17 Sep 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates – 17th September 2016

Daily Current Affairs Updates–17th September 2016:
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Centre issues final call to Kerala, Tamil Nadu for implementing National Food Security Act

i. The Centre today warned Kerala and Tamil Nadu that food grains for distribution to above poverty line (APL) families would be provided at a higher rate to the states if they fail to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) at the earliest.
ii. Other 34 NFSA implementing states and Union Territories have been asked to address gaps in the list of beneficiaries, computerization of PDS operation, Aadhaar linkage with ration cards and grievance redressal mechanism.
iii. NFSA, passed by the Parliament in September 2013 during UPA regime, aims to abolish the APL and below poverty line (BPL) criteria and uniformly provides 5 kg of wheat or rice to all beneficiaries every month at subsidized rate of Rs 1-3 per per kg.
iv. "Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the only two states left where the NFSA has not been implemented yet. Despite being developed states, I don't understand why they are not doing it," Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said addressing a two-day national conference on PDS reforms.
Centre okays Rs 500 crore for J&K under Swadesh Darshan scheme
i. The Centre has approved projects worth Rs 500 crore for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme. "The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee, chaired by Union Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi, for Swadesh Darshan Scheme has approved projects to the tune of Rs 500 crore as part of Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir," an official release said.
ii. Highlights of the project include setting up convention centres in Gulmarg and Patnitop and development of ethnic villages and water sports centre at Baghliyar Dam - Pool Doda.
Other major proposed interventions include last mile connectivity, tourist facilitation/interpretation centre, base camps for trekking, and facilitation centre for Amarnath Yatra pilgrims, illumination of heritage structures, provision of eco-friendly vehicles, it added.
iii. Under Swadesh Darshan, 13 thematic circuits have been identified for development, namely North-East India Circuit, Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Circuit, Coastal Circuit, Krishna Circuit, Desert Circuit, Tribal Circuit, Eco Circuit, Wildlife Circuit, Rural Circuit, Spiritual Circuit, Ramayana Circuit and Heritage Circuit.
Bengaluru 3rd among Indian cities in molestation cases
i. Bengaluru reported the third highest attacks -718 -against women with an intent to outrage their modesty among 53 Indian cities, according to the National Crime Records Bureau statistics for 2015.
ii. Women's vulnerability in Bengaluru stands in sharp contrast to the statewide statistics. Karnataka stands fifth -5,112 cases -among states and Union Territories in the incidence of crime under this category .Delhi, with 4,563 cases, and Mumbai, with 2,008, are ranked first and second.
Aadhaar is mandatory, UIDAI writes to all ministries and states
i. Soon after the notification of Aadhaar regulations, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has written to all ministries and states to notify services, benefits and subsidies for which the 12-digit number will now be mandatory.
ii. "The notification shall mention the service, benefits or subsidies funded from the Consolidated Fund of India, which will require, as a condition precedent, a beneficiary to undergo Aadhaar authentication or furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number," UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey wrote to all ministries and states in a letter on September 15.
iii. The letter said that if a person does not have Aadhaar, he will not be denied a benefit but be enrolled in the programme at once, with the respective ministry or state government being made responsible to provide him with the unique identification number.
Open defecation practiced in 80 per cent ‘Adarsh’ villages
i. Over 80 per cent 'Adarsh' villages selected by 702 members of Parliament two years ago still remain mired in the dishonorable practice of open defecation, government statistics reveals. Atop government functionary on Friday confided that only 131 villages (18.66 per cent) from among 702 villages selected by MPs (Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha) were open defecation-free (ODF).
ii. Put alternatively, 571 MPs have not been able to turn their selected villages as 'Adarsh' ODF villages even two years after the launch of Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. This statistics flies into the face of Indian legislator's commitment towards open defecation-free country.
iii. The government statistics suggest that most of the 702 MPs, who have adopted villages have failed to ensure 100 per cent coverage of many of government's existing services or welfare efforts like vaccination, institutional delivery, ICDS, widow pension, disability pension, and food grains under PDS. Government's latest figures suggest that only about 40 per cent villages had 100 per cent immunisation.
Gujarat is India's growth engine: USIBC
i. Gearing up to participate in the next years Vibrant Gujarat Summit as a partner country, the US India Business Council has termed Gujarat as India's "growth engine".
ii. "The state of Gujarat is one of the leading states in India for industries and is recognised as India's growth engine," USIBC president Mukesh Aghi yesterday said in an interaction with a delegation of senior official and business leaders from Gujarat.
"Vibrant Gujarat Summit is one of the most notable efforts in India's attempts to place itself as the topmost investment destination," he said, adding that USIBC is delighted to partner with the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
World Economic Freedom Index: India’s rank: 112
i. India has slipped by 10 positions to 112th, out of 159 countries and territories, as it ‘fared badly’ across categories including legal system and regulation, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report.
ii. Although China, Bangladesh and Pakistan lagged behind India at 113th, 121st and 133th ranks respectively, Bhutan (78), Nepal (108) and Sri Lanka (111) were better placed on the World Economic Freedom Index.
iii. “India has fared badly in all categories i.e. legal system and property rights (86), sound money (130), freedom to trade internationally (144) and regulation (132) except the size of the government (8),” the report said.
iv. According to the report, Hong Kong has the highest level of economic freedom worldwide, followed by Singapore, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Georgia, Ireland, Mauritius, the UAE, Australia, and the UK.
v. The 10 lowest-ranked countries are: Iran, Algeria, Chad, Guinea, Angola, Central African Republic, Argentina, Republic of Congo, Libya and lastly Venezuela. India's leading public policy think tank, Centre for Civil Society, has published the report in collaboration with Canada's Fraser Institute.
All India Radio launched a multimedia website and app of its Balochi radio service
i. To enable people of Balochistan settled across the world listen to Balochi content from India, All India Radio on Friday launched a multimedia website and app of its Balochi radio service.
ii. The short wave radio service in Balochi has been functional since 1974 and reaches several parts of Pakistan with a one hour capsule every day that contains news, news commentary and cultural programmes.
iii. Officials said that the ministry of external Affairs has promised to help AIR with finance and Balochi talent to enable this modernization. PM Narendra Modi on Independence Day had brought up the issue of Pakistani atrocities on people of Balochistan and PoK.
