Current Affairs Today – September, 23rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – September, 23rd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

GOIs Street Lighting National Programme illuminates 50,000 KM of Indian roads

GOIs Street Lighting National Programme illuminates 50,000 KM of Indian roads

  1. The Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SNLP) has been chosen the 50,000 km of Indian roads. With the goods of its features, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), and the facilated of the joint of the Ministry of Power, has becomes the world’s largest street light management company.
  2. By the report of the officals it is get to know that the inaugurates of the 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kWh of annual energy savings avoiding the capacity of over 104.19 MW to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
  3. By this there will be the help of the last of the 3.29 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.
  4. Under SLNP, Rajasthan is the head in the country with an installation of 7.85 lakh LED street lights followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat with 6.03 lakh and 5.4 lakh respectively.

KEYS:

  1. Rajasthan is a northern Indian state bordering Pakistan. Its palaces and forts are reminders of the many kingdoms that historically vied for the region
  2. In its capital, Jaipur (the “Pink City”), are the 18th-century City Palace and Hawa Mahal, a former cloister for royal women, fronted by a 5-story pink-sandstone screen
  3. Amer Fort, atop a nearby hill, was built by a Rajput prince in the early 1600s
  4. Districts: 33 total
  5. Capitals: Jaipur, Jodhpur (Judiciary)

 

Government to conduct ‘world’s largest sample survey’ for students

Government to conduct ‘world’s largest sample survey’ for students

  1. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has stated that on November 13 has been the date of its conducting of the National Assessment Survey (NAS) for the students of Class 3, 5, and 8, officials said on Wednesday.
  2. The decision for the date was taken after “consulting each and every state regarding holidays or festivals to ensure full and smooth conduct” said a statement from ministry.
  3. “This time, approximately 30 lakh students will be assessed in the year 2017-18 making it the world’s largest sample survey of student learning achievement,” said the statement.
  4. “It is for the first time that the teachers will have a tool to understand what exactly the child should be learning in various classes… adding to this, for the first time there will be a detailed district-specific report card for all the districts in the country,” it added.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, formerly Ministry of Education, is responsible for the development of human resources in India
  2. Website: mhrd.gov.in
  3. Formed: 26 September 1985
  4. Jurisdiction: India
  5. Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi
  6. Cabinet minister: Prakash Javadekar
  7. Minister of state: Upendra Kushwaha, Mahendra Nath Pandey

 

Government doubles child care allowance for women with disabilities

  1. The center has given the statement for the double of the Rs 3,000 per month the child care allowance for women employees with disabilities. In the recent there is the allowance of the child care has been Rs 1,500 per month has been given to the women that are able different, female employees for taking care of their newborn child.
  2. Women with disabilities shall be paid Rs 3,000 per month as special allowance for child care. The allowance shall be payable from the time of the child’s birth till the child is two years old,” an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.
  3. “The above limit would be automatically raised by 25 per cent every time the Dearness Allowance on the revised pay structure goes up by 50 per cent. The amount fixed for reimbursement of hostel subsidy will be Rs 6,750 per month,” said the DoPT order.
  4. “The Commission recognises the huge responsibility that these women shoulder while raising their children. Therefore, instead of the factor of 1.5 that we have mostly used for semi-DA indexed allowances, it is recommended that this allowance be raised by a factor of 2 to Rs 3,000 per month,” the commission had said in its report.

 

Assam’s country liquor gets branded, to be flavored

  1. There is the news that is the tripleed the Assam who has given the nation the raw and liquor over its refined cousin that goes by the IMFL (Indian Made Foreign Liquor) moniker.
  2. “Four companies have applied for production and bottling license of country liquor — two in Kamrup Metro district, one in Kamrup Rural district and one in Jorhat district. The factory at Jorhat has registered the Rhino brand for their product and they are likely to soon launch it,” Assam Excise Minister Parimal Suklabaidya told in the report.
  3. “The Rhino brand will initially have three products. Of them, two will be orange and pineapple flavoured while one will be unflavoured,” Parimal Suklabaidya said.
  4. “Unlike earlier, the grain will be fermented to make extra neutral alcohol (ENA), which will be used to make the spirit. Since the ENA will be grain-based it will not be hazardous to health. Besides, the whole process will be monitored in factories and there will be chemical tests,” Suklabaidya said.

