Current Affairs: 20 September 2018 – Daily News Update

Current Affairs: 20 September 2018 – Daily News Update.

1. Exercise Aviaindra-18 Commences at Lipetsk (Russia)

Exercise Aviaindra is an Air Force level exercise between India and the Russian Federation. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014 and has been planned as a bi-annual exercise.

  • Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 Sep to 28 Sep 18 and will be conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18.
  • The Indian contingent for Ex Aviaindra departed for Russia on 15 Sep 18.


2. PM to lay foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, will lay the foundation stone for India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) at Dwarka, New Delhi, on September 20, 2018.

  • Located in Sector 25, Dwarka, the Centre would be a world-class state-of-the-art Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre, with facilities like financial, hospitality and retail services.
  • The estimated cost of the project is Rs.25,700 crores.
  • The project is implemented by India International Convention & Exhibition Centre Limited, a 100% Government owned company under Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

3. Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna Rolled Out

The ESI Corporation during its 175th Meeting held in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment(I/C) has taken some very important decisions towards improvements in its services and benefits being provided to Insured Persons and their dependants.

  • Considering the change in employment pattern and the current scenario of employment in India which has transformed from a long term employment to fixed short term engagement in the form of contract and temping, the ESI Corporation has approved a Scheme named “ATAL BIMIT VYAKTI KALYAN YOJNA” for Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948.
  • This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to their Bank Account in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement.

4. Union Home Secretary launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance

The Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba launched an online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance.

  • The portal will facilitate an applicant to submit application online and also to view the status of his application from time to time.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the Union Home Secretary said that with the introduction of online portal, the process has become standardized, resulting in a process which will be faster, transparent and easy to monitor.
  • Various functionaries can access the application and documents online and take timely decisions.

5. ITU South Asia Office and Technology Innovation Centre to be established in New Delhi

The ITU South Asia Area Office and Technology Innovation Centre will be established in New Delhi.

  • This was announced by Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary General (SG) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), during the 4th BRICS Communications Ministers Meeting held in Durban, South Africa recently.
  • ITU is a United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies, with membership of 193 countries and nearly 800 private sector entities and academic institutions.


6. India signs Loan Agreement with the World Bank for US$ 74 Million for Uttarakhand


A Loan Agreement for IBRD Credit of US$74 million equivalent for the Uttrakhand Workforce Development Project (UKWDP) was signed with the World Bank.

  • The Project objective is to improve the quality and relevance of training at priority Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and to increase the number of labor-market-relevant workers through short term training in Uttrakhand.


7. Delhi airport gets top honour at ASQ Awards 2017

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has bagged the title of Best Airport to handle over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017.

  • According to the statement, the Delhi airport is now the seventh busiest airports in Asia and among the top 20 busiest airports across the world.

8. INSV Tarini crew bestowed with Tenzing Norgay Award


All-women crew of INSV Tarini has bagged the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for beating the odds in water with their enduring skills and sailing across the world for eight long months.

  • The award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air.
  • The women Navy officers had spent as many as 194 days at sea as part of a mission under the Navika Sagar Parikrama project that began in September last year.
  • The crew was also bestowed with Nav Sena Medal on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day.

Current Affairs: 20 September 2018 – Daily News Update.