Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was on 14 September 2017 elected as Chair of Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for a four-year term.
Ban succeeds Youssoupha Ndiaye of Senegal whose term has come to an end. His appointment was proposed by the IOC Executive Board and was approved during the IOC Session in Lima with a 74-4 majority.
Ban's appointment comes at a time when the IOC is under fire again after its Brazilian honorary member Carlos Nuzman was arrested on corruption charges for awarding of the 2016 Rio Games.
The Union Ministry of External Affairs on 14 September 2017 launched Operation Insaniyat in Bangladesh to help Rohingya refugees.
The Operation was launched in response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of the large influx of refugees into Bangladesh.
Under Operation Insaniyat, India will distribute relief material consisting of items required urgently by the affected people. These materials are rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, tea, ready to eat noodles, biscuits, mosquito nets etc. The relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments. The first tranche was brought to Chittagong by an Indian Air Force plane on 14 September 2017.
The two-day high-level talks on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) began between India and Pakistan in Washington, United States on 14 September 2017.
According to a spokesperson from the World Bank, the meetings between two countries are taking place between 14 and 15 September.
The talks are a continuation of a discussion on how to safeguard the treaty for the benefit of the people in both the countries.
The World Bank had said in August 2017 that under the water treaty, India is permitted to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrictions.
The Government of India in September 2017 has decided to grant Indian citizenship to nearly one lakh Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came from the erstwhile East Pakistan five decades ago.
The Chakma and Hajong refugees currently live in camps in the Northeast India.
The move came following an order of the Supreme Court, which in 2015 had directed the Union Government to grant citizenship to the Chakma and Hajong refugees, mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh.
The International Day of Democracy was observed across the world on 15 September 2017. The day was celebrated this year with the theme ‘Democracy and Conflict prevention’.
This year's theme focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.
The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.
Democracy is both a process as well as a goal and can only be made a reality if it has full support and participation by the international community, national governing bodies, civil society and individuals. The essential elements of democracy include values of freedom, respect for human rights and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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