Daily Current Affairs 28th September, 2016
World Rabies Day: 28th September
- World Rabies Day has observed on 28 September 2016.
- The theme for the World Rabies Day – Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate.
- The day is annually celebrated to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating the disease.
India jumps 16 places in global competitiveness ranking
- India has climbed 16 places to the 39th rank on the Global Competitiveness Index released by the World Economic Forum.
- Switzerland has topped the list for the 8th straight time.
Typhoon Megi Hits Taiwan
- The powerful typhoon Megi (means catfish in Korean) has recently hit island-nation Taiwan with winds up to 230 km/hr that causing heavy rains and triggering damaging winds.
- It is equivalent to Category 4 tropical cyclone.
Cabinet approves MoU with Singapore for industrial property cooperation
- The Union Cabinet has given its formal nod for cooperation between India and Singapore on industrial property rights
- It intended to boost innovation, creativity and technological advancement in both countries.
- The (MoU) for industrial property cooperation between the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, approved by the Cabinet.
Project Saksham: 5 things to know about new indirect tax network of CBEC
- Project Saksham, a new indirect tax network of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 2256 crore, which will be incurred over a period of 7 years.
- The project will help in implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), extension of the Indian Customs Single Window Interface for Facilitating Trade (SWIFT) and other taxpayer-friendly initiatives under Digital Indiaand Ease of Doing Business of Central Board of Excise and Customs.
Special trees in Delhi to get ‘natural heritage’ tag
The 16 trees located in Aravali and NCR to be notified as “protected” natural heritage, on the lines of recognising special monuments in Delhi, announced by Delhi Cabinet Minister Kapil Mishra.
- Some of the trees in the list are banyan, ailanthus, mango, arjuna, and ashok
- The trees will be adorned with descriptive and informative signboards – which will tell people of the ecological and botanical value of these tree. It will also tell about historical stories surrounding the tree and also warn people against damaging them..
British woman, 26, becomes one of world’s youngest airline captains
- A British woman Kate McWilliams, from Carlisle has become one of the world’s youngest commercial airline captains at the age of 26.
- She flies Airbus A319 and A320 planes to around 100 destinations, such as Reykjavik, Tel Aviv and Marrakesh.
Microsoft Signed Adobe For Azure Cloud Computing Services
- Tech giants Microsoft and Adobe has announced a major partnership to promote the use of each other’s cloud-computing tools among their mutual customers.
- Adobe said it will use Azure for all three internet-accessed pillars of its business: Marketing Cloud, Creative Cloud and Document Cloud.
Jim Yong Kim re-appointed as World Bank President
- Jim Yong Kim has been re-appointed for a second five-year term as World Bank president, beginning July 1, next year
- The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.
- The United States is the largest contributor to the World Bank, which was founded alongside the International Monetary Fund after World War II as a resource to bolster the economies of developing nations..
IPS officer OP Singh taking over as the new Director General of CISF
- OP Singh A 1983-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre O P Singh took over as the new Director General of CISF.
- Prior to this serving as the Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
- The CISF is entrusted with responsibility of providing security to national installations including airports.
Telangana ties up with ISRO for bandwidth to telecast coaching programmes
- The Telangana Government has signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to get bandwidth to telecast Mana TV programmes.
- To start with, the TV channel will air coaching programmes for students appearing for various competitive examinations to get government jobs.
- ‘Mana TV’ was an initiative started in undivided Andhra Pradesh to provide programmes on distance education, telemedicine and agriculture extension under different channels.
Uttam Singh to be honoured with ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’
- Famous music director and violinist Uttam Singh on 27 September 2016 was named for the 2016 Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement of the Maharashtra Government.
- The award carries a citation, a trophy and 500000 rupees in cash.
- About the award
- First started by the Madhya Pradesh Govt in 1984 and by Maharshtra in 1992.
- Andhra Pradesh also gives an award by this name
Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, dies aged 93
- The former Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate (for Oslo Accord), Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93.
- He had served twice as a prime minister and once as a president.
- Found the Peres centre for Peace