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 1. Jai Ram Thakur Took Oath as 6th CM of Himachal Pradesh.

BJP’s Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday took oath as the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a host of other leaders in the state capital Shimla.

Apart from Thakur, Anil Sharma, Sarveen Choudhary, Ram Lal Markanda, Virender Kanwar and Vikram Singh took oath as cabinet ministers of the new Himachal Pradesh government.

Speaking ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Thakur promised to meet people’s expectations, saying they “have shown faith in us”.

The BJP won 44 seats in the 68-member House to wrest power from the Congress last week.

Thakur also remembered his parents, especially his father who passed away last year.

“I would have been very happy if my father was here. My mother is unwell, but her blessings are with me, and that is a lot,” he told reporters.

The 52-year-old soft-spoken MLA from Seraj in Mandi district will have to strike a balance between regional and casteist equations in the hill state after the shock defeat of Prem Kumar Dhumal, the BJP’s candidate for the chief minister’s post, in the assembly elections.

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Thakur’s wife, Sadhana Thakur said it is a win for common man. “There are a lot of expectations with this government that they will try and solve the problems faced by the public.”.

As many as 50,000 people were reportedly present at the event held at the historic ridge ground in Shimla.

Union health minister J P Nadda and Thakur were among the top contenders after Dhumal’s defeat opened a race for the chief minister’s post. But former chief minister Dhumal was still in the reckoning until he opted out on Saturday.

The party is believed to have favoured Thakur as he is an MLA and his appointment as chief minister will not necessitate a bypoll — unlike in the case of Nadda or Dhumal. Moreover, he is a Thakur, a community that makes up about half of Himachal’s population. Nadda is a Brahmin.

Perhaps most importantly, he is considered a clean politician, which is significant as the BJP made the investigations against outgoing chief minister Virbhadra Singh one of its leading poll planks.

2. President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates conference at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Andhra Pradesh.

President Ram Nath Kovind formally inaugurated the Annual Conference of Indian Economic Association at Acharya Nagarjuna University campus near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh today. 
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felicitated the President at the event.
There was no traffic regulations and restrictions during President Ram Nath Kovind’s visit to the State on December 27. Mr. Kovind arrived at 9.50 a.m. at the Gannavaram airport and proceed to Nambur village near Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) in Guntur district, where he inaugurates the 100th Indian Economic Association (IEA) Summit.
Later, he will arrive the Secretariat by helicopter and dedicate the AP Fiber Grid Project to the nation. Mr. Kovind will also participate in the video conference with some households during his four- and-a-half-hours stay. The President will leave the Secretariat and arrive at the Gannavaram airport by air.
3. Anushka Sharma is PETAs Person of the Year.

