Important Weekly Current Affairs PDF Download (August 22nd to 30th September 2021)

Dear Readers, Here we have given the list of Important Weekly Current Affairs of 22nd to 30th September 2021. Candidates those who are preparing for Upcoming SBI Clerk 2021 and other competitive exams can make use of it.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

  • On September 21, the world acknowledges World Alzheimer’s Day with the goal of raising awareness of the disease, common symptoms, and risk factors & the theme of 2021 is ‘Know dementia, know Alzheimer’s’.
  • World Rhino Day is observed on September 22 every year & the theme of 2021 is ‘Keep the Five Alive’.
  • The International Day of Sign Languages is observed on September 23 every year & the Theme of  2021 is “We Sign For Human Rights”.
  • To celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and its glorious history, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry is organizing special events and programmes throughout the week as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’
  • Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu 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 Pharmacists Day is observed on September 25 each year to pay tributes to pharmacists for the role they play in improving global health & the theme, developed by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health”.
  • In 2013, The United Nations (UN) passed resolution 68/32 which established the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons to take place annually, every September 26th.
  • World Environmental Health Day 2021 is observed annually on September 26 to spread awareness globally regarding the health of the environment with the theme of ‘Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in the global recovery.’
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a significant portion of the latest episode of his Mann Ki Baat radio address to World Rivers Day, which is being observed on Sunday & the theme for 2021  is ‘Prioritising Environmental Health for healthier communities in the global recovery.’ 
  • Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organization has celebrated World Tourism Day as international observances on September 27 & the theme is ‘Tourism for Inclusive Growth’.
  • The International Day for Universal Access to Information was proclaimed on 15 October 2019 at the 74th UN General Assembly to be held on 28 September & the theme is “The Right to Know – Building Back Better with Access to Information.”
  • World Rabies Day is an international awareness campaign coordinated by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit organization with headquarters in the United States & , the theme for World Rabies day is ‘Rabies: Facts, not Fear’.
  • World Heart Day is Observed on Sep 29 with the theme of ‘harnessing the power of digital health to improve awareness, prevention and management of CVD globally’.
  • The International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste is observed to draw human interest in agri-food-nature dependence.
  • World Maritime Day 2021 is being observed across the globe on September 30 with the theme of respect for the sacrifice made by the navy men: ‘Seafarers at the core of shipping’s future.’
  • International Translation Day is Observed on Sep 30 & it is an international day recognising translation professionals.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

  • Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) started India’s first indigenous luxury cruise liner on 18th September 2021.
  • Devusinh Chauhan, Union Minister of State (MoS), Ministry of Communications launched a commemorative postal stamp to honour Rao Jaimal Rathore on his 515th birth anniversary.
  • The 45th meeting of GST (Goods & Service Tax) Council was held at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, under the chairmanship of the Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Finance.
  • In an endeavour to make women independent and employment-ready, the National Commission for Women has launched a country-wide capacity building and personality development program for women Undergraduate and Post graduate students.
  • On Sep 20, 2021, Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal virtually flagged off the dwarf container train service from Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) signed an agreement to work on an arrangement through which they will set common safety and environmental protection standards.
  • Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Speaking at an event in New Delhi on the soft launch of the National Single Window System, he said this is a big step towards Ease of Doing Business and a giant leap towards making India truly Aatmanirbhar.
  • The government has constituted a task force under economic affairs secretary Ajay Seth to firm up a sustainable finance road map for India, a senior government official told Financial Express.
  • The Union education ministry constituted a 12-member national steering committee to develop the new national curriculum framework (NCF) in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • Centre notifies Rs 400 crore Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks” to support the medical devices industry
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be announcing a nationwide rollout of the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on September 27.
  • The Supreme Court has given its nod for e-transfer of orders to jails through the FASTER system for quick prisoner release.
  • EXIM (Export Import) Bank of India completed its agreement with Fahi Dhiriulhun Corporation Limited (FDC) of Maldives to provide a Buyers Credit of $228 million for the construction of 4000 Social Housing Units in Hulhumale’ Phase II.
  • India virtually hosted the 1st India-United Kingdom (UK) Consular Dialogue & the Indian delegation was led by Devesh Uttam, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and the UK delegation was led by Jennifer Anderson, Director Consular Services, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. 
  • In September 2021, MyGov India, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), launched the ‘Planetarium Innovation Challenge’ for Indian start-ups and tech entrepreneurs.
  • As a part of on-going celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) signed a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support India’s livestock sector. Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Parshottam Rupala signed the deal
  • Almost a year after it was implemented on pilot basis in six Union Territories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission for the entire country.
  • To support micro food processing units of urban self helps groups (SHGs), the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched a convergence scheme between PM Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFME) and the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) schemes.
  • The Ministry of Tourism is organizing an event to celebrate “World Tourism Day 2021” on 27th September 2021 in New Delhi, which has been designated by the UNWTO as a day to focus on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”. 
  • Union minister for information and broadcasting, youth affairs, and sports, Anurag Thakur laid foundation stone of zonal physical education office (ZPEO) and zonal playfield and inaugurated PMGSY road at Kichpora Kangan. 
  • The government announced it is extending the existing foreign trade policy (FTP) by six months till March 31, 2022.
  • The government has extended by one year the tenure of the Company Law Committee, which was constituted back in 2019.
  • The government has formed a 7 member group of ministers (GoM) for proposing a rationalization of tax rates and considering the merger of different tax slabs under GST & this GoM will be headed by the Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj S. Bommai.
  • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched the seventh consecutive edition of Swachh Survekshan in New Delhi.
  • The Ministry of Defence, Government of India has taken a decision to enhance the income criteria for grant of family pension to children/siblings suffering from mental or physical disability.
  • Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘Amul Honey’, a new product developed by Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF) along with National Bee Board.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a third term in Canada’s snap election but fell short of regaining the majority he was seeking, faced with relying on smaller parties in another fragmented parliament.
  • Iran was officially admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
  • India chairs the 6th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Young Scientist Forum (YSF) for the year 2021.
  • 15th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting with the theme ‘We Care, We Prepare, We Prosper’ was held virtually.
  • The Bangladesh government will set up an e-commerce regulatory body to monitor the sector properly.
  • Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s first statue was unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal.
  • The World Health Organization tightened its global air quality guidelines in its first revision since 2005.
  • The Bangabandhu-Bapu digital exhibition was opened for public viewing in Dhaka.
  • In accordance with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled ‘Fed to Fail? The crisis of children’s diets in early life’, two in every three children between 6–23 months didn’t get the nutritious diet needed for healthy growth and the COVID-19 pandemic could make the situation much worse.
  • According to the report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations(UN) titled ‘Tracking progress on food and agriculture-related SDG indicators 2021’, COVID 19 has set back progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) enshrined in the UN’s Agenda 2030, undermining the decades of development efforts.
  • The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released a report on the latest climate science information named ‘United in Science 2021’.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) announced new stringent Global Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) to assess the effects of air pollution and its health impact.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

  • After Toy Park, Film City, Medical Device Park and Leather Park, the Uttar Pradesh government is gearing up to develop an ‘Electronic Park’ for electronic devices and accessories along the Yamuna Expressway near Noida.
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the first edition of the Himalayan Film Festival (THFF). 
  • Industries and Commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stated Assam is setting up a tea Park at Chayygaon in Kamrup District which will have rail and port connectivity, cargo and warehouse amenities, processing facilities like tea grinding, blending, packaging and other utility services under one roof.
  • In a bid to promote a sustainable environment, the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station was inaugurated in Kaza of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Nagaland’s “sweet cucumber” was awarded a geographical identification (GI) tag as an agricultural product under provisions of The Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection) Act, 1999.
  • Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting dedicated to the nation High Power Transmitters of Doordarshan and All India Radio at Hamboting La near Kargil in Ladakh.
  • In a big leap towards becoming the world’s largest green railway network, Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central (DRM) or Chennai Central railway station, under the South Central Railway (SCR) gets powered by Solar Energy.
  • Sojat Mehndi from Rajasthan has received the geographical indication (GI) tag from the government, a move that helps growers of this product get a premium price as no other producer can use the name to market similar goods.
  • Shri Kishan Reddy laid the foundation stone for the “Development of Parshuram Kund, Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh.” 

