Today Current Affairs 2018 ( Current Affairs-21 September 2018 )

Today Current Affairs
21 September 2018

Current Affair #01

Govt launches online database of sex offenders
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched India’s first ever online and centralised National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) in New Delhi.
  • The database will have a record of the name, photographs, address, fingerprint and other details of convicted sexual offenders.
  • The NDSO data will be available only to law enforcement agencies for tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences.

Current Affair #02

MoU signed for establishing MGICC in Niger
  • India and Niger signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey, Niger.
  • The centre honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary is also being observed in 2019.
  • India is providing grant assistance to build MGICC.

Current Affair #03

BRICS bank approves $525-million for MP
  • The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries has approved a $525-million loan to Madhya Pradesh for infrastructure projects.
  • The Board of Directors of the NDB approved a $350-million loan for the Major District Roads Project II of Madhya Pradesh and $175 million for building and upgrading 350 bridges.
  • The project will improve the road conditions and enhance the transport capacity.

Current Affair #04

Virat, Mirabai to receive Khel Ratna
  • Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will receive the prestigious ‘Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna’ on September 25, 2018.
  • Chanu was chosen for the prestigious award following her gold medal in the 48kg category at the World Championships 2017.
  • Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards.

Current Affair #05

International Day of Peace observed on Sept 21
  • The International Day of Peace is observed every year on 21 September.
  • The theme for 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
  • The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948.

Current Affair #06

Home Ministry signs MoU with ISRO
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space are collaborating together to set up an advance Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER).
  • The ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER.
  • The project will be executed under the overall supervision of MHA.

Current Affair #07

WB endorses CPF for India
  • World Bank (WB) board endorsed a five-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India.
  • The framework will bring $25-30 billion in financial support from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.
  • CPF is aimed at supporting India’s transition to a higher middle-income country.

Current Affair #08

India successfully test fires Prahaar missile
  • India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’ on 20 September, 2018.
  • ‘Prahaar’ has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with advanced on board computer.

Current Affair #09

Cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crosses Odisha coast
  • Cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crossed the coast near Gopalpur in Odisha, triggering heavy downpour accompanied by high-velocity wind in several parts of the state.
  • Cyclone ‘Daye’ is likely to be the last sea-based system to emerge during the 2018 monsoon.
  • Danger signs with ‘signal number 3’, which warns of surface winds clocking 40-50 kmph, have been hoisted at all ports of Odisha.

Current Affair #10

Govt partners with Dell and Tata Trusts
  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare exchanged the MoUs with the Tata Trusts and Dell.
  • The MoU has been signed to provide a technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
  • The aim is to bring healthcare technology transformation in ‘Comprehensive Primary Health Care NCD program’ under Ayushman Bharat.

Current Affair #11

Four new members to local boards of RBI
  • Reserve Bank of India has appointed four people as members in local boards.
  • Rakesh Jain and Sachin Chaturvedi have been appointed as the members in Southern and Eastern local board of the central bank.
  • Revathy Iyer and Raghvendra Narayan Dubey have been appointed as the member in the Northern local board.
  • Iyer and Chaturvedi have also been nominated as Directors on the central board.

Current Affair #12

HC sets up panel to address NCLT
  • The Delhi High Court constituted a committee to deal with the problems faced by lawyers and litigants in entering the building housing National Company Law Tribunal and National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.
  • The committee is headed by the Registrar General of Delhi High Court .
  • The committee will also comprise two members each nominated by the Bar associations of NCLT and NCLAT

Current Affair #13

Gitesh Sarma appointed Secretary (West) in MEA
  • A Gitesh Sarma has been appointed as Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • Sarma is a 1986-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, he has been appointed to the post in place of Ruchi Ghanashyam.
  • Sarma will be responsible for the country’s diplomatic affairs with the UK and other European nations.
  • At present, he is the additional secretary in the foreign ministry.

Current Affair #14

Youngest author short-listed at Booker Prize
  • British writer Daisy Johnson became the youngest author to be shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2018.
  • She has been shortlisted for her mother-daughter tale, “Everything Under”.
  • The 27-year-old joins fellow UK authors Anna Burns for “Milkman” and Robin Robertson for “The Long Take”.
  • The shortlisted authors each receive 2,500 pounds and a specially-bound edition of their book.

Current Affair #15

ISRO opens tech incubation centre in Agartala
  • The ISRO Technology Incubation Centre has been launched in Agartala.
  • The Centre was launched at the first edition of ‘Spacetronics’ organised by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association.
  • The Incubation Centre is located at National Institute of Technology Agartala.
  • On the launch event K. Sivan said that ISRO is looking to incubate space-related innovation and start-ups.

Current Affair #16

Govt. appoints 14 EDs to public sector banks
  • 14 general managers have been appointed as Executive Directors in different public sector banks.
  • The appointed ED are as follows: Shanti Lal Jain and Vikramaditya Singh: Bank of Baroda; Agyey Kumar Azad: Punjab National Bank; Gopal Singh Gusain and Manas Ranjan Biswal: Union Bank.
  • Vijay Dube: Oriental Bank of Commerce; Alok Srivastava: Central Bank of India.

Current Affair #17

E-com have to deduct 1% in supplier payment
  • E-commerce firms from 1 October 2018, will have to deduct 1% tax collected at source (TCS) under GST, before making payments to their suppliers.
  • The Finance Ministry notified TCS at the rate of 0.50% of the net value of intra-State taxable supplies made through e-commerce portals.
  • States too would follow suit and notify levy of 0.50% SGST on intra-State supplies

Current Affair #18

WADA lifts ban on Russia
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA.
  • The lifted ban paved the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports.
  • RUSADA was suspended in November 2015 after an independent WADA report outlined evidence of massive state-backed, systematic doping and cover-ups in Russian sport.

Current Affair #19

India contributes $1 mn to UN’s solar project
  • India has contributed a $1 million for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the imposing UN building.
  • The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.
  • India is the “first responder” to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for climate action.

Current Affair #20

Gujarat declares Kutch as scarcity affected
  • Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani declared the entire Kutch district as scarcity affected area.
  • Apart from Kutch district, all blocks with less than 125 mm of rainfall during the current monsoon have also been declared as scarcity affected.
  • Various relief measures in the scarcity affected areas will start from 1 Oct.
  • He also announced drinking water pipeline project worth Rs. 296 crore for Kutch.

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