Daily Current Affairs - 30th Sep 2018

#Loo Review Campaign: Government and Google launch campaign to review public toilets

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has partnered with Google to launch Loo Review campaign on Google Map. The joint campaign has been launched under aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM–U). It will run throughout October and November 2018 in an effort to increase awareness and ease of locating public toilets across India.
  • This campaign aims to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. 500 plus cities in India with more than 30,000 toilets with name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps.

1st corn festival of country held in Madhya Pradesh

  • In Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country held in Chhindwara. The festival is one of a kind international event.
  • Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India, with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district.

29th September: World Heart Day

  • World Heart Day takes place on 29th September every year. It is the biggest platform for raising awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke.
  • It was launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event.

ADB approves US $150 million loan for establishing first multi-skills park in Madhya Pradesh

  • Multilateral lender Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide US $150 million loan for establishing first multi-skills park in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. This new flagship Global Skill Park (GSP) campus will be established in state capital Bhopal from where about 20,000 people are expected to be benefited.
  • ADB will also administer US $2 million technical assistance grant from Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, financed by Government of Japan. It will help assist in preparation of operational guidelines and setting up of GSP Society as well as in development of reform initiatives for industrial training institutes.

Government launches Rail heritage digitization project in collaboration with Google

  • Union Railway Ministry has launched Rail Heritage Digitisation Project in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture Association. It can be accessed at “https://artsandculture.google.com/project/indian-railways”.
  • It is first-of-its-kind project that aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform. It is also largest cultural heritage digitization project in India and possibly in entire Asia Pacific Region.

Government sets up Injeti Srinivas High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility

  • The Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs has constituted High Level Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility – 2018 under Chairmanship of Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, MCA. It will review existing framework and guide and formulate roadmap for coherent policy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
  • Under section 135 of Companies Act, 2013 any company with net worth of Rs 5000 crore or more or turnover of Rs 1000 crore or more or net profit of Rs 5 crore or more has to spend at least 2% of last 3 years average net profits on CSR activities as specified in Schedule VII of Act.

GST Council constitutes GoM to advice on Kerala’s calamity cess demand for flood rehabilitation

  • GST Council, the highest decision-making body of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime has decided to set up seven-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to suggest on cess demand for Kerala flood rehabilitation. It was decided in 30th meeting of the GST Council held in New Delhi. The GoM discussed proposal from Kerala to levy Calamity Tax, a special tax or cess to raise additional resources aimed at meeting cost of reconstruction in Kerala in the aftermath of floods.
  • It is estimated that loss and damage due to massive flood and landslides is much more than 2018-19 annual plan outlay of state which stood at Rs 37,247.99 crore.

India, Japan sign Loan Agreement for Bullet Train Funds

  • India has signed two loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project and Kolkata East West Metro Project. Under these agreements, Japan will provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of around Rs 5,500 crore as tranche 1 for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project Rs.1619 crore for tranche 3 Kolkata East-West Metro Project.
  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project is India’s first high-speed rail project (bullet train) project.

NITI Aayog and UN sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022

  • NITI Aayog and United Nations in India signed Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022. The agreement is reflection of commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals.
  • UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018-2022 outlines development cooperation strategy between Union Government and United Nations Country Team in India in support of achievement of India’s key national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The programmatic work outlined in UNSDF targets seven low-income states viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and UP along with North-East region and aspirational districts identified by the NITI Aayog.

NITI Aayog inks SoI for with Oracle collaboration against counterfeit drugs in India

  • NITI Aayog has singed Statement of Intent (SoI) with Oracle to pilot real drug supply-chain using blockchain distributed ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software to fight growing problem of counterfeit drugs in India. Strides Pharma Sciences and Apollo Hospitals will partner in this effort.
  • Blockchain technology will help to permanently register drug’s record in manufacturer’s drug supply chain (serial number, scanning, labelling). This will leave no scope for record tampering. At every point of hand change of drug, it records drug’s movement from manufacturer to logistics, stockiest, hospital or pharmacy to consumer.

PM Inaugurated conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in New Delhi in which the Vice-Chancellors, Directors from more than 350 universities participated.
  • The theme of the conference is to deliberate on challenges facing the Indian education system and to work out a plan for a paradigm shift both in terms of achieving academic outcomes and also in the regulation of education. The conference will be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.

Raegan and Ishita clinch junior titles

  • Albuquerque Raegan justified his top seeding as he claimed the junior boys crown while Ishita Gupta surprised everyone, including herself, to win the junior girls’ title in the East Zone National-ranking table tennis tournament at the R.G. Baruah Sports Complex’s Indoor Stadium.

Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike was celebrated as Parakram Parv

  • Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike was celebrated as Parakram Parv or Surgical Strike Day on September 29 – 30, 2018 by Indian Army to showcase gallant action of brave Army in the conduct of Surgical Strikes on September 29, 2016. This day was also marked to remember sacrifice of soldiers during ‘Uri incident’.
  • The Parakram Parv celebrations were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ‘Combined Commanders’ Conference in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Misra appointed Director General of BSF

  • Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer Rajni Kant Misra as Director General of Border Security Force (BSF). He has been tasked to head BSF for period up to his superannuation on August 31, 2019. He succeeds K K Sharma. Misra is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre. Currently he is serving as DG of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
  • BSF is primary border guarding organization of India and termed as First Line of Defence of Indian Territories. It is the sentinels of Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Senior IPS officer SS Deswal appointed as DG of Sashastra Seema Bal

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IPS officer S S Deswal as Director General of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). He will hold post for period up to his superannuation on August 2021. Prior to this appointment he was as DG of Border Security Force (BSF). He is 1984-batch IPS officer of the Haryana cadre.
  • Sashastra Seema Bal is one of India’s Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs). It is entrusted with guarding the country’s border with Nepal and Bhutan. It was established in 1963 following Sino-Indian War.

US, Morocco launch GCTF Terrorist Travel Initiative to curb terrorist travel

  • United States and Morocco have launched GCTF Terrorist Travel Initiative under auspices of Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). The initiative brings together stakeholders to share expertise on developing and implementing effective counterterrorism watch listing and screening tools. It was launched on sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.
  • The new initiative will strengthen UNSC Resolution 2396 aiming to stop terrorist travel altogether. Under this initiative, series of four regional workshops in 2018 and 2019 will be convened to develop set of good practices that will be endorsed at 2019 GCTF Ministerial.

USAID-India End TB Alliance to eliminate TB announced

  • United States and India have formed ‘USAID-India End TB Alliance comprising leading experts in public and private sectors to combat the menace of tuberculosis. It was announced by US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Mark Green at event in New York in presence of Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
  • USAID will make initial US $30 million commitment, subject to approval of the US Congress.
  • TB is disease caused by bacteria “Mycobacterium tuberculosis” that most often affect the lungs. It spreads from person to person through the air. It is the second biggest killer disease worldwide next only to HIV/AIDS.

Vikram Misri appointed India's Ambassador to China

  • The Centre announced the appointment of India's current Ambassador to Myanmar, Vikram Misri, as the next Ambassador of India to the People's Republic of China. Misri will be replacing Gautam Bambawale, who was India's Ambassador to China until now.
  • Misri is a career diplomat from the 1989 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and has served in various capacities at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, in the Prime Minister's Office in New Delhi and in various Indian Missions abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.