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September 23, 2018

23rd September 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (23rd 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 23rd September 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Today (23rd September) is International Day of Sign Languages.
    • This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. 
    • Theme of International Day of Sign Languages 2018 : “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!”.
  • The inaugural General Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) is going to be held on 2nd October 2018 in New Delhi
    • It will be followed by ministerial level assembly of ISA following day which will be held in Greater Noida.
    • About ISA :
    • The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris on November 30, 2015. 
    • The idea was to form a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to collaborate on addressing the identified gaps in their energy requirements through a common approach. 
    • Towards this, the ISA has set a target of 1 TW of solar energy by 2030, which current French President Emmanuel Macron said would require $1 trillion to achieve.
    • Its Framework Agreement came into force in December 2017.  
  • China has postponed joint military talks with the US in protest against a US decision to sanction a Chinese military agency and its director for buying Russian fighter jets and a surface-to-air missile system. 
    • Adding that the US had "no right to interfere", China said the Russia deal was a normal act of cooperation between sovereign countries.
National Current Affairs
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the ' Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)' scheme, deemed as the world's largest government-funded healthcare programme covering over 50 crore beneficiaries. 
    • Describing it as a "game-changer initiative to serve the poor", PM Modi said the scheme is a step towards serving the poor people of the country. 
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has announced that the government is going to implement 115 sewage treatment projects in seven states at an estimated cost of ₹17,876 crore as part of the project for Ganga river rejuvenation.  
  • Tamil Nadu government has announced Scheme for protection of exotic Neela kurinji (Strobilanthus kunthianus) plants that flower only once in 12 years. 
    • This scheme comes following complaints that these rare and ecologically unique flowers are being packaged and sold on the commercial basis.
  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched India’s National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO)
    • With this, India became the 9th nation to maintain such thorough database.  
    • NDSO is initiative under National Mission for Safety of Women aimed at curbing crimes against women and children. 
Science & Technology
  • India’s biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30 became operational at Kolkata-based Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), which comes under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). 
  • ISRO Chairman K Sivan announced that India will get internet speeds of over 100 Gbps before the end of next year. 
    • He added that India's GSAT-19, launched in 2017, and the yet-to-be-launched GSAT-11, GSAT-29 and GSAT-20 will together provide high bandwidth connectivity and bridge the digital divide.  
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is setting up 3rd launch pad at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh to undertake Gaganyaan manned space flight programme.  
  • India has contributed $1 million to United Nations (UN) Headquarters’ Solar Project, under which solar panels will be installed on roof of world body’s headquarters at New York, US. 
    • This contribution makes India first responder to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for climate action. 
    • The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy.
  • Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi (64), known for films like 'Rudaali', 'Chingaari', 'Ek Pal' and 'Daman
    • Lajmi's film 'Rudaali' had won actress Dimple Kapadia her only National Award.

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • State-owned India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) and private life insurer Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co Ltd (BALIC) have entered into strategic partnership to provide life insurance solutions
    • It will allow IPPB customers across segments to access wide array of life insurance products and services at doorstep. 
    • Note : BALIC is the first life insurer to partner with IPPB.  
  • World Bank board has approved ambitious 5-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India that is in line with Government of India’s objectives of high, sustainable and inclusive growth. 
    • The framework is aimed at supporting India’s transition to higher middle-income country by addressing some of its key development priorities resource efficient and inclusive growth, job creation and building human capital.
    •  The CPF was preceded by systematic country diagnostic (SCD) that offered narrative about India’s progress.
  • One of the "Big Three credit rating agencies (other two are Moody's and Standard & Poor's), Fitch Ratings in its Global Economic Outlook has revised up India’s growth forecast for current fiscal year (2018-19) to 7.8% from 7.4% projected earlier. 
    • However it has flagged tightening of financial conditions, weak bank balance sheets and rising oil bill as headwinds to growth.
MOUs & Agreements
  • National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) and London Stock Exchange (LSE) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on creating dual listing route for masala bonds and foreign currency bonds of Indian issuers. 
    • Through approval of single listing document, issuer can obtain dual listing on LSE’s International Securities Market and NSE’s GIFT City. 
    • It will serve as potential precursor of further joint listings in future that could see foreign currency bonds in India also being able to list in London.
  • Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to set up of state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER)
    • ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER.
New Appointments
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has chosen veteran scientist Dr VR Lalithambika to head its mission to put an Indian in space by 2022
    • The 56-year-old scientist has 30 years of experience in space missions with ISRO. 
    • She was also a key member of the team responsible for launching 104 satellites in one go in February 2017.
  • As part of its efforts to curb fake news, WhatsApp has appointed Komal Lahiri as the 'Grievance Officer for India'. 
    • Lahiri holds a role of Sr. Director, Global Customer Operations & Localization at WhatsApp.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed Anil Kumar Chaudhary as new Chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL)
    • He is going to replace P K Singh, who had retired from the post in June 2018. 
    • Prior to this appointment, he was serving as Director (Finance) at SAIL.
    • Chaudhary will be in office till his superannuation in December, 2020. 
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