Current Affairs Daily Digest – September 28′ 2017

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  1. BHU appoints its first woman chief proctor

Under the scanner for an unsafe atmosphere for women on the campus, the Banaras Hindu University appointed a woman as its chief proctor.

Professor Royana Singh, who will hold the post, is a professor in the Anatomy Department of the Institute of Medical Sciences.

  1. Karnataka Cabinet clears anti-superstition bill

The Karnataka Cabinet has cleared the much-awaited anti-superstition bill to prevent and eradicate “inhuman evil practices” and said it would be tabled in the next state assembly session for approval.

The legislation was earlier proposed as The Evil, Inhuman and Superstitious Practices Prevention Bill. After omitting the word superstitious, it is now titled The Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Inhuman Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2017.

  1. India’s first cow sanctuary set up in Madhya Pradesh

The country’s first cow sanctuary, set up by the government, was inaugurated in Madhya Pradesh’s Agar Malwa district.

It was inaugurated by Madhya Pradesh Gau Samvardhan Board chairperson Swami Akhileshwaranand Giri and RSS Kshetra Sanghchalak Ashok Soni by worshipping 11 cows.

The sanctuary, also called Kamdhenu Gau Abhyaranya has been developed by the MP Gau Samvardhan Board in Salaria village, nearly 50 kms from the district headquarters.

  1. India International Science Festival 2017: ‘Science for New India’

India has declared 2010-20 as the ‘Decade of Innovation’. The Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences,  and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have come together to organize The India International Science Festival (IISF) every year, since 2015 to encourage scientific temper among the masses and showcasing Indian contribution in the field of S&T over the years.

This goal can be achieved, through developing scientific temper among the masses and by strengthening India’s science and technology institutions & furthering their basic research.

  1. 190th Gunners Day Celebrated

Regiment of Artillery, one of the largest Arms of the Indian Army celebrated 190th Gunners’ Day on 28 September 2017. The Gunners’ Day is celebrated to commemorate the raising of the first Indian Artillery Unit namely, 5 (Bombay) Mountain Battery on this day in 1827.

The Regiment of Artillery today embarked itself on a path of modernisation, both in terms of equipment and support systems as well under the “Make in India” initiative of the Government of India.

  1. ICICI Bank Launches ‘Cashback’ Home Loans

ICICI Bank has launched a new home loan which offers borrowers the benefit of one per cent cash back on every EMI for the entire tenure of the loan.

This facility is available for home loans with a minimum tenure of 15 years and only for new borrowers.

Anup Bagchi, ED, said RERA has imparted momentum to the housing sector and confidence has returned among prospective buyers. Hence, the bank has launched the product to support the momentum.

  1. India’s first space observatory ASTROSAT completes two years

A few days after it celebrated the successful completion of a year around the Red planet by its first inter-planetary mission – the Mars Orbiter, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory into space, besides six satellites for Canada, Indonesia and the United States.

  1. India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018.

The cooperation between India and Norway will continue to be aligned with the development goals of the Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The cooperation shall focus on global health issues of common interest.

  1. Russia, US Partner to Build 1st Ever Space Station Near Moon

Russia and the United States have agreed to cooperate on a Nasa-led programme to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars.

NASA and Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, announced a partnership to build the first-ever space station on the moon.

The partnership comes as part of NASA’s long-term vision to send a manned mission to Mars called the Deep Space Gateway.

  1. September 28: World Maritime Day

World Maritime Day 2017 is formally celebrated at IMO on 28 September 2017. Member States and other entities are invited to celebrate with activities in the same week, and throughout the year.

  “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” has been selected as the World Maritime Day theme for 2017. The theme was chosen to provide an opportunity to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the shipping and logistics areas.

  1. Official ball for FIFA U-17 World Cup named ‘Krasava’

FIFA has launched the official ball for Under-17 football World Cup and it will be called Krasava, a word generally used by Russian sports fans to describe a striking performance and it is the ultimate praise for a team when they play with creativity and flair.

The ball is manufactured by ‘Adidas’  and the pattern on it features a striking red design with jagged lines running through it, designed to represent the design of a Russian Ruby and the metaphorical jewel of the game.

  1. India to host South Asian boxing Championship in Guwahati

India will be hosting the South Asian boxing Championship for the first time in Guwahati from December 6 to 10.

India for the first time will be hosting the South Asian Championship from December 6th-10th in Guwahati and India International Open tournament.


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