Current Affairs Update – 19 September, 2017


Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here are the Important Current Affairs of 19 September, 2017. These are very important for the upcoming IBPS PO, IBPS RRB, OICL AO, UIIC Assistant & NICL Assistant Exams.


Banking & Financial News

Allahabad Bank launches savings bank account empowering women with AllBank Shakti


  • Allahabad Bank, a premier nationalized Bank of the country, today  launched a unique Womens’ centric savings bank account, AllBank Shakti, from its  Headquarters at Kolkata, in the presence of MD & CEO, Executive Directors and other  officials of the Bank.
  • On this occasion the MD & CEO Usha Ananthasubramania reiterated Bank’s commitment, towards the cause of Nation Building, through empowerment of women.
  • Prominent personalities, drawn from different sections of the society were present on this occasion alongwith other women customers of the Bank. Welcome kits of AllBank Shakti
  • were delivered to the women customers who came from the different Branches of the Bank.
  • This savings bank account is specially designed to facilitate the aspirations of a woman,  who is the primary account holder of AllBank Shakti. The account is bundled with an array of facilities ranging from free personalized Platinum Rupay ATM card, free electronic remittances,  free Demat account and locker at concessional rent.
  • This product provides a platform for realization of the dreams nurtured by millions of women, in the form of zero processing fees on home and car loans, lower margins on car and two wheeler loans and concessional rate of interest on their education / home / MSME and Gold loans.
  • Overdraft facility will be offered to a salaried account holder, maintaining her salary account with Allahabad Bank.
  • In addition, health insurance coverage for critical illness, is also available at a concessional premium.

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Union Minister to inaugurate first ‘Pension Adalat’


  • Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, would be inaugurating the first ‘Pension Adalat’ in Delhi on 20 September 2017.
  • The Minister would also be awarding the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ – a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with the Government.
  • The Minister would also be launching a mobile app that has been created to avail the services of the Pensioners’ Portal, marking a clear shift from e-governance to m-governance.
  • Besides this, a workshop on Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees would also be held as a measure of welfare to the pensioners of Government of India.


News related to India & states

Centre decides to form inter-ministerial committee to monitor implementation of safety measures in schools


  • The Union Government on 18 September 2017 decided to form an inter-ministerial committee to monitor implementation of safety measures in its schools across the country. The committee was formed in the wake of the brutal killing of a student in Gurugram and rape of a girl by a school peon in the national capital, Delhi.
  • The decision was taken during a meeting between Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar and Women & Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi in New Delhi. The WDC minister also informed that a committee of six secretaries will be constituted to monitor the implementation and progress of the guidelines.
  • Maneka said the committee will have secretaries of Human Resource Development, Women and Child Development Ministry, Tribal Affairs, Minority Affairs, Social Justice and Empowerment and Drinking water and sanitation. She said it will conduct a series of meetings to develop a roadmap as well as a timeline for implementation of the measures recommended.

Tripura becomes first state to set up district family welfare committees


  • Tripura on 18 September 2017 became the first state in India to set up family welfare district committees.
  • State Governor Tathagata Roy formally launched the family welfare committees in all eight districts in Tripura at a function in Tripura High Court.
  • The committees have been set to deal with the issue of fake and biased complaints by women against their husbands, in-laws and husband's relatives.
  • The decision to set up the committees came following an order of the Supreme Court to form such committees in all states.
  • The Tripura High Court is the first high court among 24 High Courts in India that has constituted family welfare district committees.
  • The district welfare committee would scrutinise the complaint after filing of complaint by a woman against her husband, in-laws and husband's relatives. The committee will try to mitigate and mediate between the two sides to settle the dispute.
  • After the submission of the report of the district family welfare committees, the police officials would start appropriate legal action.

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decides to provide Rs 2500 monthly honorarium for 'Jal Rakshaks


  • The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on 18 September 2017 decided to provide a monthly honorarium of Rs 2500 to 'Jal Rakshaks'.
  • The qualified Jal Rakshaks with ITI diplomas will be given quota for pump operators and fitters. Those with matric and 12 years of experience will be inducted against the post of Chowkidar and pump attendants.
  • Around 1000 existing posts of Beldars will be re-designated as Chowkidar and pump attendants.
  • The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in Shimla.
  • The Cabinet decided to increase honorarium of Asha workers to Rs 1000 per month in addition to incentives provided.
  • It decided to provide subsidised ration to the inmates of Tibetan Children Villages at Dharamshala.
  • It decided to give an annual increment to Primary Assistant Teachers (PAT) on the lines of regular Junior Basic Teachers (JBT).
  • Now only women PAT teachers would be eligible for inter-district transfer in case of marriage.
  • It approved an annual scholarship of Rs 5000 for girls studying in graduate-level and equivalent courses from Below Poverty Line families under the 'Beti Hai Anmol Yojna'.


