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Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 September 2017

Sep 13, 2017 16:24 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs
Top 5 Current Affairs

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on Disaster Management

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 12 September 2017 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Armenia on cooperation in the field of disaster management.

The agreement would enhance cooperation between the two nations in the field of Disaster Management and would contribute to the well-being and safety of the people of both the countries in the event of a disaster.

Six months cooling period in divorce cases can be waived off: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court (SC) on 12 September 2017 held that the cooling period of six months for granting the decree of divorce under the 1955 Hindu law can be waived off by a trial court if there is no possibility of settlement between a couple.

The ruling was given by a Supreme Court bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit. The main aim of the cooling off period was to safeguard the marriage against a hurried decision if there was a possibility of differences being reconciled.

Trump appoints Indian-American Raj Shah to key position in Communications team

US President Donald Trump on 12 September 2017 appointed Indian-American Raj Shah to a key position in his Communications team.

Shah would serve as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. Formerly, Shah was serving as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director.

Besides this, Trump also appointed Hope Hicks as his Communications Director. Earlier, Hicks was serving as Assistant to the President and Interim Communications Director.

UN Secretary-General appoints Peter Thomson as 1st Special Envoy for Oceans

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Peter Thomson, the outgoing president of the UN General Assembly as the first Special Envoy for the oceans.
Peter Thomson had played a leading role in the first-ever UN conference on oceans, which was held in June 2017. The conference saw 193 UN member states issue an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world's oceans.

Thomson, who is the former ambassador for Fiji, will promote action to implement the conference recommendations.

2017 Global Financial Centres Index places London at the Top; Mumbai ranked at 60th position

Z/Yen group on 11 September 2017 released its twenty-second Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI 22). The index ranks London at the top position with 780 points, while New York was placed at the second position with 756 points.

India’s financial capital Mumbai was placed at the 60th position, which is three positions up from the March edition of the Index.

The index was published in collaboration with the China Development Institute (CDI).The GFCI is released twice a year, in March and September, and ranks 92 financial centres.

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