Current Affairs India - 17 September 2015

1. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved to provide an additional 50 days of unskilled manual work in the financial year over and above the 100 days assured to job card holders, in such rural areas where drought or natural calamities have been notified. This will enable States to provide additional wage employment to the rural poor in drought affected areas. The poorest rural households will benefit from this, as it will help in immediate absorption of rural seasonal unemployment, and reduce rural distress.

2. India-s export growth dropped by 20.66% in August to USD 21.26 billion, which is a drop for the ninth consecutive months. The drop was mainly due to weak global demand amid slower economic growth in developed economies. Total imports dropped by 9.95% in the same month to USD 33.74 billion due to steep decrease in oil prices.

The trade deficit stood at USD 12.47 billion compared with USD 10.66 billion in the same month last year. Exports during April-August period of financial year 2015-16 stood at USD 111.09 billion, 16.7% lower than the comparable period last year. Imports during the same period dropped by 11.61% to USD 168.61 billion. Trade deficit during the same period stood at USD 57.51 billion.

3. Railways shot putter Manpreet Kaur became the latest Indian athlete to qualify for next year's Olympics when she broke an 18-year-old national record to win sixth title at the 55th National Open Athletics Championship today. She threw 17.96 metres in her second attempt to claim the gold medal.