Daily Current Affairs Updates – 19th September 2016

    Daily Current Affairs Updates–19th 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.

    NATIONAL

    India ranked world’s top exporter of information, communication technology

    i. India has been ranked theworld’s top exporterof information and communication technology in a UN agency report that recommended that the country leverage this lead to innovate in emerging areas where biology and materials sciences intersect with computing.
    ii. Overall,India leapt 14 places from the 85thrank last year to the 61st in the latest Global Innovation Index (GII) released in Geneva by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday.
    iii. India ranked 8th in the world for producing graduatesin science and engineering and showed the most significant improvements in human capital and research moving up 40 places to 63.
    Haryana Gets 22nd District

    i. Haryana Chief MinisterManohar Lal Khattaraccorded the districtstatus to Dadri,which is the biggest sub-division inBhiwani district of the state. With this, the number of districts in the statewill rise to 22.
    ii. CM Khattar also announced various developmental projects forDadri including Rs 1.90 crore for water supply pipeline in Dadri town andRs 3.5 crore for construction of pedestrian overbridge between Gandhinagar and Grain Market.
    Selfie with my Shauchalya’ started in Ludhiana

    i. To promote theSwachh Bharat Missionand encourage people to use clean toilets, Ludhiana administration has started the “Selfie with my Shauchalya” campaign.
    ii. Under this, beneficiaries of toilets provided by thePunjab government have been urged to click a selfie with their toilets.
    The owner of the cleanest toilet, having all facilities, would be speciallyhonoured on October 2.


    Bhubaneswar to host 2-day national conference on labour

    i. The state government in association withInternational Labour Organisation (ILO) will organize a two-day national conference on labour in the city from September 20.
    ii. Subash Singh, chairman of Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, said they will discuss several issues related to organized and unorganizedlabourers of the country in four sessions of the conference.
    iii. Building and construction workers board ofOdisha has registered 16.43 lakh people and spentRs 175 crore to provide facilities to five lakh labourers under different schemes of the government. It has also started registering inter-state migrant labourers to provide them help under its schemes.
    Andhra Pradesh Tops in Industrial Investments

    i. According to latest RBI report,Andhra Pradeshhas emerged on thetop among all other states in attracting industrial investments in2015-16. It pushed the last year’s topper Maharashtra to the third spot.
    ii. Andhra Pradesh attracted an investment ofRs 21,914 crore out of the Rs 1,38,700 crore gross investments across India.
    iii. Gujaratretained thesecond place attracting 14.5 per cent of investments, up from 9.5 per cent in 2014-15
    iv. Maharashtra was pushed to thethird spot with 10.9 per cent in 2015-16, a decline from 14.8 per cent.
    v. Tamil Nadu also made quantum gains in investment, attracting9 per centof the gross and jumping to the fourth spot. In 2014-15, investment flow intoTamil Nadu was a mere 2.9 per cent.
    vi. Karnataka and Madhya Pradeshwere tied at the fifth spot garnering 7.2 percent share each in industrial investments.
    Govt to set INR 4000 cr overhaul of 80 check posts for GST

    i. TheRoad Transport and Highways Ministryhas identified80 border checkpointsacross India for aINR4,000 croreoverhaul for the smooth flow of goods ahead of the implementation of the GST, an official said.
    ii. Furthermore, the government is also working on anapp to link check posts under the Centre and the state governments,Road Minister Nitin Gadkari stated.
    Haryana to be developed as capital of Ayurveda

    i. Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said the state would be developed as thecapital of Ayurveda and Yoga. In order to achieve the goal, the government has already passed a proposal for setting up anAYUSH University in Kurukshetra, he added.
    ii. A five-storey civil hospital is being constructed inAmbalawhich wouldhave AYUSH services,Vij said.
    INTERNATIONAL
    First Indian music& dance festival starts in Sydney

    i. First Indian music and dance festival aimed to showcase thecountry’s rich and diverse culture was kicked off in Sydney. Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the10-week “Festival of India” last night with spectacular joint performances by Indian andAustralian artists.
    ii. The festival, an initiative of Indian government supported by the Australian side, will run across seven citiesincluding Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide.
    BANKING NEWS
    Federal Bank launches Federal Skill Academy at Coimbatore

