Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 09-10, 2018
India’s first railway varsity starts operations in Vadodara
The first of its kind university in the country in the transport sector, the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), started operations this week. It is functioning out of National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara. Funded by the ministry of railways, with University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University as its international partners, the university started with two undergraduate courses – BSc Transportation Technology and BBA Transportation Management- with 50 students each.
Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018)
Union Minister for HRD Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) at New Delhi recently. Speaking on this occasion the Minister said that ‘Ratings and Rankings’ both the quality hallmark for any educational institutions, therefore, accreditation becomes very important.
Amitabh Chaudhry to take charge as Axis Bank MD and CEO from January 1
The country’s 3rd largest private sector lender Axis Bank appointed Amitabh Chaudhry as Managing Director and CEO from January 1, after incumbent Shikha Sharma steps down at the end of this year. Chaudhry, who resigned from the post of MD and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company on 8th September, has been appointed as MD and CEO for a period of 3 years, with effect from January 1, 2019, up to December 31, 2021.
India and Republic of Sao Tomi and Principe sign MoU to set up Space center
At a brief ceremony held yesterday, on the occasion of the visit to India by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Sao Tomi and Principe (Africa), a landmark MoU was signed between the two countries wherein, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) will set up a Space Centre in that country.
Capital: Sao Tome
Currency: Sao Tome and Principe dobra
Triple jumper Arpinder becomes 1st Indian to win a medal in IAAF Continental Cup
Triple jumper Arpinder Singh created history by becoming the 1st Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup as he clinched a bronze with a modest effort of 16.59m at Ostrava in the Czech Republic on 9th September. Arpinder, who had won a gold in the Asian Games in Jakarta, cleared 16.59m in the first of his three jumps to be in the four-man semifinals.
Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold in World Championship
Ankur Mittal claimed the men’s double trap gold medal in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea, for his career’s biggest triumph and the Indian shooting team continued their dominance in the premier tournament.
Djokovic beats Del Potro to win his 3rd US Open title
Novak Djokovic clinched his 3rd US Open title with a straight-sets victory over Juan Martin del Potro, taking him level with Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams. Djokovic, playing in his eighth final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just three Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer.
Naomi Osaka claims US Open title after Serena Williams meltdown
Naomi Osaka became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion after she thumped Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 in a controversial U.S. Open final on 8th September, with the American suffering a mesmerizing meltdown after being handed a code violation.
International Literacy Day: 8 September
International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal 4 has as one of its targets ensuring all young people achieve literacy and numeracy and that adults who lack these skills are given the opportunity to acquire them. This year’s theme is ‘Literacy and skills development.’
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD): 10 September
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10 September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). WHO has been co-sponsor of the day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. The theme for 2018 is ‘Working together to prevent suicide’.
Dataset Search: Google launches a new search engine for the scientific community
Recently, Google has launched “Dataset Search”, a new search engine for the scientific community to help them find the data required for their work. Dataset Search will work like Google Scholar, which is Google’s search engine for academic studies and reports.
China launches new marine satellite HY-1C on Long March-2C rocket for surveying climate change
The satellite HY-1C will monitor ocean color and water temperatures, providing basic data for research on the global oceanic environment, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense.
NASA’s 3rd FOXSI Mission to search sun commenced with X-Ray Vision
Recently, NASA’s Focusing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI took its third flight from the White Sands Missile Range in White Sands, New Mexico.
FOXSI is a sounding rocket mission. Derived from the nautical term “to sound,” meaning to measure, sounding rockets make brief 15-minute journeys above Earth’s atmosphere for a peek at space before falling back to the ground. Smaller, cheaper and faster to develop than large-scale satellite missions, sounding rockets offer a way for scientists to test their latest ideas and instruments — and achieve rapid results.
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Lippa Asrang Wildlife Sanctuary: Himachal Pradesh
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