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September 18, 2019

18th September 2019 Daily Current Affairs - PDF Download

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Dear Great Ambitionists, here are today's (18th September 2019) Important Current Affairs updates. You can download the pdf version of these current affairs from below link. Check complete Daily Current Affairs of the year 2019 from HERE. Happy Reading :)

Daily Current Affairs of 18th September 2019

International Current Affairs
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will embark on a 3-day official visit to Finland tomorrow. 
    • This will be his maiden visit to Finland after assuming charge as External Affairs Minister.
    • During the visit, the Minister will have detailed discussions with Foreign Minister of Finland, Pekka Haavisto, on a broad spectrum of bilateral relations. 
    • He will call on the President and the Prime Minister of Finland.
    • The External Affairs Minister will also unveil the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Finland. 
  • The Indonesian Parliament has raised the minimum age at which women can marry from 16 to 19 in a bid to curb child marriages. 
    • Previously parents could ask religious courts or officials to authorise the marriages of girls aged below 16. 
    • Note : One in four girls in Indonesia is married before they turn 18, according to Indonesia's Statistics Agency and UNICEF.
  • Sri Lanka today unveiled South Asia's tallest tower, the Lotus Tower, in the capital Colombo. 
    • Constructed in the shape of a 356-metre lotus, the tower has been built at a cost of $104.3 million, 80% of which has been funded by the Chinese government.
  • Russia is holding its annual Center-2019 International Command Exercise involving 6 other nations from 16 to 21 September 2019. 
    • Center-2019 is an annual strategic and operational military exercises which aren’t aimed at any third-party country rather focus on counterterrorist operations and is purely defensive in nature.
National Current Affairs
  • The Union Cabinet has banned the production, manufacturing, import, export, distribution and advertisement of e-cigarettes after considering their impact on the youth. 
    • First-time offenders would face a prison term of up to one year and a fine of ₹1 lakh, while repeat offenders would face jail terms of up to three years, with a penalty of up to ₹5 lakh.
    • Note : E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce an aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes.
  • The 5th International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is being held from 17-19 September 2019 in New Delhi
    • The maiden day of festival was presided by Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah as Chief Guest.
Banking, Business & Economic Affairs
  • Indian Bank today announced that the board has given its in-principle approval for the merger of Allahabad Bank with itself.
    • It also cleared the proposed infusion of capital by the government up to Rs 5,000 crore in the bank by way of preferential issue of shares.
    • After the amalgamation, the combined entity will have over 6,100 branches across the country and overseas presence in 3 countries.
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today announced taht the government is going to shut down state-owned trading companies such as State Trading Corporation (STC), Project and Equipment Corporation (PEC) and MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation) one by one. 
  • In a bid to boost domestic manufacturing, the government has removed 5 per cent custom duty imposed on import of open cell TV panel, which are used in the manufacturing of LED TVs. 
    • The move would also help to reduce the price of TV panel by around three per cent.
Science & Technology
  • Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully flight-tested air-to-air missile Astra off the coast of Odisha. 
    • The missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat aircraft as a part of User trials.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has signed MoUs with  Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop human-centric systems for India's first manned space mission Gaganyaan
    • DRDO will provide critical technologies including space food, survival kits for the crew, radiation protection equipment, among others.
  • The Maharashtra government announced that it will tie-up with US firm Zipline to use autonomous delivery drones to deliver emergency medicines and critical care across the state. 
    • The initiative will be supported through a grant from Serum Institute of India (SII). 
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will fly in the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas in Bengaluru tomorrow. 
    • Tejas, designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency, is a four-and-half generation single-engine multirole light fighter jet.  the Indian Air Force is likely to purchase 83 LCA Tejas for about ₹45,000 crore.
Awards & Honors
  • 'Moti Bagh', a documentary film based on the struggle of a farmer named Vidyadutt living in Uttarakhand's Pauri Garhwal region, has been selected as an entry to Oscars 2019.  
    • The film was directed by : Nirmal Chander Dandriyal.
People in News
  • Breast cancer survivor Sarah Thomas (37) has become the 1st person to swim English Channel 4 times non-stop.
Sports Current Affairs
  • Vinesh Phogat has become the 1st Indian wrestler to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after defeating American wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt in the World Championships. 
    • Vinesh will wrestle in the bronze-medal bout against Maria Prevolaraki of Greece tomorrow.
    • The 25-year-old has qualified for the Olympics in the 53-kg category.
  • All-rounder Dinesh Mongia has announced retirement from all forms of cricket, 12 years after playing his last international match. 
    • The 42-year-old represented India in 57 ODIs from 2001 to 2007 and was also part of India's first-ever T20I. 
    • Mongia last represented his domestic side Punjab in 2007 before joining the now-defunct Indian Cricket League.
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