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

  • Power Finance Corp. Ltd (PFC) is set to become the 11th Maharatna central public sector enterprise (CPSE), with an inter-ministerial committee clearing the Navratna last week for this, stated two people aware of the development.
  • ADB (Asian Development Bank) has lowered its forecast for the current fiscal (ending March 2022) to 10 per cent from 11 per cent while raising the estimate to 7.5 per cent from 7 per cent for the next fiscal (ending March 2023).
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cut its projection of India’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points to 9.7 percent for the current financial year.
  • On September 22, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) signed a merger deal with Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited.
  • Apple’s co-creator Steve Wozniak has launched a new space start-up called Privateer Space
  • Ratings agency Icra revised up its 2021-22 real GDP growth estimate for India to 9 per cent from the earlier 8.5 per cent.
  • The Indian cryptotech market has the potential to create an economic value addition of $184 billion by 2030 in the form of investments and cost savings, states a report titled-Crypto Industry in India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

  • The former British Prime Minister (PM) Gordon Brown has been appointed as Ambassador for Global Health Financing of World Health Organization (WHO). 
  • Government has decided to appoint Air Marshal V R Chaudhari presently Vice Chief of Air Staff as the next Chief of Air Staff.
  • Coromandel International, a Murugappa Group company, has re‐designated and appointed T S Venkateswaran (Vice- President and Head – Internal Audit and Risk Management) as Vice-President and Head‐Internal Audit and Chief Risk Officer of the company with effect from September 21, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange.
  • Rumen Radev, President of Bulgaria re-appointed retired general Stefan Yanev as the Caretaker Prime Minister(PM) of Bulgaria succeeding the former PM Boyko Borisov. 
  • National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi campaign 2021-22 held through video conferencing.
  • R N Ravi’s removal on September 9 from Nagaland is being seen as a positive step towards finalising the peace deal, especially at a time when all the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have agreed to come together to push for settlement and pave the way for it.
  • The government appointed Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Rajiv Bansal as the Secretary to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as ambassador for global health financing.
  • Debabrata Mukherjee, who is currently serving as Chief Marketing Officer at the United Breweries Group, has been elected as the chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2021-2022, the non-profit circulation-auditing organisation.
  • Lieutenant General Gurbirpal Singh took over as the 34th Director General of National Cadet Corps (NCC).
  • Mastercard announced that it is naming Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated chess player of all time, a Mastercard Global Brand Ambassador, as it adds chess to its coveted roster of sports sponsorships.
  • India has been elected as the external auditor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a prestigious institution that promotes peaceful use of nuclear energy, for a period of six years from 2022 to 2027 after beating Germany and the United Kingdom among other counties.
  • Atul Chaturvedi, Director of Adani Wilmar Ltd, Ahmedabad, has been reappointed as the President of Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India for 2021-22.
  • CavinKare Chairman & Managing Director C K Ranganathan has been appointed as President of All India Management Association (AIMA) for a period of one year.
  • Aveek Sarkar, the Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, was re-elected Chairman of Press Trust of India(PTI), the country’s premier news agency.
  • Axis Bank appointed Munish Sharda as Group Executive and Head, Bharat Banking

