Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
New Delhi summons Pak High Commissioner to lodge protest over cross border infiltration
The External Affairs Ministry summoned acting Pakistan High Commissioner Haider Shah on 5th Sept 2017 and lodged a strong protest over the cross border infiltration by a group of Pakistani nationals belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist organization in the intervening night of 16th and 17th of last month. The group carried out a brutal terror attack in the District Police Lines of Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on 26th of last month resulting in the death of 8 Indian security personnel.
Noted journalist Gauri Lankesh shot dead in Bengaluru
In Karnataka, noted journalist and activists Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar’s residence in Bengaluru on 5th Sept 2017. Gauri Lankesh was the editor of a popular Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike founded by her father and a well-known writer P Lankesh. Gauri Lankesh was also a part of a panel formed by the State government to help surrendered Naxals to reform. Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy informed that unidentified persons shot her from close range at around 8 PM when she got down from her car at her residence. He has said that three teams comprising of a senior police officer are formed to investigate the crime.
NITI Aayog launches National Nutrition Strategy
NITI Aayog has launched the National Nutrition Strategy aimed at Kuposhan Mukt Bharat. It intends at bringing nutrition to the centre-stage of the National Development Agenda. It lays the roadmap for targeted action to address India’s nutritional needs. The leader of the Green Revolution, Dr. M S Swaminathan and Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog Dr. Rajiv Kumar yesterday launched the Nutrition Strategy in New Delhi. Our correspondent reports that the nutrition strategy calls for convergence between four proximate determinants of nutrition – food, health services, income, and water.
Govt aims to begin work on 3 river inter-linking projects soon: Gadkari
Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the government aims to begin work on three river inter-linking projects and building two dams in the next three months. Talking to reporters after a review meeting with senior officials of his Ministry in New Delhi yesterday, Mr. Gadkari said, the river interlinking projects were necessary to tackle flood and drought situations. He said the government will use the latest technology in Ken-Betwa, Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-Pinjal River inter-linking projects. Besides, the government also aims to begin work on Pancheshwar and North Koel dams. The Minister said these projects will help to irrigate lakhs of hectares of land.
Punjab & Haryana HC allows search of Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters
The Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed the search operation at the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters in Sirsa under the supervision of a judicial officer. The High Court yesterday appointed retired Judge, Justice KS Pawar as the Court Commissioner for the search operation. He will submit a report to the Court in a sealed cover. According to sources, police has prepared a Special Weapons and Tactics or SWAT team and bomb squad to sanitize Dera. The entire operation will also be video recorded.
125th Ganeshotsav: Ganpati Visarjan celebrations in Pune
Ganpati Visarjan in the 125th Ganeshotsav celebrations in Pune was conducted. Ganesh idol immersion process concluded by afternoon. Lakhs of devotees gathered in old Pune city to see this Spectacular visarjan procession. People were seen dancing to the rhythm of Nagara Vadan and Dhol-Tasha. Immersion process started on the 4th Sept. Over 9,000 police officers were deployed for maintaining law and order in Pune City for the peaceful immersion process.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu gives away national awards on Teacher’s Day
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said India has a great cultural educational heritage. Addressing a function on the occasion of Teachers Day in New Delhi, Mr. Naidu said, education is the most crucial foundation for nation building. He said teachers should be given the credit for country’s development and shaping the future of children. The Vice President also conferred the National Award to Teachers. The award is given as public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools. President Ram Nath Kovind will also meet the Awardees at a special event in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to expel up to 155 more US diplomatic personnel from his country
Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to expel up to 155 more US diplomatic personnel from his country. At a press conference after a summit of BRICS nations in Xiamen, Mr. Putin said, Russia reserves the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow. However, he said, Moscow will not do that for the moment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping
India has reiterated that peace and tranquillity are pre-requisite for further development in bilateral relationship with China. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told media persons that bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Mr. Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was forward looking and constructive. The meeting lasted about an hour. Mr. Jai Shankar said that Prime Minister Modi told Mr. Xi that India and China are each other’s major neighbours and both the countries are world’s largest and emerging nations. He said, there should be a stability in the relationship between both the countries. He also said, both the countries do not allow the disagreements to become disputes.
