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Important Current Affairs 26th September 2017

Important Current Affairs 26th September 2017

Current Affairs 26th September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Minister of Communication Shri Manoj Sinha to launch the first ever India Mobile Congress 2017 

The Minister of Communication Shri Manoj Sinha today announced DoT’s first ever Mobile, Internet and Technology event in India - India Mobile Congress 2017, which is beginning from tomorrow, 27th September till 29th September 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
●    Led by Department of Telecom as the nodal ministry, the India Mobile Congress is being organised by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the industry association of mobile and telecom operators and internet companies will be a congregation to display, discuss, unveil, imbibe, educate and recognise the importance of the global and Indian telecommunications, mobile, internet, connectivity and digital services sector to the world.
●    The largest and first ever event also has the support of the other ministries like the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Skill Development and Entrepreneurship amongst others and will see participation from senior government representatives from the centres as well as various states.  
●    This is a true example of a public- private collaboration where the government and the industry have put together a world class event in India to further the Prime Minister’s vision of a fully connected and digitally empowered India.
●    Terming it as a grand event of the Indian telecom industry, Shri Sinha said, “We are proud to say that our country is now hosting its own first ever Mobile, Internet and Technology event, The India Mobile Congress. We are hopeful that this will be a huge platform for mobile and internet technology sector in the sub-continent. 
●    We are expecting a convergence of various thoughts, ideas and views from all corners and involvement of key stakeholders and the government will make this event a huge success.
●    The Ministry has been making concerted efforts to bring affordable and universal access to all of India’s 1.32 Billion population and creating success stories in India for the world to emulate. This is a true celebration of Digital India.”


India Constitutes High Level Forum on 5G India 2020 

India is at the cusp of a next generation of wireless technology 5G. 
●    5G has been conceived as a foundation for expanding the potential of the Networked Society. 
●    A digital transformation brought about through the power of connectivity is taking place in almost every industry. 
●    The landscape is expanding to include massive scale of “smart things” to be interconnected. 
●    Therefore, the manner in which future networks will cope with massively varied demands and a business landscape will be significantly different from today.
●    The economic benefits from the 5G technology are also quite immense. 
●    For India, 5G provides an opportunity for industry to reach out to global markets, and consumers to gain with the economies of scale. 
●    Worldwide countries have launched similar Forums and thus, India has joined the race in 5G technologies. 
●    We are open for collaboration with them. 
●    Government has constituted High Level 5G India 2020 Forum with three Secretaries of key Ministries/Departments Telecom, Meity and DST, and also comprising of renowned experts like Dr. A. Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, USA, Mr Gururaj Deshpande - Chairman of Sycamore Networks, Sandstone, USA, Indian industry led by CEOs of ICT industry, Telecom Standard Development Organisation of India (TSDSI), Professors from IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bengaluru, IT industry and stakeholders from industry associations.


Indian Navy commissions Water Jet Fast Attack Craft at Mumbai

INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai today. 
●    At an impressive commissioning ceremony, Vice Admiral Luthra expressed confidence that the new INS Tarasa will discharge her duties with élan and resolve, and bring laurels to the Western Naval Command and the Nation.
●    Complementing the designers, builders, engineers, overseers, and the officers and the men whose efforts have fructified in the commissioning of the ship, he said that the ship is of proven design, has good endurance, low draught, high speed and manoeuvrability,  thus making her most suited for her primary role of extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrol.
●    He reserved special praise for the ship’s crew and the Warship Overseeing Team, Kolkata for ensuring that the ship has been commissioned with all Weapon and Sensor trials completed. 
●    The passage of the ship during her maiden voyage from Kolkata to Mumbai, in rough weather, bears testimony to the seaworthiness of the ship. 
●    INS Tarasa is the fourth and last of the follow-on Water Jet FAC's built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata. 
●    The first two ships of the class i.e. IN ships Tarmugli and They were commissioned in 2016 and are based at Visakhapatnam; while the third ship INS Tillanchong was commissioned earlier this year at Karwar on 09 March 2017.  

Vice-President inaugurates a “Crusade for Toilets”
The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, today inaugurated the “Swachhta Hi Seva” and “Shouchalayakkagi Samara” (A Crusade For Toilets) Programme in Karnataka. 
●    He was presiding as the Chief Guest over a public event at Hubli.
●    The Vice President later visited Konnur Village, in Naragund Taluk, Gadag District, where he initiated the activity of ‘Tippe Samskarana’ (Waste Processing). He also inaugurated a “Shudda Kudiya Neerina Ghataka” (Purified Drinking Water Plant), visited the Janata Colony in the village, and addressed a “Shouchalayakkagi Samara” public gathering at the local high school.
●    Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President emphasized the need for Swachhata to become a jan aandolan. 
●    He complimented the taluka, district and State for the good progress made by them. 
●    He urged all present to participate in Swachhata activities and said that Swachh Bharat Mission is a national program, a people's program, and not one of any particular political party. 
●    He gave several examples of ordinary people making extraordinary contributions, including Ms Lavanya, a young girl from Karnataka who persuaded her unwilling family to build a toilet and then went on to inspire her entire village. 
●    The Vice President appreciated the fact that many young women are now demanding toilets before they get married into another family.
●    On the occasion, the Vice President also honoured 13 Village Panchayat Presidents and the Naragund Taluk Panchayat President, the achievers of “Shouchalay Akagi Samara”. 


