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September 21, 2018

21st September 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (21st 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 21st September 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (21st September) is International Day of Peace / World Peace Day.
    • This day was first celebrated in 1982, and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and peoples.
    • In 2013, for the first time, the Day was dedicated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to peace education, the key preventive means to reduce war sustainably.
    • Note : To inaugurate the day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). This bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as "a reminder of the human cost of war"; the inscription on its side reads, "Long live absolute world peace". 
    • Themes of International Day of Peace / World Peace Day 2018 “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
  • Today (21st September) is World Alzheimer’s Day.
    • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
    • This is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. 
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • According to the 2018 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index released by United Nations, over 270 million people in India moved out of poverty in the decade since 2005-06. 
    • The Report stated that India's poverty rate came down to 27.5% from 54.7% during the period. 
  • The US State Department today imposed sanctions against the Chinese military for buying Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 air defence missile systems
    • The US also blacklisted 33 people and entities associated with the Russian intelligence.
Awards & Honors
  • Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma was facilitated with the Smita Patil Memorial Award for the year 2018, by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal at Priyadarshni Academy 34th Anniversary Global Awards, in Mumbai.
  • India's Commonwealth Games 2018 gold-winners Neeraj Chopra and Manika Batra, along with athletes Hima Das and Jinson Johnson, were selected to be honoured with the Arjuna Award
    • Cricketer Smriti Mandhana, tennis player Rohan Bopanna, Wushu fighter Pooja Kadian and golfer Shubhankar Sharma were some of the other awardees to be honoured with the Arjuna Award.
Science & Technology
  • European railway manufacturer Alstom has launched world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train.
    • The French company said that the CoradiaiLint used fuel cells that turn hydrogen and oxygen into electricity.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile ‘Prahar’, from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore, Odisha. 
    • Range stations and electro-optical systems tracked the missile throughout its flight.
  • Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang (61) passed away today.
    • Before being appointed Vietnam's President in 2016, Quang served as the Public Security Minister. 
    • He was also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Politburo, the party's top decision-making body.
New Appointments
  • The government has appointed Revathy Iyer and Raghvendra Narayan Dubey as Members in the Northern local board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
    • The center has also nominated Iyer and Chaturvedi as Director on the central board of the central bank. 
  • Renowned scientist Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas has been appointed the Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission
    • Mr Vyas, who is at present Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), has been appointed in place of Shekhar Basu.
Sports Current Affairs
  • The Oscar-winning duo of composer A R Rahman and lyricist Gulzar is creating the Anthem song for the upcoming Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, which is set to be held in Odisha later this year.
  • British racing driver Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won the Singapore Grand Prix 2018 at Marina Bay Street Circuit, in Singapore.

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