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Important Current Affairs 13th September 2019

INTERNATIONAL:

World's first malaria vaccine to be introduced in Kenya.

• The world's first malaria vaccine is being rolled out in parts of Kenya after debuting in Ghana and Malawi earlier this year. More than 300,000 children are expected to receive the vaccine over the next three years. Malaria infected about 219 million people in 2017, killing around 435,000 of them, most of them babies and children in parts of Africa.

AGREEMENTS AND MOUS:

India and Asian Development Bank signs 200 million dollar loan agreement.

• India and Asian Development Bank signed 200 million dollar loan agreement. The agreement which will upgrade rural roads in 34 districts of Maharashtra to improve road safety.

The project aims to improve the condition of about 2,100 km of rural roads to all-weather standards, with climate resilience and safety features. The main aim is to connect rural communities with productive agricultural areas and socio-economic centres. The road connectivity and better access to markets will help the farmers increase agricultural productivity and incomes.

Asian Development Bank

Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines

President: Takehiko Nakao

Founded: 19 December 1966

Membership: 68 countries

IFC and FIDC sign a MoU to train NBFC.

• The International Finance Corporation (IFC) part of the World Bank Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC), a representative body of asset and loan Financing NBFC to collaborate on the training of NBFCs in the country.

These training programs would be conducted at various centers across the country under the guidance of leading consultants from the World Bank Group.

The training programs would greatly enhance the awareness, expertise and professionalism of our member companies and medium-sized NBFCs catering to the credit needs in rural and semi-urban areas.

This would also facilitate more informed credit appraisals thereby improving the asset quality. Such engagement with a global development finance institution would further improve the credibility of the NBFC sector thereby boosting investors confidence.

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

UN appoints retd Indian Army officer to lead its mission in Yemen.

• UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha as Chair of Redeployment Coordination Committee and head of the UN Mission in support of Hudaydah Agreement. Guha, who retired from the Army in 2013, has 39 years of national and international military experience. He's tasked with leading the UN oversight of a ceasefire agreement in the Yemeni city.

SPORTS:

Australia's Megan Schutt becomes 1st woman to take two int'l hat-tricks.

• Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt has become the first woman to claim two hat-tricks in international cricket. Schutt achieved the feat by dismissing West Indies' last three players off the final three deliveries in the final ODI of the three-match series. She had taken her first international hat-trick in a T20I against India last year.