iv. All India Radio Director General Fayyaz Sheheryar said a content delivery system is being put in place at All India Radio which will monitor response and feedback to content being broadcast by All India Radio in foreign countries. He added this is an attempt to keep the Balochi diaspora settled across the world feel connected.
"Though the service has been operational and popular since 1974, the number of letters has come down. We are now looking at having email facilities. The website also has feedback mechanism with will help in connecting with our listeners better," said Amlanjyoti Mazumdar.
The revamped service is aimed at making the contents and programmes of Balochi language available at multimedia platforms for easy access of listeners and create a global audience, said Prasar Bharti Chairman A Suryaprakash.
India extends $750 mn credit line to Nepal for post-quake reconstruction
i. India on Friday extended a fresh $750-million credit line to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction.
ii. This was among three agreements signed following delegation-level talks chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart, Puhspa Kamal Dahal "Prachanda" here.
iii. "Fresh impetus to Nepal's development. Leaders witness signing of agreements on roads and reconstruction projects," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
iv. The $750-million credit line is over and above the $1 billion aid that India announced following the devastating earthquake in the Himalayan nation last April that claimed over 8,000 lives.
The two sides also signed a memorandum of agreement (MoU) for project management consultancy services for upgrading and improving the road infrastructure in Nepal's Terai area. Another agreement was signed on the first amendatory dollar credit line for post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal.
US to be a partner country for Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017
i. The US has agreed to be a partner country in the next edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2017, an official has said.
ii. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal announced this during a meeting with the visiting delegation of Gujarat on Thursday, State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday.
Biswal met with a Gujarat delegation, led by Resident Commissioner Bharat Lal who was accompanied by Indian Charge d'Affaires Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
UCC, PAN must for transaction on commodity bourses: SEBI
i. Markets regulator SEBI made Unique Client Code (UCC) and Permanent Account Number (PAN) mandatory for all the persons transacting on commodity exchanges.
ii. “It shall be mandatory for the members of the commodity derivatives exchanges to use UCC for all clients transacting on the commodity derivatives exchanges,” Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) said in a circular.
Hanjin Shipping plan would see sale of most of its ships
i. South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, whose collapse has disrupted global trade, is considering a restructuring plan to sell more than half its ships, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.
ii. However, liquidation remained the most likely outcome for Hanjin Shipping, the newspaper cited the sources as saying. 
iii. Hanjin Shipping, the world's seventh-largest container carrier, filed for receivership late last month in a South Korean court and must submit a rehabilitation plan in December.
iv. The company is working on various scenarios and focusing on one under which Hanjin would retain up to 15 of its 37 ships and return almost all of its 61 chartered ships to their owners, leaving a much smaller carrier, the Wall Street Journal said.
Johnson & Johnson to buy Abbott's vision unit for $4.33 billion
i. Johnson & Johnson says it is paying more than $4.3 billion in cash to buy the eye health unit of AbbottBSE 0.76 % Laboratories to boost its vision business.
ii. The unit, called Abbott Medical Optics, makes lasers and other equipment used for cataract surgery and laser vision correction procedures. It also makes eye drops and contact lens cleaners.
iii. Johnson & Johnson says the purchase will enter it into the cataracts surgery market. The New Brunswick, New Jersey, company says it will also help its vision business, which includes Acuvue contact lenses.
Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador
i. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), on 16 September 2016, was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. The appointment marks the first time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction.
ii. The induction ceremony took place in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in the New York United Nations Headquarters. During her Ambassadorship, Murad will focus on advocacy initiatives and raise awareness around the plight of the countless victims of trafficking in persons, especially refugees, women and girls.
Atul Kumar Goel : Executive Director (ED) in Union Bank of India (UBI)
i. Atul Kumar Goel, General Manager, Allahabad Bank, has taken charge as Executive Director (ED) in Union Bank of India (UBI). The Central Government appointed Goel though a notification dated September 15. The appointment is for a period of 3 years.
ii. Union Bank of India is one of the largest government-owned banks of India. It is listed on the Forbes 2000, and has assets of USD 13.45 billion. All the bank's branches have been networked with its 6909 ATMs as on 30 September 2015.
The SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016: ujjivan gets platinum award
i. Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, a microfinance institution, has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016.
ii. The platinum award is the highest independent honour given for inclusive insurance and was presented to Ujjivan for the company’s exemplary work on financial inclusion initiatives, exceptional customer service, insurance penetration and for covering the highest number of lives through insurance.
The award was given to Ujjivan for conceptualising and implementing a comprehensive end-to-end whole nine yards’ project to create awareness and achieve an 100 per cent insurance penetration among the economically active and financially weaker segments of its customer base, who are normally deprived of insurance protection.
Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane
i. Rahane and Rohit, were honoured with the Arjuna Awards at a function held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The Arjuna Awards are given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the government of India to recognize outstanding achievement in National sports.
ii. Sports Minister Vijay Goel conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
His Bloody Project authored by Graeme Macrae Burnet shortlisted for Man Booker prize
i. Novel titled His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet was in news in September 2016. It came in news after being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize. His Bloody Project, a crime thriller, narrates a story in which a triple murder in a remote community in the Scottish Highlands leads to arrest of a young man, Roderick Macrae.
ii. It talks about a memoir by the accused that makes it clear that he is guilty; however, the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds fails to uncover what drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence.
It is one of the six books that were shortlisted for the £50,000 award that will be announced on 25 October at Guildhall. The other five books are
Ø  The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Ø  Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Ø  Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Ø  All That Man Is by David Szalay
Ø  Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Dinesh Bharadia wins 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award
i. India-born researcher Dinesh Bharadia was chosen for the prestigious Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award.
ii. Bharadia was chosen for his contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile telephony and data on the same channel.

