• Australia has become the first country in the world to recognise 'orphanage trafficking' as a form of modern slavery. Children from smaller countries are recruited in orphanages in the West for the purpose of profit through foreign aid.As per estimates, 80% of children living in the world's orphanages have at least one living parent.
  • The city of Paris will strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary freedom of the Paris award over her failure to speak out against a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
  • India’s Olympic and world champion shooter Abhinav Bindra has been conferred the sport’s highest honour for his outstanding services as the chairman of the International Shooting Sport Federation’s Athletes Committee.  The 36-year-old Bindra, who remains India’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist, has been bestowed with the Blue Cross, the ISSF’s highest award.
  • Four Indian-origin technology executives have made it to the Forbes’ list of America’s 50 women in technology space in 2018. Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent; Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO, and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge; Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco, and Komal Mangtani, senior director at Uber.
  • Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric won Ballon d’Or 2018 in Paris. In the process, he broke the decade-long duopoly over the award held by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. 
  • Delhi Minister of Food Supplies, Environment and Forest and Elections Imran Hussain was awarded by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-India for banning the Chinese Manjha, or the glass-coated kite strings, across Delhi.The award, named 'Hero to Animals,' was also given to three other individuals and companies that have pushed animal rights forward.
  • Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is the richest Indian celebrity, according to the 2018 Forbes India Celebrity 100 list, which he has topped for the third consecutive year. Shah Rukh Khan has fallen out of the top 10 list. 
  •  The UAE now has the world's most powerful passport, achieving the top ranking in an achievement hailed as a tribute to the legacy of the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, and the country's diplomacy.The index, compiled by Arton Capital.
  • Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all public transport free, implementing the move in 2020The move is aimed at addressing environmental issues and the problem of traffic congestion. Earlier, Luxembourg introduced free transport for all people under the age of 20.
  •  Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India has been conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance at an event held recently in New Delhi
  • The number of patents granted by India shot up by 50% in 2017, keeping up a trend of steep increases, according to the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).Globally,1.4 million patents were granted in 2017, the report estimated.
  • According to the Global Wage Report 2018-19 published by International Labour Organization (ILO), Women are paid the most unequally in India, compared to men, when it comes to hourly wages for labor. On average, women are paid 34% less than men. This gap in wages, known as the gender wage gap, is the highest among 73 countries. 
  • India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances in 2018 with its diaspora sending a whopping USD 80 billion back home, according to the World Bank report.
  • Goa's Prathamesh Maulingkar has created history by becoming the first Asian/Indian to win Mister Supranational title in a competition held at Krynica-Zdroj, Poland.
  • Manipur Government honored AIBA World Women Boxing Gold medalist MC Mary Kom with the title “Meethoileima” (par excellent queen) at a function in Imphal, Manipur.
  • Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October 2018 at his country’s Istanbul consulate, has been named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” alongside several other journalists.
  •  A Swedish think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)announced that Russia has emerged as the world's second-largest arms producer after the United States.
  • The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2018 was released on the sidelines of a UN summit on global warming. As per the Index, Sweden has topped the list while India was on 11th position. 
  • Manika Batra won the 'Breakthrough Table Tennis Star' award at the prestigious International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Star Awards in Incheon, South Korea
    ndia coach Massimo Costantini won Table Tennis Star Coach award.

  • Situ Malik (15), a minor boy from Kendrapara district of Odisha has been selected for the National Bravery Award for saving his paternal uncle from a crocodile attack.

  • Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom announced commencement of installation of Akademik Lomonosov, the world’s first “floating” nuclear power plant (FNPP).
  • As per the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report, FDI inflows to South and South-West Asia decreased by 6% in 2017 due to a drop in foreign funding flow to countries like India and Turkey.
  • The International Monetary Fund has announced that that global debt has reached an all-time high of 184 trillion US dollars with the United States, China and Japan accounting for more than half of it.

