Daily Current Affairs - 24th Sep 2018

Asia Cup: India thrash Pakistan by 9 wickets in Super Four

  • India beat Pakistan by nine wickets in a super Four encounter of the Asia Cup cricket in Dubai.
  • Earlier, Pakistan opting to bat first were restricted to 237 for 7 in the stipulated 50 overs with brilliant bowling by Indian spinners Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
  • India easily chased down the victory target of 238 in only 39.3 overs with major contributions coming from skipper Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 111 and Shikhar Dhawan's 114. It was India's biggest win against Pakistanin terms of number of wickets lost.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistanby a narrow margin

  • Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by a narrow margin of three runs in other Super Four clash, Batting first after winning the toss, Bangladesh made 249 for 7 in 50 overs. Chasing the target, Afghanistan fell three run short of victory despite a spirited fight and ended with a score of 246 for seven.

Boxing: Joshua retains world heavyweight title

  • Britain’s Anthony Joshua has retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium. This victory saw Joshua extend his unbeaten professional record to 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts,

China Open: Indonesia's Sinisuka stuns Japan's Kento Momota to win Men's singles title

  • Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting beat Japan's Kento Momota to take the Men's singles China Open title in Changzhou. Momota was beaten by world number Ginting by 23-21, 21-19. Ginting last beat Momota at the Asian Games in Jakarta last month.
  • Meanwhile, Spain's Carolina Marin beat China's Chen Yufei 21-18, 21-13 to take the women's singles title.
  • The men's doubles was won by the Danish duo of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

Curb on imports to bring rupee to 68-70 level: DEA Secy

  • Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg has said that the Centre will implement the second set of measures to shore up rupee to 68-70 level against the U.S. dollar. He stated that the 12% slide in the currency is a temporary phenomenon and said the Central government had prepared a list of non-essential items whose imports could be curbed and drawn up a separate list of goods whose exports can be boosted with a little policy intervention.

Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64

  • Renowned filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away. She was 64. Ms. Lajmi, a director, producer and screenwriter, was known for working on real subjects. Her films often had a woman at the centre. Some of her popular films include Rudaali, Daman, Darmiyaan.
  • Lajmi’s last movie as a director was Chingaari in 2006, based on a novel The Prostitute and the Postman by Bhupen Hazarika, who was her partner.

First women-only foreign minister conference held in Canada

  • Women foreign ministers from around the world have kicked off a two-day conference in Montreal, Canada, that is aimed at highlighting women's key role in politics and decision-making processes.
  • The Summit aimed to bring a ‘women’s perspective’ to foreign policy. The two-day meeting brought together more than half of the world’s top women diplomats, focussed on topics such as international security and peace, conflict prevention, democratic growth and eliminating gender-based violence.
  • The meeting is being co-chaired by Canada's top diplomat, Chrystia Freeland, and the foreign affairs representative of the EU, Federica Mogherini.
  • Canada
  • Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar

India looks to buy Israeli missiles

  • A deal to procure the Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel through the government-to-government route has been brought before the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) for approval. The deal is for 170 launchers, 4,500 missiles and 15 simulators.
  • The Indian Army is facing with a huge shortage of anti-tank guided missiles and the indigenous system missed development deadlines.
  • Spike is a third-generation, fire-and-forget, man-portable missile manufactured by Israel’s Rafael.

India successfully test fires Prithvi Defence Vehicle

  • India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast last night, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system. This Prithvi Defence Vehicle mission is for engaging targets at an altitude of above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere. Both the PDV interceptor and the target missile were successfully engaged.

Indian women win third T20 against Sri Lanka

  • Indian women have won the third T20 International against Sri Lanka by five wickets. India restricted the host team Sri Lanka to 131 for 8 and then achieved the target in 18.2 overs, by scoring 132 for 5. A Jemimah Rodrigues 57 off 40 balls propelled India to a comfortable five-wicket victory.

Japanese supply ship heads to International Space Station

  • An unmanned Japanese supply shift is headed to the International Space Station filled with cargo including food, experiments and new batteries. It will take four-and-a-half days to reach the space station.
  • The supply ship is a 9-metre long cylinder that will be retrieved by the space station's robotic arm, Kounotori, which means white stork. Once it is unloaded, the supply craft will be filled with trash and sent Earth-ward. It will be destroyed when it re-enters the atmosphere.

