Daily Current Affairs Updates – 13th September 2016

    Daily Current Affairs Updates–13th 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.

    Uttrakhand CM launches dengue awareness campaign

    i. With the rising dengue cases inUttarakhand, CM Harish Rawat on Monday launched an awareness campaign in Dehradun and joined the state police in aclean-up drive clearing choked drains.

    ii. He also sprinkled kerosene in the drains and requested people to do the same at regular intervals.Uttarakhand has reported 756 dengue cases so far, 709 of these in Dehradun.

    Direct Selling Guidelines 2016 framework by Ram Vilas Paswan

    i. The Union Government issued model guidelines for states to regulatedirect selling and multi-level marketing businesses while prohibiting pyramid structures as well asmoney circulation schemes. The guidelines were issued to protect consumers fromPonzi frauds.

    ii. TheDirect Selling Guidelines 2016framework wasreleased by the Food and Consumer Affairs MinisterRam Vilas Paswan. They have been sent to the states and Union Territories for adoption.

    ‘Central Sector Scheme’ with total project outlay of Rs. 3600 crore : CCEA& TEQIP

    i. TheCabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) and approved the proposal for initiation of the 3rd Phase ofTechnical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP).
    ii. The project will be implemented as a‘Central Sector Scheme’ with total project outlay ofINR 3600 crore. However, the project would be initiated with a cost ofINR 2660 crore, with the possibility of additional financing ofINR 940 crore at later stage.
    iii. Out of theINR 2660 crore, theCentral share will be INR 1330 crore and external assistance from theWorld Bank through International Development Association (IDA) Credit ofINR1330 crore .
    Govt inaugurates national fair in Bengaluru
    i. Union Minister of State forAyush (Independent Charge) Shri ShripadYessoNaik and Union minister forFertilisers and Chemicals and Parliamentary Affairs ShriAnanth Kumar inaugurated theNational Fair on comprehensive Indian Medicine system (AROGYA) in Bengaluru.
    ii. Thetwo days BRICS Wellness Workshop and AROGYA fair is being organized by the Ministry ofAYUSH, in collaboration with Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).

    MP, Maha, Jharkhand CMs meet over GaribKalyan Agenda
    i. Madhya Pradesh Chief MinisterShivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday held a discussion onBJP’s ‘GaribKalyan Agenda’ with hisMaharashtra and Jharkhand counterparts.
    ii. “Several states are running various schemes forpoverty alleviation and we were given the task of…bringing parity among them,”Chouhan said. After the Chief Ministers submit their report, the party will finalise an agenda on the issue.

    Aadhaar to be compulsory to book rail tickets

    i. According to a newIRCTC directive,Aadhaar cards would soon becomemandatory for booking rail tickets. Aadhaar cards would be compulsory for both reserved and unreserved categories, for online as well as counter tickets, it added. The directive would reportedly be effectivestarting December 2016. Notably, 96% Indians already have an Aadhaar Card.

    India takes US to WTO over renewable energy row

    i. The World Trade Organization(WTO) on Monday said thatIndia has complainedto the international trade regulator regarding the support given to therenewable energy industry in eight US states.

    ii. In this regard, India told the WTO that the US’ subsidies and domestic content requirements are inconsistent with WTO norms as they favour domestic products over imported goods.

    US designates India as major illicit drug producer

    i. India, and 21 other countries have been designated as ‘Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries’byUS President Barack Obama. Other countries in the listinclude Pakistan, Bahamas, Afghanistan, and Mexico, among others.

    ii. A country’s presence in the list is not a reflection of its government’s counter-narcotic efforts or level of cooperation with the US, Obama added.

    Goa to host Vintage Bike and Car Festival in Oct

    i. The Goa Tourism department isorganising its first Vintage Bike and Car Festival on October 1, with over50 vintage vehicles slated to drive down the city during the day-long event.

    ii. The Tourism department spokesperson said the vehicles would be dated from1933 to 1970 and include cars such as “Chevrolet, Mercedes, Volkswagen and bikes like Norton, BSA and BMW.”