Union Home Minister launches Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal at the National Conference on Child Labour organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India here today. 
●    The PENCIL is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and the general public in achieving the target of child labour free society. 
●    Shri Rajnath Singh also launched the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the enforcement of legal framework against child labour. 
●    The SOP is aimed at creating a ready reckoner for trainers, practitioners and monitoring agencies to ensure complete prohibition of child labour and protection of adolescents from hazardous labour ultimately leading to Child Labour Free India.
●    After launching the portal, Shri Rajnath Singh said that any decent society cannot allow the child labour. 
●    Child labour is a curse, he said. 
●    He said that India needs to take a resolve to eradicate the child labour from the country. 
●    He expressed faith that with conviction and resolve, we can eradicate this menace. 
●    Shri Rajnath Singh said if India could attain freedom in five years after taking resolve of ‘Do or Die’ of Mahatma Gandhi during the Quit India Movement, then there is no reason why India cannot attain a child labour free society in coming five years if the whole country gets united and takes resolve to do so. 
●    He said that childhood is the best period of an individual’s life gifted by God. 
●    But he expressed sadness at the fact that one in every 10 children is involved in child labour and is not able to lead a normal life during his childhood.
●    Shri Rajnath Singh said that ratification of treaties by India in this regard shows our resolve to eradicate child labour in a time-bound manner. 

Kandla Port renamed as Deendayal Port 

The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notification renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25th of September, 2017. 
●    Kandla Port, located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the country. 
●    As per the Ministry’s notification, the Central Government, in exercise of powers conferred on it under Indian Ports Act, 1908, made the amendment to replace “Kandla” with “Deendayal”.
●    While inaugurating various projects at Kandla Port in May this year, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had given the suggestion for renaming of Kandla Port after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who stood for the uplift of the poor and weaker sections of society. 
●    The Ministry of Shipping issued the required notification on the occasion of the closing of the year long centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.


Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore inaugurates National workshop on “Sports for All” in New Delhi 

A national workshop on “Sports for All” was organized here today with the participation of about 80 representatives from Indian Olympic Association, Department of Sports , Sports Authority of India, National Observers , National Sports Federations of high priority and priority disciplines, SGFI and AIUs, Sports Secretaries of the States and the Union Territories, Sports promotion Boards and Sports promotion NGOs.
●    As the Sports development plays a significant role towards individual development, community development, economic development and national development. 
●    One of the key objectives of the workshop was to bring about convergence among all the stakeholders and create a shared vision in order to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer.
●    Inaugurating the workshop, the Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore said that a massive overhaul of the entire sporting system is underway with the Khelo India initiative of the government as per the vision of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. 
●    He said the Khelo India scheme is not limited to development of stadiums; it will also work for the development of athletes and the nation. 
●    Khelo India is about broad-basing sports, providing opportunities for playing, creating competition, picking up talent and also awareness of physical fitness and good health.
●    The minister said, there is a need to create multiple levels of competition. Unfortunately, when we ask which domestic national competitions it takes some time for people to give an answer. 
●    School Games Federation of India (SGFI) has been conducting games at school-level for ages, but nobody knows about it. 
●    He said, we are going to launch a new programme, 'Khelo India School Games' in December 2017. 
●    It will be the best tournament at school-level. 
●    It will become a platform for best talent to emerge. 

Current Affairs 26th September 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

Fiji, Niger and Tuvalu deposited instrument of ratification of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance 

Fiji, Niger and Tuvalu deposited instrument of ratification of the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in the 5th meeting of International Steering Committee (ISC) of the ISA that was held in New Delhi yesterday . 
●    In this meeting representatives from 121 prospective member countries, who either completely or partially lie between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn participated. 
●    The meeting was Chaired by Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Co-chaired by Mrs Ségoléné  Royale, Ambassador for Arctic and Antarctic Poles and Special Envoy for the Implementation  of the  International Solar Alliance, Government of France.
●    Till date 40 countries have signed and 11 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of the ISA.
●    With ratifications by 15 countries, the ISA will become a treaty based intergovernmental international organization.
●    While welcoming the participants Shri Anand Kumar, Secretary, MNRE and the Chair of ISC thanked the prospective ISA member countries for their continued support.
●    He stated that the ISA is a reflection of our common desire to significantly augment solar power generation in our countries, and make joint efforts towards technology development and mobilization of the required investment to promote energy security and universal energy access. 

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