<p>Anushka Sharma may have been in the news over the last few days due to her wedding with ace Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli but now it seems like the actress has another reason to celebrate. The Bollywood superstar, who has had hit films like ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to her credit, has been named as the PETA 2017 Person of the Year for her far-reaching work for animals. For those of you, who don’t know, Anushka is a vegetarian, who has bagged the title for contributing her efforts towards protecting dogs from fireworks and advocating for horses who are forced to pull carriages in Mumbai.</p>
<p>“Anushka Sharma" is a proud animal rights proponent whose kindness and initiative know no bounds,” PETA Associate Director Sachin Bangera said in a statement today. Furthermore, Bangera added that people should follow her lead by consuming healthy plant-based meals, helping animals when they are suffering and keeping an eye out for novel ways to contribute to the betterment of animals. (ALSO READ : Virat Kohli – Anushka Sharma’s Mumbai Reception Inside Pics: Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan, Amitabh Bachchan Get The Party Going – View Pics)</p>
<p>In 2015, Anushka was named PETA’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity. She has been taking efforts in every possible way to strive for the welfare of the animals. Some of the efforts the actress has been taking over the years include, coming up with her cruelty-free clothing line, NUSH, visiting animal shelters from time to time, demanding for a ban on horses being forced to haul passengers in all weather extremes without adequate rest, food or water, launching a campaign titled PAWsitive  and so on and so forth. She has also adopted a dog, who she fondly calls, Dude. In the past, the recepients of PETA’s Person of the Year Award include politician Dr Shashi Tharoor, former Supreme Court Judge K S Radhakrishnan Panicker and actors Kapil Sharma, Hema Malini, R Madhavan, and Jacqueline Fernandez</p>
4. President Ram Nath Kovind Dedicated 4 Projects to Andhra Pradesh.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind dedicated to the people of Andhra Pradesh four projects of the State Government at a function held at Velagapudi, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. These were Andhra Pradesh Fibregrid, Andhra Pradesh Surveillance Project, Drone Project; and Free Space Optical Communication or FSOC system. 
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that from an expensive luxury even a decade ago, data and Internet access is today seen as a utility - as much a basic need as water, electricity and cooking gas. We are moving towards a plug-and-play system where it will be the norm for houses and office spaces to come pre-configured with broadband connectivity. Andhra Pradesh is attempting to realise that potential. In a sense, it has understood the future. 
The President said that access to the Internet has multiple benefits. Common citizens are finding uses for and benefits from data access that we could not have imagined. Farmers and small producers in rural areas use Internet connectivity to contact buyers in distant locations and make themselves aware of the real value of their products. Similarly digital classrooms and telemedicine can help our people leapfrog traditional handicaps. They can expand the circle of knowledge as well as make quality healthcare and diagnosis available even in distant areas. That is why data connectivity is such a tool of human empowerment and of social change. 
5. Agriculture Minister Launches Livestock Disease Forewarning (LDF) Mobile App.
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today launched a mobile application which can forewarn farmers about diseases affecting the livestock.
The app – Livestock Disease Forewarning (LDF) – has been developed by ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), an official statement said.
Apart from early warning, the app will also provide information about clinical samples for diagnosis in the case of an epidemic, the minister said.
ICAR-NIVEDI has identified 13 priority diseases with a strong database and provides monthly livestock disease alerts to the state and Central animal husbandry departments.
Earlier this year, the Agriculture Ministry proposed a National Program recommending the use of space technology and geospatial tools in applications such as mapping, monitoring and management of crops. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that the program would consist of four parts that cater to crop management and assessment, agricultural resource management, disaster monitoring and mitigation and satellite communication and navigation applications.
The minister also added that the government has proposed to set up 500 seed production and processing units at the Gram Panchayat level to increase availability of certified and quality seeds to the farmers locally.
6.Abhay Appointed Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau.
Senior IPS officer Abhay was today appointed Director General of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), according to an official order.
He is at present working in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved his appointment to the post till November 18, 2019, the order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
The post was lying vacant after R R Bhatnagar took over as DG of CRPF in April this year.
7. Prime Minister Narendra Modis Mann Ki Baat among most trending Twitter hashtags in 2017.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" was the most trending hashtag on Twitter in 2017, followed by #jallikattu and #GST, the micro-blogging platform said on Thursday.
#Mannkibaat sparked a great deal of commentary all over the year, including a tweet from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar that went viral.
"Mann Ki Baat" is a radio programme hosted by Modi on the last Sunday of every month to addresses people of the nation on All India Radio, DD National and DD News.
"#MumbaiRains and #TripleTalaq emerged as some of the top trending hashtags of the year," Twitter said.
Jallikattu, a traditional Tamilian bull-taming sport, was in the spotlight earlier in 2017.
Other trending hashtags were #Demonetisation, #SwachhBharat, #UttarPradesh, #GujaratElections and #Aadhaar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also emerged as the most mentioned personality on Twitter during the course of Gujarat elections, followed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, showed Twitter data which recorded over 1.9 million mentions of the elections on the platform since December 1.
The data revealed on Tuesday also showed that though the Congress campaign for the election focused on Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation, people were more interested in topics related to development and Hindutva.
While development was the most talked topic in the run-up to the election, religion and Hindutva emerged as the second hottest topic, showed the analysis of Twitter data from December 1-18. GST took the third spot among the most talked about topics and demonetisation emerged a distant fifth, Twitter India said. 
8. Anisa Wins Womens 25m Pistol with New National Record.
Experienced Haryana shooter Anisa Sayyed won the women’s 25m pistol gold with a new record at the ongoing 61st National Shooting Championship here today. Anisa shot a new finals national record score of 33 to prevail over the Maharashtra duo of Shital Shivaji Thorat and Rahi Sarnobat, who won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Shital shot 30 in the eight-woman final to also go past the previous finals national record, while Rahi shot 28.
The other highlight of the day was upcoming talent Manu Bhaker’s 10th and 11th gold medals at the Nationals. After sweeping the women’s 10m pistol events over the last weekend, Haryana’s Manu won gold in the women’s junior team and junior team civilian 25m pistol events today.
In the junior women’s 25m pistol event, Haryana’s Chinki Yadav won the gold with a finals national record score of 31. Statemate Gauri Sheoran won the silver, while Saee Ashok Godbole of Maharashtra bagged the bronze.
9. Nirmala Sitharaman Launches Start-up Incubation Centre in Mangalore.
Nirmala Sitharaman – who, as a Union Minister of State for Commerce, had written to members of parliaments (MPs) to set up start-up incubation centres in their respective constituencies – has done that on her own in Mangaluru.
She has allocated Rs. 1.5 crore from her MPLAD (Member of Parliament`s Local Area Development) scheme for the development of a start-up incubation centre called the Centre for Entrepreneurship Opportunities and Learning (CEOL) in Mangaluru. She represents Karnataka as an MP in the Rajya Sabha.
Launching the centre in Mangaluru on Friday, she said Mangaluru and other cities and towns in coastal districts of Karnataka have around 20 colleges offering engineering, medicine and other fields of study. Terming the region as a fertile ground for talent, she said there is a need to nurture the talent.
She said SiliconValley, which is also on the West Coast of the US, had many suburbs and cities and educational institutions similar to Mangaluru region. In Silicon Valley people were enterprising and determined. People of Mangaluru region are equally ambitious and determined, she said.
Stating that CEOL is a symbol of New India, she said she wanted something for a New India, to realise the aspiration and dreams of the youth. That is when she came up with the idea of an incubation centre in Mangaluru from her MPLAD funds.
The incubation centre can accommodate around 60 people. Around 30 seats were already booked before the official launch. Sitharaman said the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner has promised to add another 40 seats to the existing capacity if more show interest to set up their startups here.
Along with place to work, CEOL will also do hand-holding activities. She said she has suggested that the CEOL conduct at least three activities every month in this regard. First, is to bring in venture capital and angel funds to interact with the start-ups at the centre. After interacting with the start-ups, they can fund them for their activities.
Second, is to bring in industries to the centre. Start-ups can help find solutions to the problems of the industries in the region. The third is to bring in mentors, who are specialist in each every area including agriculture, engineering, healthcare, to the CEOL. Professionals who excelled in their own areas should come here and sit with that particular start-up, and see how that particular idea is fine-tuned so that it has a purpose in the commercial world.

