Current Affairs Update – 12 September, 2017

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 12 September, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.

Banking & Financial
India, Belarus sign 10 pacts to expand cooperation

  • India and Belarus on 12 September
    2017 signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding to expand cooperation in a range of
    areas including oil and gas, youth affairs and sports, skill development and
    entrepreneurship, scientific and technical cooperation, agricultural research
    and education and culture.
  • The pacts were signed following
    delegation level talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting
    Belarus President Aleksander Grigoryevich Lukashenko in New Delhi.
Following is the list of 10 MoUs signed by the two nations:
1. Memorandum of Understanding
between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of India and
the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
2. Memorandum of Understanding
between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of the
Government of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Education of the
Government of the Republic of Belarus for Cooperation in the Field of
Vocational Education and Training.
3. Agreement on Scientific and
Technical Cooperation between Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the
National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.
4. MoU between Indian Council of
Agricultural Research, New Delhi, India and Belarusian State Agricultural
Academy, Gorki, Belarus for Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Education.
5. Protocol amending the
Agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare of the
Republic of India and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Republic of
Belarus signed on 16 April 2007.
6. Programme of cooperation
between the Government of Republic of India and the Government of Republic of
Belarus in the field of culture for 2018-2020.
7. MoU between M/o Petroleum
& Natural Gas of the Republic of India and Belarusian State Concern of Oil
and Chemistry in the Oil and Gas Sector.
8. Memorandum of Understanding
between JSV “Belzarubezhstroy” and National Buildings Construction
Corporation Ltd.
9. Memorandum of Understanding
between JSC Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) and Indian Potash Ltd (IPL).
10. Agreement on the
implementation of MoU signed between OJSC Minsk Tractor Works and Kirloskar Oil
Engines Ltd. India in Pune.    
India, Afghanistan exchange four pacts in areas including health,

  • India and Afghanistan on 11
    September 2017 exchanged four pacts in areas of health, transport, space and
    new development partnership. The agreements were exchanged after delegation
    level talks between the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign
    Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani in New Delhi.
  • Afghan Foreign Minister
    Salahuddin Rabbani was on a three-day visit to India. He was here to attend the
    2nd meeting of the Strategic Partnership Council between India and Afghanistan.
The bilateral documents which were signed and exchanged include
(a) Motor
Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo
Vehicular Traffic.
(b) Memorandum
of Understanding for mutual cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical products
regulation. This MoU was signed and exchanged between the National Medicine and
Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan and the Central Drugs
Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services,
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
(c) The Orbit
Frequency Coordination Agreement between India and Afghanistan on South Asia
Satellite (SAS).
(d) Letters
establishing the New Development Partnership and launching 116 High Impact
Community Development Projects.
In addition, the two nations agreed
to expeditiously conclude the agreements/MoUs related to technical cooperation
on police training and development, as well as technical cooperation between
railway authorities; mutual legal assistance; and cooperation in the areas of
food safety among others.

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Union Government reconstitutes six Committees of Cabinet

  • The Union Government on 11
    September 2017 reconstituted six Committees of the Cabinet after recent
    ministry reshuffle.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala
    Sitharaman and railway minister Piyush Goyal have been included in the Cabinet
    Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), reaffirming their elevation in the Union
  • Sitharaman and Goyal, along with
    petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, have also been included as permanent
    members of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
There are six Cabinet Committees:

  • Appointments Committee of the
    Cabinet: The Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. It decides
    all higher level appointments in the Cabinet Secretariat, Public enterprises,
    Banks and Financial Institutions.
  • Cabinet Committee on
    Accommodation: The Committee is chaired by the Home Minister of India. It is
    responsible for the allotment of accommodation for various top positions in the
    Government of India.
  • Cabinet Committee on Economic
    Affairs:  The Committee is chaired by the
    Prime Minister of India. It directs and coordinates the governmental activities
    in the economic sphere.
  • Cabinet Committee on
    Parliamentary Affairs: The Committee is chaired by the Home Minister of India.
    It looks after the progress of government business in the Parliament.
  • Cabinet Committee on Political
    Affairs: The Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. It deals with
    all policy matters pertaining to domestic and foreign affairs. Of all the
    Cabinet Committees, it is the most powerful committee. It is often described as
    a “Super-Cabinet”.
  • Cabinet Committee on Security:
    The Committee is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. It looks into the
    matters of defence expenditures and National Security.
FSSAI launches online platform FoSCoRIS for food inspection

  • Food Safety and Standards
    Authority of India (FSSAI) on 11 September 2017 launched ‘FoSCoRIS’, an online
    platform to bring in transparency in food safety inspection and sampling.
  • FoSCoRIS platform will help
    eliminate discrepancy and will make food safety officers accountable for their
  • FoSCoRIS system will help in
    verifying compliance of food safety and hygiene standards by food businesses as
    per the government norms.
  • It will bring together all key
    stakeholders including food businesses, food safety officers, designated
    officers, state food safety commissioners.
  • It will help in sharing data
    related to inspection, sampling and test result by all officials seamlessly.
  • It will ease the process of
    sample collection by making it transparent and traceable and by controlling the
    quality of compliances.
  • For using this platform, Food
    Safety Officers (FSOs) require a hand-held device with internet connectivity.
  • For this purpose, FSSAI has asked
    all the states to provide such devices to FSOs and appoint a nodal officer for
    this purpose and send the details of the officers for integrating them with
  • In the initial phase, FSSAI will
    bear the cost of rental plans of the hand-held devices for first three months
    to a maximum of Rs 500 per month per connection to first ten states and UTs.