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

  • The National Florence Nightingale Award, the highest national distinction a nurse can achieve, has been conferred upon Brig SV Saraswati, deputy director-General of Military Nursing Service (MNS) for 2020.
  • The general council of National Academy of Letters aka Sahitya Akademi was met under the chairmanship of its president Dr Chandrashekhar Kambar where the highest honour, the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship was announced for 8 writers.
  • Union Education Minister and Skill Development Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan presented the Kaushalacharya Awards for 2021 virtually on the occasion of Vishwakarma Jayanti (17th September).
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has been conferred with the “SDG Progress Award”.
  • Fairooz Faizah Beether of Bangladesh has been chosen for the 2021 Changemaker Award for her work promoting good health and well-being by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The two beaches to receive the certification this year are Kovalam in Kerala and Eden in Puducherry.
  • Former United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has been named this year’s recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award.
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony (September 24, 2021).
  • Government e Marketplace (GeM) was announced as the winner in the “Best Use of Digital Technology” category at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021 (CIPS Awards).
  • City-based photojournalist Tamma Srinivasa Reddy has bagged the Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) Excellence distinction from the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for the year 2020.
  • The 2021 IHA Blue Planet Prize for excellence in sustainable hydropower development has been awarded to 510 MW Teesta-V Power Station, Sikkim, owned and being operated by NHPC Limited. 
  • The names of 11 scientists, who received the country’s highest science award Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for science and technology 2021, were announced during the 80th foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • Andhra Pradesh bagged the Tour and Travels Association’s Best Tourism Policy Award.
  • The Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development, a Yemeni humanitarian organization that has supported tens of thousands of people caught up in the country’s conflict, is the winner of the 2021 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.
  • The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad under the auspices of the Ministry of Rural Development presented Hunarbaaz Awards to 75 differently-abled candidates from 15 states.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s AND AGREEMENTS

  • The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda has stated, “The government is taking up ambitious transformational programmes which will prove to be game-changer for the tribal livelihoods in times to come”.
  • The Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs stated it has inked an MoU with CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd (CSC) to increase the business opportunities and income of fair price shops (FPS).
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have partnered on programmes and research to improve food, nutrition security and livelihoods in India against the impacts of climate change.
  • Federal Bank, India’s leading Private Sector Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, the second largest commercial vehicle manufacturer in India with their complete range of BS6 vehicles.
  • Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) inked an MOU with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC),(27/09/2021) to establish a waste to energy plant in Delhi.
  • India signed the implementing arrangement on the joint development of a small satellite for Bhutan.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: PERSONS IN NEWS

  • CISF official Geeta Samota successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
  • On September 1, sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama turned 107 years and 300 days old, officially breaking the record for the world’s oldest living identical twins. 

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the proposed acquisition of4% of equity shareholding of Gangavaram Port Limited (GPL) by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zones Limited (APSEZ).
  • CA Rover Holdings, part of the Carlyle Group, sold 3.4% stake in SBI Cards and Payment Services Ltd for ₹3,267 crore through open market transactions.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

  • On September 20, 2021, The third edition of the India and Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’  began in the Sunda Strait, in Indonesia.
  • On Sep 23, 2021, The Ministry of Defence placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi in Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks, MBTs Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army.
  • On Sep 24, 2021, The Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space, Spain, to acquire 56 C-295MW transport aircraft worth ₹20,000 crore for the Indian Air Force.
  • On Sep 27, 2021, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful maiden flight test of a new version of Akash Missile – ‘Akash Prime’ from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha.
  • On Sep 28, 2021, North Korea successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), signed a lease agreement with Alliance Air Aviation Ltd for the supply of two Civil Dornier-228 aircraft for regional operations in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • On Sep 27, 2021, The Indian Navy  & the Royal Navy of Oman inked an agreement for exchange of white shipping information and to boost maritime security cooperation in reflection of growing cooperation between the two sides. 

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING & INDEX

  • On September 20, 2021, The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya released the third State Food Safety Index (SFSI) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to measure the performance of States/UTs across five parameters of food safety.
  • According to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs, in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome.
  • India has emerged as Dubai’s second biggest trading partner with a total volume of 38.5 billion dirhams in the first half of 2021.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ENVIRONMENT

  • Teeth of new species of Hybodont Shark of the Jurassic age have been reported for the first time from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan by a team of officers from the Geological Survey of India (GSI).

