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CURRENT AFFAIRS SEPTEMBER 2018 Capsule.... NATIONAL NEWS 1 "Singphan wildlife sanctuary declared 30th elephant reserve of the country The Nagaland government has declared the Singphan Wildlife Sanctuary as an elephant reserve making it the 30th reserve for jumbos in the country. An important reserve in North Eastern States, Singphan Elephant Reserve has huge tracts of forest, strategically located in contiguity with the Abhaypur Reserve Forest of Assam which is frequented by the moving herds of elephants.The Singphan Elephant Reserve is located in Mon district of Nagaland." 2 "PM Modi releases a book on Venkaiah Naidu’s first year as Vice President Prime Minister Narendra Modi released Venkaiah Naidu’s book, Moving On… Moving Forward: A Year in Office, on his experiences during the first year as the Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha and called him a strict “disciplinarian”. The 245-page book brings out Naidu’s “mission of engagement” on four key issues with various stakeholders across the country and its alignment with the mission of a new India in the making." 3 "Gujarat government partners with US advocacy group for ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ summit The Gujarat Government has partnered with a top India-centric American advocacy group for the Vibrant Gujarat summit in January 2019, which is expected to be attended by some of the top American corporate leaders.Vibrant Gujarat 2019 is focused on ‘Ideas for a New India’ and to attract the best technologies and innovation, educational partnerships, and to gain an understanding of how Gujarat can also create a knowledge-based economy like that of the US.Gujarat will host the ninth edition of the annual industry summit ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ from January 18 to 20, 2019, in Gandhinagar." 4 "Bengal aiming to reduce under nutrition by 2020: Mamata Observing the National Nutrition Week, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that the state government has adopted a multi-sectoral strategy to reduce under-nutrition and anaemia among women and children in a targeted manner by 2020. The National Nutrition Week was started by the Central government in 1982 to curb malnutrition and is observed every year from September 1-7." 5 "Centre clears plan to rename railway station in Jharkhand after Krishna The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has cleared the Jharkhand government’s proposal to rename a railway station in Garhwa district after Lord Krishna. According to Home Ministry officials, the Raghubar Das government had proposed that Nagar Untari town and railway station be renamed as Banshidhar Nagar, after Banshidhar Temple, which is dedicated to Krishna, in Garhwa. The Jharkhand government wants to develop Nagar Untari as Banshidhar Nagar and model it on the lines of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. They have plans to make ‘Banshidhar Nagar’ part of the Lord Krishna religious circuit.Centre had cleared the proposal." 6 "International Aviation Summit Held In New Delhi The International Aviation Summit began in New Delhi. The seminar has been jointly organised by the Airports Authority of India, Ministry of Civil Aviation and International Air Transport Association (IATA). Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu announced that the Civil Aviation Ministry is coming up with Vision 2035 under which it plans to build 100 new airports across India in the next 10-15 years with an investment of USD 60 billion and address the major issues concerning aviation industry such as airport infrastructure, taxation and use of technology." 7 "ISRO to make history by launching 19 missions Indian Space Research Organisation is gearing up for a flurry of space activities from September as it will conduct 19 launches, including the Chandrayaan-2 mission, in just seven months. For ISRO, this will be the highest density period for launches as never before we had launched two satellites within 30 days consecutively for months." 8 "PM Jan Dhan Yojana To Be Open-Ended Scheme With More Incentives The government decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme, meaning that it will continue indefinitely and added more incentives to encourage people to open bank accounts.To make the scheme more attractive, the government has decided to double the overdraft facility from Rs 5, 000 to Rs 10, 000. Arun Jaitely said that 32.41 crore accounts have been opened under the scheme and as much Rs 81, 200 crore has been deposited in them so far.Jaitley said 53% of the PMJDY account holders are women, while 83 per cent of the accounts are seeded with Aadhaar. The PMJDY was launched in August 2014 for a period of four years as a national mission for financial inclusion to ensure access of financial services like bank accounts, insurance and pensions to the masses." 9 "India-US 2+2 Dialogue: India-US Sign COMCASA Terming the 2+2 dialogue between India and the United States as a historic dialougue in New Delhi, External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, announced the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) between the two nations. The COMCASA will facilitate India to obtain critical defence technologies from the US, and access critical communication network to ensure interoperability among the US and the Indian armed forces. " 10 "India ranks 19 in ‘Theft Ranking’ for countries with weapons usable nuclear materials India has improved its ranking by one spot from 2016 and now stands 19th in the ‘Theft Ranking’ for countries with weapons usable nuclear materials, according to the Nuclear Security Index. The index was released by the US-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Australia, which was at the top in 2012, 2014, and 2016 among the 22 countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials, this time shares the top spot with Switzerland." 11 "Javadekar launches book and curriculum on Gandhiji’s Nai Talim A book on experiential learning based on Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’ (basic education) was released by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar. It contains basic principles of Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’, along with the work and education curriculum for schools, D.Ed, B.Ed and faculty development programmes for teachers." 