Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (22nd to 30th September 2020)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 4th September 2020. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2020 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DAYS

World Alzheimer’s Day

  • Every year, the month of September is observed as World Alzheimer’s Month and 21 September as World Alzheimer’s Day. In 2020, the theme for World Alzheimer’s day is “Let’s talk about dementia”

World Rhino Day

  • World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010, announced to celebrate World Rhino Day on 22 September every year. Theme 2020 Five Rhino Species Together

World Car Free Day

  • World Car Free Day, which is celebrated on September 22, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day.

International Day of Sign Languages

  • International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated annually across the world on 23 September every year along with International Week of the Deaf. Thetheme for International Day of Sign languages 2020 is “Sign Languages Are for Everyone!”

World Maritime Day

  • Every year on September 24, World Maritime Day is observed to understand the importance of the marine environment. The theme for this year is“sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet” –  in line with the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs of the United Nations.

World Pharmacist Day

  • World Pharmacist Day is celebrated on 25 September every year to promote awareness about the importance and role of a pharmacist. The theme of World Pharmacist Day 2020 is “Transforming global health”.

Antyodaya Diwas

  • In 2014, Venkaiah Naidu former Union Urban Development Minister announced that the government has decided to observe September 25 as ‘Antyodaya Diwas’ every year to mark the birth anniversary of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

World Environmental Health Day

  • World Environmental Health Day is annually observed in many countries around the world on September 26. The observance was inaugurated in 2011 in Indonesia.
  • This year the theme of World Environmental Health Day 2020 is – Environmental Health A Key Public Health Intervention in Disease Pandemic.

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

  • The UN General Assembly commemorates 26 September as the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

World Tourism Day

  • Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27.
  • The 2020 edition of World Tourism Day, with the theme of “Tourism and Rural Development”.

World Deaf Day

  • World Deaf Day is celebrated every year on the last Sunday of September with the aim to draw attention of general public, politician and development authorities towards the achievements of the deaf people as well as deaf people community. This Year it falls on September 27th . Thetheme of the 2020 International Week of the Deaf will be “Reaffirming Deaf People’s Human Rights”

World Rabies Day

  • World Rabies Day is an annual observance that occurs on September 28 worldwide. It aims at raising awareness about the viral disease, rabies, and how to prevent it.
  • The theme for World Rabies Day 2020 is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate”

International Day for Universal Access to Information

  • The 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI). The theme for IDUAI 2020: Access to Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

  • This year Sep 29th we celebrate the first ever observance of the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.
  • First theme for the new Observance will be “Stop food loss and waste. For the people. For the planet.”

World Rivers Day 2020

  • World Rivers Day is observed every year on the fourth Sunday of September. The current year’s theme for World Rivers Day will be “Day of Action for Rivers” that praises the function of ladies in ensuring and overseeing waterways

September 27, 2020 – International Daughters Day

  • International Daughters Day on the fourth Sunday in September celebrates the girl child.

World Contraception Day- 26 September

  • World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year. The day’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

World Heart Day

  • World Heart Day, aimed at drawing people’s attention to heart ailments and the whole range of associated health issues. This initiative was launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event and gets celebrated on 29th day of September ever since.

International Translation Day

  • International Translation Day is observed on 30 September every year to raise awareness about the translation profession and to pay tribute to the work of language professionals. The theme of International Translation Day, 2020 is “Finding the words for a world in crisis”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL

Govt forms expert panels for inspection of covid hospitals

  • The Centre has formed expert committees for inspection of government and other COVID facilities following directions of the Supreme Court.
  • The expert committees constituted by the Ministry of Health have been tasked to inspect, supervise and guide government and other hospitals dedicated to COVID-19.

Hyderabad International Airport gets ACI health accreditation for safe travel of passengers

  • GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport has managed to get the Airport Council International’s (ACI) Airport Health Accreditation (AHA).

Govt has launched National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino

  • Union Minister Prakash Javadekar stated India is home to the largest number of Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros in the world with population in the range of 3000 animals in Assam, West Bengal and UP.

Parliament passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020

  • Parliament has passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it. The Bill allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances such as war and famine. It will replace the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated in June this year.

Centre sanctions Rs. 108 crore under UDAN scheme for three Airports in Chhattisgarh

  • The Central Government has sanctioned 108 crore under UDAN scheme for upgradation of  three  Chhattisgarh Airports.
  • Out of the total amount,  48 crore have been sanctioned for Jagdalpur, Rs. 27 crore for Ambikapur and Rs. 33 crore for Bilaspur under UDAN scheme for up-gradation and development of  these Airports.

Niti Aayog, ISPP join hands for capacity building

  • The Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) of the Aayog has signed a statement of intent with the ISPP to build a collaboration for faster intermediation of knowledge and use within the public system, the statement stated.

Government gives one-year extension to Company Law Committee

  • The ministry of corporate affairs has extended the tenure of the Company Law Committee by one year to September 2021.
  • The committee, constituted is now chaired by corporate affairs secretary Rajesh Verma.

PM Modi lays foundation stone of 9 highway projects, launches ‘Ghar tak fibre’ scheme in poll-bound Bihar

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar through video conference.
  • He also inaugurated the Ghar Tak Fibre project wherein all the 45,945 villages of Bihar will be connected through optical fibre internet Service.

 Centre approved Outlay for PM Svanidhi Scheme is Rs.600 Crore

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched Prime Minister Street Vendor’s Amta Nirbhar Nidhi Scheme (PM SVANidhi).
  • It aims at facilitating collateral free working capital loans upto Rs 10,000 of 1 year tenure, to about 50 lakh street vendors across the country.

Lok Sabha passes Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020

  • Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020.
  • The bill aims to make Kashmiri, Dogri, Hindi, English and Urdu as the official languages of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Government has launched YuWaah – a multi-stakeholder platform to make young people career ready

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have signed a “Statement of Intent” to establish YuWaah, Generation Unlimited (GenU), a global multi-stakeholder platform in India.

India aims to end tuberculosis by 2025: Health Minister at UN

  • Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has stated that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Railways target to complete 100% electrification of broad gauge routes by 2023

  • Railways has planned for 100 per cent electrification of its broad gauge routes by 2023. This was stated by the Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

CII-IGBC launches Green Logistics Parks, Warehouses Rating System

  • CII-Indian Green Building Council has launched the IGBC Green Logistics Parks & Warehouses Rating System during the inaugural session of CII Institute of Logistics Conference on Building Warehousing Competitiveness 2020. The rating system is the 27th rating of the Indian Green Building Council.

PM Narendra Modi launches ‘Fit India’ protocols on first anniversary of ‘Fit India Movement’

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on (September 24, 2020) interacted with fitness experts and influencers from across the country to mark the one-year anniversary of the ‘Fit India Movement.’
  • The PM also launched the ‘Fit India Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols’ during the online Fit India Dialogue 2020.

Govt raises limit for use of SDRF funds by states from 35 per cent to 50 per cent to tackle COVID situation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the limit of using the State Disaster Response Fund for COVID specific infrastructure has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 per cent.

Country’s apex regulator of medical education ‘National Medical Commission’ comes into existence

  • The National Medical Commission (NMC), in place of the Medical Council of India (MCI), as the country’s apex regulator of medical education and profession has come into existence.
  • Dr Suresh Chandra Sharma, former head of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences ENT department, Delhi, has been appointed as chairman for a period of three years.

Govt forms five task forces to make Indian MSMEs future-ready

  • The government has constituted five task forces to make India’s micro, small and medium enterprises future-ready and formulate a concrete strategy towards making the country a leading exporter.

