Daily Current Affairs Updates–26th September 2016:
Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.
i. The Indo-US Joint Military Training Exercise, Yudh Abhyas – 2016 is being conducted at Chaubattia Military Station, Ranikhet, Uttarakhand w.e.f 14 Sep 2016.
The exercise was the twelfth in the YudhAbhyas series, which started in the year 2004 under US Army Pacific Partnership Program.
ii. It strengthens and broadens interoperability and cooperation between the Indian and US armies.
iii. It is the third Indo-US Army exercise at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand and complements number of other exchanges and exercise between the forces.
i. Haryana will become kerosene-free from April 1 next year, while eight of the State’s 21 districts will get the status on November 1, 2016.
ii. With an aim to provide smoke-free healthy environment while cooking, the state government has decided to provide free of cost gas connections under the Centre’s Ujjawala scheme. The cost, Rs 1,600 for each connection, would be borne by the state.
iii. BPL families in Ambala, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Panchkula and Yamunanagar districts would get free gas connection by October 31. Supply of kerosene oil under PDS in these eight districts would be stopped on November 1.
iv. The remaining 13 districts would be made kerosene-free from April 1 next year. BPL families in these districts would get free gas connections from their nearest LPG dealers by March 31.
Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman is on a 3-day visit to Sri Lanka.
i. Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman is on a 3-day visit to Sri Lanka. The aim of this visit is to expand bilateral trade relations between the two nations.
ii. The proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the two countries will be prominently discussed during the visit.
i. The 2nd meeting of the High Level Group of Eminent Experts to strengthen the SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism was held in New Delhi.
ii. Delegations from all eight SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) member countries participated in the conference.
iii. SAARC members are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
i. Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed that India will ratify the Paris pact on Climate Change on October 2. The decision is expected to give momentum to implementation of measures at international level to control global warming.
ii. While Western countries, including the US, had been pushing for an early ratification of the pact-possibly by the end of this year, India had been seeking more time to complete its national processes as it fears that any hasty decision may impact its developmental projects.
iii. During the Paris climate meet in December last, more than 190 nations had agreed on setting ambitious goals for capping global warming and funnelling trillions of dollars to poor countries facing climate catastrophe.
The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Till now, more than 50 nations have signed the agreement.
iv. China and the US – responsible for around 40 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions – jointly ratified the Paris climate change deal that aims to significantly reduce global emissions, giving hopes that the landmark accord may come into effect by the end of this year.
i. A new species of a small mammal in the rabbit family has been discovered in the higher altitudes of the Himalayas in Sikkim.
ii. Identified as ‘Ochotona sikimaria’ — the new pika species was discovered by the study based on genetic data and skull measurements.
iii. These members of the rabbit family look like tailless rats and have been in the news in North America for their sensitivity to impacts of climate change, like increasing temperature, which has caused several of the populations in pika series go extinct.
iv. Unlike other mammalian species inhabiting such harsh environments, pikas do not hibernate. They prepare for winter by collecting and storing hay piles for their winter food.
i. State-owned United Bank of India (UBI) today said it has received Rs 608 crore capital infusion from the government.
ii. "The bank has received Rs 608 crore from the central government towards preferential allotment of 26,74,87,901 equity shares of Rs 10 each at a price of Rs 22.73 per share," UBI said in a BSE filing.
i. Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) has launched an application - Kotak Now - that would allow new customers to open an account in a simpler and cost-effective manner.
ii. This is for the first time that a domestic private sector lender has come up with such a facility, where a customer can open a bank account using its application.
iii. "This is an end-to-end application wherein a customer will be able to open a bank account within 10 minutes, without worrying about visiting a branch or any other merchant," Deepak Sharma, chief digital officer, Kotak Mahindra Bank, told reporters here.
i. British lender Barclays is keen on being a research and development engine for the financial services industry and is making significant investments in this space, according its India chief operating officer Ram Gopal.
ii. Speaking about India as a hub for fintech innovation for the bank, he said Barclays has over 29,000 people employed directly or through its partners, and a third of the group's executive committee are Indians.
i. The ‘Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit (IITIS)- 2016’ is organized by the Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Confederation of Indian Industry and the Tourism Finance Corporation of India from 21st to 23rd September, 2016 to promote investments in Tourism sector in India.
