Current Affairs Daily Updates 17th September 2016

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Awards and Honours
Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, bags award
Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, a microfinance institution, has won the Platinum Award for Inclusive Insurance at the SKOCH Insurance Awards 2016.
The platinum award is the highest independent honour given for inclusive insurance and was presented to Ujjivan for the company’s exemplary work on financial inclusion initiatives, exceptional customer service, insurance penetration and for covering the highest number of lives through insurance.
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma conferred with Arjuna Award
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Shri Vijay Goel here today conferred Arjuna Awards to cricketers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in a function held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Rohit Sharma was conferred Arjuna Award for the year 2015 and Ajinkya Rahane for the year 2016. Sharma and Rahane could not earlier receive the Arjuna Awards from the President of India, as they were participating in international tournaments.
International News:
India (112th) slips 10 notches in World Economic Freedom Index 2016
India has slipped 10 positions to 112 and ranks behind Bhutan (78), Nepal (108) and Sri Lanka (111) but stood higher than China (113), Bangladesh (121) and Pakistan (133) in the World Economic Freedom Index 2016. Hong Kong topped the index, followed by Singapore and New Zealand among 159 countries.
India and Nepal pledge not to allow their territory to be used against each other
India and Nepal have pledged that they will not allow their territory to be used against each other.
A joint statement issued after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda said this in New Delhi Friday.
National News
PM Modi launches irrigation and drinking water supply projects in tribal areas of Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated the water supply and irrigation projects worth of 4800 crore rupees in Gujarat at Limkheda in tribal district of Dahod.
AIR correspondent reports that six water supply projects worth 1757 crore rupees and four lift irrigation projects worth another 2,000 crore rupees are under the Gujarat Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna.
The six water supply projects will provide drinking water to about 21-lakh people residing in 960 villages including 23 settlements in Dahod, Mahisagar, Narmada and Chhota Udepur districts.
Union Water Resources Ministry signs MoU with Agriculture Ministry to take up organic farming
The Union Water Resources Ministry has signed an MoU with the Agriculture Ministry to encourage farmers of over 5,000 villages along the Ganga to take up organic farming, which will help curb pollution caused by chemical fertiliser-laden runoff in the river.
Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh attended the MoU signing event in New Delhi Friday.
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, Former Italian Prime Minister, Dies at 95
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, a former prime minister and president of Italy and a highly respected economist who, as treasury minister, helped usher in the euro, died on Friday. He was 95.
US playwright Edward Albee dies aged 88
US playwright Edward Albee, the author of “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” has died aged 88.
Albee's assistant said he died on Friday at his home on Long Island near New York. No cause of death was given.
A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he was arguably America's greatest living playwright after the deaths of Arthur Miller and August Wilson in 2005.
Sports News
India finishes 2nd in Track Asia Cup
India ended their campaign in the Track Asia Cup at second position at the Cycling Velodrome in IG Stadium in New Delhi today. India got eight medals, including two gold, on the final day of the competition today.
With this, India's medals tally comprises 16 with five gold, four Silver and seven bronze. Hong Kong topped the table with 18 medals which comprise 11 Gold, four Silver and three bronze.