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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 17th 2018 includes News summary on current events of International, National, Banking and Sports importance of September 17th 2018.

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NASA launched its Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, known as ICESat-2, which will use an extremely precise laser to collect measurement data to track the Earth's shrinking polar ice from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The laser, known as ATLAS
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  • The laser, known as ATLAS (Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System), splits into six beams and fires 10,000 pulses per second to collect very precise measurements for scientists to analyze.

  • The satellite's orbit will take 91 days before repeating, allowing the device to measure the same locations four times a year, so scientists can see how they change over seasons.
  • The ATLAS will focus on two areas: changes to the earth's ice sheet and sea ice thickness change.
  • ATLAS will measure sea ice thickness by measuring the heights or elevations of sea ice and comparing the height of the ice with the height of the adjacent open water to find out the measurement of sea ice free board, the portion of sea ice floating above the water. Its measurements of the height of ocean and land surfaces will provide a 3-dimensional image of the Earth's surface.
Syria holds first local elections since start of civil war 2011
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  • Municipal elections were held in Syria on Sunday for the first time since the civil war broke out in the country in 2011. Over 40,000 candidates are competing for more than 18,400 council seats, the Syrian state media reported.

  • Areas outside the government control, including the Kurdish-held regions, were excluded from the polls
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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) C42 from Sriharikota:
Key Highlights:

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation has launched two British satellites to night for which India will earn upwards of Rs. 200 crore.
  • It is the 44th launch of the Indian rocket the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at Sriharikota, India's rocket port on the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Andhra Pradesh.

  • This is a fully commercial launch by ISRO where the whole rocket has been hired by an overseas company. India's workhorse rocket the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is on its 44th mission and a lighter version of the PSLV is being used.

  • No Indian satellite is being launched as this is a fully commercial launch contracted through Antrix Corporation Limited ISRO's commercial arm.
J&K panchayat poll to be held in 9 phases from Nov 17-Dec 11
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  • The Election Commission in J&K has announced that panchayat elections will be held in nine phases between November 17 and December 11. The municipal elections will be held in four phases between October 8-16.

  • The PDP and National Conference said they will boycott the elections in connection with the Supreme Court hearing on the constitutional validity of Article 35A.
Chennai railway station has incorporated several eco-friendly concepts, says Southern Railways GM
Key Highlights:

  • The iconic brick red structure that the Chennai Central railway station is, now has a ‘green certification’ With this, the railway station becomes the first station in Southern Railway to be awarded Green Building Certification.

  • The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), instituted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, awarded the certificate during the Railway Swachchta programme at the Chennai Central railway station.
Neuberg Ehrlich launches molecular diagnostics, genomics testing facility
Key Highlights:

  • Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar on Saturday announced the implementation of a scheme to screen 77,000 newborn babies in Vellore district in the State under the public-private partnership mode along with Neuberg Ehrlich Laboratories.

  • Speaking at the inauguration of Neuberg Ehrlich’s molecular diagnostics and genomics lab in Royapettah, he said that around 43 diseases in newborns could be diagnosed using just a drop of blood. “So far, we have been sending samples to NIMHANS, Bengaluru or to Pune for tests. Now this lab will conduct the tests.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated 17 electricity sub-stations built at a cost of ₹495.87 crore through videoconferencing Chennai, Tiruvallur, Sivaganga, Thanjavur and Madurai.
Key Highlights:

  • According to an official release, he inaugurated the buildings of the Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department built at a cost of ₹8.33 crore, and hostel in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Sivaganga, Thanjavur and Madurai.

  • Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijaya Baskar handed over the sanction order to Palaniswami in his chamber at the secretariat.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the government is "confident and will strictly maintain" the fiscal deficit target at 3.3% of GDP
Key Highlights:

  • Jaitley's statement comes a day after he announced a series of measures aimed at stemming a decline in the rupee.

  • "We will have a growth rate higher than what we'd projected in the budget," Jaitley added.

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SAFF Cup final: Maldives shock India 2-1 to lift title
Key Highlights:

  • Seven-time champions India started as favorites against the Maldives in the summit clash of the South Asian Football Federation Cup in Dhaka.

  • The Indian team, comprising under-23 players except for one, had been the only unbeaten side in the tournament. They had beaten Sri Lanka (2-0) and Saturday's opponents Maldives (2-0) in the group stages before prevailing over Pakistan (3-1) in the semifinals.
MC Mary Kom Wins Gold at Silesian open Boxing In Poland
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  • Indian five-time world boxing champion M C Mary Kom today clinched her third gold medal of the year in 48 kg category, while Jyoti Gulia picked up the country's lone gold in 51 kg of the youth category of the Silesian Open boxing Tournament for women in Gliwice, Poland.

  • Mary Kom was up against Kazakhstan's Aigerim Kassanayeva and prevailed 5-0 with a fine tactical performance.
Asia Cup: Watch Tamim Iqbal Bat With One Hand After Breaking Wrist
Key Highlights:

  • Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal batted with just one hand after having earlier fractured his wrist during the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

  • Tamim had injured his wrist in the match's second over and left the field to take medical assistance. He came to bat again in the 47th over when Bangladesh lost their ninth wicket.
GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated Armenia’s Aram Hakobyam to claim the silver
Key Highlights:

  • Puranik topped a three-way tie at 8.5 points, one less than Maghsoodloo, who was assured of the title with a round to spare. In the final round, the champion lost to Russia’s Andrey Esipenko.
  • The second-best Indian was Harsha Bharathakoti who took the ninth spot.

  • Among the girls, where Russia’s untitled Alexandra Maltsevskaya caused the biggest surprise by topping a two-way tie at 8.5 points from 11 rounds, V. Varshini was the best Indian, finishing 13th with seven points.