IEA and NITI Aayog hold India launch of IEA Special Report on Sustainable Recovery

  • In collaboration with NITI Aayog, the International Energy Agency held the India launch of the Special Report on Sustainable Recovery from the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook series.

‘Saubhagya’ scheme completes three years since its inception

  • Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana -“Saubhagya” has completed three years since its inception.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched this scheme on the 25th of September, 2017 to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas.

Income Tax Department launches Faceless Income tax appeals

  • The Income Tax Department launched Faceless Income tax Appeals. In a statement, CBDT stated, under it, all income tax appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner with the exception of appeals relating to serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive and search matters, International tax and Black Money Act.

First-ever annual ‘India Happiness Report’ released; Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands top index

  • In the happiness rankings of states and union territories, Mizoram, Punjab, Andaman and Nicobar Islands are the top three. Among the big states, Punjab, Gujarat, and Telangana are among the top three states whereas, among smaller states, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh are the top three states in happiness rankings. Among union territories, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep are the top three union territories in happiness rankings.

Railways extends pact with IIT Kanpur for infrastructure modernisation research

  • The Indian Railways has extended the memorandum of understanding signed with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur for encouraging a state of the art collaborative research for modernisation of railway infrastructure and efficient utilisation of its scientific assets through the centre for railway research (CRR).

India’s first RRTS train with design speed of 180 kmph unveiled

  • The Centre unveiled the first look of the Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) train that can attain a top speed of 180 kilometres per hour on the Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut corridor.

MoRTH notifies amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules

  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of Electronic enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents through Information Technology portal with effect from 1st of oct.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurates ‘Destination North East-2020’

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurated ‘Destination North East-2020’, a four-day event to highlight the Northeast region’s various potentials like eco-tourism, culture, heritage and business.

KVIC opens outlet in SPG complex to promote ‘Swadeshi’

  • Khadi and Village Industries Commission has taken another step towards promoting ‘Swadeshi’ by roping in the Special Protection Group with the drive.

ICAR Announces KRITAGYA Hackathon Under National Agricultural Higher Education Project

  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has announced KRITAGYA (Krishi-Taknik-Gyan) hackathon under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP).

Govt committed to increase public healthcare spending from existing 1.15% of GDP to 2.5 % by 2025: Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan

  • Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that government is committed to increase the public healthcare spending from the existing 15 per cent of the GDP to 2.5 per cent by 2025.

Railway rolls out User Depot Module to completely digitize its supply chain

  • Indian Railway has rolled out User Depot Module (UDM). The UDM developed by Centre for Railway Information Systems was rolled out digitally across all User Depots of Western Railway by P. C. Sharma, Member (T&RS) Railway Board. This system will be implemented shortly across all Zones of Indian Railways.

Centre releases first instalment of over Rs. 19,000 Crore for Paddy procurement in three states under MSP Scheme

  • National Cooperative Development Corporation, NCDC has sanctioned the first installment funds of 19, 444 crore to three states for Kharif paddy procurement under Minimum Support Price operations.These states are Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Telangana.

PM Modi to inaugurate 6 mega projects in Uttarakhand under Namami Gange

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils Defence Acquisition Procedure

  • Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP)–2020 in the national capital. The DAP 2020 will be applicable with effect from October 1.

Rajnath Singh launches Defence India Startup Challenge-4, releases PMA guidelines for iDEX

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Defence India Startup Challenge (DISC 4) during the iDEX event, featuring the initiatives aimed at expanding the horizons of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) ecosystem in New Delhi.

DPIIT shares list of 24 key sectors with ministries to boost manufacturing

  • The DPIIT has shared a list of 24 key sectors including food processing, toys, furniture, agro chemicals and textiles with respective ministries asking them to work on an action plan with a view to boost domestic manufacturing and make India a self-reliant country, an official stated.

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MoHFW

  • Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Minister of Earth Sciences: Harsh Vardhan
  • Constituency: Chandnichowk, New Delhi

Telangana

  • Capital: Hyderabad
  • Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan
  • Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao

Chattisgarh:

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

 MoCA

  • Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs of India: Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Constituency: Andhra Pradesh

Bihar

  • Capital: Patna
  • Governor: Phagu Chauhan
  • Chief minister: Nitish Kumar

MoHUA

  • Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation: Hardeep Singh Puri
  • Constituency: Amristar

 MoYA&S

  • Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs of India: Kiren Rijiju
  • Constituency: Arunachal West

UNICEF

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Head: Henrietta H. Fore

Indian Railways:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 April 1853
  • CEO: V K Yadhav

CII:

  • President: Uday Kotak
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

 International Energy Agency:

  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Executive Director: Fatih Birol

 Niti Aayog:

  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  • Narendra Modi, (Chairperson)
  • Rajiv Kumar, (Vice Chairperson)
  • Amitabh Kant, (CEO)

Income Tax Department:

  • Headquarters:New Delhi
  • Chairman: Pramod Chandra Modi,

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways:

  • Nitin Gadkari, Cabinet Minister
  • Constituency: Nagpur
  • General (Retd.) V. K. Singh, Minister of State

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region:

  • Jitendra Singh: Minister of State (Independent Charge)
  • Constituency: Udhampur, J&K

 Khadi and Village Industries Commission:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Vinai Kumar Saxena (Chairperson)

ICAR

  • Headquarters : New Delhi
  • Founded: 16 July 1929

National Cooperative Development Corporation:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Sundeep Kumar Nayak, Managing Director

Uttarkhand

  • Capitals: Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer)
  • Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat
  • Governor: Baby Rani Maurya

MoD

  • Defence Minister of India: Rajnath Singh
  • Constituency: Lucknow, UP

 DPIIT:

  • The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) is a central government department under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Founded: 1995
  • Parent organization: Ministry of Commerce and Industry

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

Direct cargo ferry service between India & Maldives jointly e- launched

  • Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Ms Aishath Nahula jointly e- launched a direct cargo ferry service between India and Maldives.

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest half, says Oxfam

  • The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% over the 25-year period, but the increase in emissions from the richest 1% was three times greater than the increase in emissions from the poorest half.

Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest level on record

  • This year, Arctic sea ice shrank to its second-lowest extent in more than 40 years of satellite measurements. On 15 September, ice covered just 3.74 million square kilometres of Arctic waters at its annual summer minimum. In only one other year — 2012 — has the annual minimum Arctic sea-ice cover dropped below 4 million square kilometres (see ‘Thin ice’).

India, Nepal launch website on post-earthquake reconstruction

  • Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay M Kwatra and Sushil Gyewali, CEO of Nepal’s National Reconstruction Authority, launched a dedicated website for post-earthquake reconstruction of education sector projects in Nepal.

Tel Aviv to become first city with electric roads that charge public buses

  • The city of Tel Aviv is working on creating wireless electric roads to charge and power public transportation in the city.

G4 countries call for decisive push for UN Security Council reforms

  • Foreign Ministers of the G4 countries – India, Brazil, Japan, and Germany have highlighted the urgency of reforming the United Nations and updating its main decision-making bodies, in order to better reflect contemporary realities.

World Bank approves 200 million dollar loan for safe water & sanitation in Bangladesh

  • The World Bank (WB) has approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in the rural areas of the country. The Bangladesh Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will help 6 lakh people to have access to clean water through piped water schemes in rural areas.

India Extends USD 15 Mn Grant Assistance To Sri Lanka For Promoting Buddhist Ties

  • Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that India has announced USD 15 million grant assistance to Sri Lanka for the promotion of Buddhist ties between the two countries.

