Karnataka Assembly by-poll: The ruling BJP on Monday retained its majority in the Karnataka Assembly after it bagged 12 out of 15 seats in the byelections. The Congress, which won 12 of these 15 seats in the 2018 Assembly polls, has won only two seats (Hunsur and Shivajinagar). One seat (Hosakote) was won by an Independent candidate.
Cheap Call: Airtel and Vodafone-Idea introduced their new prepaid plans, calls made within their networks would remain unlimited, both Airtel and Vodafone-Idea had added a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) on calls to other networks or ‘off-net’ calls. Now they have removed the FUP on off-net calls, and once again made their packs unlimited, given the daily data benefits and unlimited calls.
Myanmar: The Gambia, which is a Muslim Country, went to the ICJ in November 2019, accusing Myanmar of genocide. The Gambia is backed by the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The case, ‘Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar)’, seeking the “indication of provisional measures”, will be heard by 16 United Nations judges at the ICJ for three days from Tuesday (December 10) to Thursday (December 12).
Miss Universe: Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi won Miss Universe 2019 held at Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 2019. Twenty six-year-old Tunzi won the 68th edition of the prestigious pageant after excelling through the swimsuit and evening gown round, and impressed judges with her answers on questions regarding social issues and one final chance to explain why she was the right choice.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2019, in Lok Sabha that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan escaping religious persecution there. Shah said that the Narendra Modi government was committed to protect the customs and culture of the people of the region and informed that Manipur will be brought under Inner Line Permit regime.
Ayodhya Review Petition: The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha on Monday filed a review petition against the November 9 judgment of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case challenging the allotment of 5 acres of alternate site to the Muslims. In the petition filed through advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain, it claimed that the Muslim parties had never made a prayer for alternate site and hence the Supreme Court could not have gone beyond the prayers and awarded alternate land to Muslims.
New Zealand: At least one person was killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday. Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. The White Island is about 50 km (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island and huge plumes were visible from the mainland. Vulcanologists said the ash plume shot 12,000 feet into the air.
Global Arms sale: Arms sales rose by nearly five percent worldwide in 2018 in a market dominated by the United States, according to a new report published Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The turnover of the 100 biggest arms manufacturers came to $420 billion, thanks in large part to the US market, said the report.
Top Rank [Arms Saller] as per The SIPRI Arms Industry Database 2019
1 Lockheed Martin Corp. United States
2 Boeing United States
3 Northrop Grumman Corp. United States
4 Raytheon United States
6 General Dynamics Corp. United States
5 BAE Systems United Kingdom
7 Airbus Group f Trans-European
S BAE Systems Inc. (BAE Systems UK) United States
9 Leonardo Italy
10 Almaz-Antey Russia
UP Fast Track Court: The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Monday cleared a proposal to set up 218 new fast-track courts. Of the total 218 courts, 144 will hear cases of rape, while 74 will examine cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, State Law Minister Brajesh Pathak told reporters.
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Human Development Index: India climbed one spot to 129 among 189 countries in the 2019 human development index, according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Pakistan: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday, while disposing of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz’s petition seeking removal of her name from the Exit Control List (ECL), directed the federal government’s review committee to decide on the matter within seven days. In her petition, Maryam has argued that her name was placed on the ECL without notice and providing her with an opportunity of hearing through a memorandum dated August 20, 2018. Maryam is currently free on bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case