26 September 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

26 September 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

26 September 2019 - Daily Current Affairs

1. Bulgaria's Kristalina Georgieva appointed new IMF chief

  • Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva (66-years) has been selected as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a five-year term starting on 1st October.
  • She will succeed Christine Lagarde, who is leaving to become head of the European Central Bank (ECB).
  • Ms Georgieva is the first person from an emerging market economy to lead the IMF.
  • IMF plays a central role in the management of the balance of payments difficulties and international financial crises.
  • Indian economist Gita Gopinath is the Chief Economist of IMF (from 1 October 2018).
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.(United States).
  • The IMF (Created in 1945) is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership.

2. Madhuri Dixit to be Maharashtra poll goodwill ambassador

  • Actor Madhuri Dixit has been chosen as "goodwill ambassador" by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Maharashtra to create awareness among people about the importance of voting.
  • Madhuri Dixit will be seen in a video titled ‘Let’s Vote' speaking about the democratic process and role of voters in the development of the country.
  • Maharashtra State Assembly polls are scheduled for 21st October and results will be declared on 24th October 2019.
  • A goodwill ambassador is a person who advocates for a specific cause (country or organisation) based on their notability.
  • Goodwill ambassadors generally deliver goodwill or promote ideals from one entity to another, or to a population.
Source: India Today
 Important Days

3. 26th September: World Maritime Day

  • The World Maritime Day (WMD) is being observed on 26th September 2019 (last Thursday of September).
  • 2019 Theme: ‘Empowering women in the maritime community’.
  • This year's theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important - yet under-utilized - contribution of women within the maritime sector.
  • The National Maritime Day 2019 was observed on 5th April 2019.
Source: UN.Org

4. 26th September: International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

  • The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is observed every year on 26th September across the world.
  • The objective of the day to provide an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority.

National Affairs

5. 112 single emergency helpline number launched in Delhi

  • A single emergency number ‘112’ has been launched for police, fire and ambulance emergency services.
  • Now, the citizens of Delhi can avail the facility of all these three emergency services by dialling the number '112'.
  • This call immediately passes to the Control Room for providing immediate assistance to the distress caller.
  • Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy today inaugurated the Emergency Response Support System.
  •  Under this, the call simultaneously passes to Police Control Room as well as to at- least nearby 5 persons through a mobile app, which are volunteers to help the people in need.
  • The Minister also launched PRAKHAR which is street crime patrol van, for patrolling at crime hot spot locations.
  • Prakhar vans are different from PCRs as these vans carry more firepower and are equipped with modern technology.
  • Initially, one van will be deployed in each district.
Source: AIR News
Books & Author

6. ‘Professor Ayushman’ comic book series to increase awareness among kids on the use of herbs, home remedies

  • A new comic book series ‘Professor Ayushman’ conceived by the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) was unveiled by the Ayush ministry in New Delhi.
  • This interesting comic book will raise awareness in children about the importance of medicinal plants and their usage.
  • The comic book, conceived by the National Medicinal Plants Board, talks about plants like Aloe Vera, Tulsi, Amla, Giloy, Neem, Ashvagandha and Brahmi.
  • This book is available for free and could be bought by schools approaching NMPB.
  • AYUSH is the acronym of medical systems that are being practised in India such as Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.
Source: The Times of India

7. Telugu film actor Venu Madhav passes away

  • Popular Telugu film comedian ‘Venu Madhav’ (39-years) passed away at the Yashoda Hospital in Hyderabad.
  • Venu Madhav (born in Kodad in Suryapet district) wasn’t active in cinema for quite a while owing to his ill health.
  • Venu Madhav has acted in around 170 movies in a career spanning over two decades.
Source: The Hindu
Honour & Awards

