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Important Current Affairs 17th September 2019

NATIONAL:

Anjali Singh becomes India's first female military diplomat

• Anjali Singh became India's first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the Indian missions abroad.

Singh joined the Indian Embassy in Russia as the Deputy Air Attache. Singh is trained on MiG-29 fighter aircraft, joined her new assignment on September 10.

She is the first female Indian Armed Forces Officer to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad.

Singh is an AE(L) officer with 17 years of service. She is trained on MiG-29 aircraft,

Air Force officer who is part of a diplomatic mission; this post is normally filled by a high-ranking officer. The air attache typically represents the chief of his home air force in the foreign country.

He typically represents the chief of his home air force.

Manipur to host UN conference on drugs on HIV AIDS

• Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla announced that the state is going to host the United Nations International Conference to discuss the issues related to drug menace, HIV/AIDS problems in the region on September 30 and October 1.

Heptualla made the announcement during the 13th Foundation Day Celebration of the Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) held at Hotel Imphal.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh to invite the home ministers of all the north-eastern states to the Conference so that the region can have a comprehensive policy to deal with such issues.

The main aim is to increase sexual crimes, women also suffer from other debilitating challenges which put them at a serious disadvantage, the Manipur Governor said. Women living with HIV/AIDS, orphans are soft targets for social stigma and discrimination and various forms of human rights violations, she pointed out.

The women-specific and women-related legislation to protect women against social discrimination, violence and atrocities among others have been enacted. However, the full implementation of such laws are hindered or delayed due to lack of awareness of the existence of such legislations.

MSCW to explore ways and means on how to eliminate all man-made social aberrations and means to prevent all crimes against women with the help of Law Enforcing Agencies of the State.

The women of the state are at the forefront in various fields including sports.

United Nations International Conference

The organization are represented in the General Assembly - one of the six main organs of the UN - to discuss and work together on a wide array of international issues covered by the Charter of the United Nations, such as development, peace and security, international law.

The members meet in this unique forum at Headquarters in New York for the General Assembly session.

The sitting arrangements in the General Assembly Hall change for each session. During the 74th Session (2019-2020), Ghana will occupy the first seat in the Hall, including in the Main Committees (followed by all the other countries, in English alphabetical order).

APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS:

Cognizant India appoints Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as new CMD.

• Cognizant Technology Solutions has appointed Ramkumar Ramamoorthy as Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant India and named him head of India operations, Cognizant CEO Brian Humphries announced on Tuesday. Ramamoorthy will directly report to the company's executive committee. He has been with Cognizant for over two decades and was appointed as Executive Director of India operations in 2017.

Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao resigns

• Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao announced his resignation which will be effective from January 16.

He became the President of ADB on April 28, 2013.

The new president will be elected in accordance with an open, transparent and merit-based procedure.

The resignation with a deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude. With support from staff, Board members, and member governments.

The expanded operations of the funding agency from USD 14 billion in 2013 to USD 22 billion in 2018 to more technologies into projects.

Asian Development Bank

Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines

President: Takehiko Nakao

Founded: 19 December 1966

Membership: 68 countries