Current Affairs – 07 September 2018



01. Army goes in for SpyLite mini-UAV

  • The Army has selected SpyLite mini-UAV for high-altitude aerial surveillance.
  • The mini-UAV is built by Cyient Solutions & Systems (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd of India and BlueBird Aero Systems of Israel.
  • SpyLite has an endurance of 4-5 hours and a maximum flight ceiling of 30,000 feet making it ideal for operations along the border with China as well as on the Siachen glacier.


02. India, Bulgaria signed various agreements

  • India and Bulgaria signed agreements in an effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
  • Agreements on cooperation in tourism, civil nuclear cooperation, the establishment of Hindi chair at the Sofia University and cooperation in science and technology were signed.
  • President Kovind is on a state visit to Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.

03. Dr Singh elected as Regional Director WHO

  • Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh was unanimously re-elected as Regional Director WHO South-East Asia for another five-year term beginning February 2019.
  • The elections were held at the ongoing regional committee meeting of WHO South-East Asia.
  • Dr Singh is the first woman to have been elected to the position of Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Region.


04. First ever mid-air refuelling of ‘Tejas’

  • The Indian Air Force has successfully carried out the first ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed Tejas light combat aircraft.
  • A Russian built tanker ‘IL-78 MKI’ was launched from IAF’s base in Agra to refuel Tejas launched from Gwalior.
  • IAF had ordered 40 Tejas Mark-1 version and a request for proposal (RFP) was issued to HAL for procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas.


05. Bhagwati Kumar Sharma passed away in Surat

  • Noted Gujarati author, journalist and poet Bhagwati Kumar Sharma passed away in Surat.
  • Born in 1934 in Surat, Shri Bhagwati Kumar Sharma had received Sahitya Academy award for his Gujarati novel Ashuryalok.
  • He was also honoured by Gujarat Gaurav award, Sahitya Ratna award and Vali Gujarati Ghazal Puraskar.

06. SBI Mutual Fund appoints Ashwani as CEO

  • SBI Mutual Fund has appointed Ashwani Bhatia as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Bhatia takes over from Anuradha Rao after she returned to State Bank of India (SBI) as Deputy Managing Director.
  • SBI Mutual Fund is a joint venture between the State Bank of India and Amundi, a European asset management company.


07. Qatar offers permanent resident status

  • Qatar has decided to grant permanent resident status to a select band of expatriates.
  • The government has identified certain categories of people for eligibility to obtain the proposed permanent resident card.
  • The card will allow the permanent residents to buy houses and properties as well and entitle them to several privileges.
  • Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world.


08. Saurabh won gold medal in Shooting

  • Saurabh Chaudhary won gold medal in 10m Air Pistol shooting at the ISSF Shooting World Championship in South Korea on 6th September, 2018.
  • Saurabh Chaudhary has won gold medal in shooting at Asian Games 2018.
  • Arjun Singh Cheema claimed bronze medal in the same event while Korea’s Hojin Lim clinched silver medal.


09. SC approves scheme for rape survivors

  • Supreme Court has approved that a rape survivor will get a mandatory minimum compensation of Rs 4 lakh and Rs 5 lakh in case of gang rape.

  • This will be implemented from October 2 in accordance with a scheme framed by the ‘National Legal Services Authority (NALSA)’.

  • At present grant to rape survivors varies from Rs 10,000 in Odisha to Rs 10 lakh in Goa.

10. India ranks 19th in ‘Theft Ranking’

  • India stands 19th in the ‘Theft Ranking’ for countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials, according to the Nuclear Security Index.
  • The index was released by the US-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), which is co-chaired by Sam Nunn and Ernest Moni.
  • Australia and Switzerland share the top spot among the 22 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials.

11. Govt approved continuation of IDWH scheme

  • The government has approved the continuation of the centrally-sponsored umbrella scheme of Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH) till 2019-20.
  • The main aim of this scheme is to boost tiger and elephant conservation efforts.
  • The scheme consists of centrally sponsored schemes of Project Tiger (CSS-PT), Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-DWH) and Project Elephant (CSS-PE).


12. BEL got contract for surface-to-air missiles

  • Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has bagged an order worth Rs 9,200 crore for supply of Seven Long Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) systems.
  • BEL has entered into a contract with Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) and Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) to supply LRSAM systems.
  • The LRSAM will be fitted onboard seven ships to be built by these two shipbuilders.

13. Book on Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’ launched

  • A book on experiential learning based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’ (basic education) was released by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.
  • It contains basic principles of Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’, along with the work and education curriculum for schools.
  • It has been brought out simultaneously in 13 languages in consultation with the state councils of educational research and training.


14. Govt makes PMJDY open-ended scheme

  • The government decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme, meaning that it will continue indefinitely.
  • The PMJDY was launched in August 2014 for a period of four years as a national mission for financial inclusion.
  • The government has decided to double the overdraft facility from Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.

15. NGT forms monitoring committee

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a monitoring committee to prepare a time-bound action plan on groundwater recharge in Delhi.
  • The committee will be headed by Justice (retd) S P Garg.
  • The committee will comprise one representative each from the Delhi Jal Board, Central Pollution Control Board, Central Ground Water Authority and Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) concerned.


16. Supreme Court decriminalises homosexuality

  • A five-judge Constitutional bench of the Supreme Court legalised same-sex relations between consenting adults.
  • Same-sex relations is considered taboo by many in socially conservative India and was reinstated as a criminal offence in 2013.
  • Section 377 criminalised sexual activities “against the order of nature”, including homosexual activities.

17. Tourism Ministry gave funds to Kerala

  • Ministry of Tourism sanctioned Malanad Malabar Cruise Tourism Project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme for development of a rural circuit in Kerala.
  • Under this project, the Tourism Ministry will be developing three cruises.
  • The project will be focusing on the development of water-based thematic cruise experiences in and around Valapattanam and Kuppam Rivers of Kannur District.


18. India, US held inaugural edition of 2+2 talks

  • India and the US on 6th September 2018, held the first edition of the 2+2 talks in New Delhi.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the talks with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.
  • The focus of the 2+2 talks will be to deepen global strategic partnership between the two countries.


19. India And France to collaborate on ‘Gaganyaan’

  • India and France have announced a working group for Gaganyaan.
  • Gaganyaan is ISRO’s first manned mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day.
  • The announcement was made at the sixth edition of the Bengaluru Space Expo by French space agency president Jean-Yves Le Gall.
  • India plans to send three humans to space before 2022.


20. Telangana recommends dissolution of Assembly

  • The Telangana State Cabinet has recommended the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly.
  • The decision was taken at a meeting of the State Cabinet that was chaired by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.
  • Elections to the Telangana Assembly were held in April and May of 2014 as part of the polls to the Assembly of the then united Andhra Pradesh.

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