Current Affairs – Sept 3

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1.  Piyush Goyal new Rail Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman gets Defence
1.a  Nirmala Sitharaman was given the Defence Ministry, becoming only the second woman to hold the post after Indira Gandhi.
1.b  Nirmala Sitharaman is the first woman Defence Minister with independent charge
1.c  For more detail visit – Pib
2.  Government issues alert on spread of new malware ‘Locky Ransomware’
2.a  It can lock computers and demand ransom for unlocking them.
2.b  Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding the ransom of half Bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. 
3.  Five banks of BRICS nations sign pact for credit lines in the national currencies and cooperate on credit ratings.
3.a  Brazilian Development Bank, Vnesheconombank, Export-Import Bank of India, China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa signed the agreement in Beijing.
3.b  New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries has approved 1.4 billion US dollar loans for sustainable development projects in India, Russia and China.
3.c  China is hosting the 9th BRICS Summit with theme “Stronger Partnership for a better future”.
3.d  The BRIC, comprising, Brazil, Russia, India and China formally came into existence in 2006 and its first Summit was held in 2009. 
3.e  South Africa was admitted in 2011 and it became BRICS.
4.  Hockey India sacks chief coach Oltmans
4.a  Hockey India has sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.
4.b  High-Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the men’s team.
4.c  The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded.  
4.d  South Korea is hosting the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang in 2018, while Tokyo, Japan hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics before the winter games go to Beijing, China in 2022.
4.e  Harbinder Singh is chairman of the Hockey India Selection Committee.
4.f  Hockey India is recognised as National Sports Federation by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India. It was formed on 20th May 2009.
5.  Karnataka to merge health schemes, launch ‘Arogya Bhagya’
5.a  In a move to ensure medical benefits to entire population of Karnataka, the State government has decided to merge various health schemes and launch unified ‘Arogya Bhagya’ to cover all the 1.4 crore households.
5.b  The main theme of the ‘Arogya Bhagya’ scheme is ”Treatment First and Payment Next” (UNI)
6.  Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) nuclear scientist U. Kamachi Mudali appointed Heavy Water Board chief
6.a  Nuclear scientist U. Kamachi Mudali has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Heavy Water Board, one of the industrial units under the Department of Atomic Energy,.
6.b  The Heavy Water Board has plants at Kota, Thal, Talcher, Hazira, Vadodara, Manuguru and Tuticorin and produce heavy water required for pressurised heavy water reactors operating in India.
6.c  The plants also develop other materials relevant for Department of Atomic Energy and others, like Boron, Sodium, Oxygen-18, Potassium, and organic solvents.
7.   Hyderabad airport bags energy efficiency award
7.a  Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has bagged the National Award for ‘Excellence’ in Energy Management at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
8.  India gets its first Indigenous sniper rifle from West Bengal
8.a  The indigenous sniper rifle was launched at the Rifle Factory, Ishapore, near Kolkata. The research and development for the sniper was done at Ishapore itself, since a year.
8.b  The biggest advantage of an indigenous sniper is, it will never run short of ammunition and spares.
8.c  Kolkata Police has decide to get its own Indian-made sniper rifles that will come at one-third the price and the quality, at par with the best in the world. (IBT)