Daily GK Update & Current Affairs: 19th September 2017
1. 2nd International Yoga Festival starts in Kashmir:
- Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra has inaugurated the second International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in Kashmir.
- Around 300 participants from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal are participating in the festival.
- The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre.
- The first International Yoga Festival was held in Uttarakhand.
2. Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in October:
- India’s ambitious Zero Hunger Programme through interventions in farm sector will be launched on occasion of World Food Day (October 16) with focus on agriculture, nutrition and health in a symbiotic manner.
- The Programme will be initiated by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in association with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), MS Swaminathan Research Foundation and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).
- The programme consists of organisations of farming system for nutrition, setting up genetic gardens for biofortified plants and initiation of ‘Zero Hunger’ training.
3. 13th Inter-Governmental Commission Meeting in Kazakhstan:
- Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan is in Astana, Kazakhstan to co-chair the 13th Meeting of Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) with Kazakhstan.
- Mr. Kanat Bozumbayev, Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan will co-chair the meeting from Kazakhstan side.
- The IGC meeting aims to follow up on the agenda set between India and Kazakhstan during the two visits of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to Kazakhstan.
4. Rajnath Singh Launches Intelligence Wing of SSB and WARB App:
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched first Intelligence Wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Welfare & Rehabilitation Board (WARB) App in New Delhi authorized to Protect the shared borders of India with Nepal and Bhutan.
- The intelligence wing will gather actionable information in a bid to enhance operational efficiency.
- WARB app comprises features to facilitate retired CAPFs and Assam Rifles personnel to get their grievances redressed, seek skill development and other relevant and important information.
- Rajni Kant Misra is the new Director General of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
5. First ever National Conference on ‘Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition’ held in New Delhi:
- The Ministry of Women and Child Development holds the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
- This conference is being organized keeping in mind the goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
- The National Conference, first of its kind, aims at bringing convergence at District/Block levels of the three key Departments (Health & Family Welfare, ICDS/Social Welfare and Drinking Water and Sanitation).
6. Jharkhand Government launches Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana:
- Jharkhand Government has launched Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana which aimed at developing villages of freedom fighters in the state. It was launched from Ulihatu Village, birth place of freedom fighter Birsa Munda.
- Under this scheme, villages of many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitants will be provided basic amenities.
- These villages had remained inaccessible for long time after Independence because of Left-wing extremism. Now they will be provided with 136 pucca houses.
7. Tripura, First State to Set Up Family Welfare Committees:
- Tripura has become the first state in the country to set up family welfare district committees to examine the complaints of women against their husbands and in-laws and find an amicable solution.
- Tripura High Court is the first high court among 24 high courts of the country that has constituted the family welfare district committees. The new system would be valid for the next six months and after that National Legal Services Authority (NLSA) would submit a report of its performance to the apex court, on the basis of which a new course of action would be decided.
8. Assam assembly adopts two child norm policy:
- According to the Assam’s health and family welfare minister, the service rules of the state government will be changed to give effect to two child norms for the state government employees.
- The policy seeks to bar those having more than two children from being elected or nominated to panchayat and other local bodies’ elections or government jobs.
The policy stated government will consider bringing legislation to increase the reservation of women in eligible jobs up to 50 percent.
9. Union Govt. decides to form an inter-ministerial committee for safety measures in schools:
- The union govt. has decided to form an inter-ministerial committee to monitor implementation of safety measures in its schools across the country.
- A committee of six secretaries will be constituted to monitor the implementation and progress of the guidelines.
- It will conduct a series of meetings to develop a roadmap as well as a timeline for implementation of the measures recommended.
10. Iceland Prime Minister ‘Bjarni Benediktsson’ resigns:
- Prime Minister of Iceland ‘Bjarni Benediktsson’ has given his resignation to the President ‘Gudni Th. Johannesson’.
- Earlier, Mr. Benediktsson took his office in January 2017, uniting his Independence Party, the Reform Party, and the centrists.
11. Ola Ties Up With Karnataka Tourism Dept:
- In line with United Nations’ theme for this year’s World Tourism Day, cab aggregator Ola kicked off a tourism campaign in the state.
- The campaign is being carried out in association with Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation to promote and raise awareness about responsible tourism named “GhoomoResponsibly”.
12. SEBI Allows Realty, Infra Trusts to Issue Bonds:
- The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) allowed Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to raise capital by issuing debt securities.
- The move will help attract investors to the capital-starved property sector. In addition to allowing bond issuances, SEBI also introduced the concept of strategic investor for REITs, similar to InvITs.
13. India’s Purnima wins pentathlon gold at Asian indoor meet:
- Indian athlete ‘Purnima Hembram’ (24-year) bagged Gold in women’s pentathlon event at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan.
- Hembram broke the Indian record by scoring 4,062 points and won the event by more than 100 points.
- India also got two silvers, through Sanjivani Jadhav in women’s 3000m (9:26.34s) and Tejinder Singh Toor in men’s shot put (19.26m), and a bronze V. Neena in women’s long jump (6.04m).
14. Cyclist ‘Mark Beaumont’ breaks around the world record:
- Mark Beaumont has broken the world record for cycling around the world – by 44 days. The 34-year-old, from Perthshire, arrived in Paris one day ahead of schedule having cycled the 18,000-mile route in 79 days.
- He set a new world record of 194 days in 2008. Since then it has been broken by other riders, with the previous record set at 123 days. He was on his bike for more than 16 hours a day and only slept for five hours each night.
- During the trip, Mark was also awarded the Guinness World Records title for the most miles cycled in a month, from Paris to Perth in Australia, verified at 7,031 miles (11,315km).
15. Biopic to be made on India women’s cricketer Jhulan Goswami:
- Indian women’s team cricketer Jhulan Goswami, who is the highest wicket-taker in women’s ODI cricket, is set to be the subject of a biopic.
- The biopic, which has been tentatively named ‘Chakdaha Express’, will trace Jhulan’s journey from her hometown in Nadia district of West Bengal to Lord’s, where India lost to England in the women’s World Cup final.