Current Affairs Update – 16 to 20 September, 2016

Hello and welcome to exampundit . Here are the important Current Affairs from 16th to 20th September, 2016. These are important for the upcoming IBPS PO VI Mains, RBI Assistant, NIACL AO and Bank of Maharashtra PO Exams.

Current Affairs at a Glance – 16 to 20 September, 2016

  1. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved
    to dole out $631 million for developing India’s
    first coastal industrial corridor along the Vishakapatnam-Chennai coastline
    .
  2. India’s largest payment and
    commerce platform Paytm, on Tuesday, announced partnership with the National Highways
    Authority of India (NHAI)
    to enable cashless
    transaction on highway tolls across the country
    . The Paytm FASTag will allow commuters to pass through 350 toll
    plazas covering 55,000 kms, without having to stop.
  3. Arun Shrivastava, Managing
    Director and Chief Executive Officer of Syndicate Bank, opened the bank’s national
    processing centre in Manipal on Tuesday
    . This centre is part of the
    business process re-engineering (BPR) pillar of ‘Project Ananya’.
  4. State-owned refiner Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and GAIL India will sign a pact on
    Wednesday to take 49 per cent stake in
    Adani Group’s Rs 5,000-crore Dhamra LNG project in
    Odisha
    .
  5. The Union Government approved projects worth
    500 crore rupees
    for integrated development of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
  6. India and Nepal on 16 September 2016
    signed three MoUs and agreements to
    enhance the bilateral agreement between the two nations
    .
  7. India and Sri Lanka on 15 September 2016
    signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to
    support livelihood of the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota
    district of Sri Lanka
    .
  8. The government on Tuesday announced 27
    cities as a new batch of Smart Cities. In the third round of competition
    ,
    Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister for Urban Development, announced the list of new
    cities.
  9. India on 20 September 2016
    successfully test-fired the most
    advanced surface-to-air missile ‘Barak-8’ off the Odisha coast
    . The long-range
    nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel, was launched
    from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur in Balasore
    district.
  10. Indian Railways on 19 September 2016 launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to
    wheelchairs
    , battery operated cars and porter services. The service
    was launched to make rail travel comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and
    ailing travelers.
  11. The Cauvery Supervisory Committee headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil
    Nadu
    . As per the committee’s direction, Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30
    September 2016 to Tamil Nadu.
  12. Naropa Festival, A
    once-in-12-years festival of Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began
    on 16 September 2016 at the Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region
    of India. The festival will conclude on 22 September 2016.
  13. Union Human Resource Development
    Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 September 2016
    inaugurated the super computer PARAM ISHAN at IIT
    Guwahati campus
    .
  14. In a step to ensure that the
    details of Aadhaar is not misused, the
    Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) asked agencies in possession
    of Aadhaar number
    of an individual to not publish or post the information
    publicly.
  15. Yudh Abhyas 2016, a joint military
    training exercise of Indian and US Armies, commenced at Chaubattia,
    Uttarakhand.
  16. Indian test skipper Virat Kohli was on 17 September 2016 appointed as Brand Ambassador of state-owned Punjab
    National Bank (PNB)
    . Kohli has been an Account Holder of the bank
    since the age of 16 years.
  17. Junaid Ahmad has become the World Bank’s
    Country Director for India
    , replacing Onno Ruhl who served a
    four-year term based out of the national capital.
  18. GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday
    it had chosen
    Emma Walmsley
    , head of consumer healthcare, as its new chief executive, after considering
    internal and external candidates.
  19. Jet Airways has appointed its senior vice president (products and
    services) Jayraj
    Shanmugam as its new chief commercial officer
    .
  20. Anandi Ramalingam on 16 September 2016 assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics
    Limited (BEL)
    . Ramalingam has assumed charge as Director Marketing. It is
    the first time that a woman has been
    appointed as the Director of the company
    .
  21. President Pranab Mukherjee on 17
    September 2016 appointed Alka Sirohi, a member of the Union Public
    Service Commission (UPSC) as its Chairman.
  22. Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who
    survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
    (ISIL), on 16 September 2016, was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador
    for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking
    .
  23. Eminent Malayalam critic and
    academician M
    Leelavathy
    was on 17 September
    2016 chosen for the prestigious N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted
    in memory of well-known short story writer N Mohanan.
  24. The 2016 International Day for the
    Preservation of the Ozone Layer
    was
    observed across the world on 16 September 2016.

