Current Affairs September 2018

  • 19-Sep-2018
  • India-Morocco Tourism Bilateral Meeting Held in New Delhi 

    A BILATERAL meeting on tourism cooperation between India and Morocco led by the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, Kingdom of Morocco, Mohamed Sajid and the Minister of State for Tourism (IC), Government of India, K. J. Alphons, held in New Delhi today.

    During this meeting both the Ministers agreed to enhance the tourism cooperation between India & Morocco and to work towards increasing tourist arrivals between both countries. This meeting was followed by signing of an agreement of cooperation between the India Tourism Development Corporation and La Societe Marocaine D’Ingenierie Touristique, also known as Moroccan Agency for Tourism development (SMIT).

  •  Important Cabinet Approvals: 19th September 2018 

    The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the following set of approvals. The important Cabinet Approvals are given as follows-
    The Cabinet has approved-
    1. Equity infusion of RCF in Talcher Fertilizers Ltd.: approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for equity investment of Rs.1033.54 crore of the total project cost for setting up a Coal Gasification based fertilizer project in Talcher Fertilizer Ltd. (TFL) by Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF).

  • Cabinet Approves Ordinance Making Triple Talaq A Punishable Offence

    The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making triple talaq a punishable offence, said Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for law and justice, IT.
    He said that inspite of the Supreme Court annulling it last year, the practice continued "unabated".
    Addressing a press conference, the Union minister accused the Congress of not cooperating in the passage of the 'Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

  • PM Modi, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Jointly Launched Indo-Bangla Pipeline Project 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday described the cooperation between India and Bangladesh as an example for the world as he and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the construction of a friendship pipeline project through video conferencing.

    The 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.

  • Union Home Secretary Launches ‘e-Sahaj’ Portal For Grant Of Security Clearance 

    The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance. The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.
    With the introduction of online portal, the process has become standardized, resulting in a process which will be faster, transparent and easy to monitor.

  • India Signs Financing Loan Agreement With World Bank For UKWDP 

    A Loan Agreement for IBRD Credit of US$74 million equivalent for the Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP) was signed between India and the World Bank.

  • PM Inaugurates Key Development Projects In Varanasi 

    The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated and laid the Foundation Stone for several important development projects, at a public gathering in Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
    Among the projects inaugurated are the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for Puraani Kashi; and an Atal Incubation Centre at BHU.
    Among the projects for which the Foundation Stone was laid is the Regional Ophthalmology Centre at BHU. The cumulative value of all projects which were inaugurated, or for which foundation stone was laid is over Rs. 550 crore.

  • India, Sri Lanka Inks MoU For Construction Of 5000-MT Temperature Controlled Warehouse

    India and Sri Lanka signed an MoU for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla, Sri Lanka. The warehouse will be constructed with an Indian grant assistance of 30 crore Sri Lankan rupees.
    The project envisages construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse for fruits and vegetables to minimize its post-harvest losses.

  •  Germany Launches World's 1st Hydrogen-Powered Train 

    Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.
    The two Coradia iLint trains were built by French train-maker firm Alstom. It started operating on a 100 km (62-mile) route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany.

  • Bangladesh Cabinet Clears Deal With India for Port Usage 

    Bangladesh's Cabinet has approved a draft agreement with India to enable New Delhi to use the Chittagong and Mongla ports for the movement of goods to and from northeast India.
    According to the cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam, the agreement will be effective for five years with a provision of automatic renewal for another five years.

  • Tajinder Mukherjee Takes Over As CMD of  NICL 

    Tajinder Mukherjee has taken over as the Chairman and Managing Director of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL). Prior to joining NIC, she was posted as General Manager and Chief Underwriting Officer of New India Assurance.
    She has over 33 years of experience in the insurance industry having joined as a Direct Recruit Officer 1983 batch in United India Insurance Company.

  • Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma Signed As Ambassadors of Skill India Campaign 

    Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
    The actors through their film are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers.

  • Dr Raghupati Singhania Conferred With Civilian Honour of Mexico 

    Chairman and MD, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., Dr. Raghupati Singhania has been conferred with 'Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle', the highest honour accorded to non-nationals by the Government of Mexico.

