Current Affairs 13th September
JITHIN LAL , Published On:13-Sep-2019
1.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed a Indian Army official as the head of the world body's observer mission in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah.
- Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha appointed as the Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC) and head of the UNMHA.He will take office from Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard who served as RCC Chair and head of UNMHA from January 31 to July 31.
2. Scientists in the field of photonic crystals have created a flexible smart skin that can change colour like a chameleon. The color will change in response to the environment without changing shape.
- Colour changing smart skin:The smart skin is fragile and buckles after being exposed to varying temperatures. The researchers created it by studying time-lapse videos of chameleons' phase-shifting skin.
- This is achieved by embedding photonic crystal arrays into flexible, water-containing polymers. The colour change was achieved by expanding or contracting the hydrogel that changed the spacing in the arrays.
3.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced that it is to exchange notes with Israel’s private space center, SpaceIL. In February 2019, Israel SpaceIL’s Beresheet mission lost robotic lunar lander in a manner similar to Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram.
- ISRO committee the analyzed Chandrayaan's failure concluded its inquiry into how and why lander Vikram lost the communication link with the master control room. Now the two countries are planning to exchange notes and discuss the factors that led to the failure of the Lander's landing.
4.India and Asian Development Bank signed 200 million dollar loan agreement. The agreement which will upgrade rural roads in 34 districts of Maharashtra to improve road safety.
- The project aims to improve the condition of about 2,100 km of rural roads to all-weather standards, with climate resilience and safety features. The main aim is to connect rural communities with productive agricultural areas and socio-economic centres.
- The road connectivity and better access to markets will help the farmers increase agricultural productivity and incomes.
5.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyaparik Mandhan Yojana and Swarojgar pension schemes in Jharkhand during his visit. During his visit, he also laid the foundation for the new building of Jharkhand Secretariat.
- To avail the scheme the beneficiaries must be between 18 and 40 years. All shopkeepers, self-employed persons, and retail traders whose GST turnover is below Rs.1.5 crore will be eligible.
- The eligible beneficiary will get Rs.3,000 per month after completing 60 years of age. In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Central Government has allocated Rs.750 crore for the scheme. Centre also has chosen Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India as a pension fund manager.
6The International Finance Corporation (IFC) part of the World Bank Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC), a representative body of asset and loan Financing NBFC to collaborate on the training of NBFCs in the country.
- These training programs would be conducted at various centers across the country under the guidance of leading consultants from the World Bank Group.
- The training programs would greatly enhance the awareness, expertise and professionalism of our member companies and medium-sized NBFCs catering to the credit needs in rural and semi-urban areas.
7.Fresh restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar on to maintain law and order in view of congregational prayers, even as the stalemate following abrogation of Article 370 entered its 40th day with schools closed and public transport off the roads.
- Fresh restrictions have been imposed in areas around Hazratbal, while the curbs continued in five police station areas of downtown interior areas of the city, the officials said.They said the restrictions under Section 144 CrPc have been imposed to maintain law and order.
8.Google is celebrating the 166th birth anniversary of microbiologist Hans Christian Joachim Gram with a doodle in his honour.Gram was born on September 13, 1853, in Denmark’s Copenhagen.
- Gram is best known for pioneering the method of the Gram stain to identify bacteria.
9.Pakistan said there was no plan to grant India a second consular access to death row convict Kulbhushan Jadhav.
- India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad Gaurav Ahluwalia met Mr. Jadhav on September 2 after Pakistan granted consular access to the retired Navy officer following a directive from the International Court of Justice in July.
10.After a tense round of bidding,the coveted ‘Balapur laddu’ was auctioned for ₹17.60 lakh.
- The famed laddu, offered at the Balapur Ganesh Utsav Samithi’s pandal in Telangana fetched ₹1 lakh more than last year,when it was auctioned for ₹16.60 lakh.
Source: The Hindu, The Economic Times, The Indian Express, Press Information Bureau website