15 & 16.09.17 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs



  • AP government launches ‘People First’, a mobile app for citizens


  • Andhra Pradesh government today launched ‘People First’, a mobile application that will “empower citizens with real-time governance”.
  • People First, currently available only on Android-based mobile phones, enables citizens to access their profile, the various benefits accrued to them from the government and also register their grievances.


  • People First is a grievance redressal platform launched in May by the AP government as part of its e-governance initiative as a two-way communications channel between the government and the citizens.


  • While the government staff randomly call people on their phones to elicit feedback on the implementation of various schemes, people, on the other hand, could call the toll free number 1100 to register complaints related to the administration, including corruption.


  • Using the mobile App, a user needs to log in using his or her Aadhar number to access the registered family data and also download e-certificates like caste, residence, income, birth and death, etc.



  • India up 2 spots on WEF Human Capital Index.


  • India has moved up two spots on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Human Capital Index 2017.


  • The country ranks 103rd of 130 countries, up from 105th the year before.


  • Norway leads the latest rankings, followed by Finland, Switzerland, the US and Denmark.


  • India ranks even lower than Kenya (78th), Myanmar (89th) and Ghana (72nd).


·         International Day of Democracy on September 15th


  • The International Day of Democracyis observed on September 15th across the world.
  • The theme of the year 2017 is Democracy and Conflict prevention.
  • This year’s theme of democracy and conflict prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.


  • Unstoppable: My Life So Far’: Maria Sharapova’s autobiography


  • The book titled ‘Unstoppable: My Life So Far’ authored by tennis star Maria Sharapova was released recently.


  • In this gripping autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner recounts the story of her phenomenal rise to success.


  • Unstoppable is an inspiring tale of persistence, pulsing with fearlessness and candor.


  • UN chief appoints first UN envoy for oceans.


  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed the outgoing president Peter Thomson of the General Assembly as the first special envoy for the oceans, seeking to galvanize efforts to protect the world’s seas.
  • Peter Thomson played a leading role at the first-ever UN conference on oceans in June.
  • The 193 UN member states issued an urgent call for action to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of the world’s oceans.
  • Paris and Los Angeles confirmed as hosts of 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games


  • After three failed attempts and 12 years after the demoralizing and disheartening loss to the London bid in 2005, Paris has finally been awarded the Olympic Games it has craved.
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed that the French capital would host the 2024 Olympics, while Los Angeles was awarded the 2028 Games.
  • Tokyo, Japan will host 2020 Olympic Games.


·       India-Japan ink Open Sky Agreement


  • India and Japan agreed to ink open sky arrangementto allow airlines from both countries to operate an unlimited number of flights.
  • In this regard, both countries exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open sky.
  • The open sky agreement will be signed in accordance with the National Civil Aviation Policy(NACP), 2016.


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