Current Affairs – December 17, 2017

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Foundation Stone for Nyaya Gram laid in Allahabad    
      
The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, laid the foundation stone of the ‘Nyaya Gram project’ of the High Court of Allahabad in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. This judicial academy will make a significant contribution to the capacity of the lower judiciary in Uttar Pradesh. As per the President, the Nyaya Gram project would prove to be a milestone in fulfilling the requirements of the Allahabad High Court.
J&K Bank launches “Sahafat scheme” for journalists
 
Jammu and Kashmir Bank launched a special financial scheme for journalists of the state. The scheme “J&K Bank Sahafat Finance Scheme” was launched by the bank’s chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmad. The scheme will enable journalists to buy cameras, laptops, tablets, and books. The minimum loan amount for the purpose has been fixed at Rs 50,000 while as the maximum cap is Rs 3 lac.
Youthquake named word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries   
   
Oxford Dictionaries has crowned “youthquake” as its word of 2017 in a nod to the unexpected level of youth engagement in this summer’s election in the United Kingdom. An amalgamation of “youth” and “earthquake”, the noun is defined as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.” The word was coined in the 1960s by the then-Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, to describe upheavals in fashion and music caused by Britain’s youth culture.
Income Inequality in India highest since the 1980s
 
Since 1980 India has led to substantial increase in inequality so much that top 0.1% of earners has continued to capture more growth than all those in the bottom 50% combined, according to the World Inequality Lab in its World Inequality Report 2018. In 2014, the share of national income captured by India’s top 1% of earners was 22%, while the share of top 10% of earners was around 56%.
New Director appointed at National Institute of Nutrition  
 
R Hemalatha has been appointed as the new Director of the country’s premier National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad.  Hemalatha is a medical graduate of Gandhi Medical College, Hyderabad. She assumes office at a historic moment as the institute enters its centenary year. Hemalatha has served as secretary of the Nutrition Society of India, is a fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and a fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as ‘Beri-Beri’ Enquiry Unit in Tamil Nadu. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958.
Third World Telugu Conference begins in Hyderabad     
 
The third World Telugu Conference has begun in Hyderabad amidst much fanfare. The aim of the Conference is to promote Telugu and its literature besides helping the present generation learn more about Telugu language and its rich culture and heritage. Telangana Government has put in place elaborate arrangements for the 5-day event for which about eight thousand Telugu speaking delegates from 40 countries all over the globe will be taking part. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu had formally inaugurated the Conference.
  
Official Emblems of 2022 Winter Olympics unveiled
 
The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Para Olympic Winter Games have been named “Winter Dream” and “Flight,” respectively. The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games. The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held from 9th to 25th February 2018 in Pyeong Chang in the Republic of Korea.
16th December – Vijay Diwas 
Vijay Diwas is celebrated across the Nation on 16th December. The day marks the glorious victory over Pakistan during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, in alliance with Bangladesh Mukti Bahini. On 16th December in 1971, the chief of the Pakistani forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, along with 93,000 troops, surrendered to the allied forces of the Indian Army. The anniversary of Vijay Divas is observed across India by paying tributes to the martyrs who laid down their lives for the nation.

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