Finance/Banking/Industry:
Asian Development Bank approves $631 mn for East Coast Economic
Corridor

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB)
    approved to dole out $631 million for developing India’s first coastal
    industrial corridor along the Vishakapatnam-Chennai coastline.
  • Out of the total grant released
    by the ADB, $500 million would be invested in infrastructural development while
    the remaining would be used for industrial policy and business promotion.
  • This is the first phase of
    development in the 2,500-kilometre-long East Coast Economic Corridor project
    that is being considered cruciual in spurring development in India’s eastern
    coast and establishing seamless trade links with South and Southeast Asia.
  • The financial institution
    estimated a fourfold increase worth $64 billion in the annual industrial output
    along the corridor by 2025.
  • The 800-kilometre-long coastline,
    extending from Kolkata in West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, will connect
    four regional economic hubs-Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, and
    Yerpedu-Srikalahasti-and other neraby industrial areas.
  • The Urban Climate Change
    Resilience Trust Fund will be making a grant of $6 million, which will be
    utilised in building infrastructure reislilent to climate change and for
    managing costs incurred by the local government along the corridor.    
  • In addition to this, the Indian
    government will also make an investment of $215 million to the project that is
    going to cost $846 million.

Highway tolls across India to go cashless with Paytm-enabled FASTag
  • India’s largest payment and
    commerce platform Paytm, on Tuesday, announced partnership with the National
    Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to enable cashless transaction on highway
    tolls across the country.
  • The Paytm FASTag will allow
    commuters to pass through 350 toll plazas covering 55,000 kms, without having
    to stop. The vehicle tag employs RFID technology to allow cashless toll fee
    payment with the Paytm wallet. Paytm aims to collect over Rs. 1,800 crore in
    toll charges in the coming months, said Kiran Vasireddy, Senior Vice President,
    Paytm.
  • He said cash transactions slows
    down traffic at important toll plazas as attendants and motorists are left
    grappling with the hassles of dealing in loose change. The roll-out of
    Paytm-enabled FASTag will come as a relief to both commuters and toll plaza attendants
    and help towards the national cause of saving fuel.
  • With this move, Paytm is inching
    closer to its vision of making cashless transactions a way of life across
    India. This will propel India towards becoming a cashless economy in the truest
    sense of the word, he added.

Syndicate Bank opens national processing centre in Manipal
  • Arun Shrivastava, Managing
    Director and Chief Executive Officer of Syndicate Bank, opened the bank’s
    national processing centre in Manipal on Tuesday.
  • This centre is part of the
    business process re-engineering (BPR) pillar of ‘Project Ananya’.
  • (‘Project Ananya’, which is a
    transformation programme initiated by the bank, has four pillars. They are:
    BPR, digital banking, sales and CRM, and HR development.)
  • KT Rai, General Manager of the
    bank, who is in charge of ‘Project Ananya’, said that this digitally enabled
    processing centre will cater to a number of processes for branches across
    India.

IOC, GAIL to sign pact to take 49% stake in Adani project
  • State-owned refiner Indian Oil
    Corporation (IOC) and GAIL India will sign a pact on Wednesday to take 49 per
    cent stake in Adani Group’s Rs 5,000-crore Dhamra LNG project in Odisha.
  • While IOC will take 38 per cent,
    GAIL will pick 11 per cent stake in the proposed 5-million tonne a year
    liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dhamra by financial year
    2018-19.
  • Adani Petroleum Terminal will
    hold 49 per cent in Dhamra LNG Terminal 
    — the firm setting up the LNG plant. The remaining 2 per cent interest
    will be held by financial institutions.
  • Sources said a formal agreement
    signing ceremony is planned on Wednesday where Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan,
    who also hails from Odisha, will also be present.

