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Important Current Affairs 24th September 2017

Important Current Affairs 24th September 2017

Current Affairs 24th September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

After 8 days of Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign, 201 Districts are ODF now. 

Swacchata Hi Seva campaign has fostered collaborations, across the country, to fight against the evils of open defecation. 
●    In a major milestone, the rural sanitation coverage has increased with 4 districts being declared ODF today taking the total tally to 201. 
●    After a week of the Swacchata Hi Seva campaign, the movement received support from Bollywood. 
●    Superstar Rajinikanth responded to the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s call by committing to extend full support to Swachhata. 
●    Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli also extended full support to the Swachhata Hi Seva Campaign. 
●    In Balasore, Odisha scientists and staff members of Interim Test Range (ITR) Chandipur, picked up brooms and cleaned roads.
●    As a part of on-going Swachhata Hi Seva programme, several activities have been taken up across Assam. 


 PM to lay the Foundation Stone for AIIMS Vilaspur on 3rd October


Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda today expressed deep gratitude to the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji for sanctioning AIIMS Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh. 
●    On behalf of the people of the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh, Shri Nadda thanked the Prime Minister for agreeing to lay the foundation stone of the premier national medical institute on 3rd October. 
●    The Union Health Minister stated that AIIMS Bilaspur is another milestone in the list of achievements of the NDA government in the health sector. 
●    Under the guidance and visionary leadership of the Prime Minister, the Ministry is fast moving in strengthening the tertiary care network in the country. 
●    He stated that AIIMS Bilaspur will provide the much needed tertiary medical services to a vast population of not only Himachal Pradesh but the other northern states too.


Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates “Hunar Haat” in Puducherry 

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that Ministry of Minority Affairs is working to establish “Hunar Hub” across the country to provide a platform to master artisans and craftsmen to display as well sell their products. 
●    Shri Naqvi and Puducherry Chief Minister Shri V. Narayanasamy today inaugurated “Hunar Haat”, being organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs at Puducherry. 
●    Shri Naqvi said that the artisans and craftsmen will also be provided training according to the requirements of the current markets. 
●    Shri Naqvi said that encouragement to talent and skill development will be an essential part of the vision of “New India”. 
●    “Hunar Haat” is being organised at Craft Bazaar, Gandhi Thidal Beach, Goubert Avenue in Puducherry, one of renowned centre of art & culture, till 30th September, 2017 to provide market and opportunity to master artisans from across the country. 
●    Puducherry Member of Parliament Shri R. Radhakrishnan, National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation Chairman Shri Shabaz Ali and officials from Puducherry Government and Minority Affairs Ministry were also present on the occasion. 

Centre to launch Neighborhood Action Plan in cities for better Solid Waste Management 


Stressing that the country can’t be made clean without fixing the garbage problem in Delhi that has reached crisis proportion, Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs Shri Hardeep Singh Puri today invoked the pride of being a resident of the national capital to spur people into collective action for effective solid waste management.
●    Shri Puri today participated in the ‘Swachhat Hi Sewa’ campaign at Bhikaji Cama Place in South Delhi by sweeping and collecting the litter and later addressed the people, sanitation workers and officials of the Ministry and South Delhi Municipal Corporation  who undertook shramdan along with him. 
●    He also inaugurated modern litter pickers imported by South MCD.
●    The Minister noted that being a citizen and resident of Delhi is a ‘matter of pride’ and is a unique privilege that brings several advantages in the form of better services and amenities not available in other cities. 
●    He quoted the example of Delhi Metro on which the central and State Governments incurred huge expenditure with more in the offing. 
●    Shri Puri said this pride would however, be punctured if Delhi is  not made clean and the garbage issue was not addressed properly.


2 Lakh more defaulters Directors of defaulter companies released


Intensifying its crackdown on shell companies and their operators, the government has made public names of over 55,000 directors linked to such firms to ensure they do not get associated with similar roles again.
●    More such names will be published soon as the government has already identified over 1.06 lakh directors for their association with shell firms which are either yet to commence any business or have failed to submit their financial statements or annual returns for three straight years.
●    More than two lakh such companies have already been struck off the register of the companies with various ROCs (Registrar of Companies).
●    As per the public notices issued by different ROCs, the names have been made public so far for more than 24,000 such shell companies from the Chennai region, as also of over 12,000 each from Ahmedabad and Ernakulam.
●    Besides, similar lists of thousands of directors have been made public by the ROCs in Cuttack, Goa and Shillong, among others. 
●    However, ROCs in Delhi, Mumbai and Chandigarh are yet to publish such lists.


Coal mine auction will be made easy for private companies


India is planning a simple, attractive system for auctioning coal blocks to private firms by the year end, a measure government officials believe will help accelerate the infrastructure industry and have a multiplier effect on the economy. 
●    Major foreign and Indian companies are eyeing the auction, which is expected to grant operational freedom on pricing and the sale of coal, official said.
●    According to the proposal, the company that offers to pay the highest amount of royalty to the state will win the block. 
●    The government does not propose to quote the value of the blocks, as has been the practice for the captive coal-block auctions. 
●    Miners will offer value for the blocks depending on their own assessments and the highest bidders will succeed.
●    “The awardee of the commercial coal mine will not face any restrictions on selling the coal or pricing the coal. 
●    However, in case of undue profits, when coal prices rise above normal, the miner will have to share a percentage of the gains with the state government,” a government official said.
 

Current Affairs 24th September 2017: SPORTS

Carolina Marin, Victor Axelsen Clinch Japan Open Title


World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei on Sunday to clinch his first Japan Open title.
●    Axelsen, who defeated two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to bag the world title in Glasgow last month, edged out Lee 21-14, 19-21, 21-14 in the men's singles final.
●    Lee, who has won the Japan Open six times including last year, narrowly took the second game but the Dane put in a brilliant performance to triumph in the third.
●    In the women's singles Carolina Marin of Spain, last year's Olympic gold medallist, overwhelmed He Bingjiao of China 23-21, 21-12.
●    Japan's Rio Olympics gold medallists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo beat South Korea's Kim Ha-Na and Kong Hee-Yong 21-18, 21-16 in the women's doubles final, to the delight of local fans at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

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