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Current Affairs: 16 September 2016

Graeme Hick signs deal to become Australia’s batting coach

  • Former England batsman Graeme Hick (50-year)has been appointed as Australia’s new full-time batting coach until March 2020.
  • Hick has been Cricket Australia’s high-performance coach since 2013.
  • Hick will take up his post before Australia host South Africa for three tests later this year.

15 September: International Day of Democracy

  • International Democracy Day is being observed to raise public awareness about the democratic system.
  • This year’s theme is “Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
  • The UN General Assembly had decided in November 2007 to observe ‘International Democracy Day‘ every year on 15th September.

Hiroshi Nakagawa takes over as Chairman of Isuzu Motors India

  • Japanese automobile maker Isuzu Motors has appointed Hiroshi Nakagawa as the Chairman of Isuzu Motors India (IMI).
  • Hiroyasu Miura, the erstwhile Chairman of IMI will take over as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Isuzu Engineering Business Centre India Pvt Ltd (IEBCI).
  • Isuzu Motors Limited is a Japanese commercial vehicle and diesel engine manufacturing company headquartered in Tokyo.

Nawazuddin appointed brand ambassador of UP farmers’ scheme

  • The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has appointed Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the brand ambassador of its flagship programme ‘Samajwadi Kisan Beema Yojana‘.
  • The scheme provides for cashless treatment up to Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs. one lakh for the organ transplant.

Axis Bank, BHU team up for banking courses

  • Axis Bank has tied up with Faculty of Commerce at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to offer specialised banking courses.
  • The partnership will offer courses like Master of Financial Management (MFM), Masters in Commerce (M.Com.), Master of Financial Management (Risk & Insurance),Master of Foreign Trade etc.
  • The courses will be designed to introduce the students to functioning of banking industry in India and to academically and vocationally prepare them for corporate world.

Vice-President to represent India at 17th NAM Summit

  • Vice-President Md. Hamid Ansari will represent India at the upcoming 17th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
  • The Summit will be held at Margarita Island in Venezuela on 17th and 18th September.
  • India hosted the 7th NAM Summit in 1983 in New Delhi and last NAM Summit was hosted by Iran in 2012.
  • The summit will be preceded by deliberations at the Ministerial and Senior Official levels.

Defence Minister launches re-designed website of DDP

  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has launched the re-designed website of Department of Defence Production (DDP) in New Delhi.
  • The website has used the Content Management Framework (CMF) developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • The website provides news updates, policies, procedures, publications, directory of officials and media contents.

196% growth registers in tourist arrival in August 2016

  • A total of over 66 thousand tourists arrived in August this year as compared to around 22 thousand during the month of August 2015.
  • Over 196% growth has been registered in tourist arrival on e-Tourist Visa in August this year over the same period last year.