Daily Current Affairs – September 18 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – September 18 2018

NATIONAL

Kerala

State’s first Ability Cafe opens in Kozhikode

  • The first Ability Cafe in the State, aimed at providing vocational rehabilitation to the mentally challenged, opened on the Collectorate premises in Kozhikode.

New Delhi

ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre

  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre will be established in New Delhi.

Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams and Bio-toilets inaugurated

  • Union Science & Technology minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project & two bio toilets installed at Sun Dial Park in New Delhi.

Maharashtra

Maharashtra to set up cyber varsity

  • The Maharashtra Government has taken the first step towards setting up a Cyber University dedicated to mitigating cyber threats.

Tripura

Space technology incubation centre in Tripura

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a space technology incubation centre in Tripura capital Agartala.

INTERNATIONAL

Bangladesh Cabinet clears deal with India for port usage

  • Bangladesh’s Cabinet has approved a draft agreement with India to enable New Delhi to use the Chittagong and Mongla ports for the movement of goods to and from northeast India.

SCIENCE

IIT-incubated startup to roll out cheaper lithium batteries

  • A startup incubated at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has developed lithium batteries with wide applications in fields of agriculture and aerospace.

Medical Cyclotron Facility Cyclone-30 Became Operational

  • Cyclotrons are used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care. Cyclone-30, the biggest cyclotron in India for medical application became operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Sebi approves new KYC norms for FPIs

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved new KYC norms for foreign portfolio investors.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

National Convention of National Association of Street Vendors of India, NASVI

  • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated a two-day National Convention of National Association of Street Vendors of India, NASVI, in New Delhi.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Sanjay Agarwal – New Secretary, Agriculture
  • Pritam Singh – Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC)

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

India, Bangladesh agreement for the pipeline construction

  • India and Bangladesh had entered into an agreement for the pipeline construction 130-kilometre pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.

DAC Approves Procurement of Equipment Worth Rs 9,100 Crores

  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crores.

India signs Financing Loan Agreement with the World Bank

  • A Loan Agreement for IBRD Credit of US$74 million equivalent for the Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP) was signed with the World Bank.

DEFENCE

Russia’s military jet lost over the Mediterranean sea coast

  • Russia’s military aircraft Il-20 with 14 people on board has disappeared over Syria’s Mediterranean Sea coast.

Japan conducts submarine drill

  • Japan has carried out its first submarine drill in the disputed South China Sea in the region to improve strategic techniques.

23rd edition of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS)

  • Indian Chief of the Naval Staff visiting Rhode Island, USA on a bilateral visit attending the 23rd edition of the International Seapower Symposium (ISS) organised by the US Navy.

AWARDS

  • Dalai Lama – Gandhi Global Foundation’s Gandhidarsan International Award [Kerala]
  • Arun Jaitley – Gandhidarsan National Award
  • Pinarayi Vijayan – Best Chief Minister Award
  • A. Yusuf Ali, B.R. Shetty, and B. Govindan – Business awards
  • Joseph Pulikunnel – Award for philanthropy to be given posthumously

Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 – 18

  • The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar conferred the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017 – 18 at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.

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  • E-governance award by the Karnataka government – For e-auction of cocoons in Karnataka.

APP & WEBPORTAL

‘e-Sahaj’ portal

  • The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance.

Logo and web portal launched for Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched the logo and the web portal for the commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS)

  • Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Minister of State for Electronics and IT launches C-DAC Information Media Server (CIMS) for enhancing Good Governance.

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