Daily Current Affairs Updates–27th September 2016:
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Centre grants approval, Gurgaon turns GurugramThe Central Government has accorded its approval for change in the name of Gurgaon to Gurugram.
India Hands Patrol Vessel to Mauritius
New Appointments in Union Government
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
World Tourism Day: 27 SeptemberThe World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed annually on 27th September to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.
The purpose of WTD is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.
Theme: ‘Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’.
Four New Airports Projects ApprovedThe Steering Committee on Greenfield airports headed by Secretary, Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India considered 4 new airport projects. The Committee recommended ‘in principle’ approval to 3 projects in Andhra Pradesh viz., Bhogapuram, Dagadarthi (Nellore) and Orvakallu (Kurnool).
The Committee also recommended for ‘site clearance’ to the project of Kothagudem in Telengana. The new International airport at Bhogapuram will be developed by the State Government under PPP mode at an estimated cost of Rs.2200 Crore to cater to 6.3 million passengers per annum (mppa) in the initial phase.
The other two airports in Andhra Pradesh will be developed as domestic No-Frills airports with an estimated cost of Rs.88 crores each. Dagadarthi will be developed under PPP mode whereas project at Orvakallu will be developed by State Government itself.
The Steering Committee has also recommended ‘site clearance’ for the new Greenfield airport project at Kothagudem in Telangana. With this, Telangana is getting a second Greenfield airport besides Hyderabad International airport.
Centre grants approval, Gurgaon turns Gurugram
This was stated by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal while interacting with media persons at Panchkula, near Chandigarh today.
He said that now both the city as well as the District of Gurgaon would be known as Gurugram.
Ludhiana Mega Food ParkThe Union Minister Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the Foundation Stone of the Ludhiana Mega Food Park being promoted by Punjab Agro. Ludhiana Food Park will give benefit to farmers and processors of Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib, Rupnagar, S.B.S. Nagar, Jalandhar, Moga, Sangrur and Barnala district of Punjab.
In order to give an impetus to the growth of the Food Processing Sector in Punjab, Ministry has approved three Mega Food Park in the State of Punjab. Out of these three Mega Food Park First Mega Food Park located at Fazilka has already become operational.
The foundation stone laying of a second Mega Food Park in the state promoted by M/s Punjab Agro Industries Corporation Ltd. (PAIC) was done by Harsimrat Kaur Badal. A 3rd Mega Food Park (M/s Sukhjit Mega Food Park) has been approved by the Ministry in Kapurthala District of Punjab.
India Hands Patrol Vessel to Mauritius
India handed over to Mauritius a fast patrol vessel, designed and built in-house by Goa Shipyard Limited.
It will be used for coastal patrolling, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling besides search and rescue operations.
The vessel is fitted with 30 mm CRN-91 Gun, 12.7 mm HMGs, 7.62 mm MMGs besides state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and is capable of achieving a high speed of 35 knots.
GSL is the largest exporter of ships from the Indian subcontinent and is presently executing export orders worth Rs 1,200 crore.
Tripura Assembly unanimously ratified the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST).
State Finance Minister Bhanulal Saha moved a resolution to ratify the Constitution (122 Amendment) Bill, 2014, which was passed without any opposition.
President Pranab Mukherjee gave assent to the Constitution Amendment Bill on GST on September 8 after it was passed in the both Houses of Parliament and was ratified by requisite number of state Assemblies.
The Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has inaugurated the 4 days Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Unnati Mela – 2016, in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
Upadhyaya conceived the political philosophy Integral Humanism – the guiding philosophy of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The philosophy of Integral Humanism advocates the simultaneous and integrated program of the body, mind and intellect and soul of each human being.
India and China today discussed on ways to enhance security and cooperation to combat terror.
At the first meeting of the India-China High Level Dialogue on Counter-terrorism and Security held in Beijing, the 2 sides exchanged information on respective policies to deal with terrorism, and further enhance their understanding on issues of major concern.
The meeting was co-chaired by R N Ravi, Chairman of JointmIntelligence Committee and Wang Yongqing, Secretary General of Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of China.
