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Daily News Digest:08 December 2018

International Year of Millets to be observed in 2023

The Council of Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) on December 7, 2018 approved the proposal of Indian Agricultural Ministry to observe International Year of Millet in the year 2023.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy conferred Skoch Award

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy was conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance at the 54th SKOCH Summit on Power, Oil and Gas held in New Delhi on December 5, 2018. The award was received by Secretary, Ministry of New Renewable Energy Anand Kumar.

Centre appoints Krishnamurthy Subramanian as new Chief Economic Advisor

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) cleared the name of Krishnamurthy Subramanian for next chief economic advisor (CEA) December 7, 2018. He replaces Arvind Subramanian, who resigned from the post June 20, 2018. He has been appointed for a period of three years.

Japan enacts new law to accept foreign workers

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition early December 8, 2018 enacted a legislation to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country to address chronic labour shortages.

Half of global population is on-line: UN

The International Telecommunication Union on December 7, 2018 announced that for the first time, more than half of the world’s population of nearly 8 billion will be using the internet by the end of 2018. 

UN launches new framework to combat terrorism

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres December 6, 2018 launched a new framework titled ‘UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact’. The aim is to combat international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.

Delhi-Gurugram-SNB rail corridor gets nod of NCRTC Board

The National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) Board December 7, 2018 approved the construction of the Delhi-Gurugram-SNB (Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror Urban Complex) Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor.

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