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DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 SEP 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 SEP 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
SHARED BY: WWW.DAILYGK.IN

1.   HOME MINISTER LAUNCHES INTELLIGENCE WING OF SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL AND WARB APP
i. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched first Intelligence Wing of Sashastra Seema Bal and Welfare & Rehabilitation Board App in New Delhi authorized to Protect the shared borders of India with Nepal and Bhutan. It has been confirmed as the Lead Intelligence Agency for both the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.
ii. SSB Director General Archana Ramasundaram informed that Intelligence Wing of Sashastra Seema Bal is used to prevent criminals and smugglers from taking advantage of the friendly borders with Nepal and Bhutan.
iii.The intelligence wing will have 650 field and staff agents to gather information about these borders frequently used by criminals and Kashmiri terrorists returning from Pakistan.

2.   INDIA EXEMPTS IMPORT DUTY ON GOODS FOR FIFA U-17 WORLD CUP
i. The government announced that it has exempted import duty for sports items and a wide range of goods for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India.
ii. The following goods will also be exempted from the integrated tax levied under the GST. All sports goods, sports equipment and sports requisites; team uniform/clothing; fitness equipment; spares, accessories and consumables of the same.
iii. Broadcast equipment and supplies used in organising and during the event imported by FIFA Host Broadcasters too falls in the exemption list.
iv. India, as the host country, is automatically qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. The 17th edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, has the slogan ‘Football takes over’.


3.   IRON UNION 5: JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE OF US AND UAE STARTED IN ABU DHABI
i. The US and UAE’s joint military exercise began in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The joint military exercise is named as Iron Union 5.
ii. It is carried out in order to maintain bilateral relations and exchange training and military expertise between the two countries.
iii. The focus of the exercise is to upgrade and boost the readiness of the UAE’s armed forces and to improve both the armies’ international co-operation.
iv. The Iron Union 5, is an extension of of Iron Claw exercises. Iron Claw exercises are organised by the UAE with friendly countries to exchange and develop their skills according to the latest advanced military systems.

4.   Y C MODI APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NIA
i. Senior Indian Police Service officer Y C Modi is appointed as the new director general of the National Investigation Agency.
ii. Modi will replace Sharad Kumar. The order was issued by the Ministry for Home Affairs.
iii. Modi is an IPS officer of the 1979 batch of the Haryana cadre and was appointed as the chief of NIA on 30th July 2013.

5.   69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS 2017
i. The 69th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards ceremony took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States.
ii. The Annual Prime Emmy Awards honours the best US television programmes. The award winners were chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Colbert.
iii. The Handmaid’s Tale becomes first online series to win Outstanding Drama Series Award:

6.   AIRTEL PAYMENTS BANK – FIRST PAYMENTS BANK IN INDIA TO INTEGRATE THE UPI ON ITS DIGITAL PLATFORM.
i. Airtel Payments Bank has become the 1st payments bank in India to integrate the Unified Payments Interface on its digital platform.
ii. It will help in making instant money transfers to any bank account in India and will add to customer choice and convenience for making secure digital payments to online and offline merchants.
iii. It would also be able to link their bank accounts on BHIM app and make UPI payments. For UPI-based payments and transfers, customers are not required to furnish their bank details to enable transactions and can create easy to remember IDs, ensuring optimal data security.
iv. Customers can also use MyAirtel app to scan any UPI QR code for making merchant payments.

7.   GOOGLE LAUNCHES DIGITAL PAYMENT APP ‘TEZ’ IN INDIA
i. Google has launched its Unified Payments Interface-based digital payment service by the name ‘Tez’ in India. Google has become the latest international giant to enter the fast growing digital payments industry in India. ‘Tez’ means fast in Hindi.
ii. Tez was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at an event in New Delhi. The new Google payment App ‘TeZ’ is powered by UPI. It is a payments protocol built by the Government-backed National Payments Corporation of India.
iii. Google Tez supports several local languages including Hindi, Bengali, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.
iv. Tez can be used to pay strangers through ‘Cash Mode’ without sharing personal information. It can securely send money to people nearby without sharing personal information including phone number and bank account details.
v. Google also announced a programme called ‘Tez for Business’, which offers businesses new ways to unlock the potential of digital payments and engage their customers.

8.   LEWIS HAMILTON WINS SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX 2017
i. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, in Singapore.
ii. He was followed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the 2nd position and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in the 3rd.

OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS BASED ON TODAY’S NEWS

Q1. WHO HAS LAUNCHED FIRST INTELLIGENCE WING OF SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL AND WELFARE & REHABILITA TION BOARD APP IN NEW DELHI?
a)  Rajnath Singh
b)  Sushma Swaraj
c)  Maneka Sanjay Gandhi
d)  Nirmala Sitharaman
Q2. INDIA EXEMPTED IMPORT DUTY FOR SPORTS ITEMS AND A WIDE RANGE WIDE RANGE OF GOODS FOR WHICH UPCOMING EVENT?
a)  World Wrestling Championship U-17
b)  Hockey U-17 World Cup
c)  World Chess Championship U-17
d)  FIFA U-17 World Cup
Q3. TO WHICH ACTIVITY GROUP Y C MODI APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR GENERAL?
a)  National Security Guard
b)  Central Board of Excise and Customs
c)  National Investigation Agency
d)  National Security Council
Q4. NAME THE FIRST PAYMENTS BANK IN INDIA TO INTEGRATE THE UNIFIED PAYMENTS INTERFACE ON ITS DIGITAL PLATFORM?
a)  Vodafone M-Pesa
b)  Airtel Payments Bank
c)  Paytm Payments Bank
d)  FINO payment bank
Q5. WHO WON THE FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX?
a)  Lewis Hamilton
b)  Daniel Ricciardo
c)  Valtteri Bottas
d)  Sebastian Vettel

ANSWERS: 

1 - A    2 - D    3 - C    4 - B    5 - A

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