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Daily Current Affairs for 8th & 9th Sep, 2017 ( English)

1.       Senior IAS officer Inder Jit Singh was appointed as the Chairperson of National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC). Currently, he is serving as Additional Secretary in Cabinet Secretariat.
2.       Viveck Goenka, was unanimously elected as Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI). He is the chairman and managing director of Express Group . N Ravi, was elected as vice-chairman. He is the former editor-in-chief of The Hindu.
3.       The researcher had conducted studies on assessment of biodiversity confining to five uninhabited islands– Parali I, II and III, Bangaram, Thinnakara in Lakshadweep, an archipelago of 36 islands in Lakshadweep seaParali I island has disappeared due to coastal erosion and another four such islands are shrinking fast.
4.       Sep 8 – International Literacy Day (ILD) is observed every year .The theme announced by UNESCO for this year is `Literacy in a digital world’. It is observed to emphasize the importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities. This year it is 51st International Literacy Day.
5.       The Indian Army has finalised plan to induct women in military police as a major step towards breaking gender barriers in force. Under this plan 800 women will be inducted initially with yearly intake of 52.
6.       India has refused to be a part of Bali Declaration adopted at conclusion of World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held in Bali, Indonesia to show of solidarity with Myanmar highlighting deep concern on ongoing violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar from where 1,25,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and was not in line with agreed global principles of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rohingya is ethnic Muslim minority group, largely comprising Muslims living primarily in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state.
7.       The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has extended (FAME)-India scheme(Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles.) by six months (up to March 31, 2018) to promote electric and hybrid vehicles.
8.       The Ministry of Civil Aviation has issued rules to tackle on-board disruptive and unruly behaviour by passengers. It allows for formation of national, No Fly List of such unruly passengers. It has been done in accordance with provisions of Tokyo Convention 1963The promulgation of No-Fly List in India is unique and first-of-its-kind in world. Its concept is based on concern for safety of passengers, crew and aircraft and not just on security threat. In this regard, DGCA has revised relevant sections of Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR Section 3, Series M, Part Vl on Handling of Unruly Passengers).
9.       The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has inked Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru for Development of ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans for parts of Karnataka. IISc will prepare final study report that will include data analysis, conceptualisation and model study plan, hydrogeological setting, sensitivity analysis, groundwater related issues and response of groundwater system to different scenarios and block-wise management plans.
10.   Scientists from Cardiff University, UK have discovered a new way to produce methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. The new technique uses freely available air, inexpensive chemicals and an energy efficient methanol production process. The new process can help to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and its commercialization may take much longer. It seeks to use waste gas flared into the atmosphere during natural gas production, thus saving carbon dioxide emissions. 
11.   The Union Finance Ministry has imposed 18.95% countervailing duty (CVD) on certain Chinese flat steel products. This decision was based on the recommendation of Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) to protect domestic players from cheap subsidised imports. This is the first case of imposition of CVD on any steel product in India. 
12.   State-run oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is all set to become a Maharatna company. Presently it is having Navratna status.
13.   ICAR ( The Indian Council for Agricultural Research) will be undertaking  major research works  on agriculture this year (2017) with the World bank fund of 1100 crore rupees. Narendra Singh Rathore , Deputy Director General of the national apex agricultural research body  said that the funds will be allocated to 10 each of the premier agricultural and veterinary universities in the Country.
14.   Johnson & Johnson introduces ‘paternity leave ‘ for the new and adoptive fathers. They will be entitled  8 weeks of paid leave for the first yearAt present there is no provision for paternity leave for private sector employees as per the Indian Labour Law.
15.   Indo –US joint Military exercise “ Yudh Abhyas” 2017( 13th edoition) will be conducted at joint Base Lewis McChord , Washington,USA from 14 to 27 Sep, 2017 as a part of the ongoing defence co-operation between India and US.
16.   The South Asian Women Development Forum would be organising ‘Across Barriers –International Business Women’s Summit on 11 & 12 Sep, 2017 at Kathmandu, Nepal. This two day event aims to encourage partnership between entrepreneurs from the SAARC and ASEAN member countries and China.
17.   NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory ( SDO) which watches the sun constantly on 6th Sep, 2017 captured the images of two significant Solar Flares emitted by Sun . The Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. The first flare is classified as an X2.2 flare and the second is an X9.3 flare.
18.   A court in US has allowed extended family members of US citizens from 6 majority Muslim nations( Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) to lawfully enter the US.

19.A group of researchers a discovered a new species of edible freshwater fish  while exploring the waters of the Pampa river in Pathanamthitta in Kerala . The new species belongs to the Labeo genus. The species is named as Labeo filiferus.

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