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Current Affairs September 13th 2018

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Current Affairs is a type of broadcast journalism where the emphasis is on detailed analysis and discussion of news stories that have recently occurred or ongoing at the time of broadcast. The article Current Affairs September 13th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, and Banking, Sports, Awards, Appointments, Obituary, importance of September 13th 2018.

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India signed 2 pacts with Rakhine State for capacity building, economic development
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, India signed 2 agreements with Myanmar’s Rakhine State Government to facilitate capacity building and economic development in the province.
  • U Kyaw Lwin, Minister for Agriculture,Livestock, Forestry and Minerals, Dr. Chan Thar, Minister for Department of Social Affairs (both from Rakhine State Government) from Myanmar and Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar.
  • According to MOU with Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry and Minerals of Rakhine: India will supply 15 tractors and 15 crawler harvesters to the State Government.

3rd meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan was held in Kabul
Key Highlights:
  • On September 10, 2018, the Third Meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan was held in Kabul.

  • The 4th meeting of Joint Working Group on Political and Security Cooperation between India and Afghanistan will be held in New Delhi in 2019.

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New Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA) approved by the Cabinet
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, the Union Cabinet approved new umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, PM-AASHA.

  • An additional government guarantee of Rs.16,550 crore has been provided making the umbrella scheme Rs. 45,550 crore in total.

  • Earlier, the government has already increased the MSP of Kharif crops by 1.5 times the cost of production. This is accordance with the government’s goal of doubling farmer’s income by 2022.
On September 13, 2018, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved electrification of remaining un-electrified broad gauge routes of Indian Railways
Key Highlights:
  • A total of 13,675 kilometres comprising of 108 sections of un-electrified routes will be electrified at a cost of Rs.12,134.50 crore rupees by 2021-22.

  • This would reduce the consumption of high speed diesel oil by about 2.83 billion litres per annum saving Rs 13,510 crore per annum in fuel bill and net savings of Rs. 3,793 cr per annum.

  • Additionally, the maintainance cost of will be reduced by almost from Rs. 32.84 per thousand GTKM for diesel to Rs. 16.45 per thousand GTKM for electric locomotive.

On September 13, 2018, the Competition Commission of India approved the acquisition of Pipeline Infrastructure by India Infrastructure Trust
Key Highlights:
  • The purchase will be done through the Trust’s proposed sponsor Rapid Holdings 2 Pte and investment manager PenBrook Capital Advisors.

  • India Infrastructure Trust is proposed to be registered as an infrastructure investment trust (InvIT).

  • Pipeline Infrastructure is a Reliance Industries Holding’s subsidiary. PenBrook Capital Advisors is an asset management company.
Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched National Scholarship Portal Mobile App
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, the Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the country’s first “National Scholarship Portal Mobile App” (NSP Mobile App) in New Delhi.

  • Ministry of Minority Affairs has worked with commitment to “3E- Education, Employment & Empowerment” and “3T-Teacher, Tiffin, Toilet”.

  • This enabled inclusion of educational institutions of all Minority communities including Madarsas in mainstream education.
On September 13, 2018, Chhattisgarh Assembly passed Rs 2,400 crore supplementary budget for the financial year 2018-19.
Key Highlights:
  • It consisted of a bonus to farmers against paddy procurement in the ongoing Kharif season. It will start from November 1, 2018.

  • The tax and Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) ratio that shows the financial management of the state is at 19% to the national average ratio of 12 %.

  • As per an RBI report, the total loan-burden of the state is 17.4 percent of GSDP compared to average national ratio is 24.3 %.

High Level Committee (HLC) approved additional assistance from NDRF to UP and Maharashtra
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, High Level Committee (HLC) chaired by the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh approved additional Central Assistance to UP and Maharashtra from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

  • UP was given assistance of Rs 157.23 crore for Rabi drought during 2017-18.

  • Maharashtra was given assistance of Rs 60.76 crore for pest attack & cyclone during 2017.

Indo-Bhutan Border Centre inaugurated by CM of Assam in Baksa, Assam
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the Indo-Bhutan Border Centre at Darranga in Assam’s Baksa district.

  • Along with this, he announced construction of 264 km of border roads touching four BTAD districts of the state namely Baksa, Udalguri, Chirang and Kokrajhar.

  • Construction for revival of Rupsi Airport will take place from October 2018 with the assistance of the Central government.

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2018 Flagship Statistical Report for Asia and the Pacific released by ADB
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, Asian Development Bank released its 2018 Flagship Statistical Report for Asia and the Pacific.

