Current Affairs Update – 21-22 September, 2017



Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 21 & 22 September, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.

Banking & Financial
News
Cabinet approves additional
investment towards supplementary nutrition for Anganwadi children

  • The Union Cabinet Committee on
    Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 September 2017
    approved the proposal for increase of cost norms for supplementary nutrition
    provided in Anganwadis and for out of school adolescent girls under Integrated
    Child Development Services (ICDS).
  • The decision follows the move by
    the Government to provide cash benefits to pregnant and lactating mothers under
    the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, and is part of an intensive effort to
    improve the nutritional status of women and children.
  • Under the ICDS, children between
    6 months to 3 years are entitled to a morning snack as well as a hot-cooked
    meal at an Anganwadi centre, while pregnant women, lactating mothers and
    severely malnourished children, who can’t walk to the centre, are entitled to
    take home ration.
  • The revision of cost norms will
    involve an additional investment of Rs.9900 Cr for beneficiaries of Aanganwadi
    Services and Rs 2267.18 Cr for beneficiaries of Scheme for Adolescent Girls for
    a period from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • The move would impact the health
    and nutritional status of about 11 Cr beneficiaries per year.
Cabinet approves extension of
time period of Udaan Scheme in J& K

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 September 2017 approved Home Ministry’s
    proposal for extension of the time period of the “Special Industry
    Initiative for J&K” – Udaan scheme till 31 December 2018 without any
    modification and cost escalation.
  • The time period of Udaan was
    initially up to 2016-17. The main objective of the scheme is to provide
    exposure to the youth of Jammu & Kashmir to the best of corporate India and
    corporate India to the rich talent pool available in the state.
  • Till now, 109 leading Corporates
    have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) under UDAAN
    with a commitment to train youth from J & K in sectors including Organized
    Retail, Banking, Financial Services, IT, Infrastructure and Hospitality.
  • So far, 34,587 candidates have
    been selected among whom 31903 candidates have joined, 22237 candidates have
    completed the training, 7649 are undergoing training and 14694 have been
    offered jobs.
  • Overall, the scheme has gained a
    good momentum and pace in the state during the fiscal year 2016-17 in spite of
    four months of unrest. More than 12,000 candidates had joined training and
    nearly 10,000 candidates were offered jobs.
  • Besides this, around 140 mega
    selection drives were held that covered almost all districts of the state.
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Union Cabinet approves merger of
17 Government Presses into 5 units

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 September 2017 approved  merger and modernization of 17 Government of
    India Presses (GIPs) and into 5 units.
  • These modernised 5 Government
    press units will be located at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Minto Road and Mayapuri in
    Delhi; Nashik, Maharashtra and at Temple Street of Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • These 5 Presses will be
    redeveloped and modernised by monetisation of their surplus land.
  • Land measuring 468.08 acres of
    the other merged Presses will be given to Land & Development Office,
    Ministry of Urban Development.
  • On the other hand, land measuring
    56.67 acres of the Government of India Text Books Presses (GITBPs) at
    Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar and Mysuru will be returned to the respective State
    Governments.
  • Modernisation of the Presses will
    enable the presses to undertake important confidential, urgent and multi-colour
    printing work of the Central Government Offices all over the country.
  • This will be carried out at zero
    cost to the exchequer and without any retrenchment.
News related to India & states
Himachal Pradesh becomes first
state to launch electric bus service

  • The Himachal Pradesh government
    on 21 September 2017 launched first-of-its-kind electric bus service in the
    ecologically fragile 51km-long stretch between Manali and Rohtang Pass.
  • The bus service was flagged off
    by State Transport Minister GS Bali along with Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus.
    The move was made amidst concern over increasing environmental degradation in
    the Rohtang Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis.
  • With this initiative, the state
    has become the first in the world to ply electric buses at an altitude of 13
    thousand feet.
  • There would be a total of 10 buses
    in the fleet.
  • All the buses have been imported
    by the state government, as no company in India manufactures such
    battery-operated ones.
  • Each electric bus would have the
    capacity of seating 30 passengers and would be able to cover 200 km with fully
    charged batteries.
  • Though the fare is yet to be
    fixed, it would be marginally higher than the diesel buses.
First Scorpene-class submarine,
INS Kalvari, delivered to Indian Navy

