Daily Current Affairs - 08th Sep 2017

Ahmedabad to host 8th edition of Pharmac India

  • Aimed at providing hand-holding opportunity to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the backdrop of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the 8th edition of Pharmac announced.
  • The expo to be held between November 7-9 in Ahmedabad, will chart a new path for the pharma industry at a time when three dedicated clusters for Pharmaceutical Formulation.
  • International delegations from countries like South-East Asian Countries, African countries, Middle-East countries will participate at the expo

Amazon India opens largest fulfilment centre, in Hyderabad

  • American e-commerce company Amazon opened its largest fulfilment centre (FC) in the country at the GMR-led Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad.
  • This is Amazon's fifth fulfilment centre in Telangana, thereby increasing the firm's overall storage capacity to 3.3 million square feet in the state. The retail major plans to facilitate faster deliveries in the region.
  • It had recently opened an FC in Haryana with a 1.3 million cubic feet of storage capacity.

Gold for Varun, Rahul

  • R. Varun of India won the gold medal in the 77kg category for youth in the Commonwealth youth and junior weightlifting championship in Gold Coast (Australia)
  • R.V. Rahul also won gold in the 85 kg category. With this Rahul gets qualified for the next edition of Commonwealth Games.

Gujarat government announces a cash reward of 1 lakh Rupees on Blue Whale game curators

  • The Gujarat government has announced a cash reward of 1 lakh Rupees to those providing information about the administrators and curators of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge.
  • After banning the challenge, which incites people to commit suicide, the state home department came out with an advisory and directed the police department and district administrations to prohibit people from undertaking the challenge.

Health Ministry launches two new contraceptives

  • The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new contraceptives, an injectable contraceptive MPA under the ‘Antara’ programme and a contraceptive pill, ‘Chhaya’, in the public health system to expand the basket of contraceptive choices to meet the emerging needs of couples.
  • The contraceptives, which are available for free in Medical Colleges and District Hospitals at present.
  • The contraceptives are safe and highly effective, the ‘Antara’ injectable being effective for three months and the ‘Chayya’ pill for one week, and will help meet the changing needs of couples and help women plan and space their pregnancies.

India and US to conduct joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhaya’s ­- 2017

  • As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training, Exercise Yudh Abhyas - 2017 is being conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, USA from 14 to 27 September 17.
  • Exercise Yudh Abhyas is one of the largest joint running military training and defence corporation endeavors between India and USA.
  • This will be the 13th edition of the joint exercise hosted alternately between the two countries.

India Refuses To Sign Global Declaration Against Myanmar On Rohingyas

  • India has refused to be a part of Bali Declaration adopted at conclusion of the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held at Nusa Dua in Indonesia to show of solidarity with Myanmar. It was not adopted because it carried “inappropriate” reference to violence in Rakhine State from where 1,25,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and was not in line with agreed global principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

International Literacy Day – 2017

  • The 51st International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September, 2017 in New Delhi and the theme announced by UNESCO is `Literacy in a digital world’.
  • The International Literacy Day is celebrated on 8th September every year throughout the world.
  • On this day, in the year 1965 the World Congress of Ministers of Education met in Tehran for the first time to discuss the programme of education at the international level.
  • The UNESCO in 1966, declared 8th September as the International Literacy Day
  • The National Literacy Mission Authority started celebrating International Literacy Day every year from 1988 onwards.

Junior squash : Ashita, Arman claim titles

  • Ashita Pranaya Bhengra of India and top seed Arman Jindal of USA recorded contrasting wins to clinch the girls’ and boys’ under-19 titles respectively at the 9th Indian junior open squash tournament

Lakshadweep island Parali I has vanished

  • One of the uninhabited islands that is a part of Lakshadweep has vanished due to coastal erosion and another four such territories in the sea are shrinking fast, claims a new study.
  • Parali I island, part of Bangaram atoll, which had an area of 0.032 sq.km in 1968 has been completely eroded, resulting in its inundation.
  • It has been noticed that all the five islets of Bangaram atoll had undergone coastal erosion.

MoU signed at neurology meet

  • The Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) and the Association of Indian Neurologists of America (AINA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration between the two organisations.
  • The MoU was signed at IANCON 2017, the 25th annual conference of the IAN being held in Chennai.
  • The MoU, would facilitate the education of four young Indian neurologists in the United States; joint educational conferences with the two organisations; exchange of visits of experts from both countries; and collaboration in research.

Must restore banks’ health in months, if not weeks: RBI

  • Reserve Bank of India’s deputy governor Viral Acharya said a feasible plan was quickly needed to address the massive recapitalisation requirements of public sector banks.
  • The central bank has been pushing to restore the health of these banks in order to facilitate loan offtake seen as essential in reviving economic growth.
  • In 2014, the government announced the Indradhanush plan — a blueprint to revive public sector banks, which included capital infusion in these banks over a four-year period.

National Canine Seminar

  • The first National Canine Seminar organized by National Security Guard (NSG), at NSG Campus, Manesar (Gurugram), Haryana.
  • The theme of the two days National Canine Seminar is ''Canine as Tactical Weapon in Fight against Terrorism'' with an objective to discuss and deliberate on the techniques of dog training and strategies of deploying the dogs in Counter Terrorism/Counter Insurgency scenario.

Port of Rotterdam explores mutual cooperation with Gujarat Maritime Board

  • Senior representative from the Netherlands along with senior officials of Port of Rotterdam (PoR) held meetings with the Gujarat government officials to explore mutual cooperation in the areas of knowledge sharing, port management and development.
  • An MoU was signed between the two agencies during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit for a strategic collaboration to develop Port and Maritime Sector of the State.
  • The MoU signed with Port of Rotterdam is with the objective of formulating a Maritime Perspective Plan for the Port and Maritime Sector of Gujarat.

Saurashtra CA to host West Zone T20 league

  • Saurashtra Cricket Association will host the West Zone Twenty20 league from January 21 to 29. 2018.
  • The decision was made during a meeting of the secretaries of all five west zone associations to finalise the zonal tournament calendar for the forthcoming season
  • The zonal Twenty20 tournament will provide an opportunity for the players to get into any of the Indian Premier League’s teams.

US banking regulators ordered Pakistan's Habib Bank to shutter its New York office 

  • US banking regulators ordered Pakistan's Habib Bank to shutter its New York office after nearly 40 years, for repeatedly failing to heed concerns over possible terrorist financing and money laundering.
  • New York banking officials have said that Habib Bank, Pakistan's largest private bank, facilitated billions of dollars of transactions with Saudi private bank, Al Rajhi Bank, which reportedly has links to Al Qaeda, and failed to do enough to ensure that the funds were not laundered or used for terrorism.

Viveck Goenka elected new PTI Chairman

  • Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group, and N. Ravi, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, were unanimously elected Chairman and Vice Chairman of Press Trust of India, the country’s largest news agency.
  • Mr. Goenka (60) succeeds Riyad Mathew, who is Senior Assistant Editor and a member of the Manorama management. Mr. Ravi (69) succeeds Mr. Goenka as Vice Chairman.
  • Mr. Goenka also served as Chairman of United News of India news agency, as a Council Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulation and was one of the youngest past Presidents of the Indian Newspaper Society.