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Daily News Digest:13 December 2018

CBIC notifes Korean Won, Turkish Lira in List of Currencies for Exchange Rate

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on 12 Dec included two currencies — Korean Won and Turkish Lira in the list of currencies for which it notifies the exchange rate for assessing the value of imports and exports.

Currently, the CBIC notifies exchange rates for 20 currencies for the purpose of valuation of imported and exported goods and now with the inclusion of Lira and Won, the total number is now 22.

Railways commissions 41 projects at cost of Rs 700 crore for Kumbh Mela

Indian Railways has commissioned 41 projects at a cost of Rs. 700 Cr for the Kumbh Mela that will begin in Allahabad (Prayag Raj) from January 2018.

Out of 41 projects, 29 have been already completed and the rest will be completed soon.

During the Kumbh Mela, 800 special trains are proposed to be run from various stations of the Prayag Raj Railway Station.

Zoramthanga to be sworn in as Mizoram Chief Minister

Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan 12 Dec formally invited Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga to form the government in the state. He will be sworn-in as the chief minister at the governor house on 15 Dec.

K Chandrasekhar Rao to be sworn in Telangana Chief Minister

Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) President K Chandrasekhar Rao will be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Telangana at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad on 13 Dec. This is the second time that he is going to become the Chief Minister of the state. 

TRS bagged 88 seats out of 119 members’ assembly seats.

Indian Navy inducts its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle

The Indian Navy has inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) System at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.

DSRV

DSRV is used to rescue crew members stranded in submarines that get disabled. The Indian Navy joins a select group of naval forces in the world that boasts of this niche capability.

Geminid meteor shower to light up sky on December 13

The Geminid meteor shower – always a highlight of the meteor year – will peak around the mornings of December 13 and 14, 2018.

The Geminids are a very reliable shower if someone wataches at the peak time of night and in clear sky.

Japan has chosen the symbol meaning "disaster" to define the year 2018

Japan on 12 Dec selected the Chinese character for "disaster" as its "defining symbol" for 2018, a year that saw the country hit by deadly floods, earthquakes and storms.

At the end of every year, the general public votes for the Chinese character they think embodies the key news and events of the previous 12 months.

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