Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 26, 2018
India ranks 158th in ‘human capital’ score
India ranks 158th in the world for its investments in education and healthcare, according to the first-ever scientific study ranking countries for their levels of human capital.
- The study places Finland at the top.
- The nation is placed behind Sudan (ranked 157th) and ahead of Namibia (ranked 159th) in the list. The U.S. is ranked 27th, while China is at 44th and Pakistan at 164th.
- The study, published in the journal The Lancet, says that India is ranked at 158 out of 195 countries in 2016, an improvement from its position of 162 in 1990.
‘Parakram Parv’ to be celebrated from September 28
Commemorating the valour and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, the country will be celebrating ‘Parakram Parva’ from 28th to 30th September 2018. During the 3-day event, the second anniversary of the ‘surgical strikes’ will also be celebrated on September 29. The Indian Army conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016.
Annual Antyodaya Divas organized across the country on September 25
On September 25 every year, Antyodaya Divas is organised across the country. It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. This year it was celebrated as part of fortnight Swachhata Hi Sewa movement that was launched on September 15, 2018. As a part of this, work will be done on ODF and ODF activities in the villages, depending on the ODF status of the villages.
Supreme Court constitutes the committee to look into jail reforms
The Supreme Court has constituted a three-member committee headed by its former judge Justice Amitava Roy to look into the aspect of jail reforms across the country and suggest measures to deal with them. The apex court said the panel will look into the issues including overcrowding in prisons.
Madhya Pradesh gets first exclusive crow park
In a move to prevent the extinction of crows, a park has been built in Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha town, exclusive for these birds. An organization named Muktidham Seva Samiti has opened the park.
Arun Jaitley launches the Financial Inclusion Index in New Delhi
Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the Financial Inclusion Index after his Annual Performance Review Meeting with CEOs of the Public Sector Banks in New Delhi on 25th September. Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance will release an Annual Financial Inclusion Index (FII) which will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products. The index will have three measurement dimensions; (i) Access to financial services (ii) Usage of financial services and (3) Quality.
Mukesh Ambani tops Barclays Rich List
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India’s second-most valued firm ‘Reliance Industries’, has topped the ‘Barclays Hurun India Rich List 2018’ for the seventh consecutive year, with a total net worth of Rs. 371,000 crore. Mr. Ambani is followed by London-based S.P. Hinduja, with a net worth of Rs. 1,59,000 crore; and L.N. Mittal, with a net worth of Rs. 1,14,500 crore.
ADB approves 500mn USD to develop water, sanitation services in India
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved the financing of up to 500 million U.S. dollars for a multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) that will develop climate-resilient water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in at least 10 cities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Manila-based bank said on 25th September.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates air pollution control device WAYU in Delhi
Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 25th September inaugurated air pollution control device Wind Augmentation Purifying Unit, WAYU, at ITO in New Delhi. The device WAYU is developed by the Council of Science and Industrial Research (CSIR)to mitigate air pollution at traffic junctions. Along with particulate matter, the device will remove poisonous gases such as volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide. This device works on two principles mainly wind generation for dilution of air pollutants and active pollutants removal.
India’s Mars Orbiter Mission completed 4 years in orbit: ISRO
India’s maiden interplanetary mission — the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) — has completed 4 years orbiting the red planet, according to ISRO. The mission, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on November 5, 2013, successfully placed itself into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014, in its first attempt. Although the designed mission life of MOM was six months, the satellite has continued to beam back science data from Mars for the past 4 years.
President Ram Nath Kovind presents National Sports Awards
Captain of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu received the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, the highest sporting award of the country. Apart from a medal and a citation, both the awardees received a cash prize of 7.5 lakh rupees.
Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, athlete Hima Das, Jinson Johnson, Shuttler Nelakurthi Sikki Reddy, Boxer Satish Kumar, Golfer Subhankar Sharma, Shooters Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal, Shreyasi Singh, Table Tennis Players Manika Batra, G Sathiyan, Wrestler Sumit, Wushu player Pooja Kadian, Para Athlete Ankur Dhama, Para-Badminton player Manoj Sarkar and Hockey players Manpreet Singh, Savita and Polo player Col. Ravi Rathore got the Arjuna Awards.
The President also presented the Dronacharya awards to 8 coaches and Dhyan Chand Award was given to 4 persons.
U.N. declared 2019-2028 as the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace”
On September 25, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared 2019-2028 as the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace” at the UN headquarters in New York. This took place at the Nelson Mandela peace summit honoring the South African leader at the UN.
Nepal begins 8-day long Indra Jatra celebrations with zeal
In Nepal, the famous Indra Jatra festival is being celebrated in Kathmandu with gaiety and religious fervor. The 8-day long annual festival is observed to worship the god Devraj Indra, the lord of rain and good harvest. It also marks the end of monsoon and beginning of harvest season and festivity.
Jasdev Singh, the golden voice of Indian hockey, goes silent
Renowned Hindi commentator Jasdev Singh passed away on 25th September after a prolonged illness. Jasdev was 87 and is survived by a son and daughter. Jasdev was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1985 and Padma Bhushan in 2008.
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