhu in Semi-final of Dubai Open Super Series : Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu demolishes World No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi to top her group in Dubai Super Series; Kidambi Srikanth bows out.

‘Newton’ fails to make the cut at Oscars : “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race.

Carrie Fisher honored with plaque in Hollywood : Carrie Fisher was honored in Los Angeles on Thursday with a ceremony commemorating her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours : A solar system with as many planets as our own has been discovered with the help of NASA’s Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence, the US space agency said.

Nearly 40 per cent cancer deaths preventable: study : Nearly 40 per cent of cancer- related deaths are preventable, mostly through lifestyle changes, an Australian study has found.

Forest dept set up protection units to ensure safety of Olive Ridley turtles : The forest department has set up nine protection units to ensure safe nesting of Olive Ridley turtles near Rushikulya river mouth in Ganjam district.

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