Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Sardar Sarovar Dam dedicated to the Nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in Narmada district of Gujarat to the nation on 17th Sept 2017. The foundation stone of this Dam was laid by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 5th April 1961 and is named after the iron man of India, Dr. Sardar Vallabhai Patel. The Narmada dam is the second biggest concrete gravity dam in the world by volume after the Grand Coulee Dam in the USA.
Assam Govt passes PRANAM Bill
On 15th Sept 2017, the Assam Government passed the PRANAM (Parental Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring) Bill. The Bill makes it mandatory for the state Govt employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings. If they fail to do so, they will face a cut in their salary. Assam is the first State to introduce such a legislation.
India’s first Centre for Animal Law comes up
The first Centre for Animal Law in the country has been set up in NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad. The Centre was inaugurated by the Union Minister Ms. Maneka Gandhi on 15th Sept 2017. The Centre will develop curriculum on animal welfare laws including topics for research. It will also conduct workshops on animal laws and other issues concerning animals.
Tunisia lifts bans on Muslims marrying Non-Muslims
Tunisia has lifted a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims. The idea is to give equal rights to women in their choice of husbands. Up until now, a non-Muslim man wanting to marry a Tunisian Muslim woman had to convert to Islam and give proof of the conversion.
IndusInd Bank ties up ADB for providing loans
IndusInd Bank has entered into an MOU with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to provide loans to poor women in rural India. This was announced by the Bank on 15th Sept 2017. The total loan amount allotted by the ADB is the US $200 million. Out of this, at least 95% will be given to poor women in the rural areas. At least 70% will be disbursed in the least developed states of India.
Amazon ties up with Bank of Baroda to give microloans to sellers
On 15th Sept 2017, Amazon India announced that it has entered into an MOU with Bank of Baroda to give microloans to its sellers. The loan will be provided for amounts ranging from Rs 1 Lac to Rs 25 lacs and the interest rate will be 10.45% to 11%. Amazon would choose the customers based on their performance.
International Olympic Association Chooses its Head of Ethics Commission
On 14th Sept 2017, the IOA (International Olympic Association) chose the former Secretary General of United Nations Ban Ki-moon as the Head of its Ethics Commission. The appointment will be valid for a period of four years.
Suresh Chitturi appointed Vice Chairman of International Egg Commission
On 15th Sept 2017, Mr. Suresh Chitturi, Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the International Egg Commission. He will hold office for a period of two years. He is the second Indian to be appointed to the top position of the Egg Commission. The last top executive of the International Egg Commission was B.V.Rao of Venkateswara Hatcheries.
Maria Sharapova’s new Book
The tennis star Maria Sharapova, who has returned to tennis after a two-year doping ban has come out with her book titled “Unstoppable – My Life so far”. The book chronicles Sharapova’s tumultuous tennis career and her rise to the top and her struggles. Maria was born on 19th April 1987 and was rated No.1 in Women’s tennis on five different occasions.
16th September – International Day for prevention of O Zone layer
16th September is observed as the International Day for prevention of O Zone Layer. The date was chosen because the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the O Zone layer was signed on 16th Sept 1987. The theme for this year is “Caring for all life under the Sun”.
16th September- International Coastal Cleanup Day
The International Coastal Cleanup Day is observed on the third Saturday of September every year. This year, it was observed on 16th Sept 2017. The day is observed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In the South Asian region, it is observed under the aegis of the South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme.(SACEP).
Chris Gayle hits his 100 Sixes in T20 Internationals
Explosive West Indian opener Chris Gayle became the first batsman in the world to hit 100 sixes in T20 Internationals when he hit two sixes in the West Indies’ win over England on 16th Sept 2017. Gayle also holds the record for the highest individual score in T20 matches, when he scored 175 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL tournament against Pune Warriors.
P.V.Sindhu wins Korean Open Badminton Championship
P.V.Sindhu continues her winning run, with her third World Series title and her second of this year. She won the Koran Open Badminton Championship beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan on 17th Sept 2017. It must be added that Okuhara had beaten Sindhu in the final of the World Championships in Glasgow last month. Sindhu is the reigning Olympic Silver Medalist. In the men’s section, Indonesia’s Antony Sinisisua Ginting lifted the trophy by beating the countryman Jonathan Christie in the final.
J.P. Duminy retires from Test Cricket
South African all-rounder J.P.Duminy has announced his retirement from Test Cricket at the age of 33. Duminy announced this decision on 16th Sept 2017. He will, however, continue playing ODI’s and T20 internationals for South Africa. Duminy played 46 Test Matches for South Africa.