Daily Current Affairs - 02nd Sep 2018

AYUSH Minister inaugurates 4th international Ayurveda Congress at Netherlands

  • Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the Fourth International Ayurveda Congress (IAvC) at the Netherlands. The Minister is in Netherlands to participate in the Congress jointly organized by International Maharishi Ayurveda Foundation, Netherlands; All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune in association with the Indian Embassy in the Netherlands.
  • The congress would focus on promotion and propagation of Ayurveda in the Netherlands and its neighbouring countries of Europe. A special Seminar is also organized by the Indian Embassy titled “India-Netherlands collaboration in Healthcare, including Ayurveda”.

Binoy Kumar assumes charge of Secretary in Steel Ministry

  • Binoy Kumar has taken over as Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India. He had been posted as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry. Prior to this, Binoy Kumar held the post of Special Secretary, Logistics, in the Department of Commerce.
  • He also held the post of Director General (Supplies & Disposals), where he developed the Government e-Marketplace (GeM) as a one-stop online public procurement platform, in line with the digital initiatives of the Government of India.

China-Maldives Friendship Bridge: First cross-sea bridge in the Maldives inaugurated

  • China-Maldives Friendship Bridge was opened for traffic. It is first cross-sea bridge to be built in Maldives. It was China’s flagship infrastructure project in Maldives. It is considered as iconic project of China and Maldives cooperation towards building 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
  • The bridge connects Maldives capital city Male and neighboring Hulhule island where island country’s main international airport is located.

Department of Biotechnology inks MoU with IAE on Enhancing Innovation for Clean Energy Transition

  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Union Ministry of Science and Technology has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Energy Agency (IEA) for enhancing innovation for Clean Energy Transition.
  • The MoU will be coordinated for Union Ministry of Science & Technology by Mission Innovation India Unit set up by DBT and for IEA it will be coordinated by its International Partnership and Initiatives Unit (IPI).
  • IEA is an inter-governmental organization established in 1974 as per framework of Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is headquartered in Paris, France.

Dr B.K. Misra named for 2018 Dr B.C. Roy National Award as eminent medical person of the year

  • Mumbai-based eminent neurosurgeon Dr B.K. Misra was named for prestigious Dr B.C. Roy National Award for year 2018 as Eminent Medical Person of the Year. It is highest medical honor of India and will be bestowed upon him by President Ram Nath Kovind in July 1, 2019 on the occasion of National Doctors Day.
  • Misra is the Head of Department of Surgery as well as Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at Mumbai’s P.D. Hinduja Hospital. He is the first doctor in South Asia to perform gamma knife radiosurgery and first in country to perform awake craniotomy for brain tumours.
  • BC Roy Award is the highest recognition for medical practitioners in India. It was instituted by Medical Council of India (MCI) in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.

Eight core industries output record 6.6% growth in July 2018

  • According to Index of Eight Core Industries released by Ministry of Commerce and Industry, eight core sectors have grown by 6.6% in July 2018 pushed by healthy output in coal, refinery products, cement and fertilizer sectors. It had registered growth of 2.9% in July 2017.
  • The output of coal, refinery products, fertiliser and cement grew by 9.7%, 12.3%, 1.3% and 10.8% respectively in July 2018. However, growth rate in production of crude oil and natural gas recorded negative growth in July 2018.
  • Eight Core Industries------- electricity, steel, refinery products, crude oil, coal, cement, natural gas and fertilizers.

Exercise KAKADU 2018: INS Sahyadri reaches Port Darwin in Australia

  • Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has reached Port of Darwin, Australia to participate in multilateral regional maritime exercise KAKADU 2018 conducted by Australia. The ship was earlier deployed in South China Sea and Pacific Ocean for over four months and had represented Indian Navy in multinational exercises MALABAR 18 at Guam and RIMPAC 18 at Hawaii.
  • Exercise KAKADU is premier multilateral regional maritime engagement hosted by Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

India inks $346 million loan agreement with ADB to improve State Highways in Karnataka

  • India has inked $346 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance Karnataka State Highways Improvement III Project (KSHIP-III) for improvement of over 400 km of state highways in Karnataka. This will help in enhancement of connectivity and access to economic centres across 12 districts in Karnataka.
  • KSHIP-lll project will upgrade about 419 kilometers of state highways to two-and four-lane with paved shoulders. Use of hybrid annuity contracts is important aspect of the project is to improve quality and sustainability of road assets with performance-based maintenance period of 7 years, post-construction.

