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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

National Hindi Day – Observed on Sep 14

  • National Hindi Day 2021.Observed on Sep 14.
  • Hindi is not only among the most spoken languages in the world, it is also the official language of India, alongside English, featuring in government documents of the Union.
  • Hindi is also the official language of Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Hindi was the language that was adopted by Indian leaders as a symbol of national identity during the struggle for freedom.
  • Of Persian origin, the word Hindi is comprised of Hind, meaning ‘India’, and ī, meaning ‘of’.
  • Hence Hindi translates as ‘Indian’.
  • Hindi has been used as a literary language since the 12th century.
  • The development of prose, however, began only in the 18th century, which marks its emergence as a full-fledged literary language. In the new millennium, more importance is given to the English language.

World Lymphoma Awareness Day – Observed on Sep 15

  • World Lymphoma Awareness Day is held on September 15 every year and is a day dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer.
  • It is a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition, a non-profit network organisation of 83 lymphoma patient groups from 52 countries around the world.
  • Around the world, more than 735,000 people are diagnosed with lymphoma, including CLL, every year.
  • With this lesser known type of cancer, patients face a variety of unique challenges and rely on the support of a team of professionals and personal connections throughout their cancer experience.

International Day of Democracy – Observed on Sep 15

  • It is a day which highlights the importance of participation of all members for proper functioning of a democracy.
  • According to the United Nations (UN), the International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.
  • September 15 is celebrated as International Day of Democracy after being established in 2007 through a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
  • In the words of the United Nations, International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world.
  • Democracy is as much a process as a goal, and only with the full participation of the international community, can the ideal of democracy be made into a reality.

National Engineer’s Day – Observed on Sep 15

  • India celebrates Engineer’s Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian Engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, on September 15 every year.
  • Engineer’s Day is celebrated to pay rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Visvesvaraya who was regarded as the ‘Father of Modern Mysore’.
  • A prolific civic engineer, educationist, economist, scholar of the 20th century, Visvesvaraya made significant contributions in the field of engineering.
  • However, UNESCO celebrates World Engineer’s Day on March 4 annually.
  • Engineer’s Day is observed to acknowledge the efforts of various engineers who have made contributions in this field to make our present lives comfortable.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister lays foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in UP’s Aligarh

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath under whose leadership, the former stated, UP was benefitting from a “double-engine’ sarkar,” referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) governments at the Centre and in the state.
  • The central and UP governments are working together to develop the state.
  • Nation has to fight together all the forces that are against development here.
  • Taking a swipe at the opposition Samajwadi Party (SP), which was in power here from 2017, the Prime Minister mentioned that people cannot forget the scams that took place before the BJP came to power.
  • He also pointed to “lawlessness” that prevailed while the SP was in power.
  • However, with Yogiji in power, criminals think twice before committing a crime”.

Modi Announced Subramania Bharati chair at BHU for Tamil Studies

  • PM Modi announced the setting up of the Subramania Bharati chair in the memory of Legendary Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for Tamil
  • The chair has been established on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Subramania Bharati (11th September 2021).
  • The chair will be recognized in the faculty of arts at Banaras Hindu University (BHU).

Over half of farm households still under debt: NSO Report

  • The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released a report on ‘Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households and Land Holdings of Households in Rural India, 2019’ on September 10, 2021
  • According to the Report more than half of India’s agricultural households were in debt, with an average outstanding of Rs 74,121 in 2018 as compared to Rs 47,000 in 2013, an increase of 57.7%
  • The theme of the survey was “Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households” in the rural areas of India.
  • This is data based on the 77th round of survey of more than 45,000 such households conducted January 1-December 31, 2019.

