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Current Affairs Updates: 14 September

Current Affairs Updates: 14 September

Current Affairs 2018: Daily Current Affairs 2018 updates for IBPS, RRB, Insurance, UPSC, SSC, Railway & other Competitive Exams.

1. CM Sonowal inaugurates Indo-Bhutan Border Centre

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated the Indo-Bhutan Border Centre at Darranga in Assam’s Baksa district to strengthen bilateral trade with the neighbouring country.

  • The Centre has decided to construct 264 km of border roads touching four BTAD districts of the state.

2. Padma Bhushan awardee agricultural economist has passed away

Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas (87), the Padma Bhushan awardee and noted agricultural economist, has passed away in Jaipur, Rajasthan on September 12, 2018.

  • He had held several prestigious positions in national and international organisations.
  • He was the director of the IIM Ahmedabad and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) of Jaipur.
  • He was also a senior advisor in the World Bank’s agriculture and rural development department.

3. BARC has re-commissioned the upgraded version of ‘Apsara’

The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has recently re-commissioned an upgraded version of nuclear research reactor ‘Apsara-U’ with a higher capacity.

  • It was shut down permanently in 2009 for revamp.
  • Apsara was the Asia’s first research reactor that was made operational in Trombay campus of BARC on 4th August 1956.

4. Delhi government has launched India’s first scheme for doorstep delivery services

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has rolled out its ambitious project to deliver public services at the doorstep of residents.

  • It’s first of kind service in the country for doorstep delivery of essential government services.
  • From driving licences to marriage certificates, Delhiites can now apply for 40 government documents to be delivered at their homes for a fee of Rs. 50 per service.

5. NITI Aayog has collaborated with Intel to set up a Model ICTAI

NITI Aayog has collaborated with Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI).

  • The collaboration aims to bring together fundamental and applied research, innovation and technology development to solve important problems.
  • The ICTAI will work towards developing and deploying artificial intelligence based research projects in critical domains such as health care, agriculture, smart cities and mobility.

6. India, Iran and Afghanistan held their first tripartite meeting in Kabul

On September 11, India, Iran and Afghanistan held their first tripartite meeting in Kabul during which implementation of the Chabahar port project and a host of other issues discussed.

  • The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while the Iranian team was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.
  • Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai chaired the meeting.

7. Sardar Singh announces retirement from international hockey

Former India Hockey captain Sardar Singh has announced his retirement from international hockey after an illustrious career spanning 12 years.

  • The 32-year-old made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight long years from 2008 to 2016.
  • He received the Arjuna award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.

8.  Haryana government signed a pact with IOC for ethanol plant

The Haryana government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to set up an ethanol plant in Panipat with an outlay of over Rs 900 crore.

  • The initiative at village Bohali with a proposed capacity of 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day will manage crop residue and prevent straw burning before the upcoming paddy season.
  • The state Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare department will motivate the farmers in the 50 km radius of the plant to provide crop residue or feedstock on regular basis as raw material.

9. Jhulan Goswami become the 1st player to pick 300 wickets in Women’s Cricket

Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami achieved this feet after reaching the landmark figure in India’s nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka on September 11.

  • Another Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj went past England’s Charlotte Edwards (117) as the most-capped captain in women’s ODIs with her 118th appearance.

10. Cabinet approves “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan”

The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi has approved a new Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA).

  • It aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.
  • This is an unprecedented step taken by Govt. of India to protect the farmers’ income which is expected to go a long way towards the welfare of farmers.
  • Government has already increased the MSP of kharif crops by following the principle of 1.5 times the cost of production.
  • It is expected that the increase in MSP will be translated to farmer’s income by way of robust procurement mechanism in coordination with the State Governments.
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