Current Affairs in Short: 5 September 2018
India has reportedly declined an invitation from Russia to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan after Afghanistan itself decided against attending the conclave. Russia is organising the conference to bring peace in Afghanistan.
VP M Venkaiah Naidu confers National Teachers’ Awards in New Delhi
• Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on September 5, 2018 gave away the National Awards to 45 Teachers in New Delhi on the occasion of Teachers' day.
• The award is given as public recognition to meritorious teachers working in primary, middle and secondary schools.
• The awards, which were instituted in 1958, carry a silver medal, a certificate and cash prize worth Rs 50000.
• This year’s awardees have been selected under revised guidelines to ensure transparent and fair selection.
India not to attend Afghan peace conference in Moscow
• India has reportedly declined an invitation from Russia to attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan after Afghanistan itself decided against attending the conclave.
• Russia is organising the conference to bring peace in Afghanistan. The event was scheduled to take place in Moscow on September 4, but it has been postponed after several countries turned down Russia's invite to attend the event.
• India has always been favouring an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process to bring peace and stability in that country. Since 2002, India has committed USD 2 billion to the socio-economic development of the country.
Arunachal CM calls for deputing inter-ministerial team
• Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has requested to Union Home Ministry to depute an Inter-Ministerial Team to visit the flood and drought-affected areas of the state to assess the situation.
• Expressing his concern with the unprecedented situation in the Siang River basin where certain areas are reeling under flood while others are facing drought like situation, the Chief Minister wrote a letter to Union Home Minister on September 4, 2018 to draw the attention of the union government towards it.
50-year-old Kolkata Bridge collapses
• In Kolkata, a section of a 50-year-old bridge on the arterial Diamond Harbour Road collapsed on September 4, 2018, killing one, injuring 21 and trapping several people.
• The Majerhat bridge in the crowded Alipore area caved in around 4.45 pm during rush hour. West Bengal government has ordered a probe to find out the cause of the collapse.
• Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a compensation of five lakh rupees to the family of the dead and 50,000 each to the injured.
WB Government denies 'stop promotion' rumour on social media
• The West Bengal government on September 4, 2018 denied rumours doing the rounds on social media that it has instructed all departments to stop promotion of its employees till the Lok Sabha elections, which are due in 2019.
• The state’s finance department said that promotions are being granted to its employees as per their existing service conditions and would continue as per existing norms.
• It is also stated that the annual increment of 3 per cent due on July 1 every year to state government employees and other organisations would continue as usual. The subsequent increments will be released as per existing norms.
Justice Goswami is acting CJ of Gauhati High Court
• Justice Arup Kumar Goswami was on September 4, 2018 appointed as the acting chief justice of the Gauhati High Court.
• His appointment will come into effect from September 6, following the retirement of high court Chief Justice Ajit Singh.
• The Gauhati High Court has an approved strength of 24 judges, but is functioning with 17 currently, a shortage of seven judges.
B Srinivas to become new Intelligence chief of JK police
• In a bid to revamp intelligence network in militancy-hit state, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on September 4, 2018 appointed B Srinivas as its new intelligence chief, replacing Abdul Gani Mir who has been sent to police headquarters.
• The state police had come under criticism for having failed in gathering intelligence.
• A 1990 batch officer, the 54-year-old Srinivas brings with him an experience of intelligence gathering. During his past 28 years, he has held many sensitive assignments as police chief in various districts of the Valley.
• He was inspector general (operations) before he was moved as inspector general police of Kashmir range and later as intelligence head during the Omar Abdullah regime.
• However, after the PDP-led alliance government came to power, he was replaced by Mir, a 1994 batch officer.
Indian Kho Kho team to get financial support for participation in International championship
• Encouraging traditional games of the country, the Union Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the financial support for the Kho Kho team participating at the first International Kho Kho championship in England.
• The guideline for sports disciplines like Kho Kho, which are categorised as 'others', was earlier not eligible for financial support for participation in International sporting events.
• The decision to provide support to the Kho Kho Federation of India has been taken with a view to pave the way for its future mainstreaming at International level and its possible inclusion in multi-disciplinary sporting events like the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympics and others.
Young Indian shuttlers win titles in Ukraine
• Young Indian shuttlers clinched the mixed doubles and men's doubles titles at the RSL Kharkiv International challenge in Kharkiv, Ukraine on September 3, 2018.
• The duo of Anoushka Parikh and Saurabh Sharma defeated Poland's Pawel Smilowski and Magdalena Swierczynska, in the mixed doubles summit clash.
• The pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila also defeated Germany's Daniel Hess and Johannes Pistorius 21-19 21-16 in men's doubles event.
• However, the women's doubles pair lost in the semifinals and the mixed doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg failed to cross the quarterfinals.
SC to hear plea to stay Rafale deal next week
• The Supreme Court on September 5, 2018 agreed to hear next week a Public Interest Litigation seeking a stay on Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France.
• The SC bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submissions of advocate M L Sharma that his plea is listed for urgent hearing.
• In his PIL, Sharma alleged discrepancies in the fighter jet deal with France and sought the stay on it.
Noted Gujarati author Bhagwati Kumar Sharma passes away
• Noted Gujarati author, journalist and poet Bhagwati Kumar Sharma passed away in Surat on September 5, 2018 morning. He was 84.
• Born in 1934 in Surat, Bhagwati Kumar Sharma had received Sahitya Academy award for his Gujarati novel Ashuryalok. He had also received Gujarati literature awards Ranjitram suvarna chandrak and Kumar paritoshik.
• He was also honoured by Gujarat Gaurav award, Sahitya Ratna award and Vali Gujarati Ghazal Puraskar.
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