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WCD Ministry hosts first-ever National Conference on under-nutrition


  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development hosted the first ever National Conference in New Delhi on 19 September 2017 on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition in the country.
  • The conference was organised by the WCD Ministry in collaboration with Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, keeping in mind the goal of “Malnutrition Free India-2022”.
  • The main reason behind holding the conference was to give focused attention on the issue of under-nutrition and for the same purpose, the WCD ministry has identified 113 most backward districts across the country based on the composite index of NITI Ayong and prevalence of stunting from NFHS-4 data.
  • The composed list includes at least one district from each State/UT so that the action taken in the selected district can be followed in other districts as well.

Chhattisgarh HC orders state to grant books, uniform instead of cash to BPL students


  • The Chhattisgarh High Court on 18 September 2017 ordered the state government to grant books and uniform instead of cash to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) students studying in private schools under Right to education.
  • The High Court issued the order to the Chief Secretary of Chhattisgarh Government, stating that the government should start providing free uniforms, textbooks, and stationery to BPL children studying in private schools from the present session.
  • The decision was taken by a divisional bench comprising Chief Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan and Justice Sharad Kumar Gupta while hearing a PIL.
  • In the PIL, the petitioners had stated that the state government was granting only Rs 650 per year instead of providing free books, uniforms and other stationary items. It stated that the amount provided by the government was not sufficient for BPL students studying in private schools to buy books and uniform.

Jharkhand Government launches Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana


  • The state government of Jharkhand launched the ‘Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana’ on 18 September 2017 to develop villages of freedom fighters.
  • The initiative was inaugurated by Amit Shah along with Jharkhand Chief Minister at Ulihatu Village of the state, where Jharkhand's tribal icon and freedom fighter - Birsa Munda was born. Speaking on the occasion, Amit Shah said, “If we can't give a developed village to the descendants of the great Birsa Munda and so many others like Nilamber-Pitamber and Siddo Kanu, then we will not be able to return their debt. Not only Jharkhand, but entire India is indebted to their sacrifice, as they kept raising their voices against the British from time-to-time.”
  • Under the scheme, villages of many tribal freedom fighters will be developed and their habitants will be provided with basic amenities.
  • The concerned villages have remained inaccessible for a long time after Independence because of Left-wing extremism.
  • The current scheme will now provide the inhabitants of the Ulihatu village with 136 pucca houses.
  • The pucca houses will include two rooms, a verandah, bathroom and a toilet each.
  • Besides this, Shah gave away gas connections, solar lamps to some of the descendants of the freedom fighter. He also planted saplings at the site along with Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das.

Appointments

Raquel Dodge became first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil


  • Raquel Dodge on 18 September 2017 was appointed the first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil. She took over the position, replacing Rodrigo Janot, who held the position for four years.
  • Raquel Dodge was sworn in as the new prosecutor general in the presence of President Michel Temer and Supreme Court President Carmen Lucia.
  • On 28 June 2017, she was appointed by president Michel Temer to substitute the Prosecutor General of the Republic, Rodrigo Janot, even being in second place in the triple list sent by the National Association of Prosecutor of the Republic to the Presidency of the Republic, which is not constitutionally or legally obligated to nominate any one of the appointed ones.
  • On 12 July 2017, her appointment was approved by the Senate with 74 votes for and 1 against the nomination.

World News

IDF and US Army inaugurate first permanent American base in Israel


  • The US Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in September 2017 inaugurated a permanent base on Israeli soil. This is the first time that a permanent American base has been opened in the Middle Eastern country.
  • The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel.
  • Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south, which America and Israel have been working on for two years.
  • One of the most important factors in the United States Government’s overall policy in the Middle East is the Israel-United States relations.
  • The main expression of Congressional support for Israel has been foreign aid.
  • Since 1985, it has provided around USD3 billion in grants annually to Israel, with Israel being the largest annual recipient of American aid from 1976 to 2004 and the largest cumulative recipient of aid since World War II.

Reports

WHO releases Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report


  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 18 September 2017 released the  report titled Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017.
  • As per Progress Monitor 2017, governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions.
  • The report also states that limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs such as cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes.
  • These NCDs are the world’s biggest killers and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.
  • Over 90 countries have set national targets to address NCDs, up from 59 in 2015.
  • 94 countries have implemented operational multi-sectoral strategies to address NCDs, compared to 64 in 2015.
  • 90 countries have developed guidelines for managing the four major NCDs, up from 50 in 2015.
  • 100 countries have conducted physical activity awareness campaigns.
  • Six countries have not achieved any of the progress indicators, compared to 14 in 2015. Five of the six countries are African.

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