Current Affairs - UPSC

Sep 10, 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS 10-9-18

Gadkari, Adityanath to lay foundation stone of Delhi-Saharanpur Highway in Baghpat
  • Road, Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath will lay the foundation stone of  Delhi-Saharanpur Highway in Baghpat  
India, Bangladesh jointly inaugurate three projects
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, and Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Tripura today jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh via video conferencing.
  • These include 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, Akhaura - Agartala Rail Link and Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways.
India joins elite group of countries capable of Air-to-Air fuel transfer
  • The first ever mid-air refuelling of the indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas was successfully carried out today, placing India in an elite group of countries having air-to-air refuelling capacity for military planes. 
African countries will continue to be the highest priority for India: EAM Sushma Swaraj
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said African countries will continue to be the highest priority for India.
  • Mrs Swaraj witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Ministry and Telecommunications Consultants India Limited, (TCIL) on the implementation of e-Vidya Bharati and e-Aarogya Bharati--Network Project in New Delhi today.
I&B minister flags off 9 DSNG vans for Doordarshan
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today flagged off nine DSNG vans of Doordarshan in New Delhi.
Peru celebrates return of stolen gold funeral mask found in Germany
  • Peru is celebrating the return of an ancient funeral mask made of gold following a two-decade legal battle to repatriate the smuggled antiquity from Germany.
World must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent runaway climate change: UN chief Guterres
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the world is facing "a direct existential threat" and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent "runaway climate change." 
Al Zeyoudi to head UAE delegation to upcoming Global Climate Action Summit in California
  • A high-level UAE delegation, headed by Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, will take part in the upcoming Global Summit on Climate Action, to be held in San Francisco, California, from September12to14,2018.
Nepal: Om Prakash Mishra sworn-in as Chief Justice of Supreme Court
  • Justice Om Prakash Mishra has been sworn in as new Chief Justice of Nepal. 
  • The President Vidya Devi Bhandari administered oath of office and secrecy to Justice Mishra in Kathmandu this evening.
  •  Earlier in the day, Parliamentary Hearing Committee (PHC) unanimously endorsed his name for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. 
 Florence expected to become a major hurricane as it heads to US
  • In the US, Hurricane Florence is expected to become a dangerous 'major hurricane" later today as it heads toward the US East Coast, the National Hurricane Center said.
 
Sep 09, 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Sep 09, 2018

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Treatment of child cancer to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana
  • The government has said that treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • The scheme will provide health insurance cover of five lakh rupees to poor families
  • 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will be opened in the country by 2022 under Ayushman Bharat.
  • These centres will provide comprehensive healthcare against diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. 

President Kovind returns home after concluding his tour of Cyprus, Bulgaria and Czech Republic

  • Indian President Ram Nath Kovind paid floral tributes on the bust of Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore at the park situated on Thakurova street of Prague. 
  • The street is named 'Thakurova' to honour and commemorate Rabindra Nath Tagore who had a close association with the Czech Republic.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind's visit to three Central European countries has further strengthened India's long historical and political ties with Cyprus, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. 
  • A total of 12 MoUs and agreements were signed during the three nation visit of the President covering political, people to people relations, financial services, related aspects of the relations with these countries.
  • During the visit President Kovind made a strong pitch for Indo-Czech cooperation in the fields of high technology and defence sector. 

India believes in universal tolerance and accepts all religions as true says Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

  • Mr Naidu was addressing the concluding session of the second World Hindu Congress in Chicago last night. 
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that India believes in universal tolerance and accepts all religions as true.
  • He said tolerance, acceptance of plurality, unity in diversity, and ability to adapt and absorb are some of the key aspects of Hinduism.

US congratulates new Pakistan President Arif Alvi

  • The US has congratulated new Pakistan President Arif Alvi and said it was looking towards working with him to advance their shared interests such as regional peace, stability and prosperity.
  • Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed desire to further enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

Trump salutes Kim for North Korean parade without nuclear missiles

  • US President Donald Trump saluted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday for holding a massive military parade "without the customary display of nuclear missiles" to celebrate his country's 70th anniversary. 
Journalist Inderjit Badhwar to represent India as special moderator in Prague writers festival
  • Noted Veteran journalist and author Inderjit Badhwar will represent India as special moderator in the Prague Writers Festival which will start from October 3. 

General Purna Chandra Thapa becomes new Chief of Army Staff of Nepal

  • General Purna Chandra Thapa has become the new Chief of Army Staff of Nepal.
  • President Vidya Devi Bhandari conferred insignia and administered oath of office and secrecy to Gen.Thapa in Kathmandu. 

Pakistan-China pledge to complete multi-billion dollars CPEC

  • Pakistan and China today pledged to complete the multi-billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Prime Minister Imran Khan and expressed desire to further enhance the bilateral strategic partnership.

Trump salutes Kim for North Korean parade without nuclear missiles

  • US President Donald Trump saluted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday for holding a massive military parade "without the customary display of nuclear missiles" to celebrate his country's 70th anniversary.  
 
Two Day Regional Conference on Good Governance with Focus on Aspirational Districts begins in Bhopal  
  • Union Ministry of Personnel and Public Grievances is organizing a two-day regional conference on 'Good Governance with Focus on Aspirational Districts' at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.