Current Affairs of 27 December

Triple Talaq Bill Passed in Lok Sabha
Triple Talaq Bill Passed
Triple Talaq Bill Passed in Lok Sabha - The Lok Sabha passed the amended Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, which criminalises Triple Talaq, after over four hours of debate even as Congress and AIADMK MPs staged a walkout. The bill was passed with 238 MPs voting in its favour and 12 opposing it. The bill, which will now go to the Rajya Sabha, proposes that instant Triple Talaq will be illegal and void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband. The proposed law would be applicable to the entire country, except in Jammu and Kashmir.

New High Court For Andhra Pradesh
New High Court For AP
New High Court For Andhra Pradesh - Andhra Pradesh got its own High Court on December 26, 2018. It will start functioning from January 1. Ministry of Law and Justice notified the constitution of the High Court in Amaravati. Andhra Pradesh High Court will be the 25th High Court in the country. Hyderabad High Court has been functioning as common high court for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh till now after bifurcation of undivided Andhra Pradesh. 

Khalistan Liberation Force Banned
Khalistan Liberation Force
Khalistan Liberation Force Banned - The Union Home Ministry has banned Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act -1967, noting that it was floated with the objective of establishing an independent State by secession of Punjab through violent means. The notification said the outfit had committed acts of terrorism and was engaged in radicalising and recruiting youth for terror activities in India.

Nepal Imposed Limits On Indian Currency
Indian Currency in Nepal 
Nepal Imposed Limits On Indian Currency - Nepal imposed a monthly limit on the amount of Indian currency its citizen can spend in India. Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) said a visiting Nepali citizen would not be able to spend more than Rs. 1 lakh every month while paying for goods and services in India and that the decision was taken to deal with the current account deficit of Nepal. The announcement is a historic first as it is the first time that Kathmandu is enforcing such a limit on individual Nepali citizens and businessmen in India.

‘USTAAD’ Developed by Indian Railways
‘USTAAD’ Developed by Indian Railways - Central Railway's Nagpur division has developed the robot named USTAAD (Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid), which examines parts of the coach in real time with a HD camera and transmits them over WiFi. With the help of USTAAD, engineers can easily see and examine areas which are hard to see and hard to approach such as cramped or narrow spaces between under-gear parts.

7th Tranche of Electoral Bonds
Electoral Bonds
7th Tranche of Electoral Bonds - The seventh tranche of electoral bonds sale will take place from January 1-10. Electoral bonds are being pitched as an alternative to cash donations made to political parties as part of efforts to bring transparency in political funding. Electoral bonds may be purchased by a Indian person Company. Registered political parties that have secured not less than 1 per cent of the votes polled in the last election of the Lok Sabha or legislative assembly will be eligible to receive electoral bonds. SBI is the only authorised bank to issue such bonds. An electoral bond will be valid for 15 days from the date of issue. 

Survey on Retail Payment
Survey on Retail Payment - Reserve Bank of India launched a 'Survey on Retail Payment Habits of Individuals (SRPHi)'. The survey will capture payment habits of individuals in six cities, including four metropolitan towns. It will cover a sample of 6,000 individuals from various socio-economic backgrounds across six cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Guwahati. 

New Regulation For Channel Subscribers
New Regulation
New Regulation For Channel Subscribers - TRAI recently passed a new regulation revolutionising the way consumers pay for TV channel subscriptions. Now with the new system, viewers can select and pay only for the individual channels they choose to watch. At present, multi service operators (MSOs) and cable operators such as Tata Sky, Dish TV, Hathway, Den Networks and others offer bouquets, which often times also include some TV channels with very low viewership. 

High Security Registration Plates
Registration Plates
High Security Registration Plates - All motor vehicles will come fitted with tamper-proof high-security registration plates (HSRPs) from April 1 to protect against counterfeiting. An HSRP is a chromium-based hologram applied by hot stamping on the number plates both at the front and back besides laser-branding of a permanent identification number.

Awards on Disaster Management
Awards on Disaster Management
Awards on Disaster Management - Government has instituted annual awards to recognise excellent work in the field of disaster mitigation and management. The three awards, named 'Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabhandhan Puraskar', will be awarded to institutions and individuals working silently but persistently on mitigation and preparedness towards minimising the impact of future disasters. Winners will be declared on January 23, 2019, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

President Visited Iraq
US President Visited Iraq
US President Visited Iraq - President Donald Trump used a lightning visit to Iraq — his first with U.S. troops in a conflict zone since being elected — to defend the withdrawal from Syria and declare an end to America’s role as the global “policeman”.

Fiscal Deficit Widened
Fiscal Deficit
Fiscal Deficit Widened - The fiscal situation of the Narendra Modi government has worsened with the fiscal deficit in the first eight months (April-November) of the financial year 2018-19 hitting 115% of the budget estimates. The government has set the fiscal deficit target at 3.3% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). 

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli - Captain Virat Kohli bettered Rahul Dravid’s long-standing record of most runs scored by an Indian in a calendar year overseas. With this 82 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia Kohli now has 1138 runs to his name. Dravid held the record for scoring 1137 runs in Tests away from home in 2002.

Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor
Industrial Corridor
Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor - Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor (AKIC) Project planned by the Government of India covers seven States including Punjab.  In consultation with State Government, Rajpura- Patiala has been identified as an Integrated Manufacturing Cluster (IMC) for development in the State of Punjab.

CA Kuttappa
CA Kuttappa
CA Kuttappa - CA Kuttappa, a Dhronacharya awardee, took over as India’s new chief boxing coach.