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- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched media campaign “Heart Attack Rewind”, calling for elimination of industrially produced trans-fat in the food supply. It will support FSSAI’s global target of eliminating trans-fat in India by 2022, a year ahead of global target by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is in line with FSSAOI’s objective to get Freedom from ‘Trans Fat: India@75’.
- A three-day South Asia Regional Youth Peace Conference was held in New Delhi as part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. Its objective was to eliminate stereotypes, prejudices across all borders to understand micro-macro aspect of issues, identify common challenges and develop plan of action and to build network of youth leaders.
- India and China signed protocol on hygiene and inspection requirements for exports of fish meat, fish oil imports from India to China. It was signed as part of discussions between India’s Commerce Ministry and six-member Chinese delegation led by Vice Minister, General Administration of Customs of China, Hu Wei on easing market access for exports of various farm products held in New Delhi.
- The Asia Pacific Summit 2018 began on December 1st in Kathmandu, Nepal and will continue till December 3rd, 2018. The theme of the summit is “Addressing the Critical Challenges of Our Time: Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values”.
- George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States passed away on November 30th at the age of 94. George HW Bush is well-known for his role in steering America through the end of the Cold War by working with the then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and other key global figures. Additionally, he had forged a coalition of 32 countries to restore Kuwaiti sovereignty in 1990 and had also convened the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991, bringing Israel and Arab countries together for the first time ever.
- Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das announced that the government will provide free mobile phones to 28 lakh farmers and a separate electric feeder for them for agriculture purpose by 2019/21. The mobile phones would be distributed to keep the middlemen away and to help the farmers have greater information.
- Nearly four years after moving to a new GDP series, the Union Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MOSPI) released the revised Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data for the years 2004-05 to 2010-11. The Central Statistics Office lowered the GDP growth rate under the UPA Government from 10.3% in financial year 2010-11 to 8.5%.
- The Supreme Court upheld the constitutional validity of death penalty while awarding life term imprisonment to Chhannu Lal Verma instead of death penalty for murdering three persons. A three-judge bench comprising Justices Kurian Joseph, Deepak Gupta and Hemant Gupta expressed different opinions with Justice Joseph saying that the provision of capital punishment has failed to become a deterrent and the other two holding its continuance in the rarest of rare cases.
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