KEYS:

  1. Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites and tea plantations
  2. In the west, Guwahati, Assam’s largest city, features silk bazaars and the hilltop Kamakhya Temple
  3. Umananda Temple sits on Peacock Island in the Brahmaputra river
  4. The state capital, Dispur, is a suburb of Guwahati
  5. The ancient pilgrimage site of Hajo and Madan Kamdev, the ruins of a temple complex, lie nearby
  6. Capital: Dispur
  7. Districts: 33
  8. Largest city Largest metro: Guwahati
  9. Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  10. Points of interest: Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park,

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, US establish TWO-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogue

India, US establish TWO-BY-TWO Ministerial Dialogueq

  1. India and the US has bene the place of the work together and the grouped from the year 2015 and that is the in term of the shift of the bilateral ties to a higher strategic plane.
  2. “This is a very welcome development. Having a joint State-Defence conversation with India makes much more sense than having a State-Commerce dialogue because the convergence between the two countries is much greater on strategic issues in comparison to commercial issues,” Ashley Tellis, a top American expert on the Indo-US relationship, told in the report.
  3. “I am optimistic that we can make great progress, building on what has been achieved under Bush and Obama,” said Tellis, who is the Tata Chair for Strategic Affairs and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a top American think-tank.
  4. “A new format bringing defence and foreign ministries together will up the strategic coordination between New Delhi and Washington. We already have good standing cabinet-level dialogues on defence and foreign policy but the 2+2 links military and political priorities in the same conversation” observed Alyssa Ayres, from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Netherlands opens world’s largest bike parking garage

  1. The grand opening of any of the parking lot doesn’t make any of the news. But in the Netherlands’ city of Utrecht, has been open the world’s largest garage for bicycles.
  2. The world’s largest garage contains the three-storey parking garage, and has been situated at the main train station and it can hold maximum of 6,000 bicycles, and its capacity will reach 12,500 once it’s completed in 2018. Parking will be free for the first 24 hours and 1.25 euro for each following day.
  3. “In the city of Utrecht, this is necessary, because a lot of people are coming to the station by bike,” Tatjana Stenfert Kroese, project manager for Utretcht Station Square, told.
  4. “This is a side-effect of the success of the bicycle in our cities,” city councillor Lot van Hooijdonk told Reuters. “We are happy so many people use bikes, but it creates huge challenges for the city, especially around the station.”

KEYS:

  1. The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes
  2. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII
  3. Canalside mansions and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the city’s 17th-century “Golden Age.”
  4. Capital: Amsterdam
  5. Dialing code: +31
  6. Sovereign state: Kingdom of the Netherlands
  7. Recognised regional languages: Limburgish, Dutch Low Saxon
  8. Currency: Euro

 

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Welcomes New US Strategy

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Welcomes New US Strategy

  1. President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday has been get the respected the US President Donald Trump’s new South Asia strategy for the combat terrorism in Afghanistan and the move of the some of the affirmation and the threat of the terrorism says that the ”threat of terrorism”.
  2. “I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and for our joint effort to rid the region of the threat of terrorism,” said Ghani.
  3. “The US Afghan Partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat that terrorism that threatens all of us… The objective of peace is paramount. Peace remains our priority,” said Ghani.
  4. “We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists…We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development. We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region,” Trump said.