    i. Federal Bank has launched its secondFederal Skill Academy at Coimbatore, as part of itsCSR initiatives.The first one being inaugurated last year at Ernakulam.
    ii. The initiative will facilitate underprivileged students to successfully complete the courses, and get employment opportunities both in India as well as abroad
    iii. The inauguration ofSkill Academy was done by Mahendra Ramdas (PresidentCOINDIA& Managing Director, Mahendra Pumps) and the Computer Lab was inaugurated byV Thirugnanam (Vice President, CODISSIA).
    BUSINESS NEWS
    ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’s Initial Public Offering (IPO)

    i. ICICI Prudential Life Insurance’sInitial Public Offering (IPO), the first ever by an Indian insurer, opened for subscription today and is the biggest local IPO in last six years.
    ii. The company aims to raise aboutINR 6,000 crore through the issue, which will close on September 21.
    iii. Note: Currently, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance is the largest private sector life insurer in India.

    APPOINTMENTS
    Alka Sirohi appointed UPSC chairman

    i. FormerIAS officer Alka Sirohi has been appointed as chairman ofUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC), in place of Deepak Gupta who demits office on Tuesday.
    ii. President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Sirohi to perform the duties of the post of the chairman, UPSC, with effect from September 21, an order issued byDepartment of Personnel and Training said.
    Nadia Murad Basee Taha Appointed UN Ambassador

    i. A young Yazidi woman who survived trafficking and gang-rape by the Islamic State terrorists, has been appointed as a UN Ambassador.
    ii. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, the23-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is the Goodwill Ambassador for theDignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC.

    Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion

    i. AnIndian-origin South African RaviReddy was on 18 September 2016 appointed as theHead ofInternational Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam.
    With this,Reddy became the first person from the African continent to head ISBT, a global organisation of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide.
    ii. The ISBT, nowwith 100 member countries, was established in1935as a platform for exchanging knowledge and advancing the blood-transfusion practice.

    AWARDS
    M Leelavathi bags Mohanan Suvarna Mudra award

    i. EminentMalayalam critic and academicianDr M Leelavathi has been chosen for the prestigiousN Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan.
    ii. The honour comprises agold medal of one sovereign. An expert panel, comprisingjournalists M G Radhakrishnanand M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman, selected Leelavathifor the biennial award considering her contributions to Malayalam language and literature, a release said here today.
    iii. Jnanpith winning poet lateO N V Kurup was theprevious winner of the honour,

    SCIENCE& TECHNOLOGY
    Google, Microsoft to block Indian gender-selection ads

    i. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo will start blocking advertisements of services that help determine ababy’s sex before birth in India, the Health Ministry told the SC today.
    ii. The companies had earlier argued that banning the keywords would also block non-promotional content like research reports and news articles. According to2011 census, there were 943 females per 1,000 males in India

    BOOKS
    Book on North Eastern Council Released
    Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development ofNorth Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh released the NEC Coffee Table Book,2016 “North Eastern Council: A Story of Sagacity and Success”.

    SPORTS NEWS
    Rio Paralympics 2016

    i. The15th Rio 2016 Paralympics Games 2016 (7-18 September) is over now and this time we have witnessed some of the world record-breaking performances by the athletes. The2020 Summer Paralympics, the 16th edition of the international multi-sports event, will be held inTokyo, Japan, from 25 August to 6 September 2020.

    ii. The Paralympics Games are an attempt to provide an equal platform for athletes with disabilities to showcase their skills at a stage that lets them represent their countries.
    iii. India’s flagbearer in Paralympic Opening ceremony – Devendra Jhajharia
    iii. India’s flagbearer in Paralympic closing ceremony   – Mariyappan Thangavelu
    iv. India capped off a successful Paralympic Games campaign in Rio de Janeiro by procuring their best ever haul of four medals, includingtwo golds and a silver and bronze medal apiece.
    The Nineteen Indian competitors (16 Men& 3 Women) participated in Rio 2016paralympic games for India in Five sports.
    MEDAL TABLE:
    Rank
    Country
    Gold
    Silver
    Bronze
    Total
    1
    China
    107
    81
    51
    239
    2
    Great Britain
    64
    39
    44
    147
    3
    Ukraine
    41
    37
    39
    117
    4
    United States
    40
    42
    30
    112
    5
    Australia
    21
    29
    29
    79
    43
    India
    2
    1
    1
    4

    Nico Rosberg wins 2016 Singapore Grand Prix

    ii. German Formula One driver for MercedesNico Rosberg has won the Singapore Grand Prix 2016 of Formula One race. It was his overall22nd championship title of F1 in his career and first in Singapore.

     

     
        

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