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Daily Current Affairs for Sep 28 to 30, 2017 ( English)

1.       Governors for five states and Lieutenant Governor for Andaman and Nicobar Islands was appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as Governor of Tamil Nadu. Prior to this appointment, he was Governor of Assam. He is a veteran political leader.
Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) was appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
Satya Pal Malik  was appointed as Governor of Bihar.
Prof Jagdish Mukhi  was appointed as Governor of Assam.
Ganga Prasad was appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya.
Devendra Kumar Joshi was appointed as Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar islands.
2.       Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter best known for his performances in “Shatranj Ke Khilari”, “Junoon” and “Kranti”. He was Indian actor of American descent was passed away.
3.       ARPAN 3.0 (Army Record Office Process Automation 3.0), a new automation software for Defence Security Corps personnel has rolled out by the Defence Ministry. The software was jointly developed by Army Software Development Centre (ASDC) and Tech Mahindra, using state-of-the-art web-based technology to ease personal documentation and all issues related to their progression.
4.       8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2017) in Hyderabad (Telangana) from November 28 to 30, 2017 was going to host by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog in partnership with US Government.  The theme for this year is “Women First, Prosperity for All” to celebrate entrepreneurship in all its strength, diversity and entirety. This is the first time GES is being held in South Asia.
5.       The world’s largest single electric vehicle procurement of 10000 electric vehicles (EVs) from Tata Motors will be procured by State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). Tata Motors had quoted lowest price of Rs 10.16 lakh exclusive of GST in the competitive bidding. Other companies, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan had also participated in the tender. EESL’s this move aims to make India’s passenger mobility shared, electric, and connected to cut country’s energy demand by 64% and carbon emissions by 37% in 2030.
6.        Domestic telecom equipment provider Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) to launch Relief 123 service to provide disaster management in India. The Relief 123 service is based on “ResQMobil”, an integrated portable communication solution which packs in the required hardware into a portable transportable trailer-on-wheels. It has been designed and manufactured by VNL. BSNL will provide backhaul connectivity to it. The Relief 123 service is an integrated disaster response solution for first responders and public safety agencies.
7.       Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and  Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) have organized the third India International Science Festival (IISF-2017), which  will be held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu from October 13-16, 2017.. The festival aims to build strategy for rural India through advancement of S&T. It also intends to make innovation beneficial for people and develop technology that is affordable to the masses.
8.       Sep 30- International Translation Day. It was observed for the first time to recognize contribution of unsung heroes behind international diplomacy who work as language professionals to facilitate dialogue and contribute to development and strengthens world peace and security. The date 30 September was chosen to celebrate feast of Bible translator St Jerome, who is considered as patron saint of translators. It was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
9.       Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has notified new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 to prohibit range of activities in wetlands. The new rules will replace earlier rules notified in 2010. There are 115 wetlands officially identified by Central Government and of those 26 are identified as wetlands of international importance under Ramsar Convention.
10.   India has registered a significant decline of 8% in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in 2016, according to recently released Sample Registration Bulletin (SRS). IMR in India has declined by three points from 37 per 1000 live births in 2015 to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016.
11.   Gravitational waves were detected by the scientists for the fourth time. It is the first time that this phenomenon has been measured simultaneously by both the US-based LIGO and Italy based Virgo detectors. The detection was prescribed in a paper and that will be soon published in Physical Review Letters.
12.   The Union cabinet has given its nod for implementation of umbrella scheme for Modernization of Police Forces ( MPF) for years 2017-18 and 2019-20.However police is in a state list and it is exclusive to states.
13.   The Union cabinet has approved the suggestion to increase the retirement age of doctors to 65 years. But this decision is not applicable to the Central Health Service ( CHS) doctors. The decision is expected to help in better patient care , better academic activities in Medical institutes and colleges as also it will help in effective and better implementation of National Health Programmes ( NHP).
14.   Sep 28 – World Maritime Day  with this year’s theme ‘ Connecting Ships, Ports and People’. Its main objective is to build on the World Maritime Day theme for 2016 , ‘Shipping : indispensable to the World.
15.   The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the agreement between India and Ethiopia on co-operation in the field of Information, Communication and Media. The pact mainly aims to harness the growing power of Information, Communication and Media for information, dissemination and enhancing outreach between the two countries for inclusive development.