  • INS Kalvari, the first of the six
    Scorpene-class submarines was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock
    Limited (MDL) on 21 September 2017. The submarine will soon be commissioned
    into the Indian Navy.
  • The development marks a major
    milestone in Indian Navy’s submarine programme as the vessel is expected to
    bolster India’s maritime prowess.
  • Meanwhile, the second
    Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi, which was launched in January 2017, is
    currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials. The third Scorpene-class
    submarine, INS Karanj, is also being readied for launch later in 2017. The rest
    of the submarines are in various stages of outfitting.
  • Overall, the six of them,
    designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and manufactured by
    Mazagon Dock Limited, would be replacing Indian Navy’s aging Sindhughosh and
    Shishumar class of submarines, marking a significant step towards modernising
    Indian navy.
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Andhra Pradesh to be declared ODF
by March 2018

  • The Chief Minister of Andhra
    Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu announced that the state will be declared ODF by
    March 2018.
  • This was announced during a
    Collectors’ Conference in Vijayawada, as a part of the Swachhata Hi Seva
    Campaign.
Cleanliness Drive in the Other States

  • In Madhya Pradesh, over 2 Lakh
    toilet pits were dug on 17 September with the intention of turning them into at
    least one lakh toilets by 2 October.
  • In Maharashtra, the focus has
    mainly been on Shramdaan.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the
    administration and common people joined together to clean their respective
    areas.
  • In Mizoram, the cleanliness drive
    was carried out in important and iconic places along with solid and liquid
    management activities.
  • Solid and Liquid Resource
    Management was also the key focus in Chhattisgarh.
  • On the other hand, Rajasthan
    undertook SwachhtaChitran – a campaign where Block level officers, motivators
    and masons, took to the streets to paint on public walls, water tanks and other
    such public spaces.
Government to introduce ‘Food
Street’ at global food fair in New Delhi

  • With an aim to attract investment
    in the food processing sector under the Make in India initiative, the
    government has decided to introduce a curated food experience zone ‘Food
    Street’ at the global food fair in November in New Delhi. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
    will be the brand ambassador of the event at the World Food India 2017 that
    will be held between 3 November and 5 November 2017.
  • The experiential platform will
    bring together culinary practices, flavours, fragrances from cuisines across
    the world.
  • Curated food experience to
    benefit in boosting investment: The Food Street will act as a platform for the
    investors to taste the food and then take a call on investing in India under
    the ‘Make in India’ programme.
  • Talking to reporters, Food
    Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that the aim of this food event
    is to attract more investment in the food processing sector. The minister also
    said that different cuisines of India and other countries will be showcased during
    the three-day event. The three-day World Food India event will start on 3
    November 2017.
Environment Ministry to conduct
five rounds of Quiz, ‘Prakriti Khoj’, across the Country

  • The Ministry of Environment,
    Forest and Climate Change will hold a quiz on the environment – ‘Prakriti Khoj’
    throughout the country.
  • The quiz is planned in five
    rounds and the qualifying round will begin on 25 September 2017 by paying
    tribute to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary. The quiz will
    be conducted online through multiple-choice questions.
  • The quiz, Prakriti Khoj, will be
    held round wise and the qualifying round will continue till 29 September 2017.
  • The quiz competition is open to
    only students of Eco-clubs (NGC programme of MoEF&CC). to participate in
    the competition, the students who are members of the
  • The students who are members of
    Eco-clubs in particular schools are required to send their names for
    registration through State Nodal Agency. 
    The User Id and password will be provided to the registered students
    though email on their personal email IDs, as well as on their school IDs.
Union Cabinet approves
introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017

  • The Union Cabinet on 20 September
    2017 approved the introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in
    Parliament subject to modifications of drafting, if any, as may be considered
    necessary by the Legislative Department.
  • The Dentists (Amendment) Bill,
    2017 seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948 to reduce the redundancy.
  • The clauses being amended in the
    Act include certain modifications in the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1948
    with regard to:
  • Membership  of  the
    Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3 of Act
  • Membership  of 
    State  and  Joint 
    State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section 21 and clause (b) of
    section 23 of the Act
World News
50 nations sign United Nations
Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

  • Fifty countries on 20 September
    2017 inked United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
  • Brazil was the first country to
    sign onto the ban, followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela.
  • Fifty states as different as
    Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later
    if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the
    treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back
    it.
  • Under the terms and conditions of
    the treaty, the countries signing it would be barred from developing, testing,
    producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling
    nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
  • Under its terms, non-nuclear
    nations agreed not to pursue nukes in exchange for a commitment by the five
    original nuclear powers the U.S., Russia, Britain, France and China to move
    toward nuclear disarmament and to guarantee other states’ access to peaceful
    nuclear technology for producing energy.
Sports News
Union Cabinet approves revamped
Khelo India Programme

