Current Affairs : 18-09-2019 in English

Defence

  • A maiden trilateral exercise, involving Navies of Singapore, Thailand and India, has commenced on 16 September at - Port Blair.

Economy

  • A new scheme by Export Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC) under which up to 90% of the principal and interest will be covered under insurance - ‘Nirvik’.
  • On 16 September, the RBI expanded the scope of Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) to cover - all repetitive bill payments (includes school fees, insurance premiums and municipal taxes).
  • Payments bank that has launched the ‘Bharosa Savings Account’ to serve the unique needs of underbanked and unbanked customers - Airtel Payments Bank.

International 

  • Host country of the first major international conference exploring the #MeToo movement - Iceland (in Reykjavik on 17 September).
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has decided to translate and publish an anthology of the writings of this saint in world languages to mark his 550th birth anniversary - Guru Nanak Dev.

National

  • India’s comprehensive Cooling Action plan seeks to reduce cooling demand across sectors by 20% to 25% by - 2037-38.
  • The Survey of India (SoI) will use drones for the first time to map the country with a resolution of - 1:500 (1 cm = 500 cm).

Persons in News

  • Present Director-General of the Survey of India (SoI) - Gireesh Kumar.
  • Author of novel ‘Gun Island’ - Amitav Ghosh.

Sports

  • Indian shuttler who clinched the 2019 Myanmar International Series - Kaushal Dharmamer.
  • Host of the Rugby World Cup 2019 – Japan (from 20 Sept to 2 Nov).
  • First Indian and first Asian who completed the Enduroman triathlon - Mayank Vaid.

Science and Technology

  • NASA’s lunar probe that flied over the crash-landing site of India’s Vikram lander on 17 September - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

General Knowledge

  • Enduroman is a triathlon from England to – France (140 km run, 33.8 km swim, and a 289.7 km bike ride).
  • Survey of India (SoI) – Founded in: 1767; Headquarters: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Established in: 1946 (UNESCO's Constitution came into force on 4 November); Headquarters: Paris, France.
  • Export Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC) – Founded in: 1957 (30 July); Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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