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News in Short - 17-December-2021

Cabinet approves semiconductor incentive plan

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union Cabinet approved the much-awaited incentive plan to push manufacturing of semiconductors in the country.
  • The incentive scheme is worth Rs 76,000 crore for semiconductor and display board production in India. The Centre plans to establish 20 semiconductor units in the country over the next 2 years.
  • Semiconductors are silicon chips that cater to control and memory functions in products ranging from automobiles, computers and cellphones to various other electronic items.

President Kovind to inaugurate Ramna Kali Mandir in Dhaka

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • President Ram NathKovind will inaugurate a famous Hindu shrine that was destroyed by the Pakistani forces during the war of 1971.
  • The Ramna Kali Bari used to be a famous landmark of Dhaka where a Kali temple stood for centuries. The temple was targeted a day after the beginning of the Operation Searchlight.
  • India supported the renovation and conservation of the historic temple with the help of the Government of Bangladesh. The inauguration comes 50 years after Pakistan was defeated in 1971.

Sergio Aguero retires from football

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Sports
  • Argentina and Barcelona star Sergio Aguero has announced his retirement from football just over a month after he was diagnosed with a heart condition.
  • The former Manchester City player signed a two-year deal with Barcelona this year but made just five appearances, scoring one goal against Real Madrid.
  • Aguero began his career at Independiente in his native Argentina before moving to Europe in 2006 to sign for Atletico Madrid.

Cabinet approves raising minimum age for marriage

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to increase the age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years. This comes a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement during his Independence Day address from Red Fort in August 2020.
  • At present, the minimum age of marriage for men is 21 and for women is 18. Now, the government will bring amendments to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, Special Marriage Act and Hindu Marriage Act to give the new proposal a shape.
  • The proposal was recommended by the task force headed by Jaya Jaitley in NitiAayog. Dr VK Paul was also a part of the task force.

Durga Puja inscribed on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

Date: 17 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
  • Durga Puja is an ancient festival celebrated in the country for many centuries. In total, 14 Intangible Cultural Heritage elements from the country have now been inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List.
  • The other festivals or carnivals which have been recognised as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity are three each in South America and Europe respectively.