KEYS:

  1. Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia
  2. The country has a population of 33 million, making it the 42nd most populous country in the world
  3. Capital: Kabul
  4. President: Ashraf Ghani
  5. Currency: Afghan afghani
  6. Points of interest: Hindu Kush, Pamir Mountains, Shrine of Ali,

 

Karachi is one of The Worst Cities in The World: Report

  1. Karachi has been given the world’s worst countries in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) the research and analysis division of The Economist Group in a report released earlier this week.
  2. Karachi has puts its name at the 134th rank in the listing of 140 cities, and that is the maintain its fare by the Port Moresby, Dhaka, Tripoli, Lagos and Damascus.
  3. The best cities to live in are:
  4. Melbourne, Australia
  5. Vienna, Austria
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Calgary, Canada (tied for 5th slot)
  9. Adelaide, Australia (tied for 5th slot)
  10. Perth, Australia
  11. Auckland, New Zealand
  12. Helsinki, Finland
  13. Hamburg, Germany

 

BANKING & FINANCE

IOC to invest Rs 52,000 cr in Paradip refinery post pact with Odisha government

IOC to invest Rs 52,000 cr in Paradip refinery post pact with Odisha government

  1. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has been ready to invest about the Rs 52,000 crore in expanding Paradip refinery and has been put the efforts the petrochemical complex after the Odisha government agreed to restore part of tax incentives, a top source said.
  2. “IOC wanted Rs 1,000 crore per annum of the interest-free loan but in the end settled for Rs 700 crore loan over a longer 15-year period,” said the source who was privy to the negotiations between the company and the state government.
  3. “The Rs 700 crore interest-free loan for 15 years is equal to the tax incentives Rajasthan has recently extended for setting up of a refinery in Barmer by HPCL. It is also similar to the tax breaks given by Punjab for Bhatinda refinery and Madhya Pradesh for the Bina unit,” he said.

 

 

KarurVysya Bank appoints P R Seshadri as MD and CEO

KarurVysya Bank appoints P R Seshadri as MD and CEO

Karur Vysya Bank Ltd has given the statement to the BSE that the Reserve Bank of India has been given the approval for the appointment of Shri P R Seshadri as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Bank for a period of three years from the date of his taking charge.

KEYS:

  1. Karur Vysya Bank கருர் வைஸ்யா வங்கி is an Indian private-sector bank, headquartered in Karur in Tamil Nadu
  2. It was set up in 1916 by M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar
  3. Headquarters: Karur
  4. Founded: 1916
  5. Number of employees: 7,211 (2016)
  6. Capital ratio: 11.79%
  7. Founders: M. A. Venkatarama Chettiar, Athi Krishna Chettiar

 

 

Science and Technology

Two new species of Earthworm discovered in Kerala

Two new species of Earthworm discovered in Kerala

  1. The species has been given the name by the Prof. (Dr.) A.P. Thomas, the Director of the Advanced Centre for Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development (ACESSD), Mahatma Gandhi University, “who initiated the taxonomical studies on the earthworms in Kerala after being at a standstill for almost a century.”
  2. By the report there is the characteristics of the Earth worm:
  • The two new species has been given the name as the Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi.
  • The new earthworms are distinguished by a set of characters.
  • Drawida Polydiverticulata has an organ located in the front of its body called multiple lobes or diverticulums. These are unique amongst the other species of earthworms.
  • Drawida Polydiverticulata was found to be widespread in the protected shola grasslands of the Munnar region including Eravikulam National Park, Pampadun Shola National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • While, Drawida Thomasi was collected at the Kozhippara Waterfalls near Kakkadampoyil at the border between Malappuram and Kozhikode.
  • The species name Thomasi is a tribute to Professor A.P. Thomas who initiated the taxonomical studies on the earthworms in Kerala after being at a standstill for almost a century.

