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1) International Universal Health Coverage Day: 12 December
•International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) is celebrated globally on 12 December. In 2017 the United Nations proclaimed 12 December as International Universal Health Coverage Day by resolution 72/138.
•The theme for the 2018 UHC Day is- “Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action”. The Day aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners.
2) PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates 4th Partners’ Forum in New Delhi
•Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fourth Partners’ Forum in New Delhi. The objective of the conference is to improve knowledge, alignment and accountability to accelerate action on women’s, children’s and adolescents health.
•Ministry of Health in association with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, PMNCH is hosting the two-day international conference. This is the second time India is hosting the Partners’ Forum. The programme has been framed around the objectives of the Global Strategy of Survive – Thrive – Transform.
3) Kamal Nath To Be New CM of Madhya Pradesh
•Congress party has chosen MP statue unit president Kamal Nath as the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. He will replace outgoing Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
•A one-line resolution has been passed at the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting in Bhopal to choose the Madhya Pradesh chief minister. Congress party high command will now take the final decision.
4) Portal ENSURE Launched by Agriculture Ministry
•Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh launched a portal ‘ENSURE’- National Livestock Mission-EDEG developed by NABARD and operated under the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries.
•The NABARD has developed an online portal “ENSURE” (ensure.nabard.org) so that the information related to beneficiary and processing of the application can be made readily available.
5) Home Ministry Launches Twitter Account ‘@CyberDost’
•Home Ministry has launched a Twitter account named ‘@CyberDost’ to spread awareness about cybercrimes and normal precautions to be taken. The Twitter handles is aimed at enhancing people’s basic knowledge about cybercrimes and precautions to be taken for prevention.
6) Israel Becomes Permanent Member of Financial Action Task Force
•Israel became a full member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international body set up to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the international financial system.
•The Jewish state has now taken its place alongside 37 other members including most of the G20, the world’s 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies just 16 years after being blacklisted by the organization.
7) EU Ambassador Opens India’s 1st CoE at MAHE
•India’s first Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence established by the European Unionwas inaugurated at the Department of European Studies (DES) at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in New Delhi by Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to India and Bhutan, Tomasz Kozlowski.
•The award comes with a grant of €1,00,000 to pursue India-EU interdisciplinary studies in culture, literature, education and society. This is the fifth time that MAHE has been awarded grants under the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet initiative.
8) RBI Slaps Rs 1 crore Fine on Indian Bank For Violating Cybersecurity norms
•The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a fine of Rs 1 crore on Indian Bank for violating cybersecurity norms. The contravention is with regard to RBI’s directions on Frauds – Classification and Reporting by Commercial Banks.
9) Mary Kom Honoured With ‘Meethoileima’ Title
•Manipur Government honored AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medalist MC Mary Kom with the title “Meethoileima” (par excellent queen) at a function in Imphal, Manipur.
•On the occasion, State Chief Minister N. Biren Singh handed over a cheque of ten lakh rupees to her. The Chief Minister also declared that the Imphal West DC Road towards Game Village will be named as MC Mary Kom Road.
10) Naomi Osaka’s Coach Sascha Bajin Becomes 1st Ever WTA Coach Of The Year
•Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, has become the first-ever recipient of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.
•WTA Coach of the Year Award is given to the coach with not only success on-court, but also who serves as an ambassador of the sport and brings coaching to the forefront of the game.