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BANKING & ECONOMY

  • Yes Bank has joined hands with Visa to offer a suite of credit cards to its customers.
  • Bank of Baroda (BoB) collaborated with PayPoint India under which the financial service provider will provide Banking Service through business correspondent (BC) model.
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued separate master directions on transfer of loan exposures and securitisation of standard assets.
  • The Reserve Bank of India allowed loan exposures classified as fraud to be transferred to Asset Reconstruction Companies (ARCs). 
  • United States (US) International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) jointly announced an 8-year sponsor project programme with a credit guarantee of USD 55 million (~ Rs 400 crores) named ‘India Covid Response Programme for Agriculture Transition’ to address the economic impact of COVID-19 in India.
  • As per the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) publication of ‘Deposits with Scheduled Commercial Banks – March 2021’, Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBs) deposits in FY21 grew by 11.9 percent year-on-year compared to 8.8 percent in FY20 due to high growth in the Current Account and Savings Account (CASA) deposits. 
  • The IndusInd Bank has acquired a 4.79% stake in debt-laden McLeod Russel India Limited(MRIL) by involving pledged shares for recovery of its dues.
  • RBL Bank launched ‘#UseBefikar’, a new campaign with Mastercard to provide shopping offers and rewards for the existing cardholders.
  • Federal Bank announced a tie-up with OneCard for a mobile-first credit card that targets the country’s young, tech-savvy population.
  • After setting up the National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL), the public sector banks (PSBs) have created a step-down asset management company named India Debt Resolution Company (IDRCL) with a capital of Rs 50 crore along with three first directors — Narayan Keelveedhi Seshadri, Arvind Sadashiv Mokashi, and Anilraj Chellan.
  • Utkarsh Small Finance Bank Limited has announced the inauguration of its first branch in Kerala at Kochi.
  • Federal Bank has partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch the ‘Federal Bank RuPay Signet Contactless Credit Card’.
  • Full-service carrier Vistara has partnered with IndusInd Bank to launch co-branded credit card Club Vistara IndusInd Bank Explorer.
  • HDFC Bank Ltd. has been voted ‘Overall Most Outstanding Company in India,’ in a poll conducted by reputed publication Asiamoney.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued a separate master direction on the transfer of loan exposures and securitisation of standard assets. 
  • The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has decided, in consultation with the Government of India, that the limit for Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the second half of the financial year 2021-22 (October 2021 to March 2022) be fixed at Rs 50000 crore.
  • Suryoday Small Finance Bank has decided to discontinue its ATMs from October 1.
  • ICICI Bank has announced that it has partnered with Amazon India to offer overdraft (OD) facility upto Rs 25 lakh to individual sellers and small businesses registered on the e-commerce company’s online marketplace, instantaneously and digitally.
  • As an initiative towards the Digital India movement and to make monetary transactions seamless, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has collaborated with ICICI bank to introduce FASTag transactions at all its 19,000 retail outlets across India.
  • The Reserve Bank imposed a penalty of Rs 2 crore on private lender RBL Bank for deficiencies in regulatory compliances and non-compliance of the provisions of the Banking Regulation Act.
  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has partnered with YES Bank to launch contactless payments solutions — RuPay On-the-Go.
  • Private sector AU Small Finance Bank signed a pact with the National Bank for Rural and Development (NABARD) to boost ongoing rural development initiatives in Rajasthan.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on technologies that will enable it to land the GSLV Mk-III launch vehicles vertically.
  • China has successfully launched its third Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) named Tianzhou-3 or Heavenly vessel from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern province of Hainan, China, with help of the Long March-7Y4 rocket.
  • The International Astronomical Union has named a crater at the Moon’s south pole after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson.
  • The four amateur astronauts who went on a private space trip this week landed safely back to Earth after orbiting the planet for three days.
  • The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States has successfully tested a Raytheon hypersonic weapon – an air-breathing hypersonic weapon, the next generation of arms that rob adversaries of reaction time and traditional defeat mechanisms.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

