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September 22, 2017

22nd September 2017 Important Daily Current Affairs

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (22nd September 2017) Important Current Affairs updates. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 22nd September 2017

International Current Affairs
  • 50 Nations today signed a treaty banning the use of nuclear weapons amid opposition by nuclear-armed countries. 
    • The legally-binding treaty provides for a total ban on developing, stockpiling or threatening to use nuclear weapons "under any circumstances".
    • It will come into effect 90 days after it is ratified by 50 nations.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • General Motors CEO Mary Barra has topped Fortune's 2017 list of Most Powerful Women for the third time in a row. 
    • The list features PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (2nd Rank), Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (5th Rank), and also features first Latina CEO Geisha Williams. 
  • Hong Kong-based AIA Group has agreed to buy the life insurance unit of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia's largest bank), for $3 billion. 
    • The deal would make AIA the biggest life insurer in Australia and New Zealand, with 13 million customers. 
  • Tata Sons, the holding company of Tata group firms, received shareholders' approval to become a private limited company
  • South Korea has approved a $8-million aid package for North Korea amid increased tensions over the reclusive nation's nuclear programme.
    • The aid will provide food and medicines to children and pregnant women.
Books & Authors
  • A book against gender bias, titled 'Testosterone Rex: Unmaking the Myths of Our Gendered Minds' has been chosen as Royal Society of London's science book of the year.
    •  Australia-based Cordelia Fine, who joined the likes of Stephen Hawking with the ₹22-lakh prize, writes in her book, "There are no essential male or female characteristics...when it comes to risk-taking and competitiveness".
Science & Technology
  • The first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, INS Kalvari, was delivered to the Indian Navy by the ship manufacturers Mazagon Dock Limited headquartered in Mumbai. 
    • The submarine, designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, has superior stealth features and can attack the enemy using precision-guided weapons. 
  • The world's largest aircraft 'Stratolaunch' built by Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen has completed its first engine test this week. 
    • The company said "each of the six engines operated as expected" during the three-phase test. 
New Appointments
  • 6 new additional judges took oath at the Calcutta High Court today, while one judge retired. 
    • The appointments and retirement brings the total strength of judges at the High Court to 35, against a sanctioned strength of 72 judges.
  • World's richest woman and the heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal, Liliane Bettencourt (94), has died today.
    • Bettencourt topped the list of the world's richest women for the second year in a row in 2017 with an estimated net worth of $39.5 billion. 
  • Yesteryear actress Shakila (82), who featured in the song 'Babuji Dheere Chalna' from the 1954 film 'Aar-Paar', passed away.
    • She has worked in films like 'CID' and 'China Town'.
Awards & Honors
Sports Current Affairs
  • Indian Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket after achieving the feat in the second ODI against Australia. 
  • Athletes from Australia and the rest of Oceania have been invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, for the first time in the history of Asiad
    • The invite is for selected sports like football and basketball to enable athletes to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics. 
    • Note : Oceania nations are currently competing at the Asian Indoor Games.
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