Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - September 5, 2017

Current Affairs

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SC stays insolvency proceedings against Jaypee Infratech

The Supreme Court has stayed the insolvency proceedings against real estate firm Jaypee Infratech at the National Company Law Tribunal, NCLT and sought the firm's response on a plea seeking protection of the interests of hassled home buyers who have neither got homes, nor their money back. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, passed a stay order on the proceedings at NCLT, Allahabad. The bench also asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to assist it in deciding a batch of petitions opposing the insolvency proceedings and seeking protection of the home buyers' interests.

SC to consider 5-judge bench to hear plea seeking ban on charged politicians

The Supreme Court has said it would consider setting up a five-judge constitution bench to hear a plea seeking to bar those politicians against whom charges have been framed in against a serious offence, from contesting elections. The petition, which was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, has raised a question whether a person against whom charges have been framed be permitted to contest polls. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said that they will consider the plea seeking early adjudication by a five-judge constitution bench. At present, a person, convicted in a serious criminal case, is barred from contesting polls and a lawmaker stands disqualified in the event of conviction.

Centre announces formation of inter-ministerial task force for speedy implementation of Namami Gange mission  

Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who assumed additional charge of Water Resources on 4th Sept, has announced the formation of an inter-ministerial task force to expedite implementation of the Centre’s Namami Gange mission. The task force is expected to have ministers and officials from water resources, urban development, drinking water and sanitation and rural development among others on board. Speaking to media after taking the charge, Mr Gadkari said, the ministry will come out with a detailed schedule on achieving various targets under the mission in a time-bound and transparent manner in a week.

Teacher's Day celebrated on the 5th Sept; VP to confer National awards to Teachers on Teacher's Day

5th September is Teacher's Day. The day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of academician, statesman and philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was the second President and first Vice President of India. President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted teachers on the occasion of Teacher's Day. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said, India has a warm tradition of the "Guru Shishya param para" by which teachers impart their knowledge to students and empower them. He said, it is the moral responsibility of all to pay respect and regard to teachers, as they are role models who guide children to become good and productive human beings. Mr Kovind said, teachers also develop the creativity of children and kindle a desire in them to be innovative.

Top Babus were given secure mobile phones

The government has given nearly 500 customised Google Pixel phones with Reliance Jio SIM cards to senior bureaucrats for “secure communication,” The phones, which run on Android OS, have a pre-stored directory that contains the number of all officials above the rank of joint secretary. The phones were distributed two months ago.

North Korean leader is begging for war, Nikki Haley tells UNSC 

UN Security Council, UNSC, members called for further sanctions against North Korea after a powerful nuclear test explosion. The emergency session of the UNSC on the 4th Sept comes six days after the Council strongly condemned Pyongyang's 'outrageous' launch of a ballistic missile over Japan. The meeting was requested by the United States, Japan, France, Britain and South Korea. Speaking during the discussion, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said North Korea's relentless actions show that its leader, Kim Jong Un, is 'begging for war,' and the time has come for the council to adopt the strongest diplomatic measures.

South Korean navy holds major live-fire drills in warning to North

South Korea's navy held major live-fire drills on 4th Sept 2017 to warn the North against any provocations at sea, it said, two days after Pyongyang's biggest nuclear test to date. The drills, conducted in the East Sea of Japan, involved the 2,500-tonne frigate Gangwon, a 1,000-tonne patrol ship and 400-tonne guided-missile vessels, among others. The Navy said in a statement, if the enemy launches a provocation above water or under water, they will immediately hit back to bury them at sea. North Korea on Sunday triggered the global alarm with by far its most powerful atomic test to date, claiming it was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted on a long-range missile.

BRICS summit strongly deplores terrorism in all its forms and manifestations

Xiamen BRICS summit has strongly deplored terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries. In its declaration, BRICS has condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terrorism. BRICS expressed concern on the security situation and violence caused by the Taliban, ISIS, Al-Qaida and its affiliates the Haqqani network, Pakistan based terrorist organisations Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and TTP. During the restricted session of the summit, Prime Minister raised the issues of international terrorism, money laundering, ban on terror groups active in different parts of globe and restructuring of International Organisations.

BRICS Summit adopts documents on cooperation in areas of Economy and Trade, Innovation and Customs

BRICS leaders have signed four documents during the summit on Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation, Innovation, Customs Cooperation and MOU with Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation. The documents signed by the BRICS leaders are aimed at improving and broadening cooperation mechanism and promoting industrial and technical upgradation to enhance economic complementaries. BRICS action plan for innovation cooperation intends to facilitate innovation driven development for sustainable development. Strategic framework of BRICS custom cooperation is meant for mutual sharing of information recombination of customs control and mutual assistance in enforcement as guiding principles.