    Patanjali CEO Acharya Balkrishna becomes a billionaire

    i. Acharya Balkrishna, the CEO of Patanjali, has become a billionaire with a net worth of INR25,600crore (around $3.8 billion), according to theHurun India Rich List 2016.

    ii. This gain is primarily due to the increasing popularity of Patanjali products. While Baba Ramdev is the face of Patanjali, around 94% of Patanjali is owned by the 44-year-old Balkrishna

    Various approvals from government
    1. Extradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan
    The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi, has approved the signing and ratification of theExtradition Treaty between India and Afghanistan.
    The treaty would provide a legal framework for seeking extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from and to the Afghanistan.
    2. Bilateral Technical Arrangement between India and Switzerland
    The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime MinisterShri NarendraModi has given its approval for signing of theTechnical Arrangement between IndiaandSwitzerlandon the identification and return of Swiss and Indian Nationals and its implementation.
    3. Extension of contract between India and the International Seabed Authority.
    The Union Cabinet on Monday approved theextension of a contract betweenIndia and the International Seabed Authority (ISA)for exploration of poly-metallic nodules.
    The contract exists between theMinistry of Earth Sciences and the ISA. The present contract for exploration of poly-metallic nodules has been further extended for a period of five years (2017-22).
    4. MoU between India and Kenya on cooperation in the field of National Housing Policy
    The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime MinisterShri NarendraModi has given itsexpost-facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU)betweenIndia and Kenya on cooperation in the field ofNational Housing Policy Development and Management (NHPDM). The MoU was signed on 11th July, 2016 at Nairobi during the visit of the Prime Minister of India.
    5. India, South Africa in ICT cooperation pact
    India and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for promotingbilateral cooperationin the field of Information and Communication Technologies.
    The MoU will help to establishinter-institutionalcooperation and relations between the two parties in order to promote cooperation in the field of ICT
    Reliance Jio, BSNL sign intra-circle roaming pact

    i. State-owned telecom operatorBharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Reliance Jio on Monday signed an intra-circle roaming agreement for2G and 4G services.

    ii. This will allow the subscribers of the two companies to utilize their networks across India and offer a better quality of services for both voice calls and data. Earlier,Vodafone had signed a similar pact with BSNL.

    V. ShanmuganathanTake additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh governor

    i. The V. Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya has been given the charge ofArunachal Pradesh by President Pranab Mukherjee. Because, Governor of Arunachal PradeshJyoti Prasad  Rajkhowa was removed from the post of Arunachal Pradesh Governor.
    ii. President Pranab Mukherjee has directed that Shri J.P. Rajkhowa to put his papers from the post of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

    VidyaBalan Brand Ambassador of Samajwadi Pension Yojana

    i. Bollywood actressVidyaBalan appointed as brand ambassador of the ambitiousSamajwadi Pension Yojana by Uttar Pradesh government.

    ii. The actor who had earlier been associated with the“ghar-gharshauchalya” campaign of the Union government will be seen campaigning about the scheme in the coming months.
    The main Objective of the scheme to encourage savings among people living below the poverty line and provide them financial assistance.

    The shortlisted candidates for 2016 Man Booker prize
    ·        Paul Beatty (US) The Sellout (One world)
    ·        Deborah Levy (UK) Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
    ·        Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) His Bloody Project (Contraband)
    ·        OttessaMoshfegh (US) Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
    ·        David Szalay (Canada-UK) All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
    ·        Madeleine Thien (Canada) Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)
    Deepa was oldest recipient of Arjuna award in 2012

    i. Deepa Malik, who won thesilver medal in shot put at the Paralympics, was the oldest ever recipient of the Arjuna award in2012 at 42 years of age. She belongs to Haryana.

    ii. She is an accomplishedswimmer, adventure sports player, and biker. Moreover,she has 54 national gold medals and 13 international medals in various sports including swimming, javelin throw and shot put

    The Woman Who Left wins best picture at the world’s oldest film festival

    i. A revenge dramaAng Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) on 10 September 2016 won theGolden Lion for Best Film Award at the 73 Venice Film Festival.

    ii. On the other hand,Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky andMexican film director Amat Escalante sharedSilver Lion for Best Direction for their respective films Paradise and The Untamed.

    Priyanka named Hollywood royalty by W magazine
    i. Priyanka Chopra has featured in ‘The New Royals’ list of Americanfashion magazine ‘W’. The actress has also featured on the cover of the magazine.
    ii. As per the magazine, thelist is chosenbased on achievement and not on birthright. Other celebrities who have featured in the list of‘Hollywood royals’ include Chris Evans, Halle Berry and Kit Harington.

    New York’s Metropolitan Museum named world’s best

    i. TheMetropolitan Museum of Art in New Yorkhas been ranked thebest museum in the world in aTripAdvisor survey. The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago city and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg have come second and third respectively.

     ii. The Musee d’Orsay in Paris and the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico complete the top five.