World Health Organization (WHO) has said, 9 out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air. Talking to reporters, Maria Neira, head of the WHO's department of public health and environment, said that the new report on pollution is extremely worrying.
Terming the report as a 'public health emergency', Ms Neira urged governments to take up measures like cutting the number of vehicles on the road, improving waste management and promotion of clean cooking fuel.
The WHO report is based on data collected from more than 3,000 sites across the globe. According to the report, poorer countries have much dirtier air than the developed world.
It found that 92 percent of the world's population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits.
Switzerland has ratified the Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Administrative Assistance Convention).
The move marks a significant step in the continuing global efforts to crackdown on illicit fund flows in the system and does away with banking secrecy practices.
The instruments of ratification for this Multilateral Convention were deposited with Paris-based OECD. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) sets the global tax standards and the convention has been prepared by it.
In this way, Switzerland is fleshing out its commitment to implementing international standards in the area of taxation. Switzerland would start implementing the convention from January 1, 2017.
The Reserve Bank has given approval to Rs 26,000-crore cash credit limit (CCL) for purchasing paddy in poll-bound Punjab, which came as a relief for SAD-BJP combine that struggled hard in the past for release of funds to buy food grain.
"RBI has given its approval for the Rs 26,000 crore of CCL for procuring paddy from Punjab," Punjab Mandi Board Vice-Chairman Ravinder Singh Cheema .
Paddy procurement in Punjab will commence from October 1 and the state is expecting procurement of 150 lakh tonne of crop from the state.
The Central government removed Sushil Muhnot from the post of Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Maharashtra with immediate effect.
The move has been taken under legal powers vested with the Centre under the Nationalized Banks (Management and Miscellaneous Provisions) Scheme 1970/1980.
Ravindra Marathe, who was Executive Director at Bank of India, assumed charge as MD and CEO of Bank of Maharashtra.
The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) recommended nine candidates for the post of Executive Directors in various public sector banks.
The selected officers are Fareed Ahmed, Mrinal Kanti Bhattacharya, Atanu Kumar Das, P Ramana Murthy, Damodharan Neelam, Ashok Kumar Pradhan, A C Rout, S Hari Sankar and Swaminathan K.
These recommendations are based on interactions held by the Bureau with eligible candidates from PSBs towards appointment against existing and future vacancies of Executive Directors in PSBs for the period 2016-17.
The Banks Board Bureau has been formed to advise the government on top-level appointments at public sector lenders. Former CAG Vinod Rai is its Chairman.
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has landed a 99.7-million dollar (around 660 crore rupees) contract from Vietnam Border Guard to design, construct and supply high-speed patrol vessels. The contract provides for supply of 12 vessels in next 30 months.
These high-speed patrol vessels will be built for controlling and protecting sea security and sovereignty, detecting illegal activities such as smuggling, and undertaking search and rescue missions.
Constructed of aluminum alloy, these vessels will be about 35 meter long and clock a speed of 35 knots with navigation and surveillance equipment and self-defence capabilities on board.
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and GAIL (India) Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dhamra LNG Terminal Private Limited (DLTPL) for taking equity in the 5 MMTPA capacity LNG Receiving, Storage and Regasification Terminal.
The Dhamra LNG terminal is being built by Adani Enterprises Ltd at Dhamra Port, Odisha.
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), for exploration of Poly-Metallic Sulphides (PMS) in Indian Ocean.
International Seabed Authority
The ISA is an institution set up under the Convention on Law of the Sea to which India is a Party.
The ISA earlier approved an application submitted by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for allotment of 10,000 sq. km. area along with 15-year plan of work for exploration of PMS along Central Indian Ridge (CIR) and Southwest Indian Ridge (SWIR) region of the Indian Ocean.
Poly-Metallic Sulphides (PMS)
PMS, containing iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold, platinum in variable constitutions, are precipitates of hot fluids from upwelling hot magma from deep interior of the oceanic crust, discharged through mineralized chimneys.
PMS in the Ocean Ridges have attracted worldwide attention for their long term commercial as well as strategic values.
