Goa’s Liberation Day
- The Liberation Day of Goa is celebrated on 19 December annually.
- On this date in 1961, Goa was released from the Portuguese dominion after an army operation and extended freedom movement.
- This day is celebrated in commemoration of the Indian armed forces that helped Goa to receive freedom from Portuguese rule.
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw appointed as the first Chancellor
- Gati Shakti University was granted central status by the Union Cabinet in July 2022.
- In August this year, the Central Government introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to convert the National Rail and Transportation Institute, into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, an autonomous central university.
- The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill was introduced by Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan which seeks to expand the scope of the university from beyond the railways to cover the entire transport sector to support the ambitious growth and modernisation in the field
India ranked 3rd globally in the publication of scientific papers
- Union Minister for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh has revealed that India had jumped from 7th to 3rd in global scientific publications and scholarly output, according to a report by America’s National Science Foundation.
- India also ranks third globally in the number of PhDs produced annually.
- In a similar upward trend, the number of patents granted by the India Patents Office to Indian scientists has more than doubled in just the last four years.
India hockey team wins Women’s FIH Nations Cup 2022
- The Indian women’s Hockey team led by Captain Savita Punia beat Spain 1-0 in the final to win the inaugural FIH Nations Cup played at Valencia, Spain.
- The winning goal was scored by Gurjit Kaur of India.
- The inaugural FIH Nations cup was held in Valencia, Spain from 11-17 December 2022. India and Spain had played in the FIH women’s Hockey Pro League 2021-22 season as replacement teams after pull-outs by Australia and New Zealand due to COVID-19-related issues.
Indian-origin Leo Varadkar is the new Prime Minister of Ireland
Indian-origin Leo Varadkar has returned for a second term as Ireland’s Prime Minister as part of a job-sharing deal made by the country’s centrist coalition government. His appointment was confirmed when he received the seal of office from President Michael D. Higgins, Ireland’s head of state.
Harvard University named Claudine Gay as the first black president
- Harvard University named Claudine Gay, a dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, as its new president, the first African American to hold the post at the prestigious university.
- Gay, 52, is just the second woman to be elected to head the school in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Gay, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, will take over as the university’s 30th president on July 1, 2023.
48th Meeting of GST Council
The 48th Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council meeting at the national capital Delhi on 17 December has concluded without any decisions on the highly anticipated GST Appellate Tribunals, the tax rate applicable on gutkha and pan masala.
India Announced Candidature for UNSC Membership for 2028-29 Term
- India looks forward to being back in the UN Security Council, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, as he declared the country’s candidature as a non-permanent member for the 2028-29 term.
- Jaishankar arrived at the UN to preside over two signature events on counter-terrorism and reformed multilateralism held under India’s current Presidency of the UN Security Council before the curtains come down this month on the country’s two-year tenure as an elected member of the 15-nation top organ of the world body.