1. Jerusalem is 'eternal capital' of Palestine: Prez Abbas
Condemning US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that Jerusalem remains the "eternal capital" of Palestine. He further said that the move nullifies the US' right to be a mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Meanwhile, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark".
2. Hong Kong's premium office space ranked most expensive
Hong Kong's premium office space has been ranked as the world's most expensive for the second consecutive year, according to a report by property consultancy firm JLL. New York's Midtown is world's second most expensive office space. Offices at the top end of the Hong Kong market command an average of $323 per square foot per year in occupancy costs.
3. Kerala to maintain fishermen registry, install GPS in vessels
The Kerala government decided to maintain a registry of its fishermen and install GPS and other tracking as well as life-saving gadgets on their vessels to limit damages in the wake of natural calamities like cyclone. The move comes amid confusion over number of fishermen went missing after cyclone Ockhi lashed the state’s coast on November 30.
The state’s Left Democratic Front government claimed 92 persons were missing while the Latin Catholic church that wields much influence among Kerala’s fishermen community put the figure at over 200.
4. 'Dangal' wins Best Asian Film award at AACTA
"Dangal" was unanimously chosen the Best Asian Film at the seventh Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards. Veteran actor Shabana Azmi, who served as one of the jury members on the panel, led by Hollywood star Russell Crowe, for this year's inaugural category, took to Twitter to laud the film's team.
"'Dangal' wins Best Asian Film at AACTA. Congratulations Team Dangal. With Russel Crowe chairman of the jury. It was a unanimous decision," wrote Azmi, alongside a selfie with the Oscar-winning actor. Actor Anupam Kher also served as a jury member on the panel.
5. Bihar Government orders to sack 80,000 striking contractual heath employees
The Bihar government has ordered for terminating the services of 80,000 health employees who have been recruited by the state government on contract. The government has taken this decision in the wake of the health employees remaining on strike for the last three days demanding equal pay for equal work and regularization of their services.
6. Maharashtra issues circular making Marathi mandatory in central government offices
The Maharashtra government has issued a circular asking the central government offices to use Marathi language in its day-to-day work. The state government has directed the use of Marathi at railway stations, airport and also during government examinations.
Though Marathi is the official language in Maharashtra under the Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964 and Amendment Act, 2015, its use is not rampant.
7. Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to endorse Centre's draft bill on triple talaq
The Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh regime has become the first state government to endorse the Modi government's draft bill that makes instant triple talaq a cognisable and non-bailable offence. The draft law, which provides for three years in prison and a fine for a Muslim man trying to divorce his wife by uttering "talaq" three times, got the UP government's approval at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Adityanath here last night.
8. Indonesia’s selfie-snapping monkey named ‘Person of the Year’ by PETA
An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie -- and sparked a landmark US copyright case -- was named “Person of the Year” by the animal rights group that took on the simian’s cause.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honouring Naruto, a crested black macaque with a goofy-looking grin, to recognise that “he is someone, not something”.
9. National Conference on PDS Reforms
Department of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India has placed a lot of emphasis on improving the functioning of Public Distribution System in the country through automation of Fair Price Shops, computerization of Supply Chain Management and enforcement of provisions of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 regarding oversight and grievance redressal in partnership with States/UTs. In continuation of these efforts, a two-day National Conference on PDS Reforms was held on 4th -5th December, 2017 in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The conference was attended by the representatives from 20 States along with those from NIC, WFP and GIZ.
10. Prime Minister inaugurates Dr. Ambedkar International Centre
The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the “Dr. Ambedkar International Centre” at 15, Janpath, New Delhi today. He had laid the foundation stone of this Centre in April 2015. The Prime Minister unveiled the statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in the lawns and another statue of Dr. Ambedkar in the artrium of the Centre. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, Shri Ramdas Athawale, Shri Vijay Sampla, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs & Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Vijay Goel, Secretary of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Smt. G. Latha Krishna Rao and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.