Daily Update On Current Affairs – September 23, 2017

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Law Ministry approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill was approved by the Law Ministry on 18th Sept 2017. The Bill will empower the Government to seize the properties of Economic Offenders who have defaulted or run away from India, through a new provision in the law. According to the Bill, a Fugitive Economic offender means one against whom an arrest warrant has been issued for an economic offence and the offender refuses to return to India to face the prosecution.
West Bengal gets $300 million aid from Asian Development Bank for fiscal reforms

The Manila headquartered Asian Development Bank has given a $300 million aid to the West Bengal Government for undertaking fiscal reforms in the State. This will make public services more affordable, accessible and of a higher quality than at present. The reforms will be implemented in a period of two years. The reforms also include improved tax monitoring and support for information technology systems in tax and land administration. There are 67 member countries in ADB and the present President of ADB is Takehiko Nakao.  
Indian Army launches “Operation Sadhbhavana” for National Integration

Beginning with the states of Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eastern States, the Indian Army on 21st Sept 2017, has launched “Operation Sadhbhavana”. Under this programme, the Army undertakes various civic action programmes which are aimed at winning the hearts of people and aligning them with the National Integration. The Sadhbhavana tour is organized by the 109 Infantry Brigade of the Indian Army.
INS Kalavari: India’s first home-built submarine handed over to Indian Navy 

India’s first home-built submarine INS Kalavari was handed over to the Indian Navy on 22nd Sept 2017. The ship has been built indigenously by the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai. This is Indian Navy’s first new conventional submarine in 20 years. It is the first of the six Scorpion submarines being built by the Mazagon Dock in Mumbai. It can undertake various activities including multifarious warfare, anti-submarine warfare etc.
Himachal Pradesh, First State to Launch Electric Bus Service in India 

The northern state of Himachal Pradesh has become the first State in the country to launch Electric Buses. The Buses have been introduced in the 51 km long journey between Manali and Rohtang Pass. The move was made amidst concern over increasing environmental degradation in the Rohtang Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis. With this initiative, the state has become the first in the world to ply electric buses at an altitude of 13 thousand feet.
The world’s richest woman passes away    
Lillian Bettencourt, the owner of the L’Oreal brands and currently the richest woman in the world, has died at the age of 94. She died on 21st Sept 2017. Her wealth was estimated to be at $39.5 billion, making her the richest woman in the world and the 13th richest person in the world. She was born in Paris.

Scientists create world’s first molecular robot       
Scientists at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom have successfully created the world’s first molecular robot- a millionth of a millimetre in size. It can be used to build molecules and may help in discovering novel drugs. It is made up of just 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms which are basic building blocks required to form molecules. It can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo using a tiny robotic arm.
International Day of Peace – 21st September 2017  

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21st September. The United Nations General Assembly has dedicated this day to devote to strengthening the ideas of peace, both within and amongst all nations and their people. The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace, Respect, Safety and Dignity for All”. The theme represents the spirit of being “TOGETHER” amongst all people and all nations. The International Day of Peace was established first in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly.
“Newton” is India’s official entry for Oscars 2018    

The Film Federation of India has announced that the Hindi film “Newton” will be India’s official entry for Oscars 2018. The entry will be for the “Best Foreign Film” Category for 2018. The movie directed by Amit Masurkar, starring Rajkummar Rao, tells the story of a polling officer Newton Kumar who is bent on conducting free and fair elections in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh. The Oscar award ceremony will be held on 4th March 2018 in Los Angeles.
Jake LaMotta, the legendary boxing champion passes away  
Jake LaMotta, former boxing champion whose life of violence in and out of the ring was portrayed in the movie “Raging Bull,” passed away in Miami. He was 91 and died of complications from pneumonia. Fighting mostly as a middleweight and known as the “Raging Bull” and “Bronx Bull,” LaMotta finished his 13-year career with 83 victories (30 by knockout), 19 losses and four draws. He was ranked 52nd in the list of 80 best fighters in the year 2002.
India TV chairman and editor-in-chief Rajat Sharma will be the new president of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for 2017-18

Rajat Sharma, the Chairman and Editor in Chief of India TV has been elected as the President of the News Broadcasters Association of India for 2017-18.

Jaideep Mazumdar Appointed India’s next Ambassador to the Republic of Palau

The current Indian Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, Mr. Jaideep Mazumdar has been appointed as the new Ambassador to the Republic of Palau. Ngerulmud is the capital city of Palau. The current President is Tommy Remengusau.
Other New Appointments Made on 22nd Sept 2017
Balraj Joshi has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of NHPC.  P.Alli Rani has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Cotton Corporation of India Ltd.
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