Xi slams unwillingness to combat climate change

China’s President has warned that the world economy faces growing risks and uncertainties from countries turning inward on trade and resisting combating climate change. Mr. Xi Jinping didn’t refer to the United States, although President Donald Trump has said trade pacts are a threat to American jobs and has decided to pull the U.S. out of the Paris agreement on climate change. Mr. Xi spoke on 3rd Sept 2017 as he opened a dialogue among members of the BRICS group of large emerging economies and leaders of five other developing countries.

ONGC to raise ₹ 25,000 cr. to buy Centre’s stake in HPCL

Cash-rich Oil and Natural Gas Corp. (ONGC) will raise its first debt ever, of 25,000 crore, to part fund the 37,000 crore acquisition of governments stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd. (HPCL). Indias largest oil and gas producer has about 13,000 crores in cash and will need to borrow the rest to fund the buying of government’s 51.11% stake in HPCL. ONGC has sought shareholder approval for “borrowing/ raising funds in Indian rupee and/or foreign currency by an issue of debt instruments (including bonds, non-convertible debentures and notes) in domestic and/or overseas market” of 25,000 crores. The borrowings would be for acquisition of projects/equity shares and/or going concerns, meeting capital expenditure, working capital requirements and general corporate purposes during the period commencing from the date of passing of special resolution till completion of twelve months thereof or the date of the next annual general meeting in the financial year 2018-19, whichever is earlier,” the company said in a shareholder resolution.

American woman astronaut sets new record in space endurance

Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth late 2nd Sept 2017, wrapping up a record breaking flight that catapulted her to the first place for U.S. space endurance. Whitson’s 665 days off the planet, 288 days on this mission alone, exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide. She checked out of the International Space Station just hours earlier, along with another American and a Russian. Their Soyuz capsule landed in Kazakhstan shortly after the sunrise on 3rd Sept, 2nd Sept night back in the U.S. Besides duration. Whitson set multiple other records while in orbit — world’s oldest spacewoman, at age 57, and most experienced female spacewalker, with 10.

TRAPPIST-1 planets likely to have water

The Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultra cool TRAPPIST-1 dwarf star 40 light-years away may have substantial amounts of water and could be habitable, scientists say. An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate whether there might be water on the seven planets orbiting in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 planetary. The results suggest that the outer planets of the system might still harbour substantial amounts of water. This includes the three planets within the habitable zone of the star, lending further weight to the possibility that they may indeed be habitable. In February this year, astronomers had announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultra cool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, 40 light-years away.

New camera that sees through human body

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a new camera that can see through the human body and track the medical tools known as endoscopes that are used to investigate a range of internal conditions. The device, developed by researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University in the U.K., is able to detect sources of light inside the body, such as the illuminated tip of the endoscope’s long flexible tube. Until now, it has not been possible to track where an endoscope is located in the body in order to guide it to the right place without using X-rays or other expensive methods, researchers said. Light from the endoscope can pass through the body, but it usually scatters or bounces off tissues and organs rather than travelling straight through.

Star India bags IPL Media rights for Rs 16,347.50 cr for next 5 years

Star India has won the coveted Indian Premier League, IPL, media rights for a whopping 16,347.50 crore rupees for the next five years. The staggering deal, which will run from 2018 to 2022, has turned out to be a financial windfall for the BCCI despite the administrative crisis it is facing at the moment. The testimony to IPL's growth as the premier sporting property of the country is reflected by the fact that the previous 10-year bid for TV rights only was bought by Sony at 8200 crore rupees in 2008. Now, the BCCI stands to earn nearly double that amount in half the duration of five years, with earnings of 3270 crore rupees from IPL media rights per year. The BCCI will now earn 55 crore rupees approximately from an IPL match compared to 43 crore rupees, ironically, for each international match that India play. The media rights include broadcast (TV) and digital (mobile and internet) for various segments namely India, Middle East, Africa, Europe and America.

Ormila Devi bags gold at Commonwealth Youth Weightlifting Championship

India's Konsam Ormila Devi bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category on the opening day of the Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championship, held at Gold Coast, Australia. Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of the podium. With this effort, Ormila has registered her best lift so far.
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