Enhance Current Affairs: Know 60 Important Happenings Between 16th September to 30th September 2016

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Dear Reader, here is a list of 60 major current affairs between 16th September to 30th September 2016. At the end, you will find short practice test with five questions.

International:

  1. On 16th September 2016, India has extended $750-million credit line to Nepal for post-earthquake reconstruction.

  2. The US has agreed to be a partner country in the next edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in January 2017.

  3. On 17th September 2016, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been conferred the prestigious membership of the Asia-Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG).

  4. The first Indian music & dance festival was started in Sydney.

  5. On 21st Setember 2016, The Union Cabinet has approved Agreement between India and Samoa for the exchange of information with respect to Taxes.

  6. The global conference of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) 2017 is to be host at Istanbul in Turkey.

  7. India has joined with China to promote sustainable tea production and consumption.

  8. The 8th edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise named ‘INDRA-2016’ has begun in Vladivostok, Russia.

  9. The FIFA U-17 World Cup to be host in India.

National:

  1. The government has introduced new bullet-proof army vehicles in Kashmir to safeguard the armed forces from stone-pelting and terror attacks, named ‘Panthera-T6’.

  2. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani becomes the first Indian Chief minister to host a Twitter Town Hall on 23rd September, 2016. He said, “Tweet your questions to me using #AskVijayRupani,”.

  3. The 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was held at Margarita Island in Venezuela from September 17-18.

  4. Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the only two states yet to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA).

  5. According to the World Economic Freedom Index-2016 Annual Report, India has been secured 112th position out of 159 countries.

  6. All India Radio has launched a website and mobile app for its Balochi service to reach people who speak this language across the globe.

  7. India’s largest rail ticketing IRCTC Platform has tied up with Paytm to bring the convenience of digital payments to travelers.

  8. A two-day national conference on labour was held in Bhubaneswar from September 20.

  9. A two-day conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of 29 States and Union Territories was held at Vadodara from 7th October 2016.

  10. The central government has approved nine highway projects at a cost of Rs 2,600.31 crore.

  11. The ‘world’s largest solar power plant’ with an installed capacity of 648MW was commissioned at Kamudhi in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu set up by Adani Group Pvt Ltd.

  12. The first state to adopt Centre’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in all its urban local bodies (ULB) is Rajasthan.

  13. The Government of India has appointed ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company Ltd as the asset management company for the creation and launch of a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).

Banking:

  1. Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank has received four awards for inclusive insurance for 2016 from Skoch Group.

  2. Vijaya bank has received the 2nd prize under Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (region c) for the year 2015-16.

  3. World Bank to invest nearly 1,000 crore rupees in Assam for improvement of inland waterways.

Business & Economy:

  1. Uber (Transportation app) has launched a new initiative in partnership with Maruti Suzuki and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for creating livelihood opportunities for one million people by 2018.

  2. According to the Forbes magazine’s annual list, Priyanka Chopra is in the top 10 list of best-paid television actresses

  3. Actor Ewan McGregor to receive the Britannia Humanitarian Award at the British Academy Britannia Awards in California.

MoU or Agreement:

  1. India and Sri Lanka has signed a MoU to support the livelihood of the fishing and farming communities in Hambantota district of Sri Lanka.

  2. The Union Water Resources Ministry (WRD) Uma Bharti and Agriculture Ministry Radha Mohan Singh have signed a MoU to encourage farmers of over 5,000 villages along the Ganga to take up organic farming in New Delhi.

  3. The Telangana government has signed a MoU with the Goa government to help the latter in information technology (IT) development.

Science & Technology:

  1. Google’s Asia-Pacific Language head, Richa Chitranshi has said that India’s online population will touch 500 million by 2020.

  2. China has launched the world’s biggest radio telescope in search for extraterrestrial life.

  3. The UN World Meteorological Organisation declared a lightning strike in France on August 30, 2012, which lasted for7.74 seconds as the longest-lasting lightning bolt.

Books:

  1. A book titled ‘Shanti ki Talaash mein Zindagi’, written by Haridwar-based author and journalist Radhika Nagrath, was released by Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul on 16th September 2016.

  2. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh has released the NEC Coffee Table Book, 2016 “North Eastern Council: A Story of Sagacity and Success” on 19th September 2016.

Appointment:

  1. BHVS Narayana Murthy was appointed as Director of Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in the second week of September 2016.

  2. (Note: The RCI is a premiere Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) laboratory located in Hyderabad.)

  3. Nadia Murad Basee Taha has been appointed as the UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

  4. The new Executive Director (ED) of Union Bank of India (UBI) is Atul Kumar Goel.

  5. Punjab National Bank has appointed Indian test skipper Virat Kohli as its new brand ambassador.

  6. Former IAS officer Alka Sirohi has been appointed as the new chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

  7. Navtej Singh Sarna was appointed as the new Indian Ambassador to the USA.

  8. Recently the Central government has newly appointed 3 members to the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). (They are Chetan Ghate, a professor at Indian Statistical Institute, Pami Dua, director at Delhi School of Economics (DSE) and Ravindra Dholakia, a professor at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad.)

  9. M.K. Sahoo has been appointed as a chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board.

  10. The new Chief Justice of Kerala High Court is Justice Mohan M Shantanagoudar.

Awards & Honours:

  1. Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, a microfinance institution, has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016.

  2. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were honoured with the Arjuna Awards at a function held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

  3. A Novel titled “His Bloody Project” by Graeme Macrae Burnet was shortlisted for Man Booker prize 2016.

  4. Lata Mangeshkar has conferred with Banga Bibhushan award by the West Bengal government for her contributions to Bengali songs.

Sports:

  1. East Bengal has won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) 2016 for the seventh consecutive time.

  2. Graeme Hick (Former England batsman) has been appointed as Australia’s batting coach Until March 2020.

  3. Indian Railways team has won the Senior National Power lifting Championship held at Tata Nagar (Jamshedpur).

  4. Hong Kong has secured the top position in the Track Asia Cup 2016 with 18 medals including 11 Gold, four Silvers and three bronze.

  5. Deepak Punia has won the 85kg wrestling gold at the Cadet World Championships held in Georgia.

  6. Priyesha Deshmukh, (Deaf Indian shooter) has won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition at the 1st World Deaf Shooting Championships held in Kazan.

  7. Pincky Balhara has won India’s first medal at Asian Beach Games.

Important Days:

  1. International Peace Day was observed on 21st September 2016. The theme of 2016 is: “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

  2. The World Tourism Day (WTD) is observed annually on 27th September. The theme of 2016 is: “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”

Obituary:

  1. Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi passed away at the age of 95.

  2. Iranian cyclist, Sarafraz Bahman Golbarnezhad died during the C4-5 event at the Rio Paralympics.

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