1. Triple talaq unconstitutional, violates rights of Muslim women: Allahabad high court
i. The Allahabad High Court has ruled that the practice of triple talaq (Talaq-e-bidat) among Muslims is unconstitutional and violates the rights of women enshrined in constitution.
ii. The order was passed by HC Justice Suneet Kumar while hearing a petition filed by a woman who claimed her husband arbitrarily divorced her. Besides, the High Court also held that No Personal Law Board is above the Constitution i.e. it was indirectly referring to All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).
2. RBI keeps key rates unchanged in fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review
i. The Reserve bank of India (RBI) in its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy review for year 2016-17 has kept key rates unchanged. Decision in this regard was taken by RBI’s six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) headed by Governor Urjit Patel.
ii. This decision was taken on the basis of an assessment of the current and evolving macroeconomic situation.
3. Union Cabinet approves Pune Metro Rail Project Phase – 1
i. The Union Cabinet has approved the development of Phase – 1 of the Pune Metro Rail Corridor Project. It will be covering a length of 31.254 km comprising with two corridors Corridor-1 (Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to Swargate) and Corriodor-2 (Vanaz to Ramwadi).
4. Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in IT
i. The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in the field of Information Technology.
ii. The MoU aims to develop sustainable and a long-term cooperation between both countries on the basis of equality and mutual interest in the areas of IT.
5. Renowned journalist Cho S Ramaswamy passes away
i. Veteran journalist Cho S Ramaswamy passed away in Chennai following a prolonged illness. He was 82. He was a lawyer, actor, journalist, commentator and a political interlocutor.
ii. He was founder and editor of Thuglak, a Tamil political magazine known for its withering satire and fearless criticism of political figures.
6. Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Afghanistan on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
i. The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Afghanistan on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space. The MoU envisages cooperation between both countries for application of space technologies in various sectors.
ii. It will cover agriculture, education, weather forecasting, rural health, telecommunications, urban development, sanitation, resource mapping navigation, remote sensing and any other areas mutually agreed upon.
7. Union Cabinet approves Reforms to boost employment generation and exports in Made-ups Sector
i. The Union Cabinet approved proposal of the reforms to boost employment generation and exports in the Made-ups manufacturing Sector.
ii. It approved budget of Rs. 6,006 crore for the apparel package in a time bound manner. The main objective is generating direct and indirect employment of upto 11 lakh persons over the next three years the made-ups sector.
8. Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK to support Ease of Doing Business in India
i. The Union Cabinet has given its approval to Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom (UK) to support Ease of Doing Business in India.
ii. The MoU was signed between both countries earlier in November 2016 during the official state visit of UK Prime Minister Theresa May to India.
9. Remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A successfully launched
i. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched remote sensing satellite Resourcesat-2A into its dedicated orbit. It was launched onboard of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C36 from first launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
ii. It was PSLV’s 38th flight and XL version of the rocket was used. It was the 37th consecutive successful flight of the rocket.
10. Artist Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize
i. Multimedia artist Helen Marten won the Turner prize, which is Britains top award for contemporary art. The prize comes with a cash award of about USD 31800.
ii. The Turner prize is the second prize in a month for Marten, who also won the inaugural Hepworth Prize.
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