PLACES IN NEWS - 2018 DECEMBER

December 2

India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in February next year in Odisha.
India’s first international indigenous film festival will take place in February next year in Odisha. It will be an initiative of activist film collective ‘Video Republic’.
The three-stop event will kick off in Bhubaneswar on February 19 and 20, moving on to Puri from February 21 to 23 and will eventually culminate in an interaction with the adivasi communities at Niyamgiri.

December 4

India's First Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Opened in New Delhi
 India's first Madame Tussauds wax museum has been opened in New Delhi with 50 life-like figures spanning across history, sports, music, films, and politics, for the public at the iconic Regal building in central Delhi.
Madame Tussauds has been a successful tourist attraction in places like London, Las Vegas, New York, Orlando, San Francisco and Hong Kong.
The Delhi facility is the 23rd edition of Madame Tussauds.
Marie Tussaud was born as Marie Grosholtz in 1761 in Strasbourg, France. Tussaud created her first wax sculpture in 1777 of Voltaire.

December 6

Kandhamal Haldi of Odisha to get GI tag
Odisha’s Kandhamal Haldi (turmeric) will soon get Geographical Indications (GI) tag.
Its registration was moved by Kandhamal Apex Spices Association for Marketing and was accepted under sub-section (1) of Section 13 of Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
Kandhamal Haldi is famous for its healing properties. It is main cash crop of tribal people in Kandhamal.

December 7

Luxembourg To Become First Country To Make Public Transport Free
Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free, implementing the move in 2020. 
 The move is aimed at addressing environmental issues and the problem of traffic congestion. Earlier, Luxembourg introduced free transport for all people under the age of 20.

December 8

Panama 1st Latin American nation to join Belt and Road Initiative
The Strategic Central American Nation, Panama became the first Latin American Country to join China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative after the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Panama.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Panamanian counterpart Juan Carlos Varela inked 19 separate deals during the bilateral meeting.
About China:
China President: Xi Jinping,
Capital: Beijing
Currency: Renminbi.

December 9

India’s first underwater museum to open off Puducherry coast in INS Cuddalore
Indian Navy agreed to gift INS Cuddalore, a decommissioned Pondicherry-class vessel, to the Union territory of Puducherry for the creation of country’s first underwater museum.
The 60 m long and 12 m wide vessel was decommissioned in March 2018 after sailing 13000 nautical miles.
It would be sent to the sea bed at a depth of 26 m and 7 km off the Pondicherry coast to act as an underwater marine museum for scuba diving and snorkelling activities. This would enhance tourism in the Uninon Territory.
It would also help in enhanced marine biodiversity and boosting fishing industry.
About Puducherry:
Chief Minister: V. Narayanasamy.
Lt. Governor: Dr. Kiren Bedi.

December 10

Kannur International Airport in Kerala began its Operations
The Kannur international Airport - KIAL in Kerala began its operations with Union minister for civil aviation Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan jointly lighting the lamp inside the terminal building, marking the inauguration of the airport.
Later the first flight from the Airport to Abu Dhabi was flagged off. With this, Kerala became the only state in the country with four international airports.
About Kerala:
Governor: Palanisamy Sathasivam
 Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
CM: Pinarayi Vijayan

December 11

Lepa Rada becomes 24th district of Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh gets its 24th district – Lepa Rada,a day after Shi Yomi became a new district.
Lepa Rada is carved out of the Lower Siang district, comprising four administrative circles – Tirbin, Dari, Sago and Basar.
Basar will be the headquarters of Lepa Rada.
The state assembly on 29th August 2018 had passed a bill for creation of three new districts – Pakke-Kesang, Lepa Rada and Shi Yomi – in the state.
About Arunachal Pradesh:
CM: Pema Khandu
Governor: BD Mishra.
National Parks: Nandhapa National Park, Mouling National Park

December 12

Nishidhi stone inscription from the 12th century was found at Nandi Basaveshwara temple, Karnataka
R. Shejeshwara, Assistant Director, Department of Archeology, Heritage and Museums, and Jagadeesh, historian, discovered the inscription during a field work undertaken in Harakere.
The inscription is of 60 cm long and 15 cm wide and is chiselled from a schist rock slab.
Karnataka
CM - H.D. Kumaraswamy
Governor - VajubhaiVala

December 13

Uncrowned Glory – An exhibition of Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh inaugurated in New Delhi
Dr. Dharmendra Singh Gangwar, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, Ministry of Culture inaugurated the third exhibition of the 2nd series of collection titled ‘Uncrowned Glory – An exhibition of Ethnic Ornaments of Himachal Pradesh’ in National Museum, New Delhi.
This exhibition aims to showcase the silver and gold ornaments, from different communities and regions of Himachal Pradesh,through photographic prints.
About New Delhi:
CM: Arvind Kejriwal
Governor: Anil Baijal
National Parks: National Zoological park

