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Daily current Affairs for Sep 22& 23rd, 2017 ( English )

1.       Nigerian Lawyer Zanna Mustapha wins 2017 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award . He will be bestowed with this award at a ceremony taking place in Geneva on 2nd Oct2017.He had negotiated and helped secure the release of more than 100 school girls from  Chibok  kidnapped from Boko Haram Millitant group. The UNHCR called him a champion for the rights of the displaced children growing up amid violence in North East Nigeria.
2.       World’s richest woman and L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt (94) passed away  at her home in Paris.
3.       NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have spotted an unusual object called 2006 VW139/288P having two asteroids orbiting each other with comet-like features was found by International team of astronomers. These include bright halo of material, called a coma, and long tail of dust. The odd object is first known binary asteroid that is also classified as a main-belt comet.
4.       The first of its kind electric bus service for tourist spot in India and first in world at an altitude of 13,000 feet was launched at Rohtang Pass area in Himachal Pradesh. It was launched amid concern over environment degradation in Rohtang Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis. The initiative aims to curb carbon emission which is resulting in melting of glaciers in Himalayas. The electric bus service will ply between Manali and Rohtang and there will be 10 electric buses in fleet. Himachal Pradesh Government was forced to introduce zero-emission transportation facility in ecologically fragile areas after National Green Tribunal (NGT) had taken stringent step of imposing restriction on entry of vehicles to Rohtang Pass.
5.       Hindi film “Newton”, a black comedy on foibles of democracy , directed by Amit Masurkar   was selected .by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to represent India in Best Foreign Language category at 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) to be held in February 2018. The film is political satire revolving around an honest election officer’s (Newton Kumar) attempt to conduct a free and fair poll in naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh.
6.       The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog and International Road Federation (IRF), Geneva have signed Statement of Intent (SoI) to cooperate in field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) with the objective to create National Platform, involving all relevant Union Government stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies active in sector.
7.       The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has increased corporate bond investment limit for foreign investors by taking out Masala bonds (rupee-denominated bonds) from ambit of total debt investment limit. They will be considered as part of External Commercial Borrowings (ECBs) and will be monitored accordingly. Currently, masala bonds are reckoned both under combined corporate debt limit (CCDL) for FPI (Foreign Portfolio Investments) and external commercial borrowings (ECBs).
8.       India’s first bond index series for overseas investors. FTSE SBI Bond Index series at London Stock Exchange (LSE) was launched by State Bank of India (SBI) along with FTSE Russell, global index and data provider.
9.       Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre and Crafts Museum for handicrafts was inaugurated by PM Modi at  Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh . The centre will help to promote rich traditional craft of ancient Varanasi. It will provide enabling platform and environment to showcase Indian handloom and handicrafts in both domestic and international markets.
10.   SATH (Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital) Program was launched in Guwahati, Assam by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog with the aims to provide structured support to Assam in identifying key health priorities and implement the solutions towards transforming the health and improving the well-being of people of state.
11.   Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat scheme to distribute LPG connections among rural areas where conventional fuel is used for domestic purposes was launched country-wide by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas at Mota Ishanpur village in Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. It is backup scheme to existing Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The LPG Panchayat scheme aims at spreading awareness among LPG users about how to properly use clean fuel and its useful benefits.
12.   Pralay Sahayam, Multi-Agency humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise was jointly organised by Telangana state government in association with all central and state agencies National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and Armed Forces was recently held in Hyderabad to create public awareness about man-made and natural climate change and urban disasters including flooding.
13.   Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana. has launched by the Ministry of Science & Technology to formulate and implement appropriate S&T interventions for sustainable development through cluster approach in Uttarakhand. Under the scheme, Department of Science and Technology (DST) will adopt few clusters of villages in Uttarakhand and transform them to become self-sustainable in time bound manner through tools of S&T.
14.   To find a permanent solution to Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has floated a five-point peace proposal at United Nations .She called for immediate steps to end ethnic cleansing of Rohingya minority as it has deepened crisis along Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar where over 430,000 refugees fleeing violence in Rakhine State since August 2017.
15.   INS Kalvari, the first of 6 Scorpene –Class submarine was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagaon  Dock Limited ( MDL) . This submarine will be soon commissioned into the Indian Navy.
16.   50 nations have signed the United Nations treaty on the Prohibition  of Nuclear Weapons. Brazil was the first country to sign onto the ban followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela
17.   India has announced collaboration with Russia to build a nuclear plant in Bangladesh.  This is the first initiative under the Indo –Russia deal to undertake atomic energy projects in the third- world nations.
18.    The Union Government has announced a new PPP  policy for affordable housing . The policy seeks to assign risks among the government, developers and financial institutions and to those who can manage them the best besides the leveraging underutilized and un- utilized private and public lands towards meeting the Housing for All Target by 2022.

            

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