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September 24, 2018

24th September 2018 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (24th 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 24th  September 2018

International Current Affairs
  • Maldives opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the Presidential elections after having received 134,616 votes as compared to 96,132 votes received by incumbent President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
  • The Wild Tiger population of Nepal has reached 235, nearly doubling the baseline of around 121 tigers in 2009. 
    • The last survey in 2013 had estimated the tiger population at 198.
    • If these trends continue, Nepal could become the 1st country to double its tiger population, since the launch of the TX2 goal to double the world's wild tiger population by 2022.
  • The 5th meeting of Boundary Working Group (BWG) between India and Nepal held in Kathmandu.
    • During this meet, both countries have agreed to explore possibility of using high resolution satellite images in boundary survey work.  

National Current Affairs
  • To mark the second anniversary of Surgical Strike carried out by the Indian Army, India is going to celebrate a three-day event titled 'Parakram Parva (पराक्रमपर्व)' from 28th to 30th September 2018. 
    • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the celebrations at India Gate.
    • Note : Surgical Strike is an operation carried out by the Special Forces of Indian Army on September 28-29, 2016 wherein they destroyed terror launchpads across the Line of Control (LoC) inflicting maximum damage to terrorists and Pakistani forces backing them.
  • Prime Ministyer Narendra Modi today inaugurated Pakyong Airport near Gangtok in Sikkim.
    • This is India's 100th airport and the state's first airport situated at an altitude of 4,500 feet above sea level. S 
  • Modi also inaugurated a new airport in Jharsuguda.
    • It is first airport in Odisha to provide necessary connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Ranchi under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN (UdeDesh Ka AamNaagrik) Scheme
    • Other than Jharsuguda, three more airports are being developed in Odisha namely, Jeypore (Koraput District), Rourkela (Sundargarh District) and Utkela (Kalahandi District) to provide connectivity to remote and far flung areas of coastal state under Regional Connectivity Scheme.
    • Important Note :  Jharsuguda is also known as the powerhouse of Odisha. 
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated Centenary celebrations of Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (DBHPS) in New Delhi. 
    • DBHPS is an autonomous body functioning under the grant from Union Government, which aims to improve Hindi literacy among non-Hindi speaking people of South India. 
    • Headquqrters of DBHPS : Chennai 

Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • The BRICS' New Development Bank has approved a $525-million loan for infrastructure projects in India
    • The loan aims to improve connectivity of the rural interior with the national and state highways.
    • The loan will be used by the Indian government for on-lending to the Madhya Pradesh government for rehabilitating major district roads with a total length of about 2,000 km. 
  • Indian e-commerce payment system and digital wallet company Paytm has started testing the facial recognition feature that can unlock its payments app on a user's smartphone. 
    • The platform is going to introduce the technology for wallet payments, which do not require the second-factor authentication.  
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has shortlisted 5 IT firms for implementation of Centralised Information and Management System (CIMS) for seamless data collection and validations. 
    • These five IT firms are :
      • Infosys, 
      • Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), 
      • Capgemini Technology Services India, 
      • IBM India,
      • Larsen & Toubro Infotech.  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched commencement of work for India’s first Coal-gasification based fertilizer plant with pet coke blending at Talcher (Odisha)
    • The coal gasification based fertilizer plant is being developed by Talcher Fertilizers Limited (TFL), a joint venture company of GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL-29.67% stake), Coal India Limited (CIL-29.67% stake), Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCFL-29.67% stake) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL-10.99% stake).

MOUs & Agreements
  • Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has signed a deal with Japan's SoftBank and NTT Communications to launch 5G internet service and Internet of Things technology in India.
  • BSNL Chairman : Anupam Shrivastava 

  • US Actor, Singer and Former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, Al Matthews (75) passed away.
    • He is best known for playing Gunnery Sergeant Apone in Aliens (1986).
Science & Technology
  • The world's first self-driving tram, fitted with multiple radar, LiDAR, and camera sensors, has successfully been tested in Potsdam, Germany. 
    • The tram, which relies on AI algorithms, can react to trackside signals and respond to hazards like crossing pedestrians and vehicles.  
Sports Current Affairs
  • Ex-Team India captain M S Dhoni has become India's second-most capped cricketer, achieving the feat against Pakistan in the Asia Cup today. 
    • Dhoni, who is currently playing in his 505th international match for India, overtook Rahul Dravid, who represented India in 504 matches. 
    • Dhoni is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar, who played a record 664 matches for India.

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