Current Affairs Today – September, 2nd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – September, 2nd, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Complete makeover for CPWD recommended

Complete makeover for CPWD recommended

  1. The construction that in the term of the owner of the government that has been in the Central Public Works Department, this can be in the term of the “maintenance functions”, a study by Ernst & Young has recommended.
  2. The study on the “Working and Reorganisation of CPWD for Improved Efficiency and Effectiveness” tht has been inaugurates by the Urban Development Ministry and that has been done cause of the put of the image at the 163-year-old organisation.
  3. “The idea is that the CPWD should concentrate on its competency in the core area of construction,” a senior official explained.
  4. A former CPWD official, has bene get in the disagree of the term of the statement. “I agree that maintenance functions should be outsourced, but only partially. The CPWD should always have skeletal staff to carry on minor repairs that may or may not fall under the schedule of work of the contractor,” former Special DG Vijay Motwani told in the report of the media.

KEYS:

  1. CPWD- The Central Public Works Department of India, commonly referred to as the CPWD, is a central government owned authority in charge of public sector works
  2. The Central Public Works Department, under the Ministry of Urban Development, builds and maintains public buildings
  3. CPWD came into existence in July 1854 when Lord Dalhousie established a central agency for execution of public works and set up Ajmer Provincial Division
  4. It has now grown into a comprehensive construction management department, which provides services from project concept to completion, and maintenance management.

39 successes later, PSLV launch fails

39 successes later, PSLV launch fails

  1. In the term of the double of the whom of the PSLV-C39 mission has been carried the replacement of the navigation satellite IRNSS-1H has been failed on Thursday evening.
  2. This failure was the PSLV’S first ever failure and after 39 continuously successful launches and only the second such instance since 1993. “The mission was unsuccessful,” said A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, a few minutes after the 7 p.m. launch.
  3. “We could see the satellite circling along the orbit with the heat shield,” Mr. Kiran Kumar said at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, from where ISRO launches Indian and foreign commercial satellites.
  4. ISRO chairperson Kiran Kumar said, “the mission was unsuccessful. All stages of the mission performed well. But there was a mishap. The satellite is still inside the fourth stage. The heat shield did not separate; as a result the satellite is enclosed in the body of the fourth stage. So, the mission is unsuccessful. We have to check heat shield separation command and whatever happened subsequently and it will be analysed.”

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation is the space agency of the Government of India headquartered in the city of Bengaluru
  2. Headquarters: Bengaluru
  3. Founder: Vikram Sarabhai
  4. Founded: 15 August 1969
  5. Motto: मानव जाति की सेवा में अंतरिक्ष प्रौद्योगिकी (Hindi); IAST: Mānav Jāti Kī Sevā Men Antarikṣa Praudyogikī; (Space technology in the Service of humankind.)
  6. Budget: 90.94 billion INR (US$1.4 billion, 2017–18 est.)
  7. Director: A. S. Kiran Kumar

Nationwide programme to test all TB patients

Nationwide programme to test all TB patients

  1. In the starting of the month of the September, the authorities of the Health has been planning for the nationwide programme for the test of the every tuberculosis (TB) patient for signs of resistance to first-line drugs.
  2. In this event there will be the some of the drugs and the cure also be provided for the tuberculosis drugs, experts said this could also reveal a large number of hidden tuberculosis patients, as well greater numbers of those with multiple infections of TB and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
  3. “The States are expected to implement this intervention for patients diagnosed as on 1st August or later,” says a letter signed by Sunil Khaparde, who heads India’s National TB Control Programme.
  4. “The TB burden is dramatically under-reported and, ideally, we should be moving to a system of molecular diagnostics for all TB suspects,” said Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR. “This is a significant move…we will likely find more cases and have to be prepared to treat more of them.”
  5. “We now have enough of them to implement this in a big way, as well the [necessary] funds,” Mr. Khaparde told in the report of media.

