Current Affairs in Short: 7 September 2018

Ayushman Bharat-Jan Arogya Yojana launched in Jammu

• The Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), which provides poor and vulnerable families coverage for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation was launched in Jammu on September 6, 2018.
• The state’s Deputy Commissioner Ramesh Kumar inaugurated the pilot launch of the scheme at a programme organised by the Directorate of Family Welfare.
• Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the yojana is aimed at providing portable coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family annually and a beneficiary covered under the scheme would be allowed to avail cashless benefits from any public and private empanelled hospitals across the country.
• The scheme will be launched across the country on September 25 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kim Jong Un calls for denuclearisation of Korean peninsula before end of Trump’s first term

• North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said that he wants de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula before the end of US President Donald Trump's first term in office.
• Kim said that his faith in Trump is unchanged and he wants an end to hostile relations with the United States.
• This was stated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong a day after his meeting with the North Korean leader.
• Welcoming the North Korean leader’s remarks, US President Donald Trump pledged to complete a deal on denuclearising the Korean peninsula, signaling that negotiations remain alive after weeks of an apparent deadlock.

Home Minister inaugurates Defence and Homeland Security Expo and Conference

• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the three-day Defence and Homeland Security Expo and Conference in New Delhi on September 6, 2018.
• Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that India has been facing security and terrorism-related challenges for years and there are multiple vulnerable areas that are prone to various risks.
• He said that the government will soon implement the new drone policy, which was announced recently, containing comprehensive regulations on the use of drones.
• He further called upon the law enforcement agencies to adopt new technologies enhancing their capacities to contain terror and counter the emerging challenges to homeland security.
• The Home Minister also announced technological upgradation and modernisation to monitor and check activities related to terrorism especially in Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat and Assam.

Harsh Vardhan flags off relief materials worth Rs 51 lakh for flood-ravaged Kerala

• Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on September 4, 2018 flagged off relief materials worth Rs 51 lakh for flood-ravaged Kerala in the form of solar-powered LED bulbs, fans, mobile chargers and radio sets. The relief was supported by International Vaish Federation (IVF).
• Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the IVF has assured Kerala government that this relief aid is just the beginning and the federation will keep extending support to the flood-affected people of the state.

Rajasthan Assembly passes Panchayati Raj amendment bill

• The Rajasthan Assembly on September 6, 2018 passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which relaxes the ‘two-child’ rule for those aspiring to contest panchayat elections, if one of the children is differently abled.
• The state assembly also passed an amendment aimed at allowing people suffering from leprosy to contest panchayat elections. The bill aims at deleting a provision under the Act that if a person is suffering from Leprosy, he will be disqualified for contesting panchayat elections.
• As per the existing legislation, a person stood disqualified from contesting panchayat elections, if he or she has more than two children. The provision does not provide for any exception for a disabled child.

25th Raising Day of Delta Force celebrated

• The Delta Force, a counter insurgency force of the Indian Army, celebrated its 25th Raising Day on September 6, 2018.
• On the occasion, a wreath laying ceremony was organised at the Delta Force headquaters in the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
• Raised on September 6, 1994, the force was instrumental in eliminating terrorism from the Chenab Valley and ushering peace in the region.
• Till date, the force has been honoured with 1,380 Gallantry Awards including one Ashok Chakra, five Kirti Chakras and 46 Shaurya Chakras.

Odisha Assembly passes resolution to set up Council

• The Odisha Assembly on September 6, 2018 passed a resolution for setting up a Legislative Council in the state.
• The state assembly speaker P K Amat announced that the resolution was passed as it got support of 104 of the 147 members of the Assembly while opposition Congress and BJP stayed away from the House.
• Prior to the vote, the Speaker sent two ministers - Prafulla Samal and Ananta Das - to request the opposition members, who had staged a walkout earlier, to return to the House and participate in the voting.
• However, they turned down the request and the voting was conducted with the members present in the house. The opposition opposed the formation of the council, as they felt that the state government's main intention behind the move was to ‘rehabilitate’ the ruling BJD leaders.

Gold becomes first Bollywood film ever to release in Saudi Arabia

• Indian movie 'Gold' has become the first Bollywood film ever to release in Saudi Arabia. The film is a fictional re-telling of India's iconic win at the 1948 London Olympics.
• This film is the only second movie after Rajnikanth's social drama "Kala" to hit the theatres in the Gulf country.
• Saudi Arabia had held a private screening of international cultural phenomenon, "Black Panther" in May this year to herald the launch of movie theatres in the kingdom and opening them to the public.

Government decides to exempt electrical vehicles & automobiles run on alternative fuel from permit requirements

• Government has decided to exempt electric vehicles and automobiles run on alternative fuel from permit requirements. The move is in a bid to boost such vehicles in the country to bring down pollution.
• The information was shared by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari while addressing the annual convention of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in New Delhi on September 6, 2018.
• The Minister, while urging the automakers to focus in this direction, said that the demand for electric vehicles could also be created by mandating cab aggregators to induct a certain percentage of such vehicles in their fleet.

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore rewards Govindan Lakshamanan with Rs 10 lakh

• Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on September 6, 2018 rewarded Indian athlete Govindan Lakshamanan with Rs 10 lakh to acknowledge his performance in the 10,000 metres race in which he was dramatically disqualified after finishing third.
• Lakshmanan had stepped off the track momentarily, as he was hit by the spike of another athlete. The Indian team protested against the disqualification at two levels but it was turned down.
• A statement from the Sports Ministry said, to encourage the athlete to keep doing the hard work and strive for the medals, the Minister rewarded him 10 lakh rupees.

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