U.S. ends amnesty scheme for young immigrants
The Donald Trump administration on 5th Sept 2017 discontinued an Obama-era immigration reform measure that protected from deportation people who had entered the U.S. illegally as children. “The programme known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Attorney-General Jeff Sessions said. The former President had introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as an interim relief even as a debate on a comprehensive immigration reform to address the status of 11 million undocumented residents in America was caught in a political logjam for years.
Government says names of over two lakh companies are struck off from register of companies for failing to comply with regulatory requirements
The Government has said that names of over two lakh companies have been struck off from the register of companies for failing to comply with regulatory requirements. Finance Ministry in a release said action has been initiated to restrict operations of their bank accounts. It said the existing directors and authorized signatories of such struck off companies will now become ex-directors or ex-authorized signatories. The Ministry said the directors of de-registered firms would not be able to operate the bank accounts till these entities are legally restored. The Department of Financial Services, through the Indian Banks Association, has advised banks that they should take immediate steps to put restrictions on bank accounts of such struck-off companies. In addition to such struck off companies, Banks have also been advised to go in for enhanced diligence while dealing with companies in general.
Joint secretaries get financial powers
For the first time ever, the Home Ministry has given financial powers to joint secretaries. They can now spend up to ₹ 50 crores for executing works and purchasing land. Joint secretaries have also been allowed to make procurement through the open or limited tender of up to ₹ 20 crores and procurement through negotiated or single tender or proprietary contract of up to ₹ 5 crores, an official said. Such financial powers have been given to bring greater flexibility in operations, reduce delays and facilitate a quick decision on matters involving financial expenditure, a Home Ministry official said. The decision has been taken by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, who assumed charge on August 31.
DGCA likely to ground over 130 pilots, 430 crew members of Air India
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is likely to ground over 130 pilots and 430 cabin crew members of the national carrier- Air India for allegedly skipping the mandatory pre and post-flight alcohol test. These crew members had regularly been “evading” the breath analyser test over a period of time for flights to and from certain destinations such as Singapore, Kuwait, Bangkok, Ahmedabad and Goa, sources close to the development told PTI here. Aviation regulator DGCA has already served an ultimatum to the Air India management over the alleged safety violations by the airline’s crew members ahead of its enforcement action, they said. As part of the DGCA’s safety regulations, all pilots and cabin crew must undergo breath analyser test before and after the flights.
RBI includes HDFC Bank on the list of “too big to fail”
On 4th Sept 2017, the Reserve Bank of India included HDFC Bank in the list of “too big to fail” banks or domestic systematically important Banks. Till now, State Bank of India and ICICI Banks were the two Banks on the list. Systematically important banks (SIBs) are subject to higher levels of monitoring and supervision so as to prevent disruption of financial services in the case of their failure.
IIT Guwahati team mimics nature to keep surfaces oil-free in water
Inspired by fish scales that exhibit the excellent property of remaining oil-free even when the water is contaminated with oil, scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have developed a special kind of superior, oil-repulsive (oleophobic) coating. When applied to any material – wood, glass or metal-the coating keeps the surface free of oil contamination under water. By tweaking the composition of the coating, the team led by Dr. Uttam Manna from the Department of Chemistry at IIT Guwahati has been able to make the coating extremely oil-loving (oleophilic) under the water. The oleophilic coating applied on objects will be helpful in removing oil from oil-contaminated surfaces or for absorbing oil from ocean oil-spills. One gram of cotton ball coated with the highly oleophilic material was able to absorb over 1,000 grams of oil, irrespective of the density of the oil, the researchers found. The results were published in the journal of Chemical Science.
K.V. Ramamoorthy appointed as MD and CEO of Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank Ltd
On 4th Sept 2017, the Tuticorin based Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank announced that Mr. K.V. Ramamoorthy has been appointed as the MD and CEO of the Bank. Earlier, he was working as the Executive Director of United Bank of India and also Bank of Baroda. The RBI approved appointment is valid for three years.
Vasanth Narasimhan is the new CEO of Novartis
On 4th Sept 2017, Novartis announced that they have appointed Vasanth Narasimhan as the CEO of the company. Indian origin Vasanth will take over as CEO on 1st Feb 2018. Narasimhan is currently the global head drug development and chief medical officer of the company. He is also an elected member of the US Academy of Medicine.