Current Affairs Update – 19 September, 2017



Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 19 September, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.

Banking & Financial
News
Allahabad Bank launches savings
bank account empowering women with AllBank Shakti

  • Allahabad Bank, a premier
    nationalized Bank of the country, today 
    launched a unique Womens’ centric savings bank account, AllBank Shakti,
    from its  Headquarters at Kolkata, in the
    presence of MD & CEO, Executive Directors and other  officials of the Bank.
  • On this occasion the MD & CEO
    Usha Ananthasubramania reiterated Bank’s commitment, towards the cause of
    Nation Building, through empowerment of women.
  • Prominent personalities, drawn
    from different sections of the society were present on this occasion alongwith
    other women customers of the Bank. Welcome kits of AllBank Shakti
  • were delivered to the women
    customers who came from the different Branches of the Bank.
  • This savings bank account is
    specially designed to facilitate the aspirations of a woman,  who is the primary account holder of AllBank
    Shakti. The account is bundled with an array of facilities ranging from free
    personalized Platinum Rupay ATM card, free electronic remittances,  free Demat account and locker at concessional
    rent.
  • This product provides a platform
    for realization of the dreams nurtured by millions of women, in the form of
    zero processing fees on home and car loans, lower margins on car and two
    wheeler loans and concessional rate of interest on their education / home /
    MSME and Gold loans.
  • Overdraft facility will be
    offered to a salaried account holder, maintaining her salary account with
    Allahabad Bank.
  • In addition, health insurance
    coverage for critical illness, is also available at a concessional premium.
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Union Minister to inaugurate
first ‘Pension Adalat’

  • Jitendra Singh, the Union
    Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region
    (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, would be
    inaugurating the first ‘Pension Adalat’ in Delhi on 20 September 2017.
  • The Minister would also be
    awarding the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ –
    a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with
    the Government.
  • The Minister would also be
    launching a mobile app that has been created to avail the services of the
    Pensioners’ Portal, marking a clear shift from e-governance to m-governance.
  • Besides this, a workshop on
    Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees
    would also be held as a measure of welfare to the pensioners of Government of
    India.
News related to India & states
Centre decides to form
inter-ministerial committee to monitor implementation of safety measures in

schools

  • The Union Government on 18
    September 2017 decided to form an inter-ministerial committee to monitor
    implementation of safety measures in its schools across the country. The
    committee was formed in the wake of the brutal killing of a student in Gurugram
    and rape of a girl by a school peon in the national capital, Delhi.
  • The decision was taken during a
    meeting between Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and
    Women & Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi. The
    WDC minister also informed that a committee of six secretaries will be
    constituted to monitor the implementation and progress of the guidelines.
  • Maneka said the committee will
    have secretaries of Human Resource Development, Women and Child Development
    Ministry, Tribal Affairs, Minority Affairs, Social Justice and Empowerment and
    Drinking water and sanitation. She said it will conduct a series of meetings to
    develop a roadmap as well as a timeline for implementation of the measures
    recommended.
Tripura becomes first state to
set up district family welfare committees

  • Tripura on 18 September 2017
    became the first state in India to set up family welfare district committees.
  • State Governor Tathagata Roy
    formally launched the family welfare committees in all eight districts in
    Tripura at a function in Tripura High Court.
  • The committees have been set to
    deal with the issue of fake and biased complaints by women against their
    husbands, in-laws and husband’s relatives.
  • The decision to set up the
    committees came following an order of the Supreme Court to form such committees
    in all states.
  • The Tripura High Court is the
    first high court among 24 High Courts in India that has constituted family
    welfare district committees.
  • The district welfare committee
    would scrutinise the complaint after filing of complaint by a woman against her
    husband, in-laws and husband’s relatives. The committee will try to mitigate
    and mediate between the two sides to settle the dispute.
  • After the submission of the
    report of the district family welfare committees, the police officials would start
    appropriate legal action.
Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decides
to provide Rs 2500 monthly honorarium for ‘Jal Rakshaks

  • The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on
    18 September 2017 decided to provide a monthly honorarium of Rs 2500 to ‘Jal
    Rakshaks’.
  • The qualified Jal Rakshaks with
    ITI diplomas will be given quota for pump operators and fitters. Those with
    matric and 12 years of experience will be inducted against the post of Chowkidar
    and pump attendants.
  • Around 1000 existing posts of
    Beldars will be re-designated as Chowkidar and pump attendants.
  • The decision was taken at a
    Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla.
  • The Cabinet decided to increase
    honorarium of Asha workers to Rs 1000 per month in addition to incentives provided.
  • It decided to provide subsidised
    ration to the inmates of Tibetan Children Villages at Dharamshala.
  • It decided to give an annual
    increment to Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) on the lines of regular Junior
    Basic Teachers (JBT).
  • Now only women PAT teachers would
    be eligible for inter-district transfer in case of marriage.
  • It approved an annual scholarship
    of Rs 5000 for girls studying in graduate-level and equivalent courses from
    Below Poverty Line families under the ‘Beti Hai Anmol Yojna’.
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WCD Ministry hosts first-ever
National Conference on under-nutrition

