Current Affairs Sep 2017 - Persons in NEWS


News 1 - Bridgestone India appointed P.V. Sindhu as its Brand Ambassador


Bridgestone India, a subsidiary of the world’s largest tyre and rubber company and a Worldwide Olympic Partner, has appointed Olympic silver medallist, P.V. Sindhu to be the company’s first brand ambassador.

The shuttler has signed a three-year deal with Bridgestone India. Sindhu will participate in Bridgestone’s activations around its worldwide Olympic partnership. Bridgestone announced its Worldwide Olympic Partnership in 2014 that continues through 2024.

News 2 - Nirmala Sitharaman becomes India's first full-time woman Defence Minister


Nirmala Sitharaman became the second woman to head the Ministry of Defence after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Mrs Sitharaman also became the first full-time woman Defence Minister of the country.

Sitharaman has an MA degree in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. She had joined the BJP in 2006.

She has served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Ministry of Finance headed by Arun Jaitley and the Minister of Commerce and Industry with independent charge. She is a Rajya Sabha member and represents Karnataka in the Parliament.

News 3 - Peggy Whitson returns to Earth after a record breaking stay in space

Peggy Whitson

U.S. astronaut, Peggy Whitson, returned to earth after a record-breaking stay in space which lasted for 665 days off the planet - 288 on this mission alone.

Whitson stands top on the list among all American astronauts who have spent the most cumulative amount of time in space. She returned in a Soyuz module along with US astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin in central Kazakhstan. She is eighth on the all-time space endurance list. She was the first female International Space Station commander, and holds the record for number of spacewalks by a woman.

News 4 - Actress Parineeti Chopra became first Indian Woman Ambassador for Tourism Australia

Parineeti Chopra

Friend of Australia' (FOA) advocacy panel by Tourism Australia has appointed Indian actress Parineeti Chopra in its tourism ambassador panel. With this, she became the first Indian woman ambassador in 'Friends of Australia' (FOA) advocacy panel by Tourism Australia.

Parineeti joins famous Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Indian cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle in the panel. Parineeti Chopra is exploring various places of Australia such as Brisbane, Gold Coast and Ayers Rock to indulge in several adventurous activities.

The Friends of Australia programme has been formed as a way for Tourism Australia to encourage mutually beneficial long term friendship.

News 5 - Cyclist Mark Beaumont breaks the world record

Mark Beaumont

British cyclist Mark Beaumont has broken the world record for cycling around the world when he completed the 18,000-mile route in 79 days. The previous record was set at 123 days by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson.

Mark began his journey in Paris on 2 July and cycled through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China before heading across Australia, New Zealand and North America and then headed back into Europe for the final stretch from Lisbon to Paris.

News 6 - Akshay Kumar appointed as Brand Ambassador of Uttarakhand Swachh Bharat Mission

Akshay Kumar

The Uttarakhand state government has appointed Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission. He was also appointed as the brand ambassador for the cleanliness campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the most significant cleanliness campaign by the Government of India. The movement has evoked a sense of responsibility among the people. The campaign aims to achieve the vision of a ‘Clean India’ by 2nd October 2019.

News 7 - An 18-year-old from Srinagar becomes an ambassador for Swachhata Hi Seva

Bilal Dar

Bilal Dar, a young boy from Srinagar, has become the brand ambassador for Swachhata Hi Seva for Srinagar Municipal Corporation. Dar has been contributing to the ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’ since the age of 12. He found a mention in the Prime Minister’s recent Mann Ki Baat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon the nation to begin a campaign, Swachhata Hi Sewa, Cleanliness is Service, from 15th September 2017 to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2017.