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11th September 2017| Daily Current Affairs Updates

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Check Daily Current Affairs Updates| 11th September 2017

11th September 2017| Daily Current Affairs Updates

Bullet train Aims to start on Aug 15th 2022

• The Centre is confident of starting the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train on August 15, 2022 to commemorate the 75th year of India's Independence.

• The official, who in-charge of the bullet train project, said that while the deadline to launch the train will remain 2023, the railways is focused to start it keeping in view the Independence Day celebrations in 2022.

British Parliament passes first vote on BREXIT

• British MPs voted in favour of a bill today to end Britain's EU membership, a key moment for the government's Brexit strategy.

• Lawmakers voted by 326 to 290 in favour of backing the legislation, after more than 13 hours of debate, which will now go forward for further scrutiny by MPs.

• The bill is aimed at repealing the 1972 law through which Britain joined the bloc EU.

• It is the next step in implementing last year's historic referendum vote to leave the EU, after Prime Minister Theresa May formally notified Brussels of Britain's withdrawal in March.

Prakash Padukone to get badminton’s first lifetime award

• Former Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone will be conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India.

• He will be awarded for for his contribution to the sport.

• Announcing the award at a press conference here, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said the award will carry a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakhs.

Facebook fined by Spain

• The Spanish data protection authority (AEPD) said Facebook had been breaking privacy rules on multiple counts over the way it uses people's personal data for advertising purposes.

• The agency fined the social network €1.2 million ($1.44 million).

• The authority added, Facebook collected the data without informing users how information would be used and also noted it didn't delete the data that was no longer useful.

Upper age limit of joining National Pension Scheme raised to 65 years

• The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) on Monday announced that the upper age limit for joining the National Pension Scheme (NPS) had been raised to 65 years, from the current 60.

• PFRDA chairman Hemant Contractor made the announcement in New Delhi at a conference on “Transferring Superannuation Funds to National Pension System”.

• NPS is currently open for people between 18 and 60, and our Board has approved raising the age limit for joining to 65

Government reconstructs cabinet committees

• The Union Government has reconstituted six Committees of the Cabinet after recent ministry reshuffle.

• The government has included defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, railway minister Piyush Goyal in the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA), reaffirming their elevation in the Union Cabinet.

• Sitharaman and Goyal, along with petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, have also been included as permanent members of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

• CCPA, it is now a 14-member body. BJP allies Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Anant Geete, Ram Vilas Paswan and Ashok Gajapati Raju continue in CCPA

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched ‘FoSCoRIS’

• A nationwide online platform to bring in transparency in food safety FoSCoRIS’ has been launched by FSSAI.

• The aim is to To bring in transparency in food safety inspection and sampling.

• The new system will bring together all key stakeholders -- food businesses, food safety officers (FSOs), designated officers, state food safety commissioners -- on a nation-wide IT platform and data related to inspection, sampling and test result data will be shared seamlessly by all the officials.

Infosys close acquisition of Brilliant Basics

• Infosys on Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of London-based product design and customer experience company Brilliant Basics.

• The acquisition extended Infosys' digital design services network to include Europe and the West Asia, enhancing the company's expertise across financial services, retail and telco sectors.

• Infosys expanded its worldwide connected network of 'Digital Studios' that is focused on fulfilling needs of global clients for end-to-end digital transformation solutions.

• Infosys had acquired the company in a cash deal worth GBP 7.5 million, including earn-out and employee retention amounts.

March against Child abuse

• Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched a march across the country to mobilise action against sexual abuse and trafficking of children.

• Starting from southernmost tip of peninsular India, Kanyakumari and passing through Kashmir.

• The yatra will end on Oct 16th 2017.

India fifth in 5th world championships of shootings

• India finished fifth in medal tally with one gold and two silver medals at the Moscow.

• Italy topped with 9 gold.

Senior World Championship

• The coastal city of Kochi is all set to host the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships from September 11 to 17.

• The week-long tournament will see a total of 665 players from 40 countries battle it out in eight different age groups — plus-35, plus- 40, plus-45, plus-50, plus-55, plus-60, plus-65 and plus-70 and will be played in all the five categories.

US Open 2017

• Martina Hingis added a 25th Grand Slam championship to her collection, teaming with Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan to win the women’s doubles title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic.

• Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis win US Open mixed doubles title beating Taipei’s Chan Hao-ching and the New Zealander Michael Venus 6-1, 4-6 (10-8) in 69 breezy minutes.

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