  • SEBI Approves New KYC Norms For FPIs, Revised Settlement Mechanism

    In a major relief to foreign portfolio investors, markets regulator on Tuesday said it will release a revised circular on KYC norms for FPIs.

    In a board meeting held today, the regulator also reduced the time taken for a security to list on an exchange to three days (T+3) from the date of closure of its initial public offer (IPO). It also allowed foreign investors’ participation in India’s commodities market

  • Provision Of Penalties Incorporated For States, Insurance Companies for Delay in Settlement of Claims

    Insurance companies will have to pay farmers 12 per cent interest in case of delay in settlement of claims under the farm insurance scheme PMFBY, as per the new guidelines of the government.

    “Government has decided to incorporate the provision of penalties for states and insurance companies for the delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY),” an official statement said.

  • Vodafone Idea Board Approves Merger With Aditya Birla Telecom

    Telecom operator Vodafone Idea Limited will merge Aditya Birla Telecom Ltd, which holds 11.15 per cent stake in telecom infrastructure firm Indus Towers, with it.

    "The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL) ... has considered and approved a scheme of amalgamation of Aditya Birla Telecom Limited (ABTL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company, with the company," Vodafone Idea said in a regulatory filing.

  • Hangzhou to Host 2022 Asian Para Games

    With 19 days to go before the opening of the third Asian Para Games in Jakarta, the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) on Sunday confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition in 2022.
    The confirmation comes following a visit to Hangzhou in July by APC President Majid Rashed and CEO Tarek Souei where they met with Yuan Jiajun, Governor of Zhejiang, Xu Liyi, Mayor of Hangzhou, Chen Guomei, Vice Mayor, Wang Hong, Vice Mayor and Zhong Wenjing, Chairman of Hangzhou Disabled Federation.

  • Lewis Hamilton Wins Singapore Grand Prix 2018 

    Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit, in Singapore. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the 1st position. He was followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the 2nd spot.
    Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished in the 3rd place. With this victory, Lewis Hamilton has increased his chances of winning this year’s Formula One World Championship.

  • Independent India’s 1st Woman IAS Officer Passes Away 

    India’s first woman IAS officer post-independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, died at her Andheri residence on Monday. She was 91.

  • 18-Sep-2018
  • India’s 1st ‘Smart Fence’ Pilot Project Inaugurated By Rajnath Singh 

    India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project was inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh along the Indo-Pak border at the BSF Headquarters in Ploura, Jammu. Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage. 

  • Delhi, Seoul Sign MoU To Tackle Air Pollution

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Seoul Metropolitan, transport, education, solid waste management, infrastructure, pubic health among others.

    The MoU was signed in South Korea’s capital Seoul, where Kejriwal is on a three-day trip.

  • DAC Approves Procurement of Equipment Worth Rs 9,100 Crores 

    The defence ministry on Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of military equipment and weapons worth Rs 9100 crore, officials said.

    The procurement will include two regiments of Aakash missile systems, they said.

  • Piyush Goyal Inaugurates 1st Ever India Tourism Mart 2018 

    The Union Minister for Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal inaugurated the ‘first ever’ India Tourism Mart (ITM 2018) in the presence of Union Tourism Minister, K J Alphons and the Tourism Minister of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Sajid, in New Delhi.
    The India Tourism Mart is being organized by the Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and with support of State /UT Governments.

  • INSV Tarini Crew Bestowed With Tenzing Norgay Award 

    All-women crew of INSV Tarini has bagged the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for beating the odds in water with their enduring skills and sailing across the world for eight long months.

    The award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air.

  • Kerala Tourism Wins 2 PATA Gold Awards 

    Kerala Tourism's vigorous efforts to get back on track in the wake of recent devastating floods got a shot in the arm as it walked away with two prestigious gold awards of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for its innovative marketing campaigns.

    The awards were presented at a glittering function in Langkawi, Malaysia on Friday during PATA Travel Mart 2018, a release said here.

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