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September 04, 2015

4th September 2015 - Important Current Affairs updates

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National Affairs
  • Government has cancelled the registration of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly working against country's economic progress
    • The move will make the NGO ineligible to receive funds from abroad that could force it to close down operations.
  • Delhi High Court allows permanent commission for women in Indian Navy.
    • This means that women can now stay with the Indian Navy till they retire.
    • Note : The Army and Air Force allow permanent commission for women, but the Navy has limited women officers only to short service commission of 14 years.

Business & Economy
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a Commemorative coin and a Circulation coin
    in honour of former President of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
    • Note : The Commemorative coin is of Rs 125 and the circular coin of Rs 10.
    • About Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
    • Dr Radhakrishnan was the second President of India, educationist, teacher and philosopher.
    • Teachers' Day is celebrated in his memory (on his Birth Day - 5th September). 
    • Note : Tomorrow is his 125th birthday.
  • 18 crore bank accounts have been opened under ‎Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY‬) and 15.74 crore Rupay Debit cards have been issued to the account holders so far.
    • Over 22,000 crore rupees have been deposited in the bank accounts since the launch of the scheme.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) proposes compensation to consumers for ‎callsdrops‬.

Awards & Honors
  • Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal.
    • This award would be presented to her by US President Barack Obama next week.
    • About National Humanities Medal :
    • It is an American award that gives annual recognition to several people, institutions or groups that have helped in deepening of the nation’s understanding of humanities. 
    • These medals are usually conferred by the US President.
    • The first National Humanities Medal was awarded in 1996.
    • Since then, there have been 175 recipients, 163 individuals and 12 organisations, including this year's.
    • Jhumpa Lahiri’s previous Awards:
      1. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000 (For Interpreter of Maladies)
      2. Man Booker Prize (for Lowland)
      3. National Book Award for fiction (for Lowland)

Books & Authors
  • Cricketer Rahul Dravid today launched former Indian opening batsman Akash Chopra's book "The Insider".
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