Uber inks pact with tech startup incubator T-Hub
  • Taxi-hailing app Uber on Tuesday
    signed a pact with technology start-up incubator T-Hub, set up by Telangana
    government, for UberExchange programme.
  • As part of the deal, T-Hub will
    be leveraging its expertise in shortlisting 20 start-ups through existing network
    of both the organisations, according to Eric Alexander, Head of Business, Uber
    Asia.
  • T-Hub will invite start-ups to
    apply for the UberExchange programme through an online application process and
    encourage participation and representation from start-ups across the country,
    Alexander said.

Union Government notifies new import policy for marble & travertine
blocks
  • Union Government on 18 September
    2016 notified the new import policy for marble and travertine blocks and marble
    and granite slabs. The policy will come into effect from 1 October 2016.
  • The new policy ends the
    quantitative restriction on the import of marble and travertine blocks as well
    as the cumbersome and restrictive import licensing system.
  • The Minimum Import Price (MIP)
    for marble blocks has been reduced to 200 US dollar per metric ton. The basic
    customs duty on import of marble and travertine blocks has been increased from
    10 percent to 40 percent to address the interest of domestic producers.
  • Similarly, the MIP on the import
    of marble slabs is being reduced to 40 US dollar per square metre and the basic
    customs duty on the import of marble slabs is doubled to 20 percent.
  • The MIP on the import of granite
    slabs has been reduced to 50 US Dollars per square metre and the basic customs
    duty on import of granite slabs has been doubled to 20 percent.

Union Government approves 500 crore rupee projects for development of
tourism in J&K
  • The Union Government approved
    projects worth 500 crore rupees for integrated development of tourism in Jammu
    and Kashmir under Swadesh Darshan scheme.
  • The Central Sanctioning and
    Monitoring Committee for the scheme approved the projects as part of
    Development Package of Prime Minister Reconstruction Plan (PMRP).
  • The new projects include
    Integrated Development of Tourist facilities at Mantalai – Sudhmahadev –
    Patnitop Circuit (for 99.99 Crore rupees), Baramulla-Kupwara-Leh circuit (for
    99.98 Crore rupees), Rajouri – Bafliyaz – Shopian – Pulwama Circuit (for 99.99
    Crore rupees) and Anantnag-Kishtwar- Pahalgam – Daksum – Ranjit Sagar Dam
    Circuit (for.99.75 Crore rupees).
  • Nearly 100 crore rupees have been
    approved for integrated development of tourist facilities in lieu of damaged
    assets in the floods.

India, Nepal sign three agreements including improvement of road
network

  • India and Nepal on 16 September
    2016 signed three MoUs and agreements to enhance the bilateral agreement
    between the two nations.
  • The agreements were inked during
    the four-day-visit (from 15 September to 18 September 2016) of Nepal Prime
    Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda to India.

The inked MOUs and agreements are
  • MoU for project management
    consultancy services for upgradation/improvement of road infrastructure in
    Terai area of Nepal – The services will be provided by NHIDCL in pursuance of
    the MoU signed on 20 February 2016.
  • First Amendatory Dollar credit
    line agreement between Nepal and EXIM Bank: Amendatory agreement to 1 billion
    US dollar Line of Credit agreement signed on 25 November 2014, enabling
    reapportioning of unutilised funds for post-earthquake reconstruction projects
    in Nepal.
  • Dollar Credit line agreement
    between Nepal and EXIM Bank: New Line of Credit agreement for 750 million US
    dollar for post-earthquake reconstruction projects in Nepal.

India, Sri Lanka sign MoU to support fishermen in Hambantota district

  • India and Sri Lanka on 15
    September 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support livelihood
    of the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota district of Sri Lanka.
  • The project envisages gift of
    equipment and tools such as grub hoes, bicycles, life jackets and sewing
    machines, worth 300 million SLR, to the fishing and farming communities in
    Hambantota district. Part of the grant is expected to be used for developing
    fisheries villages under a national programme.
  • More than 75000 people across the
    district will get direct benefit from the project. The project will be
    implemented in consultation with the relevant local authorities.