India opens Zokhawthar immigration check-post in Mizoram along Myanmar border

  • India has opened Zokhawthar land immigration check-post in Mizoram along border with Myanmar. It has been designated as authorised immigration centre for entry into and exit from India with valid travel documents for all passengers to or from Myanmar.
  • Zokhawthar will be second immigration check-post in Mizoram along Myanmar border after Zorinpui check-post in Lawngtlai district which was opened in September 2017.

India, Nepal sign MoU on Raxual-Kathmandu railway line

  • India and Nepal have signed MoU to build strategic railway line connecting Raxaul city in Bihar, India to Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. It was signed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks on all aspects of the bilateral ties with his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli on sidelines of 4th BIMSTEC Summit held in Nepal.
  • India’s Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd. will conduct preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey of this new rail line in consultation with Government of Nepal.

Jain monk Tarun Sagar passes away

  • Jain Muni Tarun Sagar passed away at the age of 51 in Delhi's Radhapuri Jain temple due to prolonged illness. The monk, who was known for his lecture series 'Kadve Pravachan', was suffering from jaundice and other ailments.
  • Born on 1967 in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh as Pawan Kumar Jain, he chose to live the life a monk at a tender age of 13 after getting inspired by the sermons of another popular monk Acharya Pushpdant Sagar.

Kerala ropes in KPMG as consultant for rebuilding flood hit state

  • Kerala Government has decided to appoint KPMG as project consultant partner for rebuilding state ravaged by recent massive floods. This decision was taken at state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Besides, Tata Project Ltd was entrusted with task of reconstructing roads, buildings and bridges destroyed in rain fury at Pamba, the foothills of famous Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.
  • The services of KPMG rendered for projects related to revamping to Kerala will be free of cost. KPMG is one of the largest professional service companies in the world and one of Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Krishna Kutir: Government inaugurates home for 1000 widows in Vrindavan

  • Union Ministry of Women and Child Development had inaugurated widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ at Vrindavan in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Krishna Kutir is special home for 1000 widows set under Swadhar Greh scheme and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by government organization. It was constructed to mitigate the plight of widows living in pathetic condition in Vrindavan.
  • Swadhar Greh scheme is implemented by Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. It envisages providing shelter, food, clothing and health as well as economic and social security for these women.

Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala inaugurated in Kathmandu

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli inaugurated 400-bed Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. They handed over this dharamshala to Pashupati Area Development Trust.
  • Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharamshala rest house for pilgrims in Kathmandu, built with Indian assistance. It is located on banks of Bagmati River.

Pranab, Shibnath bag India's 1st ever bridge gold at Asiad

  • India's 60-year-old Pranab Bardhan and 56-year-old Shibnath Sarkar won the men's pair bridge event to bag the country's first-ever gold in bridge at the Asian Games. The card game has been featured as a sport at the Asian Games for the first time, in the 2018 edition.
  • The 60-year-old Pranab and 56-year-old Shibhnath finished at the top after scoring 384 points in the finals.
  • The Chinese pair of Lixin Yang and Gang Chen won the silver with a score of 378 and the Indonesian combination of Henky Lasut and Freddy Eddy Manoppo bagged the bronze scoring 374.

Prime Minister launches India Post Payments Bank

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a payments bank of the Department of Posts that will take banking to the doorstep of every citizen through an unmatched network of post offices and almost 3 lakh postmen and ‘Grameen Dak Sewaks’.
  • The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) will be like any other banks but its operations will be on a smaller scale without involving any credit risk. It will carry out most banking operations like accepting deposits but won’t advance loans or issue credit cards.
  • The payments bank will accept deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh, offer remittance services, mobile payments/transfers/purchases and other banking services like ATM/debit cards, net banking and third-party fund transfers.

Sunil Mehta elected as new Chairman of Indian Bank’s Association for 2018-19

  • Punjab National Bank (PNB’s) managing director and chief executive, Sunil Mehta was elected as new chairman of Indian Banks Association (IBA) for year 2018-19. Bank of India’s managing director and chief executive Dina Bandhu Mohapatra was elected as the deputy chairman.
  • State Bank of India’s chairman, Rajnish Kumar, and Federal Bank’s managing director, Shyam Srinivasan, will continue as deputy chairmen of IBA.
  • IBA is an association of Indian banks and financial institutions. It was established on September 26, 1946. It is headquartered in Mumbai.