Current Affairs 1st September 2017

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India's largest autonomous public organization Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) ranked ninth in the world. The institute has been ranked ninth amongst a total of 1,207 government institutions, according to the Scimago Institutions ranking World Report 2017. It is the only Indian organization which has found a place amongst the Top 100 Global Institutions. The ranking was topped by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has inaugurated a unit to process small onions in Perambalur district in Tamil Nadu. The farmers in Perambalur District are producing 70000 tons of shallots per year in a cultivation area of 8000 hectares in spite of the increasing difficulty in cultivation due to increase in prices of inputs, unpredictable weather, disease outbreak and not getting adequate prices in the market. Mission Banana was implemented in the previous year and this year it is Mission Onion.

Samsung Electronics joined the self-driving car race in California with a permit from the state to test the technology on the home turf of Tesla, Google, and Apple. Last year announced a deal to buy the US auto parts maker Harman International Industries for $8 billion in a bid to enter the growing market for automotive technology to produce “connected” cars. 

Senior bureaucrat Rajiv Kumar appointed Secretary in the Department of Financial Services (DFS) while Anita Karwal is the next Chairperson of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Anita Karwal, a Gujarat-cadre IAS officer who is Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resources Development named chairperson of CBSE. Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi moved to National Skill Development Agency as Director General.

President Ram Nath Kovind visit Jasdan town of Rajkot district on September 4 to launch some projects and attend various programs. This is for the first time when our country’s president is coming to Rajkot to attend a government program. He will lay the foundation stone for the second phase of work for the link-4 of the SAUNI project at a place near the temple.

Senior IAS officer Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He succeeds Shashi Kant Sharma. Mehrishi is IAS Officer of 1978 batch and belonged to Rajasthan cadre. He has a degree in business administration from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. He also did BA (History) and MA (History) from St Stephen’s College, Delhi. 

The Union ministry for road transport, highways and shipping  Nitin Gadkari finally given a green signal for the construction of 13 new Railway Over Bridges (ROB) in Pune district.  The ROBs will come up at Khadki, Pimpri, and Talegaon along the old Mumbai-Pune highway.  The estimated cost is about 6000 crores for the project.

The Union Government appointed former Information and Broadcasting secretary Sunil Arora (61) as Election Commissioner. He will have a tenure of four years in the Election Commission. His appointment comes after former CEC Nasim Zaidi’s retirement in July 2017.  

India and China jointly submitted a proposal to World Trade Organisation (WTO) calling for the elimination of most trade-distorting farm subsidies by developed countries. These farm subsidies are known as known as Aggregate Measurement of Support (AMS) or ‘Amber Box’ support. The proposal assumes importance in view for consideration of other reforms in domestic support negotiations in view of ongoing negotiations for upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference (MC) of WTO to be held in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in December 2017.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the annual conference Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 in New Delhi. The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-makers and the senior officers in the field offices with a view to increase revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation of law and policies in key result areas. Apart from the joint sessions, separate technical sessions of each Board will be held during the two-day Conference.

India and Switzerland have signed two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for exchanging technical cooperation in the field of Railways. They were signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard in New Delhi. FDI is a big part of the Indo-Swiss cooperation.Both countries are working on a new bilateral investment treaty. India thanked Switzerland for support for its bid for MTCR and Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.