India, US, Japan, Australia hold meet on Indo-Pacific under Quad framework

  • Senior officials of India, the US, Japan and Australia held a virtual meeting under the framework of Quadrilateral coalition or “Quad“, focusing on ways to promote peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. The meeting took place in the backdrop of China’s growing military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

Amnesty International suspends India operations after accounts are frozen

  • Amnesty International has halted its operations in India after the “complete freezing” of its bank accounts by the Indian government, the not-for-profit human rights organization.

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Maldives:

  • Capital: Malé
  • Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa

Oxfam:

  • Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Director: Winnie Byanyima

Nepal:

  • Capital: Kathmandu
  • Prime minister: K. P. Sharma Oli
  • President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Israel:

  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Currency‎: ‎New shekel‎

World Bank:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • President: David Malpass

Bangladesh:

  • Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Currency: Bangladeshi taka

Srilanka:

  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Amnesty International

  • Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
  • Secretary-General: Kumi Naidoo

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING AND FINANCE

Bharti AXA launches new unit linked individual insurance plan

  • Bharti AXA Life Insurance, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises, and AXA, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, announced the launch of Bharti AXA Life Wealth Pro, a unit linked individual insurance plan.

SBI starts women self-reliance programme in Assam

  • State Bank of India (SBI) started a programme by the name “Mahila Atmanirbharshil Aachani” (Women Self-Reliance programme) in Guwahati, Assam.

Sebi constitutes technical group on social stock exchange Headed by Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

  • Sebi set up a technical group on social stock exchange to develop a framework for onboarding non-profit organisations and for-profit enterprises as well as prescribe disclosure requirements on financials and governance. The regulator has constituted the technical group under the chairmanship of Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, former chairman of Nabard.

Bajaj Finserv launches health tech solutions business

  • Bajaj Finserv entered the healthcare sector with the launch of its health tech solutions business.
  • Bajaj Finserv Health, a fully-owned subsidiary of Bajaj Finserv, aims to improve the health outcomes of Indian consumers through smarter, connected and holistic care plans.

HDFC Life joins hands with Yes Bank to sell insurance policies

  • HDFC Life Insurance stated it has joined hands with corporate agency agreement with Yes Bank to offer a comprehensive bouquet of life insurance solutions to the bank’s customers across the country.

NSE, SGX ink formal pact on NSE IFSC-SGX Connect

  • National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) stated they have entered into a formal agreement to cement the key terms for operationalising the NSE IFSC-SGX Connect. The two exchanges will also withdraw arbitration proceedings.

IDFC First Bank to launch contactless debit card transaction facility ‘SafePay’

  • IDFC First Bank is set to launch SafePay, a digital facility that allows contactless debit card payments by simply waving one’s smartphone against a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled POS terminal.
  • SafePay embeds Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the IDFC First Mobile App to enable secure payments using a debit card issued by the Bank.

CRIF India, SIDBI team-up to unveil sector-based insight reports

  • CRIF High Mark, Indian credit bureau owned by CRIF has joined hands with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) apex financial institution for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India, for launching of sector-based insight reports titled ‘Industry Spotlight’.

BOB Financial Solutions Limited partners Signzy to unveil its ‘Video KYC’

  • BOB Financial Solutions Limited (BFSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda has selected RegTech firm Signzy, in a bid to digitize its customer verification through ‘Video KYC’.

RBI suggests five-pillared approach to deal with cybersecurity issues in UCBs

  • The Reserve Bank came out with a five-pillared strategic approach ‘GUARD‘ to deal with cyber security threats being faced by Urban Cooperative Banks (UCBs).
  • The RBI stated in its document ‘Technology Vision for Cyber Security for Urban Cooperative Banks 2020-2023′

Fino Payments Bank launches contactless payments for mass transport

  • Fino Payments Bank along with fintech partners has introduced NFC-based contactless payments solution for mass transit systems, especially state bus transport services in India.

Positive Pay system for high value cheques from January 1, 2021: RBI

  • The Reserve Bank of India stated the proposed Positive Pay System for Cheque Truncation System will be introduced from January 1 next year and will be developed by the National Payments Corporation of India.

IRDAI identifies LIC, GIC, New India Assurance systemically important insurers

  • Regulator IRDAI has identified LIC, GIC and New India Assurance as domestic systemically important insurers (D-SIIs) and subsequently decided to subject them to enhanced regulatory supervision.

HDFC Bank launches warehouse commodity finance app

  • Private sector lender HDFC Bank launched a Warehouse Commodity Finance App.

Axis Bank to provide affordable loans via Bayer’s Better Life Farming initiative

  • Axis Bank has joined Bayer’s Better Life Farming initiative in India to provide holistic financial solutions to smallholder farmers and rural farming communities.

ADB approves Rs 2,200 crore loan to develop Rajasthan’s secondary towns

  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a 300 million dollar (about Rs 2,200 crore) loan to finance inclusive water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services in secondary towns of Rajasthan.

Sebi comes out guidelines for investment advisers on client segregation, fees

  • Markets regulator Sebi has come out with detailed guidelines for investment advisers asking them to ensure segregation of advisory and distribution activities at the client level.

Vakrangee gets RBI nod to set up BBPS unit to handle billing services

  • Vakrangee Ltd said the Reserve Bank has granted in-principle approval to set up Bharat Bill Payment Operating Unit (BBPOU) to handle payment services related to bills.

RBI approves 3-member committee of directors to manage Lakshmi Vilas Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India has approved appointment of three-member Committee of Directors (CoD) to run the daily affairs of debt-ridden Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB).
  • The RBI appointed the CoD composed of three independent directors Meeta Makhan, Shakti Sinha, and Satish Kumar Kalra. The committee will be headed by Meeta Makhan.

 SBI Card launches new brand campaign ‘Contactless Connections’

  • SBI Card, India`s second largest credit card issuer, announced the launch of its new brand campaign, “Contactless Connections” that spreads the message that love and care can be shared even during this difficult period where social distancing is the norm.

Flipkart, Bajaj Allianz launch cyber insurance cover

  • E-commerce marketplace Flipkart and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance have launched a cyber insurance cover for online financial frauds.

RBI extends WMA limit relaxations for six months

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to extend the interim relaxation in WMA (Ways and Means Advances) limits and OD (overdraft) regulations for States/ Union Territories (UTs) for another six months till March 31, 2021.

Yes Bank joins hands with BSE to empower small business companies

  • Yes Bank has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BSE — India’s premier exchange and the world’s fastest Stock Exchange to empower the SME segment through awareness and knowledge-sharing programmes.

IDBI Bank becomes first bank to enable document embedding feature on SFMS

  • IDBI Bank has become the first lender to enable document embedding feature on a structured financial messaging system managed by Indian Financial Technology and Allied Services, according to a release.

