This Daily Current Affair Capsule is a brief collection of important news from national dailies and government releases on PIB useful for UPSC IAS, CDS, SSC CGL, NDA, etc.)
National Important Current Affairs – 14 September 2017
■ The two leaders will also hold the 12th Indo-Japan annual Summit meeting at Gandhinagar. PM Modi also held an 8-km road show with his Mr Abe and his wife in Ahmedabad.
The road show, designed to showcase India’s cultural diversity, saw artistes from several states performing on 28 stages erected by the roadside. The visiting dignitaries and Mr Modi paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at the ashram where the Father of the Nation lived for about 12 years.
■ Hindi day is being celebrated across the country today. It was on this day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari as the official language of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind has given away Rajbhasha awards for the Year 2016-17 at a function in New Delhi. The Rajbhasha awards were instituted by the Department of Official Language of Home Ministry to recognize the excellent contribution of Ministries, Departments and Nationalized Banks in the field of Hindi.
■ The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) Scheme with an outlay of Rs 10,881 crore to boost dairy sector. It will be managed by National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) and shall be implemented from 2017-18 to 2028-29.
■ The Union Finance Ministry has constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) to monitor and resolve IT challenges faced in implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). It was formed after states had raised issue of glitches being faced by taxpayers in filing their GST returns on GSTN. It is headed by Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar Deputy Chief Minister).
■ Home Ministry has directed over 1200 NGOs across the country to validate their bank accounts in which they receive foreign contribution. A number of such non-governmental organisations have not validated their foreign contributions designated accounts which are causing problems for the banks to comply with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) provisions.
■ The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament. The move aims at providing social security to workmen after retirement, whether it is because of rules of superannuation, or physical disablement or impairment of vital parts of the body.
The Amendment will increase the maximum limit of gratuity of employees, in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings/ Autonomous Organizations under Government who are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, at par with Central Government employees.
■ The Union government has launched “Wood is Good” Campaign under the Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-Plus), a partnership between USAID and India’s environment ministry. The idea is to promote wood as a climate-friendly resource and a substitute to materials like plastic and steel because it is carbon neutral unlike the others while leave a carbon footprint in their production.
The Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-Plus) is a joint programme by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to strengthen capacity for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) implementation in India.
The programme brings together experts from India and the United States to develop technologies, tools and methods of forest management to meet the technical challenges of managing forests for the health of ecosystem, carbon stocks, biodiversity and livelihood.
International Current Affairs Capsule – 14 September 2017
■ United Nations Security Council has expressed concern over violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The 15-member council expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine state. It called for de-escalating the situation, re-establishing law and order, and ensure the protection of civilians.
The violence has sent nearly three lakh 80 thousand Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi cancelled her plans to attend the UN General Assembly session after international criticism over violence against Rohingyas.
■ Aiming to put in place a key maritime route connecting India with Northeast Asia and Western Pacific region Delhi is contemplating to put in place a major connectivity initiative — direct shipping link between Chennai and Vladivostok amid China’s ambitious Maritime Silk Route (MSR) connecting Asia with Africa. This shipping link would enable to transfer cargo between Chennai and Vladivostok in 24 days in comparison to over 40 days currently taken to transport goods from India to Far East Russia via Europe, according to experts on the subject.
■ Singapore has formally elected Halimah Yacob as the country’s first woman President in 47 years. Yacob was elected without a vote as she was the sole candidate qualifying for the position which was reserved for candidates from the minority Malay community this time.
■ NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has completed a final, distant flyby of Saturns’s giant moon Titan. This distant encounter is referred to informally as “the goodbye kiss” by mission engineers, because it provides a gravitational nudge that sends the spacecraft toward its dramatic ending in Saturn’s upper atmosphere.
- The Cassini mission was launched in 1997 — a cooperation between NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency.
- Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn.
- Cassini is the fourth space probe to visit Saturn and the first to enter orbit.
- Its design includes a Saturn orbiter and a lander for the moon Titan. The lander, called Huygens, landed on Titan in 2005.
Economics Today’s Current Affair Capsule – 14 September 2017
■ The Union Cabinet has approved hiving off mobile tower assets of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) into a separate company, fully owned by BSNL. This authorizes BSNL to monetize its telecom tower infrastructure with the formation of a separate subsidiary company. There are around 4,42,000 mobile towers in the country out of which more than 66,000 mobile tower are of BSNL.
- The telecom tower industry has emerged as an independent business to harness the potential for sharing of infrastructure.
- The business model arose from the need to achieve economies of scale and to reduce capital investment costs for providing mobile services.
■ Bengaluru has emerged among the top 25 high-tech cities of the world, according to a research analyzing innovative cities. Bengaluru stands at number 19, climbing rapidly from the 49th spot where it was at last year. Bengaluru’s rise in ranks has been due to the influx of IT companies and the city’s growing population of digital natives.
- San Francisco, the ‘Silicon Valley’, is at No. 1 spot, which is followed by New York.
- London, a city with more startups and programmers than any city in the world, is listed at No. 3.
- Los Angeles is at No. 4.
Sports Current Affairs – 14 September 2017
■ Paris is going to host 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles had been the only two candidates for the 2024 Games after Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew from the race.
“Current Affairs Questions for UPSC IAS Prelims”
Q1. Which country to host the Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit (ABIBWS)?
- A) Bhutan
- B) India
- C) Sri Lanka
- D) Nepal
Q2.Which union minister has launched online registration portal for 2017 BSF Half Marathon in New Delhi?
- A) Kiren Rijiju
- B) Narendra Modi
- C) Nirmala Sitharaman
- D) Ravi Shankar Prasad
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