Current affair of 20th September 2019

OBrien as next national security adviser Trump appoints 

US President Donald Trump has appointed Robert O'Brien as the new national security adviser. He will replace John Bolton. He will Mr.Trump's fourth national security adviser. He currently heads hostage negotiations at the State Department. It is believed that Mr.O'Brien is the highest-ranking Mormon member of the Trump administration.

Robert O'Brien:
  • Robert O'Brien has a long career in foreign policy working for both main US parties. The trained lawyer has served in various government roles. 
  • When he served as a special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, he has worked with families of US hostages and advises on related issues, including recovery policies...read more
Ministry of Fisheries released the Handbook on Fisheries Statistics

The Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying Shri Giriraj Singh released the Handbook on Fisheries Statistics - 2018 on 19 September 2019. The book is published by the Department of Fisheries of  Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India. The Centre is to invest Rs.25,000 Crores in the next 5 years for Fisheries development. The aim is to enhance infrastructure and boost the production of fishes in India.

Handbook on Fisheries Statistics-2018:

The Handbook on Fisheries Statistics-2018 is the 13th edition presented by the Ministry of fisheries. The book presents useful statistical information for various aspects of the Fisheries sector. The 12th edition of the Handbook was published in 2014....read more

NTPC to build Indias biggest solar park in Gujarat

India's largest energy conglomerate NTPC Ltd. has unveiled its plans to set up a 5 gigawatt (GW) solar park in Gujarat. This solar park is expected to be the biggest in the country. The move of the company is toward cleaner energy.

Key highlights:
  • NTPC has located a spot in Gujarat for the project. The estimated cost for the project is Rs.250 billion. The project will begin in the year 2024.
  • It is also expected that the company might invite bids from developers to set up projects in the park...read more
Mongolian President visits India

President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga is on a five day State visit to India. He is to hold talks with President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leaders of the countries are to hold in-depth discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.

Key highlights:
  • The visit will also include a review in ongoing cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, energy, disaster management, defence, security, culture, and capacity building.
  • Mr. Battulga will be participating in the India-Mongolia Business Forum which will be held in New Delhi....read more
Andhra Pradesh State to ban the private practice by govt. doctors

The Andhra Pradesh State government has announced that it is to ban the private practice by doctors working in government hospitals. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy after consulting with the committee on reforms in the health sector. 

Also, as compensation, the govt. has announced to increase their salaries in accordance with the recommendations made by the experts committee on reforms in the health sector headed by former Union Health Secretary K. Sujatha Rao. The committee members have been asked to prepare proposals for an increase in doctors’ salaries...read more

PM jointly unveiled the Buddha Statue in Mongolia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mongolian President H.E. Mr. Khaltmaagiin Battulga jointly unveiled a statue of Lord Buddha and his two disciples. The statue was installed at the historic Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

PM's announcement about gifting the Statue:

In 2015, during his visit to Mongolia, Prime Minister had announced to gift a statue of Lord Buddha to the monastery. The gift was announced to honour the common Buddhist heritage and civilizational links between the two countries and peoples...read more

Google partners with BSNL to bring public WiFi to villages

The search engine giant Google has signed a partnership agreement with the state-owned operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL). The partnership aims to bring public WiFi to villages in states namely Gujarat, Bihar, and Maharashtra. The agreement will focus on villages that had no Wi-Fi connection previously.

Key highlights:
  • The announcement comes after the 5th edition of Google for India event which took place in New Delhi on 19th September.
  • In July 2019 Google collaborated with Cisco for its gStation to provide free and high-speed WiFi at public locations across India...read more
IIFA 2019 winners awarded

The 20th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2019 was conferred to the winners in Mumbai on 19th September 2019.

The list of 2019's IIFA Award winners is given below:
Best Film: Raazi
Best Story: Pooja Ladha Surti and Sriram Raghavan for AndhaDhun
Best Direction: Sriram Raghavan for AndhaDhun
Best Music Direction: Amaal Mallik, Guru Randhawa, Rochak Kohli, Saurabh-Vaibhav, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Zack Knight for Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety...read more

Centre to launch NEAT AI learning scheme to boost higher education

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has announced a new National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Artificial Intelligence (AI) scheme.
MHRD will start awareness programmes to create awareness of the NEAT solutions to teachers and students. The NEAT AI scheme will be launched and made operationalized in early November 2019.

Key highlights:
  • MHRD will ensure that the solutions are freely available to a large number of economically backward students.
  • It will create and maintain a National NEAT AI platform that would provide one-stop access to these technological solutions...read more
Centre inaugurated 15 power projects in Jammu and Kashmir

Union Power Minister RK Singh inaugurated 15 power projects and launched work on 20 other projects in Jammu & Kashmir for the first time. The aim is to ensure 24X7 electricity in Jammu and Srinagar. It is a move to make electricity available day and night during the harsh winter period this year.

Key highlights:
  • Jammu & Kashmir has always faced difficulties to meet the demand for the electricity supply in the State. 
  • Particularly during winter months, power cuts disturbs the normal living of the people, particularly, in the Valley...read more
PMMVY achieved a milestone by reaching 1 crore beneficiaries

 Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing 1 crore beneficiaries. So far, Centre has disbursed a total amount of Rs.4,000 crores to the beneficiaries under the scheme.

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana:
  • PMMVY is a direct benefit transfer (DBT) is a flagship scheme of the Government for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Under this scheme, cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in their bank account directly. It aims to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially compensate for wage loss...read more
MDL handed 2nd Scorpene submarine Khanderi to the Indian Navy

Mumbai's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) handed over India's second Scorpene submarine Khanderi to the Indian Navy. The attack submarine was is to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28 September 2019.  After commissioning, it will be the 17th submarine of the Indian Navy...read more

DRDO successfully test flighted Astra

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested Astra, the Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). It was launched from Sukhoi Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur, Odisha. Indian Air Force (IAF) has completed the user trial phase of the weapon system of Astra successfully.

Trial campaign:
  • The trial tests were held from 16th to 19th September 2019. 
  • DRDO conducted 5 trial tests in different configurations...read more
Twenty two scientists received 2018 National Geoscience Awards

Twenty-two scientists were awarded the National Geoscience Awards for the year 2018. They were awarded for their outstanding contributions in the field of geosciences, mining, and allied areas. The award was conferred by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi.

Aim of the award:

The award aims to strengthen the synergy between the professional and academic institutions working in the field of geoscience...read more

VCAS Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to be next Chief of the Air Staff

Ministry of Defence has announced to appoint Vice chief of air staff (VCAS) Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as the next Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). The announcement comes ahead of the retirement of the current Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa will on 30 September 2019. It is expected that RKS Bhadauria will be taking charge on 30 September...read more

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