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Daily News Digest:06 January 2019

Orthodox Church of Ukraine granted independence from Russian Orthodox Church

The recently formed Orthodox Church of Ukraine has been granted independence, marking a historic split from the Russian Church.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew - the head of the global Orthodox Church - has signed a document in Istanbul, Turkey, to that effect.

Ukraine's churches have for centuries been under the authority of the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.

ACI releases Ease of Doing Business Rankings for Indian states

Andhra Pradesh has topped the Ease of Doing Business (EDB) list compiled by a team of researchers of Singapore based Asia competitiveness institute (ACI).

Maharashtra and Delhi were ranked 2nd and 3rd position respectively.

Asia Competitiveness Institute at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore was established as a research centre in 2006 with an aim to build intellectual leadership and network for understanding and developing competitiveness in the Asia region.

Lok Sabha passes New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill

The Lok Sabha passed a bill to set up a new international arbitration centre here with an aim to make India its hub.

The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill seeks to establish an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration and for acquisition and transfer of undertakings of the International Centre of Alternative Resolution.

Andhra Pradesh bags CBIP award for Polavaram project

The Andhra Pradesh government on 04 Jan 2019 bagged the Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) award for speedy execution of Polavaram multipurpose project on the Godavari river.

The award in the category of "Best Implementation of Water Resources Project" was given for better planning, implementation and monitoring.

Venezuela's parliament rejects legitimacy of Maduro’s second term

Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly declared Nicolas Maduro's presidency illegitimate on 5th Jan 2019 calling on the military to support efforts to "restore democracy."

Maduro, who has presided over a virtual collapse of the economy in the once-rich OPEC member state, is set to be sworn in on Thursday for a second six-year term after holding controversial early elections on May 20 2018.

Seven Cities certified ODF++ under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban

Seven cities in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have received the ODF++ certification, under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).

An extension of Open Defecation Free protocol, the ‘++’ stands for faecal sludge and sewage in the cities being treated in a scientific manner before being discharged.

The seven cities are Indore, Khargone, Sahaganj, Ujjain, Bhilai, Rajnandgaon and Ambikapur.

Former U.S. Defence Secretary Harold Brown dies at 91

Harold Brown, who as United States defence secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology, has died at age 91.

Mr. Brown was a nuclear physicist who led the Pentagon to modernize its defence systems with weapons that included precision-guided cruise missiles, stealth aircraft, advanced satellite surveillance and improved communications and intelligence systems.

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