Non-Financial News related to India:
Govt. announces 27 new Smart Cities

  • The government on Tuesday
    announced 27 cities as a new batch of Smart Cities. In the third round of
    competition, Venkaiah Naidu, the Minister for Urban Development, announced the
    list of new cities.
  • Maharashtra tops the list with
    five cities — Aurangabad, Kalyan-Dombivli, Nagpur, Nashik and Thane — while
    Tamil Nadu and Karnatak come second with four cities each. Tamil Nadu has
    Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur and Vellore, while Karnataka has Hubli-Dharwad,
    Mangaluru, Shivamogga and Tumakuru.

India successfully test fires long range surface-to-air Barak-8 missile
off Odisha coast

  • India on 20 September 2016
    successfully test-fired the most advanced surface-to-air missile ‘Barak-8’ off
    the Odisha coast. The long-range nuclear capable ballistic missile, developed
    jointly with Israel, was launched from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test
    Range in Chandipur in Balasore district.
  • The 4.5-meter missile weighs
    around 3 tonnes and can carry a payload of 70 kilograms. The system also
    includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for
    detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
  • The missile swung into action
    after getting a signal from the radars to intercept a moving aerial target
    supported by an unmanned air vehicle ‘Banshee’ over the Bay of Bengal.
  • As a precautionary measure,
    Balasore district administration had made adequate arrangements to temporarily
    shift 3700 people residing within the 2.5 km radius. The fishermen were also
    asked not to venture into the sea during the launch.

Advertisements issued by Delhi government violated Supreme Court
guidelines: Panel
  • A committee set up by the Union
    Government said that the Delhi government splurged the exchequer’s money on
    advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his party that
    violated Supreme Court guidelines.
  • The three-member panel headed by
    former Chief Election Commissioner BB Tandon has asked the Delhi government to
    reimburse the money expenditure since the violation of the Supreme Court order
    of 13 May 2015, has taken place. The other two members of the panel were adman
    Piyush Pandey and journalist Rajat Sharma.

Indian Railways launches Yatri Mitra Sewa for elderly,
differently-abled
  • Indian Railways on 19 September
    2016 launched Yatri Mitra Sewa to facilitate access to wheelchairs, battery
    operated cars and porter services. The service was launched to make rail travel
    comfortable for elderly, differently-abled and ailing travelers.

Highlights of the Yatri Mitra Sewa
  • Yatri Mitra or Passenger Friend
    service can be an assistant or any other person nominated for the purpose.
  • The service will be available at
    major railway stations across the country.
  • It can be availed at the time of
    online booking of tickets by calling or messaging 139 or by simply dialling a
    dedicated mobile phone number to be activated for the purpose.
  • Passengers can also access the
    Mobile app to avail the service in the future. The App will be developed by the
    Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS).
  • Once the service is booked, the
    IRCTC will ensure the Yatri Mitra receive the passenger at the entrance of the
    station and help in boarding the train safely.

Cauvery Supervisory Committee directs Karnataka to release 3000 cusecs
of water per day for 10 days

  • The Cauvery Supervisory Committee
    headed by Shashi Shekhar on 19 September 2016 directed Karnataka to release
    3000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. As per the committee’s direction,
    Karnataka will have to release 3000 cusecs water per day from 21 to 30
    September 2016 to Tamil Nadu.
  • The other members of the
    committee are Chief Secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Puducherry
    and Central Water Commission chairman. It will once again meet in October 2016.
  • It seems that the decision of the
    committee will go in vain as no consensus was reached between the two states
    regarding the release of water. Karnataka had opposed the release of water due
    to ground reality and drinking water problems in the state.
  • Earlier on 5 September 2016, the
    Supreme Court asked Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to approach the panel and till
    then asked Karnataka to release 15000 cusecs of water per day for 10 days to
    Tamil Nadu. Later on 12 September, it revised the limit to 12000 cusecs per day
    till 20 September 2016.

