Daily Current Affairs ( 28 & 29 Dec, 2018)
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the National Children’s Science Congress to be held between 27-31 December at SOA (Deemed to be university) in Bhubaneswar, Odhisa with the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation for a Clean, Green and Healthy Nation”.
China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has started offering global service. Pakistan has become the first foreign nation to use the BeiDou system ending its reliance on GPS. China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was the fourth global navigation system after US’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Union’s Galileo. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) named NAVIC provides accurate real-time positioning covering India and a region extending 1,500 km around it.
The central government has launched Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar annual awards to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the country in the field of disaster management.
Indian Railways is building the country’s first vertical-lift bridge to connect Rameswaram in the Arabian Sea to mainland India. The bridge will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hindrance. The new bridge would replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban Bridge.
The Union Government has decided to rename Ross, Neil and Havelock islands of Andaman as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep, and Swaraj Dweep, respectively.
The Madhya Pradesh Government has conferred the annual Tansen Samman upon eminent Sitar Player Manju Mehta for her contribution in the field of Hindustani Classical Music. Tansen (earlier names Ramtanu Pande/Mohammad Ata Ali Khan) was the legendary court musician of Akbar. Instituted by Madhya Pradesh Government, the first Tansen Samman was conferred upon Sitar maestro Ustad Abdul Haleem Jafar Khan in 2000.
The Lok Sabha has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, famously referred to as Triple Talaq Bill. The bill would replace the ordinance passed in the month of September. The bill makes the all declaration of triple talaq, including in written or electronic form, to be void (i.e. not enforceable in law) and illegal attracting up to three years’ imprisonment with a fine.
Andhra Pradesh got its own High Court on December 26, 2018 in Amravati and will start functioning from January 1. Andhra Pradesh High Court will be the 25th High Court in the country. Hyderabad High Court has been functioning as common high court for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh till now after bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh. Telangana was carved out of the state in 2014, with Hyderabad as its capital.
The Election Commission of India (ECI), for the first time, has banned all kinds of tobacco in polling booths during the general elections in 2019.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki declared on December 26, 2018 that Palestine would initiate an application to gain full state membership at the United Nations in January 2019.