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Latest Current Affairs 19th December 2017

President addresses World Telugu Conference : President Ram Nath Kovind, addressed the valedictory function of the World Telugu Conference in Hyderabad.

India, Lanka completes 2nd phase of joint oceanographic survey : Indian navy in collaboration with its Sri Lankan counterpart on Tuesday successfully completed the second phase of the joint oceanographic survey conducted off the South Western Coast of Sri Lanka.

Lok Sabha passes 2 bills to repeal 245 archaic laws : Lok Sabha okays repeal of 245 outdated laws, Modi govt abolishes nearly 1200 old and obsolete laws in last three years; Rajya Sabha passes Companies (Amendment) Bill and Indian Institute of Management Bill 2017.

Govt. slams Congress for disrupting Lok Sabha proceedings : Proceedings continue in Parliament after short disruptions, Congress stages walkout from Lok Sabha, faces criticism,  Leader of the house in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley says cases against MPs and MLAs should be heard expeditiously.

PM announces relief package for Cyclone Ockhi affected states : Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Ockhi affected Lakshwadeep, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to take stock of  situation, meets affected people, announces relief package of Rs 325 crore for all 3 states and ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

PM asks people to share 5 positive experiences from 2017 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the people to bring in the new year 2018 by spreading the message of positivity, gratitude and happiness.

No construction activity within 50m from Ganga edge in hills: NGT : Modifying its earlier order, the National Green Tribunal, NGT, on Monday said that construction activities will be prohibited within 50 metres from the edge of river Ganga in hilly areas as it would now be treated as ‘No-Development Zone’.

12 workers charred to death in Mumbai shop fire : In Maharashtra, at least 12 workers were killed and one injured when a massive fire broke out at a shop in Mumbai on Monday morning. The police arrested the owner of the shop for culpable homicide last night.

Two terrorists killed in J&K : In Jammu and Kashmir, at least two terrorists have been killed in an encounter that broke out yesterday between terrorists and security forces in Shopian district.

Assembly Polls: BJP retains Gujarat, wins Himachal : BJP’s victory march covered both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of states where it is in power on its own or with allies to 19 in the run up to the 2019 general election.

PM to visit cyclone ‘Ockhi’ hit Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, Kerala today : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala today to assess the damage caused by cyclone Ockhi, which left a trail of destruction in the two states and the Union Territory.

Australian PM announces cabinet reshuffle : Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday announced a cabinet reshuffle, including the creation of two major portfolios focused on national security and economic growth.

U.S. vetoes U.N. call for withdrawal of Trump Jerusalem decision : The United States was further isolated on Monday over U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn.

New United States policy slams Pakistan for Terror : United States asks Pakistan to take decisive action against terror groups; identifying India as a leading global power in its national security policy, US says it will deepen strategic partnership with India.

Stocks hold on to BJP’s poll win, hit life high : Investors put their money where their mouth is as key stock indices Sensex and Nifty hit it big with new closing peaks today, latching on to the BJP’s electoral victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Auto and consumer durable stocks drove the show.

Aadhar not to be used for any other purpose other than sought for: UIDAI : The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) directs all Banks and NPCI to ensure Aadhar is not used for any other purpose other than it has been sought for.

Government for bringing petroleum under GST: FM : Government favours bringing petroleum products under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST) but only after building a consensus with states, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday.

Govt seeks Parliament nod for additional expenditure of Rs 66,113.44 cr in 2017-18 : Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday sought parliamentary approval for gross additional expenditure of Rs 66,113 crore, which includes funds for payment of urea subsidies and meeting additional demands for the national job guarantee scheme, through a second supplementary demand for grants.

Team India takes on Sri Lanka in 1st T20 : India takes on Sri Lanka in a three-match T20 series starting on Wednesday in Cuttack.

Delhi thrash Bengal to reach Ranji Trophy final : Delhi thrashed Bengal by an innings and 26 runs within three days to storm into the final of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Tuesday.

Brazilian star Kaka announces retirement : Former Brazilian World Cup champion Kaka announced his retirement as a player, suggesting that a management career at his old club AC Milan could be on the cards.

Ton-up Nair ensures first innings lead for Karnataka : Vice-captain Karun Nair struck an unbeaten century to put former champions Karnataka in a strong position on the second day of their Ranji Trophy semifinal against Vidarbha at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.

Fungi made life on Earth possible: Study : Life on earth would have been impossible without the humble fungi, as they played an essential role in the creation of an oxygen-rich atmosphere, claims a study.

Only 27% Indians covered by health insurance: Report : A joint report by FICCI and KPMG reveals that only 27 per cent of Indians have health insurance coverage.

WCD Ministry cautions public against filling up fake BBBP forms : The  Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD), Government of India, since the beginning of this year, has been receiving filled up fake forms from many duped girls/women, whereby the forms falsely promise cash incentive in the name of  Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme.

Alakhpura village emerges as football nursery for girls : Bhiwani girls are showing the way to aspiring women football sports persons. They sweat it out in football stadium day in and day out and nurse the ambition to make India proud at the international stage.

Modi magic in Gujarat, Himachal Assembly elections : Modi Magic has worked again!…It seems that even three and a half years after BJP formed a majority government at the Centre….there’s been no erosion in the Modi wave…Here’s how the Modi magic seems to have worked once again.