Current Affairs: 16 September 2019

43,600 helmetless riders killed in ’18, UP tops list with 6k

Close to 43,600 two-wheeler riders without helmets died in road accidents in 2018, which was 21% higher than the previous year (35,975). The share of pillion riders without helmets who were killed stood at about 15,360 in the same period.

UP reported the maximum number of helmetless two-wheelers dying in 2018 (6,020) followed by Maharashtra (5,232). 958 two-wheeler drivers without helmets were killed in Gujarat last year, the number of helmet-less pillion riders killed was 560. Similarly in Jharkhand, the number of such drivers and pillion riders killed stood at 790 and 450, respectively.

All 6 BSP MLAs in Rajasthan write to speaker, to join Congress

In a jolt to Mayawati, the entire BSP flock of six MLAs in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly submitted a letter to speaker C P Joshi late on Monday, saying the group had decided to merge with the Congress. The move marks an uncanny repeat of 2009, when all six party MLAs had joined the then Ashok Gehlot-led government. The six MLAs met the CM in the evening before handing over their letter to the speaker.

Updated NaMo app launched, will cater to increasing traffic

A fresh new version of Narendra Modi app was launched, the first update since 2019 elections when it was given a total election avatar and acted as a platform for his supporters.

The new version has features to cater to the increasing traffic, especially of people wishing PM on his birthday. The app will also showcase a multimedia version of his journey which is an online version of the exhibitions being done by BJP across India.

Wg Cdr Anjali Singh becomes India’s first military diplomat

Wing Commander Anjali Singh has joined the Indian Embassy in Russia as India’s first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the Indian missions abroad. Singh has joined her new assignment on September 10 as the Deputy Air Attache. She has served the Indian Air Force for 17 years and is trained on MiG-29 aircraft.

An air attache is an Air Force officer who is part of a diplomatic mission; this post is normally filled by a high-ranking officer. An air attaché typically represents the chief of his home air force in the foreign country where he or she serves.

Commonly used antibiotics linked with heart problems

One of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics may be associated with two types of heart problems, a study claims.

The study found that current users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, such as Ciprofloxacin, face a 2.4 times greater risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation, where the blood backflows into the heart, compared to patients who take amoxicillin, a different type of antibiotic. The greatest risk is within 30 days of use, according to the researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada. Scientists compared fluoroquinolone use with amoxicillin and azithromycin.

‘Biggest’ star in universe is twice the mass of the sun

The “biggest” known star in the universe has been unveiled by astronomers. Despite being only about 15 miles across, it has more than twice the mass of the sun – and is about 700,000 times heavier than Earth. The neutron star is the compressed remains of a supernova. They are created when giant stars collapse in a massive explosion.

The protons and electrons melt into each other to form neutrons. A neutron star the size of sugar-cube would weigh 100 million tons – the same as the entire human population.

BCCI accepts Karthik’s apology on violation of contract clauses

The BCCI on Monday accepted Indian wicketkeeperbatsman Dinesh Karthik’s unconditional apology for violating a clause of his central contract by watching a Caribbean Premier League match from a participating team’s dressing room. Karthik tendered an “unconditional apology” for violating BCCI’s central contract clause by watching a Caribbean Premier League game from the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders’ dressing room. “The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s apology and the matter is now a closed chapter,” a BCCI official said.

2019 WC most-watched ICC tournament ever

The 2019 Men’s ODI World Cup was the most-watched ICC event ever with a global cumulative average live audience of 1.6 billion. “India led the way with the consumption of live matches on digital platforms with Hotstar reporting a world record for the highest ever concurrent viewership of a live stream with 25.3 million viewers during the India vs New Zealand semifinal,” an ICC media release said.

Kohli holds on to second spot as Smith retains No. 1 position in Test rankings

Virat Kohli has managed to hold on to his second position behind Australia’s Steve Smith in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen released on Monday. Kohli, with 903 rating points, is 34 points behind Smith (937). Besides Smith, compatriot Pat Cummins has also retained his top position in the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings. Smith’s scores of 80 and 23 in the final Ashes Test helped him remain at 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points. Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps. India’s Jasprit Bumrah is in third place.

Niemann wins first PGA Tour event by 6 shots

Joaquin Niemann fired a closing round of 64 to capture The Greenbrier by six strokes and become the first Chilean to win on the US PGA Tour.

The 20-year-old Niemann roared home with three straight birdies on his final three holes on Sunday, capping it off with a 25-foot bomb on 18 at the Old White TPC course in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He is the youngest non-American winner on the Tour since 1923 and the first third round leader to hold on and claim this event.

Former AP Speaker Siva Prasad Rao commits suicide

Former Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasad Rao, who was at the centre of a row over alleged theft of assembly property, is said to have committed suicide.

According to the police sources, Rao hanged himself at his residence. He was taken to a private hospital, where he was declared dead.

Trump to attend ‘Howdy Modi’ rally in rare honour to foreign leader

US President Donald Trump will make an unprecedented appearance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the “Howdy Modi” rally in Houston on Sunday, the White House has announced.

It is a rare honour for a US President to appear at an ethnic meeting with a foreign leader and has not happened on the scale of the Houston rally with political overtones in recent memory.

Nasa lunarcraft to take images of Vikram lander

US space agency Nasa will try to take images of Vikram lander, lying motionless on Moon’s surface, with the help of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on Tuesday. The US lunarcraft, which has been circling Moon since 2009, will fly over the lander’s site.

The images from LRO will help Indian Space Research Organisation know exact status of Chandrayaan-2’s lander and aid Isro’s efforts to establish contact with it. Vikram had ‘hardlanded’ on Moon’s south pole on September 7 during the 15-minute final descent. LRO was close enough during Vikram’s landing attempt to gather data about the manoeuvre using its lymanalpha mapping project instrument, according to

With inputs from Agencies

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