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September 30, 2016

30th September 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Today (30th September) is International Translation Day.
    • Theme of the year 2016 : Connecting Worlds
  • The 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet was held in New Delhi from September 27- 28, 2016 to deliberate on issues including job creation and social security for workers. 
    • The two day meeting saw the participation of the five major emerging BRICS economies viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

National Affairs
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today announced that the state government will provide body cameras to traffic police personnel for their safety, besides announcing other measures for the welfare of the force.
  • The Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association has passed a resolution to ban Pakistani artistes and technicians from working in Indian films till normalcy returns. 
    • This comes amid heightened tensions between the nations following the Uri attack and India's military response. 

Awards & Honors
  • Noted Dalit voice, poet and Telugu writer Prof. Kalakaluri Enoch was conferred with the prestigious Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015. 
    • The prestigious literary award was bestowed upon him for his novel Anantajivanam.
      • This novel depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak and the common man in Rayalaseema to preserve the historical and cultural inheritance of the region during a devastating cyclone.
  • The Tirupati Airport in Renigunta has been given the 'Best Tourist Friendly Airport' award under the category of 'State Annual Excellence Awards (2015-16)' by Andhra Pradesh Tourism.

New Appointments
  • Ambati Venu, Asia Vice President of GSK Consumer Healthcare, has been appointed as the Managing Director of Abbott India

Science & Technology
  • China is set to build the world’s deepest and largest high-speed railway station under a section of the Great Wall, as part of its preparations for the 2022 Winter Olympics. 
    • The Badaling station will be located 102 metres below the surface, with an underground construction area of 36,000 square metres.
    • Note : Badaling is the most visited section of the Great Wall.

  • Syed Shamsul Haq (81), one of Bangladesh’s best known writers passed away.
    • Mr. Haq’s literary life and career spread across genres and was known for equal mastery over novels, poetry, essays and plays. He was also vocal against religious fundamentalism.
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres (93) passed away.
    • Peres was Israel’s most eminent elder statesman and was one of the last surviving pillars of Israel’s founding generation.

Business & Economy
  • Government's scheme to declare unaccounted wealth under Income Disclosure Scheme comes to an end tonight.
  • The Defence Ministry has approved the acquisition of weaponry worth ₹1,900 crore, including ₹330 crore low-intensity electronic warfare systems for Jammu and Kashmir.
    • The warfare systems include surveillance devices and jammers among other equipment. 
    • Repair facilities for Scorpene submarines were also approved along with the army's ₹405 crore proposal for extra anti-tank munition .
  • The Cabinet has cleared a $3.14 billion (around ₹21,000 crore) stake buy in two Russian oilfields by a consortium of Indian Oil, Oil India, and BPCL.
    • The consortium will buy 29.9% and 23.9% stake in the two oilfields. 
    • The acquisition aims to add high-quality exploration and production assets, thereby augmenting India's energy security, it said.
  • Asia’s oldest stock market BSE is planning to start its international stock exchange during the 'Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit' in January 2017.
    • The BSE reportedly intends to invest ₹500 crore for setting up the exchange, which would start off with trading derivatives. 
    • The BSE is developing the exchange to facilitate trading and settlement of securities by international investors.

General Knowledge
  • John Davison Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil refinery, was the first billionaire in modern history.
    • He founded Standard Oil in 1870, which split into firms like ExxonMobil and Chevron, making him a billionaire. 
    • Note : According to Time, he is still one of the richest people ever, with an estimated wealth of $340 billion (adjusted, 2015).
  • Dehradun-based Tashi and Nungshi Malik were the first female twins to have successfully climbed the Mount Everest.
    • Note : They were also the world's first twins and siblings to climb the 'Seven Summits', the highest peaks in all the continents.
  • British scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN
    • The web was originally developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. 

MOUs & Agreements
  • India and Mali have inked two agreements in the fields of Standards and Cultural exchange.
    • The agreements were signed after delegation-level talks between the two countries in the presence of Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Mali Prime Minister Modibo Keita in Bamako.
  • The UK today signed the £18 billion (around ₹1.5 lakh crore) Hinkley Point C nuclear deal with France and China.
    • The reactor is Britain's first in decades and is being built by French utility firm EDF with one-third financial backing (around ₹50,000 crore) from China. 
    • The deal had been delayed over concerns over the involvement of Chinese state-owned companies.

  • Javelin thrower Annu Rani broke her own national record to become the first Indian woman to cross the 60-metre mark, throwing 60.01 metres at the 56th Open National Athletics Championships in Lucknow today. 
  • Cash rewards amounting to ₹90 lakh have been announced for the Rio Paralympics medalists by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, under its Awareness Generation and Publicity scheme
    • Gold winners Mariyappan Thangavelu and Devendra Jhajharia will be awarded ₹30 lakh each, while silver medalist Deepa Malik will receive ₹20 lakh. Bronze winner Varun Bhati will get ₹10 lakh.
  • Kolkata's Eden Gardens, which is hosting the second India-New Zealand Test starting today, has got its own Lord's-like bell installed. 
    • The bell was rung today's morning by former captain Kapil Dev to mark the beginning of India's 250th home Test
  • Indian women’s beach kabaddi team has won the Gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games held in Danang, Vietnam.
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