Top 5 Current Affairs: 8 September 2017

Viveck Goenka was unanimously elected as the Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI), succeeding Riyad Mathew of the Malayala Manorama group. Prior to this, Goenka was serving as the Vice-Chairman of PTI.

Updated: Sep 8, 2017 17:41 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs
Top 5 Current Affairs

Viveck Goenka elected as Chairman of PTI

Viveck Goenka was on 7 September 2017 unanimously elected as the Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI). Goenka succeeds Riyad Mathew of the Malayala Manorama group.

Prior to this appointment, Goenka was serving as the Vice-Chairman of PTI. The post of Vice-Chairman of PTI will now be administered by N Ravi, former editor-in-chief of The Hindu.

Viveck Goenka presently serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group, the most widespread newspaper publishing groups that publishes The Indian Express, Financial Express, Marathi daily Loksatta, Hindi daily Jansatta and various news websites.

International Literacy Day observed globally

The 51st International Literacy Day was celebrated across the world on 8 September 2017 with the theme ‘Literacy in a Digital World’.

The day was commemorated by a two-day special event at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris on 7 and 8 September 2017. In India, the day was celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi with the same theme.

The annual day is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the existing literacy challenges. The main aim is to look at what kind of literacy skills are required for people to navigate smoothly through digitally-mediated societies and to explore effective literacy policies and programmes that can leverage the opportunities that the digital world provides.

Andhra Pradesh signs MoU for Hyperloop between Vijaywada and Amravati

The Andhra Pradesh Government on 6 September 2017 joined hands with a US-based company to introduce the futuristic Hyperloop transportation system in the state capital region, Amravati.

The MoU was signed by the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (AP-EDB) and US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT). If everything goes as planned, this will be the first Hyperloop project to be implemented in India.

The probable cost of the project has however, not been disclosed by the companies.

Indo-US joint military training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2017

Indo-US joint military training 'Exercise Yudh Abhyas - 2017' will be conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington, USA from 14 to 27 September 2017 as a part of the ongoing defence cooperation between India and the United States (US).

This will be the 13th edition of Exercise Yudh Abhyas that is hosted alternately between the two countries. It will provide an opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint planning at Brigade level.  Multiple scenarios will be rehearsed during the joint exercise with a view to understand each other’s organisational structure and battle procedures.

India refuses to sign Bali Declaration over Rohingya issue

India on 7 September 2017 refused to sign Bali Declaration adopted at the World Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development in Indonesia.

The Bali Declaration referred to the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and called on all parties to contribute to restoring stability and security in the region.

The Declaration urged everyone to “exercise maximum self-restraint from using violent means, respect the human rights of all people in Rakhine state regardless of their faith and ethnicity, as well as facilitate and guarantee safe access for humanitarian assistance”.

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