Current Affairs Today 7 September 2017

Major current affairs for 7 September, 2017 for candidates to attempt GK part successfully with speed & accuracy.

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India-Sri Lanka joint maritime naval exercise SLINEX 2017

India-Sri Lanka joint maritime naval exercise SLINEX 2017 started today at Bay of Bengal near Vishakhapatnam. It is the seventh edition of the joint naval exercise between two countries and will be conducted for seven days starting from 7 September, 2017 to September 14,2017. The exercise is aimed to strengthen defence relations between India and Sri lanka through extensive maritime interaction and improved understanding.

Key facts of SLINEX 2017

SLINEX 2017 is focused on fleet work, seamanship, communication, replenishment at sea as well as helicopter operations. Offshore patrol vessels from Srilanka’s Navy – SLNS Sayura and Sagara had participated in this edition of biennial exercise.

The exercise will be held in two phase below:

  1. Harbour Phase – In Harbour phase both navies will be engaged with each other through professional, cultural and social interactions.
  2. Sea Phase – Complex operations like anti-piracy exercises, cross-deck helicopter operations, gun firings and anti-surface exercises will be conducted jointly by both navies.

History:
SLINEX is a bilateral naval exercise conducted between India and Srilanka. First SLINEX was conducted in 2005. The exercise plays an important role for both the navies to improve understandings between two, rehearse and improve capabilities and helps to enhance maritime security.

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Experts Task Force Set up By NITI Ayog for Employment and Export

An experts task force was constituted by Country’s think tank NITI Ayog to boost employment opportunities in India by increasing export. The task force will be lead by NITI Ayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar.

NITI Ayog’s expert task force team will create an action plan for creating formal sector jobs with good pay and will help to reduce underemployment in both goods and services sectors.

Speaking on the occasion NITI Ayog said that Export sector is very important in terms of generating employment in the country and there is a need to set up an environment through which globally competitive exporters can emerge and flourish.

Newly created task force will address issues like low wages paid to labour, recommending sector-specific policy interventions, identifying key macroeconomic factors constraining exports and suggesting methods to address these constraints, and assessing the effectiveness of existing schemes to promote exports.

The task force will also:

  1. Address logistics related issues.
  2. Export credits and trade facilitation.
  3. Recommend measures to enhance trade in services with high employment potential.
  4. Suggest ways to enhance the availability of reliable, timely and globally comparable data on trade.

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Health and family welfare ministry Introduced Two free contraceptives

Health and family welfare ministry has introduced and launched another two free contraceptive as Antara and Chayya in 10 states of India. These are launched under Parivar Vikas Mission an initiative by center government for better family plannings.

The ten states are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa.

About Free Contraceptive Pills

Antra is an injectable contraceptive whereas Chayya is contraceptive pill. Effect of Antara lasts for three months and Chayya is effective for one week only. Both of the contraceptives will be provided for free at medical colleges and district hospitals in 10 states. With the introduction of these two new contraceptives, the choices of people regarding their needs for family planning has been expanded with two more additions.

Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) is also launched by the government which will ensure proper supply of these medicines. A new software has also been designed to provide information on demand and distribution of contraceptives to health centers and ASHAs.

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India, Japan to step up defence cooperation

Defence minister of India Mr. Arun Jaitley and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera in a long talk held yesterday(6.9.2017) in Tokyo agreed to collaborate closely with each other in defence production, including on dual-use technologies.

The two countries resolved to ramp up overall military engagement under the bilateral special strategic framework. The talk was the part of India-Japan annual defence ministerial dialogue. Issues relating to the US-2 amphibious aircraft were also figured out during the talk.

Both sides also agreed initiate research discussions in the field of Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotics with each other. India has been planning to buy US-2 ShinMaywa aircraft for its Navy from Japan. Earlier China had shown its objections last year saying that Japan was selling weapons to India at less prices.

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Odisha got 4th Govt Medical College In Koraput named as Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH)

Much-awaited Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital (SLNMCH) was inaugurated by Odhisa Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on 4 September, 2017 in the tribal-dominated district of southern Odisha. The inauguration was done by garlanding the statue of Saheed Laxman Nayak. With this SLNMCH has became the fourth medical college run by the state after Cuttack SCB, Bural VIMSAR and Berhampur MKCG.

The newly inaugurated college is also important because MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur was the last college that was inaugurated in Odisha 54 years ago.

According to sources the admission process for the college is completed and total 100 students have been admitted in first year of MBBS course. Out of 100 students there are 68 boys and 32 girls. The classes have started from the day of inauguration.

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Assam government sets up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell

Assam government has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell to successfully implement DBT in all the schemes. Chief secretary and additional Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary of Finance Department will be acting as chairman and convener for the cell respectively.

Members of the DBT Cell are secretaries of all relevant/ development departments; Commissioner & Secretary, IT Department; State Information Officer, NIC, Assam State Centre; representatives from nationalised/scheduled commercial banks; representatives from postal department (banking operations) and representatives from government entities dealing with social benefit schemes.

The cell will be coordinating with ministries at Central level time to time and will disseminate the directives to the respective departments in the State.

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Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched ‘Gyankunj Project’

Gujarat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on the eve of Teachers day on 5 September,2017 launched ‘Gyankunj Project’ an initiative to move towards digitization of schools in Gujarat. The project was launched from a primary school of Shahpur in Gandhinagar in the presence of Chief Secretary J.N.Singh, principal secretary (education) Sunayna Tomar, GUDA chairman Ashish Dave and whole community of school.

The Gyankunj Project has been created at a cost of Rs. 35.85 crores. It will be implemented in the classrooms of seventh and eighth class and gradually class 5th and 9th classrooms will also be included. The project will be implemented in 3173 class rooms of 1609 schools. The estimated cost per schools for project implementation is Rs. 222,000.

The implementation will be done in phased manner and in first phase total 550 schools will be covered.

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