1. Shriram Lagoo, the 92-year-old veteran film and theatre actor passed away on December 17, 2019 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Pune residence. He was considered as one of the greatest Marathi stage actors during the turn of the 20th century.
2. NCLAT restored Cyrus Mistry as the executive chairman of Tata Sons on December 18, 2019, three years after he was ousted from the post. Mistry’s restoration would only be applicable after four weeks, which gives the Tata Group time to challenge the order before the Supreme Court.
3. The Supreme Court of India rejected the review petition of Nirbhaya rape convict Akshay Kumar Singh on December 18, 2019. With this, the court upheld the death sentence of all four accused in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.
4. The Minority Rights Day is observed every year on December 18, 2019 by the National Commission for Minorities. The day is observed to strengthen the cause of the minorities.
5. The International Astronomical Union (IAU) recently named a star as “Bhibha” and also named its planet as “Santamasa” after Indian Woman Scientist Bhibha Choudhury. Bhibha led to the discovery of subatomic particle pi-meson.
6. The Central Government recently extended the deadline of the flagship scheme Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) by two years. The scheme was launched in 2015 and was scheduled to conclude in March 2020.
7. The International Migrants Day is observed annually on 18 December. The Day was established in December 2000.
8. The Delhi High Court has agreed to hear the plea seeking constitution of a fact-finding committee to inquire into the police crackdown in the Jamia Milia Islamia University, following protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.