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Current Affairs September 09 and 10, 2018

1. Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar  Inaugurates 4thWorld Summit on Accreditation

  • Union Minister for HRD Shri Prakash Javadekar Inaugurates 4th World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) at New Delhi
  • Speaking on this occasion the Minister said that ‘Ratings and Rankings’ both the quality hallmark for any educational institutions therefore accreditation becomes very important.
  • The National Board of Accreditation (NBA) is an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Human Resource Development engaged in quality assurance of the programs offered by the professional and technical institutions in India through accreditation.
  • World Summit on Accreditation (WOSA) is a biennial Summit organized by NBA, which provides platform to stakeholders to share their knowledge and information on accreditation.

2. India Blue trounces India Red to win Duleep Trophy

  • India Blue thrashed defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final to win the Duleep Trophy at NPR College ground.
  • Spinners Deepak Jagbir Hooda (5 for 56) and Saurabh Kumar (5 for 51) needed just 10.5 overs on the fourth day to bundle out India Red for 172 in the second innings.
  • Himachal Pradesh batsman Nikhil Gangta was named the Man of the Match.

3. US Open 2018: Novak Djokovic beats Juan Martin del Potro to win title

  • Novak Djokovic produced an impeccable performance to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open final and win his 14th Grand Slam title.
  • Djokovic, who won Wimbledon in July, will climb to third in the world after back-to-back Grand Slam victories.
  • Argentine third seed Del Potro, 29, was playing his first Grand Slam final since winning the 2009 US Open, having almost quit the game in 2015 because of multiple wrist injures.
  • Novak Djokovicis a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

4. In a first in Asia, Bengaluru airport set to use face recognition as ‘boarding pass’ next year

  • Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru is set to become the first airport in Asia next year to use face recognition as the boarding procedure for passengers to board flights and move across different sections of the airport.
  • Hari Marar, CEO of Bengaluru International Airport Ltd. (BIAL), which operates KIA, and Miguel Leitmann, CEO of Vision Box, a Portuguese software firm, signed an agreement to this effect in Lisbon on September 5 to introduce face recognition technology at the airport from 2019
  • Face recognition based passage system will simplify journey of air passengers by making it paperless from registration to boarding.

5. Hima Das appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam

  • Chief Minister Sarbanadnda Sonowal felicitated Hima Das, the outstanding athlete of Assam for her recent achievements in the Asian Games 2018 and IAAF World U-20 Championship 2018 at a function held at Srimanta Sankardev International Auditorium here.
  • Chief Minister Sonowal while congratulating Hima on her extraordinary achievements in the recently concluded Asian Games said, Assam is proud of her achievements.
  • Sonowal also handed over a cheque worth Rs. 1.60 crore to Hima Das.
  • He also handed over an offer letter to Hima to make her the Sports Ambassador of Assam. Sonowal also offered her a job in the senior category of Sports and Youth Welfare Department and requested Hima to consider the offer.

6. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Collects Meryl Streep Award

  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan received Meryl Streep Award for Excellence at the first edition of Women In Film and Television (WIFT) India Award along with her daughter Aaradhya.
  • At the ceremony -- established to honour the best female talent in Bollywood and Hollywood -- the actor was bestowed with the inaugural Meryl Streep Award for Excellence.
  • The 44-year-old later took to Instagram to celebrate her win and shared pictures with the trophy in her hand and Aaradhya by her side.

7. Amitabh Chaudhry of HDFC Life appointed CEO & MD of Axis Bank

  • Amitabh Chaudhry has been appointed managing director and chief executive of Axis Bank for a three-year term. He will take charge on January 1, 2019.
  • Chaudhry, 54, will succeed the current MD & CEO Shikha Sharma, whose term ends on December 31.
  • The board of private sector lender Axis Bank on Saturday vetted Chaudhry’s appointment after getting approval from the Reserve Bank of India.

8. Nepal refuses to participate in first BIMSTEC joint military exercise

  • The Nepal Army will not participate in the first ever joint military exercise of BIMSTEC nations in India next week
  • The proposal for the joint military drill was first forwarded by the Indian Army in June, followed by an initial meeting of BIMSTEC senior army officials in New Delhi.
  • The first BIMSTEC field training exercise will be conducted at Foreign Training Node at Aundh in Pune, Maharashtra from September 10 and 16, 2018.
  • Nepal will not take part in the BIMSTEC joint military exercise. This is the official decision of the government.

9. Triple jumper Arpinder Singh becomes first Indian to win medal in IAAF Continental Cup

  • Triple jumper Arpinder Singh created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup as he clinched a bronze with a modest effort of 16.59m
  • Arpinder, who had won a gold in the Asian Games in Jakarta, cleared 16.59m in the first of his three jumps to be in the four-man semifinals.
  • Nonetheless, he collected a bronze. The 25-year-old Arpinder was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, held once every four years.

10.  Eight bird species are the first to be declared extinct this decade

  • The rainforests of South America are a little lonelier now, with the highly likely or confirmed extinction of eight bird species.
  • According to a statistical analysis conducted by BirdLife International and published in the journal Biological Conservation, five of the eight likely extinctions occurred in South America, the result of deforestation. This bucks the trend of small-island birds going extinct due to invasive species or hunting.
  • BirdLife conducted an eight-year study of 51 critically endangered bird species, weighing three factors: intensity of threats, timing and reliability of records and the timing and quantity of search efforts for the species.

11. RBI Changes Rules For Exchange Of Defective Currency Notes

  • The RBI norms for exchange of mutilated currency notes following introduction of Rs. 2,000, Rs. 200 and other lower denomination currencies.
  • Public can exchange banks mutilated or defective notes at RBI offices and designated bank branches across the country for either full or half value, depending upon the condition of the currency.
  • This includes the denomination of Rs.10, Rs. 20, Rs. 50, Rs. 100, Rs.200, Rs. 500 and Rs.2000 of the Mahatma Gandhi (New) series.


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