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Bharti AXA Life Insurance

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Managing Directorand Chief Executive Officer: Parag Raja

SBI

  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Founded: 1 July 1955

SEBI

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Ajay Tyagi

Bajaj Finserv Ltd:

  • Headquarters: Pune
  • CEO: Sanjiv Bajaj

 Yes Bank:

  • CEO: Prashant Kumar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

HDFC Life  insurance company:

  • CEO: Vibha Padalkar
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

NSE:

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Chairman: Girish Chandra Chaturvedi
  • MD & CEO: Vikram Limaye

IDFC First Bank

  • CEO: V. Vaidyanathan
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

CRIF High Mark Credit Information Services:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Larry Howell, Chairman
  • Navin Chandani, CEO & MD

SIDBI:

  • Headquarters: Lucknow
  • Founded: 2 April 1990
  • Mohammad Mustafa: (Chairman and Managing Director);

Fino Payments Bank

  • Headquarters location: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rishi Gupta

IRDAI:

  • Headquarters: Hyderabad
  • Chairperson: Subhash Chandra Khuntia

 HDFC bank:

  • CEO: Aditya Puri
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

Axis Bank:

  • CEO: Amitabh Chaudhry
  • Headquarters: Mumbai

ADB

  • Headquarters: Manila, Philippines
  • President: Masatsugu Asakawa

Vakrangee Limited

  • Founder: Dinesh Nandwana
  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

LVB

  • Headquarters: Chennai
  • InterimMD & CEO: S Sundar

SBI card:

  • CEO: Ashwini Kumar Tewari
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar

Flipkart:

  • Q: Bengaluru
  • CEO: Kalyan Krishnamurthy

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance:

  • CEO: Tapan Singhel
  • Headquarters: Pune

BSE:

  • Location: Mumbai, India
  • Vikramajit Sen: (Chairman)
  • Ashishkumar Chauhan: (MD & CEO)

IDBI bank:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Rakesh Sharma

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY

Google Pay partners with Visa bringing tap-to-pay for Indian users

  • Google Pay announced the rollout of tokenisation across its platform that will enable users to safely transact with their debit or credit cards.

India’s nominal GDP to grow 19 per cent in 2022, finance ministry

  • Finance ministry has estimated that India’s nominal GDP will grow by 19 per cent in nominal terms in financial year 2021-22. Nominal GDP is an assessment which includes the current prices of goods and services in its calculation.

SEBI to set up ‘backstop entity’ to buy MFs’ illiquid corporate bonds

  • SEBI plans to set up a ‘backstop entity’ to buy illiquid investment-grade corporate bonds from mutual funds in a bid to reduce the stress in debt schemes. A backstop will ensure that a part of the offering is purchased if it goes unsold.

Microsoft buys gaming company ZeniMax for $7.5bn

  • Microsoft has acquired private gaming company ZeniMax for $7.5bn, in a deal that underscores how the tech giant sees gaming moving beyond console wars and into a battle for original content and subscription plans.

KKR to invest Rs 5,550 crore in Reliance Retail Ventures for 1.28% equity

  • Global investment firm KKR will invest Rs 5,500 crore in Reliance Retail for 28 per cent equity share, Reliance Industries Limited stated in a BSE filing. This marks the second investment by KKR in a Reliance subsidiary, following a Rs 11,367 crore investment in Jio Platforms announced earlier this year.

Tech Mahindra sells stake in Altiostar to Rakuten

  • Indian IT services company Tech Mahindra and Rakuten Mobile Inc., a Rakuten group company responsible for mobile communications, announced an agreement under which the former has been appointed the preferred partner for global go-to market opportunities for the Rakuten Communications Platform (RCP).

Bharti Airtel picks up strategic stake in Cloud analytics startup Waybeo

  • Telecom major Bharti Airtel stated it has picked up a strategic stake in cloud analytics startup Waybeo under the Airtel Startup Accelerator Programme.

CCI approves PharmEasy’s merger with rival Medlife

  • Healthtech sector in India witnessed another big consolidation. After Reliance’s acquisition of digital pharmacy Netmeds in August, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the merger between online pharmacy PharmEasy’s parent company API Holdings and rival

SBI Cap takes over collateral for 56% stake in Jindal Stainless

  • SBICAP Trustee Company stated it acquired 17 per cent stake in Jindal Stainless (JSL). The latter’s promoters had pledged shares as collateral to secure a term loan of Rs 400 crore from IndusInd Bank.

India’s Economy To Contract By 5.9% In 2020 Amid Covid: UN Report

  • India’s economy is forecast to contract by 9 per cent in 2020, the UN has stated in a report, warning that while growth will rebound next year, the contraction is likely to translate into a permanent income loss.

Amazon.in to host ‘Handicrafts Mela’ from 26 Sep to 10 Oct to support artisans

  • in will host a virtual ‘Handicrafts Mela’ from September 26-October 10, showcasing more than 270 art and craft forms from various parts of the country.

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders unveils IPO

  • Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., a defence PSU, has introduced opening of its preliminary public providing for subscription on September 29, with a value band of Rs.135 – Rs.145 per fairness share.

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Ministry of Finance:

  • Nirmala Sitharaman, Cabinet Minister
  • Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance
  • Ajay Bhushan Pandey, IAS, Finance Secretary & Revenue Secretary

Microsoft:

  • CEO: Satya Nadella
  • Headquarters: Redmond, Washington, United States

KKR & Co. Inc:

  • Headquarters: New York, U.S.
  • (Co-Chairman/Co-CEO) :Henry Kravis
  • (Co-Chairman/Co-CEO): George R. Roberts

Tech Mahindra:

  • CEO: C. P. Gurnani
  • Headquarters: Pune

Bharti Airtel:

  • CEO: Gopal Vittal
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

SBI Capital Markets:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, India
  • Arun Mehta: (MD & CEO)
  • Umashanmukhi Sistla: (President & COO)

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development:

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Head: Mukhisa Kituyi

Amazon

  • CEO: Jeff Bezos
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, United States

Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Chairman & MD: Narayan Prasad

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATES

MP celebrates 4th day of ‘Gharib Kalyan Week’ as ‘ Vanadhikar Diwas’

  • In Madhya Pradesh, Gharib Kalyan Week is being organized from 16th to 23rd September to mark the Birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • On the fourth day of the week, ‘Vanadhikar Diwas’ was celebrated in the State.

One Nation One Ration card system to be rolled out in Tamil Nadu on Oct 1

  • One Nation One Ration card system will be rolled out in Tamil Nadu on October 1st of this year.
  • The national rollout of a ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ system in all states and Union Territories by March 2021.

Tamil Nadu becomes first state to unveil ethical AI, blockchain, cybersecurity policies in country

  • Tamil Nadu becomes the first state to come out with Tamil Nadu Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity policies in the country.

Kerala CM launches model project for SC,ST students

  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the first phase of a model project that aims to improve and facilitate the education of students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.
  • The government provides financial assistance of Rs 2 lakhs to the members of SC community to set up a study room adjacent to their house.

Madhya Pradesh targets household tap connections in all rural areas under Jal Jeevan Mission by 2023

  • Rural families of Madhya Pradesh will be provided with clean drinking water through tap connection. Approximately 197 crores have been approved in State government’s rural tap water scheme.

Mukhymantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana’ to be start in Madhya Pradesh

  • Mukhymantri Kisan Kalyan Yojana is being started in Madhya Pradesh on the lines of Pradhanmantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. Under this scheme, additional financial assistance of 4,000 will be given to the eligible beneficiaries of Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Gehlot approves ”Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020”

  • Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved a Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation’s scheme to allow free bus travel to two members of a family to immerse ashes of their loved ones in the Ganga in Haridwar.
  • The state road transport corporation would be the nodal agency to run the scheme, named ”Moksha Kalash Yojana-2020”.

 PM Modi inaugurates highway projects, fibre scheme in Bihar

  • Days after launching the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and other projects related to agriculture and animal husbandry worth Rs 294.53 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated nine highway projects and the ‘Ghar Tak Fibre’ scheme via video-conferencing.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal launches Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched the Mukhyamantrir Grammya Paribahan Achoni and distributed vehicles under the scheme to beneficiaries at a programme held at Assam Administrative Staff College by transport department. The scheme aims to improve rural connectivity and generate employment in the villages.

 51st IFFI to be held from 16th to 24th January next year in Goa

  • The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI will be held from 16th to 24th January, next year in Goa. Earlier it was scheduled to be held from 20th November to 28th November, this year.

