17 September 2015 Current Affair Updates | Daily GK Download

1. India and Sri Lanka signed four pacts during the talks held between visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The MoUs are exchange of letters on establishment of emergency ambulance services in Sri Lanka and supply of medical equipment to 200 bed ward complex at district hospital, Vavuniya in Sri Lanka, cooperation of exchange of SAARC region satellite technology and rejuvenation of small industries program with the patronage of Indian government. The two countries agreed to intensify cooperation in combating terrorism and work together for security and stability in the neighbourhood.

2. India and Cambodia have signed two agreements relating to Tourism and Mekong Ganga Cooperation Project. The agreements were signed after Vice-President Md. Hamid Ansari held delegation-level parleys with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen at the the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh. Vice-President Mohd. Hamid Ansari is on a four day visit to the South East Asian countries of Cambodia and Laos.

3. In an ambitious bid to transform rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) with an outlay of Rs. 5142.08 crores. The Mission aims at development of rural growth clusters which have latent potential for growth, in all States and UTs, which would trigger overall development in the region. 

4. Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang Province in east China, was chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the 2022 Asian Games. The OCA made the decision at its 34th Congress in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Hangzhou was the only candidate city for the 2022 Asian Games. Its successful bid means the regional games will be staged in China for the third time following Beijing in 1990 and southern Guangzhou in 2010. Beijing was just selected to hold the 2022 Winter Olympics after hosting the Summer Games in 2008. South Korea's Incheon held the last Asian Games in 2014, while Indonesia's Jakarta will play host in 2018.

5. The Pentagon, the headquarters for U.S. defence establishment, set up a first-ever country specific special cell with the objective of speeding up its defence ties with India. India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC) – the first-ever country special cell at Pentagon was established to speed up United States’ defence ties with India and accelerate the process of co-development and co-production of hi-tech military equipment in the country. It is headed by Keith Webster, Under Defence Department.

6. The Karnataka Golf Association (KGA) conferred the ‘Excellence in Golf in 2015′ award on 17-year-old Aditi Ashok in recognition of her recent achievements which included winning the Singha Thailand Amateur Championship last week, the 2015 British Ladies Amateur Strokeplay Championship and the prestigious 2015 St. Rule Trophy at St. Andrews. KGA president Venkat Subramaniam presented the local golfer an award at the prize distribution ceremony of the seventh Toyota Karnataka Golf Festival held in Karnataka.

17 September 2015 Current Affair Updates | Daily GK Download
17 September 2015 Current Affair Updates | Daily GK Download
7. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations Champions of the Earth award in recognition of her country's initiatives to address climate change. United Nations Champions of the Earth award is the highest award in the world of environment conservation.

8. China launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-9, as part of the country's high-definition Earth observation project. Gaofen-9 was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu aboard a Long March-2D carrier rocket. It was the 209th flight of the Long March rocket series. The optical remote sensing satellite is capable of providing photographs with a resolution of less than a meter. It will be used in land survey, urban planning, road network design, agriculture, and disaster relief.

9. Two Indian educational Institutes find place in '2015-16 QS World University Rankings's World Top-200' . It was the 12th edition in the series of annual global university ranking list. The Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore (IISc-B) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) were ranked 147 and 179 respectively. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) topped the list of universities in the world for record fourth time. Harvard University is at second place, followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University in joint third place.

10. Tamil Nadu state government announced making it mandatory for all high rise buildings in the state to have solar power generation facility. This announcement was made in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. Under it all new multi-storey buildings (more than four floors) will have to establish solar power generation facility. The rule would be applicable to all group developments (with more than eight dwelling units) also. In effect, it will cover almost 90% of residential and commercial developments in cities like Chennai and Coimbatore. This is being seen as the first-of-its-kind initiative in urban solar power plants.
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