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Evening News Digest: 14 December 2017

National Energy Conservation Day: 14 December

  • National Energy Conservation Day was celebrated on December 14, 2017 in New Delhi and the function was presided over by President of India, Ram Nath Kovind.
  • The aim of the Day is to drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation.
  • As part of its awareness outreach, BEE recognizes and encourages endeavours of industries in reducing energy consumption by felicitating them with National Energy Conservation Awards.
  • President of India also gave away National Energy Conservation Awards and National Painting Competition Prizes on the occasion.

Source: Business Standard

Actor-Director Neeraj Vora passes away

  • Famous Bollywood actor, director and writer Neeraj Vora passed away at a hospital in Mumbai on 14 December 2017. He was 54.
  • Neeraj started working as a writer in Gujarati plays and his first film as an actor was Ketan Mehta’s Holi featuring Aamir Khan in lead role. He also acted in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer TV show, Circus.
  • He was the dialogue writer in Aamir Khan’s Rangeela and also acted in the film. He directed Khiladi 420 and Phir Hera Pheri.

Source: Hindustan Times

Centre proposes special courts to deal with cases against 1,581 politicians

  • The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it has decided to set up 12 special courts across the country to decide cases against 1581 lawmakers who are facing serious criminal charges.
  • The reply by Centre was in compliance with the direction of Supreme Court which had asked the Centre to set up special courts for tainted lawmakers.
  • The aim is to dispose of 1,581 criminal cases involving political persons within a time frame of one year.
  • Two special courts will handle cases against 228 MPs and other 10 courts will be set up in as many states —Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telengana, UP and West Bengal.

Source: Economic Times

UP government gives nod to UPCOCA Bill

  • The Uttar Pradesh government approved the draft of a bill to enact a stringent law on the lines of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999 to combat land mafia, mining mafia and organised crimes in the state.
  • The draft of the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime (UPCOCA) bill was approved at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
  • MCOCA is in force in Maharashtra since 1999. Other states, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi, have enacted a similar law.
  • The Second Administrative Reforms Commission headed by Veerappa Moily (2007) had suggested setting up of special courts to deal with organised crime which is on rise.

Source: India Today

Sachin Siwach named Asia’s youth boxer of the year

  • World youth champion Sachin Siwach was named the Asian Boxing Confederations best youth boxer of the year after winning an online poll conducted by the continental body.
  • Siwach, who won the world title in 2016, claimed the Asian youth championships silver in 2017 besides a gold at the Youth Commonwealth Games.
  • India also fetched the Best Asian International Technical Official (ITO) award with Lenny DGama winning the online poll.
  • DGama officiated at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships in Puerto Princesa and also in the Asian Women’s Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City.

Source: India Today

Mathura Police set to get Krishna logo on batch

  • Following the declaration of the town of Vrindavan as an official "holy pilgrimage site, police in Mathura may soon be given new uniforms with logos on shoulder badges that have an image of Krishna. The logos will also feature the words 'Tourism Police'.
  • The purpose behind the logos is to make UP Police more tourist-friendly.
  • In India, police department, like other organs of the state, in accordance with the secular ideals of the Constitution, is not supposed to carry or display images of religious icons, gods or holy symbols.

Source: TOI

Federal Reserve raises interest rate for third time in a year

  • The US Federal Reserve raised its interest rates by 0.25 percent, the third rate rise this year.
  • The move, which was widely expected, underscores solid gains in the US economy. Officials also boosted their economic forecasts, projecting 2.5 percent growth in GDP in 2017 and 2018.
  • The Fed said it expects to make three further increases in rates next year, unchanged from its previous forecast. The Fed is targeting a range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent for its benchmark rate.
  • The move marks a further retreat from the ultra-low rates that were put in place during the financial crisis to boost economic activity. (Jerome Powell)

Source: News on Air

Maharashtra Govt. increases non-creamy layer limit for backward classes to Rs 8 lakh

  • Maharashtra Government has followed in the footsteps of Central Government and enhanced non-creamy layer limit for backward classes in State to Rs 8 lakh per annum.
  • Earlier, the cut off limit for getting reservation for forward among the backward classes was Rs 6 lakh.
  • Now families falling in OBC/SBC/VJ/NT having collective income upto Rs eight lakh per annum can avail the reservation facility in educational institutions and Government jobs.
  • Central Government through a notification in September 2017 had accepted the demands for raising the non-creamy layer limit and that was subsequently increased to Rs 8 lakh.

Source: The Hindu

British PM Theresa May defeated in parliament over Brexit blueprint

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May lost a key vote on Brexit bill in the UK Parliament on 13 December 2017 after a rebellion within the ranks of her own party.
  • The British Prime Minister was defeated on an amendment to the European Union Withdrawal Bill by four votes.
  • The government had argued this would jeopardise its chances of delivering a smooth departure from the EU. Despite a last-minute attempt to offer concessions to rebels, an amendment to the bill was backed by 309 to 305 in the 650-seat parliament.
  • Members of Parliament (MPs) are debating the EU withdrawal bill, which will repeal the 1972 legislation binding Britain to the EU and copy existing EU law into domestic law to ensure legal continuity after 'Exit Day' on March 29, 2019.

Source: News on Air

Rohit Sharma first batsman to score three double hundreds

  • Rohit Sharma on 13 December 2017 became the first batsman to score double hundred for the third time.
  • He achieved the feat during his unbeaten knock of 208 against Sri Lanka in the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka played at Mohali.
  • Rohit’s first ever double century came in 2013 when he scored 209 against Australia in Bangalore.
  • His second double century came in 2014 against Sri Lanka when he scored 264 – the highest-ever score in ODIs.
  • The first person to score double hundred was Sachin Tendulkar, who made 200 against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010.

Source: Indian Express

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