DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS : September 29 & 30, 2019
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Top UNICEF official praises Swachh Bharat Mission as ‘game changer’
- Swachh Bharat Mission of the Modi government is an example-setting programme for the world and a game-changer as it altered the way Indian society behaved towards cleanliness.
- UNICEF India’s Sanitation (WASH) chief Nicolas Osbert showered praise on the programme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his maiden Independence Day address in 2014.
- The Swacch Bharat campaign was launched by the Modi government on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2, 2014.
PM Modi asks people to join Fit India Plogging Run on Gandhi Jayanti
- The government will organise Fit India Plogging Run on 2nd October across the country. It is a unique combination of picking up litter while jogging.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi drew the nation’s attention towards plogging. He termed it as an innovative exercise to fulfil the dreams of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
- Mr Modi expressed confidence that people will join the campaign for liberation from the menace of single use plastic on 2nd of next month.
- Mr Modi also urged people to participate in Run For Unity in large numbers on the 31st of October to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel and he also called upon people to quit tobacco and not harbour misconceptions about e-cigarettes to realise the goal of Fit India.
Ramayana is heritage of entire mankind: V Prez
- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that Ramayana is a heritage of the entire mankind and best efforts must be made to preserve, propagate and deepen the understanding of the immortal epic.
- Inaugurating Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Dance Drama ‘SHRIRAM’ in New Delhi Mr Naidu said, Ramayana defines the relationship of human beings with each other and with mother earth, nature, birds and animals and it reminds people of the duty towards the world, society and family.
- Mr Naidu expressed happiness that Ramleela of India is a folk tradition, which has been recognized by the UNESCO as world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.
PIO cards to continue as valid travel document till March 2020
- Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards along with valid foreign passport will be considered for exit/entry into India by the Indian Immigration Check Post(s) till 31st of March 2020.
- The latest Government of India advisory has said that Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will now accept PIO cards as valid travel document till 31st of March next year along with valid foreign passport.
- Earlier, all PIO card holders were advised to convert their cards to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards by 30th of September this year.
Centre giving utmost importance to foster research activities: HRD Minister
- Union Minister for Human Resources Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said, the Centre is giving utmost importance to fostering research activities in the country.
- He said, late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri made ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ as the mantra of the nation, which was transformed into ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Vigyan’ by former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it into “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan and Jai Anusandhan’ signifying the importance of promoting result-oriented research in the nation.
Walk for peace to mark Gandhi’s 150th anniversary in Dubai
- Four-Kilometre walk for Peace and Tolerance by people of different nationalities will mark the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations in Dubai.
- The programme was organized by the Indian Consulate in Dubai along with the local community and the host government will be organized at the Zabeel Park in Dubai.
- Gandhi Bhajan and a meditation session will be other activities to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. A special exhibition of photographs on, life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi is also being planned during the week in Dubai and other Emirates of the UAE.
Abrogation of article 370 best tribute to CRPF martyrs: Amit shah
- Home Minister Amit Shah has said that decision of abrogation of article 370 and 35 A from Jammu and Kashmir is the best tribute to the 35 thousand martyrs of CRPF in the country.
- At the 27th Raising day celebrations of Rapid Action Force- RAF at Vastral in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, the Home Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir will now be on the new path of peace and prosperity.
Veteran actor Viju Khote passes away
- Veteran actor Viju Khote, passed away in Mumbai. He was 78. He had acted in more than 300 Hindi and Marathi films. He gained fame for his character Kaliya in the blockbuster film Sholay.
- Khote was popular for his comedy roles in many films including Andaz Apna Apna, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
Rajnath Singh launches website of DefEXpo
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the website of 11th edition of DefEXpo, to be held in Lucknow from 5th to 8th February next year.
- The website, www.defexpo.gov.in provides online services to exhibitors, besides hosting informative content about the product profile of Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Ordnance Factories.
- The website enables exhibitors to register and book space online as per their requirements on first-come-first-serve basis, make online payments, book conference halls and venues for Business-to-Business meetings.
Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria takes charge as IAF Chief
- Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took charge as the 26th Chief of the Indian Air Force. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who retired after 41 years of service in the IAF.
- An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Bhadauria won the coveted Sword of Honour for standing first in the overall order of merit. The Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria is one of the few Air Force pilots to fly a Rafale jet.
Niti Aayog plans to start keeping nationwide record of crime incidents
- National Institution for Transforming India-Niti Aayog is planning to start keeping a nationwide record of crime incidents and use it to make required policies.
- During a meeting of officials in Indore, Madhya Pradesh Vice Chairman of the Niti Aayog, Dr Rajiv Kumar informed that Aayog is trying to prepare ranking of states on basis of crimes being reported there.
Scientist Thanu Padmanabhan gets M P Birla Memorial Award
- Noted physicist Thanu Padmanabhan received the M P Birla Memorial Award 2019 for his contributions to the world of cosmology.