India, U.S. eye states to boost trade ties

  1. India and the U.S. has been working on the project of the bilateral ties of the widen and deepen bilateral trade and investment ties. At the side of this term there are the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), will unveil within a fortnight a ‘State Engagement Task force’ (SET) to ensure American and Indian companies align their interests with the priorities of the State governments of both the countries.
  2. “Industry inputs for four separate engagement channels the comprehensive review of trade ties, forthcoming trade policy forum and the bilateral ‘commercial dialogue’ as well as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in November — would be provided during the Global Entrepreneurship Conclave (GEC) being organised by the USIBC next month. Top government officials from India and the U.S. are likely to participate in the GEC,” Mr. Choksy said.
  3. “Issues like the U.S. concern over its trade deficit and India’s worries on U.S. visa ‘curbs’ would fall into a proper context once the two countries explore ways to solve the ‘larger puzzle’ of increasing bilateral goods and services trade to $500 billion, from $115 billion in 2016,” Mr. Choksy said.
  4. “The USIBC wants a win-win outcome for businesses on both the sides. We are supportive of free movement of goods and services.”

KEYS:

  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC.
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. Dialing code: +1
  6. President: Donald Trump

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Indian-origin civil servant appointed Singapore’s acting president
Indian-origin civil servant appointed Singapore's acting president

  1. JY Pillay, who is the Indian-origin veteran civil servant, has been appointed as the Singapore’s acting President on Thursday at the time of the new head of state is sworn in later this month.
  2. Pillay, who is the 83 years old, has been taken the sworn after the Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a six-year term on Thursday.
  3. Pillay, the chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA), will serve as the President until after polling day on Septemeber 23 — or after nomination day on September 13, if a candidate is elected unopposed.
  4. In the term of the vacant of the seat of the president that has been done in the CPA chairperson, followed by the speaker of Parliament, The Straits Times said.

KEYS:

  1. Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population
  2. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns
  3. In Singapore’s circa-1820 Chinatown stands the red-and-gold Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, said to house one of Buddha’s teeth
  4. Dialing code: +65
  5. Currency: Singapore dollar
  6. Official scripts: Roman (Latin); Simplified Chinese; Tamil

China’s PLA says will strengthen patrolling, guard every inch of Doklam

China's PLA says will strengthen patrolling, guard every inch of Doklam

  1. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been announced on Thursday that the “strengthen patrolling and defence” of “every inch” of the disputed Doklam region, and that can be made the plan in the future for infrastructure construction taking into account local factors.
  2. China’s armed forces will strengthen patrolling and defence of the Donglang (Doklam) area to resolutely safeguard the country’s sovereign security,” Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang, who is spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defence, was quoted as saying by the State-run Xinhua news agency.
  3. “China’s military has paid close attention to the situation and taken emergency measures to reinforce border controls since the Dong Lang incident occurred,” Ren said. He also said China had “used military diplomacy and border contact channels to promote the proper resolution of the issue”.
  4. Ren said China would beef up patrolling, as “every inch of of beautiful mountains and rivers of the motherland cannot be lost.”
  5. “The Chinese armed forces will carry out the sacred mission safeguarding territorial integrity and national sovereignty, and protect every inch of the land in Donglang,” he added.
  6. “We took on-site emergency response measures, strengthened border control, pushed forward operational development, enhanced targeted training to firmly safeguard territorial integrity, national sovereignty and our legitimate rights and interests,” Ren said.

Beijing to PM Modi: Don’t raise Pakistan terror issue at BRICS

Beijing to PM Modi: Don't raise Pakistan terror issue at BRICS

  1. On Thursday, the China has been sent the notice for the discussion about the Pakistan’s role for the being the put of the shelter of the terrorist in the BRICS summit, and this summit will attend by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. China is worrying that there should be the avoid of the meeting by the PM because there was also the neglect ion of their in the Goa summit of BRICS last year while describing Pakistan as the “mother-ship of terrorism”.
  2. “We also noticed that India, when it comes to Pakistan’s counter-terrorism, has some concerns. I don’t think this is an appropriate topic to be discussed at BRICS summit,” Hua Chunying, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, said at a briefing.
  3. “The world is paying great attention to the BRICS summit. I hope relevant parties can work with China to ensure the success of the summit and make due contributions,” Hua said.
  4. Hua said, “Pakistan is at forefront of counter terror efforts and has made sacrifices for this. The international community should recognize their contributions and sacrifices made by Pakistan.”
  5. “There are tensions at various degrees at various junctions in this arc where it encounters other religions and ethnicity but a dent exists in the Indian portion of this arc,” the paper said.