8. Centre institutes national unity award named after Sardar Patel

  • The Union Government has instituted the highest civilian award for contribution to the unity and integrity of India, in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  • The award seeks to recognize notable and inspiring contributions to promote the cause of national unity and integrity and to reinforce the value of a strong and united India.
  • The award will be conferred by the President by a Sanad under his hand and seal and presented by him in a presentation ceremony along with the Padma award presentation ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • An Award Committee would be constituted by the Prime Minister, which would include the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the President, Home Secretary as Members and three-four eminent persons selected by the Prime Minister.
  • The award will be announced on National Unity Day on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel (31st of October).
  • Any national/state Govt. or institution or organization or Individuals based in India would be able to nominate for consideration for this Award (Not more than three awards in a year).
  • It would not be conferred posthumously except in very rare and highly deserving cases.
  • The award would consist of a medal and a citation.
Source: AIR News

9. PT Usha honoured with IAAF Veteran Pin

  • International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) honoured the Indian track and field legend PT Usha (55-years) with a Veteran Pin in recognition of her contribution to the growth of the sport.
  • IAAF chief Sebastian Coe presented her the Veteran Pin during the 52nd IAAF Congress in Doha, Qatar.
  • Usha's most memorable performance came in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where she became the first Indian to reach the finals of the 400m hurdles but lost the bronze by one-hundredth of a second.
  • She is often called the "queen of Indian track and field".
  • Pilavullakandi Thekkeparambil Usha (retired Indian track and field athlete) has been associated with Indian athletics since 1979.
  • The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics.
  • Since October 1993, it has been headquartered in Monaco.
Source: DD News

10. PV Sindhu joins Team Visa for Tokyo Olympics

  • The global leader in payments technology ‘Visa’ has signed up P.V. Sindhu as an athlete member of Team Visa for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
  • Team Visa athletes are selected based on their expected demonstration of strong competitive performance at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, regardless of nationality and background.
  • Visa will provide these athletes with tools and resources including funding support and financial literacy training. Since the programme began in 2000, Team Visa has supported over 400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls from around the world.
Source: Gulf News

11. Adam Harper to be awarded the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize 2019

  • The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for 2019 will be awarded to mathematician Adam Harper (Assistant Professor with the University of Warwick, England).
  • Mr. Harper was awarded the prize for several outstanding contributions to analytic and probabilistic number theory.
  • The prize carries a citation and an award of USD 10,00 and is conferred annually on mathematicians from across the world who are less than 32 years of age, working in an area influenced by the genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
  • Every year, this prize is awarded by SASTRA University on its campus near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, on Ramanujan’s birth anniversary (22nd December).
Source: The Hindu
Banking & Finance

12. SBI Life signs corporate agency pact with Repco Home Finance

  • SBI Life Insurance has signed a corporate agency agreement with city-based Repco Home Finance Ltd to offer the company’s range of products to RHFL customers.
  • The partnership would see over 148 branches and 27 satellite centres of RHFL spread across the country to offer SBI Life Insurance products to its customers.
Source: The Hindu Business Line

13. ADB cuts India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.5% for FY2019-20

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered growth projection for India by 50 basis points or half a per cent.
  • Now, the growth rate is expected at 6.5% during the current fiscal 2019-20.
  • This is the second successive lowering of estimates by the regional development bank in three months.
  • This reduction is mainly on account of weaker expansion in the first quarter (April-June) of the current fiscal.
  • It also predicted that India is expected to rebound to 7.2% growth in the FY 2020-21.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank established on 19th December 1966, Headquartered in the city of Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines.
  • The ADB is a social development organization that is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration.
  • ADB has 68 members: 49 members from the Asian and Pacific Region, 19 members from Other Regions.
Growth Estimates:
 AgenciesFY 2019-20FY 2020-21
Asian Development Bank (ADB)6.5%7.2%
World Bank7.5%7.5%

14. Pankaj Advani-Aditya Mehta pair wins World Team Snooker title

  • The Indian duo of Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta has won the IBSF World Snooker Team title at Mandalay, Myanmar.
  • The Indian pair beat Thailand's team comprising C.Pongsakorn and D.Poramin 5-2 in the final.
  • This takes Advani's world title tally to a phenomenal 23rd while Aditya claimed his maiden title.
  • He had also won the world billiards event at Mandalay last week.
Source: AIR News 

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