Indowind to invest Rs.65 crore for 10 MW plant
i. Indowind Energy, an independent power producer, has decided to set up 10 MW wind energy project in Chitradurga district, Karnataka, within a year, its Chairman Bala V. Kutti said. The planned investment is about Rs.65 crore for the project, he told reporters.
ii. The company is also exploring the possibility of entering into solar power to improve its profitability. It is planning to set up a 25 MW unit either in Tamil Nadu or Karnataka with an investment of Rs.150 crore. “
Mormugao, Indian Navy's advanced guided missile destroyer, launched
i. Mormugao was built by the Mazgaon Shipyard which also plans to outsource work for 10 blocks to include private ship building yard in the programme. Mormugao is the second ship of Project 15B and will be one of the most advanced warships of the force.
ii. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s wife Reena launched the bedecked ship at a function at Mazagaon Docks at noon. The vessel is yet to undergo certain testings required by Indian Navy.
iii. Christened 'Mormugao', the vessel has been built by government-run Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) and belongs to Visakhapatnam class of ships being constructed under Project 15B. The vessel will undergo certain testings required by Indian Navy and would be subsequently known as INS Mormugao.
Track Asia Cup 2016 concluded; Indian finished second
i. Hong Kong topped the chart with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silvers and three bronze.
ii. On the other hand, India the hosts of the tournament ended their campaign at second position with 16 medals, including five gold, four Silver and seven bronze.

Former Italian  central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has died
i. Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi has died at the age of 95. As treasury minister he is credited with leading Italy into the euro currency.
ii. He also selected the design of the Italian 1-euro coin, Ciampi chose the Vitruvian man of Leonardo da Vinci. Ciampi claimed that he wanted the design to send the message that money was at the service of human kind and not the other way round.
iii. Ciampi spent most of his working life at the Bank of Italy, which he joined in 1946 after World War Two and headed for 14 years. He wrestled the bank free of political control, winning leeway to set interest rates and exchange rate policy.
Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee dead at 88
i. Edward Albee, whose slashing play “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” shocked Broadway in 1962 and has since become a classic of American literature, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Montauk.
ii. Legendary playwright Edward Albee, widely considered one of the greats of his generation, A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he was arguably America's greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005, Albee was awarded Pulitzers for A Delicate Balance, Seascape and Three Tall Women.



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