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Commerce Ministry organised state startup conference to help budding

  • The Department of Industrial
    Policy and Promotion, Government of India organised the second State Startup
    Conference on 12 September 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Inaugurated by the Minister of
    State, C.R. Choudhary, the event saw in attendance several senior dignitaries
    from states, Union Territories, incubators, accelerators, funding agencies,
    VCs, angel investors and startups.
  • The conference was held mainly to
    deliberate on issues including incubation facilities and making regulations
    easier for budding entrepreneurs.
  • The discussions were centered on
    four main themes related to key components of the startup ecosystem:
  • Governance reforms to be
    undertaken by states for startups.
  • Incubation facilities in India
    and role of state governments in developing these facilities.
  • Role of state governments in
    setting up funds for startups.
  • Making regulations easier for
News related to India & states
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flags-off Navika Sagar Parikrama
from Panaji

  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Defence
    Minister, on 10 September 2017 flagged-off the Navika Sagar Parikrama from
  • The Navika Sagar Parikrama is a
    project wherein a team of women officers of the Indian Navy will go around the
    globe on an Indian-built sail boat Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV
  • It is the first-ever Indian
    circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. The crew will attempt to
    circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s sailing vessel INSV Tarini.
  • The crew is expected to return to
    Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage.
  • The Navika Sagar Parikrama will
    be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports. These ports are Fremantle
    in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in Falklands, and Cape
    Town in South Africa.
  • During the voyage, the crew would
    monitor and report marine pollution on the high seas, as also interact
    extensively with local PIOs during various port halts to promote Ocean sailing.
  • The crew would also collate and
    update Meteorological/ Ocean/ Wave data on a regular basis for accurate weather
    forecast by India Meteorological Department (IMD) and subsequent analysis by
    research and development organisations.
  • The expedition is expected to
    promote Ocean Sailing activities in the Navy while depicting Union Government’s
    thrust for Nari Shakti.
  • The Navika Sagar Parikrama also
    aims to show case the ‘Make in India’ initiative by sailing onboard the
    indigenously built INSV Tarini.
Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco in the field of health
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 September 2017 approved the signing of a
    Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco on cooperation in
    the field of health.

Following areas of cooperation are covered under the MoU:
1. Non-communicable diseases,
including child cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
2. Drug Regulation and
Pharmaceutical quality control.
3. Communicable Diseases.
4. Maternal, child and neonatal
5. Hospital twinning for exchange
of good practices.
6. Training in administration and
management of health services and Hospitals.
Besides this, the MoU would cover
any other area of cooperation that is decided upon mutually by the two nations.
Further, a working group will be
set up to further elaborate the details of cooperation and to oversee the implementation
of the agreement.
International Day for South-South Cooperation 2017 observed globally

  • The International Day for
    South-South Cooperation was observed on 12 September 2017 by United Nations
  • The day celebrates the economic,
    social and political developments made in recent years by regions and countries
    in the south. It also highlights UN’s efforts to work on technical cooperation
    among developing countries.
  • South-South cooperation is a
    broad framework of collaboration among countries of the South in the political,
    economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains.
  • This year, the Global South-South
    Development Expo 2017 will be hosted by Turkey and will take place in Antalya
    from 27 to 30 November 2017.
  • The theme of this Expo will be
    ‘South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental
    Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires
    Plan of Action (BAPA+40)’.
Awards & Honors
2 US scientists, Indian economist among 2017 Balzan Prize awardees

  • The International Balzan
    Foundation on 11 September 2017 announced the winners of the 2017 Balzan Prize.
  • This year, Indian economist Bina
    Agarwal was recognised among other awardees for her work on women’s
    contributions to agriculture in India.
  • Here’s the list of 2017 Balzan
    Prize awardees
  • James P Allison of the University
    of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Robert D Schreiber of the Washington
    University School of Medicine were awarded for Immunological Approaches in
    Cancer Therapy that enhanced the survival of patients with metastatic melanoma.
  • Indian Economist Bina Agarwal of
    University of Manchester (UK) was recognised in the Gender Studies category for
    her heroic work studying women’s contributions to agriculture in India.
  • Belgian astrophysicist Michael
    Gillon was awarded for his work that has helped in finding new solar systems of
    planet Earth using robotic telescopes, instead of much more costly satellites.
  • German couple Germans Aleida and
    Jan Assmann were recognised for presenting collective memory as a requirement
    for the formation of the identity of religious and political communities.
World News
United Nations Security Council adopts new North Korea sanctions
  • The United Nations Security
    Council (UNSC) on 11 September 2017 unanimously adopted a set of new sanctions
    on North Korea over its recent nuclear test in violation of previous Security
    Council resolutions.
  • The fresh resolution curtails the
    country’s oil supply by almost 30 per cent and bans all its textile exports
    worth USD 800 million. It also takes steps to stop North Koreans working abroad
    from sending their earnings back to the country and provides new tools for
    combating smuggling of prohibited products by sea.
  • The US mission to the UN
    described the resolution as the “strongest sanctions ever imposed on North
  • As per a statement from the US
    mission to the UN, the resolution “sends a very clear message to North Korea
    that the Security Council is united in condemning North Korea’s violations and
    demanding North Korea give up its prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile



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