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Current Affairs - Sep 22, 2018

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Live-in partners can adopt

  • Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt children from and within India, which was earlier barred by CARA circular issued on May 31.
  • Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
  • It functions as the nodal body for the adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
  • India’s nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.
  • India has ratified the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption 1993 in 2003.

271 mn Indians moved out of poverty: UN

  • Over 270 million people in India moved out of poverty between 2005-06 and 2015-16.
  • It is according to the 2018 global Multidimensional Poverty Index released by United Nations.
  • The Report stated that India’s poverty rate came down to 27.5% from 54.7% during the period.
  • In South Asia 546 million people (31% of the population) are multidimensionally poor, the report claimed.

Parker Solar Probe beamed first-light data

  • NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has beamed back the first-light data from each of its four instrument suites.
  • Wide-field Imager for Solar Probe’s (WISPR) is the only imager on the probe to take the first images during its journey to the Sun.
  • Over the next month, it will fly towards Venus, performing its first Venus gravity assist in early October.
  • The Parker Solar Probe’s first close approach to the Sun will be in November.
  • It will perform the closest-ever observations of the Sun’s outer atmosphere, called the corona.
  • The mission may also ascertain why the Sun occasionally emits high-energy particles that are a danger to unprotected astronauts and spacecraft.
  • The probe is named after Eugene Parker, a solar physicist, who first predicted the existence of the solar wind.

India-Pakistan Foreign Minister Meet Cancelled

  • India cancelled the meeting it had announced just the day before between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in New York.
  • The meet was to be held on the sidelines of 73rd Session of UNGA
  • The reason of cancelled meeting was the brutal killing of security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by the neighbouring country “glorifying a terrorist and terrorism”.

One-Liners

  • E-commerce firms from 1 October 2018, will have to deduct 1% tax collected at source (TCS) under GST, before making payments to their suppliers.
  • The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted a ban on Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA, this paved the way for Russian athletes to return to compete in all sports.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-awaited Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha.

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