Online aggregator of homestays Stayzilla.com has signed a MoU with Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL) to jointly promote and market homestays and alternate stays in Gujarat.
Homestay is a stay option wherein guests (travellers) can rent a room in the home of a local family (host) or the entire house.
Under this agreement, Stayzilla and Gujarat Tourism will share the current base of home stays on each other’s digital platforms to bring more awareness on home stays in Gujarat.
Stayzilla will also aid verification procedures and jointly promote the concept of home stays in the State. All home stays registered with TCGL will receive technological and operational support to run.
Former petroleum secretary Vijay Kelkar has been as the elected president of the prestigious Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). Vijay Kelkar succeeded former RBI governor C Rangarajan.
Indian Statistical Institute is an academic institute of national importance as recognised by a 1959 act of the Indian parliament. It grew out of the Statistical Laboratory set up by Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in Presidency College, Kolkata.
New Appointments in Union Government
The appointment of Shri A. R. K. Kini, IPS (BH:81) as Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat.
O.P. Singh, IPS (UP:83) presently working as DG, NDRF (ADG level) to the post of Director General, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in the HAG+ pay scale (pre-revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of his superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2020 or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
Sudhir Pratap Singh, IPS (RJ:83) presently working as ADG, CRPF to the to the post of Director General, National Security Guard (NSG) in HAG+ pay scale (pre revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of this superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2018 or until further orders, whichever is earlier;
R. K. Pachnanda, IPS (WB:83) presently working as ADG, CISF to the post of DG, NDRF in the HAG+ pay scale (pre revised) from the date of joining the post and up to the date of his superannuation i.e. up to 31.01.2018 or until further orders whichever is earlier.
Cancellation of appointment order of P.C. Thakur, IPS (GJ:79) as Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence & Home Guards.
Indian NGO receives first-ever FIFA Diversity Award
Indian NGO Slum Soccer has been awarded the inaugural FIFA Diversity Award, which recognises outstanding organisations, group initiatives, and personalities who stand up for diversity and inspire unity, solidarity and equality among people.
The other finalists for the award were International Gay & Lesbian Football Association and England's Kick It Out.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its satellite SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather-related studies from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
The satellite carrying the 377 kg SCATSAT-1 and seven other satellites. This was the first mission of PSLV in which it launched its payloads into two different orbits.
The expected lifespan of SCATSAT-1 is expected to be five years. ISRO’s SCATSAT-1 can generate accurate data on wind patterns over the ocean surface.
IAF command along the western front has gone on a high alert with a major exercise across all its 18 airbases and other installations from Srinagar to Bikaner.
The objective of “Exercise Talon” involving the crucial Western Air Command (WAC) is to “improve operational preparedness and air defense” in the entire stretch from J&K to Rajasthan.
As for the Talon exercise underway till September 30, IAF also continues to deploy Israeli unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or spy drones to maintain “a constant surveillance” over all airbases ranging from Srinagar, Leh, Thoise, Awantipur to Ambala, Amritsar, Halwara and Nal.
The exercise also involves camouflaging runways, moving aircraft to their blast pens and deploying decoys to prevent or minimize losses during enemy attacks.
Harish Banghel won a silver in the men’s middleweight Muay Thai event at the 5th Asian Beach Games.
Banghel lost to Zhang Yongkang of China in the final of 71-75kg category to settle for a silver.
Muay Thai is a combination of boxing and martial arts originated in Thailand.
India registered a thumping 11-0 victory over Oman in the U-18 Asia Cup hockey, boosting their chances to make the knockout round in Dhaka.
With three players scoring hat tricks, the result never looked in doubt, as India looked to boost their goal difference and confidence after the shock loss to hosts Bangladesh.
Dilpreet was named the Man of the Match for an all-round performance which also saw him register a hat trick. Hat tricks were also scored by Xess and Ibungo Singh Konjengbam.
India has defeated New Zealand by 197-run to win its historic 500th cricket test match in Kanpur. On the 5th and final day of the match at Green Park, India bowled out the visitors for 236 in their second innings. Shortly after Lunch, they set them an improbable target of 434.
Man of the Match - Ravinder Jadeja (Bowler).