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Current Affairs for 16th to 22nd September 2017


Current Affairs for 16th to 22nd September 2017




  1. Nirmala Sitharaman was sworn in as india’s first full-fledged woman defence minister in a mega cabinet rejig seen as part of a strategy to accelerate reforms and improve governance. Along with her, three other high performing ministers – Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goel and Mukhar Abbas Naqvi – were also promoted to cabinet rank.
  2. The government has approved cadre review policy for Junior Commissioned Officers and other rank-holders in the Army, a step which will offer higher career progression to nearly 1.45 lakh personnel of the force. Adjutant General of the Army Lieutenant General Ashwani Kumar said in New Delhi that the upgradation will take place over a span of five years.
  3. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) retained top position among Indian Universities in the Time World University Rankings, but its position fell in global rankings compared to its last years position.
  4. The Government has constituted a new task force led by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar to recommend measures to increase employment by promoting labour-intensive exports.
  5. Vivek Goenka, chairman and managing director of Express Group was unanimously elected as Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI). N Ravi, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu was elected vice-chairman.
  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chines President Xi Jinping held the bilateral meeting in China’s port city of Xiamen. The meeting comes nearly a week after India and China announced resolution of the 73-day-long Dokalam standoff. Earlier, New Delhi scored a significant diplomatic win after BRICS nations, for the first time, named Pakistan-based groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Haqqani network in a strongly-worded declaration condemning terror.
  7. India and Myanmar have signed 11 agreements in a range of sectors, including one on maritime security cooperation, to further strengthen their multifaceted partnership. The MoUs were signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wide-ranging talks with Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.
  8. The United States told the UN Security Council that it intends to call a meeting on 11th September to vote on a draft resolution establishing additional sanctions on North Korea for its missile and nuclear programme. The United States wants the Security Council to impose an oil embargo on North Korea, ban its exports of textiles and the hiring of North Korean labourers abroad, and to subject leader Kim Jong Un to an asset freeze and travel ban.
  9. The four leading Arab States of UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have reiterated their earlier stand that any dialogue with Qatar cannot be preceded by any condition. This came in the wake of the US President offering to mediate in the Gulf crisis.
  10. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico stuck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets. President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a televised address that 61 people were killed and at least 200 people have been injured.
  11. Hurricane Irma has lashed Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. Irma, which strengthened in the last few hours, hit the Camaguey Archipelago late on 8th September, threatening nearby coastal towns and villages. At least 21 people have died so far across the Caribbean.
  12. The Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY), which provides access to institutional finance to small business units, has helped in creating 5.5 crore jobs. According to a report, industrialized states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have been the biggest beneficiaries of the PMMY.
  13. India has slapped countervailing duty (CVD) for a period of five years on certain Chinese flat steel products to guard domestic players from imports that are subsidized by the exporting nation.
  14. President Ram Nath Kovind has said that tax collection should be a smooth process and there should be minimum discomfort to the tax-payer. Addressing a group of probationers of 67th batch of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
  15. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the Indian-Russia Business Dialogue of Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) said that the dialogue should aim to bridge knowledge gap between businesses of both countries. Speaking on the occasion in Russian port city Vladivostok.
  16. India’s Seema won a gold and a silver at the 2017 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Gold Coast, as India enjoyed six podium finishes on the fifth day of action. Seema claimed a silver medal in the senior women’s 75 kilograms category by lifting 202 kg overall. This included 91 kg in the snatch and 111 kg in the clean and jerk phase, with her overall score proving good enough to claim gold in the junior women’s 75 kg event.
  17. Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand has crashed out of the World Chess Cup, now underway in Tbilisi, Georgia. He played out a draw in a must-win game against Anton Kovalyon of Canada in the second round.

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