Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 23-24, 2018
PM launches Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana
PM Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana from Ranchi in Jharkhand on 23rd September and termed it a game-changer initiative to serve the poor. Under this scheme, over 10 crore families will be provided health assurance worth five lakh rupees each, every year. Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Modi said, this is the world’s largest government-funded health care program targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries.
PM Modi inaugurates Sikkim’s first ever airport
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September inaugurated the Pakyong Airport in Sikkim, the first ever aerodrome of the state. CM Pawan Chamling and Union Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu were also present on the occasion, as the Prime Minister unveiled the plaque, formally inaugurating the 990-acre aero facility.
Governor: Ganga Prasad
BRICS Bank Approves $525 Million Loan For Infra Projects In Madhya Pradesh
The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries has approved a $525-million loan to Madhya Pradesh for infrastructure projects. The Board of Directors of the NDB recently approved a $350-million loan for the Major District Roads Project II of Madhya Pradesh and $175 million for building and upgrading 350 bridges.
Headquarters: Shanghai, China
President: K.V. Kamath
Delhi’s IGI Airport 16th busiest in the world; over 6 cr passengers visited in 2017
Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital has been ranked as the 16th busiest in the world, handling 6.34 crore passengers in 2017, says a report. The airport is 16th among the world’s top 20 busiest aerodromes in terms of passengers handled on an annual basis. Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson in the US maintained its position as the world’s busiest airport by handling 10.39 crore passengers in 2017, followed by Beijing with 9.58 crore passengers, said the World Airport Traffic Report.
Anil Kumar Chaudhary takes charge as SAIL chairman
Anil Kumar Chaudhary on 22nd September took charge as chairman of state-owned Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), an official statement said. Prior to this, he was director of SAIL since 2011.
Nepal appoints actress Jaya Prada as Goodwill Ambassador for tourism & culture
The Govt. of Nepal has appointed former Member of Parliament and renowned Indian actress Jaya Prada as Goodwill Ambassador for tourism and culture. According to a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Jaya Prada will be Goodwill Ambassador for 4 years. The Govt. of Nepal has decided to observe the year 2020 as the ‘Visit Nepal Year’ with a target of at least two million international arrivals every year.
WhatsApp appoints ‘Grievance Officer for India’ in it’s biggest market
Mobile messaging app Whatsapp has appointed a grievance officer Komal Lahiri for India and detailed out a process on its website for users to flag concerns and complaints, including those around fake news. Meeting one of the key demands made by India to curb fake messages that triggered mob killings, the Facebook-owned company has updated its website to reflect the appointment of a ‘Grievance Officer for India’. The update mentions that users can seek help through the mobile app, send an email or write into grievance officer, who is based out of the US.
Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry for Oscars 2019
Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars 2019 or 91st Academy Awards. The film is directed by Rima Das. An all-India jury constituted by Film Federation of India (FFI) under the chairmanship of Kannada producer Rajendra Singh Babu made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai on 22nd September. Set in Das’ own village of Chhaygaon in Assam, ‘Village Rockstars’ is the story of ‘poor but amazing children’ who live a fun-filled life. The film which had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and India premiere at the Mumbai Film Festival 2018, also won the Best Feature film Award at the 65th National Film Awards.
Israel, India to commemorate Centenary of the Battle of Haifa on 23rd September
Centenary celebrations to commemorate 100 years of liberation of Haifa in Israel by the Indian troops in 1918 culminates with a grand function in New Delhi. The Battle of Haifa is being commemorated in Israel, Delhi, and Jaipur. The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments, Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers, that helped liberate the city following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.
Swaraj reaches New York for 73rd UNGA session
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in New York to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. Swaraj was also slated to meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UNGA. however, after increasing reports of violence on police and army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, the meeting was called off.
International Day of Sign Languages: 23 September
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. More than 80% of them live in developing countries. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages. The first International Day of Sign languages will be celebrated in 2018 under the theme “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!”.
Vaishali, India’s first Braille chess player at World Chess Olympiad
Blind chess player Vaishali Narendra Salavkar will become the first Indian female to be part of the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) team at the world chess Olympiad, starting September 23 at Batumi in Georgia, a top IBCA official said.
China Open: Indonesia’s Sinisuka stuns Japan’s Kento Momota to win Men’s singles title
In Badminton, Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting beat Japan’s Kento Momota to take the Men’s singles China Open title in Changzhou on 23rd September. The third seed, Momota who took the Japan Open title on home ground last week, was beaten by world number 13 Ginting 23-21, 21-19.
China Open: Spain’s Carolina Marin won the women’s singles title
Spain’s Carolina Marin beat China’s Chen Yufei 21-18, 21-13 in 47 minutes to take the women’s singles title. Marin also took the Japan Open title last week.
France and Belgium first-ever joint ranking leaders
Belgium has climbed to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, alongside 2018 FIFA World Cup winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.
Renowned filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64
Lajmi, a director, producer, and screenwriter was known for working on real subjects. She was known for her women-oriented films like “Rudaali”, “Daman”, “Darmiyaan”. Lajmi’s last movie as a director was “Chingaari” in 2006.
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