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Current Affairs 17th December 2017

National

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60-Megawatt Tuirial Hydropower Project in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram.
  • R Hemalatha appointed as the new Director of the country’s premier National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a ban on plastic items like carrying bags, plates etc in Haridwar and Rishikesh, located on the banks of the River Ganga.
  • Since 1980 India led to substantial increase in inequality so much that top 0.1% of earners has continued to capture more growth than all those in the bottom 50% combined, according to the World Inequality Lab in its World Inequality Report 2018.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 60-megawatt Tuirial hydroelectric power project from Aizawl, Mizoram. Mizoram had become the third power- surplus state in the north-east after Sikkim and Tripura.
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, laid the foundation stone of the ‘Nyaya Gram project’ of the High Court of Allahabad in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Meghalaya became the first state in the country to operationalize The Meghalaya Community Participation and Public Services Social Audit Act, 2017,

International

  • The Eleventh World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • The Indian diaspora is the largest in the world, with over 15 million migrants from India living abroad, according to the World Migration Report 2018 published by the International Organisation for Migration, the United Nations migration agency.
  • The Vijay Diwas day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan in 1971 during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini.
  • Indian and Columbia are set to join hands in the field of agriculture and fisheries with an aim to boost the economy and mutual co-operation of both the countries.

Banking and Business

  • The State Bank of India introduced a loyalty program for its valued customers. This program is called as State Bank Rewardz, the program gives the customers several opportunities to earn reward points and earn many times faster at Max Get More partner outlets
  • Jammu and Kashmir Bank launched a special financial scheme for journalists of the state. The scheme “J&K Bank Sahafat Finance Scheme” was launched by the bank’s chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmad. The scheme will enable journalists to buy cameras, laptops, tablets and books.

Sports and Entertainment

  • Roger Federer has been voted the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time.
  • The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have been named “Winter Dream” and “Flight,” respectively.

Other

  • Noted litterateur Ramdev Dhurandhar has been selected for this year’s ‘Shrilal Shukla Smriti IFFCO Sahitya Samman’ presented by Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO).
  • Oxford Dictionaries crowned “youthquake” as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer’s election in the United Kingdom.

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