    NASA using aircrafts to measure greenhouse gases

    i. US space agency NASA is conductinglow-level aircraft flights tomeasure greenhouse gas concentrations over themid-Atlantic region through September. The flights will carry out the‘Carbon Airborne Flux Experiment’ to measure the exchange of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide between Earth and atmosphere.

    ii. The measurements would help analyses the performance of existing atmospheric models.
    UK’s 1st robotic kidney transplant performed

    i. Robots have been used to perform kidneytransplantsfor thefirst time in the UK. One of the patients, who had previously undergone a kidney transplant by traditional open surgery, reported significantly less pain with the robotic method.

    ii. Another patient reported a faster post-operative recovery time. Both the patients were reportedly able to recover using onlyparacetamol rather than morphine.

    LinkedIn to launch 4 times faster mobile site in India

    i. Professional social networkLinkedIn has announced ‘LinkedIn Lite’, a four times faster version of its mobile website for Indian users, expected to be launched in the country in the next few weeks. 

    ii. The company also announced to launch an online test for the users called‘LinkedIn Placements’, results of which will be matched with jobs being advertised on the website.

    India’s medals in ITTF junior championships

    i. India haswon four golds, one silver and five bronze medals in theInternational Table Tennis Federation Junior and Cadet Open Championships (ITTF)-2016 at Indore(Madhya Pradesh).Taipei topped the table claiming five Gold.
    India won three singles gold medals through VaruniJaiswal, Manav Thakkar and Ishhita Gupta.
    ii. India has won theJunior Boys doubles gold whenAnanthDevarajan and Manav Thakkarcombined to outwitTaipei’s Lai Chi-Chien and Tai Ming-Wei

    Deepa Malik became the first Indian woman to bag a medal at the Paralympics

    i. Indian athleteDeepa Malik became the first Indian woman to bag a medal at the Paralympics. Malik clinched asilver medal in the shot-put F-53 event. Her throw of4.61m was the best in her six attempts.
    ii. With the win, she confirmedIndia’s third medal from the Rio Paralympics.Fatema Nedham of Bahrain won the gold medal with the best throw of 4.76m.
    Greece’s Dimitra Korokida bagged thebronze medal with a throwof 4.28m.
    Deepa Malik has 4 Limca Adventure Records to her name

    i. Deepa Malik, the first Indian woman to win a medal at Paralympics, has four Limca Adventure Records to her name.
    ii. This includes crossing a1km stretch of the Yamuna River against the current,riding 58km on a special bike, doing the longest pan-India drive by a paraplegic woman, and driving across ninehigh altitude passes in nine days in Ladakh.

    Sushmita wins bronze at World Martial Arts Masterships
    i. Indian kickboxer Sushmita Rai won the bronze medal at theWorld Martial Arts Masterships 2016, held at Cheongju, Chungcheongbuk-do of South Korea.
    ii. The competition, which is considered by many as the equivalent of Olympics for the martial arts, wasattended by 2,073 participants from 87 countries.Rai was a part of the 12-member Indian contingent participating in the week-long event.

    Mariyappan India’s flag bearer for Paralympics closing
    i. Thangavelu Mariyappan, who became only thethird Indian ever to clinch a gold medal in the Paralympics, will be the country’s flag-bearer at the closing ceremony of the Rio Games on September 18.
    ii. Mariyappan, who was five-years-old when his right leg was crushed by a speeding bus, won the yellow metal in theT-42 High Jump event.

    Wrestler Sakshi Malik enters world top-5

    i. India’s bronze medal winner at theRio Olympics, Sakshi Malik entered thetop 5 of the 58 kg women’s wrestling world rankings at thefourth place on Monday.
    ii. She is nowthe only Indian wrestler to be ranked in the top 10 of the United World Wrestling rankings, after becoming the country’s first female Olympic medalist in the sport.

    Kiwi blade runner breaks Oscar Pistorius’ record
    i. New Zealand sprinter Liam Malone broke the men’s200-metre T44 Paralympic Games record held by South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius.The 22-year-old,who won gold in the event, registered a timing of21.06 seconds, beating Pistorius’record by 0.24 seconds.
    ii. This wasMalone’s second Paralympic medal after havingwon the silver medal in the 100-metre sprint on Friday
    Veteran Journalist Ramsewak Shrivastava Passes Away

    i. Ramsewak Shrivastavai. Veteran journalist Ramsewak Shrivastava (84) passed away inNew Delhi due to age-related ailmentsHe had worked with weekly‘Dinmaan’, DainikJagran, Navbharat Times and Times group



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