Daily Current Affairs – September 29 2018

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Daily Current Affairs – September 29 2018

NATIONAL

Assam

Methanol to be introduced as a cooking fuel

  • Public sector Assam Petrochemicals Limited is set to introduce (first in India) – methanol as cleaner, cheaper alternative to liquefied petroleum gas. It will be launched on October 5.

New Delhi

Inauguration of Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention in New Delhi.

Madhya Pradesh

1st corn festival of country

  • In Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country is being held in Chhindwara and is one of a kind international event.

INTERNATIONAL

Typhoon Trami hit Japan’s southern island of Okinawa

  • Typhoon Trami hit Japan’s southern island of Okinawa with a maximum speed of 216 kilometres per hour.

Syria says vital border crossing with Jordan

  • A vital border crossing between Syria and Jordan reopened for the first time in years adding that the flow of trucks and transit across the border has begun.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Government cuts gross borrowing estimate

  • Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg has announced a reduction in gross borrowing estimate for the current fiscal by 70,000 crore rupees and maintained that the government will contain fiscal deficit target at 3.3 %.

RANKINGS & INDEXES

20th livestock Census

  • 20th livestock Census to be conducted from 1st October in all districts of the country. All States and Union Territories to participate.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

National Level Workshop on Nutri-cereals (Millet)

  • Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the National Level Workshop on Nutri-cereals (Millet). Twenty Embryo Transfer Technology Centres are being established in the country and a proposal of 19 centres has been approved.

APPOINTMENTS

  • Ravi, Vijay Kumar Chopra – Chairman and Vice Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI).
  • Rajni Kant Mishra – Director-General of Border Security Force (BSF)

SCHEMES

Wage Compensation scheme

  • Assam government will launch Wage Compensation scheme for Pregnant Women in tea gardens of the state which will provide better health and nutrition supplements to the pregnant women.

“Rail Heritage Digitisation Project”

  • Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal has launched “Rail Heritage Digitisation Project” of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture to showcase country’s Rail Heritage to National and International audience in an online story-telling platform.

MOU, AGREEMENTS & CABINET APPROVALS

MoU between Punjab& Himachal Pradesh

  • Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a ropeway in Public Private Partnership mode between Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi.

NITI Aayog and Oracle sign a Statement of Intent

  • In order to fight the growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India, NITI Aayog and Oracle signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to pilot a real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software. Apollo Hospitals and Strides Pharma Sciences will partner in this effort.

MoHUA partners with Google

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U), has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps.

India and Japan sign loan agreement

  • India and Japan sign Loan Agreement for Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project (I) and Kolkata East West Metro Project (III) with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

DEFENCE

India to gift Mig-21 fighter jets to Russia

  • A highlight on the sidelines of the upcoming India-Russia bilateral summit is likely to be the gifting of three Mig-21 fighter jets to Russia.

APP & WEBPORTAL

Amazon Alexa smart speakers

  • Alexa is a voice-enabled platform led by artificial intelligence. Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore launched All India Radio’s streaming Services on Amazon’s Alexa Smart Speakers in New Delhi.

SPORTS

India lift Asia Cup

  • India has lifted the Asia Cup for a record-extending seventh time. India defeated Bangladesh by 3 wickets in the finals.

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