Daily Current Affairs - 23rd Sep 2017

Bhutan backs India's bid for permanent seat in UN Security Council

  • Backing India's bid for permanent seat in the UN Security Council (UNSC), Bhutan has said that countries like India, Japan, Brazil and Germany must be given permanent seats in the UN Security Council, as it backed reforms in the world body to revitalize and strengthen it.
  • Bhutan Prime Minister said, the UN reforms will be incomplete without reforming the Security Council to reflect the changing realities of the world. He also said Africa must be appropriately represented.
  • Prime Minister of Bhutan: Tshering Tobgay
  • Capital: Thimpu; Currency: Indian rupee, Bhutanese ngultrum
  • Centre to strengthen ‘Korea Plus’ cell to strengthen FDI from S.Korea

    • The Centre was keen to facilitate more investments from South Korea and would strengthen the “Korea Plus” cell in this regard. “Korea Plus” is an initiative between the governments of India and South Korea to promote Korean investments in India.
    • India’s ties with Korea also assumed great significance in the context of India’s pursuance of an ‘Act East Policy’.
    • Union Commerce and Industry Minister: Suresh Prabhu

    Deborah Herold wins 3rd medal in Asian IndoorGames

    • Indian cyclist Deborah Herold bagged her third medal with a silver in women’s keirin event on the seventh day of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games Ashgabat,Turkmenistan. She also finished second in the Team sprint event with Alena Reji. She has now won three Silver medals in the Games. Her first Silver was in the 200 metres individual sprint race.
    • India also won a Silver medal through Malaprabha Yallappa Jadhav in Women's Kurash, a Martial Arts event. India are currently ninth in the medals tally with 5 Gold, 6 Silver and 5 Bronze medals

    Ghosal reaches semifinals of Macau Open

    • India's leading squash player, Saurav Ghosal, moved into the semifinals of the Macau Open Squash Tournament. Against the Hong Kong player, the Indian carved out a 11 -7, 11-5, 11-6 win in 38 minutes. Ghosal is to play the top seed German, Simon Rosner, in the semifinals.
    • Other Indian player , Harinder Pal Sandhu lost 11-1, 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-2 to fifth seeded Egyptian Omar Mosaad, in a closely contested tie.

    Government keen to merge strong banks

    • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was more keen to merge stronger banks rather than weaker ones and in the process of finalizing a strategy on the consolidation of state-run lenders. The objective of the union government is to create bigger and stronger banks.

    Indian squad for upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup announced

    • The first ever Indian squad to participate in the a FIFA World Cup, U-17 World Cup Squad has been announced. The 21 players who will participate in the World Cup Squad include Dheeraj Singh, Prabhsukhan Gill, Sunny Dhaliwal Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Anwar Ali, Sanjeev Stalin and Hendry Antonay.
    • The FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled to start in Panaji from 6th of October. India have been drawn in Group A alongside USA, Colombia and Ghana.
    • India will take on USA on 6th October, followed by Colombia and Ghana on 9th October and 12th October respectively at the in New Delhi.

    Iran unveils new long-range ballistic missile

    • Iran's Revolutionary Guard has unveiled its latest ballistic missile capable of reaching much of the Middle East, including Israel. Called the Khorramshahr missile, the weapon appeared at a military parade in Tehran. It has a range of 2,000 kilometers (nearly 1,250 miles) and can carry multiple warheads.
    • The move was a direct challenge to President Donald Trump, who in August signed a bill imposing mandatory penalties on those involved in Iran's ballistic miss1ile programme and anyone who does business with them.

    Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018

    • According to Film Federation of India, Newton will be India’s official entry to the Best Foreign Film category at the Oscars next year. Newton movie directed by Amit Masurkar, starring Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil, tells the story of polling officer Newton Kumar, who is bent on conducting free and fair elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh.

    Pakistan presses for UN envoy on Kashmir

    • Pakistan blamed India and Afghanistan for the volatile security situation in the region, while denying charges that it is harbouring terrorists who target both the countries. It's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also sought the appointment of a special UN envoy on Kashmir, and accused India of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
    • Mr. Abbasi’s claims and allegations were refuted by both India and Afghanistan at the UN General Assembly (UNGA). In a strongly worded reaction, India said Pakistan had become a terroristan and Jammu and Kashmir would remain an integral part of India.

    Pranaav-Sikki reach semis in Japan Open

    • India's mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy reached the semi-finals, while the men's singles shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy fell in the quarter-finals of the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries. Pranaav-Sikki got the better of South Koreans Seung Jae Seo and Kim Ha Na 21-18, 9-21, 21-19 in 58 minutes.
    • Olympic silver medallists P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal lost in the quarter-finals.

    SBI unveils bond index at London Stock Exchange

    • The State Bank of India has introduced the FTSE SBI Bond Index series in partnership with the global index provider FTSE 100. The new index series would give investors from India, U.K. and globally, tools to analyse India’s government bond market, and drive growth in this market.

    Spain sends more police to block Catalonia referendum

    • Spain will send more state police to Catalonia to block any moves to hold a banned independence referendum. It has called the referendum an illegal act and taken police and court action to block it.
    • Catalan leaders are determined to hold the vote on Oct. 1, defying the central Madrid government and a Constitutional Court ban. They have also said the Catalan assembly would declare independence within 48 hours of a “yes” vote.

    St. Petersburg Open: Paes-Raja in last four

    • India’s Leander Paes and Purav Raja made the semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open with a straight-set win over Marcus Daniell and Marcelo Demoliner 6-4, 6-2. The duo will clash with Chilean Julio Peralta and Argentinian Horacio Zeballos for a place in the final.

    Transition credit forms deadline extended to Oct. 31

    • The government has set October 31 as the new deadline for the filing of the transitional credit forms under the Goods and Services Tax regime, and has sought to downplay the size of the claims so far received, saying they were according to the claims seen in the pre-GST system.
    • The government also clarified that the Rs. 95,000 crore figure it had reported as collections was after incorporating all refunds and credits it had to pay.