Top 5 Current Affairs: 17 September 2018

Sep 17, 2018 17:39 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 17 September 2018

Union Power Ministry launches Chiller Star Labelling Program to improve energy efficiency

The Union Ministry of Power on September 14, 2018 launched the Chiller Star Labelling Program, an ambitious program to encourage the deployment of energy efficient chiller systems in the country.

Initially, the program is launched on voluntary basis and will be valid up to December 31, 2020. Chillers are used extensively for space conditioning of buildings and for industrial process cooling applications. Chillers, being energy intensive system, contribute more than 40 percent of the total energy consumption in commercial buildings.

ISRO launches two UK satellites aboard PSLV-C42

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on September 16, 2018 successfully launched its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) C42 carrying two earth observation satellites for the United Kingdom.

The 44.4 metres launch vehicle weighing 230.4 tons carried two earth observing satellites - NovaSAR and S1-4 of Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, UK. There was no Indian satellite on the flight.

With the successful launch, the total number of foreign satellites launched by India goes up to 239.

Delhi, Seoul sign MoU to tackle air pollution, improve infrastructure

The Delhi government on September 14, 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to work closely in the fields of environment, tourism, waste water and solid waste management, infrastructure and public health.

The agreement requires the two capital cities- New Delhi and Seoul- to set up and operationalise a 'Twinning Cell' and a committee to support the cell for easy communication and knowledge sharing.

The cell will support activity related workshops, conduct community participation activities and help maintain documentation.

National AIDS Control Organisation releases HIV Estimations 2017 Report

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) on September 14, 2018 released the HIV Estimations 2017 report.

The HIV Estimations 2017 report is 14th in the series of HIV Estimations launched earlier under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP). The first round of HIV estimation was done in 1998, while the latest round was done in 2015.

NACO undertakes HIV estimations in every two years in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS).

Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2018’ begins in Uttarakhand

Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018, a joint military exercise of Indian and US armies, commenced on September 16, 2018 at Chaubattia, Uttarakhand with the unfurling of the national flags of both countries on the tunes of "Jana Gana Mana” and “The Star Spangled Banner".

This is the 14th edition of the joint military exercise hosted alternately by both countries. The two-week exercise will witness participation of about 350 personnel of the US Army and similar strength of Garud Division of the Indian Army.

It is one of the longest running joint military training and a major ongoing bilateral defence cooperation endeavour between India and the US.

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