States like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand,and Chattisgarh exchanged 86 MoUs during the session and many more are in the pipeline, aggregating close to Rs 15,000 crores.
ii. IITIS-2016 had met the desired objectives and highlighted tourism investment potential in the country.
iii. Gujarat exchanged MoUs close to 9000 crores, Karnataka with 2600 crores, Rajasthan with 1000 crores ,Uttarakhand with 500 crores and Chhattisgarh with 12 crores.
Also, B. R. Shetty Group is keen to invest 450 crores and Costa Cruise 750 crores and Triveni Singapore close to 800 crores in the country.
Anurag Srivastava as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Djibouti
i. Shri Anurag Srivastava (IFS: 1999), presently Ambassador of India to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, has been concurrently accredited as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Djibouti, with residence in Addis Ababa
He is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
i. Ajay Singh has become the new President of the Boxing Federation of India. He got 49 votes against the 15 that his rival Rohit Jainendra Jain of Delhi polled in the election which had observers from AIBA as well as the Sports Ministry to monitor the proceedings.
ii. While AIBA was represented by its Oceania Zone Vice-President Edgar Tanner, the Ministry had deputed Sports Authority of India Director Sushmita Jyotsi as observer.
iii. Maharashtra’s Jay Kowli was elected the Secretary General, garnering 48 votes against the 12 by his nearest rival Lenny D’Gama of Goa.
i. The Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has announced felicitation of farmers at the National and Regional level every year on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay.
ii. Government of India has instituted Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Antyodaya Krishi Puruskar (National & Zonal) from this year 2016.
iii. The awards include one award at national level comprising Rs. One lakh and 11 zonal awards comprising of Rs. 50 thousand each along with a citation and certificate.
This award has been instituted for recognizing the contributions of marginal, small and landless farmers for developing integrated and sustainable models of agricultural farming.
The National Award for the year 2016 has been won by Smt. Krishna Yadav, an enterprising lady farmer from, Dinpur, Najafgarh for her outstanding achievements in the processing and value addition of food especially fruits and vegetables.
i. 4th TOF Tigers Wildlife Tourism Awards 2016 honoured men and women working to restore the green cover of India and Nepal in multiple ways.
ii. The evening, hosted by the British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith KCMG, had in attendance Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, acclaimed naturalist Valmik Thapar and chairman awards panel film maker Mike Pandey amongst others.
The awards, which were given in nine categories, also accompanied a prize upto Rs 75,000. Other than that, it also offers equipment to be used in tiger conservation or services for the benefit of destination or community.
i. The John Wakefield Memorial Award for Most Inspirational Eco Lodge of the Year 2016 Up and Coming Excellence for Nature Award 2016
ii. The Billy Arjan Singh Memorial Award for Best Wildlife Guide of the Year 2016 (also carries INR 20,000 prize)
iii. Lodge Naturalist of the Year 2016 (also carries INR 25,000 prize)
Visitor Friendly Wildlife Destination of the Year 2016 (also carries a prize INR 75,000 worth of kit or equipment to be used in tiger protection/conservation)
Wildlife Promotion Company of the Year 2016
i. Wildlife Tourism Related Community Initiative of the Year 2016 (also carries a prize of INR 50,000)
ii. Wildlife and Tourism Initiative of the Year 2016 (also carries a prize of INR 50,000 towards equipment/services for the benefit of the community)
International Wildlife Tour Operator of the Year 2016
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
i. China commissioned the world’s largest radio telescope which can search for “more strange objects”, help in better understanding the origin of the universe and boost global hunt for extraterrestrial life.