UP govt launches unified portal ‘U-Rise’ to guide students in learning, career counselling, employment

  • The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a unified portal called ‘U-Rise’ to guide students in learning, career counselling, and getting employment in the state.

Govt To Set Up First Medical Device Park MedSpark In Kerala

  • Kerala will soon house one of the first medical device parks in the country, focusing on the high-risk medical device sector to provide a full range of services for the medical devices industry like R&D support, testing, and evaluation.

Kolkata’s first library on tram unveiled, with free Wi-Fi and book events as add-ons

  • Bibliophiles in Kolkata have a unique new place for reading that is an amalgamation of heritage and literature.
  • In a first, the West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) introduced a tram library in the city’s iconic College street area. It will run on the Shyambazar-Esplanade route.

Assam govt to provide loan to entrepreneurs to revive tourism sector

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced a new scheme under which loan up to20 lakh with interest subsidy would be provided to entrepreneurs to revive the tourism industry.

 Odisha Govt to launch Radio Pathshala program for students upto class 8

  • In view of the prevailing pandemic, Odisha Government is launching Radio Pathshala program for students upto class 8. The program will be broadcast from All India Radio stations in the state for 15 minutes daily.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan launches scheme on lines of PM-Kisan

  • Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan inaugurated ‘Mukhyamantri Kisan Kalyan Yojna’ on the lines of Centre’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-Kisan) Scheme.
  • The Chief Minister announced that4,000 will be transferred to accounts of 1,75,000 farmers in the state every year in two instalments under the scheme.

NABARD embarking on Sanitation Literacy Campaign in Karnataka

  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, NABARD is embarking on a Sanitation Literacy Campaign in Karnataka to create awareness on good hygiene and sanitation practices among rural masses. The campaign will commence on Gandhi Jayanti on October 2nd and continue until January 26th next year.

Maharashtra governor launches cancer institute’s chemo recovery kits

  • Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh launched the ayurvedic ‘chemo recovery kits’ developed by a Pune-based cancer research institute and called for joint research by scientists in Ayurveda and modern medicine for cancer treatment.

Maharashtra bans sale of loose cigarettes, beedis; becomes first state to do so

  • Maharashtra government has banned the sale of unpackaged “loose” cigarettes and beedis, making it the first Indian state to so. The move is aimed at ensuring that customers see the graphic, public health warnings mandated on cigarette packaging.

UP’s First Conservation Centre For Vultures To Come Up In Gorakhpur Forest Division

  • Uttar Pradesh’s first vulture conservation and breeding centre is set to be established at Bhari Baisi village in Farenda range of Gorakhpur forest division, an official stated

CM Jagan Mohan Reddy to launch YSR Jala Kala scheme

  • Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will launch YSR Jala Kala.
  • Under the scheme, borewells will be dug free of cost to the needy farmers. The scheme is estimated to bring in five lakh acres under cultivation through groundwater irrigation.

Odisha to be slum-free in three years: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

  • The slum upgradation and de-listing initiative aims at improving the living conditions of 18 lakh slum dwellers by providing them with piped water supply, paved roads, storm water drains, street lights, sanitation, household electricity, community spaces and recreational areas.

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MP

  • Capital: Bhopal
  • Chief minister: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel

Tamil Nadu

  • Capital: Chennai
  • Chief minister: Edappadi K. Palaniswami
  • Governor: Banwarilal Purohit

Kerala

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan

Rajasthan

  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Chief minister: Ashok Gehlot

Assam

  • Capital: Dispur
  • Chief minister: Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi

 Goa:

  • Capital:Panaji
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief Minister: Pramod Sawant

 UP:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

West Bengal:

  • Capital: Kolkata
  • Governor: Jagdeep Dhankhar
  • Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee

Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

NABARD:

  • Founded: 12 July 1982
  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Shri G R Chinthala

Karnataka:

  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa
  • Governor: Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala

Maharashtra:

  • Capital: Mumbai
  • Governor: Bhagat Singh Koshyari
  • Chief Minister: Uddhav Tackeray

Andhra Pradesh

  • Governor: Biswabhusan Harichandan
  • Chief minister: Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
  • Judicial Capital: Kurnool, Executive Capital: Vishakapatnam, Legislative Capital: Amravati

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU

ITBP Joins Hands With Uttarakhand Govt For Promoting Adventure Tourism At Tehri Lake

  • The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) joined hands to promote adventure sports activities at Tehri Lake.

J&K administration signs MoU with Army to operationalise Kishtwar airstrip

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory Administration has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Army for development and operationalization of Airstrip in Kishtwar.

Merchant Navy union collaborates with UN to help stranded Indian seafarers

  • India’s oldest union of merchant navy officers MUI has collaborated with the United Nations to assist these sailors.
  • The Seafarers Crisis Action Team (SCAT) has been established by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised UN agency and a global standard-setting authority of safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.

India, Denmark ink pact to increase cooperation on IPRs

  • India and Denmark inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation in the area of intellectual property rights (IPRs) by exchanging best practices and collaborating in training programmes.

Virgin Hyperloop, BIAL sign MoU to study feasibility of high-speed corridor

  • In arguably the first for any airport in the world, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) and Virgin Hyperloop signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct the study.

PFC signs MoU with Ministry of Power detailing targets for FY 2020-21

  • Power Finance Corporation Limited, PFC has signed a performance-based Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with the Ministry of Power detailing various targets to be achieved by PFC during FY 2020-21.

Gujarat govt signs MoU with Denmark in water sector

  • Gujarat Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding -MoU with Denmark in the water sector. According to official sources, the state government arm Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board has signed the MoU with ‘Danish Water Forum’ through an online interactive platform.

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ITBP

  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India
  • Founded: 24 October 1962
  • Director General: Shri Surjeet Singh

UN

  • Secretary general: António Guterres
  • Headquarters: New York, United States

Denmark:

  • Capital: Copenhagen
  • Currency: Danish krone

Power Finance Corporation Limited:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Ravinder Singh Dhillon IAS: Chairman & MD

Gujarat:

  • Capital: Gandhinagar
  • Governor: Acharya Devvrat
  • Chief minister: Vijay Rupani

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPS AND PORTALS

e- Peek Pahani’ app will reduce hardships of farmers, says Maharashtra CM

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has stated that e- Peek Pahani mobile application of the State Government will reduce hardships of farmers and help them get the right price and good market for their produce.

CM Jagan Mohan Reddy launches AP Police Seva app

  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy launched the AP Police Seva app in an event which saw a participation of 46,000 police personnel from about 1,000 locations across the state via a video conference.

Agriculture minister Tomar launches portal for testing performance of farm machinery

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched a portal where manufacturers can online apply for testing and evaluation their farm machineries.
  • The minister launched the ‘Centralized Farm Machinery Performance Testing Portal’ to improve services of farm machinery testing institutions and bring out transparency in the entire process of testing and evaluation of machines.

Union Health Minister launches Vaccine portal for COVID-19

  • Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the vaccine portal for Covid-19 to create awareness among masses.

Assam govt develops new mobile app for air passengers

  • The Assam government has developed a mobile app through which air passengers can download forms, fill it up, and show it at airports to avoid delay in completing formalities for COVID-19 tests.

Telangana: Dharani land web portal to be launched on Dussehra

  • The chief minister of Telangana K Chandrasekhar Rao will launch a web portal named “Dharani” for integrated land record management on Dussehra( Oct 26th ).

NCRPB launches P-MIS portal

  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched the Project Management Information System (P-MIS) portal of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to monitor the progress of projects and administering loans.