- Padmanabhan, a professor of Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, received the award at a programme held at the M P Birla Planetarium.
CJI recommends ex-Delhi HC Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as next chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal
- Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on recommended former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as the next chairman of Armed Forces Tribunal
- The Centre said it was willing to appoint former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as Chairman of the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT).
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sara Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor sizzle on the red carpet
- Ayushmann Khurrana won the Actor of the Year award at the 11th edition of GQ Men of the Year Awards held in Mumbai.
- Shahid Kapoor won the Ultimate GQ Man award and the Rule Breaker of the Year award went to Katrina Kaif.
- Hrithik Roshan was given the Game Changer of the Year award. The theme for this year’s Men of the Year awards was Aqua.
Week-Long IPCC Meet on Climate Change begins in New Delhi
- India is hosting the Second Lead Author Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III Sixth Assessment Report at New Delhi.
- Secretary, Ministry of Environment Forest &Climate Change (MoEFCC), Shri C.K. Mishra dwelt upon the challenges and viable solutions to climate change.
- The IPCC is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988.
Central government imposes stock limit on traders, bans export of onions
- In view of sustained high price of onions in the market, the Central Government took several steps to contain the prices namely, imposition of stock limits on traders, ban on exports and has asked State Governments to take strict measures to prevent hoarding by traders including organising raids.
- Centre has decided to impose stock limits directly upon the States across India.
- The stock limit of 100 quintal on retail traders and 500 quintals on wholesale traders has been imposed across the country.
62 new marine species found in Gulf of Mannar
- The Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI) has recorded 62 new species and 77 new patch reef areas during a recent baseline study of biological resources in the Gulf of Mannar.
- The study conducted as part of National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change shows the number of species recorded in the Gulf of Mannar has increased from 4,223 to 4,285.
Assam: ‘Plants for Plastic’ campaign to be launched in Bongaigaon distt
- In Assam, in order to gradually collect and remove the harmful plastics from the eco- system Bongaigaon District administration is going to launch a campaign ‘Plants for Plastic’.
- The campaign aims to encourage people to collect and remove plastic from their houses, commercial establishments and educational institutions.
- Under this unique initiative, any person can deposit one kilogram plastic in the Municipality office and get a valuable sapling for free.
Ten-day Mysuru Dasara festival inaugurated in Karnataka
- The ten-day Mysuru Dasara festival was inaugurated by celebrated Kannada novelist Dr. S L Bhyrappa by offering floral tributes to the idol of Goddess Chamundeshwari atop Chamundi Hill.
- Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and other dignitaries were present on this occasion.
- The festival will be marked by cultural programmes, sports events, wrestling competition, film and food festival, book exhibition, flower shows.
- The festivities will culminate with the grand elephant procession on Vijayadashmi day.
UP CM inaugurates mobile hospital near Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- In Uttar Pradesh, the devotees coming from all over the world to Kashi Vishwanath temple will now get immediate emergency health care services if needed.
- Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated Shri Kashi Vishwanath Arogya Mandir, a mobile hospital in the city.
- A team of doctors and paramedics will be available and after stabilizing serious patients, they will be shifted to the district or Banaras Hindu University Hospital.
President Stresses Use Of Modern Technology By Students
- President Ram Nath Kovind called upon students to use modern technology and become job creators.
- Addressing the 33rd convocation of the Ranchi University President Kovind said, nowadays youth have access to modern technology that leads to many new opportunities.
- Jharkhand possesses not only 40 per cent of the country’s minerals but also has substantial human resources, President Kovind said.
Typhoon ‘Mitag’ bearing down on northern Taiwan
- Fast-moving Typhoon ‘Mitag’ is bearing down on northern Taiwan, where it is expected to bring high winds and heavy rain.
- Taiwan shut down its financial markets and ordered schools closed as a typhoon approached its northeastern coast, while airlines cancelled more than 150 flights amid warnings of floods and high winds.
Gandhi-Tolstoy exhibition opens in Russia ahead of October 2
- India and Russia have found a unique way to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar inaugurated a unique exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana, the birth place of Tolstoy, 200 kms from Moscow.
- The exhibition presented and highlighted their correspondence and their thought processes.
- The exhibition, curated by renowned Gandhi scholar, Birad Yajnik, was held at the Cultural Club of the Tolstoy Estate.
Nepal releases coins to mark Guru Nanak Dev’s 550th birth anniversary
- To celebrate 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the Nepal Rastra Bank has issued commemorative coins.
- In special ceremony coins of 2,500, 1,000 and 100 Nepali rupees were launched in Kathmandu last evening.
- Nepal Rastra Bank Governor Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal and Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri released commemorative coins
Biggest festival of Nepal ‘Bada Dashain’ begins
- Bada Dashain, the biggest festival of Nepal has begun. The festival starts on first day of Navaratri with Ghatsthapana (traditional urn).
