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  1. Dharampal Gulati died while undergoing treatment at Delhi’s Mata Chanan Devi Hospital. He was born in Pakistan in 1923, he joined his father’s spice business in Sialkot in the neighbouring country. He moved to India after partition and opened a shop in Delhi’s Karol Bagh. From a shop in Karol Bagh, Dharampal Gulati built MDH as one of India’s leading spices  brands. He received the Padma Bhushan award from President Ram Nath Kovind in 2019.
  2.  The Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal, in his written submission to the Supreme Court (SC), has emphasised the need for greater gender sensitisation among members of the judiciary.
  3. Flipkart will continue to own 87% majority stake in the hived-off entity PhonePe Private Ltd., with US-retail giant Walmart owning 10%, and existing investors including Tiger Global Management holding the remaining 3%
  4. Boosted by cage culture fishery, the annual fish production of Odisha can increase by over 1.24 lakh tonnes, said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today during the signing of an MoU with entrepreneurs for cage culture fishery in Hirakud reservoir.
  5. Indian Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh on Thursday said his force was prepared to face the dual challenges from coronavirus and China. "Covid-19 and Chinese attempts to change status quo along northern borders have posed new challenges. 
  6.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the World Malaria Report (WMR) 2020.The report provides a comprehensive update on global and regional malaria data and trends including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, elimination and surveillance.It indicates that India has made considerable progress in reducing its malaria burden.
  7. World food prices rose for a sixth month running in November, hitting almost a six-year high with the index posting its biggest monthly increase since July 2012, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.
  8. The Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) has awarded the winners of the Infosys Prize 2020 for their contributions to science and research. The Infosys Prize 2020 was presented in a virtual awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 2. The Infosys Prize aims to create role models who will encourage young minds to explore science and research as career options. The prize consists of a pure gold medal, a citation and a purse of USD 100,000 and is awarded for contributions in six fields -- Engineering and Computer Science; Humanities; Life Sciences; Mathematical Sciences; Physical Sciences; and Social Sciences.
  9. Winners Of Infosys Prize 2020-Engineering and Computer Science -- Professor Hari Balakrishnan from Massachusetts Institute of Technology for his broad contributions to computer networking, and his seminal work on mobile and wireless systems. Humanities -- Dr Prachi Deshpande from the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Kolkata, for her nuanced and sophisticated treatment of South Asian historiography.Life Sciences -- Dr Rajan Sankaranarayanan from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad for fundamental contributions towards understanding one of the most basic mechanisms in biology, the error-free translation of the genetic code to make protein molecules.Mathematical Sciences -- Professor Sourav Chatterjee from Stanford University for his work in probability and statistical physics.Physical Sciences -- Professor Arindam Ghosh from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for his development of atomically thin two-dimensional semiconductors to build a new generation of functional electronic, thermoelectric and optoelectronic devices.Social Sciences -- Professor Raj Chetty from Harvard University for his pioneering research in identifying barriers to economic opportunity, and for developing solutions that help people escape poverty towards improved life outcomes.
  10.  The farmers have demanded a special session of parliament to repeal the laws, saying this is the "last chance" for the government.
  11. The government has announced two major initiatives for ending the hazardous practice of manual cleaning of septic tanks and sewer lines and making the mechanised cleaning must.The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will amend the law for making machine cleaning mandatory, whereas the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge.
  12.  The Union Education Minister has set up a task force for preparing a roadmap on imparting technical education in the mother tongue of students.
  13. The State Government has made it mandatory for all state government employees to submit an affidavit stating that they will abstain from consuming any form of tobacco.Tobacco products include any cigarettes, bidi, khaini, gutkha, pan masala, zarda or supari as well as hukka, e-hookah, e-cigarettes and tobacco products being used by any name - smoking and smokeless.
  14. As per an investigation carried out by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE),  honey sold by several major brands in India has been found adulterated with sugar syrup.CSE is a not-for-profit public interest research and advocacy organisation.
  15. The World Health Organization does not recommend countries issuing "immunity passports" for those who have recovered from COVID-19, but is investigating the prospects of using e-vaccination certificates, a WHO medical expert said on Thursday.
  16.  Bringing laurels to the state, two young girls, including a tribal from Odisha have been adjudged the first and second runner-ups, respectively and also won different subtitles at the recently-concluded India’s Charming Face (ICF),  Miss India 2020 held in Goa.
  17. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Gujarat on December 15 to lay the foundation stones of two projects in Kutch district- a mega renewable energy park and a desalination plant, state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Thursday.
  18.  The annual matriculation and Plus II examinations 2021 will be held offline in Odisha, not online, informed the State School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today.“As the CBSE has announced regarding the Class X and XII board examinations that will be conducted in written mode next year, the State Government will also hold the examinations accordingly,” the Minister told the media.
  19. The cost of more-reliable but expensive RT-PCR tests for detecting COVID-19 will be cut to Rs950 from the earlier Rs1,250 in state's private hospitals and labs, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during an interaction with reporters on Thursday.
  20. On Wednesday night, Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men’s UCL match, when she took charge of Juventus vs Dynamo Kyiv. Congratulations, Stephanie!” UEFA said in a tweet from its official handle.


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