Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
West Bengal changes its name to Bangla
On 8th Sept 2017, the West Bengal Government cleared a proposal to rename the state as Bangla and has sent the proposal to the Central Govt for approval. The name will be Bangla in all the languages of English, Hindi and Bengali.
Kochi to host summit on coastal shipping and waterways
The 5th edition of the International Coastal Shipping and water transportation Business Summit will be held in Kochi from 22nd Sept 2017. The summit will be an initiative to explore the business opportunities in coastal shipping and waterways.
Hurricane Irma- World’s longest storm in more than 30 years with speeds of 185 miles per hour
Hurricane Irma is the world’s first storm to sustain wind speeds of over 185 miles per hour for more than 24 hours. Since the 1970s, this is the longest storm to sustain such speeds. The Hurricane, which has already devastated many islands in the Carribean, is now geared up for damaging Florida in the USA.
Prince Charles becomes longest serving Prince of Wales
On 9th Sept 2017, Prince Charles created history by becoming the longest serving Prince Of Wales. On 26th July 1958, Prince Charles was appointed as the Prince of Wales. He has thus been the Prince of Wales for more than 59 years, beating the record of Edward VII.
3500 Year Old Royal tomb discovered in Egypt
On 9th Sept 2017, Egypt announced the discovery of a royal tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith who lived more than 3500 years ago. The discovery was made in Luxor, Egypt. The tomb is located on the western Banks of the river Nile in Draa Abdul-Naga, a cemetery where royals are buried.
Centre clears bill to double tax-free gratuity to ₹20 lakh
The Centre on 12th Sept approved an amendment bill that seeks to double tax-free gratuity for formal sector employees to ₹ 20 lakh. The amendment will put the maximum limit of the gratuity of employees of the private sector as well as public undertakings and autonomous organisations under the government who are not covered under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, at par with Central government employees, which is ₹ 20 lakh. The current upper ceiling on gratuity under the Act is ₹10 lakh. The provisions for Central government employees under Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, with regard to gratuity are also similar.
Centre to mint ₹ 5, ₹ 100 coins to commemorate MGR’s birth centenary
The Ministry of Finance has notified the minting of commemorative ₹ 100 and ₹ 5 coins to mark the birth centenary of a popular politician and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran. Ramachandran, affectionately called MGR by his fans, was born on January 17, 1917, and passed away on December 24, 1987.
Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympics
Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics. The evaluation commission of International Olympic Committee, IOC gave the formal go ahead to its bid on 11th Sept 2017. Los Angeles had originally bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to its host contract. The evaluation commission said that although details need to be finalized, it is confident LA can host Olympics in 2028.
Pat Hickey resigns from International Olympic Council after ticketing scam
On 10th Sept 2017, Pat Hickey resigned from the International Olympic Council after he was accused of being involved in a ticketing scam in the Rio Olympics of 2016. He was arrested by the Brazilian police and later was released on bail.
Joyciline Jepsokegi smashes new record in 10 km walk
On 9th Sept 2017, Joyciline Jepsokegi of Kenya broke her own walking record in the 10 km category. She created a new record of 29 minutes and 43 sec to complete the race.