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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 29th 2018 includes News summary on current events of Days, International, National, Banking, and Sports, Appointments, Obituary importance of September 29th 2018.

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World Heart Day - September 29
Key Highlights:
  • On 29th September 2018, World Heart Day was observed all over the world. This day creates awareness on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease and stroke, which is the world’s leading cause of death. It highlights the preventive and control measures for CVD.

  • When: World Heart Day was created by the World Heart Federation. It is observed on 29 September every year.
  • Why: this day creates awareness on Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease and stroke, which is the world’s leading cause of death. It highlights the preventive and control measures for CVD.

  • Theme: for World Heart Day 2018 is “My Heart, Your Heart”

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SAFER Initiative Launched by WHO to Reduce Harmful use of Alcohol
Key Highlights:
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) today released SAFER, a new initiative to support governments in taking practical steps to accelerate progress on health, beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

  • It will be used to reduce the burden of alcohol-related harm in low, middle- and high-income countries.

  • Alcohol control essential for development as it is a part of the 17 SD Goals with 169 targets.

  • Target 3.5 is “Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol”.

  • Also, the WHO Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs includes a target to reduce harmful use of alcohol by at least 10% by 2025.

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Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in New Delhi inaugurated by PM Modi
Key Highlights:
  • On September 29, 2018, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in Vigyan Bhawan with the participation of Directors of 350 universities.

  • This conference was jointly organized by UGC, AICTE, ICSSR, IGNCA, IGNOU, JNU and SGT University.

  • The theme of the Conference is to work on the challenges faced by the Indian education system.

  • The first of this kind of conference was held in Delhi during Vice-Chancellors’ Conference from 26-28 July, 2018.

On September 29, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi
Key Highlights:
  • To mark the beginning of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi and Swachh Bharat Mission.

  • It was organised by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

  • It aimed to focus on India’s target towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 by 2030, especially targets 6.1, 6.2 and 6.3. Target 6.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, to end open defecation.

  • Launched in 2014, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) (or Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Mission in English) is a campaign in India that aims to eliminated open defecation through the construction of household-owned and community-owned toilets.

On 27th September 2018, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced that, the Center has increased its contribution in the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) from 75 % to 90 % with effect from April 1, 2018
Key Highlights:
  • The Centre will contribute 90 % and states will contribute 10 % to the relief fund.

  • The additional contribution by the central government in SDRF regarding this will be Rs 1,690.35 crore for 2018-19 and Rs 1,774.67 crore for 2019-20.
India and Japan sign Loan Agreement for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) and Kolkata East West Metro Project (III) with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in New Delhi
Key Highlights:
  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) will construct high speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad with Japanese technology for mass transportation.

  • Kolkata East West Metro Project (III) will reduce traffic demand in Kolkata metropolitan area.

  • Dr. C.S. Mohapatra , Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

  • Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA.

On September 29, 2018, NITI Aayog on behalf of government of India signed the ‘Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022’
Key Highlights:
  • It was signed between CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev.

  • It comprises of seven priority areas that outline the work that UN agencies will undertake jointly or individually, fully aligned with the priorities of the GoI.

  • NITI Aayog is the national counterpart for the UN in India for the operationalization of the UNSDF.

  • Other than that Nineteen (19) UN agencies have signed on the UNSDF 2018-2022.

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On September 29, 2018, the International Monetary Fund staff and Argentina authorities have reached an agreement on a 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) totaling to US$57.1 billion through 2021 approved on June 20, 2018
Key Highlights:
  • Argentina originally secured a $50 billion loan back in June 2018, when an initial $15 billion tranche was handed over.

  • Later, an accelerated disbursement of the remaining $35 billion, with another $3 billion not due until November and the remainder over the next three years has been proposed.

  • It has increased available resources by US$19 billion through the end of 2019 totaling it to US$ 57.1 billion.

  • This IMF financing would help in the 2019 budget support for the country.

‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ launched by India in collaboration with Google to promote 165-year old heritage
Key Highlights:
  • On September 29, 2018, Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal has launched the first of its kind “Rail Heritage Digitization Project” of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.

  • To showcase country’s Rail Heritage to National and International audience in an online story-telling platform

  • It is considered to be the largest cultural heritage digitization project in the Asia Pacific Region. The project would digitize National Rail Museum, Rewari Steam Centre, three World Heritage Railways, CSMT Mumbai building among others.

  • 22 digital screens across different locations in India will be set up for showcasing this historic project.

On September 29, 2018, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) Karnataka Regional Office has invited wholesalers and online marketing vendors to its Grameena Habba in Bengaluru from September 28- Oct 7, 2018
Key Highlights:
  • This would expand the market for weavers, rural artisans and craftsmen, SHGs, rural entrepreneurs, and farmers’ producer organisations.

  • The business-to-business interaction and feedback would help the rural artisans modify their product designs and creations according to market trends.

  • The products for the habba include: Mulaklmuru saris, Kausti embroidery saris, Channapatna toys, banana fibre products, organic millets and pulses, and spices and dry-fruits.

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On 28th September 2018, India won the Asia Cup for a record-extending 7th time, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai
Key Highlights:
  • India defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets in the final and won the Asia Cup 2018 title. Bangladesh’s Liton Das was named man of the match.

  • Bangladesh was the first to bat and had set a target of 223 runs for India to win. The Indian team was captained by Rohit Sharma.

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On 28th September 2018, Vikram Misri was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China.
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  • Vikram Misri is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (lFS) of the 1989 batch. He is currently, the Ambassador of India to Myanmar

  • He has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China. He will take up the assignment soon. He will replace Gautam Bambawale.

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On 27th September 2018, former Gujarat Minister Manoharsinh Jadeja passed away in Rajkot, Gujarat
Key Highlights:
  • He was 83 years old. He was popularly known as ‘Dada’. He was the descendant of the royal family of Rajkot.

  • He had served as finance minister of Gujarat. He was a five-time MLA.