Current Affairs of 26 December


Champions of Change Award
Champions of Change Award
Champions of Change Award - Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh was conferred the 'Champions of Change' award by vice pesident M Venkaiah Naidu for exemplary leadership in bringing about transformation in governance in the northeastern state. Under the 'Aspirational Districts Programme' launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January this year, the government had identified 115 most least developed districts in the country. Manipur was chosen for its all-round development on various parameters in all its 'aspirational' districts.

Mohammed Rafi Award
Mohammed Rafi Award
Mohammed Rafi Award - The Mohammed Rafi Award has been bestowed upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. Kudalkar, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award.

P V Bharathi
P V Bharathi
P V Bharathi - P V Bharathi has been appointed as managing director and chief executive officer of the Corporation Bank. Bharathi is at present Executive Director, Canara Bank. She will take over the charge on or after February 1, 2019.

Best Performing Police Station
Best Performing Police Station
Best Performing Police Station - Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released the list of best-performing police stations across the nation during the ongoing Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police at Kevadiya in Gujarat. The top three police stations in India for 2018 are - Kalu (Bikaner, Rajasthan), Campbell Bay ( Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and Farakka (Murshidabad, West Bengal).

Committee on Economic Capital Framework
Bimal Jalan
Committee on Economic Capital Framework - Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the government, has set up a six-member committee to review the economic capital framework of the central bank. Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan will be the committee’s chairman and former Deputy Governor Rakesh Mohan deputy chairman. The other members are Economic Affairs Secretary Subash Chandra Garg, RBI Deputy Governor N.S. Vishwanathan and two board members of the RBI — Bharat Doshi and Sudhir Mankad. The committee would submit its report within 90 days from the date of its first meeting.

Aadhaar Not Mandatory for School Admission
School Admission
Aadhaar Not Mandatory for School Admission - The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has asserted that schools cannot make Aadhaar, the 12-digit biometric identifier a pre-condition for student admission. UIDAI warned that doing so will be against the recent order of the Supreme Court. The detail was shared by UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey in New Delhi on December 25, 2018. The clarification comes at a time when admissions to the nursery and entry-level classes have begun in over 1,500 private schools in Delhi.

Russia Tested Hypersonic Missile
Russia Tested Hypersonic Missile
Russia Tested Hypersonic Missile - Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed final tests of a hypersonic missile, which he had earlier said would render existing missile systems obsolete. The hypersonic missile could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, meaning that it could breach defence systems.

Japan Withdrawal from International Whaling Commission
International Whaling Commission
Japan Withdrawal from International Whaling Commission - Japan announced its decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and said that it will resume commercial whaling from July 2019. The withdrawal will come into effect by June 30, 2019. The withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission means that the Japanese whalers will be able to resume hunting of minke and other whales, which are currently protected by the IWC, in the Japanese coastal waters.

Russia Expanded Sanction on Ukraine
Sanction on Ukraine 
Russia Expanded Sanction on Ukraine - Russia has expanded its economic sanctions on Ukraine, adding more than 250 people and businesses to a blacklist first announced at the start of November. According to a decree by Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev in Moscow, 245 individuals and seven companies, mostly in the energy and defence sectors, were sanctioned by Moscow. Relations between Moscow and Kiev have deteriorated since a pro-Western government came to power after the 2014 revolt against a pro-Russian leader and outbreak of war in eastern Ukraine.

New Norms for E-Commerce Firms
E-Commerce Firms
New Norms for E-Commerce Firms - Tightening norms for e-commerce firms like Flipkart and Amazon, the government took host of steps and barred them from selling products of the companies in which they have stake. The commerce and industry ministry also prohibited e-commerce companies from entering into an agreement for exclusive sale of products. Cash back provided by the group companies of marketplace entity to buyers shall be fair and non-discriminatory.

Palestine
Palestine
Palestine - Palestinian foreign minister Riyad al-Malki declared that Palestine would apply for full state membership at the United Nations in January. Mr Al-Malki told that Palestine would file the application to upgrade Palestine's status from an observer state to a full member state to the UN Security Council.