Current Affairs – September 13-14, 2018

Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 13-14, 2018

Hindi Diwas: 14th September

It was on this day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari as the official language of the country. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will present Rajbhasha Awards to chiefs of various departments, Ministries, and offices for their outstanding performances in promoting the language.


Cabinet approves new scheme Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan (PM-AASHA)

The Union Cabinet has approved new Umbrella Scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, PM-AASHA. The Scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018. Rs. 15,053 crore is sanctioned for PM-AASHA implementation.


CCEA has approved electrification of remaining unelectrified broad gauge (BG) routes of Indian Railways

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for electrification of balance un-electrified BG routes of Indian Railways (IR) comprising of 108 sections covering 13,675 route kilometers (16,540 track kilometers) at a cost of Rs.12,134.50 crore. This electrification is likely to be completed by 2021-22.


Bihar govt approves Rs.1 lakh interim relief for mob violence victims

Bihar Govt. has approved a scheme for providing interim relief of Rs.1 lakh to those affected by mob violence besides speedy trial of such cases. The scheme was approved at a meeting of the state cabinet in Patna which was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.


Nuakhai festival being celebrated in Odisha

The festival of Nuakhai is being celebrated in Odisha. During this harvest festival of western Odisha, new produce Nabannis offered to preside deities. After offering the Nabann, people relish different types of delicacies prepared from the newly harvested crop.


Tamil Nadu govt bans e-cigarettes in state

The Tamil Nadu Govt. has banned e-cigarettes in the state. Listing the ill-effects of using Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, knows as E-Cigarettes, the government order released yesterday said, it is a myth that it is less harmful than Beedis and cigarettes.


National Scholarship Portal Mobile App launched

Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched the country’s first National Scholarship Portal Mobile App in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Navqi said, this Portal will ensure a smooth, accessible and hassle-free scholarship system for students belonging to poor and weaker sections.


Retail inflation fell to 10-month low of 3.69% in August

Retail inflation fell to a 10-month low of 3.69% in August on the back of easing prices of fruits, vegetables, and other food items. It stood below the RBI’s medium-term target of 4 percent this year. The Consumer Price Index-based inflation was at 4.17 percent in July, according to the data of the Central Statistics Office (CSO).


Index of Industrial Production for July 2018 higher by 6.6% as compared to last year

Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production, IIP for the month of July 2018 was 6.6% higher compared to same period last year, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation said.


Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed as next Chief Justice of India

The President of India has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. He will assume the office as 46th Chief Justice of India on 3rd October 2018 after the retirement of the current Chief Justice, Justice Dipak Misra.


LK Advani renominated as Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha

L K Advani, senior BJP leader, has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.


D Shivakumar elected as Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) Chairman

On 12th September, Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) appointed D Shivakumar, as its chairman for a term of 3 years.


Manoj Jhalani, AS & MD (NHM) selected for UNIATF Award

Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (National Health Mission), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, has been conferred the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) Award for his contribution towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and associated Sustainable Development Goals.


Union Cabinet Decisions on 12th September:

Union Cabinet Chaired by PM Narendra Modi has signed the following:

  • MoU on Collaborative Research on Distributed Ledger and Block Chain Technology in the context of Development of digital economy by Exim Bank under BRICS Interbank Cooperation Mechanism
  • MoU between India and Egypt on cooperation in the field of Agriculture & allied sectors
  • MoU between India and Malta for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism
  • MoU between India and Brunei Darussalam on Cooperation in the operation of Telemetry Tracking and Telecommand station for satellite and launch vehicles
  • MoU between India and South Africa on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes

World Shooting: Udhayveer Singh wins an individual gold

16-year old Udhayveer Singh has won an individual Gold Medal in Junior Men’s 25-meter pistol event in the World Shooting Championships in South Korea.


India’s 102-year-old female athlete wins a gold medal at World Masters Athletics Championships

Hailing from Patiala, Punjab, Man Kaur, the 102-year-old athlete made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. Kaur won the 200 m race medal in the age group of 100 – 104.


Former Indian captain Sardar Singh announces retirement from international hockey

Sardar Singh has announced his retirement from international hockey. The 32-year old player made his senior debut for India against Pakistan in 2006, and since then played over 350 international matches, captaining the team for eight years. He received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.


Philippines: Typhoon Mangkhut to hit the island of Luzon

Super typhoon roared toward the Philippines, prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China. Typhoon Mangkhut, which is currently a Category 4 hurricane, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by Saturday.


VC 11184: HSL to undertake sea trials of India’s first ocean surveillance ship

Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is gearing up to undertake sea trials of India’s first ocean surveillance ship by end of September 2018 or first week of October 2018. This ship is now simply referred as VC 11184 and will be formally named after its induction into the Indian Navy.


Economist & Padma Bhushan laureate Vijay Shankar Vyas passes away

Padma Bhushan awardee and noted agricultural economist Vijay Shankar Vyas passed away recently after a brief illness, a family member said. He was 87.


Learn Two a Day:

Fiat money: It is physical money (paper money and coins) which is legal tender.
Representative money: It is something that represents intent to pay the money such as a cheque or check.


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