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MoAFW

  • Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Food Processing Industries: Narendra Singh Tomar
  • Constituency: Morena, Madhya Pradesh

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENTS AND RESIGNATIONS

H D Deve Gowda takes oath as Rajya Sabha member

  • Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Simanchala Dash Appointed As Advisor To IMF Executive Director

  • The government has approved the proposal to appoint Simanchala Dash as an advisor to Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington. He has been appointed for a period of three years.

Retd IAS officer Raghvendra Singh appointed culture secretary

  • Raghvendra Singh, a 1983-batch (retired) IAS officer of the West Bengal cadre, is at present the Chief Executive Officer, Development of Museums and Cultural Spaces.

Former Mali Defense Minister Bah Ndaw named interim president

  • Former Mali defense minister and retired colonel Bah Ndaw has been named the president of the country’s new transition government.

Retd Col Girija Shankar Mungali named in AFC task-force

  • Pune based retired Colonel Dr Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed as one of the seven members of the Asian Football Confederation’s task force for regulating football clubs in Asia and Australia.

 Bougainville elects new president Ishmael Toroama

  • Thirty years ago, Ishmael Toroama was leading troops in a rebel army during a bloody conflict in Bougainville,in a further fillip for the province’s push for independence from Papua New Guinea.

RBI appoints AK Dixit as new administrator of PMC Bank

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed former Union Bank of India general manager AK Dixit as the new administrator of crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank.

Surat: 17-Year-Old Khushi Chindaliya Appointed As UNEP’s Indian Green Ambassador

  • Teenager Khushi Chindaliya from Surat, Gujarat, was recently appointed as the Regional Ambassador for India by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)– Tunza Eco-Generation (TEG).

Somalia’s Lawmakers Approve Roble as New Prime Minister

  • The Somali parliament approved the appointment of Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister, less than a week after his nomination.

Belarus president Lukashenko sworn in for a sixth term

  • President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus was sworn to his sixth term in office at an inaugural ceremony that was not announced in advance amid weeks of huge protests of the authoritarian leader’s reelection.

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will be first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

  • Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will be the first woman pilot to fly Rafale, India’s most modern multi-role fighter aircraft.

Acer India signs Sonu Sood as brand ambassador

  • PC brand Acer India announced actor Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador.

Uday Kotak gets 1-year extension on IL&FS board

  • The government has allowed Uday Kotak, MD and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank, to continue on the board of troubled infra lender IL&FS for one more year till October 2, 2021. This is the second extension for Kotak to continue on the IL&FS board.

EESL appoints Rajat Sud as new Managing Director

  • Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) announced the appointment of Rajat Sud as its managing director from immediate effect.

Navy gets its first women combat aviators

  • Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh would be the first women airborne tacticians in India to operate from the deck of warships.

 Aamir Khan is the new brand ambassador of Ceat Tyres

  • Ceat Tyres has roped in Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador. The tyre manufacturer has signed a two-year deal with the Bollywood actor for different campaigns across media platforms.

Aakash Educational Services signs cricketer Yuvraj Singh as brand ambassador

  • Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL), which provides comprehensive test preparatory services, has announced the appointment of cricketer Yuvraj Singh as its brand ambassador.

Neetu David appointed head of India women’s selection committee

  • Neetu David, one of India’s finest woman cricketers in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, has been appointed chairman of the women’s selection committee replacing Hemalata Kala.

Khadi and Village Industries Commission appoints FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi as Advisor

  • The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has appointed Sunil SethiChairman of the Fashion Design Council of India, as its Advisor.

RBI ropes in Amitabh Bachchan for customer awareness campaign

  • The Reserve Bank has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the customer awareness campaign to prevent gullible account holders from being duped by fraudsters.

Lebanon: Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib resigns

  • Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib resigned amid a political impasse over the formation of the next Cabinet.Mustapha Adib, Lebanon’s former ambassador to Germany, was selected for the post on 31 August 2020.

Former Mali Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane named transitional PM

  • Mali’s interim President Bah Ndaw has named former Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister.

Kerala startup Entri signs up Robin Uthappa as brand ambassador

  • Entri, a local language learning app for jobs, has signed up Rajasthan Royals cricketer Robin Uthappa as its brand ambassador and has also partnered with Hotstar to run ad campaigns in five different languages throughout the ongoing IPL season.

Senior IAS PD Vaghela appointed as new TRAI chairman

  • Senior Indian Administrative Service Officer Dr P. D. Vaghela has been appointed as the Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India- TRAI.

Aamir Khan is the new brand ambassador of Vedantu

  • Ed-tech start-up Vedantu, that offers live online tutoring has appointed actor Aamir Khan as its brand ambassador.

Noted filmmaker Shekhar Kapur appointed president of FTII Society & chairman of FTII Governing Council

  • Noted Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has been named as the President of Film and Television Institute of India, FTII Society and Chairman of Governing Council of FTII.

Twitter Inc appoints Rinki Sethi as new information security head

  • Twitter Inc appointed Rinki Sethi, a former information security executive at IBM, as its chief information security officer, the social media company stated .

RBI appoints Additional Director on Dhanlaxmi Bank board

  • Dhanlaxmi Bank, in a regulatory filing, stated: it is hereby informed that the RBI has appointed DK Kashyap, General Manager, Reserve Bank of India, Bengaluru Regional Office, as Additional Director on the board of the bank for a period of two years with effect from September 28to September 27, or till further orders, whichever is earlier.”

SAIL chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary nominated as head of CII’s public sector enterprises council

  • Industry body CII has nominated Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Chairman, SAIL as the Chairman of its PSE Council. This PSE Council plays a vital role in the overall functioning of CII, which works with Government and the public sector enterprises on various policy issues and serves as a reference point for the industry.

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IMF:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C. U.S
  • Managing Director: Kristalina Georgieva
  • Chief Economist: Gita Gopinath

Mali

  • Capital: Bamako
  • Currency: West African CFA franc

AFC:

  • Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Bougainville:

  • Capital: Buka Town
  • Currency: PNG kina

PMC Bank:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • CEO: Surinderpal Singh Ram Singh

UNEP:

  • Headquarters location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Head: Inger Andersen

Belarus:

  • Capital: Minsk
  • Currency: Belarusian ruble

Acer India:

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru
  • President and Managing Director: Harish Kohli

EESL:

  • Location: New Delhi
  • Chairman: Rajeev Sharma

BCCI:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • President: Sourav Ganguly

KVIC:

  • Headquarters: Mumbai
  • Chairperson: Vinai Kumar Saxena

Lebanon:

  • Capital: Beirut
  • Currency: Lebanese pound

TRAI:

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Sunil K. Gupta :Secretary

Film and Television Institute of India:

  • President: Shekhar Kapur
  • Director: Bhupendra Kainthola
  • Location: Pune

Twitter :

  • CEO: Jack Dorsey
  • Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Dhanlaxmi Bank:

  • Headquarters: Thrissur, Kerala
  • Chairman: Mr. Sajeev Krishnan

 CII:

  • President: Uday Kotak
  • Headquarters location: New Delhi

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONORS

‘Dasa Sutras’ nominated for SKOCH Award 2020 

  • ‘Dasa Sutras’, a project initiated by Prakasam SP Siddharth Kaushal as a precautionary measure to protect the police and public from Covid-19, has been nominated for the prestigious “SKOCH Award 2020”.

 PM Narendra Modi awarded Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for medical education

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for Medical Education.
  • Besides Modi, the medical education prize was jointly awarded to Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Donald Trump of the USA, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow of Turkmenistan.

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Colombian Journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima

  • The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Colombian journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima.

