Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 17 and 18′ 2017

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  1. Harsh Kumar Jain Appointed India’s Ambassador to Slovak Republic

Shri Harsh Kumar Jain is presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic.

Slovak Republic capital is Bratislava is also known as Beauty on the Danube, Little Big City and its currency is Euro

  1. C Modi Named NIA Chief, Rajni Kant Misra D-G of SSB

Y.C. Modi, the officer in-charge of three cases from the Godhra riots of 2002, has been made the Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar, the current chief, whose term ends on October 18, 2017.

Y.C. Modi investigated the three most important cases involving the post-Godhra riots: Gulberg Society, Naroda Patiya and Naroda Gam.

  1. Iceland’s PM Bjarni Benediktsson Resigns

Iceland’s President Gudni Johannesson has accepted the resignation of the volcanic island’s Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, who says a new election mostly likely will be held on November 4.

Iceland Capital is Reykjavik and its currency is called Icelandic króna. Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist.

  1. Bihar to give tablets to youth in skill development programme

Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi said the state government is considering giving tablets to youths who would get training under the Skill Development Programme.

The state government is contemplating to give tablets to those youths who would get training under ‘Skill Development Programme’ in the state. The government will also take a decision on whether trained youths should be given tablets or cash (to buy tablets).

  1. PM Modi inaugurates India’s biggest dam 56 years after foundation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada, described as Gujarat’s lifeline by BJP leaders, at an event coinciding with his 67th birthday.

The foundation stone of the dam was laid on April 5, 1961 by the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

  1. Nation’s first Govt. Mobile Veterinary Clinics Launched

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has flagged off a hundred mobile veterinary clinics for as many Assembly constituencies in the State at People’s Plaza on the Necklace road.

The clinics, like 108 for people which are serviced by GVK-EMRI, will also be aided by the same combination on toll free number 1962. The call centre of GVK-EMRI will work on all days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  1. Assam Assembly Passed Pranam Bill For Govt. Employees

The 126-member Assam assembly has passed a bill seeking to deduct a fraction of the salary of state government employees for the benefit of their parents or differently abled siblings, in case they do not want to support them.

The first-of-its-kind legislation will become law after the state governor’s assent is obtained.

The Assam Employees’ Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Bill-2017 – better known as the Assam Employees PRANAM Bill – is aimed at ensuring that employees do not neglect their loved ones in times of need.

  1. India, Japan sign Open Sky Agreement

India and Japan have signed an agreement under which their airlines can operate an unlimited number of flights between the two countries.

The pact is as per National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016, which permits the government to enter into an ‘open sky’ air services agreement on a reciprocal basis with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000 kilometre radius from New Delhi.

  1. Air India launches First Direct Flight to Denmark

Air India has launched the first non-stop flight service between India and Denmark.

The national carrier will fly non-stop from Delhi to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen — its 44th international destination.

Copenhagen will be the 10th European destination where Air India will operate non-stop flight service.

  1. September 16, 2017: International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

The United Nations’ International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on the 16th September every year.

 Commemorating the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the day advocates activities that create awareness on topics related to climate change and ozone depletion.

  1. Beer festival Oktoberfest begins in Germany

World’s biggest beer festival Oktoberfest opens in Munich, Germany. Around 6 million people from all over the world are expected to visit the festival. Oktoberfest 2017 will run from September 16 to October 3.

  1. Beijing bans winter construction to improve air quality

Beijing will suspend construction of major public projects in the city this winter in an effort to improve the capital’s notorious air quality, citing the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development.

All construction of road and water projects, as well as demolition of housing, will be banned from Nov. 15 to March 15 within the city’s six major districts and surrounding suburbs.

  1. World’s largest street art museum opens in Germany

The world’s largest museum dedicated to street art is set to open in Berlin.

The planning of the museum’s inaugural exhibition saw a team of ten curators, led by Executive Creative Director Yasha Young selecting 150 artists to create exclusive works for the project, with international figures such as Shephard Fairy, Olek, Fintan Magee and Lora Zombie taking part.

  1. Google Tez UPI-Based Digital Payments App Launched in India

Google officially unveiled its first big foray into mobile payments in Asia. The Android and search giant has launched Tez, a free mobile wallet in India that will let users link up their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods securely in physical stores and online, and for person-to-person money transfers with a new twist: Audio QR, which uses ultrasonic sounds to let you exchange money, bypassing any need for NFC.

  1. P V Sindhu beats Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara to win Korean Open title

Indian star shuttler P V Sindhu defeated reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles final of the Korea Open Superseries.

Rio Olympics silver medallist Sindhu won 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in an hour and 22 minutes at the SK Handball Stadium.

Okuhara had conquered Sindhu in the World Championships final in August in Glasgow.

  1. Hamilton wins Singapore GP as title rival Vettel crashes

Lewis Hamilton has won the Singapore Grand Prix, extending his championship lead to 28 points with a hat-trick of victories.

The front row was wiped out at the first corner, taking out polesitter Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen after both contacted with Kimi Raikkonen.

  1. 1st female biker to win a World C’ship race wins by 0.053sec

Spain’s Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an individual World Championship motorbike race.

The 20-year-old achieved the feat after finishing 0.053 seconds ahead of second-placed Alfonso Coppola from Italy in the Supersport 300 World Championship’s round 10 in Portugal.

Notably, Carrasco, in 2013, had become the first woman to win a World Championship point since 2001.



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