TNPSC Current Affairs Today in English Medium - Date: 20.12.2018

Harsh Vardhan Shringla appointed new Indian Ambassador to US
NSD LogoHarsh Vardhan Shringla has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to the United States of America.

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection Bill
Representational PicLok Sabha on Thursday passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 which seeks to replace the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. It seeks to establish Consumer Disputes Redressal Commissions at District, State and National levels. 

Centre says, India on track for ODF by October 2019
NSD Logo Government today said the country is on track for Open Defecation free India by October next year. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ramesh Chandrappa Jigajinagi said over eight crore 97 lakh individual household latrines have been constructed under Swachh Bharat Mission, till 17th of this month.

Gujarat emerges as best performing state in start-up ranking 2018
AIR Gujarat has emerged as the best performing state in the Startup Ranking 2018. The National Report on States' Startup Ranking was unveiled by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi today. Gujarat, with 100 percentile, has performed better than all other states in all the seven areas including start up policy, incubation support, seeding innovation and scaling innovation.

Govt to open Eklavya School in areas having significant tribal population
Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has said that every block with more than 50 per cent Schedule Tribe, ST population and at least 20 thousand tribal persons, will have an Eklavya Model Residential School by the year 2022.

Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha
Representational PicLok Sabha has passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 which is aimed at prohibiting commercial surrogacy and unethical practices relating to it. The Bill has provisions to constitute National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of surrogacy. It permits surrogacy only for couples who cannot conceive a child. The intending couple must be Indian citizens and married for at least five years with at least one of them being infertile. 

J&K comes under President's rule from midnight
Representational PicPresident's rule comes into force in Jammu And Kashmir from midnight tonight as Ram Nath Kovind signed a proclamation to this effect on Wednesday. Six-months of Governor's rule comes to an end on December 19. 

ISRO successfully launches GSAT-7A satellite
PTIThe Indian space research  Organisation ISRO on Wednesday successfully launched geostationary communication satellite GSAT-7A onboard  Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV-F11.

India becoming world's fastest growing economy
Representational Pic The government has said the share of the Indian economy in the world increased from 2.6 percent in 2014 to 3.2 percent in 2017 as per the World Development Indicators database.

US starts withdrawing troops from Syria
File Pic:PTI United States has started to withdraw its troops from Syria. President Donald Trump in a tweet said they have defeated Islamic State group in Syria.

Goa celebrates 57th Liberation Day
GoaLiberation Day is being celebrated on 20.12.2018. Goa was liberated on 19th December1961, from around 450 years of Portuguese rule. Various functions have beenorganized across the state to mark the occasion. 

India will become five-trillion-dollar economy in 7-8 years: Prabhu
PIB Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu said, with economic reforms, India will become a five-trillion-dollar economy in seven-eight years. 

Mary Kom honoured with Meethoileima title
PTIManipur Government yesterday honoured AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medalist  MC Mary Kom with the title "Meethoileima" (par excellent queen) at a function in Imphal 

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