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September 07, 2017

7th September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (7th September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 7th September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is on a 3-day visit to Russia.
    • During this visit, she will attend the 3rd Eastern Economic Forum which will deliberate on pressing issues relating to global trade.
    • She held bilateral talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov during which various issues relating to trade, investment and defence cooperation were discussed.
  • During his first bilateral visit to Myanmar, PM Narendra Modi has announced that 'Gratis visas' will be issued to all Myanmar citizens. 
    • Note : Gratis visas are currently issued free of charge to diplomats and people of 12 nationalities including Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and South Africa among others.
  • India today handed over an offshore patrol vessel, Varuna, to Sri Lanka.
    • This handover is a part of India's efforts towards strengthening ties between the two countries.
  • The 7th edition of India-Sri Lanka joint maritime naval exercise SLINEX 2017 was started today near Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) in Bay of Bengal. 
    • This exercise will be held during 7th to 14th September 2017.
    • Aim of this Exercise : To reinforce strong neighbourly ties between India and Sri Lanka by extensive maritime interaction and improved understanding.
  • India and Japan have agreed to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dual-use technologies. 
    • Decision in this regard was taken at the India-Japan annual defence ministerial dialogue held in Tokyo.
    • Aim of this dialogue : To further strengthen defence and security cooperation under the framework of the ‘Japan-lndia Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.
National Current Affairs
  • To provide digital platform to teacher and make their lifestyle more digital, the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (HRD) today launched Diksha Portal (diksha.gov.in).
    • This portal will serve as National Digital Infrastructure for Teachers. 
  • A special TADA court today announced death penalty for Tahir Merchant and Feroze Khan, two convicts in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts case, while announcing life imprisonment for Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan
    • The fifth convict, Riyaz Siddiqui was sentenced to 10 years in prison. 
    • Note : One of the convicts, Mustafa Dossa, had died days after being found guilty.
  • Passengers will have to submit the details of their Aadhaar card, driving licence, passport or PAN number while booking domestic tickets after the No Fly List is released today.
    • The government is also considering accepting Election Commission voter ID cards as valid ID proof.
    • This move is aimed at identifying disorderly passengers.
Recent Committees in News
  • The NITI Aayog has constituted Expert Task Force to provide major thrust to job creation by enhancing India’s exports
    • The task force will give sector-specific recommendations in key employment sectors for policy interventions and suggest measures to enhance trade in services with high employment potential.
    • Head of this Taskforce : Dr Rajiv Kumar (NITI Aayog Vice Chairma)
    • NITI - National Institution for Transforming India
New Appointments
  • Nirmala Sitharaman today took charge of the Defence Ministry, becoming the first full-time woman Defence Minister of India. 
MOUs & Agreements
  • The Andhra Pradesh government today signed an MoU with the US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies to build India's first Hyperloop system
    • The planned project is aimed at connecting cities Amaravati and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, supposedly covering the distance of over 35 km in just five minutes. 
  • India and Myanmar have signed 11 MOUs in range of sectors, including one on maritime security cooperation.
    • The signed MOUS are :
      • MOU on Cultural Exchange Programme for year 2017-2020
      • Exchange of Letter for Extension of MoU on establishment of India-Myanmar Centre for Enhancement of IT-Skill
      • Exchange of Letter for Extension of MoU on the establishment of MIIT
      • MOU on Cooperation between Press Council of India and Myanmar Press Council
      • MoU for Sharing White Shipping Information between Indian Navy and Myanmar Navy
      • MoU for Upgradation of Women’s Police Training Centre at Yamethin, Myanmar
      • MoU in the field of elections between Election Commission of India and Election Commission of Myanmar
      • MoU on Cooperation in Medical Products Regulation
      • MoU on cooperation in the field of Health and medicine
      • MoU on Maritime Security Cooperation
      • Technical Agreement for providing Coastal Surveillance System
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Paytm Payments Bank has raised $9.3 million from founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and investors including the parent company One97 Communications
    • The development comes at a time when the startup is set to launch its own debit card
    • The card will allow users to make payments through Paytm even on rival websites that do not offer the option.
  • Social media giant Facebook today officially launched its video platform titled "Watch" for users in the US. 
    • Available on Facebook's mobile apps and desktop site, Watch allows users to subscribe to their favourite series and offers sections like "Today's Spotlight", "Popular Now", and "What Friends Are Watching."
Sports Current Affairs
  • Virat Kohli celebrated his milestone 50th T20 international by reaching 15,000 international runs in just 304 matches.
    • With this, he became the fastest cricket do so.
    • He became the 33rd player to reach 15,000 runs and the only one with an average of above 50.
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