Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 11, 2019
Govt Sets up Three-Member Committee to Look into Assets, Liabilities of J&K
The Centre has constituted a three-member committee to look into distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir between two successor Union territories, which will come into existence on October 31. While former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra will be the chairman of the committee, retired IAS officer Arun Goyal and retired Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) officer Giriraj Prasad Gupta will be its members.
Economic census to be held every three years
To assess the country’s economic performance, economists and statisticians had to depend on data which was dated. But now, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has taken upon itself to make available the latest data and come out with the economic census every three years. The move has been initiated with the work on the seventh economic census. The data being collected in the economic census undergoes three levels of scrutiny, all of which is through the mobile application developed exclusively for the economic census.
RBI to launch a mobile app for visually impaired
Moving ahead with its plan to enable visually impaired people to identify currency notes, the Reserve Bank of India has selected a vendor to develop a mobile phone-based application for them. The application should be able to identify the denomination of legal tender banknotes of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi (New) series by capturing the image of the notes that are placed in front of the mobile camera or scrolled across it. The mobile application should be searchable via voice option in all app stores.
IPPB rolls out of Aadhaar-enabled payment services (AePS)
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has rolled out Aadhaar enabled payment system (AePS) services. With this, IPPB has now become the single largest platform in the country for providing interoperable banking services to the customers of any bank. Union Minister for Communications and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad announced the rollout of AePS services on IPPB’s first anniversary.
Jack Ma steps down as Chairman of Alibaba; Daniel Zhang takes over
Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, is stepping down as chairman. Daniel Zhang will officially take over the reins of Alibaba and serve as the chairman of the group. Ma first resigned as Alibaba’s chief executive officer in 2013 and was replaced by Jonathan Lu. In 2015, Daniel Zhang replaced Jonathan Lu. Jack Ma will continue to serve on Alibaba’s board until the annual general shareholders’ meeting in 2020.
Rajiv Kumar appointed as the new MD of Microsoft India (R&D)
Microsoft has appointed Rajiv Kumar as the new managing director of Microsoft India Research and Development Pvt Ltd (MIRPL). He is currently served as a Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices (E+D) Group. He will replace Anil Bhansali, who held this role for six years.
Odia writer Pradeep Dash to get Sarala Award 2019
Renowned Odia writer Dr. Pradeep Dash will receive the prestigious ‘Sarala Puraskar” instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of IMFA Ltd which is the leading and the only fully integrated producer of ferroalloys in India. Dash will receive the 40th edition of Sarala Puraskar for his poetry work ‘Charu Chibar O Charjya’. Dash will receive a cash award of Rs 5lakh along with a citation.
World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 September
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) observed every year on 10th September in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003.
2019 Theme: Working Together to Prevent Suicide.
2019 Theme: Working Together to Prevent Suicide.
Mumbai among top 5 cities in Knight Frank co-living index
Knight Frank India, the leading international property consultancy, launched a report titled “Insights on Co-living – An Asia-Pacific Perspective.” As per the report, Mumbai is ranked 5th in Knight Frank India’s co-living Index that tracks markets’ possibility of success as a co-living destination. As per the report, China’s co-living sector is one of the most developed having started since the early 2010s, Beijing is ranked 1st in the Co-living Index followed by Tokyo (2nd) & Shanghai (3rd). New Delhi features on the Co-Living Index at 11th position.
India, Nepal jointly inaugurate South Asia’s first cross-border pipeline
India and Nepal inaugurated the Motihari-Amlekhgunj oil pipeline, the first-ever cross-border petroleum products link in South Asia on September 10, 2019. It is a 60 km pipeline. Motihari is in the Bihar state of India while Amlekhgunj is in Nepal. The pipeline will help Nepal to meet its energy demands and reduce the cost of fuel transportation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli inaugurated the pipeline via a video conference. India has invested Rs 3.5 billion to install the pipeline.