21 September 2018 - Daily Current Affairs


21 September 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

21 September 2018 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Virat Kohli & Mirabai Chanu to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2018

  • Virat Kohli (Indian Cricket Captain) and Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (world champion Weightlifter) have been selected for this year's prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2018.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.
  • Virat Kohli (29-years) has 6147 runs in 71 Tests with 23 centuries and 9779 runs in 211 ODIs, including 35 tons.
  • Chanu (24 years) was chosen for the prestigious award following her gold medal in 48-kilogram category at the World Championships last year.
  • Neeraj Chopra (Javelin thrower) is among 20 sportsperson picked for the Arjuna Awards.
  • Arjuna Awards (20): Neeraj Chopra, Jinson Johnson and Hima Das (athletics), N. Sikki Reddy (badminton), Satish Kumar (boxing), Smriti Mandhana (cricket); Shubhankar Sharma (golf), Manpreet Singh and Savita (hockey),Ravi Rathore (polo), Rahi Sarnobat, Ankur Mittal and Shreyasi Singh (shooting), Manika Batra and G. Sathiyan (table tennis), Rohan Bopanna (tennis); Sumit (wrestling), Pooja Kadian (wushu), Ankur Dhama (para-athletics), Manoj Sarkar (para-badminton).
  • The awardees will receive their awards from President ‘Ram Nath Kovind’ in a special function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th Sep 2018.
S. N. Dronacharya Awards - 2018 Dhyan Chand Award - 2018
1. S C Achaiah Kuttappa (Boxing) Satyadev Prasad (Archery)
2. Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting) Bharat Kumar Chetri (Hockey)
3. A. Srinivasa Rao (Table Tennis) Bobby Aloysius (Athletics)
4. Sukhdev Singh Pannu (Athletics) Chougale Dadu Dattatray (Wrestling)
5. Clarence Lobo Hockey (Life Time) -
6. Tarak Sinha Cricket (Life Time) -
7. Jiwan Kumar Sharma Judo (Life Time) -
8. V.R. Beedu Athletics (Life Time) -
Note:
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of 7.5 lakh rupees, a medal, and a citation.
  • Dronacharya, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive a cash prize of five lakh rupees, statuettes, certificates.

Important Dates

2. International Day of Peace observed today

  • The International Day of Peace is observed around the world annually on 21st September.
  • It is dedicated to world peace and specifically the absence of war & violence such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.
  • The theme for 2018 is “The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.
  • The theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Note:
  • In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had designated 21st September as the International Day of Peace.

3. 21st Sep: World Alzheimer’s Day

  • The World Alzheimer’s Day is observed every year on 21st September to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning.
Note:
  • Some of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s Disease include memory loss, problems with language, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in personality and difficulty keeping track of things.

National Affairs

4. ISRO to set up the emergency control room in MHA for internal security

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has signed a MoU for setting up a state-of-the-art integrated control room for emergency response in the ministry.
  • ISRO will provide its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER whereas the project will be executed under the overall supervision of MHA.
  • The control room will cater to the requirement of internal security as well as disaster management.
  • The new set-up will increase the operational effectiveness and will be helpful in rendering timely response during emergency situations.

5. India and Morocco sign air services agreement

  • India and Morocco have signed the revised Air Services Agreement between the two countries enabling greater connectivity through a modernized agreement.
  • The two sides cleared the legal & technical difficulties and agreed to a modern new text for the Air Services Agreement.
  • Thereafter, both sides took approval for the agreed text of the Air Services Agreement from the respective governments.

6. India & Niger signed MoU for establishing Mahatma Gandhi convention centre

  • India and Niger signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey, Niger, with the Indian government’s grant assistance.
  • The Convention Centre is being established in the context of the African Union (AU) Summit that Niger is set to host next year.
  • The center honors the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary is also being observed in 2019.
  • The establishment of the center is a landmark for Niger-India friendship and also a symbol of India’s firm commitment towards Africa.

7. The Union Govt. launches sex offenders’ registry with 4.5 lakh entries

  • The union government has come out with a National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO), containing a list of 4.5 lakh convicts with photos of about 3.5 lakh of them available.
  • The registry makes India the ninth country in the world to set up and maintain a national database of sexual offenders.
  • The database includes the name, address, photograph and fingerprint details for each entry.
  • Another web portal, “Cyber Crime Prevention Against Women and Children (CCPWC) was also launched which will enable complainants in reporting cases without disclosing their identity.
Note:
  • According to the WCD ministry, the sex offenders listed in the database will be classified on the basis of criminal history to ascertain if they pose a serious danger to the community.
  • It will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).

8. Cyclonic storm 'DAYE' crosses Odisha coast

  • Cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crossed near the Gopalpur coast in Odisha.
  • Under the impact of Daye, heavy rain accompanied by high-speed wind occurred in coastal and southern parts of the state.
  • The cyclone system lay centred over south Odisha, about 40-kilometre west-north-west of Gopalpur coast and 150-kilometer east-south-east of Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Note:
  • Kalahandi is the main catchment of basins of Tel, Bansadhara, Nagavali and Indravati rivers and incessant rains in the district will affect other parts of the State.

9. Punjab Cabinet approves setting up of ropeway between Sri Anandpur Sahib-Naina Devi ji

  • The Punjab Cabinet approved the setting up of a ropeway between Sri Anandpur Sahib and Naina Devi ji in public-private partnership (PPP) mode to boost the tourism sector in the state.
  • The ropeway would facilitate lakhs of devotees visiting Sri Anandpur Sahib in Punjab and Naina Devi ji in Himachal Pradesh.

10. Romania will open a consulate in Chennai

  • Romania will open a consulate in Chennai (India).
  • This was decided in a meeting between Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Viorica Dancila (Romania Prime Minister) in Bucharest.
  • Romania will take the lead for negotiations to restart on the early conclusion of India-EU free trade agreement with balanced outcomes.

Science & Defence

11. India successfully test fires 'Prahaar' missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile ‘Prahar’ from Balasore, Odisha.
  • ‘Prahar’ is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying multiple types of warheads and neutralizing a wide variety of targets.
  • It is capable of filling the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system 'Pinaka' and medium-range ballistic missile 'Prithvi'.
  • Range stations and electro-optical systems tracked the missile throughout its flight.
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