Current Affairs Daily Updates: 13 September 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 13 September 2017
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Welcome to Mentor for Bank Exams. Current Affairs 13 September 2017 happenings of day are covered here. All types of current affairs like National, International, Economic, Science and Technology are covered in detail in this date wise current affairs section. Aspirants who are preparing for various government sector jobs like SBI, IBPS, SSC and UPSC exams can make use of this.
Trump appoints Indian-American Raj Shah to key position in Communications team
  • US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Raj Shah to a key position in his Communications team. Shah will serve as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary.
  • Formerly, Shah was served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director. Trump also appointed Hope Hicks as his Communications Director.
  • Earlier, Hicks was served as Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director.
UN Secretary-General appoints Peter Thomson as 1st special envoy for oceans
  • UN Secretary-General ‘Antonio Guterres’ has appointed Peter Thomson as the first special envoy for the oceans.
  • Peter Thomson played a leading role at the first-ever UN conference on oceans in June.
  • The 193 UN member states issued an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans.
Reserve Bank of India introduce Rs 100 Coin to mark MG Ramachandran’s birth centenary
  • As per the notification of Finance Ministry, the Reserve Bank of India will introduce 100 rupees coin to mark the birth centenary (hundredth anniversary) of AIADMK founder Late Dr. M G Ramachandran.
  • On the obverse, the face of the coin will bear Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the center with Satyamev Jayate inscribed below on it in Devanagari script.
  • On the reverse side, the portrait of Dr. MG Ramachandran will be in the center.
  • The standard weight of the coin will be 35 grams.
Paytm Partners with NPCI
  • Paytm Payments Bank (PPB) partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a RuPay-powered digital debit card.
  • The customers will now be able to transact at all merchants who accept credit and debit cards.
  • As a payments bank, PPB can take a demand deposit of up to Rs 1 lakh per customer, but it cannot undertake lending activities.
PayU Ties up With IRCTC
  • Payment gateway provider PayU announced its collaborations to provide users a safe and secure option to pay for rail tickets booked via the IRCTC website and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC).
  • It will now be available as a payment option under the Multiple Payment Services (MPS) option on the IRCTC website at the payment stage of booking an e- ticket.
  • This option will enable users to make a safe and secure transaction and also various payment options like internet banking, debit/credit card, and e-wallet.
Gay rights activist Edith Windsor passes away
  • Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-gender marriage fight led to a landmark US ruling, passed away. She was 88.
  • It was Windsor’s efforts that Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.
US Supreme Court allows President Trump to implement refugee ban
  • The US Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to implement broadly a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world.
  • All nine SC justices agreed with the Trump administration to block a federal appeals court ruling that exempted refugees with contractual relationships with resettlement organisations from the ban.
  • Already President signed revised executive order in March that banned travellers from six Muslim-majority countries namely Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - for 90 days and locked out most refugees for 120 days.
Japan PM Shinzo Abe in Ahmedabad for India-Japan Annual Summit
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
  • The 12th edition of the India and Japan summit will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
  • They will also attend a function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
Halimah Yacob becomes first female President of Singapore
  • Former speaker of Singapore’s parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob (63 -years) has been declared as the President of Singapore.
  • She will become the country’s first female President and second Malay president for Singapore.
  • Under section 15 of the Presidential Election Act, declared Mdm Halimah to be elected to the office of President as only one candidate stands nominated at end of nomination period.
  • This year's Presidential Election was reserved for Malay candidates.
Union Cabinet approves introduction of Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament
  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 September 2017 approved the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Parliament. The Bill amends Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.
  • The Amendment Bill calls for increasing the maximum limit of gratuity of employees in the private sector and in Public Sector Undertakings or Autonomous Organizations under Government which are not covered under CCS (Pension) Rules, at par with Central Government employees.
Finance Minister Constitutes GoM to Monitor IT Challenge in GST
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi to monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the implementation of GST.
  • It is assisted by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN).
  • The Committees is set up in pursuance of the decision taken at the 21st Meeting of GST Council held in Hyderabad.
Kerala to open India's first transgender-exclusive clinics
  • Kerala opens India's first transgender-exclusive clinics at government medical colleges across the state.
  • They are planning to open Transgender Clinics in all government medical colleges in the state.
  • We also plan to provide facilities for their surgery at least in two medical colleges.
  • The first clinic will be set up at the government medical college of Kottayam within the next two months and will be one of the first clinics to provide the sex-change surgery.
Sachin Tendulkar launches project to develop the poorest ward in Mumbai
  • Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar launched Mission-24 a programme aimed at improving the quality of life in one of Mumbai’s poorest wards through collaborative efforts in the next 24 months.
  • The main aim of the program to provide basic amenities to residents of M-East ward that includes slums of Shivaji Nagar, Deonar and Mankhurd.
  • Through this project, the organisations aim to provide amenities like secondary schools and colleges, Anganwadi's, maternity homes, health posts and dispensaries in the ward. It also aims to improve sanitation, create more open spaces and look at computer safety.
Mother Dairy and Maharashtra Government Tie up For Processing Plant
  • The Maharashtra Government and Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) signed a lease agreement to set up a state-of-the-art milk and milk products processing plant.
  • As per the agreement, a dairy development initiative will begin in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions to provide access to milk producers to markets in Nagpur and Mumbai.
India’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab inaugurated in Kolkata
  • India’s first state of art virology laboratory inaugurated at Dr Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • The lab plays important in developing new drugs and technologies in Homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases.
  • The laboratory is only one of its kind in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like influenza, dengue.
Four-day annual BSF sports meet begins in Jammu
  • The four-day annual Border Security Force (BSF) sports meet has begun in Jammu.
  • The Inter-Frontier Sports Competition of the Border Security Force is aimed at preparing the Jawans for national and international-level championships.
  • Around 1,200 personnel would participate in sports such as wrestling, boxing, weight-lifting and Kabbadi.
Los Angeles to host 2028 Olympics
  • Los Angeles will host the 2028 Olympics. The evaluation commission of International Olympic Committee (IOC) gave the formal go ahead to its bid on 12 September 2017. Today, the full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games in Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles had originally bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to its host contract. The evaluation commission said that although details need to be finalised, it is confident Los Angeles can host Olympics in 2028.