Current Affairs: September 18, 2011

Japan’s Pop group SMAP performs in Beijing, China

  • Japan’s best known Pop group SMAP performed a concert in the Chinese capital Beijing
  • The concert is seen as part of an effort to better relations b/w Japan and China
  • SMAP performed their 1st overseas concert in their 20 year career


SMAP is a Japanese boy band formed by Johnny & Associates. While originally consisting of six members, the current group members are Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki, and Shingo Katori. The group’s name is an acronym standing for Sports Music Assemble People. Members: Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Goro Inagaki and Shingo Katori


Ban on Clenbuterol under review

  • Executives from Sports Anti-doping Agency are likely to talk about whether to relax the complete ban on a broadly ill-treated drug Clenbuterol at a meeting in Switzerland
  • A lot of athletes use the drug, which was developed to treat asthma to build up muscles

Clenbuterol (trade names: Spiropent, Ventipulmin) is a sympathomimetic amine used by sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant and bronchodilator. People with chronic breathing disorders such as asthma use this as a bronchodilator to make breathing easier. It is most commonly available as the hydrochloride salt clenbuterol hydrochloride.

Shilpotsav/Silpotsav festival begins in New Delhi

  • Shilpotsav / Silpotsav festival, a 15 day programme began in New Delhi

  • Government to soon open the Shilpostav festival in other states also including Maharshtra
  • The festival is an exclusive stage for the artisans to convey their art
  • Artisans from Jammu and Kashmir ,Rajasthan Gujarat, Delhi,Uttar Pradesh and other States have come to participate in this festival

The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to leave for 66th UN general assembly session

  • The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will thrust for further efficient ways for global economic and financial revival, UN reforms, Millennium Development Goals and anti-terror convention through his visit to the United Nations
  • Dr Singh to leave for New York to participate in the High Level Segment of the 66th UN General Assembly Session

PM to lead a high-level delegation that includes External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister T K A Nair

Vote on military intervention in Libya: India’s abstention positive, says NATO

  • US-led NATO has taken a positive view of India’s abstention on the UN Security Council vote on military intervention in Libya
  • NATO held that India’s move showed the world is united in opposing the actions of Muammar Gaddafi
  • India supported the UN Resolution for recognising the former rebel National Transitional Council (NTC) and for handing over Libya’s UN seat to it
  • Giving an unanticipated +ve turn to India’s abstention, NATO opined that India’s nonparticipation would lead to the channel of the declaration

India-Lanka joint naval exercise to begin

  • India and Sri Lanka are planned to hold a combined naval exercise off Trincomalee
  • The 5 day starting September 19, 2011, combined naval exercise is being seen as part of labours to improve the bilateral guard cooperation in the post-LTTE era

63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

  • The 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was organized on September 18, 2011 at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California
  • Emmy Awards are known as: OSCARs of the small Screen
  • The awards ceremony was to honour the best in primetime television programming from 1 June 2010 to 31 May 2011
  • The best drama Emmy was awarded to “Mad Men“. Mad Men was awarded consecutively for the 4th year in a row and “Modern Family” won the best comedy prize for the consecutive 2nd year

The list of awardess for the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are as follows:

  • Best drama: Mad Men
    Best comedy: Modern Family
    Best miniseries: Downton Abbey
    Best variety or comedy show: The Daily Show
    Best actress, drama: Julianne Margulies, The Good Wife
    Best actor, drama: Kyle Chandler, Friday Night Lights
    Best actress, miniseries: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
    Best actor, miniseries: Barry Pepper, The Kennedys
    Best lead actress in a comedy: Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
    Best lead actor comedy: Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    Supporting actress in a comedy: Julie Bowen, Modern Family
    Supporting actor in a comedy: Ty Burrell, Modern Family.
    Best direction in a comedy: Michael Spiller, Modern Family.
    Best reality competition: The Amazing Race
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