Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 16′ 2017

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  1. Salman Khan honoured with Global Diversity Award in London

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has been honoured with the Global Diversity Award 2017 in the British Parliament House.

The actor was honoured for his contribution to the Indian film industry as an actor, producer, television personality, singer and philanthropist.

  1. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Elected as Chair of the IOC Ethics Commission

Former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has been elected chair of the International Olympic Committee’s ethics commission.

 The South Korean, who served as leader in the UN from 2007 through 2016, will take over for Youssoupha Ndiaye.

  1. MPEDA Bags Rajbhasha Keerti Award

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has been awarded National level Rajbhasha Keerti Award for the third consecutive year.

MPEDA Chairman A Jayathilak received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind on September 14 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

  1. Govt to celebrate PM Modi’s birthday as ‘Sewa Diwas’

The BJP-led government will observe ‘Seva Diwas’ (Day of Service) on September 17 and carry out a range of activities including building twin pit toilets, ‘Shramdaan’ or voluntary work, and sanitation drives. September 17 happens to be the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti has written to her ministerial colleagues, urging them to make arrangements for such activities in their constituencies, residential areas or any other place, and be present there.

  1. India’s 1st Centre for Animal Law set up at Hyderabad

India’s first Centre for Animal Law has been established at the city-based NALSAR University of Law.

Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi inaugurated the centre.

Humane Society International, India will work with NALSAR University to steer and coordinate the activities of the centre.

  1. Govt approves 300-crore plan for waste management in Delhi

To improve solid waste management in Delhi, the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs announced a Rs 300-crore action plan.

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the initiative would be aided by the ministry through the ‘urban development fund’ operated by the Delhi Development Authority.

Under the plan, automated machinery, equipment and other systems will be procured for better collection, transport, storage and decentralised treatment of garbage. Besides, steps would be taken for better maintenance of sewers and drains

  1. Information app launched for Gurugram civic body elections

Divisional Commissioner D Suresh launched ‘vote 4 MCG’ application at the Mini-Secretariat. The app is aimed at generating public awareness on the forthcoming Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) elections that are scheduled to take place on September 24.

According to officials in the district administration, this is the first time that a mobile application has been created for civic elections in Haryana.

  1. India will be open defecation free by Oct 2019: Rajnath

The whole country is expected to be open defecation free by October, 2019, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said.

The government is confident of fulfilling the prime minister’s vision of making India open defecation free by October, 2019, Singh said after launching the ‘Swachhta Hi Sewa’ (Cleanliness is Service) campaign of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

  1. Coast Guard celebrates Int’l Coastal Cleanup Day in Mumbai

Well over 3,500 people, including 1,000 Coast Guard personnel, took part in a annual cleaning drive at three Mumbai beaches to mark International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day.

The Coast Guard organised the campaign at Girgaun Chowpatty, Dadar Chowpatty and Juhu beaches to educate citizens about marine pollution, and about ways in which they could keep beaches and seas clean.

  1. IAF completes development trials of Astra air-to-air missile

Final development trials of indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra were successfully concluded, moving it a step closer to induction into the Indian Air Force.

The trials were conducted between September 11 and 14 over the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast at Chandipur, with the missile being test-fired from a Su-30 fighter aircraft.

A total of seven trials were conducted against Pilotless Target Aircrafts (PTA), and were successful.

  1. ‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far’ authored by Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova, which she has written about in a recently released book — Unstoppable: My Life So Far.

Sharapova has done a large number of modelling assignments and endorsements, and was the highest paid female athlete in the world between 2001 and 2012.

  1. India’s only 5-star IAF officer Arjan Singh passes away at 98

War hero Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict died.

Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank, equal to a Field Marshal in the Army, was admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital this morning after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

An icon in the country’s military history, Singh had led a fledgling IAF in the 1965 Indo-Pak war when he was just a 44-year-old.

  1. World’s oldest person dies aged 117

The oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for ‘masters’ on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died aged 117. Violet Mosse Brown died in Jamaica.

She became the world’s oldest person on April 15 this year at 117 and 38 days, taking the title from Italian Emma Morano, whose life spanned three centuries and was born in 1899.



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