Current Affairs- 18th & 19th September

National

Alka Nangia Arora appoints as CMD of NSIC

Alka Nangia Arora appoints as CMD of NSIC
  • Alka Nangia Arora (IDAS) has assumed the additional charge as Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of the National Small Industries Corporation Limited (NSIC) on September 14. She is an Indian Defence Account Service (IDAS) Officer of 1991-batch and currently serving as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME). This announcement has been made by the NSIC.
  • She is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in diverse activities across the country.

Narendra Singh Tomar participates in G-20 Agriculture Ministerial meeting

Narendra Singh Tomar participates in G-20 Agriculture Ministerial meeting
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today participated in the G-20 Agriculture Ministerial meeting organized by Italy, which holds the Presidency of G20.
  • Addressing the session on the topic Research as a driving force behind sustainability, Mr Tomar said, agricultural research has played an important role in tackling the problem of food security, improving the income of farmers and agriculturists and sustainable use of natural resources for the subsistence of the people.
  • The Minister stated that agricultural research in India has played a major role in transforming the country from being a food importer to exporter.

International

First all-civilian crew launched to orbit aboard SpaceX rocket ship

India, El Salvador hold third Foreign Office Consultations
  • The Third Foreign Office Consultations between India and El Salvador were held in San Salvador yesterday. The Indian side was led by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) and the El Salvadoran side was led by Ambassador Adriana Maria Mira, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion.
  • During the consultations, both sides noted the warm and friendly relations between the two countries. They comprehensively reviewed the whole gamut of bilateral relations in all fields including health, trade and investment, tourism, aquaculture, energy, transport, aviation and infrastructure, culture, consular and development partnership.

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao nominated as candidate for president in next year's election

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao nominated as candidate for president in next year's election
  • In Philippines, boxing star Manny Pacquiao has been nominated as a candidate for president in next year’s election.
  • He was nominated by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban. Mr Pacquiao is a senator in the Philippines’ parliament.
  • As a boxer, Mr. Pacquiao won world titles in an unprecedented eight different weight divisions. He lost his most recent bout against a Cuban opponent and said he was considering retiring.
  • Mr. Pacquiao has pledged to campaign against poverty and corruption.

France Recalls Ambassadors to the US and Australia in Protest of Submarine Deal

  • France has said that it is recalling its Ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest of a security deal which also includes the UK. In a statement issued late last night, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had described the pact as a stab in back, said the Ambassadors were being recalled at the request of President Emmanuel Macron.
  • The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines. The move angered France as it scuppered a multibillion-dollar deal it had signed with Australia.

UNSC extends mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months

UNSC extends mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months
  • United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has extended the mandate for its assistance mission in Afghanistan by six months and called on the Taliban to create an inclusive government.
  • The 15-member council acted in a resolution passed unanimously. The resolution calls upon all Afghan and international parties to coordinate with United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan(UNAMA) in the implementation of its mandate and to ensure the safety, security and freedom of movement of United Nations and associated personnel throughout the country.

Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-XV to begin at Pithoragarh

Indo-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran-XV to begin at Pithoragarh
  • The 15th edition of Indo-Nepal joint military exercise “Surya Kiran” will begin here on September 20.
  • “Infantry battalions from both countries will participate in the exercise,” said Capt Kuldeep, the liaison officer from the Indian side.
  • According to the officer, besides familiarising with weapons being used by each army, the armies will be sharing with each other mountain warfare tactics, disaster assistance, rescue and relief operations in mountainous terrains.
  • The exercise is part of the initiative to develop inter-operability and sharing experience between two armies.

Awards and Honours

Eastern Naval Command celebrates 36th International Coastal Cleanup Day

  • The 36th International Coastal Cleanup Day was celebrated consecutively for the tenth year by Eastern Naval Command (ENC) here today at Visakhapatnam. As part of it, the ENC undertook Coastal Cleanup Drive at Yarada Beach, Bheemili Beach and other sea fronts within premises of Naval units of Visakhapatnam.
  • Approximately 500 Naval personnel, Defence Civilians and their families carried out the cleanup drive following the prevailing COVID19 protocols. The cleanup drive was aimed at creating awareness among people to keep our beaches clean, safeguarding the environment and inculcating the habit of respecting coastlines which in turn nurtures the marine biodiversity.

International Equal Pay Day: 18 September

International Equal Pay Day: 18 September
  • “To build momentum around the urgent need to address the gender pay gap,” the United Nations observes the International Equal Pay Day on September 18 each year.
  • This day draws attention to the gender pay gap-the difference between what a woman earns as compared to a man, for work of equal value. On this day, the United Nations have urged people and institutions to dismantle the discrimination and harmful gender stereotypes that contribute to the gender pay gap.
  • The first-ever (IEPD) was celebrated by United Nations in 2020.

Other Important Affairs

  • A billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens chosen to join him blasted off from Florida on Wednesday aboard a SpaceX rocket ship and soared into orbit, the first all-civilian crew ever to circle the Earth from space.
  • The quartet of amateur astronauts, led by the American founder and chief executive of financial services firm Shift 4 Payments Inc (FOUR.N), Jared Isaacman, lifted off just before sunset from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.