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September 10, 2015

10th September 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • India and Pakistan today began a three-day DG-level border dialogue
    • A 16-member Pakistani delegation reached the BSF headquarters for the talks that are being held between after a gap of over one-and-a-half years.
    • In an effort to take their strained relationship forward, both countries today agreed to maintain peace along the border. 
    • Both the sides have agreed to open more channels of communication and no new defence related construction along Indo-Pak border.
  • India and Indonesia have signed a pact for repatriation of each other's wanted prisoners and cooperate in all criminal matters, including gathering evidence.
    • Under the agreement, India will execute summons to an accused person or to any person requiring to attend and produce documents or a search-warrant issued by an Indonesian court.
    • Indonesia will reciprocate with similar action if there is any request from any Indian court.

National Affairs
  • The Rajasthan High Court has ordered the Centre to ensure that larger pictorial warnings are carried on all tobacco products.
    • The Centre has time till October 29th to implement the order. 
    • Note : The pictorial warnings must now cover 85% of the space.
  • The Haryana Assembly has passed a Bill, fixing the minimum educational qualification for elections to the Panchayati Raj institutions besides laying down other conditions including making it mandatory for the candidates to have functional toilets.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 10th World Hindi Conference in Bhopal today.
    • More than 2,000 scholars from over 40 countries participating in the event.
    • Madhya Pradesh government is a local partner.
    • The theme of the conference : Hindi Jagat - Vistaar aur Sambhavnaye.
    • Important Points to Note :
    • The First World Hindi Conference was held from 10th to 12th January 1975 in Nagpur.
    • Inaugurated by then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.
  • Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani  today launched National Web Portal to provide information related to Ministry's National Apprenticeship Training scheme.
    • The scheme, which provides opportunities for practical training, is for graduates, diploma holders and 10+2 pass vocational certificate holders.
    • The Union Minister also released a Logo and a Slogan Sashakt Yuva, Samarth Bharat” for the National Web Portal.

Business & Economy
  • Tamil Nadu's first Global Investors Meet (TNGIM 2015) was officially inaugurated by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today.
    • Industrialists Reliance Group chief Anil Ambani, Mahindra & Mahindra Chairman Anand Mahindra, ITC Chairman Y C Deveshwar, HCL founder Shiv Nadar, JSW Steel chief Sajjan Jindal, Adani Group chief Gautam Adani and Indian Oil Chairman B Ashok, Yes Bank Chairman Rana Kapoor, among others, attended the event.
    • Note : During this Meet, the Tamil Nadu government attracts over 2,40,000 Crore rupees worth investments, which is more than double the target.
    • The State will organise a Global Investors Meet every two years, the next Meet will be held in 2017.
  • India and Belarus have set a trade target of $1 billion to achieved by 2018.
    • This target was decided at the Seventh Session of the India-Belarus Inter-Governmental Commission that was held in Belarus capital Minsk.

Awards & Honors
  • Queen Elizabeth II reached a major milestone by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months.
    • Elizabeth became queen upon the death of her father George VI, Britain's king during World War II (his stammer inspired the Oscar-winning film "The King's Speech"). 
    • The calculation of her time on the throne is based on when George VI passed away, which is estimated at around 1:00 am on February 6, 1952.

  • US Open Tennis 2015
    • Sania Mirza and Leander Paes with their partners enter into the final of the Women's doubles and mixed doubles.
  • Ace golfer Anirban Lahiri added another feather to his cap by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the prestigious President’s Cup.
  • 5th Commonwealth Youth Games :
    • India bag seven medals including two gold today.
      • Gold 
        • Archer Prachi Singh 
        • Tennis mixed doubles team of Sasikumar Mukund and Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal
      • Silver
        • Boxer Gourav Solanki (52kg), 
        • Archer Nishant Kumawat (boys recurve individual) 
        • Squash mixed team of Velavan Senthil Kumar and Harshit Jawanda 
      • Bronze 
        • Pugilists Leichombam Bhimchand Singh (49kg) and Prayag Chauhan (64kg) 
    • Note : With just a day left in the Games, India occupy sixth spot in the medal tally with a total haul of 17 medals (7 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze) behind Australia, England, South Africa, Malaysia and New Zealand.
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