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05 September 2017 - Current Affairs

05 September 2017 - Current Affairs

5th September: National Teachers' Day

  • Teachers' Day is being celebrated throughout the country on the birthday (5th September 1888) of educationist and former President Bharat Ratna Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
  • Dr. Radhakrishnan was India's first vice president and second president.
  • On Teacher's Day, students across the nation honor the teachers and gurus in their lives. 

Rajnath Singh & Yogi Adityanath to flag off Lucknow Metro rail

  • Today, Rajnath Singh (Union Home Minister), Yogi Adityanath (UP Chief Minister), Hardeep Singh Puri (Urban development minister) and Ram Naik (Governor) flagged off the first train of Lucknow Metro.
  • For general-public services of five metro trains will be available from tomorrow (6 AM to 10 PM).
  • The 'Priority Corridor' (8.5-km-long) from Transport Nagar to Charbagh, which is part of Phase-1 of the project, and has 8 stations in between will be operational for the public every day.
  • The four-coach trains will have a capacity to accommodate nearly 1,100 passengers at a time, with a seating capacity for 200 people.
  • The coaches have been equipped with LED lights and CCTV cameras.

Environment Ministry to launch environment awareness initiative on Teachers’ Day

  • The Environment Ministry has launched an environmental awareness initiative on the occasion of Teachers’ Day.
  • Under the initiative, an online environmental quiz competition will be conducted at the national level to generate interest among school children about the science related to the environment.
  • This will help in sensitizing the children on the issues related to environment and development.
  • It will also trigger their sensitivity towards nature appreciation and conservation, leading to positive environmental actions at different levels.

Centre announces formation of inter-ministerial task force for Namami Gange mission

  • The Union minister Nitin Gadkari has announced the formation of an inter-ministerial task force to expedite implementation of the Centre’s Namami Gange mission.
  • The ministry will come out with a detailed schedule on achieving various targets under the mission in a time-bound and transparent manner.
Note: ‘Namami Gange Programme’, is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Union Government in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation, and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.

Odisha CM inaugurates the fourth Govt. Medical College in Koraput

  • The Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the fourth Government Medical College in Koraput.
  • The Medical College has been named after ‘Saheed Laxman Naik’ (freedom fighter of Koraput).
  • The Admission process for one hundred seats has been completed and classes began on Monday.

‘Ye India ka time hai’ event organized at NIT Raipur

  • ‘Ye India ka time hai’ event has been organized at National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Chattisgarh.
  • Students of NIT Raipur participated in a brainstorming session on 'New India Manthan' and discussed their views on ‘what kind of India do they imagine for the year 2022’.
  • The event was held as per the directives of HRD ministry to mark India's 70 years of independence and 75 years of the Quit India movement.
  • The students and teachers also took the 'Sankalp Se Siddhi' pledge, vowing to make India free from menaces like corruption, casteism, and communalism.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani launches Gyankunj project

  • On the occasion of Teachers Day, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched ‘Gyankunj e-class project’ at Shahpur primary school in Gandhinagar.
  • The entire project will work on the pilot basis with Interactive e-class room and smart boards have been provided under this initiative.
  • 1609 government primary schools have been provided a laptop, projector, infrared camera, smart board, speaker and WiFi router facilities for 3,173 class rooms of standard 7 and 8.
  • About 10,000 tablets are to be given to standard 7 and 8 students across 100 more schools on free of cost.
  • Education for all courses in standard 5 to 8 will be given through e-content and the internet.

Arunachal health minister Jomde Kena passes away

  • Arunachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister ‘Jomde Kena’ (52-year) passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati.
  • He was a resident of Gensi village in Lower Siang district.
  • Kena was elected as the deputy speaker during the Nabam Tuki government and served as a parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and Jarbom Gamlin ministries.
  • The state government has declared two days state mourning from today and announced a holiday tomorrow.

CBDT gets govt-honor for resolving public grievances

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has been honored by Minister of State for Personnel Dr. Jitendra Singh for successfully resolving public grievances.
  • The awards given to the CBDT was based on the theme of appreciation to the Ministries or Departments.
  • Five departments including the apex policy making a body for the Income Tax Department have been awarded on their performance in the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System.
Note: The awards were given under three categories of organizations, divided on the basis of the volume of grievances received and disposed by them.

World's highest sandcastle built in German city

  • According to the Guinness World Records, the world's highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters tall in the German city of Duisburg.
  • The construction bringing in 3,500 tons of sand over the past three and a half weeks to the site at a former steel works in the inland city.
  • It takes the title from sandcastle (14.84-metre) built early this year in India by sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik.
  • The new sandcastle is decorated with sand models of tourist attractions such as Athens' Acropolis, Barcelona's Sagrada Familia and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Astronaut Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after 665 days in space

  • Astronaut Peggy Whitson returned to Earth, wrapping up a record-breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. space endurance.
  • Whitson’s 665 days off the planet 288 days on this mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any other woman worldwide.
  • Whitson set multiple other records while in orbit — world’s oldest spacewoman, at age 57, and most experienced female spacewalker, with 10.
  • She also became the first woman to command the space station twice.
Note:  The top spot belongs to Russian Gennady Padalka, with 879 days in space over five flights.

Konsam Ormila Devi bags gold at Commonwealth Youth weightlifting C'ship

  • Konsam Ormila Devi (India) bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category on the opening day of the Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships at Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of the podium.
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