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September 11, 2016

11th September 2016 - Important Current Affairs updates

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International Affairs
  • Thai and Malaysian leaders have today announced that they are considering building a border wall to combat transnational crime and smuggling. 
    • The two countries already signed a security cooperation deal to step up intelligence sharing against cross-border terrorism.
    • This comes after bombings in Thai tourist towns in August allegedly​ by Muslim separatists, according to police.

National Affairs
  • The two-day International Buddhist Conclave is going to be held during 3rd and 4th October 2016 at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. 
    • Aim : To promote Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya and Sarnath.
    • This conclave is being organised by the Tourism Ministry of India.
    • Buddhists and foreign delegates from over 40 nations are expected to attend the meet.
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will be attending the inauguration.
  • HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today announced that the government is working to give Digital Degrees and board certificates to students starting from the 2017 academic session. 
    • This digital database will benefit recruiters and help in tracking fake academic certificates.
  • The government is planning to build a Memorial for Sant Kabir in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, either in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi or in Maghar, where the Sant's body rests.
  • Karnataka has moved the Supreme Court for an urgent hearing to restrict the amount of water to be released from river Cauvery to Tamil Nadu to 1,000 cusecs. 
    • The court had directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of water for 10 days as an immediate relief to Tamil Nadu. 
    • Note : Karnataka also sought to decrease the number of days to 6.

Awards & Honors
  • Filipino drama film 'The Woman Who Left', directed by Lav Diaz has won the top 'Golden Lion' award for the best film at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival which ended today. 
    • Oscar Martínez won the 'Best Actor' award for the film 'The Distinguished Citizen', while Emma Stone was named the 'Best Actress' for the film 'La La Land'.
  • BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has been given the "Tamil Ratna" award by a body of Tamil diaspora in the US for fighting corruption and working for transparency in governance. 
    • The award was conferred to Swamy by the America Tamil Sangam.

Science & Technology
  • Spanish-made Talgo train, which became the fastest train in India after clocking a speed of 180 kmph in July, successfully completed its last Delhi-Mumbai Rajdhani route trial today. 
    • The train covered the route in 11 hours and 48 minutes. 
    • Note : This is a four-hour relief from the Rajdhani which takes around 16 hours to complete the 1,388 km distance.
  • Iran today began building a Nuclear Plant with Russian help, in a $10 billion project, after agreeing to limit its nuclear stockpile last year. 
    • Iran already operates a Russian-built nuclear reactor at Bushehr, its first. 
    • Note : Russia had signed a deal with Iran in 2014 to build up to eight more reactors in the country.

People in News
  • The People's Republic of China today observed the 40th death anniversary of its Founder Mao Zedong, who passed away on 9th September 1976
    • Mao, the first Chairman of the Communist party of China, led the country from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976.

Business & Economy
  • The Indo-US Economic Summit is going to be held during 13th & 14th September 2016.
    • Business, government, and academia leaders will deliberate on ways to enhance bilateral trade and investments between India and the US during this summit.
    • This summit also will seek to augment the existing trade level to $500 billion and will focus on sectors that facilitate growth.

  • Newly crowned world number one Germany's Angelique Kerber beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to win her maiden US Open title and her second overall Grand Slam title. 
    • The 28-year-old, who is the first German to win the US Open since Steffi Graf in 1996, is the oldest player to make her debut atop the women's tennis rankings.
  • Great Britain’s Jamie Murray and Brazil's Bruno Soares won their second Grand Slam doubles title, defeating Spaniards Pablo Carreño Busta and Guillermo García-López today. 
    • This was Murray’s third doubles slam title of his career, and second with Bruno Soares, with the pair winning the Australian Open earlier this year.
  • Indian Test captain Virat Kohli remained the top-ranked T20I batsman, according to ICC's latest T20I rankings.
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