September 17, 2019

National

  1. Postal stamp of Doordarshan released on 60th anniversary
  • Prakash Javadekar, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, released a postal stamp to commemorate 60 years of Doordarshan.
  • I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar highlighted the various achievements of the public broadcaster and also presented DD Annual Awards 2019 on the occasion.
  • Doordarshan is India’s one of the largest broadcasting organizations in terms of studio and transmitter infrastructure, having been established on 15 September 1959.
  1. Survey of India to map India with 300 drones
  • The Survey of India (SoI), historically tasked with mapping the country, will for the first time rely on drones to map the country.
  • The mapping will be creating high-resolution maps of the land in villages facilitating the digitisation of land titles in villages, according to officials involved with the survey.
  • The objective is to map 75% of India’s geography, about 2.4 million sq km of the 3.2 million sq km, within the next two years.
  1. Government sets up new house committees
  • The government has announced the formation of different parliamentary panels including the standing committee on finance, external affairs and Information technology.
  • BJP MP PP Chaudhary has been made the chairman of foreign affairs committee and Congress MP Anand Sharma has been appointed as the chairman of the Home Affairs committee.
  • BJP’s TG Venkatesh has been appointed as the chairman of committee on transport, tourism and culture.Congress MP ShashiTharoor and Jairam Ramesh has been given the responsibility of the Information technology committee and science, technology, environment and forest committee respectively. Samajwadi Party MP Ram GopalYadav has been appointed as the chairman of Health and Family Welfare committee.
  1. Javadekar flags off ‘Jaldoot’ water conservation initiative
  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting PrakashJavadekar flagged off a vehicle ‘Jaldoot’ to spread the message of water conservation.
  • Jaldoot, a travelling exhibition arranged by Pune-based Regional Outreach Bureau of I&B ministry, will tour eight districts of Maharashtra in the next two months.
  • It will take the message of water conservation to the masses and highlight work done in this connection by the NarendraModi government in the first 100 days of its second term.
  • Water was top priority for the Centre and it had set up a separate ministry called Jalshakti for the purpose, adding that it was committed to provide piped water to every household by 2024.
  1. Polish Minister Marcin Przydacz unveils memorial pillar in Valivade, Kolhapur in memory of refugee Polish families during WWII
  • Marcin Przydacz, the deputy foreign minister of Poland unveiled a memorial pillar in Valivade in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra in memory of the 5000 polish refugee families that settled in Valivade during World War II (WWII) 80 years ago.

Key points

♦A permanent museum is also expected to be set up within 1 year in memory of the refugees containing Photographs, paintings, and other important materials from that era.

♦Members present: Polish Ambassador to India Adam Burakowski and Guardian Minister of Kolhapur Chandrakant Patil and other officials were present during the event.

  1. Javadekar inaugurates the renovated Jayakar bungalow at NFAI in Pune, Maharashtra
  • Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Environment, Forest and Climate Change has inaugurated the renovated Jayakar bungalow (a famous heritage building of Pune) at National Film Archive of India (NFAI)in Pune, Maharashtra.

Key points:

♦The renovated bungalow have a digital film library and private space will also be available to watch the films of NFAI’s collection. Javadekar also released a special booklet ‘Parampara: An ode to Jayakar Bungalow’, which tells the history of the bungalow as well as its restoration. The special feature of this booklet is that eminent film personalities like Shabana Azmi and Rehana Sultan have shared their experiences. Javadekar also launched a mobile app for booking to watch movies at NFAI.

♦Jayakar Bungalow was originally built in 1910. It is named after the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Pune, MR Jayakar. In the past, the ownership of the bungalow came from the hands of Jayakar to the Indian Law Society and then to FTII (Film and Television Institute of India ) and finally to NFAI.

♦The two-storey bungalow is designed with wooden floors, The narrow staircases and high shelves of books symbolize British architecture.

State

  1. Former Andhra Pradesh Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao commits suicide
  • Kodela Prasad Rao was recently booked by the Andhra Pradesh police for shifting furniture from the assembly to his home in Guntur.
  • He had won the seat with a margin of about 900 seats in the 2014 elections.
  • Kodela Rao was reportedly upset over the number of cases registered against him and his family members over different issues.
  1. Council of Ministers including Chief Minister to pay their own income-tax
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and all members of the council of ministers will be paying their own income taxes, as per an order issued by the state government.
  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered to abolish a provision of Uttar Pradesh Ministers’ Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981, according to which the Income-Tax of ministers was being paid by the state treasury.
  • Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister Suresh Khanna stated that till now the state treasury was paying the Income-Tax of all ministers, however, as per the orders of the Chief Ministers, all ministers will be paying their own income taxes from now onwards.
  1. Justice P Laxman Reddy appointed as the first Lokayukta of Andhra Pradesh, will serve a term of 5 years
  • Justice P. Lakshmana Reddy was sworn in as the Andhra Pradesh’s (AP) first Lokayukta after the state’s bifurcation in 2014. Reddy will have a five-year term as Lokayukta.
  • AP Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan administered the oath of office to Justice Reddy at a function in Vijayawada.

Key points:

♦AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, High Court judges, senior government officials were present on the occasion.

♦Born on April 18, 1945in an agriculture family in Paidipalem of Simhadripuram mandal in Kadapa district, Reddy completed his education in Kadapa (Andhra Pradesh ) and Bangalore (Karnataka).

♦In December 1972, he enrolled himself as an advocate in the Kadapa district court. Then he became principal district and sessions judge (PDJ) and was uplifted to the status of judge in the High Court in May 2005.He was the vice-chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal at Hyderabad from April 2007 – April 2010.