December 14

Bhubaneswar to host one of Hockey Series Finals in 2019
Odisha sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera announced that Bhubaneswar is set to host one of the three Hockey Series Finals to be held.
India will host the second of the Hockey Series Finals, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) will host the first event.
The last Hockey Series Final will be hosted by Le Touquet, France.
Bhubaneswar had successfully hosted the Hockey World Cup in 2018.
The Hockey Series is open to national teams that are not playing in the Hockey Pro League.
About Odisha:
CM: Naveen Patnaik
Governor: SC Jamir
National Parks: Simlipal national park, kanger Ghati national park, Bhitarkanika national park
Wild sanctuary’s: Balukhand Wildlife sanctuary, Debrigarh Wildlife sanctuary

December 15

India's 1st Private UAV Factory Come Up in Hyderabad
India' first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) opened at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad. 
Built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems, the 50,000 square feet facility will develop Hermes 900 medium altitude long-endurance UAVs for the Indian and global markets.
About Telangana:
CM: K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
National Parks: Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Mrugavani National Park, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Chincholi wildlife sanctuary photo point

December 16

India’s first and World’s third railway university at Vadodara, dedicated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal & Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani dedicated the nation’s first National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) in Vadodara, Gujarat.
It is India’s first and world’s 3rd railway university after Russia and China.
The Ministry of Railways had sanctioned Rs. 421 crore for the upcoming 5 years for the operation of the project.
About Gujarat:
Capital: Gandhinagar.
Chief Minister: Vijay Rupani.
Governor: Om Prakash Kohli.

December 17

National Workshop on Explosive Detection (NWED - 2018) was Inaugurated at High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, Maharashtra
Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) Chief Atulchandra Kulkarni was the chief guest of the workshop.
A total of 200 delegates from different Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) labs, Army, CRPF, CISF, Police, Academic Institutes, Industry and other Security agencies attended the workshop.
HEMRL developed, OPX-Revelator, which is a portable, miniaturized, electronic detector capable of detecting almost all the explosives widely used by antisocial elements and in Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was unveiled in the workshop.
About Maharashtra:
Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis
Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao
National Parks (NP): Chandoli NP, Gugamal NP, Nawegaon NP, Sanjay Gandhi (Borivilli) NP, Tadoba NP

December 19

India’s largest cancer hospital ‘National Cancer Institute (NCI)’ opened in Jhajjar, Haryana
National Cancer Institute (NCI) which is the largest cancer hospital of India built at a cost of Rs 2035 crore opened for public in Jhajjar, Haryana but the formal inauguration will be held in January 2019.
NCI is a project under All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi and it will be headed by Dr. GK Rath who is the Chief of Institute of Rotary Cancer Hospital in AIIMS.
The NCI will be the nodal institution for all the activities related to cancer in the country and it will have linkage with other cancer institutes of the country.
About Haryana:
CM: Manohar Lal Khattar
Capital: Chandigarh
National Parks: Kalesar National Park
Wildlife sanctuaries: Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary & Lake, Khaparwas Wildlife Sanctuary

December 21

Haryana CM inaugurated World Herbal Forest Project in Morni Hill
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurated the World Herbal Forest Project, a collaboration of Patanjali and Haryana Government, at Morni Hill, near Chandigarh.
The project covers over 52,000 acres of land in Morni Hills and is aimed at developing a forest of medicinal plants which will provide a huge boost to the Ayurvedic industry across the country.
About 25 different varieties of plants found in the country will be housed in this forest. 50,000 plants each of 20 medicinal varieties are being sown in the first phase of the project.
About Haryana:
CM: Manohar Lal Khattar
Capital: Chandigarh
National Parks: Kalesar National Park, Sultanpur National Park
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary, Khaparwas Bird Sanctuary
Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya

December 23

A UNESCO Category 2, International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography, inaugurated at INCOIS, Hyderabad
Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment and Forests & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the newly constructed International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCO ocean) Complex in the INCOIS campus at Hyderabad, Telangana.
He dedicated the ITCO ocean to the Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and named the academic building as Atal Bhavan and the Guest House as Atal Atithi Griha.
This UNESCO category 2 centre was established by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Govt. of India earlier in 2013 but it upgraded to assist UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).
About Telangana:
Capital: Hyderabad.
Chief Minister: K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan.
National Parks: Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park, Mahaveera Harina National Park, Mrugavani National Park