IIT-Bombay launches ‘Project Udaan’

  • With an aim to break the language barrier that many students face when they join institutes of higher education, IIT-Bombay launched ‘Project Udaan’, that enables translation of textbooks and other study material related to engineering and other streams.
  • The virtual inauguration was attended by Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, Dr. Krishnaswamy Vijay Raghavan.
  • Ganesh and his team have built an Artificial Intelligence-based translation ecosystem, which can help translate engineering textbooks and learning materials in one-sixth the time it would take for a team consisting of domain and linguistic experts working manually. 
  • According to a press release, translation of text books in other educational domains will be taken up in due course.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

India and US launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue

  • India and the United States of America (USA) have launched the “Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)”.
  • The dialogue was formally launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Shri Bhupender Yadav and Mr. John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), at an event held in New Delhi.
  • India and the United States are natural partners with shared values and our agenda encompasses all major pillars of our strategic priorities – including defence, security, energy, technology, education and healthcare,” stated the Environment Minister emphasizing on the deep ties shared by the two mature and vibrant democracies.
  • The US Climate envoy lauded India’s leadership role in demonstrating how economic development and clean energy can go hand in hand and stated that urgent Global Climate Action is the need of the hour.
  • He stressed that India and US are working towards speedier deployment of clean energy.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

Chhattisgarh state govt launches ‘Millet Mission’ to become Millet Hub of India

  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel recently informed that the state will become the millet hub of the country in the coming times.
  • He stated that “Millet Mission” initiative is aimed at giving the farmers right price for small cereal crops, provide input assistance, procurement arrangements, processing and ensure that the farmers get benefit of the expertise of experts.
  • “Like minor forest produce, we want to make small grain crops also the strength of Chhattisgarh,” mentioned Baghel at an event organised for signing of MoU between Indian Institute of Millet Research, Hyderabad and the collectors of 14 Chhattisgarh districts under “Millet Mission” of the state.

About Chattisgarh:

  • Capital: Raipur
  • Governor: Anusuiya Uikey
  • Chief minister: Bhupesh Baghel

TN Assembly passed a bill to dispense NEET exam

  • The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a Bill seeking to ‘dispense’ with the requirement for candidates to qualify in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses in the State.
  • The Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021 further sought to provide admission to these courses on the basis of the marks obtained in the qualifying examination [Class XII marks in Tamil Nadu] through “normalisation methods”, as was done before 2017.
  • The Bill, moved by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, contended that admission to medical courses was traceable to entry 25 of List III, Schedule VII of the Constitution, and the State was “competent to regulate” the same for the underprivileged social groups.

About TamilNadu:

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Governor: RN Ravi
  • Chief minister:  K. Stalin
  • National Parks: Guindy National Park, Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) National Park, Mudumalai National Park, Mukurthi National Park

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

TCS declared largest women recruitment drive ‘Rebegin project’

  • India’s largest information technology (IT) services player Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced one of its largest recruitment drives for hiring women.
  • The TCS ‘Rebegin’ project is aimed at experienced and aspiring women who wish to jump-start their professional journey and make ‘The Big Move’.
  • Rebegin is a TCS Careers initiative intended to benefit women professionals who have taken a career sabbatical due to family or other pressing commitments to help them reassimilate into the corporate culture.
  • Overlooked yet capable candidates will now have the opportunity to apply for TCS open requirements.

About TCS:

  • Tata Consultancy Services is an Indian multinational information technology services and consulting company headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India with its largest campus located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • As of February 2021, TCS is the largest IT services company in the world by market capitalisation.
  • CEO: Rajesh Gopinathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING & ECONOMY NEWS

RBI declared Opening of Third Cohort under the Regulatory Sandbox- Theme ‘MSME Lending’

  • The Reserve Bank stated six entities have completed the test phase in the ‘First Cohort’ under the Regulatory Sandbox scheme with retail payments as theme and their products are found viable for adoption by the regulated entities.
  • Their products mainly deal with offline digital payments, prepaid cards, contactless payment and voice-based UPI.
  • Regulatory sandbox usually refers to live testing of new products or services in a controlled/test regulatory environment for which regulators may (or may not) permit certain relaxations for the limited purpose of the testing.
  • The entities whose products have been found meeting the norms set by the RBI in the First Cohort are Nucleus Software Exports (PaySe), Tap Smart Data Information Services (Citycash), Natural Support Consultancy Services (IND-e-Cash), Naffa Innovations (ToneTag), Ubona Technologies (BHIM Voice) and Eroute Technologies (offline payment using SIM).

