Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 27′ 2017

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  1. Angola swears in first new president for 38 years

Joao Lourenco has been sworn in as president of Angola, giving the oil-rich African nation its first new leader in 38 years.

Lourenco was inaugurated in the capital, Luanda, at a ceremony attended by thousands of Angolans, almost 30 foreign heads of state and outgoing president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

After Lourenco took the oath of office, dos Santos handed him the presidential necklace, symbolizing the transfer of power.

  1. BCCI’s head of Cricket Operations MV Sridhar resigns

The BCCI’s General Manager (Cricket Operations) MV Sridhar has tendered his resignation, a decision that was accepted by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA).

Sridhar, who was under the lens on issues of propriety, submitted his resignation during COA meeting at the Cricket Centre headquarters.

  1. Paytm and Flipkart Founders in Hurun India Rich List 2017

Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s wealth surged by 162% in the past one year, making him the richest entrepreneur under 40 in Hurun’s India rich list for 2016.

Shanghai-based Hurun Research Institute has released the 6th “Hurun India Rich List 2017”, a list of the richest people in India with a cut-off at $153 Mn (INR 1,000 Cr).

  1. Priyanka Chopra makes it to Forbes’ top-10 highest-paid TV actresses list

Indian star Priyanka Chopra has made it to Forbes’ annual top-10 highest-paid TV actresses list that has Sofia Vergara on the number one spot.

Chopra, already an established star in Bollywood, made her acting debut in the West with TV show “Quantico”. She cemented her position as one of the rising stars in Hollywood by playing the antagonist in the movie reboot of “Baywatch”.

  1. JK govt launches scheme for disabled soldiers, dependents

The Jammu and Kashmir government has launched a scheme for disabled soldiers and their dependents by providing credit on concessional rate of interest to set up self-employment ventures.

Jammu and Kashmir Scheduled caste, Scheduled Tribe and Backward Class Development Corporation vice chairperson Balbir Ram said the scheme was being launched in collaboration with the National Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation (NHFDC).

  1. Govt to set up advisory board to fix national minimum wages

The government will set an advisory board to fix minimum wages for various sectors applicable across the country.

The government would constitute an Advisory Board to fix the National Minimum Wages for employees and such wages differ and vary sector ally as well as regionally across the country as per requirements, skills and nature of jobs with the enforcement of proposed Labour Code on Wages 2017.

  1. Cabinet approves Rs 25,060 cr for three-year police modernisation plan

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved Rs 25,060 crore for police modernisation for three fiscal years till 2019-20.

The central government would contribute 80 per cent of money earmarked for police modernisation.

The CCS has cleared an umbrella scheme for police modernisation. Rs 25,060 has been approved for 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

  1. Cabinet approves swapping of AAI-owned 10.25 acre land with AP govt

The government has approved swapping of 10.25 acre of land owned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Rajahmundry airport with equivalent land owned by the Andhra Pradesh government.

The airport at Madhurapudi village is situated on 366.46 acres of land and the state government has allotted additional land to the extent of 857.09 acre to the AAI free of cost.

  1. Cabinet okays EXIM Bank’s credit extension in local currency under BRICS

The Cabinet has approved signing of interbank local currency credit line agreement and cooperation memorandum relating to credit ratings by Exim Bank with member banks under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism.

Exim Bank finances, facilitates and promotes India’s international trade. It provides competitive finance at various stages of the business cycle.

  1. CISF Security at Mumbai Airport Rated Best in World

The security cover provided by the CISF at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, has bagged the ‘best airport security’ award from the World Quality Congress (WQC).

The awards, based on the independent evaluation by the WQC Jury, are considered as recognition of excellence demonstrated by agencies in the commerce and industry space of the country/globe.

  1. Indian Navy commissions INS Tarasa into service in Mumbai

INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft intended for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrolling, was commissioned into the Indian Navy .

The vessel, built in Kolkata, is of proven design with good endurance, low draught, high speed and maneuverability making her ideal for her primary role of extended coastal and offshore patrolling and surveillance.

  1. India improves on WEF’s global competitiveness rankings

India remains the most competitive country in South Asia, appearing at No. 40 in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

India’s score is its highest ever according to the current methodology, which ranked Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy.  

  1. ’Incredible India’ Campaign Launched in Cairo, Egypt

 India has launched a campaign to woo Egyptian travellers and make them aware of magnificent holiday options in the country.

The month-long “Incredible India!” campaign has been organised by the Embassy of India in Cairo, in coordination with the India Tourism Office in Dubai, the Cairo Governorate, and the Cairo Public Transport Authority.

It was flagged off jointly by Indias Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Governor of Cairo Governorate Eng Atef Abdel Hamid and officials from Cairo Transport Authority.

  1. September 27: World Tourism Day

September 27 marks World Tourism Day, an annual event organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), aimed at underscoring the social, cultural, political and economic value of international tourism.

This year’s event also aligns with the UN’s overall designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

  1. Mithali Raj named in BBC’s 100 most influential women list

The BBC has revealed Mithali Raj as one of the most influential women in India. Additionally, Ira Trivedi and Tulika Kiran from Delhi along with Aditi Avasthi from Bangalore and Mehroonisa Siddiqui are among the inspirational individuals who have been included on the BBC 100 Women list 2017.



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