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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 8th 2018 includes News summary on current events of Days, International, National, and Banking, Sports, Appointments, Science, Books importance of September 8th 2018.

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52nd World Literacy Day celebrated on September 8
Key Highlights:
  • This year’s International Literacy Day theme is literacy and skill development.

  • It was declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at 14th session of UNESCO’s General conference.

  • It was celebrated for the first time in 1967.

  • It highlights the importance of literacy or the ability to read and write for individuals, communities and societies.

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India to participate in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test after 9 year Boycott
Key Highlights:
  • India has decided to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), after a gap of 9 years.

  • PISA is conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) once in every 3 years. It tests the learning level of 15-year old students.

  • India had participated in PISA in 2009 and secured 72nd rank among 74 participating countries.

  • After that low performance, Indian government had boycotted PISA citing that, it contained out of context questions.
‘Source India’ at 87th Izmir International tradeshow in Turkey
Key Highlights:
  • India launched a mega business pavilion named ‘Source India’ in the 87th Izmir International Trade Show which is held from 7th to 11th September, 2018, in Izmir, Turkey.

  • India is the Partner Country in the 87th Izmir International Trade show. Source India aims for tie-ups to increase India’s exports to Turkey and other neighbouring countries.

  • Source India hosts 75 Indian companies. It is a multi-product pavilion. Major potential areas for increasing trade with Turkey are ceramics, cereals and machinery or mechanical appliances.

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6th International Geriatric Orthopaedic Conference inaugurated by Shri Rajnath Singh at AIIMS, Delhi
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 6th International Geriatric Orthopaedic Society of India Conference at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences , New Delhi.

  • The theme of the conference is: “Increased Longevity with Reduced Fragility and Enhanced Mobility”.

  • This was organized by Geriatric Orthopaedic Society of India.
Particulate emission pollution from commuting in Delhi highest among 14 major cities: CSE
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, the Center for Science and Environment (CSE) in its study reported that the pollution by particulate emission from commuting in Delhi is highest among 14 major cities in the country.

  • Particulate emission in Delhi is three times that of Mumbai. Bhopal ranked 11 times better than Delhi.
‘Bharat Ke Veer’ initiative gets ‘trust’ status; exempted from Income Tax
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that all contributions to home ministry’s ‘Bharat Ke Veer’ fund have been exempted from the income tax under 80(G)

  • It is a trust fund where people can aids families of paramilitary personnel who died fighting extremists.
  • It was formed with film star Akshay Kumar and former national Badminton champion Pullela Gopichand in April 2017.
2-week combat exercise “Yudh Abhyas” between Indian, US armies to carry out in Uttarakhand
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, after the 2+2 dialogue, the armies of India and the US decided to hold an annual combat exercise “Yudh Abhyas“ at Chaubatia in Uttarakhand from September 16 to 29, 2018.

  • Around 400 soldiers from each side are expected to participate in the exercise.

  • This happened after the agreement of ‘The Communications Compatibility and Securit Agreement(COMCASA)’ was signed between the two countries.
SDSAP: Data sharing and accessibility portal launched in Sikkim by CM
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling launched the first data sharing and accessibility portal of Sikkim: State Data Sharing and Accessibility Platform (SDSAP).
  • This is a single platform where all the important statistics of the state and departments converges.

  • Here, the state Information Technology Department would upload data in the portals twice a year – in April-May and September-October.
Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2018
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, the Rajasthan Assembly passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

  • Relaxation of the “two-child” provision for those aspiring to contest Panchayat Elections provided one of the children is differently-abled,

  • This bill amends the provisions of the Section 19 of the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act, 1994.

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Government doubles monetary limit for filing cases in DRT to 20 lakh rupees
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  • On 6th September 2018, government doubled the monetary limit from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh for filing loan recovery application in the Debt Recovery Tribunals (DRT) by banks and financial institutions.

  • Banks and financial institutions’ recovery of dues are done through legal mechanisms, like Securitization and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, Recovery of Debts to Banks and Financial Institution (DRT) Act and Lok Adalats.

  • Now, any bank or financial institution or a consortium of banks or financial institutions cannot approach DRTs if the amount due is less than Rs 20 lakh.
Temasek inks agreement to invest $400 million in NIIF Master Fund
Key Highlights:
  • Temasek, a Singapore-based global investment firm, has signed an agreement to invest up to $400 million in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)

  • India with an option for co-investment with NIIF in the future. As part of the agreement, Temasek will join the Government of India, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), HDFC Group, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance and Axis Bank as an investor in NIIF’s Master Fund.

  • It will also be a shareholder in National Investment and Infrastructure Limited, NIIF’s investment management company.

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2018 AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships in Budapest, Hungary
Key Highlights:
  • From 21st to 31st August 2018, 2018 AIBA Youth Women’s & Men’s World Championships was held at Duna Arena, in Budapest,Hungary. 359 boxers from 65 countries participated.

  • Gold medals: Nitu (Women’s Light Fly 45-48kg), Sakshi (Women’s Feather 54-57kg)

  • Silver medals: Anamika (Women’s Fly 48-51kg), Manisha (Women’s Light Welter 64kg)

  • Bronze medals: Bhavesh Kattimani (Men’s Fly 49-52kg), Ankit (Women’s Light – 60kg), Jony (Women’s Light 57-60kg), Pahwa A (Women’s Middle 69-75kg), Gaidhani S (Women’s Light Heavy 81kg), Yadav N (Women’s Heavy +81kg)

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Panel to select new Chief Economic Advisor to be chaired by former RBI governor Bimal Jalan
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, the government appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan to head panel to select the next Chief Economic Adviser in the finance ministry.

  • Other members: secretary of the department of personnel and training C Chandramouli and economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg.

  • The final approval will be given by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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China launched new marine satellite HY-1C on Long March-2C rocket for surveying climate change
Key Highlights:
  • On September 8, 2018, China successfully launched a new marine satellite called HY-1C aboard a Long March-2C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in north China’s Shanxi Province.

  • The satellite was developed by the China Spacesat Co., Ltd. under the China Academy of Space Technology.

  • It has a design life of five years and can detect chlorophyll and suspended sediment concentrations and dissolved organic matter.

NASA’s 3rd FOXSI Mission to search sun commenced with X-Ray Vision
Key Highlights:
  • On September 7, 2018, NASA’s Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI took its third flight from the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico.

  • It is the first instrument built specially to image high-energy X-rays from the Sun

  • It will capture nanoflares — miniature explosions invisible to the naked eye.

  • It will travel 190 miles up in a 15-minute journey, above the shield of Earth’s atmosphere, to view the sun.

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On September 5, 2018, the Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released a book New Delhi
Key Highlights:
  • Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President of India released the Book Constitutionalizing India: an Ideational Project, authored by Shri Bidyut Chakrabarty, in New Delhi

  • The Book is: ‘Constitutionalizing India: an Ideational Project’. It has been authored by Shri Bidyut Chakrabarty.