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Cabinet Approves Ordinance Making Triple Talaq A Punishable Offence

i. The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance making triple talaq a punishable offence. The Supreme Court had in a verdict in August last year declared it illegal and unconstitutional.
ii. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha but was stuck in the Rajya Sabha. Though the ordinance has been cleared, for now, it must be placed before the Parliament and the bill would still need to be passed.

Union Home Secretary Launches ‘e-Sahaj’ Portal For Grant Of Security Clearance

i. The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance. The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.
ii. With the introduction of online portal, the process has become standardized, resulting in a process which will be faster, transparent and easy to monitor.

Germany Launches World’s 1st Hydrogen-Powered Train

i. Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.
ii. The two Coradia iLint trains were built by French train-maker firm Alstom. It started operating on a 100 km (62-mile) route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany.
Germany Capital: Berlin, Currency: Euro, Chancellor: Angela Merkel.

Tajinder Mukherjee Takes Over As CMD of NICL

i. Tajinder Mukherjee has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL). Prior to joining NIC, she was posted as General Manager and Chief Underwriting Officer of New India Assurance.
ii. She has over 33 years of experience in the insurance industry having joined as a Direct Recruit Officer 1983 batch in United India Insurance Company.
NICL Headquarters in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma Signed As Ambassadors of Skill India Campaign

i. Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
ii. The actors through their film are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers.
Dharmendra Pradhan is the present Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Dr Raghupati Singhania Conferred With Civilian Honour of Mexico

i. Chairman and MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., Dr Raghupati Singhania has been conferred with ‘Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle’, the highest honour accorded to non-nationals by the Government of Mexico.
ii. Melba Pria, Ambassador of Mexico to India presented the award to Dr Singhania on behalf of the President of Mexico on the eve of 128th National Day of Mexico.

SEBI Approves New KYC Norms For FPIs, Revised Settlement Mechanism

i. Markets regulator SEBI approved a slew of proposals, including a revised framework for the settlement of cases and new KYC norms for foreign portfolio investors.
ii. The watchdog has approved a proposal to allow foreign investors to trade in commodity derivatives market, except for sensitive commodities, as well as common application form for the registration of FPIs in the domestic market.
iii. The board has given its nod for amending delisting regulations. Further, inter-operability of clearing houses for commodities and new methodology to calculate the total expenses ratio for fund managers have been cleared.
SEBI- Securities and Exchange Board of India.
SEBI Chairman- Ajay Tyagi, Headquarters- Mumbai.

Vodafone Idea Board Approves Merger With Aditya Birla Telecom

i. The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea Limited, India’ largest telecom operator, approved the merger of the Vodafone Idea Limited with the Aditya Birla Telecom Limited (ABTL), the parent company of Idea Cellular. The merger was approved under the relevant provisions of the Companies Act, 2013.
ii. The merger is now subjected to approval of the National Company Law Tribunal. The Aditya Birla Telecom Ltd holds 11.15% stake in telecom infrastructure firm Indus Towers Ltd.

Hangzhou to Host 2022 Asian Para Games

i. The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition of Asian Para Games in 2022.
ii. The confirmation came following a visit to Hangzhou in July by APC President Majid Rashed and CEO Tarek Souei.
The Third Asian Para Games- 2018 will be played in Jakarta, Indonesia

Lewis Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix 2018

i. Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit, in Singapore. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the 1st position. He was followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the 2nd spot.
ii. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished in the 3rd place. With this victory, Lewis Hamilton has increased his chances of winning this year’s Formula One World Championship.

Independent India’s 1st Woman IAS Officer Passes Away

i. India’s first woman IAS officer after Independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, who served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C. Rajagopalachari and at the Central government, died in Mumbai.
ii. She was 91. Ms. Malhotra joined the civil services in 1951 and opted for the Madras cadre.