Current Affairs Updates: 8 September

Current Affairs Updates: 8 September

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

1. Joint Exercise SLINEX-2018 Begins in Sri Lanka

Indian navy ships and aircraft have arrived in Sri Lanka to take part in the joint exercise SLINEX-2018 to be held with Sri Lankan navy at Trincomalee.

  • The scope of the week-long exercise has been significantly increased this year from the Indian side.
  • Sri Lanka Air Force personnel would also join in the exercise for the first time.

2. 87th Izmir International Tradeshow Begins in Turkey

India is the Partner Country in the 87th Izmir International tradeshow which begins in Turkey.

  • In this tradeshow India will also be launching a mega business pavilion ‘Source India’ hosting 75 Indian companies.
  • Its aim is to increase India’s exports to Turkey and other neighbouring countries.
  • The 87th Izmir International tradeshow will be held in Izmir.

3. Google launched a new search engine “Dataset Search”

Google launched a new search engine called ‘Dataset Search’, which works in multiple languages, to help scientists, data journalists and others find data required for their work.

  • The new search engine will work like Google Scholar, the company’s popular search engine for academic studies and reports.

4. India’s first Global Mobility summit held ‘MOVE’ in Delhi

PM Modi inaugurated India’s first Global Mobility summit ‘MOVE’ in New Delhi. Comprehensive discussions along 5 themes took place ranging from electrification and alternative fuels and reinventing public transport.

  • The two-day meet of stakeholders has been organised by the NITI Aayog.
  • The main focus of the summit is to make cities of India pollution free.

5. U.S. returns two antique statues stolen from India

Two antique statues worth hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from India and displayed at two American museums have been repatriated to India by the US.

  • The first statue, ‘Lingodhbhavamurti’, a 12th century granite sculpture depicting an iconic representation of Lord Shiva, dates back to the Chola dynasty.
  • Currently valued at about $225,000, it was stolen from Tamil Nadu.
  • The second phyllite sculpture depicts the bodhisattva of wisdom, ‘Manjusri’, holding a sword and painted in gold leaf.
  • This statue was stolen from a temple in Bihar in the late 1980s.

6. Vice President to attend 2nd World Hindu Congress in Chicago

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu to visit United States of America on September 8-9, 2018 to address the 2nd World Hindu Congress being held in Chicago.

  • It is being held on the occasion of 125th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Historic Speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893.
  • The Vice President will also participate in a programme organized by 14 Telugu Associations of the US at Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago.

7. International Day of Charity: September 5

The International Day of Charity (IDC) is observed every year on September 5 to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world.

  • The day also recognizes the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals.
  • The date was chosen by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa.

8. Author and Journalist Bhagwati Kumar Sharma passed away

Bhagwati Kumar Sharma, noted Gujarati language author and poet passed away in Surat at the age of 84 years.

  • Some of his novels include ‘Aarti ane Angara’ published in 1957, ‘Man Nahi Mane’ in 1962, ‘Rikta’ in 1968, ‘Vyaktamadhya’ in 1970, ‘Samaydvip’ in 1974 and ‘Urdhvamool’ in 1981.

9. Homeland security expo begins in New Delhi

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 3-day Defence & Homeland Security Expo and Conference – 2018 in New Delhi.

  • The expo is being organised for the first time to make leading policy makers and luminaries from diverse defence segments take part with special focus on MSMEs in defence production and procurement.

10. Delhi Metro 2nd most unaffordable system in the world

A study by the Centre for Science and Environment has found that after the fare hike last year, Delhi metro has become the second-most unaffordable transport network in the world after Hanoi in Vietnam.

  • The affordability is defined as the percentage of commuters’ total income spent on travel.
  • Last year, the Metro fares almost doubled after two hikes in May and October.
  • The maximum fares escalated from Rs 30 to Rs 50 and then to Rs 60.

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