Daily Current Affairs - 09th Sep 2019

Australia beat England by 185 runs in fourth Test; retain Ashes series

  • Australia retained the Ashes series as they won the fourth Test by 185 runs on the last day at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, UK. Chasing a target of 383 runs, England were bundled out for 197. For Australia, Pat Cummins picked four wickets while Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon bagged two wickets each.
  • Australia now leads the five-match series by 2-1 and will retain the series as they are the defending champions of the Ashes in England.

Centre asks States to identify accident-prone spots

  • The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued new guidelines to State governments for identifying accident black spots on national highways and rectifying them and has urged them to give “special attention in a strictly time-bound manner” to the issue.
  • The guidelines detail the process for inspecting the spots, framing a proposal and obtaining sanctions for rectifying them and suggest a timeline for submitting an inspection report and completing the civil works.
  • A black spot is defined as a stretch of not more than 500 metres in length where five accidents have taken place or where 10 fatalities have happened in the last three years.
  • Recently, Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the government had prepared a Rs.14,000-crore plan to identify black spots. The Ministry has reached out to the World Bank for funds after approval from the Ministry of Finance.

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter locates Lander Vikram on surface of moon

  • In a significant development relating to the lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, the Lander Vikram has been located on the surface of the moon. The Chairman of the national space agency ISRO, Dr K Sivan has said, a thermal image of the Lander has been captured by the Orbiter of Chandrayaan-2.
  • He further clarified that there is no communication yet from the Lander, adding, efforts are on to restore contact with it.
  • The Lander lost its contact with the ISRO’s Mission Control Centre in Bengaluru in the wee hours yesterday, just minutes before its scheduled soft-landing

Eighth edition of Ladakh Marathon held in Leh

  • The eighth edition of Ladakh Marathon was held today, in Leh. It is the highest marathon in the world as it is held at over 11, 000 feet above the mean sea level.
  • More than 6000 runners have participated in four categories of Ladakh Marathon.

FIH rankings: Indian men’s hockey team stays fifth, women move up to ninth

  • The Indian men's hockey team was static at number five while the women's team climbed a place to number nine in the FIH rankings.
  • There is no change at the top of the rankings with Australia's Oceania Cup triumph ensuring that they stay ahead of second-placed Belgium. The Netherlands remain third in the rankings, followed by Argentina.

Hong Kong protesters urge US President to liberate the territory from China

  • In Hong Kong, thousands of demonstrators urged have US President Donald Trump to liberate the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the US Consulate.
  • Protesters urged Washington to pass a bill, known as the Hong Kong Democratic and Human Rights Act, to support their cause.
  • Hong Kong has been rocked by three months of unrest sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. The unrest has become the biggest challenge to China's rule since Hong Kong's return from Britain.

India announces one million dollar humanitarian aid for Bahamas

  • India has announced a humanitarian assistance of one million dollar to help people in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Dorian. External Affairs Ministry Spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, India stands in solidarity with that country in this difficult time.

Iran hits out at European powers as it rolls back nuclear commitments

  • Iran's atomic agency chief Ali Akbar Salehi has hit out at European powers, saying their broken promises gave it little choice but to scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal. Mr Salehi said, the European Union was supposed to be the replacement of the US but, unfortunately, they failed to act on their promises.

Noted lawyer & former union minister Ram Jethmalani passes away

  • Noted lawyer and former Union Minister Ram Jethmalani passed away at his residence in New Delhi. He was 95. Jethmalani a sitting Member of the Rajya Sabha, was ill for some time due to age-related ailments.
  • He served as Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president in 2010. Jethmalani joined the bar at the age of 17 and earned the distinction of being the youngest advocate allowed to practice law.

PM Modi to address high level segment of COP-14 of UN Convention to Combat Desertification

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the High-Level Segment of the 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh today. The Conference is being held at a time when India has assumed the COP Presidency from China for two years.
  • This event is witnessing participation of as many as 196 countries with over five thousand delegates from across the globe. Environment Ministers from around 100 countries are participating in the conference.
  • These deliberations would lead to a final set of commitments, the New Delhi Declaration which would be signed by all member countries at the end of the session.

PNB put up 11 NPA accounts for sale to recover dues of Rs 1,234 cr

  • State-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put up for sale nearly a dozen non-performing assets (NPA) to recover dues of more than 1,234 crore rupees. It has invited bids from asset reconstruction companies non-banking financial companies, banks, financial institutions for 11 NPA accounts.
  • It is set to merge two peer banks - Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India with itself following the government's announcement late last month to consolidate 10 public sector banks into four bigger entities.

President Kovind embarks on 9-day visit to Iceland, Switzerland & Slovenia

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has embarked on an official nine-day visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia to enhance India's political and economic ties with the three European countries.
  • During the first leg of his visit, Mr Kovind will arrive in Iceland and will hold talks with his Icelandic counterpart Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.
  • The second leg of the visit to Switzerland will begin on 11th of September. The President will have wide-ranging discussions with his Swiss counterpart and country's cabinet.

Rafael Nadal clinches fourth US Open Tennis Men's single title

  • Rafael Nadal has won US Open Men's singles beating Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4. This is his fourth US Open title and 19th Grand Slam trophy.
  • Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu of Canada has beaten Serena Williams to win the US Open woman's final.

Saudi Arabia reiterates its commitment to remain reliable partner in hydrocarbon supplies in India: Dharmendra Pradhan

  • Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan who is on his first leg of his tour to Saudi Arabia has stated that Saudi Arabia has reiterated its commitment to remain a reliable and sustainable partner in hydrocarbon supplies and also on Saudi investments in India.

Selekhmeteva, Bartone pair win Junior US Open Doubles trophy

  • Russian tennis player Oksana Selekhmeteva paired with Latvian player Kamilla Bartone won junior doubles trophy at US Open. The pair won 7-5, 7-6 over the French duo of Aubane Droguet and Selena Janicijevic.

US President Donald Trump calls off peace talks with Taliban over Kabul attack

  • US President Donald Trump has called off a peace deal with Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that sought to end America's 18-year war in Afghanistan.
  • Mr.Trump said, he had been set to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders at Camp David. However, he cancelled the meeting and called off negotiations after the group admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed a US soldier.