9 Key Current Affairs and News Update 1st September 2015

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9 Key Current Affairs & News Update 1st September 2015

1. Union Government identifies 305 cities for implementing ‘Housing for All’ scheme

Housing for All- News Updates 1st September

Housing for All- News Updates 1st September

Union Government has identified 305 cities and towns across 9 states for implementation of its flagship ‘Housing for All’ scheme. 305 cities were identified by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) for beginning of construction of houses for the urban poor under the scheme. In this regard, HUPA Ministry will provide assistance of over 2 lakh crore rupees over the next six years for construction of houses to enable two crore urban poor own their own houses. Selected cities and towns are in these states: Chhattisgarh (36 cities and towns), Gujarat (30), Jammu and Kashmir (19), Jharkhand (15), Kerala (15), Madhya Pradesh (74), Odisha (42), Rajasthan (40) and Telangana (34). Read More

2. US extends anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for 5 years

Mushrooms - News Updates 1st September

Mushrooms – News Updates 1st September

United States (US) has extended the anti-dumping duty on Indian preserved mushrooms for another five years. This decision to revoke existing anti-dumping duty orders on preserved mushrooms was taken by US International Trade Commission on cheap imports Chile, China, India and Indonesia. The move will have a negative impact on India’s domestic exporters as US is a major export destination. What is Preserved mushroom? Preserved mushroom refer to mushrooms prepared or preserved by blanching, cleaning and sometimes slicing and cutting. Read More

3. Senior Kannada writer Dr.M. M. Kalburgi passes away

Dr.M. M. Kalburgi - News Updates 1st September

Dr.M. M. Kalburgi – News Updates 1st September

Senior Kannada writer Dr. Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi passed away in Dharwad, Karnataka. He was 77. Dr. Kalburgi died after he was shot dead by unidentified persons in his residence in Dharwad. He was scholar of Vachana sahitya (Vachana literature), Kannada epigraphist and academician who had served as the Vice-Chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. About Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi M. M. Kalburgi was born 1938 in Yaragal (now in Karnataka) in then Bombay Presidency. Read More

4. India pitches for anti-terror treaty, UNSC reforms

India has strongly pitched for finalisation of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) and UN Security Council (UNSC) reforms. On behalf of India, these issues were stressed by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with the President-elect of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Mogens Lykketoft who is on official two-day visit to India. India’s demand Urgent reforms in UNSC to reflect present day world realities in order to reflect current geopolitical realities and increasing role of developing nations. Early finalisation of the CCIT (a treaty proposed by India in 1996) in order to make it binding for countries to ban terrorists, deny funds and safe haven to them. Read More

5. Union Government launches SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections

Union Government has launched SAHAJ scheme for online release of new LPG connections for the consumers as parts of its consumer friendly initiative. It was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a function held in New Delhi. Key facts Under the scheme, people can apply online for new LPG connection and they need not visit to the LPG distributors for it. SAHAJ facility will enable the customers to post online request for a new connection by filing Know Your Customer (KYC) form by uploading bank account details and photographs. Read More

6. Indian Bank launches IndPay mobile app service

State-owned financial services lender Indian Bank has launched IndPay mobile app service to enables its customers to operate bank accounts anytime from anywhere. It was formally unveiled by the Indian Bank MD and CEO M K Jain Key features of IndPay app Aims at helping bank’s customers to access their bank accounts from any corner of the country. It can be operated through smartphones compatible with Android, iOS and Windows mobile operating systems. Read More

7. Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba wins women’s marathon at World Athletics Championships

Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba has won the gold medal in the women’s marathon event at the World Athletics Championships 2015 held in Beijing, China. She won the women’s marathon by finishing it in two hours, 27 minutes and 35 seconds. Kenya’s Helah Kiprop (2:27:36) won the silver medal and Eunice Kirwa (2:27:39) of Bahrain won bronze medal in this event. With this victory, Dibaba became first Ethiopian female to win the marathon event at the world championships. Women’s world 4×400 metres relay Jamaica has won the gold medal in the women’s world 4×400 metres relay event of World Athletics Championships 2015. Read More

8. India’s Anil wins gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships

Indian wrestler Anil has clinched gold medal in Cadet Wrestling World Championships in the 50 kg freestyle competitions. In the final match played at Sarajevo, Bosnia he defeated Erfan Aeini of Iran by 10-6 score. Earlier, Anil had defeated Tumentsogt Bold of Mongolia in the semi-final bout and Ertugrul Kahveci of Turkey in quarter-final bout. It was second medal for India in this championship. Earlier female grappler Ankus had won silver medal in the 38 kg women freestyle competitions. Read More

9. Indian women hockey team qualifies for 2016 Rio Olympics

Indian women’s hockey team has qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics and now joining nine other teams. It was announced by International Hockey Federation (FIH) after Great Britain’s semifinal victory over Spain and Netherlands’ win over Germany in the other semifinal in the 2015 European Championships. These victories freed one quota for 2016 Rio Olympics as both the finalists already have qualified for the Olympic Games. This qualification for Indian women’s hockey team comes after long gap of 36 years as they had featured last time in 1980 Moscow Olympics and was placed at 4th position. Read More

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