NID-Ahmedabad student’s Shashank Nimkar zero waste manufacturing process wins James Dyson India award

  • Shashank Nimkar from the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) has won the James Dyson India Award 2020 for his invention– ‘Earth Tatva’.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers NSS Awards for 2018-19

  • President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2018-19 through virtual mode.
  • The NSS Award for the year 2018-19 was presented to 42 awardees in three different categories like University, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.

GAIL wins Leaders Award at the Frost & Sullivan and TERI’s Sustainability 4.0 Awards 2020

  • GAIL (India) Limited has won the Leaders Award in the Mega Large Business, Process Sector category in the 11th edition of Frost & Sullivan – MEASA and TERI – The Energy and Resources Institute’s Sustainability 4.0 Awards 2020.

Kerala wins UN award for ‘outstanding contribution’ towards prevention, control of non-communicable diseases

  • Kerala won a United Nations award for its “outstanding contribution” towards the non-communicable diseases-related sustainable development goals.

 Manipur college receives two National Service Scheme Award 2018-19

  • The National Service Scheme Award 2018-19 were conferred by the President of India to the awardees of different categories. In Manipur, a college located in a remote hill area has received two awards including Best Program Officer Award.

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2020: 12 researchers receive India’s highest science award

  • The names of 12 scientists who received the country’s highest science award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for 2020 were announced during the foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

UP govt bags 8 awards in Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan

  • Uttar Pradesh government has bagged 8 awards in Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (GKRA) launched by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti. The State has also got overall second rank in implementation of Gandagi Mukt Bharat scheme.

Maha govt announces Gan Samragni Lata Mangeshkar award for 2020-21 to Usha Mangeshkar

  • The Maharashtra government announced the Gan Samragni Lata Mangeshkar award for the year 2020-21 to veteran female playback singer Usha Mangeshkar.

Sonu Sood honoured with Special Humanitarian Action Award by UNDP

  • Actor Sonu Sood who has been dubbed a ‘superhero’ for his philanthropic work during the pandemic-induced lockdown, has been conferred with the SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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GAIL:

  • CEO: Shri Manoj Jain
  • Headquarters: New Delhi

Manipur:

  • Capital: Imphal (Executive Branch)
  • Chief minister: N. Biren Singh
  • Governor: Najma Heptulla

UNDP:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Head: Achim Steiner

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SUMMITS AND CONFERENCE

UN, Britain to co-host a global climate summit on Dec 12

  • United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will co-host the event to rally much greater climate action and ambition.

Shri Piyush Goyal participates in the G-20 meeting of the Trade and Investment Ministers

  • Union Commerce and Industry & Railways Minister Shri Piyush Goyal took part in the virtual meeting of the G-20 Trade and Investment Ministers. Making interventions during the meeting, he called upon G-20 to play a leadership role in crafting a pathway to recover from COVID19.

PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan PM on Sep 26

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a Virtual Bilateral Summit on 26th of this month.

EAM Dr S Jaishankar participates in Special Ministerial Meeting of FMs of CICA

  • External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar participated in the Special Ministerial Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the CICA.
  • CICA is the Conference on Interaction & Confidence Building Measures in Asia.

Minister of Environment addresses Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity Beyond 2020 virtually

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar addressed the Ministerial Roundtable Dialogue on Biodiversity Beyond 2020: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth, virtually hosted by China, one week ahead of the upcoming United Nation Summit on Biodiversity, to exchange views on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate AI summit ‘RAISE 2020’ on October 5

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on October 5 inaugurate a virtual summit on artificial intelligence ‘RAISE 2020’, which is being jointly organised by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the NITI Aayog.

 Informal Meeting of SAARC Council of Ministers (Virtual Mode)

  • The External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India, S. Jaishankar, participated in the annual Informal Meeting of the SAARC Council of Ministers.
  • The meeting, chaired by Nepal, was held in virtual mode and saw participation of all SAARC member states.

G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21-22 amid Covid

  • This year’s G20 leaders summit under the theme of “Realising opportunities of the 21st century for all” will be held in an online format amid the coronavirus pandemic, the G20 Saudi Secretariat stated.
  • The summit will be chaired by Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

MeitY and NITI Aayog to organize mega virtual summit on AI- RAISE 2020

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and NITI Aayog will organize a Mega Virtual Summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI), RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020,’ from October 5-9, 2020.

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United Nations:

  • Headquarters: New York, United States
  • Founded: 24 October 1945
  • Secretary general: António Guterres

G-20:

  • The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 19 countries and the European Union.
  • Founded: 26 September 1999
  • Chairman: King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (2020)

Srilanka:

  • Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
  • Currency: Sri Lankan rupee
  • Prime minister: Mahinda Rajapaksa

MoEAM

  • Minister of External Affairs: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
  • Constituency: Gujarat

MoEFCC

  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises: Prakash Javadekar
  • Constituency: Maharashtra

SAARC

  • Its member states are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Headquarters: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Secretary general: Esala Weerakoon

MEITY:

  • Union Minister of the Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications: Ravi Shankar Prasad
  • Constituency: Patna Sahib, Bihar

CURRENT AFFAIRS: RANKING

Most valuable brands: HDFC Bank retains 1st position; Reliance Retail leads top risers

  • HDFC Bank Ltd has again emerged as the most valuable brand in India in 2020, despite its ranking seeing an 11 per cent decline from 2019, BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands rankings, WPP Plc and Kantar report.

Ayushmann Khurrana only Indian actor on Time’s 100 most influential list

  • Ayushmann Khurrana has been named among world’s 100 most influential people by the Time Magazine.

QS Global MBA Rankings 2021: IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta top Indian B-schools

  • Placed at the 50th position, IIM Ahmedabad was the top-ranked Indian B-School followed by IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta in the latest QS Global MBA rankings.
  • IIM Bangalore was placed at the 54th position while IIM Calcutta was at the 79th position. Indian School of Business, which has campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali (Punjab), secured the 93rd position.

India ranks 89th in World Risk Report 2020

  • Indiahas been ranked at the 89th spot among 181 Countries by World Risk Index (WRI) 2020.
  • WRI has been developed in cooperation with theUnited Nations University’s Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNUEHS) and calculated by the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV).

Mukesh Ambani tops Hurun India Rich List for ninth year

  • Mukesh Ambani, chairman and MD of Reliance Industries, ranked at the top on the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List for the ninth consecutive year, with a total wealth of Rs 6,58,400 crore.
  • Ambani is followed by London-based Hinduja brothers (SP Hinduja, along with his three brothers) with a joint wealth of Rs 1,43,700 and HCL founder Shiv Nadar with a wealth of Rs 1,41,700 crore.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BOOKS AND AUTHORS

Historian Romila Thapar explores history of dissent in new book “Voices of Dissent”

  • Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books have come together to publish the book titled “Voices of Dissent”.

 Kitchens of Gratitude: new book on the cards for chef Vikas Khanna

  • Penguin Random House India announced that the book titled ‘Kitchens of Gratitude’ is scheduled for a

Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon by Simran Jeet Singh

  • The true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon, shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.
  • Simran Jeet Singh loves sports and signed up for his first marathon after being inspired by Fauja Singh.

Neena Gupta announces her memoir ‘Sach Kahun Toh’

  • Neena Guptamemoir which is coming out in 2021, it’s titled Sach Kahun Toh. The book will be published under Penguin ‘Ebury Press’ imprint.