HAL gets APAQG membership with voting rights
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
    (HAL) was on 16 September 2016 conferred with the prestigious membership of the
    Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) under the category Full Member
    with voting rights.
  • With this, India became the
    seventh nation to join the APAQG under TRHE International Aerospace Quality
    Group (IAQG). The other nations of APAQG are China, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia,
    Singapore and Japan.

Naropa Festival: Devotees visit Indian Himalayas to celebrate Buddhist
festival

  • A once-in-12-years festival of
    Buddhist spirituality, culture and tradition began on 16 September 2016 at the
    Hemis monastery of Drukpa lineage in Ladakh region of India. The festival will
    conclude on 22 September 2016.
  • Hundreds of thousands of monks,
    devotees and tourists have reached Ladakh for the Naropa Festival, which is
    also called as the Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas.
  • The Naropa Festival draws huge
    numbers of Buddhists, especially those from the Drukpa branch which is
    traditionally practised in Ladakh and Bhutan.
  • Dancers in bright, silk costumes
    and striking headgear performed to drum and pipe music as part of the festival
    being held in a mountain village to commemorate the 1000th birth anniversary of
    Buddhist saint Naropa.

HRD Minister inaugurates Super Computer PARAM-ISHAN at IIT Guwahati

  • Union Human Resource Development
    Minister Prakash Javadekar on 19 September 2016 inaugurated the super computer
    PARAM ISHAN at IIT Guwahati campus.
  • Students and faculty members of
    IIT Guwahati are expected to derive huge benefit from the facility.
  • It is the fastest and most
    powerful computer in North East, Eastern and Southern region.
  • It has been jointly developed by
    IIT Guwahati and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, C -DAC.

Guided Missile Destroyer Ship Mormugao launched in Mumbai

  • The Guided Missile Destroyer,
    Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B,was launched on 17 September 2016 at
    Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.
  • This marks a significant
    milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction
    programme of India.
  • Project 15B ships feature cutting
    edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class
    anywhere in the world.

India announces major initiative for R&D into Next Generation HFC
refrigerant alternatives
  • The Ministry of Environment,
    Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on 15 September 2016 announced an ambitious
    collaborative R&D programme to develop next generation, sustainable
    refrigerant technologies as alternatives to HFCs.
  • This R&D initiative brings
    together Government, research institutes, industry and civil society to develop
    long term technology solutions to mitigate impact of currently used refrigerant
    gases on the ozone layer and climate. With this initiative, India reaffirms its
    commitment to working with all other nations to safeguard the Earth’s natural
    ecosystem.

Some of the key players of the
initiative include
  • The Council of Scientific &
    Industrial Research and its allied institutions
  • Department of Science and
    Technology
  • Centre for Atmospheric &
    Oceanic Sciences as well as key industry players in the sector
  • Members of this initiative have
    already had multiple rounds of consultation to reach a consensus on the
    contours and decide on the roadmap for this initiative.

UIDAI bans sharing of Aadhaar details
  • In a step to ensure that the
    details of Aadhaar is not misused, the Unique Identification Authority of India
    (UIDAI) asked agencies in possession of Aadhaar number of an individual to not
    publish or post the information publicly.
  • It said that the agencies will
    have to ensure security and confidentiality of the 12-digit resident
    identification number under the Aadhaar Act.

Regulations
  • The core biometric information,
    collected by the Authority, cannot be shared with anyone for any reason.
  • Any violation of the Aadhaar Act
    will constitute an offence and is punishable under the Act.
  • The agencies that collect the
    Aadhaar number will also have to specify whether submission of the number or
    proof of Aadhaar is mandatory or voluntary.
  • The regulations also provide for
    obtaining consent of the Aadhaar number holder for collection, storage and use
    of the same for specified purposes.

Indo-US combined military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2016 begins
  • Yudh Abhyas 2016, a joint military
    training exercise of Indian and US Armies, commenced at Chaubattia,
    Uttarakhand.
  • Company strength army personnel
    from USA and an equal number of Indian soldiers are taking part in the two
    weeks long joint training exercise. The exercise will see them hone their
    tactical and technical skills in countering insurgency and terrorism in a UN
    Peace Keeping scenario involving a combined deployment at a Brigade level.
  • During the exercise, the two
    sides will jointly train, plan and execute series of well developed tactical
    drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered in UN peace
    keeping operations.