- Devotees performed Ghatsthapana and sowed maize and barley seeds for germination of the auspicious Jamara (barley shoots) in various parts of the country.
- The germination ceremony of Jamara was also held at famous Hanumandhoka Dashain Ghar in Kathamndu with Vedic rituals.
- During Dashain, people worship goddess Durga for nine days. On tenth day of festival, elders give golden barley shoots and put Tika on the forehead of younger members of the family and bless them for peace, progress and prosperity in the life.
India-Kazakhstan joint military exercise to begin next month
- A joint military exercise between India and Kazakhstan with focus on counter terrorism operation in mountainous terrain will be held in Pithoragarh from Oct 3-15.
- The aim of the exercise is to conduct company level joint training which emphasis on counter terrorism operation in mountainous terrain.
- Nearly 100 soldiers from both Indian and Kazakhstan armies will share with each other their experiences of counter insurgency and counter terrorism operations during the 13-day exercise named KAZIND-2019.
SBI becomes first Indian bank to have office in Australia’s Victoria
- State Bank of India opened its Melbourne office becoming the first Indian bank to have a branch in the Australian state of Victoria.
- The Melbourne office will assist the growing trade and investment relations between Victoria and India and is the outcome of the state’s 10-year India Strategy — our shared future.
Visit of General Bipin Rawat, Coas to Maldives
- General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff left for an official visit to Maldives.
- General Rawat will interact with the hierarchy of the Maldivian government and armed forces.
- This visit is aimed at strengthening close bilateral defence ties between the two nations.
- The Army Chief is scheduled to meet Mr Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Hon’ble President of Maldives, Ms Mariya Ahmed Didi, minister of defence, Mr Abdullah Shahid, foreign minister and Major General Abdulla Shamaal, chief of National Defence Forces.
RCEP talks: India may reduce tariff on 80% Chinese goods over 20 years
- RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) is a proposed mega trade pact between 16 countries, including the 10-member ASEAN and China gets implemented.
- According to initial estimates, it accounts for 25% of global gross domestic product, it plans to reduce or abolish import duties on a total of 80% of imports from China, against 86% from New Zealand and Australia, and 90% from Asean, Japan and South Korea.
WORLD DEAF DAY 2019
- World Deaf Day is celebrated every year in last week (last Sunday of the month of September) to draw the attention of general public, politician and development authorities towards the achievements of the deaf people as well as deaf people community.
Sumit Nagal wins men’s singles title ATP Challenger Tournament
- In Tennis, Sumit Nagal has won the men’s singles title of ATP Challenger Tournament at Buenos Aires in Argentina.
- He defeated local favourite Facundo Bognis in straight-sets 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 37 minute match to claim the 54,160 US dollars prize money.
- The 22-year-old from Haryana seeded seventh, outclassed 8th seed Bognis of Argentina to become first Indian to win on South American clay court.
India lift SAFF U-18 C’ship title for first time; defeat Bangladesh 2-1
- In Football, India defeated Bangladesh by 2-1 in the final of SAFF Under-18 Championship 2019 to lift thetitle in Kathmandu.
- India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was declared Most Valuable Player of the championship. This is India’s maiden SAFF U-18 trophy.
- India remained runners up in 2015 and finished third in 2017.
- Host Nepal had lifted earlier two editions of the Championship but could not qualify for semi finals this time.
Kaushal Dharmamer clinches men’s singles title at Maldives International Challenge
- In Badminton, Indian shuttler Kaushal Dharmamer clinched the men’s singles title at the Maldives International Challenge with a straight-games win over Siril Verma in Male.
- The 23-year-old from Mumbai, who won the Myanmar International Series earlier this month, registered a comfortable
21-13, 21-18 victory over his compatriot in a match that lasted 35 minutes.
Indian junior boys win bronze medal in Serbia Serbia Junior & Cadet Open
- In Table Tennis, Indian junior boys Raegan Albuquerque and Yashansh Malik paired with the Netherlands’ Lode Hulshof won the bronze medal at the Serbia Junior and Cadet Open in Mumbai.
India’s mixed relay team qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
- The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after reaching the finals in the World Athletics Championships in Doha.
- The mixed 4x400m relay team comprises Muhammed Anas, V K Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nirmal Noah.
Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap knocked out of Korea Open
- In Badminton, Indian challenge ended in the Korea Open as Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the tournament.
- In the men’s singles semifinal at Incheon, Kashyap lost to Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 21-15.
- The 33-year-old from Hyderabad was the lone Indian left in the fray.
Indian women’s hockey team beats Great Britain 2-1
- In Hockey, Indian women beat Great Britain 2-1 in a thrilling opening encounter at Marlow in the five-match series being held in the United Kingdom.
- It was a brilliant come-from-behind victory for India after trailing 0-1 as goals from Sharmila Devi and Gurjit Kaur sealed the issue for the visiting side.
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