  • Sustainable Development Goals having 169 targets across 17 goals adopted by the UN

  • Regional trends and tables, including indicators across 8 themes—people; economy and output; money, finance, and prices; globalization

General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) among top 10 global reinsurers
Key Highlights:
  • General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re), a Government-owned reinsurance company, has secured 10th position among the top 40 global reinsurers, as per a recent ranking published by Standard and Poor’s.

  • The ranking published by Standard and Poor’s was done based on premium booked during FY18.

  • In FY18, General Insurance Corporation (GIC Re) had achieved a top line growth of 24.5 %, with premium of Rs 41,799 crore.

Government targeted to contain fiscal deficit at 3.3 pc of GDP
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, Govt decided to contain fiscal deficit at 3.3 pc of GDP for the fiscal year ending March 2019 to avoid a twin deficit problem.

  • Further, cutting expenditure, though might bring down the fiscal deficit , would result in a stunted economic growth in the long run.

  • The government’s finances have shown improvement in July with fiscal deficit at 86.5 per cent of the Budget Estimate (BE).
BH250-E: BEML launches India’s first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck
Key Highlights:
  • On September 13, 2018, BEML Limited launched country’s first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck (Model BH205-E).

  • The dump truck has been developed for use in the project of Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh.

  • To make it environment friendly, it does not have transmission oil, final drive and brake cooling oil and weighs 335 tonnes when fully loaded.

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Man Kaur, India’s 102-year-old female athlete wins gold medal at World Masters Athletics Championships
Key Highlights:
  • India’s oldest female athlete Man Kaur has won a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain.

  • She won gold medal in the 200 m race for the age group of 100 – 104 at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain.

  • Man Kaur started her career at 93 years. In 2017, she won gold medal in 100m race at the World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand.
Former Indian captain Sardar Singh announces retirement from international hockey
Key Highlights:
  • Sardar Singh has made this decision after India’s disappointing performance at the Asian Games where it failed to defend the title and won only a Bronze medal.

  • Sardar Singh is 32 years old. He hails from Sirsa in Haryana. He made his senior debut for India against Pakistan in 2006.

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Aishwarya Rai, Janhvi Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar honoured at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards
Key Highlights:
  • On 8th September 2018, Aishwarya Rai, Janhvi Kapoor, Zoya Akhtar were honoured at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Awards in Washington, US.

  • Actress Aishwarya Rai was presented the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence. This award has been established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood.

  • Director Zoya Akhtar was handed the Wyler Award for Excellence in Direction. Actress Janhvi Kapoor was presented the WIFT Emerald Award.
Manoj Jhalani, AS & MD (NHM) selected for UNIATF Award
Key Highlights:
  • Manoj JhalaniM, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (National Health Mission), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been conferred the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for his contribution towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated Sustainable Development Goals.

  • This award is conferred in recognition of Indian Government’s efforts to prevent and control Non-Communicable Diseases.

  • National Programme to control NCDs has been expanded by more than 8 times in the last 4 years. Now, it covers all the 36 States/Union Territories.
C N R Rao to be awarded D Sc at Presidency University convocation
Key Highlights:
  • On 11th September 2018, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee C N R Rao was conferred the honorary D Sc at the 6th annual convocation of Presidency University in Kolkata.

  • C N R Rao had been working in solid state chemistry for around forty years. Bengali Actor Soumitra Chatterjee was also awarded the honorary D Litt.

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LK Advani renominated as Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha
Key Highlights:
  • L K Advani, senior BJP leader, has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

  • Former Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of BJP was renamed the chairman of the Lok Sabha Committee on Government Assurances.
D Shivakumar elected as Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) Chairman
Key Highlights:
  • On 12th September 2018, Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) appointed D Shivakumar, as its chairman for a term of 3 years.

  • D Shivakumar, is the former head of PepsiCo India. He is currently the Group Executive President, Corporate Strategy at Aditya Birla Group.

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Mumbai-based artist Mehlli Gobhai passes away
Key Highlights:
  • Mehlli Gobhai was 87 years old. He was born in 1931. He had studied at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, the Royal College of Art, London and Pratt Graphic Centre and the Art Students League, New York.

  • He had worked in New York for more than 20 years. He returned to Mumbai in the 1980s.

  • He had held many solo and group shows in India and other countries. He had held solo exhibitions at Gallery Chemould, Bombay Art Gallery and Gallery 7 and the New India House in New York.