BANKING & FINANCE

Banks non-food credit growth slows to 5.3% in July

Banks non-food credit growth slows to 5.3% in July

  1. Non-food bank credit growth of schedule commercials banks has been got the below the 5.3 per cent in July on that there is the maximum of the 8.3 per cent in the same month last year, the RBI data showed.
  2. “Credit growth to major sub-sectors such as infrastructure, basic metal and metal products, textiles, petroleum, coal products and nuclear fuels and all engineering witnessed contraction/deceleration,” RBI said in a release here today.
  3. In the advance of the services has been growth by the some of the point of the 4.9 per cent lower than the increase of 10.8 per cent in July 2016, the data showed.
  4. Credit to agriculture and allied activities moderated to 6.8 per cent in July 2017, lower than the increase of 13.4 per cent in July last year.

ItzCash partners with HDFC Ergo for general insurance products

ItzCash partners with HDFC Ergo for general insurance products

  1. The Indian based digital company and the financial exchange Ebix’s ItzCash, has been get the partnership with the HDFC ERGO to offer general insurance products through its physical retail outlets.
  2. “Their proven business operations allow us to collaborate and expand our reach by offering health, home and fire insurance to a wider audience across the country through the company’s digital platform. We see immense opportunity in this association and firmly believe that ItzCash clients will gain a great deal from the bouquet of our products,” said Anuj Tyagi, Executive Director, HDFC ERGO General Insurance.
  3. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Anuj Tyagi, Executive Director, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company said, “We are thrilled to associate with a growing organisation like ItzCash, who offer unique solutions to customers. Their proven business operations allow us to collaborate and expand our reach by offering health, home and fire insurance to a wider audience across the country through the company’s digital platform.”
  4. Ravi Singh, Chief Business Officer, ItzCash on the occasion said, “Being the pioneer and the country’s leading financial exchange, Ebix’s ItzCash enjoys the trust of millions of its customers. With the onus of brand trust and an unbeatable retail reach through the country, we are well geared to redefine the insurance experience. We are proud to partner with HDFC ERGO wherein besides leveraging technology our association very aptly serves our honourable PM’s national agenda of ‘financial inclusion’ while on-boarding our customers digitally.”

KEYS:

  1. HDFC Bank Limited is an Indian banking and financial services company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  2. It has 84,325 employees and has a presence in Bahrain, Hong Kong and Dubai
  3. HDFC Bank is India’s largest private sector lender by assets
  4. CEO: Aditya Puri (Sep 1994–)
  5. Headquarters: Mumbai
  6. Founded: August 1994, India
  7. Revenue: 743.7 billion INR (US$11 billion, 2016)
  8. Number of employees: 84,325 (March 2017)
  9. Subsidiaries: HDFC securities, Next Gen Publishing,

Arun Jaitley hopeful of 7% GDP as manufacturing ‘bottoms out’, sees good monsoon aiding growth

Arun Jaitley hopeful of 7% GDP as manufacturing 'bottoms out', sees good monsoon aiding growth

  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has been given the rate of the GDP has been inaugarates on Thursday by the economy will grow at 7 percent, saying manufacturing has bottomed out. He also has said about the improvement of the growth rate.
  2. “Global economy is improving faster than what we thought and that is a positive trend. The domestic public investment is certainly going to be quite high because the revenue trend seems to be positive. On the same rationale, with reforms continuing, the confidence in the economy globally being high, the FDI (inflow) will continue. The monsoon overall the bigger picture looks to be good and therefore that should send a positive impact,” he said.
  3. “Another area of possibility is, are we able to get early successes for the banking system for the insolvency itself,” he said.
  4. “Since it was announced that GST would come into operation from July 1, most manufacturers were de-stocking during period April-June. As a result, trading went up because sales were taking place but it was stocks, which were being sold. No new manufacturing happened,” he said.
  5. Economic Affairs Secretary S C Garg said, “Demonetisation, GST were the measures that impacted economic activities in the past 6-7 months. Those (demonetisation and GST) have reasonably played out now and from next quarter onwards, we would see the positive implication and impact of these two on GDP growth,”

