The Daily Brief – 25th December 2017


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  • Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are top contributors in the first five months since the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime in July 1, 2017.
  • India’s first broad gauge air-conditioned EMU suburban train was flagged off from Borivali station on western railway in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • India Government Mint, a unit of Security Printing and Minting Corp of India Ltd. has launched India’s first indigenous high purity gold reference standard –Bharatiya Nirdeshak Dravya (BND-4201). The BND-4201 is reference material for gold of ‘9999’ fineness (gold that is 99.99% pure with impurities of only 100 parts-per-million).
  • China’s AG600, also known as ‘Kunlong’, the world’s largest amphibious
    Saba Karim

    aircraft took off from the southern city of Zhuhai.

  • China has successfully launched its second Land Surveying Satellite LKW-2 (also known as Yaogan Weixing-32) into a preset orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert.
  • Karnataka’s Tirthahalli taluk has been affected by Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also known as monkey fever. Kyasanur forest disease is tick-borne viral disease caused by Kyasanur forest disease virus (KFDV), a member of the virus family Flaviviridae, which also causes dengue and yellow fever.
  • Good Governance Day is celebrated every year in India on December 25 to mark the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
  • Former wicket-keeper of India Saba Karim (50) was appointed as the new General Manager of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

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