India and Singapore jointly to link their Fast Payment Systems – Unified Payments Interface and PayNow

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced a project to link their respective fast payment systems.
  • The linked interface is expected to be operationalized by July, 2022.
  • While India uses Unified Payments Interface (UPI) as a fast payment method, Singapore uses the PayNow system.
  • The RBI stated that UPI-PayNow linkage will enable users of each system to make instant, low-cost fund transfers on a reciprocal basis without a need to get onboarded onto the other payment system.

UPI and PayNow systems:

  • UPI is India’s mobile based, ‘fast payment’ system that facilitates customers to make round the clock payments instantly using a Virtual Payment Address (VPA) created by the customer.
  • This eliminates the risk of sharing bank account details by the remitter.
  • UPI supports both Person to Person (P2P) and Person to Merchant (P2M) payments as also it enables a user to send or receive money.
  • CEO: Piyush Gupta

PPBL Enabled India’s 1st FASTag-based Metro Parking Facility in Partnership with DMRC

  • Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) enables India’s first FASTag based metro parking facility in partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). 
  • PPBL, will facilitate the processing of all FASTag based transactions for cars with valid FASTag stickers at Kashmere Gate Metro Station.
  • PPBL has also enabled a UPI based payment solution for 2 wheelers, that enters the parking facility.
  • Paytm Payments Bank became the first bank in the country to achieve the milestone of issuing one crore FASTags in June. 
  • According to NPCI, over 3.47 crore FASTags were issued by all banks together till the end of June 2021.
  • DMRC partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a 100% digital parking plaza with the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) FASTag contactless parking solution at Kashmere Gate metro station, Delhi.

About Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL):

  • MD and CEO – Satish Gupta
  • Headquarter – Noida, Uttar Pradesh

DBS partners with SWIFT for real-time cross-border Payment Tracking

  • DBS in partnership with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) Global Payments Innovation(gpi) has launched real-time online tracking for cross-border collections for businesses in India benefitting around 4,000 corporate and small business clients.
  • DBS was the first bank in Asia to launch outbound payments with end-to-end tracking with SWIFT gpi.
  • DBS has become the first bank in India and Asia-Pacific to offer this service to its clients.
  • DBS gpi helps in improving accuracy for intraday credit line needs and provides benefits in supporting credit control.
  • It brings transparency and visibility and improves receivables forecasting and overall cash position.
  • This service is available by default and free of charge for all corporate customers via DBS IDEAL- DBS’ online corporate banking portal.

About Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT):

  • Headquarters – La Hulpe, Belgium
  • CEO – Javier Pérez-Tasso

About DBS Bank India Limited:

  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD & CEO – Surojit Shome

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Justice Venugopal named as acting Chairperson of NCLAT

  • Justice M Venugopal has been appointed as the Acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), as the key appellate tribunal continues to be without a permanent head now for more than one-and-a-half years.
  • This is the third time in a row that an Acting Chairperson is at the helm of the NCLAT, which is handling several crucial appeals related to matters under the insolvency and competition laws, after the retirement of Chairperson Justice S J Mukhopadhaya on March 14, 2020.
  • Last week, the Supreme Court raised concerns, saying the Centre was “emasculating” tribunals by not appointing officials to the quasi-judicial bodies that are facing staff crunch.
  • Justice Venugopal has been appointed as the Acting Chairperson of the appellate tribunal from September 11, 2021.

About NCLAT:

  • NCLT and NCLAT are judicial tribunals and its members should as nearly as possible have the same position and status as High Court Judges.
  • Therefore, only officers who are holding the ranks of Secretaries or Additional Secretaries alone can be considered for appointment as Technical members of NCLT.

Adobe appointed Prativa Mohapatra as India MD and VP

  • US tech giant Adobe has announced the appointment of Prativa Mohapatra as vice president and managing director for Adobe India.
  • In this role, Mohapatra will lead Adobe’s India business across Adobe Experience Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud, reporting to Simon Tate, Adobe’s president for Asia Pacific (APAC).
  • Adobe noted its strategy for unleashing creativity, accelerating document productivity, and powering digital businesses gives brands a competitive advantage, enabling them to engage customers across every digital touchpoint. 
  • With a track record built on innovation, category leadership, and rapidly expanding market opportunity, the firm mentioned Adobe India is poised for continued growth.

