December 6, 201812 days 580
  • Air Forces of India and the U.S began a 12-day military exercise in Kalaikunda and Panagarh air bases in West Bengal with an aim to enhance the operational coordination.
    • This ‘Ex Cope India-18’ is the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force and this is for the first time that the exercise is being held at two Air Force bases.
  • Qatar announced that it will leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in order to focus on gas production. It has been a member of OPEC since 1961.
  • Salman Khan, 52-year-old actor has topped Forbes India’s 2018 list of richest Indian celebrities with earnings amounting to Rs 253.25 crore. He has taken the top spot for the third time in a row.
    • He is followed by the Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and third position is taken by Akshay Kumar.
  • Pakistan will soon impose a ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes and sugary beverages and that fund would be diverted to the health budget.
    • sin tax is an internationally recognised term and is specifically levied on certain goods deemed harmful to society, for example tobacco, candies, soft drinks, fast foods, coffee and sugar.
  • India’s oldest (107 age) Youtuber Karre Mastanamma, whose YouTube cooking channel Country Foods has over 12 lakh subscribers, passed away at her native village Gudiwada near Tenali in Guntur district.
  • The Karnataka government decided to bear the education expenses of girl students pursuing pre-university, graduation and post-graduate courses in colleges run by it.
  • Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has assumed the Mexico’s presidency, five months after winning a landslide election victory.

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