The Very, Extremely, Most Naughty Asura Tales for Kids by Anand Neelakantan

  • “Baahubali” series author Anand Neelakantan has written his debut book in the children’s space which tells some of the most hilarious stories about child asuras and their antics.
  • Puffin has published “The Very, Extremely, Most Naughty Asura Tales for Kids”, which has full-colour illustrations accompanying the narrative.

Rajnath Singh Launches Book ‘A Bouquet of Flowers’ by Author Dr Krishna Sakshena

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched ‘A bouquet of flowers’, a book written by author Dr Krishna Saksena, in Delhi.

 CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

IIT Madras develops AI processing models for 11 local languages

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed artificial intelligence models and datasets to process texts in 11 Indian regional languages. This was taken up jointly with AI4Bharat, a platform for building AI solutions for problems of relevance to India.

NASA outlines plan for first woman on Moon by 2024

  • The US space agency (NASA) has formally outlined its $28bn (£22bn) plan to return to the Moon by 2024.
  • As part of a programme called Artemis, Nasa will send a man and a woman to the lunar surface in the first landing with humans since 1972.

Indigenously developed surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile test fired

  • India conducted a successful night testfire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a base in Odisha.
  • The state-of-the-art missile was testfired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

 IIT Madras researchers develop ‘MOUSHIK’ chip for IoT device 

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras here have indigenously developed microprocessor ”MOUSHIK” aimed at serving the Internet of Things devices, under the Centre”s Digital India ”smart cities” initiative.
  • The project is funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Israeli Defence Forces successfully test sea-to-sea missile system 

  • The missile successfully struck and sank a decommissioned target vessel meant to simulate an enemy vessel. The missiles will be integrated into the Israeli Navy’s newest Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar-6 class ships, made in the United States by Huntington Ingalls Industries.

2 new species of wetland plant discovered in Western Ghats

  • Scientists have discovered two new species of pipeworts, a type of wetland plant, in areas along the Western Ghats in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
  • Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI) claim that the species display different floral characters than previously known species

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 NASA:

  • Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
  • Administered by: Jim Bridenstine

Israel

  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
  • President: Reuven Rivlin
  • Currency: Israeli Shekel

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

India’s first Coast Guard academy to come up at Mangaluru

  • India’s first Coast Guard academy will be established at Mangaluru, Karnataka.
  • Around 158 acres Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land has been taken over for setting up ICG Academy.

DRDO conducts successful flight test of ABHYAS

  • The successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target was conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.

DRDO successfully test-fires Laser-Guided Anti Tank Missile

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the indigenously-developed Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from the Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun at KK Ranges in Ahmednagar in

Kineco flags-off India’s first commercial Sonar Dome for Indian Navy

  • Goa-based Kineco Limited, a leading composite technology provider for defence, aerospace, railway and industrial sectors, flagged off India’s first-ever commercial Sonar Dome.

Indian Navy, Royal Australian Navy Passage Exercise (PASSEX) underway in Eastern Indian Ocean

  • PASSEX underway between Royal Australian Navy and Indian Navy in Eastern Indian Ocean Region.
  • Air Warfare Destroyer HMAS Hobart, Stealth Frigate INS Sahyadri and Missile Corvette INS Karmuk are engaged in complex Maritime Exercises

India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise ‘JIMEX’

  • The fourth edition of India-Japan Maritime bilateral exercise (JIMEX) begins in North Arabian Sea. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

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ICG

  • Director General: Krishnaswamy Natarajan
  • Founded: 18 August 1978
  • Headquarters: Ministry of Defence, New Delhi

DRDO:        

  • Dr G. Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO
  • Head Quarters: New Delhi

Indian Navy

  • Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh
  • Headquarters: Integrated Defence Headquarters, New Delhi

Japan:

  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

Novak Djokovic wins Men’s Singles event in Italian Open

  • In tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic won a record 36th Masters title by beating Diego Schwartzman in the Italian Open at Rome.

Professional tennis player, former cricketer Ashleigh Barty wins golf tournament in COVID-19 break

  • Multi-talented Ashleigh Barty has conquered tennis, been a professional cricketer and has now added another string to her sporting bow by winning a golf tournament, claiming the Brookwater Golf Club women’s title near Brisbane, Australia.

Australia’s Alyssa Healy breaks MS Dhoni’s T20I record

  • Australia women’s cricket star Alyssa Healy surpassed Dhoni’s record to take the top position in the list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals in T20i.

Valtteri Bottas wins Russian GP

  • Valtteri Bottas won his second Formula One race of the 2020 season, easing to victory at the Russian Grand Prix after teammate Lewis Hamilton was hampered by two separate five-second penalties.

Gurpreet, Sanju declared winners of AIFF Player of the Year Awards

  • Indian football team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and midfielder Sanju are the winners of the 2019-20 AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year Award and the AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year Award respectively.

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AIFF

  • President: Praful Patel
  • Headquarters: Dwarka, Delhi.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: OBITUARY

John Turner: Former Canadian prime minister passes away at 91

  • Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner, who was in office for just 79 days and led his Liberal Party to a huge defeat in 1984, has passed away aged 91.

Veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponent Purba Dam Passes away

  • Veteran Rabindra Sangeet exponent Purba Dam has passed away. She was 85.
  • A true disciple of legendary Rabindra Sangeet singer Suchitra Mitra, Dam regaled listeners with her rendition of songs like “Modhur tomar sesh je na pai prohor hol sesh/Bhuban jure roilo lege anando abesh“, “Ami phirbo na re” in her distinctive gayaki style and became a known face among the audience in the 80s.

Noted Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passes away

  • Noted Marathi actress and Bollywood’s veteran character artist Ashalata Wabgaonkar passed away due to Covid 19 infection at a hospital in Satara in Maharashtra. She was 79.

Nepal’s Ang Rita Sherpa, first to climb Mount Everest 10 times, passes away at 72

  • Ang Rita Sherpa, the first man to climb Mount Everest 10 times has passed away.

Assam musician Bibhuranjan Choudhury passes away

  • Renowned music composer Bibhuranjan Choudhury has passed away after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 71. He was also an eminent singer, lyricist and actor.

Railways MoS Suresh Angadi dies of Covid-19

  • Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. Angadi was undergoing treatment for Covid-19. He was 65.

Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passes away in Mumbai

  • Former Australia cricketer Dean Jones passed away in Mumbai following a cardiac arrest, at the age of 59.

Legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away

  • The legendary playback singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away in Chennai. He was 74.

Sekhar Basu, renowned nuclear scientist, passes away of COVID at 68

  • Veteran atomic scientist and former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Dr Sekhar Basusuccumbed to COVID-19, has passed away at 68.

Jaswant Singh, founding member of the BJP and former Union minister, passes away

  • Jaswant Singh, former Union minister, has passed away after a prolonged illness.

Isher Judge Ahluwalia, noted economist and Padma Bhushan awardee, passes away 

  • Eminent economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a recipient of India’s third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan, passed away. She was 74.

Assam’s only woman CM Syeda Anwara Taimur passes away

  • Syeda Anwara Taimur, the only woman to have become the Chief Minister of Assam till now, passed away in Australia. She was 84.

Noted writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee Dr GS Amur passes away aged 95

  • Veteran critic and versatile writer Dr G S Amur has passed away due to age-related ailments. He was 95.
  • The literateur, known for his proficiency in both Kannada and English, was a recipient of several prestigious honours, including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Rajyotsava Award and Bharatiya Bhasha Award.

Veteran songwriter Abhilash, best known for Itni Shakti Hame Dena, passes away aged 74

  • Veteran songwriter Abhilash, best known for the song ‘Itni Shakti Hame Dena Daata’ from the 1986 film has passed away at 74. He was suffering from a stomach illness
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