Daily Current Affairs Updates 23rd September 2015

Daily Current Affairs Updates– 23rd September 2015:

Daily Current affairs News Updates about the National and International events were listed here. Candidates those who are preparing for IBPS/SBI/PO/Clerk exam and all other competitive exams can use this.


1). The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J. P. Nadda released the National Health Profile (NHP) 2015 that provides comprehensive information related to health sector
·         This is the 1st time it was released in e-book version in lines with Digital Indian initiative
·         The 11th edition of the document was prepared by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI)
·         The NHP focuses on key health information under the following 6 major indicators
a.    Demographic indicators – provides information about population statistics and vital statistics
b.    Socio-economic indicators – provides information on education, employment, drinking water, sanitation, housing and amenities
c.    Health Status Indicators – provides information on the following issues
-       Communicable & non-Communicable Diseases
-       Public expenditure on Health
-       Health Coverage and Insurance
-       Household Out of Pocket Expenditure on Health
-       Public Expenditure on health with International Comparison
-       External assistance to government for Health Sector Programmes along with Explanatory notes on Health Data
d.    Human Resources indicators – gives information on availability of human resource or manpower working in the Health Sector
e.    Health infrastructure indicators – gives information on various medical institutes including medical , dental colleges, nursing courses, AYUSH institutes and paramedical courses apart from admissions to BDS and MDS courses
f.      Health finance indicators

2). Rajasthan Legislative Assembly passed 2 bills to provide reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to Economically Backward Classes (EBC) and Special Backward Classes(SBC) including Gujjars
·         Rajasthan Special Backward Classes Reservation Bill, 2015
Provides 5% reservation to the following communities in government services and educational institutions
a.    Banjara / Labana / Baldiya
b.    Gujar / Gurjar
c.    Gadiya / Gadoliya / Lohar
d.    Gadariya / Gayari / Gadri
e.    Raika / Rebari / Debasi
·         Rajasthan Economically Backward Classes Reservation Bill, 2015
a.    It provides 14% reservation to unreserved category
·         Now Rajasthan exceeds the 50% reservation cap laid down by the Supreme Court as they do not change the reservation quota of SC, ST and OBC categories
·         Previously Rajasthan had reservation quotas up to 49.5% which includes the following
a.    15% - SCs
b.    7.5% - STs
c.    27% - OBCs
·         Rajasthan assembly also passed a resolution to include both the reservation bills in 9thSchedule of the Constitution that protects any legislation inserted within it from judicial review

3). The Union Cabinet approved the minor amendments made in the earlier signed MoU to facilitate implementation of Indo-German Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education Programme
·         Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) between India & Germany will be signed for implementation of the programme
·         The term strategic from the MoU will be deleted from the title of the programme to it Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education
·         Funding period of the programme will be changed from 2015-19 to 2016-20
·         It will now be from 1st July 2016 to 30 June 2020
·         Features of Indo-German Partnership in Higher Education are as follows
a.    It will help to strengthen education relationship between both the countries through this JDI
b.    It will play an important role in faculty development and foster advanced research in the identified priority areas of challenges for Indian education system
c.    It will help the higher education institutions of both the countries to mutually benefit by enhancing innovative partnerships in the field of education, research and skill development

4). The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) approved a multi-billion dollar deal to purchase 22Apache Attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers from the United States aviation company Boeing
·         This defence deal will help to advance the nascent efforts by the Indian private defence sector to create an aerospace industrial base
·         Apache Attack Helicopters
a.    They are equipped with Longbow gunships and are armed with deadly Hellfire and Stinger missiles
b.    They are capable of destroying enemy helicopters and tank forces
c.    There addition in Indian Air Force (IAF) will help to replace the ageing fleet of 15 Russian Mi-35 attack helicopters
·         Chinook heavy-lift choppers
a.    They will play an important role in warfront as well humanitarian operations for proving logistics support
b.    It will help IAF to enhance its heavy-lift chopper capabilities and replace existing fleet of Russia made 4 gigantic Mi-26

5). The Korea Caravan 2015 was organized by the Korea-Andhra Pradesh Friendship Forum in Vishakhapatnam
o   This is the 1st time the Caravan was held outside New Delhi
o   Andhra Government announced to create a Korea Desk an exclusive cell to be opened in the State Secretariat to issue necessary clearances and give swift response to investors
o   Ambassador of Korea to India Joongyu Lee addressed the gathering

6). The Union Cabinet approved the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 that will be initially located at theInstitute for Physically Handicapped, New Delhi
·         This centre will provide equal opportunities to hearing impaired persons to fully participate in every sphere of life
·         ISLRTC will comprise of the following organizational structure
a.    General Council – a President and 12 members
b.    Executive Council – Chairperson and 9 members
·         Some of the members will be ex-officio and others will be experts from the following organizations
a.    National Level Organizations of the Deaf
b.    Independent experts in Indian Sign Language
·         ISLRTC will help around 5 million hearing impaired persons by increasing their accessibility in education, workplace and activities of public life

7). Zany Khan was unanimously elected as the President of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI)
o   He succeeded R. Bharath Raj
o   Mr. Khan represents the Western India Automobile Association
o   As the head of the Steward Development, Training and Deployment  he has experience in officiating at the international level and extensive knowledge about rallying
o   FMSCI was established in 1971 as a Private company under the Section 25 of theIndian Companies Act 195
o   It is a federation of clubs to promote motor sporting events in the country

8). Lalita Prasida Sripada Srisai, a 9th standard student from Koraput district of Orissa won theCommunity Impact Award for developing a low-cost bio-absorbent based water purifier that cleans waste water by passing through different layers of corn cobs
·         The award was presented at the 5th Google Science Fair held in California
·         She will receive support from Google for 1 year for her project along with the cash prize of10,000 dollars
·         The Google Science Fair is an online science competition for 13 to 18 year old students from all over the world
·         This fair is sponsored by the following organizations
a.    Google
b.    National Geographic
c.    Galactic
d.    Lego
e.    Virgin
f.      Scientific American

9). Hindustan Times Group chairperson Shobhana Bharatia and PepsiCo chairman Indra Nooyiwere awarded the 2015 Global Leadership Award of the US India Business Council (USIBC)
·         Indian- American artist Natvar Bhavsar was awarded the Artistic Achievement Award for his abstract expressionism and colour-field painting
·         Shobana Bharatia and Indra Nooyi were bestowed with the award for their roles as top woman leaders in the Business world and their commitment to driving a more inclusive global economy
·         USIBC – top advocacy group for India and American companies in the US that aims to strengthen trade and commercial ties between both the countries
·         The awards will be presented during the annual event of the USIBC in the presence of the following dignitaries
a.    US Vice President – Joe Briden
b.    US Secretary of State – John Kerry

10). Eminent Hindi writer Dr. Kamal Kishore Goenka won the 24th Vyaas Samman for the year 2014 for his work Premchand ki kahaniyon ka kaal Kramanusaar Adhyayan
·         This book is a critical analysis of the work by Hindi literature’s legend Munshi Premchand
·         This award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakh
·         He was presented the award by the eminent Hindi writer Prof. Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari

·         Vyaas Samman was established in 1991 by the KK Birla Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                             SOURCE- IBPS GUIDE


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