Pawan Goenka appointed as chairperson of In-SPACe

  • Former managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Kumar Goenka has been designated as the chairperson of Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (In-Space), the sectoral regulator for private players.
  • The appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC) has cleared the proposal from the department of space (DoS) for the formation of the board of newly formed space regulator Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Center (IN-SPACe) with former Mahindra and Mahindra managing director Pawan Goenka as the chairperson.

About IN-SPACe:

  • Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN–SPACe or INSPACe) is an upcoming organisation under the Department of Space of the Government of India.
  • The centre will act as a facilitator and regulator of space activities in India.
  • IN-SPACe is to be established as a single window nodal agaency.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Super 30 founder Anand Kumar honoured with Swami Brahmanand Award 2021

  • Mathematician Anand Kumar conferred with the Swami Brahmanand Award 2021 for his contribution in the field of education through his ”Super 30” initiative, which prepares underprivileged students for the IIT entrance exam.
  • He received the award from professor Roop Kishore Shastri, the vice-chancellor of Haridwar”s Gurukula Kangri deemed university, at a function in the Rath area of Hamirpur district of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The award — carrying Rs 10,000 in cash, a bronze medal, a bronze statue of Swami Brahmanand and a certificate — is given every year to people who have done special work in the education sector or for the welfare of the cow.
  • It has been instituted in the name of Swami Brahmananda, a freedom fighter, former MP and a saint known for his sacrifices and his contribution in the field of education.

About Super 30:

  • ”Super 30” is a coaching programme of Kumar”s Patna-based Ramanujan School of Mathematics.
  • It hunts for 30 meritorious students from among economically backward sections of the society and shapes them to clear the test to get in to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).

Susanna Clarke bags Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021

  • British writer Susanna Clarke won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction for her mind-tweaking fantasy novel “Piranesi” — a book that chronic illness made her fear she would never get to write.
  • Clarke, 61, was awarded the 30,000 pound ($41,000) prize for her second novel, which was published 16 years after her first, “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” became a global best-seller.

About Susana Clarke:

  • Susanna Mary Clarke is an English author known for her debut novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, a Hugo Award-winning alternative history.
  • Clarke began Jonathan Strange in 1993 and worked on it during her spare time.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

Skyroot Aerospace is the first Space startup to formally tie-up with ISRO

  • Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based Space technology startup, has become the first private company to formally enter into an agreement with ISRO and is set to benefit from the latter’s expertise and access facilities to test and qualify its small rocket ahead of launch next year.
  • The agreement was signed by R Umamaheswaran, scientific secretary at ISRO and chairman at Interim IN-SPACe Committee, and Pawan Chandana, CEO of Skyroot Aerospace.
  • “The Framework MoU will allow the company to undertake multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centers and avail the technical expertise of ISRO for testing and qualifying their Space launch vehicle systems and subsystems”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

India–Africa Defence Dialogue to be held alongside every DefExpo

  • To further strengthen existing ties between African countries and India, New Delhi has proposed to institutionalise India–Africa Defence Dialogue by holding it during successive DefExpos.
  • It is the second India-Africa Defence Dialogue hosted by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of DefExpo-2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • A decision has been taken to make Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) as the knowledge partner for the India-Africa Dialogue.

Theme of the dialogue :

  • India – Africa: Adopting Strategy for Synergizing and Strengthening Defence and Security Cooperation’.
  • The foundation of India–Africa defence relations are based on the two guiding principles namely ‘SAGAR’, ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’ and ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, The World is One Family.
  • It will give both sides to explore new areas of convergence in areas including maritime security, cyber security, counter terrorism, capacity building and training.
  • It will assist in providing necessary support for enhanced defence cooperation between India and Africa.

