Morning Current Affairs: 15 September 2017
NASA Spacecraft Cassini on mission to explore the giant ring-world of Saturn and its menagerie of moons will end its 20 year voyage on 15 September 2017 by diving into the atmosphere of Saturn. For 13 years, the orbiter has been sending back images of its extraordinary discoveries at Saturn to Earth.
40 per cent of Rohingyas in Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh: UN
The United Nations (UN) on 15 September 2017 stated that about 40 per cent of the total Rohingya population living in the Rakhine State of Myanmar has now fled to Bangladesh. Since 25 August 2017, the number of Rohingya refugees who have crossed the Myanmar border to Bangladesh has now reached 389000.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has arranged trucks filled with emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies for thousands of Rohingya children heading to Bangladesh. It is estimated that 60 per cent of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh are children.
According to UNICEF there are acute shortages of everything, most critically shelter, food and clean water, and is also helping Bangladesh government on improving water treatment plants.
President Ram Nath Kovind to launch Swacchata Hi Sewa campaign
President Ram Nath Kovind will launch nationwide campaign Swacchata Hi Sewa on 15 September 2017. The objective of the campaign is to mobilise people to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India.
Swachhta Hi Seva campaign will see large scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life to undertake shramdaan for cleanliness and construction of toilets. This fortnight long campaign will conclude on 2 October 2017 on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
N Korea test fires intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan
The United States Pacific Command on 15 September 2017 confirmed that North Korea has test fired an intermediate range ballistic missile over Japan. However, the launch did not pose a threat to the United States.
This time, lunch of ballistic missile over Japan by North Korea came as a reaction to new UN sanctions. The United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of measures on North Korea over its ballistic missile and atomic weapons programmes.