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar declares Charkhi Dadri as 22nd district
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar
    Lal Khattar on 18 September 2016 announced Charkhi Dadri as the 22nd district
    of the state.
  • The state CM made the
    announcement at a public rally in Dadri in Bhiwani district. He also announced
    that developmental projects worth 112 crore rupees had already been completed
    in the Dadri assembly segment during the two year tenure of his government.
  • On the other hand, Khattar also
    inaugurated nine development projects worth 45 crore rupees in Dadri.

Appointments:
Virat Kohli appointed as Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank

  • Indian test skipper Virat Kohli
    was on 17 September 2016 appointed as Brand Ambassador of state-owned Punjab
    National Bank (PNB). Kohli has been an Account Holder of the bank since the age
    of 16 years.
  • Since its inception in 1895, PNB
    has been people’s bank serving millions of customers throughout India. Over the
    years, the Bank has established itself as a major player in Indian banking
    space.
  • The bank undertook this move to
    improve its image which has taken a hit due to rising bad loans.
  • For the first quarter that ended
    in June 2016, the bank’s profit declined by a 58 percent to 306 crore rupees on
    account of mounting bad loans. During the quarter, provision towards
    non-performing assets (NPAs) jumped almost three-fold to 3620 crore rupees from
    1291 crore rupees.

Bangladesh’s Junaid Ahmad new World Bank head in India

  • Junaid Ahmad has become the World
    Bank’s Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl who served a four-year
    term based out of the national capital.
  • Hailing from Bangladesh, Ahmad
    was Chief of Staff to the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim before being
    elevated to the current position.
  • Ahmad holds a PhD in Applied
    Economics from Stanford University, a Masters in Public Administration from
    Harvard University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University.
  • India is the World Bank Group’s
    largest client, it said.
  • As of June 2016, the bank’s net
    commitments to India stood at $27 billion (International Bank for
    Reconstruction and Development $16 billion, International Development
    Association $11 billion) across 95 projects.

GlaxoSmithKline picks insider Emma Walmsley as new CEO

  • GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday
    it had chosen Emma Walmsley, head of consumer healthcare, as its new chief
    executive, after considering internal and external candidates.
  • Walmsley, who joined Britain’s
    biggest drugmaker in 2010 from L’Oreal, will replace Andrew Witty who had
    previously announced his decision to retire on March 31, 2017.
  • The decision will disappoint
    investors such as Neil Woodford, a top shareholder and a critic of the
    drugmaker’s current structure, who had wanted to see an outsider replace Witty.
    However, Walmsley had always been tipped as a strong internal candidate, along
    with pharmaceuticals boss Abbas Hussain and manufacturing head Roger Connor.
  • Her appointment is likely to be
    seen as a signal that GSK will retain the consumer business as a core part of
    its operations.

Jet Airways names Jayraj Shanmugam as its chief commercial officer

  • Jet Airways has appointed its
    senior vice president (products and services) Jayraj Shanmugam as its new chief
    commercial officer.
  • The post of chief commercial
    officer was vacant for about a year following the resignation of Raj Sivakumar.
    The airline is yet to fill up the post of a full time of chief executive
    officer and its chief financial officer Amit Agarwal holds charge as acting
    CEO.
  • In other management changes the
    airline’s senior vice president (sales and marketing) Colin Neubronner recently
    moved to Singapore and will be in charge of Gulf and South East Asia operations
    while airline’s vice president (global sales) Suresh Makhija has quit the
    organisation.

Anandi Ramalingam assumed charge as Bharat Electronics Limited’s first
woman director

  • Anandi Ramalingam on 16 September
    2016 assumed charge as functional/whole time director of Bharat Electronics
    Limited (BEL).
  • Ramalingam has assumed charge as
    Director Marketing. It is the first time that a woman has been appointed as the
    Director of the company.
  • Earlier, Ramalingam served as the
    General Manager heading the Military Communication Strategic Business Unit
    (SBU) at BEL’s Bangalore Complex.
  • Ramalingam had joined
    BEL-Bengaluru in March 1985 after completing her BE in Electronics and Communication
    engineering from the PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore.

Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for
Blood Transfusion
  • An Indian-origin South African
    Ravi Reddy was on 18 September 2016 appointed as the Head of International
    Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam.
  • With this, Reddy became the first
    person from the African continent to head ISBT, a global organisation of
    medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide.
  • The ISBT, now with 100 member
    countries, was established in 1935 as a platform for exchanging knowledge and
    advancing the blood-transfusion practice.

Alka Sirohi appointed UPSC chairman

  • President Pranab Mukherjee on 17
    September 2016 appointed Alka Sirohi, a member of the Union Public Service
    Commission (UPSC) as its Chairman.
  • Sirohi’s appointment will be
    effective from 21 September 2016.
  • Sirohi was sworn in as Member of
    UPSC in January 2012, after a long and successful career in the Indian
    Administrative Service (IAS).
  • Sirohi will succeed Deepak Gupta,
    who will be attaining 65 years of age on 20 September 2016.
  • In November 2014, Gupta was
    appointed as the UPSC chief, breaking away from the tradition of appointing the
    chief from the serving members of the commission.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha appointed UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

  • Nadia Murad Basee Taha, who
    survived trafficking at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
    (ISIL), on 16 September 2016, was appointed the United Nations Office on Drugs
    and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human
    Trafficking.
  • The appointment marks the first
    time a survivor of atrocities is bestowed with this distinction.
  • The induction ceremony took place
    in the United Nations Trusteeship Council Chamber in the New York United
    Nations Headquarters.

Global News:
China and Russia conduct naval exercises Joint Sea-2016 to improve
security
  • The Chinese and Russian navies on
    19 September 2016 concluded Joint Sea-2016, eight days of naval exercises, in
    the South China Sea.
  • The Joint Sea-2016 was launched
    as a sign of growing cooperation between their armed forces against the
    backdrop of regional territorial disputes.
  • The exercises was conducted
    following a spike in tensions after Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
    rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and slammed it for causing
    environmental damage there.

Sports News:
Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Deaf Shooting Championships

  • Hearing-impaired Indian shooter
    Priyesha Deshmukh on 14 September 2016 won the bronze medal in her first-ever
    international competition at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships.
  • The Championships was held in
    Kazan, Russia from 7 September to 15 September 2016.
  • Deshmukh won the bronze in the
    10m air rifle category.
  • The shooter won the medal after
    scoring 180.4 points.
  • Deshmukh had qualified for the
    medal round after scoring 404.9 in the qualification round.

Track Asia Cup 2016 concluded; Indian finished second
  • The 2016 Track Asia Cup concluded
    on 16 September 2016 at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi. Hong
    Kong topped the chart with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silvers and
    three bronze.
  • On the other hand, India the
    hosts of the tournament ended their campaign at second position with 16 medals,
    including five gold, four Silver and seven bronze.
  • India’s Deborah Herold, in her
    Final Sprint event, clinched the top position with a time of 12.576 minutes and
    12.493 minutes in the first and second rounds, respectively. She beat Zhaojuan
    of Hong Kong, who clocked 12.820 minutes and 12.734 minutes in both the rounds
    to settle for silver. The third position was taken by Farina Shawati of
    Malaysia with a time of 12.552 and 12.342.

Indian shooters clinched three gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup
  • Indian shooters clinched seven
    medals, including three gold, on the opening day of the International Shooting
    Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup for pistol, rifle and shotgun at
    Gabala in Azerbaijan.
  • A total of 279 junior athletes,
    representing 27 countries, are battling it out in 18 events.
  • Subhankar Pramanick: He clinched
    gold medal in 50-metre rifle prone event. The Indian shot 205.5 overall to finish
    top of the podium. Czech Republic’s Filip Nepejchal (205.2) followed in second
    position, while Romania’s Dragomir Iordache (185.1) was placed third at the end
    of the finals.
  • Subhankar, along with team-mates
    Fateh Singh Dhillon and Ajaey Nithish, also helped the Indian team to win a
    silver in the event.
  • Sambhaji Patil: He won the junior
    men’s 25-metre standard pistol event by shooting 562 to easily beat Australians
    Sergei Evglevski and James Ashmore.

