Today Current Affairs 18th September 2017

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18 September 2017

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs launched full-fledged intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). The intelligence wing will gather actionable information in a bid to enhance operational efficiency. The paramilitary force guards India's borders with Bhutan and Nepal which are often used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan. Around 650 field and staff agents to gather actionable information and SSB’s intelligence wing personnel will be deployed on India-Nepal and India-Bhutan where there are no restrictions on movement of people on either side due to visa-free regime.

18 September 2017

The Assam State government to launch well-equipped cities with the capacity of 10000 seats in the state. A Singapore based premier institute will support the state government for further development. A temporary complex with 400 capacity is being set up in Guwahati. Around  30 thousand former militants will be given skill development training and cease-fire camps where they are residing now will be made production centers.

18 September 2017

Google launched a mobile wallet and payments app 'Tez' in India that will let users link their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods in physical stores and online. It is available for both Android and iOS users, the app also allows person-to-person money transfers. Google linking up with several major banks in the country by way of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) a payment standard and system backed by the government in its push to bring more integrated banking services into a very fragmented market. The Supported banks include Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India and others that support UPI. Online payment partners include large food chains like Dominos, transport services like RedBus, and Jet Airways and to help address one of the many ways that the Indian market is fragmented, the app has support for English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.

18 September 2017

Russia and Iraq restored commercial airline services for the first time since 2004, with an Iraqi Airways plane leaving for Moscow from Baghdad. Russia suspended flights to Iraq after the 2003 US-led invasion pushed the Arab country into war. It is a signal on the part of the Iraqi authorities that Russian nationals can safely visit Iraq.  

18 September 2017

Airtel Payments Bank become the first payments bank in India to integrate the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform. It adds to customer choice and convenience for making secure digital payments to online/offline merchants and making instant money transfers to any bank account in India. For UPI-based payments and transfers, the customers are not required to furnish their bank details to enable transactions and can create easy to remember IDs, ensuring optimal data security. Customers can also link their Airtel Payments Bank savings accounts to any of their UPI handles on popular apps such as BHIM or UPI of other banks.

18 September 2017

Mercedes' British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton registered his 60th career won at the Singapore Grand Prix. He defeated Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel score and reached the top of the table with 28 points. Daniel Ricciardo won the second place in the race.

18 September 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated interstate multi-purpose Sardar Sarovar Dam (Narmada dam project) at Kevadia, Gujarat to the nation. It is the highest dam ever built in India and second biggest concrete gravity dam in the world in terms of volume after Grand Coulee Dam in the USA. The dam length of 1.2 km and depth of 163 metres. Its height was recently raised to 138.68 metres, enabling usable water storage of 4.73 million.

18 September 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend the annual UN General Assembly (UNGA) session. She will hold a high-level meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. She has five other meetings with Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and with foreign ministers Khemaies Jhinaoui of Tunisia, Anders Samuelsen of Denmark, Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia and Fernando Huanacuni Mamani of Bolivia. India is among the 120 countries that have supported the reform efforts of the UN Secretary-General.

18 September 2017

The 13th edition Yudh Abhyas 2017, a joint military training exercise between India and United States held at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. Yudh Abhyas is annual bilateral military exercise, alternately held by the two countries. Both sides jointly trained, planned and executed series of well-developed tactical drills for neutralization of likely threats that may be encountered.

18 September 2017

PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win Gold Medal at the Korea Open Superseries Competition. She defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the women's singles final. She was second Indian female shuttler to win Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics. It was overall her third super series title of her career. She won 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix.

18 September 2017

Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that Central government saved Rs 65,000 crore through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in various public schemes. The Scores of welfare schemes have been linked to DBT, under which the receivables are transferred directly to the beneficiary's bank accounts. The government successfully opened 30 crores Jan Dhan bank accounts and 118 crore Aadhar numbers have been issued.