Sunday, September 15, 2019

Weekly Current Affairs September 8 -14


Committee to address illegal groundwater extraction formed

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  • National Green Tribunal (NGT)formed a committee to formulate steps to cease illegal groundwater extraction.
  • The committee works on monitoring, manning and functioning of National Ground Water Authority.
Ministry of Railways signed MoU with CII
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  • To facilitate Green initiatives, Ministry of Railways signed an MoU with the Confederation Indian Industry.
  • The MoU was signed  to extend technical cooperation for various green Initiatives

1st women cricketer to have two hattricks
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  • Megan Schutt(Australian fast bowler) became 1st woman to achieve two hat tricks in white-ball cricket.

DRDO handed over Aircraft 'Netra' to IAF
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  • Netra' is an Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft that was developed by DRDO handed over to IAF. It was 2nd aircraft handed over to IAF by DRDO.
  • It is a surveillance aircraft used for tracking. identification of airborne and sea surface targets and is also useful in detecting incoming missiles.

Bank's loan exposure Limit increased by RBI
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  • The loan exposure limit of banks to a single non-banking financial companies has increased from 15% to 20% in which gold loan companies are excluded.
  • This will help to increase credit supply to the crisis-ridden shadow banking sector.

CBSE Teachers Awards 2018

  • Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal presented 2018 CBSE Teachers awards to 34 teachers in the country.
Lasith Malinga created new records
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  • Sri Lankan right-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga became the highest wicket-taker in T20  cricket after taking 4 wickets in 4 consecutive balls in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand. He surpassed Shahid Afridi to become the highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket.
  • He is the only bowler to have 2 hat-tricks in the T20 format and also to have 5 hat-tricks in International cricket.
  • He is the only bowler to have 100 T20I wickets.

White Water Expedition Rudrashila flagged off in Jaisalmer
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  • To commemorate the 75th Raising day of  Kalidhar battalion White Water Rafting expedition Rudrashila has been flagged off in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.

Hima das is the new brand ambassador of Gatorade India
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  • Indian star sprinter Hima das is the new brand ambassador of  Pepsico India sports drink brand Gatorade.

28th edition of Indo-Thai coordinated patrol 2019
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  • 28th edition of Indo-Thai coordinated patrol is held in between the Indian Navy and the Royal Thai Navy which is conducted from 5th to 15 September 2019 in Bankok, Thailand.
  • In this CORPAT (coordinated patrol) Indian Navy ship Kesari and His Majesty's Thailand ship Kraburi along with Maritime patrol aircraft also participated in it.
FDI equity inflow rose by 28% in the first quarter of 2019-20
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  • According to the GOVT data, the FDI in India grew by 28% to $16.33 billion during the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
  • Singapore continued to be largest source of FDI with 5.3 billion investment.
Microsoft India and CBSE partnered to build AI Learning for schools
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  • Microsoft India and Central Board of Secondary Education partnered and will conduct a capacity building programme for teachers.
  • The aim of the programme is to integrate cloud-powered technology in K12 teaching. The programme is for 8-10 grade teachers will be conducted across 10 cities.
Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry to ban single-use plastic
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    • Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has decided to complete ban single-use plastic in his ministry and all its public sector units(PSU) including Food Corporation of India(FCI) from September 15.
    • Alternate methods are to use jute or cloth bags, locally tailored and produced bags.
    6th India-China SED was held in New Delhi
    • India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue(SED) is being held on 7-9 September 2019. The dialogue discusses infrastructure, high-tech, energy, pharmaceuticals and resource conservation.
    • The Indian side led by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and the Chinese led by the National Development and Reforms Commission(NDRC) Chairman Ha Lifeng.
    Rafael Nadal clinched his 19th Grand Slam
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    • Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev in US Open 2019 final to win his 19th Grand slam in his career.
    • The 33-year old Spanish player clinched his fifth US Open in his career, now he is one grand slam less than Roger Federer all-time record of 20 grand slams. He took prize money of $ 3.85 million dollars.
      Gujarat gets its new Cheif Justice
        • Justice Vikram Nath has been appointed as the New Cheif Justice of the Gujarat High Court.
        • Before he was Allahabad High Court Judge, He was named for the post of Gujarat Cheif Justice on the recommendation of the Supreme Court Collegium.
        8th September is International Literacy Day
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        • To raise awareness and importance of Literacy UNESCO at its general conference on 26th October in 1966 declared 8th September as International Literacy Day.
        • The theme of 2019 is to focus on 'Literacy and Multilingualism'.
        PM Modi announced 5 lakh crores for Jal Jeevan Mission
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        • For the upcoming 5 years, PM Modi announced that central GOVT will spend 3.5 lakh crores on Jal Jeevan Mission.
        • The aim of the mission is to provide piped water to rural households by 2024 (Har Ghar Jal).
        .Book on the quartet that spin India to glory launched

