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September 28, 2017

28th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (28th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 28th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • Today (28th September) is World Rabies day.
    • World Rabies Day is an international campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the US and UK. 
    • Theme of World Rabies day 2017 : “Rabies: Zero by 30”. 
  • Today (last Thursday of September) is World Maritime Day.
    • The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organization (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. 
    • This day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment and to emphasize a particular aspect of IMO's work.
    • Theme of World Maritime Day 2017 : "Connecting Ships, Ports and People"
  • Two US Congressmen have introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives for the second year in a row to support India's permanent membership to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
    • Adding that permanent membership for India on the UNSC would strengthen democracy around the world, the Congressmen said that India is a pillar of stability in south Asia.
  • Thailand's Supreme Court today sentenced former PM Yingluck Shinawatra in absentia to five years in prison after finding her guilty of mishandling a rice scheme which led to at least $8 billion in losses. 
  • Russia today destroyed the last batch of its chemical weapons stockpile, fulfilling its obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
  • A 3-year-old girl in Nepal has been named the new Kumari of Kathmandu after her predecessor retired when she reached puberty. 
    • The practice is part of a tradition that worships young girls as "living goddesses" where the Kumari is considered an embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju.
National Current Affairs
  • Nation paid homage to great freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh on his 110th Birth Anniversary today.
  • The 190th Gunners Day was celebrated today.
    • The Regiment of Artillery in India was raised on September 28, 1827 as 5 Bombay Mountain Battery as part of the Bombay Army in the Presidency of Bombay and it's now celebrated as Gunners' Day.
    • Note : They're known as gunners as they handled guns and artillery equipment.
  • Madhya Pradesh government has inaugurated India's first cow sanctuary, Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya, in Agar Malwa district. 
    • The sanctuary was built at a cost of ₹32 crore and is spread over 472 hectares of land that can house around 6,000 cows.
  • In order to restrict smoking in public spaces, the Karnataka government has banned the sale of loose cigarettes, beedis and chewing tobacco products
  • The Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) has completed 60 years of its existence.  
    • To commemorate the occasion, Minister of State (MoS) for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamare released the ‘First Day Cover’ of DGQA
    • He also launched portal for e-registration of vendors.
    • DGAQA is an organisation under Department of Defence Production, Ministry of Defence.
  • The Haryana government has decided to use drones to monitor illegal construction in urban areas and their peripheries.
  • The government has decided to increase the retirement age of central government doctors to 65 years from the current 60 years. 
    • As per the decision, doctors can hold administrative posts till 62 years and work in non-administrative roles thereafter. 
  • The 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was celebrated across the country today. 
    • The theme of this year’s Formation Day was School Safety.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has ruled out any new window of opportunity for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) or people of Indian-origin to deposit their high value demonetised Indian currency. 
    • Diaspora Indians have around ₹7,500 crores with them in small amounts of demonetised currency, as per a statement by the Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin.
  • The US today added 8 North Korean banks and 26 bank executives to its sanctions blacklist amid ongoing tensions between the two nations over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programme.
Awards & Honors
  • The United Kingdom has selected 'My Pure Land', directed by British-Pakistani filmmaker Sarmad Masud, as its official entry to Oscars 2018.
    • With this, "My Pure Land" will be Britain's first Urdu language film to contend for the Oscars. 
Science & Technology
  • ASTROSAT, India's first multi-wavelength space-based observatory has completed two years in Earth's orbit. 
    • Launched on September 28, 2015, ASTROSAT has helped scientists confirm the presence of younger stars in globular clusters, earlier believed to contain only old stars.
    • The 1,513-kg satellite has also detected 110 Gamma Ray Bursts, which scientists say, signify the birth of black holes.
  • Russian and US space agencies, Roscosmos and NASA, have agreed to jointly build a "deep space gateway", the first-ever astronaut-tended space station around the Moon
    • The gateway would help prepare for manned missions to deep space destinations including Mars.
    • Important Note : NASA and Roscosmos are two of the major partners in the $100-billion Earth-orbiting International Space Station (ISS).
  • Hugh Hefner (91), the founder of the Playboy magazine, passed away today.
    • Hefner had founded the men's lifestyle magazine in 1953, which later grew into Playboy Enterprises, Inc.
Sports Current Affairs
  • ICC's new playing rules came into effect from today.
    • According to these new rules, the umpires will now be able to send players off during a match for serious misconduct. 
    • The thickness of bats has been restricted and umpires will be given a "new bat gauge" to check their legality. 
    • The bails can be tethered to the stumps to protect wicketkeepers from the type of injury that ended South African Mark Boucher's career.
  • A stadium in Kentucky, USA, is set to be named after former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who will head to Louisville to inaugurate the 'Sunil Gavaskar Field'. 
    • With this, Gavaskar will be the first Indian cricketer to have a stadium named after him.
  • Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been included in BBC's list of the 100 most influential women of 2017.
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