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Current Affairs Today – September 11 2015

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Current Affairs Today Sep 11 2015

Indian Affairs 

Big B, Ratan Tata join hands for TB- free India

  • Actor Amitabh Bachchan and business tycoon Ratan Tata have joined hands for the Indian government’s initiative “Call to Action for a TB-free India”,aims to engaging corporate, civil society and community leaders to eradicate the disease from the country.
  • They launched “Mumbai Dialogue: Towards a TB-Free India”  to invite corporate companies to support the cause.
  • Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India, behind this initiative.

Snapdeal launches instant refund facility

  • Online marketplace Snapdeal launched its instant refund facility to help its customers get refunds within one hour of receiving the returned products.
  • The instant refund will be completed using Immediate Payments System (IMPS) transfers.100 per cent of customers using the Cash On Delivery facility will have access to IMPS 24/7 while bank holidays will have no impact on this service either.
  • Chief product officer of Snapdeal : Anand Chandrasekaran.
  • CEO of Snapdeal : Kunal Bahl

International Affairs

India votes to raise Palestine, Vatican flags at UN

  • India was among 119 nations that voted in support of a UN General Assembly resolution granting the right to non-member observer States of Palestine.
  • Vatican to raise their flags at the world body’s headquarters along side the flags of UN member nations.
  • A vote of 119 in favour to 8 against(Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu and the US), with 45 delegations abstaining.
  • Palestine – observer state in 2012 and  Vatican – non-member observer state since 1964.

Japan centenarian population hits record 60,000

  • The number of people aged 100 and above has hit 60,000 in Japan in 2015, September.
  • The population of centenarians is expected to reach 61,568 next week, of which 87 percent will be women.
  • The country is also home to the world’s oldest man, Yasutaro Koide, who turned 112 years old in March.
  • September 15 – Senior’s Day.

3-day India Expo starts in Sri Lanka

  • India Expo exhibition began in Sri Lanka aimed at exploring and expanding their base in the country.
  • Expo was organised by the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) provides an opportunity to source from over 50 Indian companies who are displaying  diverse range of product lines such as Apparel & Textiles, Consumer Appliances, Electrical & Electronics, FMCGand Pharma among others .
  • FIEO Chairman: A Sakthivel

Banking & Finance 

Andhra Bank opens its 2600th branch in Hyderabad

  • Managing Director and CEO Satish Kumar Kalra e-launched the 2600th branch at Yadgirigutta and the 3000th ATM at Sunshine Hospital in Secunderabad.
  • Andhra Bank, has branch across 26 States and 3 Union Territories.
  • 43 per cent of the branches are in semi-uban/rural areas and 231 of the branches are in unbanked rural centres. During the current fiscal, the bank added 100 branches and plans to add over 300 by March 2016.
  • Andhra Bank Headquarters : Hyderabad.

Acquisitions & Mergers

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories signed pact with US Firm PanTheryx

  • Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and PanTheryx have entered into a licensing agreement that grants the exclusive right to market and distribute PanTheryx’s nutritional intervention, DiaResQ, for infectious diarrhoea in India and Nepal under the Reliqua brand
  • The product was recently recognised in Reimagining Global Health as one of the 30 leading healthcare innovations with great promise to transform global health by 2030.
  • CEO of Dr. Reddy’s : GV Prasad.

Environment 

Sports

IPTL: Roger Federer joins UAE Royals, Virat Kohli to co-own team

  • World no 2 tennis player Roger Federer joins UAE Royals in the second season of the IPTL(International Premier Tennis League) which is scheduled to be held from Dec 2 to Dec 20.
  • Federal will played for the Indian Aces in the inaugural season of IPTL and Mahesh Bhupathi, will be played across five countries in Asia. The other teams are Manila Mavericks, Singapore Slammers, Micromax Indian Aces and Japan Warriors.
  • ITPL MD: Mahesh Bhupathi and co-owner Virat Kohli, Neelesh Bhatnagar and Sachin Gadoya.

ISL 2015: Delhi Dynamos sign Serginho Greene

  • Indian Super League (ISL) franchise Delhi Dynamos announced Serginho Greene’s signing at the Bravida Arena.
  • Greene is versatile player and he was a member of the Netherlands U-16 and U-21 football teams and he was played the second half of the side’s friendly against Swedish team BK Hacken at the Bravida Arena.
  • Delhi Dynamos Team manager : Roberto Carlos.

Obituary

Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R Iyer passes away

  • Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R. Iyer passed away in New Delhi on Sep 9,2015  following a severe bout of viral fever.

About Ramaswamy R Iyer :

  • Born in October 1929, in Thakkalai, Tamil Nadu. His last held position was that of an honorary research professor at the Centre for Policy Research.
  • He was an officer of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service, and Secretary of Water Resources in the central government and was instrumental in drafting India’s first National Water Policy in 1987.

Books & Authors 

Vice President Releases the Book ‘Feminist and Orientalist Perspectives – A Study of Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters’

  • The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released a book entitled “Feminist and Orientalist Perspectives – A Study of Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters” authored by Dr. Farha Hiba Parvez.
  • This book on ‘Lady Mary Montagu’s Turkish Embassy Letters’ is a serious work diligently done and will become an open area for many scholars. He recalled that in 1968-69, when he was a young diplomat posted in Indian Embassy in Jeddah, there was no school for Indian students in Jeddah.