  • The Union Cabinet on 20 September
    2017 approved the revamped Khelo India programme at a cost of Rs 1756 crore for
    the period 2017-18 to 2019-20.
  • This revamped programme aims at
    mainstreaming sport as a tool for individual development, community
    development, economic development and national development. It will impact the
    entire sports ecosystem including infrastructure, community sports, coaching and
    sports economy.
  • It is an unprecedented Pan Indian
    Sports Scholarship scheme which will cover 1000 most talented young athletes
    each year across select sports disciplines.
  • Each athlete selected under the
    scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 consecutive
    years.
  • This is the first time ever that
    a long-term athlete development pathway will be made available to youngsters to
    excel in competitive sports.
  • It aims to promote 20
    universities across the country as hubs of sporting excellence.
  • It also aims at creating an
    active population with healthy life-style.
  • It will cover about 200 million
    children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness
    drive.
Awards & Honors
Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha
wins 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award

  • Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha
    in September 2017 won the 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for his crucial
    mediating role and efforts to help children affected by the insurgency in
    Nigeria.
  • Mustapha had negotiated and
    helped secure the release of more than 100 schoolgirls from Chibok kidnapped by
    the Boko Haram militant group.
  • Mustapha will be bestowed with
    the prestigious Nansen Refugee Award at a ceremony taking place in Geneva on 2
    October 2017.The The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
    called him “a champion for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence
    in North East Nigeria”.
‘Newton’ is India’s official
entry to Oscars 2018

  • Director Amit Masurkar’s
    political satire “Newton”, starring Rajkummar Rao in the lead role, will be
    India’s official entry at Oscars 2018, the Film Federation of India announced
    today.
  • The Hindi film was the unanimous
    choice of FFI’s selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy.
  • “’Newton’ has been selected as
    India’s official entry to the Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from 26 entries
    this year,” Supran Sen, FFI Secretary General, told PTI.
  • The decision to choose the film,
    which was released commercially today, for the Oscars was the proverbial
    “cherry on the cake” for actor Rajkummar Rao. “It is a really honest film and
    we are already getting an overwhelming response. We will put all our energies
    to take the film forward,” the actor told PTI.
  • Director Masurkar added that it was
    a double celebration for the team. “We are really happy. The fact that the film
    is releasing today doubles the happiness. We hope that people will now really
    head to the cinema halls to watch the film,” the director told PTI.
  • The film is a political satire
    revolving around an honest election officer’s attempt to conduct a free and
    fair poll in a conflict-hit area of Chhatisgarh.
Days
International Day of Peace 2017
observed across the world

  • The International Day of Peace
    was observed across the world on 21 September 2017 with the theme Together for
    Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
  • The theme honours the spirit of
    TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for
    everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
  • Initiated during the United
    Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants on 19 September 2016, TOGETHER
    initiative unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193
    Member States of the United Nations, civil society and individual citizens in
    support of non-discrimination of refugees and migrants.
  • This year, the International Day
    of Peace was focussed on engaging and mobilizing people throughout the world to
    show support for refugees and migrants. The Day highlighted solidarity with
    refugees and migrants and showcased the shared benefits of migration to
    economies and nations.
Obituaries
World’s richest woman and L’Oreal
heiress Liliane Bettencourt passes away

  • Liliane Bettencourt, world’s
    richest woman and heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune, passed away on 21
    September 2017 at her home in Paris. She was 94. Bettencourt is survived by her
    daughter, Francoise, who was born in 1953.
  • In 2016, Bettencourt was ranked
    as the richest woman in the world with a fortune of USD 39.5bn by Forbes
    magazine. It made her the world’s 14th richest person.
  • Born in Paris, she was the only
    child of Louise Madelaine Berthe and Eugene Schueller, who founded L’Oreal. She
    joined the family business when she was just 15 and inherited L’Oreal group
    empire when her father died in 1957.
  • She left L’Oreal board in 2012
    after she was declared ill and was unable to run her affairs, as per the
    medical report which showed she was suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s
    disease since 2006.
Yesteryear Bollywood actress
Shakila passes away

  • Yesteryear Bollywood actress
    Shakila passed away on 20 September 2017 following a massive heart attack. She
    was 82.
  • Shakila was best known for her
    roles in Aar Par and CID.
  • Shakila’s nephew Nasirr Khan
    announced the death of her aunt on social media website Facebook. He wrote,
    “With a heavy heart I have to inform you all that my maternal aunt (my moms
    older sister) Shakila Aunty has passed away. She was a star in her own right in
    the 50s and 60s. Babuji dheere chalna, pyaar mein zara samhalna. Please keep
    her in your prayers. May Allah grant her Jannat. Aameen.”

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