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RRB English Current Affairs 22nd September 2018

INDIAN AFFAIRS
  1. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Department of Space signed an MOU for setting up of Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER) in Ministry of Home Affairs.
  2. Ministry of Health and Family Welfaresigned MoUs with the Tata Trusts and Dell to provide a technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
  3. Union Government released a National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO)in New Delhi. It was launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. India thus became the 9th nation to have a registry of this kind.
  4. Asian News International, ANIand Emirates News Agency, WAM, the official news agency of the UAE government has signed an MoU, for bilateral cooperation in the area of the free news exchange in Abu Dhabi.
  5. Tamil Nadugovernment announced scheme for the protection of the exotic Neela kurinji (Strobilanthus kunthianus) plants in Nilagiri district of Tamilnadu.
  6. Gujarat governmentincrease in insurance cover compensation for farmers in the event of accidental death or disability.
  7. Gujarat government announced the formation of a committee to look into the complaints of farmers who have not received timely compensation for crop loss.
  8. First-ever Mizoram International Short Film Festival (MISFF) was inaugurated by Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at the Aijal Club in Aizawl, Mizoram.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  1. Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naiducommenced his official visit to Serbia, Malta and Romania
  2. India contributed one million US dollarsfor the installation of solar panels on the roof of the imposing UN building in New York.
BANKING & FINANCE
  1. World Bank approved Country Partnership Framework for India to support its transition to higher middle- income country
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
  1. Fitch Ratingsin its Global Economic Outlook report increased India’s growth forecast for the current fiscal to 8 per cent, from 7.4per cent.
  2. Insurance regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) raised the minimum insurance cover for owner-driver to 15 lakhfor a premium of Rs.750 per annum.
  3. NSEand London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) signed a pact on a dual listing route for masala bonds as well as foreign currency bonds of Indian issuers.
  4. Alibaba shared its consent on Central Government’s mandate of data localisation for e-commerce companies in India.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
  1. Anushka Sharmareceived the Smita Patil Memorial Award at Priyadarshni Academy 34th Anniversary Global Awards, in Mumbai.
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS
  1. Kalraj Mishrawas appointed the chairman of the parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence.
  2. A Gitesh Sarmawas appointed as Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  1. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered two new earth-like exoplanets namely: “super-Earth”and “hot Earth”.
  2. Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese businessman, will be the first private moon tourist, to fly on Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) of SpaceX around the Moon in 2023.
OBITUARY
  1. Vietnam President Tran Dai Quangdied due to a serious illness, in Hanoi, Vietnam.
  2. former Air Marshal Randhir Singhdied following a short term illness in Chandigarh. He was 97 years old. He was a highly decorated Indian Air Force veteran.
IMPORTANT DAYS
  1. International day for Peace or World Peace Day – September 21