December 24

India’s first music museum to be set up in Thiruvaiyaru
The country’s first music museum will be set up with assistance from the Central government in Thiruvaiyaru, Tamilnadu, the birth place of Saint Tyagaraja, one of the Trinities of Carnatic music.
This was announced by the State Minister for Culture and Tamil Development K Pandiarajan in Madurai.
The Tyagaraja Aaradhana Music Festival which is held annually in January in Thiruvaiyaru attracts musical talents from all over the world.
About Tamilnadu:
CM: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Capital: Chennai
National Parks: Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

December 25

Centre of Excellence for Genetic Blood Disorders at Prathima Institute in Karimnagar inaugurated by President of India
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, on his first visit to Karimnagar, inaugurated the Centre of Excellence Genetic Blood Disorders at the Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences in Karimnagar, Telangana.
This centre will work on Sickle Cell Anaemia, Thalassemia and Other Genetic Blood Disorders.
It was set up by Prathima Institute of Medical Sciences.
India has the largest number of children with Thalassemia major in the world.
About Telangana:
CM: K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor: E.S.L. Narasimhan
National Parks: Mahavir Harina Vanasthali National Park, Mrugavani National Park, Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Chincholi wildlife sanctuary

December 26

Bogibeel Bridge, India’s longest rail cum road bridge, inaugurated in Assam by PM Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest rail cum road bridge of 4.94 km Bogibeel bridge,which spans the River Brahmaputra between Dibrugarh and Dhemaji districts of Assam.
Vembanad rail bridge in Kerala was dubbed as the longest railway-bridge in India at 4.62 km of length.
The 4.94 km structure was built at a cost of Rs. 5900 crore by Indian Railways.
It is also Asia’s 2nd longest rail-and-road connector having a life span of 120 years.
It will reduce travel time from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh to four hours and will cut out the detour of over 170 km via Tinsukia. It will also cut down train travel between Delhi and Dibrugarh by three hours.
About Assam:
Capital: Dispur.
Chief Minister: Sarbananda Sonowal.
Governor: Jagdish Mukhi.
National Parks: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park (UNESCO Natural World Herigate Site), Orang National Park, Dibru-Saikhowa National Park.
Airports: Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, Dibrugarh Airport, Jorhat Airport, Tezpur Airport, Silchar Airport.

December 27

Modi Government to renamed three islands of Andaman & Nicobar
Modi Government has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar - Ross Island as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island, Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to visit Port Blair to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji's historic visit to the islands, is likely to make the announcement of name change.
About Andaman and Nicobar:
Capital: Port Blair
Currency: Indian Rupee
Prime Minister: Shri Singh

December 28

Virudhunagar is the best ‘aspiration district’ in Tamil Nadu
Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu, followed by Nuapada in Odisha and Siddharthnagar in Uttar Pradesh, have emerged as best performers among 112 backward districts in the country, in a household survey carried out for government policy think tank, Niti Aayog.
At the bottom of the table are Pakur (Jharkhand), Hailakandi (Assam) and Chatra (Jharkhand).
About Tamil Nadu:
CM: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Capital: Chennai
National Parks: Anamalai Tiger Reserve
Wildlife sanctuaries: Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve
Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

December 29

India's First Vertical-Lift Bridge To Reconnect Rameswaram With Mainland
Ministry of Railways announced their plan to build India’s first lift bridge to reconnect Rameswaram in Arabian Sea with mainland India in the next 4 years.
India's first lift bridge, worth Rs. 250 crore, to reconnect Rameswaram with mainland India in 4 years.
The bridge,over two-kilometre-long, which is likely to cost Rs. 250 crore, will have a 63-metre stretch.
This will replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban Bridge which has a total length of 2,058 m.
It will be three-metre higher than the existing bridge with navigational air clearance of 22 metre above sea level.

December 31

Prime Minister Inaugurated the International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Center (IRRI SARC) in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Varanasi and Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh for one day.
PM visited Ghazipur: at the first leg of the state visit of Uttar Pradesh.
He released a commemorative postage stamp on Rajbhar community icon Maharaja Suheldev.
He also laid the foundation stone of a Medical College in Ghazipur. At a cost of around Rs 250 crore, the district Hospital of Ghazipur will have 300 beds after the college is ready.
PM visited Varanasi: PM visited his constituency Varanasi at the second leg of the state visit.
PM Modi inaugurated 15 projects worth more than rupees 180 crores in Varanasi.
He dedicated the 6th International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) South Asia Regional Centrecampus in Varanasi to the nation. It will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and SAARC region.
He also launched a Comprehensive Pension Management Scheme
About Uttar Pradesh:
Chief Minister: Yogi Adityanath.
Governor: Ram Naik.
National Parks: Dudhwa National Park,
Wildlife Sanctuary: Bakhira WLS, Chandraprabha WLS, Hastinapur WLS, Nawabganj WLS.


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