Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th September 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th September 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 16th September 2015:
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    1). TheUnion Finance Ministry announced a20% provisionalsafeguard duty on certain categories ofsteel products to protect the domestic steel sector from problems of low demand and competition from sudden increase in cheap imports
    ·        This move was recommended by theDirectorate General of Safeguards (DGS)
    ·        The market share of domestic steel producers has been declining since 2014 and is expected to decrease more from45% to37% in2015-16
    ·        Safeguard Duty – aWorld Trade Organization (WTO) compatible temporary measure to avert any damage to a country’s domestic industry from cheap imports and is brought in for a certain timeframe

    2). Andhra Pradesh Chief MinisterN. Chandrababu Naidu to release water of riverGodavari into riverKrishna to mark the formal linking of the 2 rivers
    ·        The linkage of Godavari water with Krishna is made possible by thePattiseema Lift Irrigation Scheme on Godavari river atPattisam village
    ·        The state has created history by completing the Krishna-Godavari linking project to divert about80 TMC of water from river Godavari to Krishna as announced by the State Water Resources MinisterDevineni Umamaheshwara Rao
    ·        The programme will be held atIbrahimpatnam village near Vijayawada

    3). The Hungarian Prime MinisterViktor Orban declared a state of emergency in its 2 regions namelyCsongradandBacs-Kiskun to cope with the Refugee crisis
    ·        This decision of the government will effect in closure of main route of theEuropean Union (EU) border for the illegal refugee influx chain
    ·        This declaration comes after more than10,000 refugeesclaiming to be fromSyria andAfghanistan were detained by Hungarian police for illegal crossing of border fromSerbia
    ·        The Hungarian military will be brought in to patrol the frontier bordering Serbia to stop illegal influx of refugees

    4).The Pentagon has established a1stcounty special cell to speed up its defence ties with India and accelerate the process of co-development
    ·        India is the only country to have a specific cell of its kind inside the Pentagon for co-production of hi-tech military equipment
    ·        TheIndia Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC) headed byKeith Webster  was established right after Defence SecretaryAshton Carter assumed Pentagon’s leadership in February
    ·        Keith Webster – Director, International Cooperation Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics

    5).Indian Institute of Science (IIS), Bangalore andIndian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi are 2 Indian Institutions which figured in the top 200 ranks of theQS World University Rankings of 2015-16
    ·        The QS University Rankings list has been compiled by assessing the following 6 performance indicators each having different weight ages
    a.   Academic reputation
    b.   Student-to-faulty ratio
    c.   Employer reputation
    d.   Citations per faculty
    e.   International student ratio
    f.     International faculty ratio
    ·        In thetop 10 universities,5 are fromUS,4 are fromUnited Kingdom (UK) and1 fromSwitzerland
    ·        Some important universities that figured in the12thedition of the QS World University Rankings are as follows
    a.   1st rank –Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), US – record 4th time
    b.   2nd rank –Harvard University
    c.   3rd rank –University of Cambridge
    d.   4th rank –Stanford University
    e.   5th rank –California Institute of Technology-Caltech
    f.     11th rank –National University of Singapore – topped among the Asian universities
    g.   147th rank – IISc Bangalore
    h.   179th rank – IIT Delhi

    6).Ashok-Alexander Sridharan of Kerala became the1stIndian originMayorof the German CityBonn
    ·        He has brought theChristian Democratic Union (CDU) to power in Bonn after over 2 decades by defeating the rulingSocial Democratic Party
    ·        Previously he was the Treasurer and Assistant Mayor in theKoenigswintertown

    7). ActorAnupam Kher received theCertificate of Recognition from theCalifornia legislaturefor his dedication to helping Kashmiri Hindu community
    ·        Previously he was also presented with theHonoured Guest awardby the US state ofTexas
    ·        September 10th was announced asAnupam Kher Day in Las Vegas

    8). 15 year old Indian American girlSwetha Prabakaran selected for theChampions of Change award in recognition of her efforts for empowering the community by imparting education of internet coding through herEverybody Code Now organization
    ·        She is the Founder and CEO ofEverybody Code Now, a non-profit organization to empower the next generation of youth to become scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs
    ·        Champions of Change award – a award given by theWhite House to those who support working families and help make change in their communities
    ·        The White House has created theChampions of Change programmeto feature these individuals and to empower the members of their communities
    ·        Swetha is among11 young women selected by the White House as Champions of Change

    9). Bangladesh Prime MinisterSheikh Hasina selected for theUnited Nations Champions of the Earth awardin recognition of her country’s initiatives to address climate change
    ·        TheUN Environment Programme (UNEP) noted Bangladesh as one of the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change
    ·        Bangladesh is the1stdeveloping country to have aClimate Change Strategy and Action Planprepared in2009
    ·        It is also the 1stcountry to set up its ownClimate Change Trust Fund which is supported by300 million dollars from2009-12
    ·        Being the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has demonstrated leadership and vision in the following issues
    a.   Making climate change an issue of national priority
    b.   Advocating for an ambitious global response
    ·        The award will be presented at the closing ceremony ofUnited Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015on27th September 2015

    10). TheOlympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced at itsGeneral Assembly in Ashgabat thatHangzhouin China was selected to host the2022 Asian Games
    ·        Hangzhou – capital ofZhejiang province was the sole bidder of the event
    ·        2022 Asian Games –19th edition of Asia’s biggest multi-sports event
    ·        China to also host theWinter Olympics in 2022
    ·        China has previously hosted the Asian Games 2 times in the following years
    a.   1990 – Beijing
    b.   2010 – Guangzhou
    ·        The next edition of Asian Games is to held in2018inJakarta, Indonesia
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