 

 

 

SPORTS

Vijender Singh Predicts More Than One Medal for India At World Boxing Championships

Vijender Singh Predicts More Than One Medal for India At World Boxing Championships

  1. Just before the eight years ego the Vijender singh has been labeled the opening of country’s account in amateur boxing’s marquee event and Vijender Singh feels India might just go one better on that during the 19th World Championship, starting August 25 in Hamburg.
  2. “It is a mature bunch of boxers. I have been in teams that had Shiva (Thapa), Vikas (Krishan) and Manoj (Kumar). So, I know some of them well. They have the ability to ensure that India ends up with more than one medal. If they compete to their full potential, I think there is a real chance of more than one medal,” Vijender told PTI in an interview.
  3. “They have competed at the highest level in the past and know what they should do. I cannot give any suggestions to them but I can just say, they need to be much focused,” he added.
  4. “That bronze medal I won in Milan was part of a beautiful phase in my career because it managed to silence some harsh critics, who felt that my medal in Beijing was a fluke. There were people who said that I was not training enough, within months of my medal in Beijing. To me, focus has always meant shutting myself off before heading to a big tournament. I would just insulate myself from anything and everything that was going on outside the little space, which I would create for myself,” Vijender said.

 

 

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dronacharya award winners for 2017 announced

Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dronacharya award winners for 2017 announced

The Sports Ministry, has announced today the winners Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand awards.

(i) Dhyan Chand Awards
S. No. Name of the Awardees Discipline
1 Mr. Bhupender Singh Athletics
2 Mr. Syed Shahid Hakim Football
3 Ms. Sumarai Tete Hockey
S. No. Name (S/Shri) Discipline
(ii)Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards
1 Mr. Bhupender Singh Athletics
2 Mr. Syed Shahid Hakim Football
3 Ms. Sumarai Tete Hockey
1 Late Dr. R. Gandhi Athletics
(iii)Dronacharya Awards
2 Mr. Heera Nand Kataria Kabaddi
3 Mr. G.S.S.V. Prasad Badminton (Lifetime)
4 Mr. Brij Bhushan Mohanty Boxing (Lifetime)
5 Mr. P.A. Raphel Hockey (Lifetime)
6 Mr. Sanjoy Chakraverthy Shooting (Lifetime)
7 Mr. Roshan Lal Wrestling (Lifetime)
(iv) Arjuna Awards 2017
1 Ms. V.J. Surekha Archery
2 Ms. Khushbir Kaur Athletics
3 Mr. Arokia Rajiv Athletics
4 Ms. Prasanthi Singh Basketball
5 Sub. LaishramDebendro Singh Boxing
6 Mr. CheteshwarPujara Cricket
7 Ms. Harmanpreet Kaur Cricket
8 Ms. OinamBembem Devi Football
9 Mr. S.S.P. Chawrasia Golf
10 Mr. S.V. Sunil Hockey
11 Mr. Jasvir Singh Kabaddi
12 Mr. P. N. Prakash Shooting
13 Mr. A. Amalraj Table Tennis
14 Mr. SakethMyneni Tennis
15 Mr. SatyawartKadian Wrestling
16 Mr. Mariyappan Para-Athlete
17 Mr. Varun Singh Bhati Para-Athlete

 

OBITUARY

Jerry Lewis, a Jester both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, a Jester both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

  1. Jerry Lewis, the great comedian, actor and filmmaker who has been adored by many of the people and in the last he get fame in the American entertainment in the 20th century, has died on Sunday morning at his home in Las Vegas at the age of 91 years.
  2. His death was announced by the publicist, Candi Cazau.
  3. Lewis has been told as the fame in the movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage and in the university lecture hall. His career get many times falls and rise but he was dig on the aim with the zenith there were few stars any bigger. And he got there remarkably quickly.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

  1. International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, has been celebrated on the August 23rd and that has been come in the act by the UNESCO to memorialize the transatlantic slave trade.
  2. The August 23rd has been taken by the 29 C/40 by the Organization’s General Conference at its 29th session. Circular CL/3494 of July 29, 1998, from the Director-General invited Ministers of Culture to promote the day.
  3. This date was unique and that was because of the August 22 to August 23, 1791, on the island of Saint Domingue (now known as Haiti), an uprising began which set forth events which were a major factor in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

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