Daily Current Affairs - 09th Sep 2017

21000 people disclose black money worth Rs 4900 crore under PMGKY

  • Black money worth 4,900 crore rupees was disclosed by 21 thousand people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) that closed on March 31 this year. The Income Tax Department has collected a tax of 2,451 crore rupees till now from these declarations.
  • The scheme was launched in December last year by the government to enable people with black money to come clean by paying tax and penalty of 50 per cent. The government termed the PMGKY as the one last window for black money holders to come clean by paying tax and penalty on their undisclosed illicit wealth.
  • The PMGKY was preceded by the Income Declaration Scheme between June 1, 2016-September 30, 2016, where 71,726 declarations disclosing undisclosed income of 67,382 crore rupees were made by black money holders.

Cadet World Wrestling Championship: Sonam Malik bags gold, Neelam wins bronze

  • Indian wrestler Sonam Malik bagged a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Athens, Greece while Neelam settled for a bronze. Competing in the 56kg category, the 15-year-old Sonam defeated Japanese Sena Nagamoto 3-1 in the final.
  • Neelam, competing in the 43kg category, defeated Roxana Alexandra of Romania 6-4 in the bronze medal bout.

Centre allows import of 3 lakh metric tonnes of raw sugar through southern ports at concessional duty of 25 %

  • The Union government allowed import of 3 lakh metric tonnes of raw sugar through southern ports of country at concessional duty of 25 per cent to augment domestic supplies ahead of the festive season. The import shall be open to millers and refiners who have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into refined.
  • The imports will be allowed through the ports Tuticorin, Karaikal, Chennai, Mangalore, Kakinada, Gangavaram and Vishakapatnam in the South. The scheme shall be operated by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade as per their rules and regulations.

Centre soon to bring in policy on electric vehicles: Gadkari

  • The Union government will soon bring in a policy on electric vehicles. For that a Cabinet note on electric vehicles is almost ready that will take care of charging stations. Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Mr Gadkari said he wants the pace of car sales in the country to slow down as growth in vehicle sales, particularly those running on diesel, is choking roads and causing increased pollution.
  • He said that petrol and diesel vehicles will need to make way for electric powertrains and engines running on other fuel variants such as ethanol and biofuels. The Union Government is going to take the makers of petrol/diesel engine vehicles to task.
  • He also asked vehicles manufacturers to bring solutions through diversification of public transport.

Hurricane Irma kills 14 in Caribbean, heads for Florida

  • Hurricane Irma barreled towards vulnerable Haiti after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century took aim at Florida.
  • With winds of around 290 km per hour, the storm has smashed through several small islands in the northeast Caribbean in recent days, including Barbuda, Saint Martin, and the British and US Virgin Islands, ripping down trees and flattening homes and hospitals.
  • Hurricane Irma is an extremely powerful tropical cyclone affecting the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, and threatening Cuba and the SoutheasternUnitedstates.

ICAR to undertake major research works on agriculture with World Bank fund

  • The Indian Council for Agricultural Research ICAR will be undertaking major research works on agriculture this year with the World Bank fund of 1100 crore rupees. As these funds will be allocated to ten each of the premier agricultural and veterinary universities in the country.
  • India ranks first in milk production in the world, the milk yield per animal is very low as compared to international standards.

India on top, Australia slip in latest ICC Test rankings

  • India continues to be at the top in the latest ICC Test rankings released in Dubai. India, who white-washed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the recent away Test series, have 125 points. South Africa are placed second at 110 points while England are third with 105 points.
  • Australia are now 5th position with 97 points, the same as New Zealand, but are behind on decimal points.

Indian weightlifters Sathish Kumar, R V Rahul qualify for 2018 Commonwealth Games

  • India's Sivalingam Sathish Kumar and Ragala Venkat Rahul have qualified for next year's Commonwealth Games after winning a gold medal each in their respective weight divisions at the Commonwealth Senior (men & women) Weightlifting Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Two Indian women weightlifters- S.Nirupama Devi and Nikeeta Kale- also claimed gold medals in 69 kilogram weight division of junior section.

Magnitude-8.1 earthquake hits south Mexico

  • An earthquake of magnitude 8.1 struck off the southern coast of Mexico late Thursday killing at least five people, triggering small tsunami waves and damaging some buildings. The quake was apparently stronger than a devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but initial reports of damage in the city were limited.
  • The quake triggered waves as high as 2.3 ft (0.7 m) in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. It said widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible within three hours.

