Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - September 19, 2017

Current Affairs

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President's Medal for Former DIG D Roopa   

The former DIG of Prisons in Karnataka D. Roopa has been awarded the President’s Medal for Meritorious Service. Ms. Roopa shot into prominence when she alleged that preferential treatment was being given to the jailed AIADMK leader Sashikala, in the Bangalore Central Jail. She was later transferred to another position.

New Appointments Made

Senior IPS officer Y.C Modi has been named the chief of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved Mr. Modi’s appointment as Director General of the NIA. He will take over from Sharad Kumar after he completes his tenure on October 30. Another senior IPS officer, Rajni Kant Misra, has been appointed Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).  Mr. Misra is at present the Additional Director General of the Border Security Force (BSF).
Odisha sets up the first Odiya language University 
The Odisha Govt has passed a bill which enables it to set up the first Odiya Language University in the state. The University will award degrees in literature, epigraphy and linguistics. Odisha becomes the fourth state in the country to set up a University for its language. The first three are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The University will be based in Bhubaneshwar.

69th Annual Emmy Awards Presented

The 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, U.S. The Handmaid's Tale became the first web television series to win the award for the Outstanding Drama Series. West world and Saturday Night Live were the most nominated programs, each with 22 nominations. Stephen Colbert was the Host of 69th Emmy Awards.

INS Garihal carries relief material for Rohingya refugees under “Insaniyat” programme

A ship of the Indian Navy INS Garihal has carried relief materials for the Rohingya refugees under the Insaniyat programme. This will help Bangladesh in relief operations. The ship will carry around 86 thousand family packs as part of relief work, to be distributed amongst the refugees.

Russia, Iraq resume air travel after 13 years  

After a long hiatus of 13 years, air traffic has resumed between Russia and Iraq. The first scheduled commercial aircraft took off on the 17th Sept 2017. While the initial traffic is between Baghdad and Moscow, very soon it will be extended to the Iraqi city of Basra as well. Russia had suspended flights to Iraq in 2004.

Japan releases postage stamps in honour of Indian Yoga experts       
In a rare gesture, the Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts. This was announced on 17th Sept 2017. The stamps were released in honour of Indian Yoga experts Bishnu Charan Ghosh, Karuna Ghosh and Ashutosh Ghosh. This is the first time that Japan has released postal stamps on Yoga experts.

Airtel Payments Bank becomes first Payment Bank in the country to integrate UPI on digital platform       

Airtel Payments Bank integrated the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform, allowing customer choice and convenience to facilitate secure digital payments. Airtel Payments Bank has become the first payments bank in India to integrate the UPI on its digital platform. In January 2017, Bharti Airtel launched Payments Bank in India to enable transactions on digital platforms. The initiative will allow bank customers to link their bank accounts to Bhim app and make UPI payments.

Google Tez Payment App launched in India

Google Tez has become the latest UPI-based payments app in the country. The new Google Tez app can be used to pay for movie tickets, utility bills, and make other transactions online.

Sanjay Rajagopalan quits Infosys 
Infosys Senior Vice President Sanjay Rajagopalan has resigned from his post. The decision has come a month after Vishal Sikka stepped down as the company's MD and CEO. He was employed with Infosys from August 2014 to September 2017.

Father of Indian nephrology Dr. K.S.Chugh dies of cancer

The well-known nephrologist widely considered as the Father of Indian nephrology, Dr. K.S. Chugh died of cancer on 17th Sept 2017. He was 85. Dr. Chugh had published 413 papers including 38 chapters in national and international magazines and research publications. He was honoured with the Padma Sri.

Louis Hamilton wins Singapore Open Grand Prix   

British racing great Louis Hamilton won the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix car racing tournament on 17th Sept 2017. He was, as usual, representing Mercedez. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo came 2nd and Mercedez’s Valtteri Botas finished third in the race.
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