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September 17, 2018

17th September 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (17th September 2018) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 17th September 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu left for Belgrade for the first phase of his 7- day tour to three central European countries, Serbia, Malta and Romania.
    • He is accompanied by Minister of State for (Finance) Mr. Shiv Pratap Shukla, 3 MPs from Rajya Sabha and one from Lok Sabha along with a business delegation headed by C.I.I.
    • In Serbia, he held a meeting with the President of Serbia (Aleksandar Vučić)
      • He also met Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and held bilateral talks. 
      • Various MoUs will be signed between the two countries. 
      • He will also address a special session of National Assembly of Serbia.
    • In Malta, he is scheduled to interact with the heads of states of all the three countries and witness the signing of MoUs.
      • The Vice President's visit is expected to strengthen India’s bilateral relations with these three countries. 
      • The visit will help the countries to exchange expertise and share knowledge in the fields of economy, environment, trade and culture.
  • Municipal elections were held in Syria today for the first time since the civil war broke out in the country in 2011. 
    • Over 40,000 candidates are competing for more than 18,400 council seats.

Science & Technology
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its PSLV-C42 rocket carrying two British Earth observation satellites from Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota. 
    • The two satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, are intended to improve UK's disaster management capabilities. 
    • Note : This marks the 44th flight of the PSLV and the third launch by ISRO this year.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today announced a ₹2 cut in the cess of both petrol and diesel in the state. 
    • Petrol was priced at ₹84.59/litre in Bengaluru on Sunday, while diesel was being sold at ₹76.10/litre. 
    • Important Note : Karnataka is the 4th state after Rajasthan, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh to have reduced state taxes on petrol and diesel.
  • The iconic TIME magazine is being sold by Meredith Corporation (present owner) to's Co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff for $190 million (₹1,378 crore). 
  • Veteran freedom fighter and former Odisha minister Dolagobinda Pradhan (93) passed away.
    • Pradhan had joined the Quit India movement and was also jailed during the freedom movement. 
    • He was elected to the state Assembly twice from Cuttack Sadar constituency and served as a minister from 1989 to 1990.
  • Veteran actor-director and a former army officer Captain Raju (68) passed away.
    • The actor has starred in around 500 Malayalam films and has also been a part of numerous projects in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi as well.

Awards & Honors
  • Team India captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu, who bagged gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2018, have been recommended for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2018, the country's highest sporting honour. 
    • If approved by Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kohli will become the 3rd cricketer to get the award after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98) and MS Dhoni (2007).
  • Delhi's Tarak Sinha, coach of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who made his Test debut last month, has been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.  

New Appointments
  • Moutaz Mousa Abdallah has been sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Sudan
    • Mousa Abdallah is also holding the Finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country's ailing economy.
  • Tajinder Mukherjee has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL)
    • Prior to her joining the NIC, she was the General Manager and Chief Underwriting Officer of New India Assurance.
    • She holds a Bachelor‘s Degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi and is a Fellow in Insurance of the Insurance Institute of India.

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