Note :

  • The first-ever India Africa Defence Ministers Conclave (IADMC) was held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in conjunction with DefExpo on 6 February 2020, and was co-organised by the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of External Affairs.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

India participates in SCO ‘Peaceful Mission’ military exercise in Russia

  • The Indian military contingent participated in the 6th edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021 at Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia from September 13 to 25, 2021.

Aim :

  • To foster close relations between SCO member states and to enhance abilities of the military leaders to command multi-national military contingents. 
  • It is a landmark event in military interactions and global cooperation to counter-terrorism.
  • It comprises an all arms combined force of 200 personnel to include 38 personnel from the Indian Air Force is participating in the exercise Peaceful Mission-2021.
  • The exercise will enable sharing of best practices between the Armed Forces of SCO nations.
  • It will provide an opportunity to the Armed Forces of SCO Nations to train in Counter-Terrorism Operations in an urban scenario in a multinational and joint environment.

Scope :

  • Professional interaction, mutual understanding of drills & procedures, establishment of joint command & control structures and elimination of terrorist threats.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Researchers Discover Earth’s Northernmost Island Off Greenland

  • The island was discovered by a group of 6 scientists, working with the Arctic Station research facility in Greenland, who set out to collect the samples from Oodaaq island, which was discovered by a Danish survey group in 1978.
  • This island was revealed by the movement of the ice.
  • The researchers proposed to name the island “Qeqertaq Avannarleq”, which means ‘the northernmost island’ in Greenlandic.

Note:

  • To qualify as an island, the piece of land has to remain above sea level at high tide.

About the island:

  • The newly discovered island measuring around 30 by 60 metres in size is the closest point of land to the North pole.
  • It is made up of mud from the ocean and rock soil from the glaciers.
  • The island is located 780 metres northwest of Oodaaq.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

Book titled Human Rights and Terrorism in India authored by Subramanian Swamy 

  • A New Book Titled Human Rights and Terrorism in India authored by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.

About the Book :

  • The Book deals with the traces how the combating of terrorism can be harmonised with human and fundamental rights within reasonable restrictions that are permitted by the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court.

About Subramanian Swamy :

  • Subramanian Swamy is an Indian politician, economist and statistician & he serves as a nominated Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha.
  • Swamy was a member of the Planning Commission of India and was a Cabinet Minister in the Chandra Shekhar government.
  • He was Chairman of the Commission on Labour Standards and International Trade under former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

IOC Suspends North Korea From Beijing Olympics until end of 2022

  • North Korea has been suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the end of 2022 as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • IOC president Thomas Bach stated that the North Korean Olympic Committee would not receive financial aid during the suspension.

Note : 

  • North Korea was the only country that had not sent athletes to Tokyo Olympics 2020 which was held in July-August 2021.

About IOC :

  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • President: Thomas Bach
  • Director General :  Christophe De Kepper
  • Founded: 23 June 1894, Paris, France
  • Founders: Pierre de Coubertin, Demetrios Vikelas

About North Korea :

  • Supreme leader: Kim Jong-un
  • Capital: Pyongyang
  • Currency: North Korean won
  • Premier: Kim Tok-hun

Joe Root & Eimear Richardson named ICC Players of the Month for August 2021

  • England captain Joe Root has been voted the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August 2021.
  • Meanwhile, Ireland’s Eimear Richardson has bagged the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August 2021.

About Joe Root :

  • Root was voted the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August for his consistent performances in the Test series against India that was the part of the next cycle of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
  • Root scored 507 runs in three Tests against India in August.

About Eimear Richardson :

  • Richardson won the Player of the Tournament award for her superb performance with the bat and the ball, starting off against Germany.

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga announces retirement from all forms of cricket

  • On Sep 14, 2021, Veteran Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. 
  • The 38-year-old had already retired from Test cricket in 2011 and then from the ODIs in 2019.
  • He last played a T20I match for Sri Lanka in March 2020 against West Indies in
  • Malinga played 30 Test matches, 226 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka, picking up 546 wickets.