  • India’s highest selling author Chetan Bhagat unveiled the book cover of his upcoming title, ‘400 Days’ & the book will be released by Amazon-owned Westland Publications on October 8, 2021.
  • A New Book titled “The Three Khans: And the Emergence of New India” authored by Kaveree Bamzai
  • A New Book titled Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties authored by Ranjit Rae
  • A New Audiobook Titled Jungle Nama released by Amitav Ghosh with music and voice of US-based Ali Sethi.
  • The former Foreign Secretary of India and Ambassador to China, Vijay Gokhale, has written a new book titled “The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India”.
  • Nirupama Menon Rao, authored a book titled “The Fractured Himalaya: How the Past Shadows the Present in India-China Relations”.
  • Former Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo Inc, Indra Nooyi, has penned a Memoir titled My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future.
  • A new book is titled “Battle of Rezang La” written by Kulpreet Yadav& the book is written by ex-naval officer and author Kulpreet Yadav & it was published under Penguin Random House’s ”Veer” imprint.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a three-day visit to the United States from September 22 to 25.
  • On Sep 22, 2021, India hosted the first India-United Kingdom (UK) Consular Dialogue through video conferencing.
  • On Sep 25, 2021, Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur addressed the Summit for Information and Democracy on the sidelines of the UNGA organised at the Consulate General of France, New York.
  • On Sep 25, 2021, Union Home Minister Amit Shah (First minister of co-operation of India) addressed India’s first cooperative conference at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
  • On Sep 27, 2021, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar addressed the inaugural session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue, held in New Delhi.
  • India’s Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman is the Chief Guest at the World’s Largest Virtual FinTech Fest – Global FinTech Fest (GFF), scheduled for 28-30 September & the theme of the event is “FinTech: Empowering a Global Digital Economy”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : APPS & SERVICES

  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment launched The first pan-India toll-free helpline number (14567) for senior citizens.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

  • The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unveiled its official motto, “Together for a Shared Future“, during a ceremony at the city’s Capital Museum,Beijing
  • In the Norway Chess Open 2021 Masters section, India’s Grand Master D Gukesh won his second consecutive tournament.
  • On September 21, 2021, Star Indian cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Babar Masih of Pakistan to clinch the IBSF 6-Red Snooker World Cup 2021 final, held in Doha, Qatar.
  • Odisha Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik announced the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 will be hosted by Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • GM Magnus Carlsen won the 9th edition of EY Norway Chess 2021 beat Ian Nepomniachtchi.
  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-Great Britain), has won the F1 Russian Grand Prix 2021.
  • Howzat Fantasy Sports Platform Signed Cricketer Suresh Raina as Brand Ambassador
  • Indian Compound Archer and Arjuna Awardee Abhishek Verma, 3-time world cup gold medalist, has been elected to the Athletes Committee of World Archery, the international federation for the Olympic sport of archery.
  • Jyothi Surekha Vennam has bagged a silver medal in the women’s compound event at the ongoing World Archery Championship in Yankton.
  • Indian compound archers won three silver medals at the 2021 World Archery Championships.
  • On Sep 27, 2021, 34-year-old England spin-bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali announced his retirement from Test cricket.
  • Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur flagged off the second edition of Ultimate Ladakh Cycling Challenge at Leh, Ladakh at 11000 feet above the sea level.
  • On Sep 26, 2021, India’s Tennis veteran, Sania Mirza and Chinese partner Shuai Zhang won the women’s double’s title at the 2021 Ostrava Open WTA 500 tournament in Czech Republic.
  • The United States clinched the 2021 Ryder Cup with a score of 19-9 after defeating Team Europe.
  • The Western Naval Command Sailing Championship 2021 was conducted at Indian Naval Watermanship Training Centre (INWTC), Mumbai from 23 to 26 September 2021.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) launched the T20 World Cup anthem for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
  • Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma became the first player in the IPL to score 1000 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the third over of MI’s innings which was bowled by spinner Varun Chakaravarthy at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

  • Mahant Narendra Giri, president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, Passed away.
  • Former Commissioner of Delhi Police & Governor of Arunachal Pradesh  Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, passed away.
  • Former Hindi Newsreader of All India Radio Ramanuj Prasad Singh passed away.
  • On Sep 25, 2021, Prominent women rights activist, poet and author, Kamla Bhasin passed away.
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