General Knowledge & Current Affairs- 26 Sep 2016 @Daily Gk

1. Agriculture Minister inaugurates Krishi Unnati Mela in Mathura

  • Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has today inaugurated 4- days Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Unnati Mela – 2016 in Mathura.
  •  Agriculture Minister has also laid the foundation stone of first Gokul Gram Project in Mathura.
  • He is to presents Antyodaya Krishi Puruskars also to 22 farmers for their contribution in the agriculture sector at the birth place of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay in Mathura.
  • Azma of Telangana has been awarded for conserving old seeds and setting up community seeds bank.
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research has instituted Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Antyodaya Krishi Puruskar at national and zonal levels from this year.
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2. Ajay Singh is the elected BFI president

  • The Chairman and Managing Director (MD) of Spicejet Airlines Ajay Singh (51-year) has been elected as the new president of the Boxing Federation of India(BFI).
  • Maharashtra’s Jay Kowli was elected the Secretary General.
  •  Ajay Singh got 49 votes against the 15 that of his counterpart Rohit Jain (Delhi) polled in the election which had observers from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Sports Ministry to monitor the proceedings.
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3. India to review the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ Status given [simple_tooltip content=’ performed by or affecting only one person, group, or country involved in a situation, without the agreement of another or the others‘]unilaterally[/simple_tooltip] to Pakistan.

  • This step was taken in row of recent attack in Army Base in Uri.
  • The MFN status was accorded in 1996 under WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Both India and Pakistan aree signatories to this which means they have to treat each other and rest of WTO member countries as favored trading partners.
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4.

Lopamudra Raut Stands out second runner-up at Miss United Continents 2016

  • Lopamudra Raut stands out tall as the second runner-up at Miss United Continents 2016, which was held on 25th Sept, 2016 in Ecuador.
  • 32 participants from the four continents of America, Asia, Europe and Africa were a part of this grand event. Whereas Jeslyn Santos from Philippines won the Miss United Continents 2016 title, Lopamudra Raut won the second runner-up title.
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5. India to review Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan

  • The Indus Waters Treaty was signed on September 19, 1960 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan with the help of UN.
  • According to the treaty, Beas, Ravi and Sutlej are to be governed by India, while, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum are to be taken care by Pakistan but since Indus flows from India, the country is allowed to use 20 per cent of its water for irrigation, power generation and transport purposes
  • Though Indus originates from Tibet, China has been kept out of the Treaty. If China decides to stop or change the flow of the river, it will affect both India and Pakistan.
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6. India to [simple_tooltip content=’sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid’]ratify[/simple_tooltip] the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India will ratify the Paris Climate Change Agreement on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary on October 2.
  • The agreement sets out a global action plan to avoid further impact of climate change by limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020.
  • The pact will come into force after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that account for 55 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In December 2015, more than 190 countries had agreed to set ambitious targets for capping global warming.
  • India is the third-largest emitter accounts for about 4.5 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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7.  Over 90% of World Breathing Bad Air-WHO

  • Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said.
  • It found that “92 percent of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits”.
  • Air with more than 10 microgrammes per cubic metre of PM2.5 on an annual average basis is considered substandard.
  • Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region — including China, Malaysia and Vietnam — are the hardest hit, the data showed.

 

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8.  India’s petrol consumption to grow 6% next fiscal: Moody’s

  • India’s petroleum consumption will grow at 6 per cent in 2017-18, double the rate at which fuel demand in China is projected to grow.
  • The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects total liquid fuels consumption in the Asia Pacific to rise by 0.9 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 to 33.3 million [simple_tooltip content=’barrels per day (BPD, BOPD, bbl/d, bpd, bd, or b/d) where 1 BPD is equivalent to 0.0292 gallons per minute‘]bpd[/simple_tooltip]bpd.
  • China and India remain the fastest-growing product markets in Asia, collectively accounting for 80 per cent of total demand growth in the region.

 

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