Friday, December 21, 2018

International current affairs - 21 December 2018

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Former Nepal PM Tulsi Giri passed away (current affairs)

In December 2018, 93-year-old former Prime Minister of Nepal, Tulsi Giri died of liver cancer in Kathmandu. The deceased had started his long political stint from Nepali Congress party. He was appointed as the Vice-Chairman of the Council of Ministers in 1962. He served the post of Prime Minister twice from 1962 to 1964 and again from 1975 to 1977. He was a strong supporter of the panchayat system and had left Nepal to live in Sri Lanka when the country uprooted the panchayat system.

Asma Jahangir: 2018 UN Human Rights Prize awardee (current affairs)

On December 18, 2018, Late Pakistani human rights activist, Asma Jahangir has rewarded the 2018 UN Human Rights Prize posthumously which was received by her daughter Munizae Jahangir on her behalf at the award ceremony at the UN Headquarters in New York. Asma was known for her outspoken nature and unrelenting pursuit for human rights. Asma has become the fourth Pakistani woman to receive this award and has joined the row of  Begum  Rana  Liaquat Ali Khan (1978), Benazir Bhutto (2008) and Malala Yousufzai (2013) who were also felicitated with this prestigious award in past.

Ashley Giles became England cricket’s new MD (current affairs)

In December 2018, the England and Wales Cricket Board broke the news that former England left-arm spinner, Ashley Giles has been appointed as the new Managing Director of England men's cricket. He has succeeded Andrew Strauss who stepped down in October. He was a part of England's 2005 Ashes-winning team. Prior to that, he has served several key posts in English cricket, as Warwickshire’s coach, as a Test selector and as England’s ODI/T20 coach during Andy Flower’s stewardship. He was a national team selector from 2008 to 2014.

International Migrants Day (current affairs)

18th December 2018 was observed as International Migrants Day on ‘Migration with Dignity’ theme. The international migration usually happens in the search of a bright future, a well-paid job in a developed nation. In this context, on September 19, 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of commitments on large movements of refugees and migrants to increase and upgrade the protection of refugees and migrants. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants (NY Declaration).

20 December: International Human Solidarity Day (current affairs)

United Nations observed International Human Solidarity Day on 20th December 2018 to celebrate unity in diversity; to remind governments to respect their commitments to international agreements and to raise public awareness of the importance of solidarity. The new Sustainable Development Goals agenda of UN is to lift people out of poverty, hunger, and disease which is possible only through global cooperation and solidarity. On this occasion, UN-organized debates on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The resignation of Belgium's PM (current affairs)

In December 2018, Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium submitted his resignation from the post over migration issue. However, he will continue to play leader in a minority government. Michel lost the support of the nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) over his support for a UN migration deal signed in Marrakesh in recent past. Charles Michel had taken the office in October 2014 after forming a right-wing coalition and with that, he became the country's youngest Prime Minister since 1841.

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