Awards & Honors:
Malayalam critic M Leelavathy chosen for N Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award
2016
  • Eminent Malayalam critic and
    academician M Leelavathy was on 17 September 2016 chosen for the prestigious N
    Mohanan Suvarna Mudra Award 2016, instituted in memory of well-known short
    story writer N Mohanan.
  • An expert panel comprising
    journalists M G Radhakrishnan and M Saritha Varma and Athmaraman, selected
    Leelavathy for the biennial award considering her contributions to Malayalam
    language and literature.

68th Primetime Emmy Awards announced

  • The 68th Annual Primetime Emmy
    Awards was announced on 18 September 2016 at the Microsoft Theater, Los
    Angeles, California, U.S.
  • The Game of Thrones won best
    drama series at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, while Veep took home the top
    comedy award.
  • The People v. O.J. Simpson:
    American Crime Story also earned several awards, while Julia Louis-Dreyfus won
    her fifth consecutive Emmy in the lead comedy actress category.

His Bloody Project authored by Graeme Macrae Burnet shortlisted for Man
Booker prize

  • Novel titled His Bloody Project
    by Graeme Macrae Burnet was in news in September 2016. It came in news after
    being shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker prize.
  • His Bloody Project, a crime
    thriller, narrates a story in which a triple murder in a remote community in
    the Scottish Highlands leads to arrest of a young man, Roderick Macrae. It
    talks about a memoir by the accused that makes it clear that he is guilty;
    however, the country’s finest legal and psychiatric minds fails to uncover what
    drove him to commit such merciless acts of violence.
  • It is one of the six books that
    were shortlisted for the £50,000 award that will be announced on 25 October at
    Guildhall. 

The other five books are

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  • Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • All That Man Is by David Szalay
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by
    Madeleine Thien

Indian-American Dinesh Bharadia wins 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran
Young Scholar Award

  • India-born researcher Dinesh
    Bharadia on 14 September 2016 was chosen for the prestigious Marconi Society
    Paul Baran Young Scholar Award.
  • Bharadia was chosen for his
    contribution to send and receive radio (wireless) signals, including mobile
    telephony and data on the same channel. His research disproved a 150-years long
    assumption that it is not possible for a radio to receive and transmit on the
    same frequency band because of the interference that results.
  • Bharadia will receive the award
    at a ceremony in Mountain View, California, on 2 November 2016.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award
  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel
    conferred Arjuna Awards on cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at a
    function in New Delhi. Sharma was given the award for 2015 and Rahane for 2016.
  • Earlier, the two cricketers could
    not receive the awards from the President Pranab Mukherjee as they were
    participating in international tournaments.
  • The Arjuna Awards, instituted in
    1961, are given to sportspersons for consistently outstanding performance for
    four years preceding the year of award and who have also shown qualities of
    leadership, sportsmanship and a sense of discipline. The awardees are given a
    statuette, a certificate, ceremonial dress and award money of 5 lakh rupees.

Days:
International Day for
the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2016 observed across the world

  • The 2016 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
    Layer was observed across the world on 16 September 2016. The theme for the
    year 2016 is Ozone and climate: Restored by a world united.
  • The theme for the 2016 International Ozone Day recognizes
    the collective efforts of the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal
    Protocol towards the restoration of the ozone layer over the past three decades
    and the global commitment to combat climate change.
  • The UN General Assembly in 1994 proclaimed 16 September as
    the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer to commemorate
    the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the
    Ozone Layer in 1987.

Obituaries:

Pulitzer-winning US
playwright Edward Albee passes away
  • Pulitzer-winning US playwright Edward Albee passed away on
    16 September 2016 following a brief illness in Montauk, New York. He was 88.
  • He authored many of the masterpieces such as Who’s Afraid of
    Virginia Woolf?

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