  • India' first private sector unit for manufacturing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)opened at Adani Aerospace Park in Hyderabad. 
  • Noted English author Amitav Ghosh has been honoured with Jnanpith Award for 2018,an award for outstanding contribution to literature. 
  •  Jharkhand has been selected for "Krishi Karman" award in the rice category from theUnion Ministry of Agriculture.  The award to be given away in February 2019 carries a cash prize of Rs 2 crore and a citation.
  •  Producer Ashok Amritraj was honoured with the French Knight of the National Order of Merit. 
  • Star Screen Awards 2018 were announced recently in Mumbai. The hosts of the night were Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal. Alia Bhatt won Best Actor for her performance in Raazi and Ranveer Singh was given best actor award for Padmaavat. 
  • Indian-American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at a pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. India's Mandeep Kaur Sandhu, who hails from Haryana, was crowned Mrs. India Worldwide 2018.
  •  The NITI Aayog organised the 3rd Edition of the Women Transforming India Awards 2018 and launched the upgraded portal of the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu presided over as the chief guest of the event where he launched the WEP Portal 2.0 and conferred WTI Awards 2018. This year’s theme is “Women and Entrepreneurship”.
  •  Philippines' Catriona Gray has been crowned Miss Universe 2018, becoming the fourth woman from the country to win the title. India was represented by 22-year-old Nehal Chudasama.
  •  'Period. End of Sentence' has made it to the Oscar shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. This is a film about women in India fighting against the deeply rooted stigma of menstruation and delving upon the work of real-life ‘Pad Man’ Arunachalam Muruganantham.
  • Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani, presented awards to handicrafts exporters for their outstanding performance in exports for the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 at a function at India Expo Centre & Mart in Greater Noida, Delhi NCR.
  • Actress Sonam Kapoor, a vegan, has been named People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India's Person of the Year for 2018.  Sonam has been feted as she sings in praise of vegan eating and because she keeps animal skins out of her handbag line for her fashion brand Rheson.
  •  India has been ranked 108th in World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index 2018, same as 2017 while recording improvement in wage equality for similar work and fully closing its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.
  • The US regulator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has retained the highest aviation safety ranking for IndiaFAA formally confirmed that India's International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA)rating remains 'Category 1'. 
  • Gujarat has emerged as the best-performing state in the Startup Ranking 2018. The National Report on States' Startup Ranking was unveiled by DIPP, Ministry of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi.
  • The NITI Aayog released the Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories towards implementing the 2030 SDG target.Top performer in state is Himachal pradesh & in UT is Chandigarh.
  • The 20-year old Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni (Pune) becomes the fastest Asian to cycle the globe. She had completed 29,000 kilometres' distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe. 
  • Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh were the top three performing states under the maternity benefit programme Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY).PMMVY is a centrally-sponsored scheme under which the cost-sharing ratio between the Centre, states and the Union Territories with the legislation is 60:40.
  • Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award: Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee.
  •  SKOCH Sprinter of the Year: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu
  • J&K Bank was conferred with SKOCH Award in ‘Banking and Finance (B&F) Silver Category’. 
  • Indian Railways bagged 17 awards at the 'National Energy Conservation Awards (NECA) 2018' held in New Delhi.Under 'transport' category,Vidisha railway station in Madhya Pradesh won the first prize.Under 'building' category, Railway hospitals of Izzatnagar division won the first prize. Under 'institution' category, Passenger reservation system complex building of Secunderabad division won the first prize.
  • PM Narendra Modi announced the institution of 'Sardar Patel Award for National Integration', which would be given for "outstanding efforts to further national integration". 
    PM Modi stated that the award will be a "fitting tribute" to Patel who devoted his life towards "unifying India".
  • The Mohammed Rafi Award has been bestowed upon late music composer Laxmikant Shantaram Kudalkar and playback singer Usha Timothy. 
    Kudalkar, of the Laxmikant-Pyarelal duo, was given the Mohammed Rafi Lifetime Achievement Award consisting of 1 lakh rupees and a trophy. 
  • As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized a Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge. The 1st Prize money for the Swachch Bharat Grand Challenge was Rs. 2 lakh. The awards were given away by Secretary DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek in New Delhi.
  1. Sector - Air->1st Prize- Maclec technical project laboratory pvt. Ltd, Delhi.
  2. Sector - Sanitation-> 1st Prize- Altersoft Innovations India Private Limited, Kerala (Cochin).
  3. Sector -Waste ->1st Prize- Sanshodhan An E-Waste Exchange Private Limited, Telangana.
  4. Sector – Water->1st Prize- REVY Environmental Solutions Pvt Ltd, Gujarat.
  • Noted sitar player Manju Mehta has been conferred with the 'Tansen Samman' for 2018by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music.The 'Raja Mansingh Tomar Honour' was given to the Sankat Mochan Pratishthan in Varanasi for 2017 and the Natrang Pratishthan of New Delhi for 2018. The award is given to institutions for nurturing good music.
  • Aadi Sai Vijaykaran created history by winning the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Yale University, the USA.The theme for the cup was ‘An Entangled World: diplomacy, human relationships, the science of memory, and literature, art'. 
  • The Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018 finale was held in Delhi and Divya Patidar Joshi was crowned with the prestigious honor.
  • Croatia captain Luka Modric was named Balkan Athlete of the Year, becoming only the second soccer player to scoop the prize after Bulgaria’s former European Footballer of the Year Hristo Stoichkov in 1994.
  •  The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was awarded Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings.