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Current Affairs 18th September 2017

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  • First Asian man to win an acting Emmy

    • Riz Ahmed has become the first man of Asian descent to win an acting award at the Emmys. He is a British actor of Pakistani descent.
    • Ahmed bagged Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series award for his portrayal of Nasir “Naz” Khan in ‘The Night Of’.
    • The actor has been very vocal about how the representation of minorities can shift negative perspectives.
  • Indian women boxers shine

    • India have signed off with a rich haul of one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals at the Ahmet Comert Boxing Championships for youth women boxers held in Istanbul, Turkey.
    • India’s lone Gold came through Soniya in the 48kg category.
    • The silver winners for India were Niharika Gonella (75kg), Shashi Chopra (57kg), Parveen (54kg), and Ankushita Boro (64kg).
  • Sebi allows REITs, InvITs to raise funds

    • Markets regulator Securities & Exchange Board of India has allowed Infrastructure Investment Trusts & Real Estate investment Trust to raise capital by issuing debt securities.
    • SEBI introduced the concept of strategic investor for REITs on similar lines of InvITs.
    • Sebi also allowed REITs to lend to underlying holding company. It also amended the definition of valuer for both REIT & InvITs.
  • M&M enters into alliance with Ford

    • Mahindra & Mahindra has entered into a strategic alliance with Ford Motor to explore cooperation in the sphere of products, technologies and electrification of cars amongst other areas.
    • Both companies will collaborate and work together for a period of up to three years.
    • The tie-up could facilitate Mahindra’s expansion into other global emerging markets.
  • China, Russia begin naval drills

    • China & Russia have begun naval drills near North Korea amid continuing nuclear tensions.
    • It comes ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week.
    • Exercises will take place b/w Peter the Great Bay near Russia-North Korea border & southern part of Sea of Okhotsk
    • The drills are 2nd part of China-Russian naval exercises this year, first part of which took place in Baltic in July.
  • Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix

    • Mercedes-AMG F1’s Lewis Hamilton claimed a stunning victory at the Singapore Grand Prix after pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel crashed out following huge early drama.
    • With his 60th race victory and seventh this season, Hamilton now stands 28 points ahead of Vettel with six Grand Prix left this year.
    • Ricciardo finished second while Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third.
  • Rajamouli receives ANR award

    • Venkaiah Naidu, honoured SS Rajamouli with ANR National Award for his contribution to Telugu Film Industry.
    • Baahubali franchise made SS Rajamouli a name to reckon with in the entire world.
    • Naidu described Rajamouli as One of the most creative, innovative & inspiring film-maker.
    • ANR award was instituted in 2005 with an aim to recognise the contributions of stalwarts to Indian film industry.
  • DNA databank in India

    • Maharashtra forensic department is in talks with a Pune-based tech company to create a DNA fingerprinting database of offenders for state through a public-private partnership.
    • Maharashtra will be the 1st state to start DNA database which will help law enforcement agencies in tracking maoists as well as terrorists.
    • Almost all developed countries including USA, Canada & UK have DNA database.
  • Chris Gayle creates history

    • West Indies opener Chris Gayle has added one more feather to his cap as he became the 1st batsman to complete a century of sixes in T20Is.
    • Gayle reached the milestone during the lone T20I against England in his 52nd match.
    • In the list of most sixes, Gayle is followed by Brendon McCullum (91), Shane Watson (83) & David Warner (74).
    • Gayle has smashed 96 & 238 maximums in 103 Tests & 269 ODIs.
  • New director general of NIA

    • Senior Indian Police Service officer Y C Modi was appointed as the new director general of National Investigation Agency.
    • He will replace Sharad Kumar, who is set to retire on Oct 30.
    • Modi is an IPS officer of 1979 batch of Haryana cadre & was appointed as the chief of NIA in 2013.
    • He had been part of a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team that probed 2002 Gujarat riots case.
  • China opens dual-use highway

    • China has opened a strategic highway in Tibet to Nepal border which could be used for civilian & defense purposes.
    • The highway will shorten the journey from an hour to 30 mins b/w dual-use civil & military airport & Tibet’s 2nd-largest city.
    • The highway will enable China to forge a route into South Asia in both economic & defense terms.
  • Reliance’s Unlimit & IBM to collaborate

    • Reliance Group’s Unlimit & IBM have announced a collaboration to co-create IoT solutions for industry verticals, including automotive & industrial automation.
    • IBM will provide its Watson IoT Platform to collect & connect data, including sensor data, from devices.
    • Unlimit will design IoT use cases for various industries in the Indian market & build them on IBM Watson IoT Platform.
  • Postage stamps on Indian yoga experts

    • Japanese postal department has released postage stamps on yoga legend Bishnu Ghosh & his family members to acknowledge the role played by them in spreading Indian postural yoga in Japan.
    • Stamps on Bishnu Charan Ghosh, his son Biswanath, daughter Karuna & Karuna’s father in law Asutosh Ghosh were released in Japan.
    • It is the 1st time Japan has released postal stamps on any yoga experts.
  • Economy Minister as new PM

    • Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has appointed a former Economy Minister Mercedes Araoz as the new Prime Minister.
    • Araoz replaces Fernando Zavala, who was forced to resign under Peru’s constitution because of the no-confidence vote.
    • Araoz, who is also a lawmaker has served as the economy minister during part of the 2006-11 administration of President Alan Garcia.
  • First African-American to win best actor

    • Sterling K Brown created history by becoming the 1st African American to win the best actor drama Emmy awards in 19 years for his performance as Randall Pearson in “This Is Us”.
    • This was the second Emmys win for K Brown, who took home a supporting-actor trophy last year.
    • The last African American actor to win the award was Andre Braugher in 1998 for his role in “Homicide: Life on the Street”
  • ICICI plans payday-type loans

    • ICICI Bank will partner with e-commerce firms to provide automated payday loan-type credit to customers at the bottom of the digital pyramid.
    • The digital credit planned by the bank will be available to non-customers and new-to-credit borrowers.
    • The ‘pay later’ facility will be available to even those who have not availed of any loan in the past and for small amounts of up to Rs 20,000.
  • Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women

    • Tunisia has abolished a 44 yr old ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims as president seeks to secure equal rights for country’s female population.
    • Until now a non-Muslim man who wished to marry a Muslim Tunisian woman had to convert to Islam & submit a certificate of his conversion as proof.
    • Commission led by a female lawyer & rights activists was created, aimed at drafting revised rules.
  • Sanjay Rajagopalan quits

    • Infosys Senior Vice-President Sanjay Rajagopalan has resigned from his post, month after Vishal Sikka stepped down as company’s managing director & CEO.
    • Rajagopalan was among the dozen executives whom Sikka had roped in from SAP.
    • Rajagopalan headed the Design Thinking, a creative, user-centered approach to problem-solving & help the company implement it.
  • Assam Assembly Passed Pranam Bill

    • Assam assembly has passed a bill seeking to deduct a fraction of salary of state govt employees for benefit of their parents or differently abled siblings
    • Known as Assam Employees PRANAM Bill, it is aimed at ensuring that employees do not neglect their loved ones in times of need
    • Bill has provisions for deducting 10% of an employee’s pay & transferring it to account of the relative concerned
  • India exempts import duty on goods

    • Central govt has exempted import duty on sports items and a wide range of goods for the upcoming Under-17 football World Cup to be held in India.
    • All sports goods, sports equipment and sports requisites, fitness equipment, team uniform/clothing & consumables will be exempted from the customs duty.
    • The first FIFA event to be held in India will have 52 matches spread over six cities.

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