Current Affairs of 31 December 2018 are as follows:-
1. PM Modi renames 3 islands of Andaman Nicobar:-
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of three islands of Andaman and Nicobar on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Port Blair.
- The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island would now be known as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.
- The PM also released a commemorative stamp, its first-day cover and an Rs-75 coin to mark the special occasion. He also announced setting up of a deemed university after Bose.
2. Smriti Mandhana named ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year:-
- India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana has won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year.
- Mandhana was also adjudged as the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year. The announcement was made by the International Cricket Council on December 31, 2018.
- The 22-year-old, who has also been named in the ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Year and the ICC Women’s T20I Team of the Year, scored 669 runs at an average of 66.90 in 12 ODIs and 622 runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 in 25 T20Is during the voting period, which ran from January 1 to December 31, 2018.
3. India won 2 Tests in a series in Australia for 1st time after 40 years:-
- India defeated Australia by 137 runs in the third Test at Melbourne to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.
- This is the first time since 1977-1978 that India have won two matches in a Test series in Australia.
- Further, the victory was India's 26th in 45 Test matches under Virat Kohli's captaincy.
4. Saurabh Chaudhary sweeps men's air pistol national trials:-
- Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games champion Saurabh Chaudhary swept the 10m air pistol trials at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range by winning the second National trial competitions in both the men's and junior boy's categories on December 31, 2018.
- Saurabh had won the first trial in both events on December 29 as well and in one final shooting event way above the existing world record score.
- Today he won the men's final with a relatively modest 243.3 score, leaving behind Punjab's Arjun Singh Cheema, who shot 239.8 to emerge second.
5. Bumrah becomes top wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018:-
- India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become the highest wicket-taker in international cricket in 2018 after picking up 9 wickets in the Melbourne Test against Australia.
- The 25-year-old has taken 78 wickets this year, overtaking South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada, who has taken 77 wickets.
- Bumrah took 48 wickets in Tests, 22 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is in 2018.
6. TTFI revokes the suspension of Soumyajit Ghosh:-
- The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) meeting in Sonepat revoked the suspension of former national champion Soumyajit Ghosh.
- The suspension was handed out to him in March 2018 following allegations of rape against him by an ex-girlfriend.
- The allegations prompted the TTFI to provisionally suspend him, which meant the paddler was left out of India's Commonwealth Games squad in Gold Coast.
- Ghosh's legal troubles finally came to an end after he married the rape accuser four months after his career nose-dived owing to the crisis.
7. ALIMCOs 6th Auxiliary Production unit and Limb Fitting Center inaugurated in Ballabhgarh, Faridabad:-
- Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, attended the inaugural function of ALIMCO’s 6th Auxiliary Production Unit and State-of-the-Art Limb Fitting Center as the Chief Guest in Village Nawada, Tigaon, Ballabhgarh, Faridabad.
- The foundation stone for the establishment of a State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Center was laid on June 16, 2018. For the establishment, Chief Minister Haryana approved approx. 5 Acre land at Village NawadaTigaon, Block Ballabhgarh, District Faridabad (Haryana) to ALIMCO at the lease rate of Rs. 1/- per Acre per year. This facility is equipped with high-end machines for providing best and quality service to the Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjans).