December 17, 2019

National

  1. Kuldeep Sengar convicted in Unnao Case
  • Tis Hazari court of Delhi has convicted Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case. The debate on the sentence will be held on 17 December.
  • The Tis Hazari Court convicted him under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (kidnapping or harassing a woman to force marriage), 376 (rape and other related sections) and POCSO act.
  • A total of 5 FIRs were filed in this case. The court has given its verdict on only one of the rest are still in the court.
  1. Ministry of Coal to Establish Sustainable Development Cell for Environmental Mitigation Measures
  • The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.
  • The Sustainable Development cell (SDC) will advise, mentor , plan and monitor the mitigation measures taken by the coal companies for maximising the utilisation of available resources in a sustainable way, minimising the adverse impact of mining and mitigating it for further  ecosystem services and will act as nodal point at Ministry of Coal level in this matter

State

  1. West Bengal tops in a 100-day work programme for promoting livelihoods
  • West Bengal has been selected for the 1st prize in 100-Day Work Programme for Promoting Livelihoods.
  • The Rural Development Ministry has selected Bankura and Cooch Behar Districts of the state for 1st and 2nd positions among districts in the country in implementation of rural job scheme.
  • Baburmahal Gram Panchayat of Kulpi in South 24 Parganas District has also bagged best performance award from the Centre.

Banking & Finance

  1. Wholesale Price Index inflation rises to 0.58 per cent in November amid rising food prices
  • Wholesale prices based inflation rose to 0.58 per cent in November, as against 0.16 per cent in October due to increasing in prices of food articles.
  • The annual inflation, based on the monthly wholesale price index (WPI), was at 4.47 per cent during the same month a year ago (November 2018).
  • The rate of price rise for food articles rose to 11 per cent during the month as against 9.80 a month earlier, while for non-food articles it eased 1.93 per cent from 2.35 per cent in October, showed the data released by
  • For manufactured products, the wholesale inflation remained static (-)0.84 per cent during the month under review. The consumer price index-based retail inflation, as per data released last week, spiked to over a 3-year high of 5.54 per cent in November due to costlier food products like vegetables, pulses and protein-rich items.
  1. Mandatory to link PAN-Aadhaar by Dec 31: Income Tax Department
  • The Income Tax Department has said that it will be mandatory to link Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar by the end of december month. This will facilitate to reap seamless benefits of income tax services. The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar was extended till the 31st of December, by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) through an order issued in September this year. Earlier, the deadline was 30th of September.
  • In order to link a PAN with Aadhaar online, the assess is required to log in to the e-filing portal. The Income Tax Department also provides an SMS-based facility to enable the linking.
  • Aadhaar is issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to a resident of India and PAN is a 10-digit alphanumeric number allotted by the I-T Department to a person, firm or entity.

Sports

  1. Pakistan Cricketer Abid Ali became the first to score hundreds on both test and ODI debut
  • Abid Ali (32), Pakistani cricket player became the first batsman to score hundreds on both Test and One-Day International (ODI) on his debut. His match was against Sri Lanka which was held in Rawalpindi stadium in Pakistan. Abid was born in Lahore, Pakistan.
  • Abid is the only male player in cricket history to score a hundred on both his ODI and test debuts.
  • Enid Bakewell, former England women cricket player who played 12 Tests between 1968 and 1979, was the first male/female cricketer to start both ODI and Test career with a century.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Nagaland governor R.N RAVI to hold additional charge of Meghalaya
  • Nagaland Governor citizenship to R.N. Ravi was on Monday given additional charge of Meghalaya
  • Ravi is also the Centre’s interlocutor for talks with Naga insurgents.
  • Ravi, Governor of Nagaland to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own, during the absence on leave of Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya.
  • The move assumes significance as the state has witnessed protests against the amended Citizenship Act, that seeks to grant Indian religious minorities of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan facing persecution.

Award & Honors

  1. England cricketer Ben Stokes has been voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
  • The all-rounder was man of the match as England won the World Cup for the first time with a dramatic super over victory against New Zealand at Lord’s.
  • Stokes, 28, also hit an unbeaten 135 in the one-wicket third Ashes Test triumph against Australia at Headingley.
  • In a public vote, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton finished second while sprinter Dina Asher-Smith was third.

Obituary

  1. Former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs ID Swami dies at 90
  • Ishwar Dayal Swami, Former Union Minister of State for Home Affairs died at 90 in Faridabad, Haryana. He died due to heart disease and was admitted to the Metro hospital in Faridabad. Swami was born in Babyal, Ambala district, Haryana.
  • Swami was the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs in 1999 in the Government of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • He was the leader of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and was a member of Lok sabha from Karnal, Haryana. He is the only person from Karnal to get a place in the Union territory.
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