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Important Current Affairs 13th September 2017

Important Current Affairs 13th September 2017

Current Affairs 13th September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Special Secretary AYUSH gives away Prizes to Winners of Online Article Writing Contests 

Special Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Shri Vd. Rajesh Kotecha, gave away the prizes to the winners of Online Article Writing Contests on Prevention and Management of Diabetes through Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy. 
●    The contest was held on digital platform like Facebook and Twitter page of the Ministry of AYUSH.
●    On this occasion, Shri Kotecha congratulated the winners and said that this type of activities help the Ministry to reach out to people who dedicate their life in the field of alternative medicine. 
●    He also said that Ministry welcomes any idea and suggestion in the field of AYUSH system of medicine and assures all help from the Ministry.
●    To make aware people about prevention and management of diabetes, the Ministry of AYUSH had conducted various Online Article Writing Contests on Prevention and Management of diabetes through Ayurveda, Homeopathy & Unani Systems. 
●    First prize is Rs. 20,000/-, second prize is Rs, 15000/-, third prize is Rs. 10000/- and two consolation prizes are Rs. 5000/- each. 
●    These contests were conducted on the Ministry’s Facebook & Twitter Social Media platforms. 


Building a new India: Pledge to Double Farmers Income by 2022

In order to improve the economic condition of the farmers, Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has set up an ambitious target in front of the nation. 
●    The goal is to double the income of the farmers by 2022. 
●    It has been for the first time, a Prime Minister has put such a target in front of the compatriots for the welfare of the farmers. 
●    Under the able guidance of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Ministry has to achieve this target by 2022. 
●    The Ministry is committed to making his dreams come true. Farmers and officers are implementing schemes to increase the income of the farmers. 
●    Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) organised pledge taking ceremonies in 562 districts of the country between August 19 to September 11, 2017, as a clarion call to farmers to double their income by 2022 and a total of 47,08,47 farmers and agricultural workers participated in it.


Shri Kiren Rijiju to inaugurate 2-day National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration”

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju will inaugurate the 2-day National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration” here tomorrow.
●    The Conference is being organised for women officers of the rank of Jailors to Dy. Superintendents of Prisons. 
●    This Conference will have Panel Discussions, Deliberations and Syndicate Discussions on 4 themes:
●    Difficulties in balancing family and work environment of Women Prison Officers.
●    Training needs of Women Prison Officers and Correctional Staff
●    Is there need for change of uniform for Woman Prison Officers
●    All the syndicates will make presentations based on their interactive session with different State Prison Officers, Academicians, Representatives from NGOs and students. 
●    It will be followed by an open house interaction, in which participants will be encouraged to interact to share their problems, ideas and experiences in connection with their day-to- day work in prisons as well as dealing with prison inmates.


2-day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices to begin in Goa tomorrow 

The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Government of India is organising a 2-day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices on September 14-15, 2017 in collaboration with Government of Goa. 
●    The Secretary (DARPG), Shri C. Viswanath will inaugurate the conference tomorrow in Goa. 
●    The Chief Minister, Goa Shri Manohar Parrikar and Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will address the participants in the Valedictory Session on September 15, 2017.
●    The theme for this year’s Conference is Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices. 
●    The Conference is an effort to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery through e-Governance, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly effective administration. 
●    Delegates from 25 States/UTs (of Southern, Central, Eastern, North Eastern Regions and 5 other States/UTs) will be participating in the conference.


Ministry of Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel Purpose

Ministry of Railways has decided to permit m- Aadhar (Aadhar card on mobile app namely m- Aadhar launched by UIDAI) as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail Travel purpose in any reserved class.
●    m- Aadhar is a mobile app launched by UIDAI on which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card. 
●    It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked. 
●    For showing Aadhar, the person has to open the app and enter his/ her password to show the Aadhar Card.
●    m- Aadhar when shown by the passenger on his/her mobile after entering the password should be accepted as proof of identity for undertaking journey in any reserved class over Indian Railways.


JNPCT wins “Container Terminal of the Year” Award, 2017 

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded “Container Terminal of the Year” Award for the above 0.6 million TEUs category at The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai. 
●    The Jawaharlal Nehru Port owned JNPCT won the award for its proactive strategies to ease congestion, smooth delivery of containers and revamping of infrastructure to support trade amidst adverse conditions. 
●    Accepting the award, Shri Neeraj Bansal, Deputy Chairman, JNPT said “JNPCT has been able to create growth momentum in the last few years as a result of various initiatives to increase the overall efficiency of the terminal and the Port. 
●    These initiatives have now started showing positive results and we will continue to further increase our efficiency levels.” 
●    The Gateway Award was instituted to recognise and promote best practices, innovation and motivation in the Indian Maritime industry. 


Secretary, Ministry of Coal reviews the coal supply position to the Thermal Power Plants 

Secretary, Ministry of Coal Shri Susheel Kumar reviewed the coal supply position to the Thermal Power Plants in the country. 
●    The meeting was attended by CMD CIL and all the CMDs of the subsidiary companies of CIL.
●    There has been growth of 17% in coal based thermal power generation, this is primarily on account of reduction in hydro power generation by 12%, in nuclear power generation by 36% and others by 7% in August, 2017 over August, 2016. 
●    CMD CIL expressed that the TPPs had earlier regulated and reduced their coal intake and presently when the production in the coal companies and off take from them is sporadically restrained on account of excessive rainfall, there has been a sudden increase in coal based power generation which has resulted in dwindling coal stock at the TPPs. 
●    CMD CIL also stated that there has been a growth of 17.8% in coal off take in August, 2017 as compared to August, 2016 and the overall cumulative growth in coal off take is 7.2% in the current year corresponding to the same period last year.


SPMCIL to Mint Commemorative Coins on the Birth centenaries of Dr. M S Subbulakshmi and Dr. M G Ramachandran 

Government of India has notified issuance of Commemorative Coins of Rs. 100/- and Rs. 10/- denomination on the eve of Birth Centenary of Dr. M S Subbulakshmi. 
●    Commemorative Coins of denominations Rs. 100/- and Rs. 5/- have also been announced on the occasion of Birth Centenary of Dr. M G Ramachandran. 
●    Sri Shanmukhananda Fine Arts & Sangeetha Sabha had requested Government of India to release Commemorative Coins of Rs.100/- and Rs. 10/- denomination in honour of Dr. M S Subbulakshmi. 
●    Similarly the proposal for issuance of commemorative coins for Dr. M G Ramachandran was received from Government of Tamil Nadu. 
●    The aforesaid Commemorative Coins will be minted by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL). 
●    Dr. Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi also known as Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi, was a Carnatic vocalist born on 16/09/1916 in Madurai under Madaras Presidency. 
●    She was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna. 
●    She is the first Indian musician to receive the Ramon Magsaysay award, often considered as Asia’s Nobel. Prize in 1974.

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