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Daily News Digest:31 December 2018

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina poised to become PM for 3rd time: What it means for India

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party won Bangladesh’s election with a large majority, the country’s Election Commission announced on 30 Dec 2018.

With this win, Mrs. Hasina won a third straight term.

Mrs. Hasina’s Awami League party won 287 seats out of 300 Parliament seats.

The main opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which boycotted the last poll in 2014, won just six seats.

PM Modi renamed Ross, Neil and Havelock Islands

The three islands — Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island — will now be called Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep, respectively.

Indian PM Narendra Modi made an announcement of renaming the islands at a function in Port Blair.

Year 2018 is also the 75th anniversary of freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose’s declaration of the formation of the Azad Hind government in 1943.

106th Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019 on 3rd January in Jalandhar

World’s largest science meet ‘Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019’is going to be held from 3rd to 7th January 2019, in Jalandhar, Punjab.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 106th edition of ISC-2019, based on the theme ‘Future India: Science and Technology’ on 3rd January.

Sudhir Bhargava named news Chief Information Commissioner

The Central government has appointed Sudhir Bhargava as new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC), along with four new information commissioners in the central information commission.

Mr Sinha is a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer who was the High Commissioner of India in the United Kingdom.

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the appointment of former IFS officer Yashwardhan Kumar Sinha, former IRS officer Vanaja N. Sarna, former IAS Neeraj Kumar Gupta and former Law Secretary Suresh Chandra as information commissioners.

IRSDC’s first 50 world-class stations by 2022

The 50 world class railway stations with concourses modelled on airport-like swanky retail spaces for commuters to wait, to be built under the Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC), will be completed by 2022.

Phase I of the Habibganj railway station in Madhya Pradesh, being redeveloped on the lines of Germany’s Heidelberg railway station in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode by the IRSDC, will be the first to be commissioned, in February 2019.

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