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September 15, 2017

15th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (15th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 15th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • International Day of Democracy, an annual United Nations initiative, is being observed today.
    • Theme of International Day of Democracy 2017 : "Democracy and Conflict prevention"
  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) today announced that it will grant visa on arrival to Indian passport holders with residence visas from the UK and EU. 
    • Note : UAE had earlier said Indian passport holders with American visas or Green Cards were eligible for visa on arrival.
  • Tunisia today abolished a 44-year-old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims.
    • Note : Recently, Tunisia abolished a law that allowed rapists to escape punishment if they married their victims.
MOUs & Agreements
  • Indian PM Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe today signed 15 agreements on strategic, financial, and development cooperation between the two nations during the 12th annual bilateral summit. 
    • The agreements are aimed at improving cooperation in the disaster risk management sector, development in India's northeast, and increasing number of flights between the nations.
National Current Affairs
  • Today (15th September 2017) is 50th Engineer's Day
    • This day is celebrated every year in India since 1967 to commemorate the birthday of the legendary engineer Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. 
    • Theme of Engineers' Day 2017 : “Role of Engineers in a Developing India
  • President Ram Nath Kovind today launched a fortnight-long 'Swachhta Hi Seva' (Cleanliness is Service) sanitation campaign at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
    • Objective of the campaign : To mobilise people and reinforce the Jan Aandolan for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a Clean India.
  • The Odisha government has passed a bill to launch the first-ever Odia language university at Bhubaneswar, for post-graduation in literature and linguistics among other subjects.
  • The Karnataka government has banned the possession and acquisition of arms, including swords, machetes, kirpans, and batons, without a license in Bengaluru. 
    • The ban is aimed at giving police the power to seize weapons under suspicious circumstances.
  • The Human Resource Development Ministry is planning to replace western convocation gowns and caps with Indian ethnic wear. 
Deaths
  • Basi (37), the oldest captive giant panda in the world, has died today.  
    • She passed away at the age of 37, which is equivalent to over 100 human years. 
Awards & Honors
  • Private sector lender HDFC Bank topped the list of the country’s top 50 brands, according to BrandZ Top 50 list released by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown.
    • Top 10 in the List :
    • HDFC Bank
    • Airtel
    • SBI
    • Asian Paints
    • ICICI Bank
    • Kotak Mahindra Bank
    • Maruti Suzuki
    • Bajaj Motors
    • Hero Motors
    • Axis Bank
Science & Technology
  • NASA's Spacecraft  Cassini on mission to explore giant ring-world of Saturn and its menagerie of moons will today end its 20 year voyage.
    • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • A New plastic 10 Pound note featuring renowned author Jane Austen has gone into circulation in Britain.
    • Note : Austen is the first female writer to feature on a British banknote, replacing a paper 10 pound note which featured a portrait of naturalist Charles Darwin.
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) will provide its financial services through all of the 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees by the end of 2018, CEO AP Singh announced today. 
    • This will create India’s second-largest payments bank in terms of reach
  • Technology giant Google is planning to launch a Mobile Payment Service next week in India.
    • The service called Google 'Tez' will offer more payment options than Google Wallet or Android Pay. 
    • Tez will also include support for Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and other payment services including Paytm and MobiKwik, the reports added.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Indian contingent of swimmers won 47 medals, including 8 Gold medals, at the 9th Asian Age-group Aquatic Championship. 
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