Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 September 2017

Sep 26, 2017 17:15 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs

Government Constitutes High Level Forum on 5G India 2020

Government of India has constituted High Level 5G India 2020 Forum to take on the global super powers. This forum is constituted with three Secretaries from different ministries or department Telecom, Meity and DST.

It comprises renowned experts like Mr Gururaj Deshpande - Chairman of Sycamore Networks, Sandstone, USA; Dr. A. Paulraj, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, USA,  Indian industry led by CEOs of ICT industry, Telecom Standard Development Organisation of India (TSDSI), Professors from IIT Madras, IIT Mumbai, IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IISc Bengaluru, IT industry and stakeholders from industry associations.

Prime Minister constitutes Economic Advisory Council headed by Bibek Debroy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2017 constituted five-member Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) headed by Bibek Debroy, a member of the Niti Aayog.

The council consists of economists of high repute and eminence including Surjit Bhalla, Rathin Roy and Ashima Goyal, who will be working as part time members of the council. Meanwhile, Ratan Watal, the Principal Advisor to Niti Aayog, will serve as the Secretary of the Council.

India seeks zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens at UNSC meeting

India sought for zero tolerance against terrorist safe havens anywhere and at any level during the recent UN Security Council meeting, which was held in Afghanistan.

India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, urged the UN that there should not be any differentiation between good and bad terrorists and nor should one group be played against the other.

He also urged the international community to not remain silent and said that it is their first and foremost duty to ensure that these forces of terrorism and extremism do not find sanctuaries anywhere.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe calls snap election, seeking stronger mandate

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 25 September 2017 called for a snap election, a year earlier than the scheduled time.

Abe said that he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on 28 September, seeking a stronger mandate and support for his tough stance towards the increasing threats from North Korea following its illegal ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programme.

Abe hopes to take advantage of the higher opinion polls and the weak and fractured opposition to sweep back into power. He added that he would resign as prime minister if his party failed to win a majority.

World’s smallest squirrel discovered in Indonesian forest

Indonesian scientists from the Lambung Mangkurat University have found the world's smallest squirrel in Borneo rain forest in the central parts of the country.

The squirrel has been named as the Bormean pigmy squirrel or exilisciurus exilis. It was found in Meratus mountain of South Kalimantan province of Indonesia. There are six subspecies of small squirrels in Asia, of which three are found in Kalimantan.

The squirrel is 73 mm long and weighs about 17 grams. Although active during the day, this species is quite difficult to find in a disturbed habitat.

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