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Important Current Affairs 4th September 2017

Important Current Affairs 4th September 2017

Current Affairs 4th September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi takes over as Union Minister of Minority Affairs 

Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi took over as Union Minister of Minority Affairs here today. 
●    Speaking on the occasion, Shri Naqvi said that “3E”- Education, Employment and Empowerment is our focus during last three year and Ministry of Minority Affairs will ensure socio-economic-educational progress of all the Minorities. 
●    The Minister emphasized that the Government is committed to empowerment of Minorities with dignity.
●    Shri Naqvi said that all the schemes of Minority Affairs have been implemented effectively on ground level. 
●    He said that our commitment is “inclusive growth and atmosphere of trust”.

Shri Sudarshan Bhagat Takes Over As Minister of State for Tribal Affairs 

Shri Sudarshan Bhagat took over as the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs here today. Before this charge he was Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare . 
●    Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that he would strive hard for the enlightenment of Tribal people and to make the dream of the Prime Minister come true.
●    Shri Bhagat was born on 20th Oct 1969. He now represents Lohardaga (Jharkhand) Parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha. 
●    Shri Bhagat was the member of 15th Lok Sabha (2009-2014). 
●    Shri Bhagat was a member of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly from 2000-2005. 
●    Shri Bhagat was Minister of State for Human Resources (2000-2003) and C.M Secretariat (Independent Charge) (2003-2004) in Government of Jharkhand. 
●    Shri Bhagat served as Cabinet Minister of Welfare (2004-2005) Government of Jharkhand. 
●    Shri Bhagat has also been member of various Parliamentary committees.

Minister of Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar Takes Over Charge of Mining Sector 

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, the Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Mines, assumed charge of his Mines Ministry in the presence of outgoing minister Shri Piyush Goyal, now the Minister of Railways and Coal in New Delhi today. 
●    The Secretary Mines, Shri Arun Kumar and senior officers of the mines ministry welcomed the Minister and discussed the ongoing work in the mining sector for the new minister to take over from hereon from Shri Goyal. 
●    Shri Tomar who was also holding the mines portfolio in his earlier stint as Mines Minister from May 2014 to July 2016 said that there will be no gaps in the working of the ministry and he will continue with better speed the work done by his predecessor.
●    Speaking to the media on the occasion, Shri Tomar said that a lot has been done so far but there is always more scope for doing better and fast work in the mining sector as contribution of the mineral sector towards Growth of the GDP is significant and has to be improved further in collaboration with the States. 
●    He said, with the Amendment in the MMDR Act in 2015, the Auctions of mines so far has led to an additional revenue of over Rs. 1,22,000 Crores accruing to the States during the lifespan of the mines in 50 years. 
●    In addition, the amount collected in the DMF funds in the Districts affected by the mining activities is over Rs. 1000 crores till now, which will be spent in the development of these very districts and the people of these districts. 
●    He said, Mining sector is a priority area for the Modi Government and the use of latest technology will bring further transparency and better monitoring in the mining sector. 
●    He will have a review meeting with the senior officers of the ministry in a couple of days, to get ahead with the roadmap in association with the States for a better speed in the auctioning and sustainable development and working of mines.

Dr. Satya Pal Singh takes charge as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development

Dr. Satya Pal Singh took over as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development in New Delhi today. 
●    He represents Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh) Parliamentary constituency in Lok Sabha.
●    Shri Satya Pal Singh is the member of 16th Lok Sabha (2014-2019). 
●    He is also a Member, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Security of Parliament House Complex; Member, Standing Committee on Home Affairs; Member, Joint Committee on Salaries and Allowances of Members of Parliament and Member, Consultative Committee, Ministry of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation.
●    Shri Singh an IPS officer, 1980 batch has handled various responsible positions very efficiently. 
●    He was Police Commissioner Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur and Additional D.G.P., Law & Order and Establishment, Maharashtra State. 
●    He took VRS from government job and joined the mainstream politics in 2014.

Shri Piyush Goyal takes charge as Minister of Railways 

Shri Piyush Goyal took over as the New Minister of Railways in Rail Bhavan today i.e.04th September, 2017. He is also Minister of Coal. 
●    Prior to this, he was Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministries of Power; Coal; New and Renewable Energy & Mines. 
●    Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry & former Minister of Railways was specially present to hand over the charge to Shri Piyush Goyal.
●    On this occasion, Shri Manoj Sinha, Minister of State for Railways & Minister of Communication (I/C) & Shri Rajen Gohain, Minister of State for Railways were specially present to grace the occasion. 
●    Shri Ashwani Lohani, Chairman, Railway Board & other Board Members were also present.
●    Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal said, “Huge Investments in Railways have been made in past three years which will definitely lead to the Development in Railways. 
●    Indian Railways shall continue on the roadmap of  Development.” He also profusely appreciated the efforts put in by his predecessor, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu.

First batch of 1000 E-rickshaws ‘SmartE’ flagged off in Gurugram Today 

Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation flagged off a fleet of first batch of 1000 E-rickshaws from Huda City Centre metro station in Gurugram today. 
●    Speaking on this occasion Shri Gadkari said that the E-rickshaw fleet will not only provide cost effective and pollution free substitute in transport system of Gurugram, but will also generate employment opportunities for marginalised youth. 
●    He further said that public transport on electricity is the necessity of the country and his ministry is committed to providing it soon.
●    The E rickshaw fleet is being operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Limited in partnership of Delhi Metro, under the SmartE brand name. 
●    SmartE will provide the last mile transport connectivity in the area.
●    The E Rickshaws have been manufactured in India and are fitted with GPS and tracking system. 
●    SmartE has established strategic partnerships with the Haryana government (HSIIDC) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to launch 1000 vehicles in Gurugram and Faridabad in 2017.  
●    The E-rickshaws SmartE will provide meaningful self-employment for over 1,00,000 marginalised youths, in next 4-5 years.

Ashwini Kumar Choubey takes oath as MoS for Health and Family Welfare

Prominent Brahmin face from Bihar, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, was appointed the Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare in Sunday's cabinet reshuffle.
●    According to health ministry officials, he will be entrusted with the responsibilities which his predecessor Faggan Singh Kulaste dealt with during his tenure.
●    Ashwini Kumar Choubey taking oath as MoS for Health and Family Welfare . 
●    Elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly for five consecutive terms, Choubey, 64, coined the slogan "Ghar-ghar me ho shouchalaya ka nirman, tabhi hoga ladli bitiya ka kanyadaan" and helped in constructing 11,000 toilets for Mahadalit families.
●    Choubey represents Bihar's Buxar in the Lok Sabha and was a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates, Standing Committee on Energy and Consultative Committee on Health and Family Welfare. 
●    He is also a member of Central Silk Board.

Dr Jitendra Singh awards certificates to ministries for meritorious performance in handling Public Grievances on PG Portal 

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports, MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh awarded the Certificates of Appreciation to the Ministries/Departments based on their performance in the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS), here today.
●    Speaking on the occasion, Dr Jitendra Singh complemented the award winning departments/ministries. 
●    He congratulated the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for winning the certificate for four consecutive quarters. 
●    He said that other departments should also learn from the mechanism developed by CBDT for grievance disposal. 
●    Due to such mechanisms, the system can be sustained, he added. 
●    He also appreciated other ministries for working in the direction of disposal of grievances. 
●    He said that DARPG has also conducted a study to analyse the grievances received. 
●    The Department has also released the Grievance Study Analysis of 20 Ministries recently. 
●    He said that DARPG is also taking inputs and suggesting new reforms.

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