About Lasith Malinga :

  • Malinga is a right-arm fast bowler that is commonly used as a specialist death bowler & he is also known as “Slinga Malinga”.
  • He captained the Sri Lankan T20 team to victory in the 2014 World Cup and is the only bowler to have taken 4 wickets in 4 balls in a row on two occasions in international cricket.
  • He is the only bowler to take 3 ODI hat-tricks and two in T20I cricket.
  • He is the fourth highest wicket taker across all forms of T20 cricket with 390 scalps just behind Dwayne Bravo, Imran Tahir and Sunil Narine.
  • Malinga, was a crucial figure in the teams he represented in the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League, Caribbean Premier League.

Daily CA On Sep 14 :

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) tied a partnership with Smart Power India (SPI), an arm of Rockefeller Foundation & Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to encourage Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) innovations.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., (GRSE), a Mini Ratna Category 1 Defence PSU leading warship building company of India, and Naval Group, European Naval Defence Industry from France signed MoU in the field of offering high-end surface ships which based on the sea-proven “Gowind” design and to fulfil the requirements of India and international naval forces.
  • Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State(MoS), Ministry of Jal Shakti presided over the virtual launch of Swachh Survekshan Grameen(SSG) 2021 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) (SBM(G)) Phase- II during the event organised by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS).
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in association with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched the “Main Bhi Digital 3.0” -A special Campaign for Digital Onboarding and Training for street vendors under Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) Scheme on the pitot based in 223 cities in the country.
  • Nuakhai, the harvest festival of Odisha is celebrated on Bhadraba Shuklapakhya Panchami tithi, the next day of Ganesh Chaturthi.
  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Indian Air Force (IAF) Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Collaboration in the field of Academics and Research in the domain Aerospace Technology and for the establishment of Chair of Excellence and Research Scholar Program (RSP) for Indian Air Force Officers at the IAF Headquarters, New Delhi
  • India’s 1st Indigenously Designed High Ash Coal Gasification Based Methanol Production Plant was inaugurated in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), R&D centre at Hyderabad, Telangana.
  • The Ministerial meeting of the United States (US)-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) 2021 held virtually was co-chaired by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas with the US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm to launch the revamped U.S.-India SCEP.
  • Haryana has become the first state in the country to install off-grid solar pumps under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Uttan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM).
  • The Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla participated in the 5th World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (5WCSP) 2021 was held in Vienna, Austria from September 7-8, 2021., organized by the Austrian Parliament, Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations (UN).
  • Bharati Pravin Pawar, Minister of State (MoS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) addressed the 74th session of the World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office (WHO-SEARO) through a virtual conference and he represented India.
  • Bharti group backed OneWeb and United States (US) company Hughes Network System has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a session at Satellite 2021 in Maryland,US for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite service in India and US.
  • The World’s Largest Plant to Capture Carbon Dioxide (CO2) from air, ‘Orca’ Starts Operating in Iceland.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of 100% equity share capital of Inflow Technologies Private Limited (Inflow) by Savex Technologies Private Limited (Savex).
  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the first deliverable Firing Unit (FU) of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM)/”Barak-8″ System to Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station, Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
  • Amazon Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon in partnership with Kuvera, Investment platform will provide wealth management services to its 50 million customers across India.
  • The Government of India has enhanced the scope of the Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) for specified agriculture products schemes by including dairy products under its purview and increasing the rates of assistance.
  • Gujarat Chief Minister Vijaybhai Ramniklalbhai Rupani, 65, submitted his resignation to the Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat.
  • Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, has been appointed as the acting Prime Minister (PM) of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 
  • Piramal Realty, the real estate arm of the Piramal Group, has appointed Former captain of Indian Cricket team Rahul Dravid as its brand ambassador for its portfolio of 4 residential projects and one commercial project.
  • Aziz Akhannouch, the leader of the liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI), is appointed as the new Prime Minister of Morocco. 
  • Indigenously-Developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft-Mk2 to be Launched in August 2022 & the first flight in early 2023.
  • On Sep 10, 2021, Indian Navy and Sudanese Navy carried out a bilateral maritime exercise in the Red Sea off the Sudanese coast.
  • On Sep 11, 2021, The first-ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between India and Australia was held at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
  • On Sep 13, 2021, Former Zimbabwe captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor announced retire from international cricket during the 3rd and final ODI against Ireland.
  • On Sep 13, 2021, Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Oscar Fernandes passed away.
  • Noted women’s rights activist Sonal Shukla passed away.
  • On Sep 11, 2021, Noted writer and former secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Aziz Hajini, passed away.