ii. Hundreds of astronomers and astronomy enthusiasts witnessed the official launch of the Five-Hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope’s (FAST) mission in a karst valley in Pingtang County.
iii. Work on the nearly 1.2 billion-yuan (USD 180 million) project started in 2011, 17 years after it was proposed by Chinese astronomers.The radio telescope will be the global leader for the next 10 to 20 years.
i. Japan’s Aichi prefecture and its capital city Nagoya were confirmed as co-hosts of the 2026 Asian Games.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) formally endorsed the bid after Aichi Prefecture governor Hideaki Ohumra and Nagoya city mayor Takashi Kawamura presented their joint offering to the OCA General Assembly in Danang.
ii. South Korea is already hosting the Winter Olympics at Pyeonchang in 2018, while Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics before the winter games go to Beijing in 2022.
iii. Held every four years, the 2018 Asian Games have already been awarded to the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang while the 2022 edition will be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.
iv. Tokyo is also hosting the next Olympic games in 2020 while Japan will stage the Rugby World Cup in 2019, the Asian Winter Games in 2017 and the world swimming championships in 2021.
v. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice before, at Tokyo in 1958 and Hiroshima in 1994, and the awarding of the 20th edition in 2026 is the latest in a series of major sporting events heading to the country over the next decade.
i. Pincky Balhara opened India’s medal account in the Asian Beach Games when she won the bronze medal in the Kurash discipline.
ii. In the -52 kg category, Pincky gave a tough fight to Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Thanh in the semi-final.
Despite her strong performance in the silver medal fight, the Indian had to settle for the bronze.
i. Olympian Sajan Prakash of Railways set a new national record to win gold in the 200m Butterfly senior men’s category at the 70th Glenmark Senior National Aquatic Championship at Delhi.
ii. Prakash, the first Indian to break the 2 minute barrier in the category, clocked a time 01:59.35, followed by team mate Supriyo Mondal who clocked 02:03.42. Manoj Mitesh, representing Services, won bronze with a time of 02:07.04.
i. Gaurav Gill of Team MRF posted his fourth consecutive win in the 2016 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship.
Having earlier won in New Zealand, Australia and China, Gill, the 2013 APRC champion with a new co-driver in Belgian Stephane Prevot, came up with another near-flawless drive in the MRF Skoda Fabia R5 to win in one minute, 50.6 seconds over his team-mate, Germany’s Fabian Kreim (Christian Frank) who finished ahead of Cusco Racing’s Michael Young (Malcolm Read).
i. Indian shuttler Rituparna Das clinched the Polish Open after defeating fellow Indian Rasika Raje in the women’s singles final of the International challenge badminton event at Beirun (Poland).
ii. Rituparna beat Rasika 11-21 21-7 21-17 in a 40-minute clash.
iii. Women’s doubles pair of Sanjana Santosh and Arathi Sara Sunil also clinched the title after defeating top seeds Natalya Voytsekh and Yelyzaveta Zharka 19-21 21-19 21-14 in the finals.
Alexander Zverev wins St. Petersburg Open final.
iv. German professional tennis player Alexander Zverev has defeated Stan Wawrinka to win his first tour title in the St. Petersburg Open final.
v. Zverev defeated Wawrinka by 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 to win the title. With this, Zverev becomes the first man to beat Wawrinka in a tour final since 2013. The loss also ends a 10-match unbeaten run for Wawrink
i. Arnold Palmer, who is regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time has died at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh from complications of heart problems.
ii. From 1958 through 1964, Palmer was the charismatic face of professional golf and one of its dominant players. Arnold Daniel Palmer was an American professional golfer. He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955
FCAT chairman Mahajan dies
The chairman of Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), Justice (retd) S K Mahajan has passed away. He was the Former Delhi High Court judge.
The Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) is a statutory body, under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.