News From The World
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Resigns
Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa announced that he would step aside for his sacked predecessor to regain the position. The announcement was made on December 15, 2018. This will end the political impasse that has paralyzed the government after Ranil Wickremesinghe was sacked by President Maithripala Sirisena in October.
British Prime Minister to Step Down Before 2022
Theresa May secured victory in the no confidence vote by 200 votes to 117 on December 12, 2018. The no confidence motion was triggered largely by Conservative Party’s discontent over May’s handling of Brexit negotiations. She made the announcement at the European Union summit in Brussels on December 13, 2018. She will hand over power to another Conservative leader before the next election in 2022.
French Knight of the National Order of Merit for Ashok Amritraj
Indian producer in Hollywood and the founder of Hyde Park Entertainment, Ashok Amritraj was honoured by the French government on December 14, 2018. At a ceremony in Mumbai, he was presented with the Knight of the Order of Arts and of Letters (Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) medal. The French Minister of External Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian and French ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, presided over the occasion.
EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
The European Union and Japan have signed a deal which will create an open trading zone covering 635 million people and almost one-third of the world's total GDP. This will not only remove duties on almost all agricultural and industrial products but also moves to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade.
Third Gender, Diverse on Birth Certificates in Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s left-right coalition passed legislation permitting children born intersex to be registered as “miscellaneous”. Those born with sex traits for which the usual binary notion of male and female is inadequate can be identified by this third choice. Austria, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada and Portugal have all introduced legislation for a third gender option.