The Daily Brief – 22nd September 2018


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  1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in Sector 25, Dwarka, New Delhi. On completion, it will be biggest indoor exhibition space in India and also rank among the top 10 in the world. The project is planned over area of 221.37 acre in Sector 25, Dwarka at an estimated cost of Rs 25,703 crore. It will be implemented by India International Convention and Exhibition Centre Ltd, a 100% government-owned company set up by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
  2. Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has exchanged MoUs with Tata Trusts and Dell to provide technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It will provide health records for citizens, mobile applications for health workers, web portal for medical officers and dashboards for health officials. It is aimed at bringing healthcare technology transformation in Comprehensive Primary Health Care NCD program under Ayushman Bharat.
  3. State-owned India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) and private life insurer Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co Ltd (BALIC) have entered into strategic partnership to provide life insurance solutions. It will allow IPPB customers to access life insurance products and services especially at doorstep. BALIC is the first life insurer to partner with IPPB. This partnership will allow BALIC to leverage IPPB’s last mile reach for building awareness about life insurance. IPPB was launched on September 1, 2018 in New Delhi.
  4. Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) portal ( to check objectionable online content. The portal will allow citizens to lodge complaints on objectionable online content related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material and sexually explicit material such as rape and gang rape. National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) will proactively identify such objectionable content on receiving complaints and take up with intermediaries for its removal.

    Mirabai Chanu and Virat Kohli
  5. The Union Government bestows National Sports Awards every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports in India. The awardees will receive their awards from President Ram Nath Kovind at special function organized at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 25th September, 2018.
    1. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2018: It is India’s highest sporting award given for the outstanding performance by a sportsperson over a period of 4 year- Mirabai Chanu (Weightlifting) and Virat Kohli (Cricket)
    2. Dronacharya Awards 2018: It bestowed upon coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.
    3. Arjuna Award 2018: It is India’s second highest sporting award bestowed upon sportsperson for consistently outstanding performance for four years.
    4. Dhyan Chand Award 2018: It is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development.
    5. Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2018
    6. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2017-18: It is given annually to the university/institutions for their all-round performance in Inter-University Tournaments.
  6. India’s biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30 became operational at Kolkata-based Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), which comes under Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). Cyclotron is used to produce radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic use for cancer care. Radiations from these isotopes are used to destroy cancer cells. According to new study in Lancet Global Health, 8.3% of total number of deaths in India in 2016 was because of cancer.
  7. Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has launched India’s National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO). With this, India became the ninth nation to maintain such thorough database.  NDSO will not be available for general public but only to law enforcement agencies for effectively tracking and investigating cases of sexual offences. NDSO is initiative under National Mission for Safety of Women aimed at curbing crimes against women and children. It will mainly include database sexual offenders in the country convicted under charges of rape, gang rape, POCSO and eve teasing 2005 onwards.
  8. President Ram Nath Kovind on September 18, 2018 launched the logo and the web portal for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The web portal has a unique feature ‘Gandhipedia’ which will be a repository of Gandhian knowledge and will continue to grow with time. The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is observed in the form of two year long celebrations from October 2, 2018 to October 2, 2020 across the country and all over the globe.
  9. The All India Pension Adalat was inaugurated on September 18, 2018 by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh in New Delhi. He also gave away the Anubhav Awards-2018 to recognise the contribution of the Central Government employees to the Anubhav Portal, which is designed to create an institutional memory for successive generations of Central Government employees. The Government also organised a Pre-Retirement Counselling (PRC) on the occasion for the central government employees who are about to retire in the next six months.

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Today’s Quiz

1. Which is the first life insurer to partner with IPPB?

2. Which of the following award is bestowed upon sportspersons for life time contribution to sports development?

3. What is the use of India’s biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30?

4. India became the __ nation to maintain National Database of Sexual Offenders (NDSO)?

5. NDSO will mainly include database sexual offenders in the country since  ___

6. ‘Gandhipedia’ is related to __

7. Who will receive Anubhav Awards 2018?

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