Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 September 2017

Sep 19, 2017 17:26 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs

WHO releases Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 18 September 2017 released the report titled Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017.

As per Progress Monitor 2017, governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions.

The report charts down the actions undertaken by countries to set targets, implement policies to address four main shared and modifiable NCD risk factors- tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.

Jitendra Singh to inaugurate first ‘Pension Adalat’

Jitendra Singh, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, would be inaugurating the first ‘Pension Adalat’ in Delhi on 20 September 2017.

The main objective behind the initiative is to bring on a common table the aggrieved pensioner, the concerned department, the bank or CGHS representative, wherever relevant to ensure that such cases are settled across the table within the framework of existing rules.

The Minister would also be awarding the pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards ‘Anubhav’ – a platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with the Government.

Tripura becomes first state to set up district family welfare committees

Tripura on 18 September 2017 became the first state in India to set up family welfare district committees.

State Governor Tathagata Roy formally launched the family welfare committees in all eight districts in Tripura at a function in Tripura High Court. The committees have been set to deal with the issue of fake and biased complaints by women against their husbands, in-laws and husband's relatives.

The decision to set up the committees came following an order of the Supreme Court to form such committees in all states.

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet decides to provide Rs 2500 monthly honorarium for 'Jal Rakshaks'

The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on 18 September 2017 decided to provide a monthly honorarium of Rs 2500 to 'Jal Rakshaks'.

The qualified Jal Rakshaks with ITI diplomas will be given quota for pump operators and fitters. Those with matric and 12 years of experience will be inducted against the post of Chowkidar and pump attendants. Around 1000 existing posts of Beldars will be re-designated as Chowkidar and pump attendants.

IDF and US Army inaugurate first permanent American base in Israel

The US Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in September 2017 inaugurated a permanent base on Israeli soil. This is the first time that a permanent American base has been opened in the Middle Eastern country.

The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel. Several dozen American soldiers will be stationed at the base in Israel’s south, which America and Israel have been working on for two years.

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