        • The book 'Fortune Turners: The quartet that spun India to glory' on 4 Indian legendary spinners Bishan Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Bhagawat Chandrashekhar and S Venkataraghavan has been launched.
        • The book has been written by Aditya Bhushan and Sachin Bajaj and it was published by Global Cricket School.

        Maharastra gets 200 Million loan from ASD
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        • The government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ASD) signed a loan agreement of $200 million on  9th September for the up-gradation of the roads in 34 districts of Maharastra.
        • this will to improve the all-weather standard, improved road safety and connectivity to the rural areas.
        Charles Leclerc won Italian Grand Prix 2019
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        • The 21-year-old Monacan wins his 2nd F1 race in Italian Grand Prix 2019 before he won the Belgian Grand Prix 2019 which was his 1st win.
        • He ended the 9-year wait of Ferrari for the Italian Grand Prix.
        Kisan Man Dhan Yojana 
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        • PM Modi will launch the Kisan Man Dhan Yojana on 12th september in Jharkhand.
        • Around 5 crore small and marginal farmers will get Rs 3000 as a pension after attaining the age of 60 years. Farmers who are aged between 18 to 40 years are eligible to apply for this scheme.
        Kenya's women ran the fastest ever half marathon
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        • Kenyan woman Brigid Kosgei ran the fastest half marathon ever by a woman, wins the Great North Run in a time of 1hr,4min 28sec.

        Delhi is the third highest consumer of weed
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        • According to the Cannabis Price Index 2018 by ABCD, Delhi is the 3rd highest consumer of cannabis in the world.
        • About 38.26 metric tonnes have been consumed by Delhi.
        Dr.Mahendra Nath Pandey laid the foundation for Indian Institute of Skills
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        • Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey laid the foundation for the Indian Institute of Skills at Mumbai.
        • As a private partner, Tata Group will invest 300 crores in this project.
        USD 130 Billion for Indian Military Modernization
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        • The Indian government has decided to spend USD 130 Billion for the modernization of Armed forces in the coming 5 to 7 years.
        Largest Solar power farm in south-east Asia inaugurated by Vietnam
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        • The largest solar power project in South-east Asia  has been inaugurated by Vietnam
        • The Project has the capacity to produce 688 million kWh of electricity annually.
        • It was constructed on the Dau Tieng reservoir which is the largest artificial lake in Vietnam.
        Swachhta Hi Seva
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        • PM Narendra Modi has launched the 2019 Swachhta Hi Seva 2019 campaign in Mathura on 11th September.
        • The theme of this year is ' Plastic waste awareness and management'.
        Bandaru Dattatreya is Himachal Pradesh New Governor
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        • Bandaru Dattatreya was sworn in as 27th Governor of Himachal Pradesh on 11th September who was the Former Lok Sabha member of BJP. He replaced Kalraj Mishra who recently took oath as Rajasthan Governor.
        • The chief justice Sanjay Karol of Himachal Pradesh High court administered his Oath at Raj Bhavan in Shimla.
         Farm machinery hiring mobile application launched
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        • 'CHC Farm Machinery' mobile application has been launched by the Union Minister of State for Agriculture Purushottam Rupala.
        • This application will enable farmers to connect with CHC'S i.e custom hiring service centers within a radius of 50km.

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