Daily GK Update 9 September 2015 Important Current Affairs

1. Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning Monarch
i. Queen Elizabeth II on 9th September 2015 became the longest-reigning Monarch of Britain and the longest-reigning female monarch in history.
ii. She surpassed the previous record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria who had reigned thousand-year-old dynastical institution of Britain for more than 63 years and 7 months.
iii. It should be noted that, presently Queen Elizabeth II (88 years old) is world’s oldest living monarch.

2. Haryana Government bans gutka, pan masala

i. Haryana government has completely banned the gutka, pan masala and other similar products containing tobacco in the state for one year from September 3, 2015.
ii. In this regard State Food and Drugs Administration has issued notification in the interest of public health.
iii. The ban includes manufacturing, distribution, storage and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco. The ban also includes mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents.
iv. These substances were banned due to presence of Nicotine which already has been added by state government in the list of poisons substances notified under Haryana Poison Possession and Sales Rules, 1966.
v. Addition of Nicotine in this list means that it is mandatory to follow the same rules which were applicable on those indulged in possession and sales of already notified poisons.

3. Haryana Government sets minimum qualification for candidates in Panchayati Raj polls

i. Haryana Assembly has passed Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that seeks to fix matriculation as minimum educational qualification for elections to Panchayati Raj institutions (PRIs).
ii. With this Haryana became second state in India after Rajasthan to fix educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting Panchayat elections.

4. Anirban Lahiri becomes 1st Indian golfer to qualify for President’s Cup

i. Ace Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri has become the first Indian to qualify for the prestigious President’s Cup of Golf.
ii. World No.40, Lahiri qualified to this prestigious cup through automatic qualifications as team member of the International Team. The International team is set to take on United States team in the biennial Presidents Cup 2015 to be held at Incheon, South Korea.
iii.  In season 2015, he has won 2 European Tour, 7 Asian Tour including the Hero Indian Open in 2015 and Malaysian Open. So far, he has won 11 National titles in India including Ahmedabad Masters and Haryana Open. Union Government has bestowed Arjuna Award on him in 2014.

5. Novak Djokovic reaches US Open semi-finals for ninth straight year

i. Gathering himself after getting pushed around by an opponent with an unconventional style, Novak Djokovic reached the US Open semi-finals for the ninth consecutive year with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) victory over 18th-seeded Feliciano Lopez.
ii. With the night session match suddenly tied at a set apiece, the world No1 tore off his shirt as he headed to the sideline. He sat, halfheartedly tried to smash his racket, then began screaming.

6. Pakistan SC ordered adoption of Urdu as official language

i. Supreme Court of Pakistan on 8 September 2015 ordered immediate adoption of Urdu as official language of the country. With this order, Urdu will be used as an official language at the government offices of Pakistan.
ii. The order was passed by a three member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja while delivering judgment in a case. The petitioner Advocate Kokab Iqbal through his petition wanted promotion and implementation of the national language. 
iii. The Court also ruled that under the 1973 Constitution it is must to adopt Urdu as official language. 

7. Tamil Nadu Government launched Amma baby care Kit Scheme

i. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on 7 September 2015 launched the Amma Baby Care Kit scheme wherein the state government will provide accessories for the newborn and its mother.
ii. These accessories include a towel, a mosquito net, an infant mattress, an infant dress, napkin, oil bottle (100ml), baby shampoo (60 ml), a soap with a box, a nail-cutter, Kilu Kiluppai (rattle toy), a doll, and a hand sanitizer (250ml).
iii. The kit will also contain a locally made stimulant Sowbhagya Leghyam for the mother besides a box to store essentials meant for the newborn. With 16 items inside it, the cost of the kit has been pegged at 1000 rupees. 


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