16.   An expert committee headed by former Lok Sabha secretary general TK Viswanathan to deal with cybercrimes especially online hate speech has submitted its report to Union Home Ministry. The committee has recommended appointing cybercrime coordinators in all states and establishing cybercrime cells in each district. They will deal with those fomenting trouble or spreading hate against anybody on rounds of religion, race, caste or community, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, place of birth or residence, disability or tribe through any means of communication, etc.
17.   In order to bring greater transparency in funding of political parties, the Union Government has finalised electoral bonds scheme.It will make India first country in the world to have such unique bonds for electoral funding. The scheme was announced in 2017-18 Union Budget as part of certain electoral funding reforms. Under the scheme, proposed electoral bonds will resemble promissory note and not an interest-paying debt instrument. The electoral bonds will prompt donors to take banking route to donate, with their identity captured by the issuing authority. These bonds will only be issued by notified authorized bank and can only be bought using cheques or digital payments. These bonds purchased by donor w ill be given to political party for fixed period of time.
18.   India has signed Letter of Intent (LoI) with Norway to extend cooperation within health sector through Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for period of three years starting from 2018. Through this LoI, cooperation between both countries will continue to be aligned with development goals of India as outlined in its National Health Policy, 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The cooperation will also focus on global health issues of common interest. It will include areas related to reproductive, maternal, child, new-born, dolescent health and health system strengthening to be build based on experiences from NIPI phase I and II.
19.   The Banaras Hindu University has appointed Royana Singh as the first woman proctor of the institution. This appointment was approved by the Vice chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi.
20.   Indian Railways would be working with ISRO to device safety mechanism to make travel by train safer.
21.   Election Commission of India has announced that Gujarat will become first big state to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in coming Assembly elections to make election process more transparent. Gujarat will be second state after Goa to use VVPAT system for the Assembly elections in entire state.
22.   Indian Railways is going to introduce 100 additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.
23.   The Diamond Jubilee of Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) was observed on 28 September 2017 as it completed 60 years of its existence. To commemorate the occasion, Minister of State (MoS) for Defence, Dr Subhash Bhamare released the ‘First Day Cover’ of DGQA. He also launched portal for e-registration of vendors.
24.   The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) launched monthly Jan Sampark program, the first of its kind programme under it was held recently in New Delhi to enable public to interact with its officials to obtain information related to child adoption. Nearly 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), adoptive parents and representatives of agencies participated in session.
25.   The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has decided to increase its annual lending to India to maximum of $4 billion between 2018 and 2022 to help fasten inclusive economic transformation towards upper middle income status. The ADB’s programme in India will focus on three main pillars of activity during the 5-year period. These three pillars are (i) Boost economic competitiveness to create more and well-paid jobs. (ii) Improve access to infrastructure and services, and (iii) Address climate change and improving climate resilience.
26.   A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake named Aquatic Rhabdops, which was misidentified since 1863, was identified and described as new species from northern Western Ghats in Maharashtra, Goa and North Karnataka. Aquatic Rhabdops snakes belong to genus Rhabdops which are endemic to India. It is named after its aquatic nature since adults of these species are mostly associated with freshwater forest streams and juveniles are seen in water-logged areas, mostly on rocky plateaus. Earlier the new species, Rhabdops aquaticus, was considered as variant of Olive Forest Snake, first described in 1863. But new study has confirmed that Aquatic Rhabdops has different colours and patterns and also vary in other features of size, shape and structure, and also genetic make-up.
27.    The 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was celebrated across the country on Sep 28,2017. The theme of this year’s Formation Day was School Safety. On this occasion, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh released National Disaster Management Guidelines on School Safety Policy with an aim to strengthen the risk resilience of schools across the country. Moreover, National Disaster Management Guidelines on Boat Safety and Cultural Heritage Sites & Precincts, and a study report on Chennai Floods of 2015 were also released.
28.   The Union Cabinet has approved proposal for revision of policy of Ministry of Defence for providing Defence land to Communication Operators for construction of Shared Communication Towers and allied Infrastructure. This move will help to improve the quality of communication services in the Cantonments and Military Stations and help address mobile call drop issues.
29.   28 Sep- World Rabies Day is observed every year to raise awareness about rabies disease and its preventable measures. The 2017 theme is ‘Rabies: Zero by 30’.
30.   India jumps to 14th rank as best country for expats to work in and live as by HSBC Survey.
31.   The Union government has extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar to avail benefits of government schemes and subsidies by three months to 31 Dec 2017. Earlier the deadline was 30 Sep 2017.
32.   The Union government  has given its ex-post facto approval for MoU signed between India and Belarus on Oil and Gas sector.

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