Sports

  1. Pankaj Advani wins 22nd world billiards title
  • India’s billiards superstar PankajAdvani clinched his 22nd world title for the country by winning a fourth straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Mandalay.
  • This is the short format of billiards and Advani has won 5 titles in this is the last 6 years.
  1. Indian shuttlerLakshyaSen clinches men’s singles title of Belgian International Challenge
  • Indian shuttlerLakshyaSen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch men’s singles title at the Belgian International Challenge.
  • The 18-year-old Lakshya had earlier beaten Denmark’s Kim Bruun 21-18, 21-11 to win in a 48-minute semifinal clash.
  1. Spain beat Argentina to winBasketball World Cup
  • Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win the Basketball World Cup in Beijing
  • It was Spain’s second world cup. Spain won its first Basketball World Cup title in 2006
  • France took the bronze for the second consecutive year after a 67-57 win over Australia.
  1. Kohli holds on to 2nd spot with Smith retaining the  first position in the latest ICC Test Rankings
  • The International Cricket Council(ICC) Test Rankings for batsmen released on September 16, 2019 has ranked Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi at second place with 903 points, which is 34 points behind first positioned Australian cricketer Steve Smith having 937 points.
  • Australia’s Pat Cummins ranked first in the ICC test bowler rankings followed by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and India’s Jasprit Bumrah in the second and third place respectively.
  1. Kenya’s Kamworor creates world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2019
  • Kenya‘s Geoffrey Kamworor, aged 26, finished the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2019 in men’s category at 58min 01sec, 17 seconds earlier than the record held by Abraham Kiptum (58:18) of Kenya in the Valencia Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain on 28 October 2018 and created a new world record.
  • The marathon was the 5th annual edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Gold Label event, Copenhagen Half Marathon, held at Copenhagen, Denmark on September 15, 2019 covering a distance of 21.098km.
  • In women’s category, Birhane Dibaba of Ethiopia clinched the title by finishing the race at 1 hour 05 minutes 57 seconds.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Kapil Dev appointed Chancellor of Haryana Sports University
  • KapilDev, who was India’s first World Cup-winning captain, has been appointed first Chancellor of Haryana Sports University,atRai in Sonipat district.
  • The Sports University of Haryana will be the third sports university established by a state government in the country after Swarnim Gujarat Sports University (Gandhinagar) and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (Chennai).
  • Courses will include training for sports management, sports infrastructure engineering, sports psychology, sports nutrition, sports journalism and sports marketing.
  1. AmbatiRayudu Named Hyderabad Captain for Vijay Hazare Trophy
  • AmbatiRayudu, who had come out of retirement, has been named Hyderabad skipper for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy which will begin later in the month.
  • Rayudu had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after being ignored for India’s World Cup squad but he would go on to reverse that decision.
  1. Justice P Lakshmana Reddy appointed as first Lokayukta of Andhra Pradesh
  • Justice P Lakshmana Reddy was sworn-in as the first Lokayukta of the state after its bifurcation in 2014.
  • He was a retired judge of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh High Court
  • Governor BiswabhusanHairchandan administered the oath of office to Justice Reddy at a function in Vijayawada.
  • Justice Lakshmana Reddy will be in office for five years.

Award & Honors

  1. Bangladesh School project wins Aga Khan Architecture Award
  • An innovative project for constructing a floating school for marginalised children in Bangladesh has been awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Award 2019.
  • The award was given away in Kajan, the republic of Tatarstan for the Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh.
  • The project involved the construction of a school in an area which is underwater during the monsoon months.
  • The architect of the project SaifUlHaque designed a school which remains on the ground during the dry season and floats when the area is submerged in water during monsoon.
  • He utilised only local material – bamboo, used tyres and steel drums for constructing the amphibious structure for the school. The workforce and artisans for the project were also drawn locally.
  • Aga Khan Foundation lauded the project for its contribution to improve people’s lives, social and economic development, access to education in rural communities and global issues like rising water levels.
  1. Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ became the only Indian film in “The Guardian” list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century
  • The Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s film ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ released in 2012 featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra and Richa Chadha, became the only Indian film in British daily “The Guardian” list of the 100 Best Films of the 21st century. It claimed the 59th position.

Key Points:

♦The first spot was claimed by the film There Will Be Blood(2007).

♦It was followed by 12 Years a Slave(2013) and Boyhood (2014).

Science, Space & Technology

  1. NASA probe to fly over Vikram lander
  • NASA’s lunar probe will be flying over the crash-landing site on September 17 while ISRO has been trying to establish contact with the Vikram lander since September 7.
  • NASA probe is expected to unveil added information about the condition of the lander, which may aid India in its efforts to connect with the ground station.
  • The US space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is supposed to send back images that it captures of the lander.

Obituary

  1. Film editor Sanjib Kumar Datta passed away
  • Bollywood editor SanjibDatta who worked on films like “Dor”, “Mardani”, “Iqbal”, “EkHasiniThi” passed away
  • He was an alumnus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
  • Sanjib edited over 80 films in Hindi and Bengali.

Important Days

  1. International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer observed on September 16
  • The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer by the United Nations(UN) proclaimed in December 19, 1994 isobserved annually on September 16 under the resolution A/RES/49/114.
  • This day marks the drafting of the Montreal Protocol under the Vienna convention for the protection of the ozone layer signed by 28 nations in Montreal, Canada on substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, in 1987. The theme for the year 2019 is “32 Years and Healing”.
  • This day was first observed in the year 1995.
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