September 2017

Current Affairs for September’17. Some of the important topics have been mentioned below.
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1. The outgoing Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), while former Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Secretary Sunil Arora became Election Commissioner to fill the vacancy in the three-member Election Commission.

2. India and China have jointly submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) calling for the elimination of the most trade-distorting form of farm subsidies by the developed countries as a prerequisite for consideration of other reforms in domestic support negotiations. “This is an important proposal by India and China in view of the ongoing negotiations for the upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference (MC) of the WTO to be held in Buenos Aires in December 2017,” said an official statement.

3. Scientists have reached this conclusion after evaluating the relationship of climatic factors to
the spread of dengue in different climatic zones in India — Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Kerala. They focussed on changes in a factor called extrinsic incubation period (EIP) of the dengue virus, by taking into account daily and monthly mean temperatures in these areas. The EIP is the time taken for incubation of the virus in the mosquito. During this period, after the mosquito draws blood that is rich in viruses, it escapes the gut and passes
through the mosquito’s body and reaches its salivary glands. Once this happens, the mosquito is infectious and capable of transmitting the virus to a human host.
Climatic conditions play an important role in EIP, the scientists say. Lower temperatures (17- 18°C) result in longer EIPs thereby leading to decreased virus transmission. With increasing temperatures, feeding increases because of the enhanced metabolism of the mosquito, leading to shorter EIPs. Even a five-day decrease in the incubation period can hike the transmission rate by three times, and with an increase in temperature from 17 to 30°C, dengue transmission
increases fourfold. A further increase in temperature beyond 35°C is detrimental to the mosquito’s survival. The study has been jointly done by the Hyderabad-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Guwahati, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Liverpool.



4.  Colombia’s FARC relaunched on Friday as a political party, after disarming last year to end a civil war that lasted for more than half-a-century .

5. Roelant Oltmans has been sacked as chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team. The new coach is Sjoerd Marijne.

6. India and Nepal on Sunday began a joint military exercise in Rupandehi district of western Nepal, focusing on counter-terrorism and forest fighting operations. Around 300 troops from both countries will participate in the Surya Kiran exercise this year.

7. For the first time in India, a Paralympian, Devendra Jhajharia, has received the country’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Jhajharia, a Javelin thrower, shot to fame when he won his firrst gold at the 2004 Athens Paralympics Games after which he improved his own record to clinch another gold at the Rio Paralympics Games in 2016.

8. Astronaut Peggy Whitson sets record for longest time spent in space by any woman back after clocking 665 days in space.



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9.  South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in, who is in favour of talks, has now accepted the U.S.’s missile defence system, THAAD, which is opposed locally by many South Koreans.



10.  IPL media rights skyrocket; BCCI cashes in. Star India forks out a staggering sum to land prime sports property for the next five years. Star India acquired the Indian Premier League’s media rights for a staggering ₹16,347.5 crores ($2.55 billion) for the next five years.

11.  The record of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, elected recently for a third consecutive seven-year term.

12.  One of the primary guiding factors for the committee would be the exhaustive report submitted in October 2012 by a group of experts on privacy led by former Delhi High Court Chief Justice A.P. Shah, which was constituted by the erstwhile Planning Commission. Both the government and the court have agreed that this would be the “conceptual foundation for legislation protecting privacy” in the form of the new Data Protection Bill. The new Bill would
be based on five salient features: technological neutrality and interoperability with international standards; multi-dimensional privacy; horizontal applicability to state and nonstate entities; conformity with privacy principles; and a co-regulatory enforcement regime.



The Justice Shah group had emphasised on taking the informed and individual consent of users before the collection of their personal data. It had proposed giving users prior notice of information practices, providing them with choices, and collection of only limited data necessary for the purpose for which it is collected. If there is a change of purpose, it must be notified to the individual.

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13. India’s indigenously developed third-generation anti-tank guided missile Nag has been successfully flight tested by premier defence research organisation DRDO.

14. US Open 2017: Men’s final: Rafael Nadal wins US Open with straight-set win over Kevin Anderson. US Open 2017: Women’s final: Sloane Stephens defeats Madison Keys.



15.  The Sardar Sarovar dam, built over the Narmada river in south Gujarat, is the second biggest concrete gravity dam by volume after the Grand Coulee Dam in the U.S. The Sardar Sarovar Project was taken up after the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal gave its final award vis- à-vis Gujarat-Madhya Pradesh in 1979. The benefits from the project are immense. Nearly 18.45 lakh hectares of land are projected to be irrigated in Gujarat — a very large area by any standards. Besides, 2.46 lakh hectares in Rajasthan will be also irrigated.
This will increase agricultural production to the tune of about 87 lakh tonnes per annum. Then, there is an installed hydropower capacity of 1,450 MW, which would be generating about 100 crore units of electricity per year. Drinking water will be provided to 9,500 villages, 173 towns of Gujarat and 124 villages of Rajasthan. The project will provide flood protection to an area of about 30,000 hectares which is prone to the fury of floods. And about a million jobs will be created mostly in rural areas as a result of the project. Most of the areas covered are drought-prone and parched areas. A certain portion of the water will also be used for industrial purposes. In addition, there are benefits to the environment.



The Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary area is going to increase from 150 square kilometres to 607 square kilometres. Intrinsic to water security We have to keep in mind that the water security of the country depends on water storage. Our water storage is low when compared to Russia (per capita storage of 6,100 cubic metres), the U.S. (1,960 cubic metres), China (1,100 cubic metres); in India, it is only about 200 cubic metres. Unless we have water storage, we cannot have water security. As per the National Commission report of 1999, we should have storage of about 450 billion cubic metres; we have so far only developed 253 billion cubic metres of storage — dams and reservoirs taken together. About 50 billion cubic metres of storage is under development.

16.  Hindi film Newton, a black comedy on the foibles of democracy, will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 90th Academy Awards next year, the Film Federation of India announced on Friday. The movie stars Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir
Yadav.

17.  Former RBI governor, Raghuram Rajan’s latest book “I do what I do – On reform, rhetoric and resolve” was released on Tuesday in Chennai.



18.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to reconstitute the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, rendered defunct after the previous UPA government demitted office in May 2014. NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy has been picked as the Chairman of the Council, which will include NITI Aayog’s Principal Adviser and former Finance Secretary Ratan Watal as its member-secretary.

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