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Important Current Affairs 28th September 2017

Important Current Affairs 28th September 2017

Current Affairs 28th September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

AAI’s Srinagar and Raipur Airports awarded as Best Airports under National Tourism Awards 2015-16 

The Airports Authority of India’s Srinagar International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir and Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh have been jointly conferred with the prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16. 
●    The President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the award for Best Airport under ‘rest of India’ category at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of World Tourism Day on 27th September, 2017.
●    The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India presents National Tourism Awards to various segments of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality industry annually in recognition of their performance towards comprehensive development of tourism in the country.  
●    It is the first time that two airports jointly have been selected as best airports for their innovative style of functioning, pro-environment initiatives and passenger friendly approach. 
●    Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chairman, Board Members and senior officers of Airports authority of India with prestigious National Tourism Awards 2015-16 in Best Airport category jointly won by Srinagar International Airport, J&K and Swami Vivekanand Airport, Raipur, Chhatisgarh.


Department of Food & Public Distribution organises a Nukkad Natak under the “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign


The Department of Food & Public Distribution today organized a “Nukkad Natak” (street play) in Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi, to sensitize employees and public about their responsibilities to keep the country clean under the “Swacchta Hi Seva” campaign. 
●    Speaking on the occasion Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, cleanliness has now become a people’s movement. 
●    Shri Paswan emphasized that everyone should make cleanliness a habit. 
●    Ms Preeti Sudan, the Secretary, Department of Food & Public Distribution and other senior officials from the Ministry were present on the occasion. 
●    The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution is organising various activities for the “Swachhta Hi Seva” campaign during 15th September to 2nd October 2017. 
●    The cleanliness drive is being carried out at headquarters of Ministry in “Krishi Bhawan”, various organisations under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution in various part of the country. 
●    The “Swacchta Hi Seva” campaign is also being organised at many public places by the Ministry’s officials to create awareness in public.


Mou Between Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University 

Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi recorded their mutual intent for academic collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army Personnel, in a MoU signed  on 28 Sep 2017 between Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army) &  Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU). 
●    The University agreed to recognise the in-service courses run by the Army. 
●    This would facilitate admission of defence personnel in second or third year Graduation/Post Graduation/Doctorate programme through the medium of distance learning. 
●    This would enable the soldiers to enhance their academic qualification for a better future.
●    Speaking on the occasion, Lt Gen Ashwani Kumar recalled the contribution of JMIU towards nation building, respecting the cultural and religious diversity and emphasising the inclusive spirit of our Nation.


Rajnath Singh inaugurates 13th Formation Day of NDMA 

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh inaugurated the 13th Formation Day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) here today. 
●    The theme of this year’s formation day is ‘School Safety’. 
●    Delivering the inaugural address, Shri Rajnath Singh said that NDMA has covered a long distance in short time span of 13 years since its formation. 
●    He said that NDMA has established credibility of India across world. 
●    He further said that there was no institutional framework for disaster management earlier, but after the setting up of NDMA, a mechanism has been developed not only for disaster management, but also for disaster risk reduction. 
●    He expressed happiness that India got appreciation due to NDMA’s work at Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting on Disaster management held in Kyrgyzstan last month, where he had participated. 
●    He said that NDMA has done good work for enhancing the disaster management capabilities. 


Indian Railways to Launch 100 New Suburban Rail Services In Mumbai area. 

In a major boost to suburban rail services in Mumbai area, Indian Railways is introducing one hundred additional local train services on its Mumbai suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.  
●    With these additional services, the total suburban services in Mumbai of Western Railway and Central Railway put together will increase from existing 2983 services to 3083 suburban services. 
●    These services will be launched tomorrow i.e. 29th September 2017 in a grand programme to be held in Mumbai by Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal in the presence of several dignitaries.
●    Out of these 100 services, thirty two new services will be introduced on Western Railway while sixty eight services will be introduced on Central Railway.
●    ‘On Western Railway’, seventeen services will be introduced from 1st October, 2017 in ‘up’ direction and fifteen services will be introduced in ‘down’ direction from 1st October, 2017. 
●    In all, thirty two new services will be introduced in Western Railway. 
●    Western Railway presently runs 1323 sub-urban services. After addition of these services, the total sub-urban services on Western Railway will reach upto 1355.


Enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors working in Major Port Trusts to 65 years. 

The retirement age of superannuation of doctors working in hospitals in 11 Major Ports has been enhanced to 65 years from the existing 60 years by the Union Cabinet on 27th September, 2017.
●    Availability of skilled healthcare professionals poses a key constraint in expanding the health service delivery in Port hospitals. 
●    As there is shortage of doctors in Major Port Trust’s health institutions, efforts are already on to recruit doctors to bridge the shortage.
●    The decision of the Government to enhance the age of retirement of doctors to 65 years will help in retaining the existing strength of experienced doctors thereby providing better patient care satisfaction. 
●    More than 200 doctors working in Port hospital would be benefitted by this decision. 
●    This would also help in improving doctor-patient ratio in 11 Major Port Hospitals.
●    The decision of the Government is people-centered and pro-patient. It will strengthen health services in Major Ports Trusts and services of experienced doctors shall be available to bring quality health services. 


NMCG to use latest Geo-Spatial Technologies for Namami Gange Programme 

Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Satyapal Singh today urged officials of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Survey of India to work in an integrated manner and make optimal use of latest geo-spatial technologies to rejuvenate river Ganga. 
●    The Minister reiterated that all steps to clean Ganga must be taken up and executed in a time-bound manner. 
●    Followed by a brief introduction by NMCG, Director, NRSC, Dr. Y V N Krishna Murthy gave a detailed presentation on “Geospatial Technology Support for National Mission for Clean Ganga” during which several issues vis-à-vis Ganga Rejuvenation were discussed. 
●    DG, NMCG Shri U P Singh was also present on the occasion. 
●    Director, Survey of India, Shri D N Pathak also made a small presentation.
●    Shri Satya Pal Singh asked the officials to come up with a water quality monitoring app and work in the direction of developing a water testing kit that can be distributed to people. 
●    He reaffirmed that geo-spatial and crowd sourcing technologies like Bhuvan Ganga app must be used effectively to evoke a mass movement and as many people as possible should be involved in clean Ganga movement. 
●    He stressed on the need to popularize Namami Gange programme using such technologies.
 

Current Affairs 28th September 2017: GLOBAL NEWS

India and Norway sign Letter of Intent to extend health cooperation 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018, here today. 
●    Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (HFW) and His Excellency, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Ambassador of Norway signed this Letter of Intent. Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (AS&MD), Ms. Vandana Gurnani, JS (RCH), Dr. Tore Godal, Special Adviser to Prime Minister of Norway, Dr Maha-noor Khan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway were also present during the signing ceremony.
●    Through this letter, the cooperation between India and Norway will continue to be aligned with the development goals of the Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
●    The cooperation shall focus on global health issues of common interest.
 

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