Mongolian prime minister voted out over graft allegations

  • A majority of lawmakers from the ruling Mongolian People's Party joined with members of the opposition to pass the motion demanding that Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat and his 14-month-old Cabinet resign over the granting of contracts worth $328 million.
  • Parliament is expected to appoint a new Cabinet and prime minister in 45 days, and the current officials will continue serving in the interim.
  • Capital: Ulaanbaatar
  • Currency: Mongolian togrong

South Korea braces for another possible N Korea missile test

  • South Korea is closely watching North Korea over the possibility it may launch another intercontinental ballistic missile as soon as when it celebrates its founding anniversary.
  • It could potentially conduct its next ICBM tests this weekend or around October 10, another North Korean holiday marking the founding of its ruling party. North Korea broke from its pattern of lofted launches last month when it fired a powerful new intermediate range missile, the Hwasong-12, over northern Japan.

Trump regime supports sale of F-16 and F-18 to India

  • The Trump administration has told the U.S Congress that it strongly supports the sale of F-18 and F-16 fighter planes to India, built by American companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin respectively. As both companies have offered to assemble these planes in India.
  • U.S lawmakers and bureaucrats in general have been enthusiastic supporters of selling these fighters to India.
  • F-16 and Gripen, built by Swedish company Saab, are in competition for the proposed single-engine fighter acquisition for the Indian Air Force. French Rafale and Boeing’s F/A-18 are competing for the contract for Indian Navy’s twin engine fleet for its aircraft carriers.
  • Lockheed Martin and Tata have announced a joint venture to manufacture F-16, while Saab announced a JV with Adani last week for Gripen.

US determined to vote at UN Security Council to impose tough new sanctions against North Korea

  • The United States is determined to have a vote at the UN Security Council on imposing tough new sanctions against North Korea despite resistance from China and Russia. It has presented a draft UN resolution calling for an oil embargo on North Korea, an assets freeze on Kim Jong-Un, a ban on textiles and an end to payments of North Korean guest workers.
  • UN diplomats did not rule out the possibility that China or Russia could veto the measure.

US Open: Stephens ousts Venus, to face Keys for US Open title

  • Sloane Stephens shocked 9th seed Venus Williams in the US Open women's semifinal, defeating the two-time champion, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 and will face her US compatriot Madison Keys to their first Grand Slam final at the US Open.
  • In women's doubles, Sania Mirza of India along with her Chinese partner Shuai Peng has entered the semifinal of the women's doubles. The duo defeated the Hungarian-Czech pair of Timea Babos and Andrea Hlavackova 7-6, 6-4.
  • Sania and Peng now face second seeds Martina Hingis and Yung-Jan Chan, the pair which had defeated the Indian and her Belgian partner Kirsten Flipkens at the Wimbledon.

Vietnam Open 2017: Lakshya Sen, Ruthvika Shivani advance to quarter-finals

  • Indian singles shuttlers Gadde Ruthvika Shivani and Lakshya Sen advanced to the quarterfinals at the Vietnam Open Grand Prix. The doubles pair of Arjun Madathil Ramachandran and Ramchandran Shlok also entered the quarterfinals.
  • Shivani, defeated Chinese Taipei's Wan Yi Tang 21-15, 21-12 in the women's singles to set up a clash with Indonesian third seed Dinar Dyah Ayustine. Lakshya posted a comfortable 21-14, 21-12 victory over Truong Thanh Long in the men's singles. He will next take on Kodai Naraoka of Japan.
  • India's men's doubles pair of Arjun Madathil Ramachandran and Ramchandran Shlok, defeated Malaysian duo of Low Hang Yee and Mastan Jinn Hwa 14-21, 21-12, 21-12 to enter the quarterfinals.

Waltherus Marijne Named Chief Coach Of India's Hockey Men's Side

  • Women's national hockey coach Waltherus Marijne was named chief coach of the Indian men's team. Marijine replaced Roelant Oltmans, who was sacked after a few ordinary performances in the past few months. Besides, World Cup-winning junior team coach Harendra Singh was appointed High Performance Specialist coach of the senior women's team.