Junior world wrestling championship: Deepak Punia settles for silver medal

  • India's Deepak Punia settled for a silver after losing the 86kg freestyle final to Turkey's Arif Ozen at the junior world wrestling championship in Slovakia .Deepaklost 1-2 to Ozen, scoring the only point with just three seconds to go.
  • India ended the championship with seven medals, including four silvers and three bronze medals. In Greco Roman, Vijay (60kg) and Sajan(77kg) won a silver each, while Vijay (55kg) won a bronze.
  • In the women's events, Mansi (57kg) and Anshu Malik (59) won a bronze eeach.

Majority of firms expect 6.5-7.5% GDP growth in FY19

  • According to a CII survey report for the July-September 2018 of about 200 companies revealed that about 64% of respondents feel that the GDP growth in 2018-19 will be between 6.5%-7.5% while 60% expect inflation to remain 4-5% during the year.
  • Among them, a large proportion (36%) expect GDP growth to lie in the range of 7-7.5% while about 28% foresee GDP growth in the 6.5-7.0% range.
  • Significantly, the survey found that 65% of the respondents feel that private investment activity will pick-up in 2018-19.

Nepal to be world's first country to double its tiger population

  • Nepal is likely to be the first country in the world to double its tiger population. Currently there are estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, nearly doubling the baseline of around 121 tigers in 2009.
  • The earlier tiger survey in 2013 had estimated the tiger population at 198.
  • To increase the Tiger population Nepal has launched the ambitious TX2 goal at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022.
  • Nepal
  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
  • Prime Minister: Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli
  • Currency: Nepalese rupee

Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidential election in Maldives

  • Maldives Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the presidential election. Results released by the Elections Commission showed Solih has secured 58.3 per cent of the popular vote. Mr Solih secured 133,808 votes compared to the 95,526 for incumbent President Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate. Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen.
  • The poll is being closely watched by regional rivals India and China, who are fighting to influence Indian Ocean nation. The European Union and United States, meanwhile, have threatened sanctions if the vote is not free and fair.
  • Maldives
  • Capital: Male
  • Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa

PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rolled out the Centre’s flagship scheme — Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan, also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).
  • The government-sponsored health insurance scheme will provide free coverage of up to Rs.5 lakh a family a year in any government or even empanelled private hospitals all over India. The scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens.
  • The Prime Minister also laucnhed a toll free number 14555 for people to get more information about Ayushma Bharat scheme.

Track Asia Cup: Indian cyclists bag 3 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze on Day 1

  • India won 3 Gold, 3Silver and a Bronze on the opening day of the 5th Track Asia Cup Cycling in New Delhi. Mayuri Lute won the country's first Gold in the Women's Junior 500 metres race. Another Gold came after the Indian men's junior team by defeating Kazakhstan.

US considers limit on green cards for immigrants on benefits

  • The Trump administration has proposed rules that could deny green cards to immigrants if they use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance. The proposal will clearly define long-standing law to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits.
  • The Department of Homeland Security stated that current and past receipt of certain public benefits above thresholds would be considered a heavily weighed negative factor in granting green cards as well as temporary stays.

Vaishali Narendra Salavkar will be India’s first female blind chess player at World Chess Olympiad

  • Vaishali Narendra Salavkar will become the first Indian female to be part of the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) team at the world chess Olympiad, which started on September 23 at Batumi in Georgia.
  • Vai-shali from Maharashtra is an eight-time national champion. The other Indian female chess player who will be playing in the Olympiad is Malika Handa (ELO rating 1,334) as part of the International Chess Committee of Deaf (ICCD) team.

WhatsApp appoints grievance officer

  • Facebook-owned company WhatsApp has appointed a grievance officer for India and has detailed out the process for users to flag concerns and complaints, including those around fake news.
  • Meeting one of the key demands that India had put forward to WhatsApp to curb fake messages that triggered mob killings, the company has updated its website to reflect the appointment of a grievance officer for India.
  • The update mentions that users can seek help through the mobile app, send an e-mail or write to Komal Lahiri, who is based in the U.S.