Daily GK Update 27th September 2017, Important Current Affairs

1. World Tourism Day: 27 September
i. The World Tourism Day is celebrated across the world on 27th of September.  Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.  The theme for World Tourism Day 2017 is 'Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development'.
ii. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency is responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

2. Kandla Port Renamed as Deendayal Port
i. The Kandla Port, one of the top 12 major ports in the country, has been renamed as Deendayal Port in the name of Hindutva icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
ii. Kandla Port, located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in the country

3. Bilal Dar from Srinagar becomes an ambassador for Swachhata Hi Seva 
i. Bilal Dar, a young boy from Srinagar has become the brand ambassador for Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Dar has been contributing to the  ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’ since the age of 12.
ii. 'Swachhta Hi Sewa’ campaign has turned out to be monetarily beneficial for residents and scrap buyers/dealers, besides helping in enhancing preventive measures against vector-borne diseases.

4. ’Incredible India’ Campaign Launched in Cairo
i. India launched a campaign to woo Egyptian travellers and make them aware of magnificent holiday options in the country. 
ii. The month-long "Incredible India!" campaign has been organised by the Embassy of India in Cairo.

5. RIL World’s 3rd Largest Energy Firm: Platts Rankings
i. Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is the world’s third-biggest energy company behind Russian gas firm Gazprom and German utility E.ON, according to Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings.
ii. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) climbed to 7th position in the 2017 ranking, up from 14th rank in 2016. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) was placed at 11th position in 2017 as against 20th in 2016.
iii. Coal India Ltd, the world’s largest coal producer, was the only Indian firm to have slipped in the ranking - 45 in 2017.

6. Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal Launched
i. The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour (PENCIL) Portal at the National Conference on Child Labour organised by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
ii. The PENCIL is an electronic platform that aims at involving Centre, State, District, Governments, civil society and the general public in achieving the target of child labour free society. Shri Rajnath Singh also launched the Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the enforcement of legal framework against child labour.

7. Angola Swears in its First New President After 38 Years
i. Angola swore in Joao Lourenco as the country's President, making him the first new President of the country in 38 years. This comes after the previous president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, announced his retirement and chose Lourenco as his successor.
ii. Lourenco, who had served as Angola's Defence Minister earlier, vowed to attract more foreign investment.

8. CISF Security at Mumbai Airport Rated Best in World
i. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai has been recognised as the best service in this domain by a global quality rating agency.
ii. The latest initiative of doing away with the tagging and stamping of hand baggage, handling increasing passenger footfalls smoothly, and feeling of being safe and secure by passengers, etc, were taken into account while deciding the award.

9. WEF’s Global Competitiveness Rankings: India Ranks 40th, Switzerland Tops
i. India remains the most competitive country in South Asia, appearing at No. 40 in the global competitiveness ranking of 137 countries by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The ranking is one lower than last year.
ii. According to WEF, India’s score is its highest ever according to the current methodology, which ranked Switzerland as the world’s most competitive economy. India ranks 3rd among BRICS nations.
iii. The world’s top three competitive economies are-
  1. Switzerland,
  2. The United States of America,
  3. Singapore.

10. Maharashtra Govt Signs MoU with South Korea
i. The Maharashtra government has signed a MoU with South Korea for increased co-operation in infrastructure projects like development of smart cities, roads, airports and metros on the first day of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ visit to that country.
ii. This MoU is to help with implementation strategy, legal systems, policies, technologies and information in infrastructure development. Fadnavis embarked on a three-day tour to South Korea and Singapore.

11. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan Launched “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System”
i. Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) & “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System” in New Delhi.
ii. e-NWRs have no chances of any tempering, mutilation, fudging, loss or damage and with no possibility of any multiple financing. These initiatives would revolutionise the marketing of agricultural commodities and help farmers realize better price for their produce which will be a step towards doubling the farmers’ income by 2022 as well as Digital India mission.

12. Minister of Communication Shri Manoj Sinha Launched First Ever India Mobile Congress 2017
i. The Minister of Communication Shri Manoj Sinha launched DoT’s first ever Mobile, Internet and Technology event in India – India Mobile Congress 2017 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
ii. Led by Department of Telecom as the nodal ministry, the India Mobile Congress is being organised by Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). The largest and first ever event also has the support of the other ministries like the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Skill Development and Entrepreneurship amongst others.

13. IDBI Bank Launches ‘Project Nishchay’ for Turnaround
i. IDBI Bank has launched ‘Project Nishchay’ in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to accelerate its turnaround program and improve financial performance.
ii. The project will be led by senior management at IDBI Bank along with BCG. BCG will assist the bank to identify areas for cost containment and revenue maximization leading to sustainable growth and profitability of the Bank.

14. INS Tarasa Commissioned into Indian Navy
i. INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft intended for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrolling, was commissioned into the Indian Navy. Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra has commissioned the vessel. The vessel has been built in Kolkata.
ii. It is the fourth and last of the Water Jet FACs built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata. The first two, INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu were commissioned in 2016 and are based in Vishakhapatnam. The third, INS Tillanchang, was commissioned in March 2017 and is based in Karwar. 

15. Former World’s Heaviest Woman Eman Abd El Aty Dies
i. Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman who made news when she arrived in Mumbai earlier this year for a weight-loss surgery, passed away in Abu Dhabi.
ii. She had lost more than 300kg (660lb) of her 500kg but had died from complications from other health conditions.

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