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Daily Current Affairs,8th December 2018

1. Women's representation in UAE's Federal National Council to be doubled
In a landmark decision, UAE has increased the representation of Emirati women in the Federal National Council to 50 per cent from the coming Parliamentary term.
  • A decree passed by the UAE President has directed the doubling of the current percentage of women's representation in the Federal National Council from 22.5 per cent to 50 per cent in the coming parliamentary term.
  • The Federal National Council (FNC) is the consultative council, the parliamentary body of the UAE. It has 40 members. The current FNC is the result of the latest elections in 2015. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi is the Chairperson and the Speaker of the Federal National Council.
  • Dr. Al Qubaisi was also the first woman elected to the FNC in 2006. Her journey in the FNC represents a historical moment for women's political empowerment in the country.
2. Nepal PM greets member states of SAARC on the occasion of 34th SAARC Charter Day
Prime Minister of Nepal K.P.Sharma Oli has greeted member states of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and people of South Asia on the occasion of 34th SAARC Charter Day.
  • SAARC was established with the signing of the SAARC Charter in Dhaka on 8 December 1985. SAARC comprises of eight Member States- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • The objectives of the Association as outlined in the SAARC Charter are: to promote the welfare of the peoples of South Asia and to improve their quality of life; to accelerate economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region etc.
3. World Bank assisted project SMART launched in Maharashtra
Maharashtra Government has launched World Bank assisted State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (SMART) Project to transform rural Maharashtra. This project aims to revamp agricultural value chains, with special focus on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages.
  • This initiative is in line with Union Government’s step towards doubling farmers’ income by 2022.  The launch of project which was followed by signing of 50 memorandum of understandings (MoUs) between big corporates and farmer's producer groups.
  • The project will be implemented in 10,000 villages comprising 10,000 gram panchayats which were shortlisted by state government based on multiple parameters of socio-economic backwardness in terms of development and growth.
4. Prominent Kashmiri short-story writer and eminent broadcaster Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray bags Sahitya Academy Award
Prominent Kashmiri short-story writer and eminent broadcaster Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray bagged this year’s Sahitya Academy Award for his collection of short stories “AAKH’’.
  • Mr Tantray is presently posted as Head of the Regional News Unit at Radio Kashmir Srinagar.
  • The annual awards by the National Academy of Literature for twenty-four Indian languages were announced at a press conference in New Delhi.
  • “AAKH” is a collection of eighteen short-stories. It was chosen amongst thirteen books that had reached the final stage for the Kashmiri language. The book published in the year 2012 has been widely appreciated by the literary circles of Kashmiri language.
5. Mexico's Vanessa Poncede Leon wins Miss World 2018 crown at grand event held in China's Sanya
Mexico's Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the coveted Miss World 2018 crown at a grand event held in the Chinese city, Sanya. Thailand's Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan was declared the runner-up.
  • Former Miss World Manushi Chillar presented the crown to the new winner during the pageant in which 118 contestants participated.
  • India's Anukreethy Vas failed to make a mark at the pageant as she could not even make it to the top 30.
6. Ranji Trophy: Ajay Rohera creates world record for highest first-class debut score
Madhya Pradesh opener Ajay Rohera etched his name in the record books by slamming the highest first-class score on debut. 
  • He remained unbeaten on 267 against Hyderabad in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group-B Cricket in Indore. 21-year-old Rohera's 267 not out is a world record.
  • The record was earlier held by former Mumbai stalwart Amol Mazumdar, who had hit 260 versus Haryana at Faridabad in 1994. 
  • Madhya Pradesh declared their first-innings at a mammoth 562 for four in response to Hyderabad's first innings score of 124.

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