Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Germany introduced word diverse for third gender

In December 2018, the German parliament created an option "diverse" for the third gender on the birth register. The move has brought Germany in a row of other countries like Austria, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada and Portugal that have introduced measures to recognize intersex people or third gender. A building of the Federal Constitutional Court, Germany's highest advocated the third option besides "male" and "female". Until now, people had to choose between "male" and "female" while giving their gender, or had to leave the option blank.

Djokovic and Halep won 2018 ITF world championship (News Today)

In December 2018,  Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep scripted  2018 International Tennis Federation (ITF) world champions’ title in their names by courtesy of the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic received this title from the ITF for the sixth time, while Romania's top-ranked Halep earned this title for the first year. Djokovic displayed maximum speed of 36.02kph, second to Andy Murray in terms of average speed, the Brit scored 15.89 kph as compared to Djokovic’s 14.89 kph.

Creation of a new bee vaccine (News Today)

In December 2018, Researchers of Helsinki University in Finland have developed the world’s first vaccine to protect bees against disease to combat severe microbial diseases that can prove deadly for pollinator communities. This vaccine will curb the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. As kids are given polio drops, in the same fashion the treatment has been given via a sugar lump to the queen bee. The queen then passed the immunity to her offspring, spreading it through the bee community. Bees play a vital role in plant pollination.

Ranil Wickremesinghe is back in power (News Today)

Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who was sacked from the post in October 2018 has sworn in as Prime Minister again on 16th December 2018 after the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa on 15th December after failing to prove majority in Parliament. With this, he has become Prime minister of the island nation for the 5th time, creating a record in Sri Lanka. This reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe happened after Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court verdict that condemned President Sirisena for his illegal act of dissolving the Parliament in November 2018 before completion of its four-and-a-half year term and refused Sirisena’s request of holding snap elections in early January.

Shree Saini of USA: The New Miss India Worldwide (News Today)

On December 15, 2018, New York-based India Festival Committee (IFC) organized the 27th annual global pageant in the Fords City of New Jersey in which Indian-American Shree Saini got crowned as Miss India Worldwide 2018. In this event, Sakshi Sinha from Australia and Anusha Sareen from the United Kingdom were adjudged as the first runner-up and the second runner-up respectively. Besides this, in Mrs. India Worldwide 2018 Category, India’s Mandeep Kaur Sandhu from Haryana won the title. Jeya Priya Pandian from Malaysia and Kavita Malhotra Pattani from the USA became the first and second runner-ups of the Mrs. India Worldwide 2018.

Bhupesh Baghel: The New CM of Chhattisgarh (News Today)

On 17th December 2018, Bhupesh Baghel became the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh. Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath of Baghel at the Science College Grounds in Raipur. The decision came after four days of discussions. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, and Congress President Rahul Gandhi attended the ceremony. With this, Bhupesh Baghel has become the third Chief Minister of the state. Earlier, he was a minister in undivided Madhya Pradesh.

P V Sindhu won World Tour Finals trophy (News Today)

On 16th December 2018, Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu won the prestigious season-ending World Tour Finals trophy at Guangzhou, China after defeating the Olympic silver medallist Japan's Nozomi Okuhara by 21-19, 21-17 in the summit clash. Rio Olympics Silver medallist has now become the gold medallist of the women’s singles event at the Badminton World Federation 2018. The Badminton Association Of India (BAI) has felicitated Sindhu with a cash reward of 10 lakh rupees for winning the women’s singles championship.

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