General Knowledge & Current Affairs- 27 & 28 Sep 2016 @Daily GK

1. Health Ministry receives detailed report on Scrub Typhus from HP Govt

  • Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare had sought a detailed report from the State Government Over deaths due to of [simple_tooltip content=’Scrub Typhus is an acute illness caused by a bacterium Orintia tsutsugamushi, which is transmitted by the bite of an infected mite larva present in the soil having scrub vegetation. Himachal is an endemic region as it has a large scrub vegetation.-स्क्रब सन्निपात एक बीमारी है जो एक जीवाणु Orintia tsutsugamushi है  जो मिट्टी होने से हाथ धोने वनस्पति में एक संक्रमित लार्वा घुन के काटने से फैलता है I  हिमाचल में ये ज्यादा पाए जाते है ।.’]Scrub Typhus[/simple_tooltip]  in Himachal Pradesh
  •  Having received the detailed report, the Union Health Minister has assured all support to the Himachal Pradesh Government in managing the endemic disease observed in this region.
  • The government has decided to send expert committee to the State on its request.
2. PM Modi dedicates seven new home-grown plant species to the nation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated seven new indigenously developed varieties of plants to the nation in the eve of the 75th anniversary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • The plants include new varieties of lemongrass, citronella, vetiver and canna lily plant.
3. India wins historic 500th Test by 197 runs against NZ

  • India has won the opening Test against New Zealand by 197 runs at Green Park,Kanpur. 
  • This is India’s 500th cricket Test match. 
  • Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match.
4. 50th State Athletics Championship 2016 starts in Agartala


  • 50th State Athletics Championship 2016 started at Dasarath Dev State Sports Complex in Agartala (Tripura). 
  • Around 450 athletes participated in the opening ceremony. 
  • The championship, sponsored by ONGC, Tripura will conclude on September 28th ,2016.
5. Govt targets of toilets in every household by 2019

  • Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Mr.Narendra Tomar has set a target of toilets in every house by 2019. 
  • According to Tomar, 23 districts are now totally free from open defecation. 
  • Toilets have been made in every household in 85,000 villages of the country. 
  • Swachh Bharat Week is being celebrated from 25th September to 2nd October.
6.  ICICI Bank crosses 1 lakh registrations on its UPI app

  • India’s largest private sector lender, ICICI Bank has crossed 1 lakh Virtual Payment Addresses (VPA) on Unified Payments Interface (UPI) within three weeks of its launch.
  • With this, customers of any bank who have created their VPA on ‘Pockets’ as well as ICICI Bank customers using ‘iMobile’ can soon pay using their smartphone at over 6,500 HPCL petrol pumps and more than 2,000 stores of ABFRL across the country. The latter’s network includes brands like Louis Philippe, Peter England, Van Heusen, Allen Solly, Planet Fashion and Linen Club among oth
7.  Sathiyan Gnanasekaran wins Belgium Open title of Table Tennis

  • Indian paddler Sathiyan Gnanasekaran has won the Belgium Open title of the table tennis in the men’s singles category. This was his first his first pro title.
  • In the final match played at De Haan in Belgium, he defeated defeating local player Nuytinck Cedric 4-0 score in the final with 15-13, 11-6, 11-2, 17-15.
  • With this victory, he becomes only the second Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event. Achanta Sharath Kamal was the first Indian table tennis player to win an ITTF event in 2012.
8.  27 Sep The World Tourism Day (WTD)

  • It is being observed annually on 27th  September to raise awareness about the importance of tourism.
  • To bring awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
  • 2016 Theme of celebration: ‘Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility’. It seeks to spread both the importance and immense benefits universal accessibility of tourism.
9. India jumps up to  16 places in Global Competitiveness Index

  • According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), India has jumped 16 places in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) to 39th spot.
  • The report also highlighted that India is the second-most competitive economy among the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, with China ahead at 28th spot.
  • Switzerland, Singapore and the United States are the world’s most competitive economies among 138 economies.
  • The Global Competitiveness Report (GCR)is a yearly report published by the World Economic Forum. Since 2004, the Global Competitiveness Report ranks countries based on the Global Competitiveness Index.
  • The report “assesses the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. This in turn depends on how productively a country uses available resources. Therefore, the Global Competitiveness Index measures the set of institutions, policies, and factors that set the sustainable current and medium-term levels of economic prosperity


September 2016

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