Today Current Affairs 22nd September 2017

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22 September 2017

The Rajkummar Rao starrer black comedy bollywood  film 'Newton' has been selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at Oscars 2018. Directed by Amit V Masurkar. The Film Federation Of India (FFI) confirmed this nomination.

22 September 2017

Himachal Pradesh became the first state in India to introduce electric buses. The Transport Minister GS Bali flagged off India's first electric bus on the 51 kms long Manali-Rohtang Pass. With this initiative Himachal becomes first in the world to ply electric buses at an altitude of 13 thousand feet.

22 September 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during two-day visit to his Parliamentary Constituency of Varanasi, will inaugurate 17 infrastructure projects including the Ramnagar-Samne Ghat bridge and the Balua Ghat bridge, and lay the foundation of nearly six projects including Ramna Sewage Treatment Plant. He will flag off the Mahamana Express through a video link. This train will connect Varanasi with Surat and Vadodara in Gujarat. He will inaugurate banking services of the Utkarsh Bank specializes in micro-finance. He will dedicate a Jal Ambulance service, and a Jal Shav Vahan service to the people of Varanasi, through a video link.

22 September 2017

To celebrate Durga Puja, a six-feet tall Durga idol made of 600 kg of chocolate was put on display at a Kolkata hotel. The idol, which will be on display till September 29, was made by 3 people under the guidance of pastry chef Sunil in 56 hours.

22 September 2017

Hong Kong-based AIA Group has agreed to buy the life insurance unit of Australia's largest bank, "Commonwealth Bank of Australia", for $3 billion. This acquisition would make AIA the biggest life insurer in Australia and New Zealand, with 13 million customers.

22 September 2017

Panasonic India introduced its first Dual camera phone, the Eluga Ray 500 which lets the user switch between the 120 degree ultra-wide 8MP and 13 MP rear camera for the perfect shot. Eluga Ray 500 features a 5 inch HD IPS Display with a sleek 2.5D curved design.

22 September 2017

Qatar Airways has put double beds in the business class sections of aeroplanes from London to Doha in Qatar. Such cabins, called Qsuites will be rolled out next in flights from Paris and New York.

22 September 2017

US-based electric vehicles manufacturer Proterra's Catalyst E2 Max electric bus has set a world record by driving 1,771 km (1,101 miles) on a single charge, at the Navistar Proving Grounds in Indiana. E2 Max bus is 40 feet long and has a battery with 660 kWh capacity.

22 September 2017

The world's largest aircraft 'Stratolaunch' which has a 385-feet wingspan, built by Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen has completed its first engine test. This Plane can carry up to 250 tonnes of cargo and is capable of launching rockets.

22 September 2017

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) invited Australia to compete at Asiad (Asian Games) in 2022, for the first time. The invite is for selected sports like football and basketball to enable athletes to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Australia, New Zealand and a group of Pacific islands - has not taken part in the Asian Games before, but sporting ties with Asia (Olympic Council of Asia) have been growing.

22 September 2017

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (22-year-old from Kanpur) became the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket during the second match of the ongoing series against Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Yadav took the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls in his eighth over. This was the first ODI hat-trick by an Indian in over 26 years. He becomes the third Indian to achieve this feat, after Kapil Dev and Chetan Sharma. Yadav had also become the first Indian to take a hat-trick in the U-19 World Cup, achieving the feat against Scotland in 2014.

22 September 2017

The first of the Scorpene class submarines, INS Kalvari, was delivered to the Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL). Kalvari is named after the dreaded Tiger Shark, a deadly deep sea predator of the Indian Ocean. Similarly, other Scorpene class submarines Khanderi and Karanj are undergoing trials and development.

22 September 2017

French businesswoman and heiress of cosmetics giant L'Oreal Liliane Bettencourt, 94, has died. In March 2017, Forbes ranked Bettencourt the world's richest woman, putting her net worth at $39.5 billion.