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.