  • The Ministry of Women and Child
    Development hosted the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on 19
    September 2017 on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
  • The conference was organised by
    the WCD Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Drinking Water and
    Sanitation and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, keeping in mind the
    goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
  • The main reason behind holding
    the conference was to give focused attention on the issue of under-nutrition
    and for the same purpose, the WCD ministry has identified 113 most backward
    districts across the country based on the composite index of NITI Ayong and
    prevalence of stunting from NFHS-4 data.
  • The composed list includes at
    least one district from each State/UT so that the action taken in the selected
    district can be followed in other districts as well.
Chhattisgarh HC orders state to
grant books, uniform instead of cash to BPL students

  • The Chhattisgarh High Court on 18
    September 2017 ordered the state government to grant books and uniform instead
    of cash to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) students studying in private schools
    under Right to education.
  • The High Court issued the order
    to the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Government, stating that the government
    should start providing free uniforms, textbooks, and stationery to BPL children
    studying in private schools from the present session.
  • The decision was taken by a
    divisional bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and
    Justice Sharad Kumar Gupta while hearing a PIL.
  • In the PIL, the petitioners had
    stated that the state government was granting only Rs 650 per year instead of
    providing free books, uniforms and other stationary items. It stated that the
    amount provided by the government was not sufficient for BPL students studying
    in private schools to buy books and uniform.
Jharkhand Government launches
Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana

  • The state government of Jharkhand
    launched the ‘Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana’ on 18 September 2017 to develop
    villages of freedom fighters.
  • The initiative was inaugurated by
    Amit Shah along with Jharkhand Chief Minister at Ulihatu Village of the state,
    where Jharkhand’s tribal icon and freedom fighter – Birsa Munda was born.
    Speaking on the occasion, Amit Shah said, “If we can’t give a developed village
    to the descendants of the great Birsa Munda and so many others like
    Nilamber-Pitamber and Siddo Kanu, then we will not be able to return their
    debt. Not only Jharkhand, but entire India is indebted to their sacrifice, as
    they kept raising their voices against the British from time-to-time.”
  • Under the scheme, villages of
    many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitants will be
    provided with basic amenities.
  • The concerned villages have
    remained inaccessible for a long time after Independence because of Left-wing
    extremism.
  • The current scheme will now
    provide the inhabitants of the Ulihatu village with 136 pucca houses.
  • The pucca houses will include two
    rooms, a verandah, bathroom and a toilet each.
  • Besides this, Shah gave away gas
    connections, solar lamps to some of the descendants of the freedom fighter. He
    also planted saplings at the site along with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar
    Das.
Appointments
Raquel Dodge became first woman
General Prosecutor of Brazil

  • Raquel Dodge on 18 September 2017
    was appointed the first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil. She took over the
    position, replacing Rodrigo Janot, who held the position for four years.
  • Raquel Dodge was sworn in as the
    new prosecutor general in the presence of President Michel Temer and Supreme
    Court President Carmen Lucia.
  • On 28 June 2017, she was
    appointed by president Michel Temer to substitute the Prosecutor General of the
    Republic, Rodrigo Janot, even being in second place in the triple list sent by
    the National Association of Prosecutor of the Republic to the Presidency of the
    Republic, which is not constitutionally or legally obligated to nominate any
    one of the appointed ones.
  • On 12 July 2017, her appointment
    was approved by the Senate with 74 votes for and 1 against the nomination.
World News
IDF and US Army inaugurate first
permanent American base in Israel

  • The US Army and the Israel
    Defense Forces (IDF) in September 2017 inaugurated a permanent base on Israeli
    soil. This is the first time that a permanent American base has been opened in
    the Middle Eastern country.
  • The base represents the
    long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the
    militaries of the United States of America and Israel.
  • Several dozen American soldiers
    will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south, which America and Israel have
    been working on for two years.
  • One of the most important factors
    in the United States Government’s overall policy in the Middle East is the
    Israel-United States relations.
  • The main expression of
    Congressional support for Israel has been foreign aid.
  • Since 1985, it has provided
    around USD3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest
    annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative
    recipient of aid since World War II.
Reports
WHO releases Non-communicable
Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report

  • The World Health Organisation
    (WHO) on 18 September 2017 released the 
    report titled Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017.
  • As per Progress Monitor 2017,
    governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to
    meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of
    millions of people from these conditions.
  • The report also states that
    limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs such as
    cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes.
  • These NCDs are the world’s
    biggest killers and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years
    annually.
  • Over 90 countries have set
    national targets to address NCDs, up from 59 in 2015.
  • 94 countries have implemented
    operational multi-sectoral strategies to address NCDs, compared to 64 in 2015.
  • 90 countries have developed
    guidelines for managing the four major NCDs, up from 50 in 2015.
  • 100 countries have conducted
    physical activity awareness campaigns.
  • Six countries have not achieved
    any of the progress indicators, compared to 14 in 2015. Five of the six
    countries are African.

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