Daily Current Affairs 17th September 2019 | Daily GK Update

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General awareness section is the most important part of every competitive exam, it can help you score well in the exam if you are updated with all the current news. Banking Awareness, Static GK and the current news are the parts that make the GA section complete. It is important to know what is happening in and outside of India. GK updates are incorporated with the important news that made the headlines today. It is the complete bag of the important news that held all day long. One should have complete knowledge about the banking terms, current affairs news, etc. So, here is the GK update of 17th September to help you prepare the Current affairs part. After reading this section, you can successfully attempt Current Affairs Quiz.

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National

1. India’s 1st National Antimicrobial Resistance Hub set up in Kolkata

  • India’s first National Antimicrobial Resistance Hub was recently inaugurated in Kolkata.
  • The Kolkata centre would be the hub for research on antibiotic resistance not only for the country but for the entire South Asia.
  • The centre was jointly inaugurated by the ICMR, in association with the U.S. Consulate of Kolkata and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

2. India to fund 1000 PhD fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs

  • India has formally launched an initiative to fund 1000 scholars from South East Asian countries to pursue PhD at its 23 Indian Institutes of Technology.
  • It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Human Resource Development. The scheme has an initial budget of Rs. 300 crore.
  • The funding will cover the entire cost of study and living expenses for up to 5 years of a PhD programme. The admission portal for the programme would be executed by IIT Delhi.

3. Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 implemented

  • The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 has come into effect.
  • The Bill will facilitate smooth and speedy eviction of unauthorized occupants from Government residential accommodations and ensure retrieval of these residential accommodations from unauthorized occupants.
  • The Act confers powers upon the Estate Officers to evict such unauthorized occupants from public premises in a smooth, speedy and time-bound manner.
  • As per the Amendment Act, the Estate officer will issue short Show cause notice of three days before eviction of the unauthorized occupant from Government accommodation.

4. Civil Servants of Maldives & Bangladesh begins training in India

  • India has commenced a special training programme for Maldivian and Bangladeshi civil servants at Mussoorie in Uttarakhand.
  • The special training programme for the civil servants of the two countries is being conducted by the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme.
  • The NCGG is India’s leading civil services training institution and has been training civil servants from a number of countries in South Asia and Africa.

Economy News

5. GSTN makes Aadhaar verification mandatory for new dealers from Jan 2020

  • The Goods and Services Tax Network has decided to make Aadhaar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January 2020.
  • Those who do not want Aadhaar authentication, physical verification will be carried out, which will be completed in three days.
  • The step has been taken to check malpractices in Goods and Services Tax. In the first phase, Aadhaar authentication will be mandatory for new dealers. Afterwards, all those enrolled on GSTN would be asked to provide their Aadhaar numbers.

Schemes and Committees

6. ECGC launches scheme “Nirvik” to ease the lending process

  • Ministry of Commerce & Industry through Export Credit Guarantee Corporation has introduced a new Export Credit Insurance Scheme called NIRVIK.
  • The Niryat Rin Vikash Yojana has been launched to enhance loan availability to exporters and to ease the lending process. Under the new scheme NIRVIK, up to 90 per cent of the principal amount and interest will be covered through insurance.
  • During the launch, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal revealed that Central government will give support of Rs 8,500 crore to Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India in the next 5 years.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB Clerk Mains:

  • Union Minister of Commerce and Industry: Piyush Goyal.

Appointment

7. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy appointed as CMD of Cognizant India

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions has appointed Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant India.
  • Ramkumar Ramamoorthy has played a leading role marketing and communications, market research and intelligence, public affairs, and knowledge management in his 21 plus years of experience in the company.

Defence

8. Trilateral Exercise “SITMEX” Commences at Port Blair

  • A maiden trilateral exercise SITMEX, involving Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) and Indian Navy (IN) started at Port Blair.
  • The exercise aims to bolster the maritime inter-relationships among the Singapore Thailand and India, and contribute significantly to enhance the overall maritime security in the region.
  • This would also strengthen the mutual confidence amongst three navies in terms of interoperability and development of a common understanding of procedures.

Awards

9. Bangladesh PM receives Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received the Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award 2019 in Dhaka.
  • The award citation lauded Prime Minister Hasina for her vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Asia, free of tension, conflicts and terrorism.
  • The award has been instituted in the memory of former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. The award is given every year to honour statesmen or leaders who have shown excellence in respective fields to achieve the best for their countries.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB PO Mains:

  • Capital of Bangladesh: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.

10. Bangladesh School project wins Aga Khan Architecture Award

  • Arcadia Education Project which involves construction of floating school for marginalised children in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh, has been awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Award 2019.
  • The award ceremony was held in Kazan, republic of Tatarastan.
  • The architect of the project Saif Ul Haque designed a school which remains on the ground during dry season and floats when the area is submerged in water during monsoon.
  • He utilised only the local material-bamboo, used tyres and steel drums for constructing the amphibious structure for school.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB Clerk Mains:

  • Capital of Bangladesh: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.

11. Neena Gupta wins two awards at Boston Film Festival

  • Bollywood actor Neena Gupta has won 2 awards at Indian International Film Festival of Boston.
  • The actress won the Best Actress award for ‘Badhaai Ho‘ and her film ‘The Last Color‘ emerged victorious in Best Feature Film category.
  • ‘The Last Color’ was directed by chef Vikas Khanna. The film deals with taboo surrounding widows in Vrindavan and Varanasi in India.

12. Agnes Kharshiing conferred the 11th International Hrant Dink Award

  • Meghalaya-based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing, who survived an assault by the coal mafia almost a year ago, received the 11th International Hrant Dink Award.
  • She received the award along with Turkish activist against male violence, Nebahat Akkoc.
  • The two activists were presented the award that commemorates the memory of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was killed in 2007, in Istanbul.
  • The Hrant Dink Award is presented every year to individuals, organisations or groups that work for a world free from discrimination, racism and violence.

Obituaries

13. Former A.P. Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao passes away

  • Former speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao passed away. He was a 6-time MLA elected to the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
  • He served as the Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly from 2014 to 2019. He also served as a minister in the NT Rama Rao and Chandrababu Naidu governments of Andhra Pradesh.

Static/Current Takeaways Important For IBPS RRB PO Mains:

  • Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh: YS Jaganmohan Reddy; Governor: Biswa Bhusan Harichandan.

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