 

Science and Technology

All fired up over world’s biggest X-ray laser gun

All fired up over world's biggest X-ray laser gun

  1. There is the seat of the, subterranean X-ray laser has been plan to implement in the Germany on Friday, the most powerful in the world yet, has scientists in a dozen fields jostling to train its mighty beam on their projects.
  2. European XFEL has been set the picture of the private and the security of the sub-atomic level, promising breakthroughs in medicine, biology, energy, information technology and chemistry.
  3. “The laser is the biggest, and the most powerful, source of X-rays ever made,” said Dr Olivier Napoly, a member of the French Atomic Energy Commission, which helped to build the complex.
  4. The uber-laser is “like a camera and a microscope that will make it possible to see more tiny details and processes in the nano world than ever before”, said Dr Robert Feidenhans’l, chairman of the European XFEL management board.

 

SPORTS

 Ronaldo grabs hat-trick as Portugal beat Faroes 5-1

Ronaldo grabs hat-trick as Portugal beat Faroes 5-1

  1. Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has been got the rank in the fifth international hat-trick, in the term of the some of the hatricks to lead the European champions to a 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
  2. “I’ve been looking to score a goal like that for a while,” he said. “That sort of goal was missing from my career and now I’ve done it. It was a nice move.”
  3. That angered Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “We lost concentration and they scored from a move that we had studied,” he said. “I don’t like us to concede goals that way, in a loss of concentration.”

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Niti Aayog awards 12 women for ‘transforming India’

Niti Aayog awards 12 women for 'transforming India'

  1. Union minister Smriti Irani and Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Tuesday has been given the award to the 12 women that transformational impact of work undertaken by them across India’s villages, towns and cities.
  2. In this award there is the goat veterinarian Sunita Kamble for the best creation in the livelihood for women, Raji Borthakur for creating a smart glove, which can predict epileptic seizures before they occur, Safeena Husain for her work to transform girls’ education in rural areas and Arunima Sinha for being India’s first amputee to climb Mount Everest.
  3. A jury comprising former foreign secretary and Ambassador Nirupama Rao, Indian Olympian P T Usha, Wing Commander, Indian Air Force Pooja Thakur, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, and UN Resident Coordinator Yuri Afanasiev undertook a rigorous process to shortlist 12 top awardees from awe-inspiring stories of women change-makers across India.

 

OBITUARY

‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ actor Richard Anderson dies at 91

'The Six Million Dollar Man' actor Richard Anderson dies at 91

  1. Richard Anderson, who was the actor of the Oscar Goldman, leader of secret government agent the OSI, on both “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman” after a long career as a supporting actor in film and TV, has died at the age of 91 years.
  2. “That was the last of two dozen movies I did for MGM,”Anderson told Gannett’s the Spectrum in 2015. “Sci-fi feature films were rather new in 1956, and it changed the genre forever. The whole movie was shot on one stage and, as filming progressed; the studio gave us more money and the best production staff. We turned out a first-class movie that’s still impressive today.”
  3. “The stories had heroes and happy endings — I really wanted to live in that world,” Anderson recalled to the Spectrum. “I was especially drawn to one actor who never said much, but used his body language to tell the story. That was Gary Cooper, who inspired me to get into the business.”
  4. “Norma Shearer was very nice to me; she liked and respected me,” Anderson told the Spectrum, recalling his former mother-in-law, a legendary actress. “She gave us a party when we were married — Judy Garland was one of the guests. Norma had a house on the beach, and when we visited her, she would talk about her career and how she ‘had it all’ at one time. She won a best actress Oscar (‘The Divorcee’ in 1930), and we still have it.”

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

2nd September 1946: The Interim Government of India is formed

2nd September 1946: The Interim Government of India is formed

  1. On 2nd September in the year 1946 the Interim Government of India was formed. This was the temporary government that has formed by the Constituent Assembly of India
  2. On 15 August in the year 1947, India got the Independence and after that, the Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of Independent India.
  3. The Constituent Assembly has been complete its saving of the law after the Constitution of India on 26th November 1949 and India was declared a Republic on 26th January 1950.

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