Daily CA On Sep 15 :

  • National Hindi Day 2021.Observed on Sep 14.
  • World Lymphoma Awareness Day is held on September 15 every year and is a day dedicated to raising awareness of lymphoma, an increasingly common form of cancer.
  • September 15 is celebrated as International Day of Democracy after being established in 2007 through a resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
  • India celebrates Engineer’s Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of the greatest Indian Engineer, Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, on September 15 every year.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath under whose leadership, the former stated, UP was benefitting from a “double-engine’ sarkar,” referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) governments at the Centre and in the state.
  • PM Modi announced the setting up of the Subramania Bharati chair in the memory of Legendary Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) for Tamil
  • The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released a report on ‘Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households and Land Holdings of Households in Rural India, 2019’ on September 10, 2021
  • With an aim to break the language barrier that many students face when they join institutes of higher education, IIT-Bombay launched ‘Project Udaan’, that enables translation of textbooks and other study material related to engineering and other streams.
  • India and the United States of America (USA) have launched the “Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)” & the dialogue was formally launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Shri Bhupender Yadav and Mr. John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), at an event held in New Delhi.
  • Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel recently informed that the state will become the millet hub of the country in the coming times.
  • The Tamil Nadu Assembly passed a Bill seeking to ‘dispense’ with the requirement for candidates to qualify in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses in the State.
  • India’s largest information technology (IT) services player Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has announced one of its largest recruitment drives for hiring women.
  • The Reserve Bank stated six entities have completed the test phase in the ‘First Cohort’ under the Regulatory Sandbox scheme with retail payments as theme and their products are found viable for adoption by the regulated entities.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced a project to link their respective fast payment systems.
  • Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) enables India’s first FASTag based metro parking facility in partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). 
  • DBS in partnership with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) Global Payments Innovation(gpi) has launched real-time online tracking for cross-border collections for businesses in India benefitting around 4,000 corporate and small business clients.
  • Justice M Venugopal has been appointed as the Acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), as the key appellate tribunal continues to be without a permanent head now for more than one-and-a-half years.
  • US tech giant Adobe has announced the appointment of Prativa Mohapatra as vice president and managing director for Adobe India.
  • Former managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Kumar Goenka has been designated as the chairperson of Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (In-Space), the sectoral regulator for private players.
  • Mathematician Anand Kumar conferred with the Swami Brahmanand Award 2021 for his contribution in the field of education through his ”Super 30” initiative, which prepares underprivileged students for the IIT entrance exam.
  • British writer Susanna Clarke won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction for her mind-tweaking fantasy novel “Piranesi” — a book that chronic illness made her fear she would never get to write.
  • Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based Space technology startup, has become the first private company to formally enter into an agreement with ISRO and is set to benefit from the latter’s expertise and access facilities to test and qualify its small rocket ahead of launch next year.
  • To further strengthen existing ties between African countries and India, New Delhi has proposed to institutionalise India–Africa Defence Dialogue by holding it during successive DefExpos & It is the second India-Africa Defence Dialogue hosted by the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on the sidelines of DefExpo-2022 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
  • The Indian military contingent participated in the 6th edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021 at Russia in the Orenburg Region of South West Russia from September 13 to 25, 2021.
  • Researchers Discover Earth’s Northernmost Island Off Greenland
  • A New Book Titled Human Rights and Terrorism in India authored by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy.
  • North Korea has been suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the end of 2022 as punishment for refusing to send a team to the Tokyo Games citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • England captain Joe Root has been voted the ICC Men’s Player of the Month for August 2021, Meanwhile, Ireland’s Eimear Richardson has bagged the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for August 2021.
  • On Sep 14, 2021, Veteran Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
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