 10. Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur allocates portfolios to his Council of Ministers.

As BJP takes one more step ahead of #CongressMuktBharat after winning the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur allotted portfolios to his council of ministers on Friday. Notably, BJP registered a comfortable win in Himachal Pradesh after winning 44 seats of the state`s 68 seats.

Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, a day after taking charge allotted portfolios to his council of ministers. CM Thakur has retained key portfolios of the Home and Finance departments of the state. However, the Chief Minister also retained General Administration, Planning, Personnel department and all other departments which are not allotted to any minister.

Mohinder Singh Thakur has been allocated Irrigation and Public Health, Horticulture and Sainik Welfare departments and Kishan Kapoor is given a charge of Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Election. First-time MLA Suresh Bharadwaj has been given Education, Parliamentary Affairs and Law and Legal Affairs.

The lone women minister Sarveen Chaudhary has been allocated Urban Development, Town and Country Planning and Housing while Ram Lal Markanda would Agriculture Minister along with Tribal Development and Information and Technology. Anil Sharma, who quit the Congress to join the BJP ahead of the assembly polls, has been allocated Multipurpose Projects and Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources departments.

Vipin Parmar has been given Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, Ayurveda and Science & Technology, while Virender Kanwar will have Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries departments.

Vikram Singh has been given Industries, Labour and Employment, Technical Education and Vocational and Industrial Training, and Govind Singh Thakur has been allocated Forest, Transport, Youth Services and Sports departments. Rajiv Saizal has got Social Justice and Empowerment and Cooperation.

11. George Weah Elected Liberian President.

Supporters of Liberia`s president-elect George Weah have taken to the streets of the capital, Monrovia, to celebrate his election victory, which marks the West African nation`s first democratic transition of power in more than seven decades.
Weah was declared the winner of Liberia`s presidential election run-off on Friday, the country`s elections commission confirmed.
He earned 61.5 percent of the vote, compared to 38.5 percent for his opponent, Vice President Joseph Boakai, the National Elections Commission (NEC) announced.
Voter turnout was 55.8 percent, or just over 1.2 million people, the NEC reported.
Boakai had conceded defeat and congratulated his rival earlier in the day.
In a speech to his supporters, the Unity Party candidate said he had spoken to Weah on the phone and offered him "a hand of goodwill, friendship and gratitude" as he accepted the provisional election results.
"Although we worked so seriously for a different outcome than what [the] results show, my faith, values and principles dictate that I respect the will of the people as announced by the National Elections Commission," Boakai said.
He called on his supporters to put the election behind them and "push this nation to its rightful place within the community of nations".
"Let us continue to work even harder to promote reconciliation," Boakai said.