12 "India And France To Collaborate On Human Space Mission ‘Gaganyaan’ Stepping up space cooperation, India and France inked an agreement to collaborate on Gaganyaan, ISRO’s first human space mission. The two countries have formed a working group for the project. India plans to send three humans to space before 2022. The Indian Space Research Organisation’s mission is significant as it would make India one of the four countries in the world after Russia, US and China to launch a manned space flight. ISRO Chairman-K Sivan HQ- Bengaluru" 13 "IAF carries out first ever mid-air refuelling of Tejas combat jet The Indian Air Force said it has successfully carried out the first ever mid air refuelling of the indigenously developed Tejas light combat aircraft, a major milestone in its development cycle. A Russian-built IL-78 MKI tanker transferred fuel to a Tejas MK I aircraft. The mid-air refueling of Tejas came three months after it successfully fired an air-to-air beyond visual (BVR) range missile. The specially modified Tejas aircraft carried out a series of test profiles including a ‘dry contact’ with the tanker." 14 "Piyush Goyal Launched ‘AAPOORTI’ App Of ‘Indian Railways e-Procurement System’ In order to improve the ease of doing business with Indian Railways, the national transporter has taken a significant step. Piyush Goyal-led Railway Ministry has launched the Aapoorti mobile app of Indian Railways e-procurement system (IREPS). According to Railway Ministry, all the tendering activities of the national transporter for procurement of goods, services as well as works and e-auction of scrap sale are on IREPS, which makes it the largest G2B portal in India." 15 "PM Modi inaugurates India’s First Global Mobility Summit India’s ever first Global Mobility Summit – MOVE – was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Making Indian cities pollution free is the prime focus of the two-day summit being organised by the NITI Aayog. Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi said that focus must go beyond cars and stressed that common public transport must be made the cornerstone of mobility. More than 2, 200 participants from across the world including leaders from the government, industry, research organisations, academia, think tanks and civil society are attending the event. Niti Aayog CEO- Amitabh Kant" 16 "Piyush Goyal, along with CM Yogi launched official website and app for Kumbh Mela 2019 In Uttar Pradesh, Rail Minister Piyush Goyal along with Chief Minister of State Yogi Adityanath launched the official website of Kumbh Mela, 2019 in Lucknow." 17 "Indian e-commerce market to cross $100 bn by 2022 The Indian e-commerce market would become worth over $100 billion by the year 2022, with a growth of around 25 per cent from the current level, a report said. There is a need to harmonise the e-commerce policy framework in the country to enable growth in the sector, stated a joint report by PwC and Nasscom – Propelling India towards global leadership in e-commerce. NASSCOM- The National Association of Software and Services Companies Chairperson: Rishad Premji Headquarters: Noida" 18 "Nepal not to join BIMSTEC military drill in India Nepal will not join the first-ever joint military drill among the armies of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) members, to be hosted by India next week. The decision was made by the Nepali government amid growing criticism from multiple quarters over the country’s participation in the first ever military drill among the armies of BIMSTEC members. BIMSTEC was founded in 1997 .It is a regional bloc group of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand." 19 "Lucknow’s Hazratganj Chauraha to be renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee Lucknow’s famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ will be renamed after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as ‘Atal Chowk’. Sharing details of the decision, city Mayor Sanyukta Bhatia told that they will also build a memorial named “Atal Smriti Upvan” for the late veteran leader, who was a five-time Member of Parliament (MP) from Lucknow." 20 "Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan to head panel to select new CEA The Union Government has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan as the head of the panel that has been tasked with selecting India’s next chief economic advisor (CEA). The other members of the panel include secretary of the department of personnel and training C Chandramouli and economic affairs secretary Subhash Chandra Garg. The panel will screen the applications received and conduct interviews." 21 "Ayushman Bharat Call Centre Inaugurated In Bengaluru Ayushman Bharat call centre was formally inaugurated in Bengaluru by CEO of Ayushman Bharat Dr. Indu Bhushan. The call centre functioning 24×7 in collaboration with Medi assistant is sharing info in English and Hindi initially and 9 more regional languages to be added later. The executives are working in 7 different shifts and one more such call centre functioning in Hyderabad." 22 "India launches new digital bridge with Africa External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gestures at a function before signing of an agreement for the implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project, in New Delhi. As part of India’s reachout to Africa, the External Affairs Ministr signed an agreement with the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) to establish a pan-African e-network between the two nations. Sushma Swaraj constituency- Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh" 23 "Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover Child Cancer Treatment The government has said that treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. The scheme will provide health insurance cover of five lakh rupees to poor families. BPL and lower-middle-class families will benefit from it. 1.5 lakh Health and Wellness Centres will be opened in the country by 2022 under Ayushman Bharat. These centres will provide comprehensive healthcare against diseases like diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. " 24 "India, Bangladesh jointly inaugurate three projects Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina, and Chief Ministers of West Bengal and Tripura jointly inaugurated three projects in Bangladesh via video conferencing. These include 500 MW additional power supply from India to Bangladesh, Akhaura – Agartala Rail Link and Rehabilitation of the Kulaura-Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railways. The Prime Minister said that Akhaura-Agartala rail connectivity will provide another link in the cross-border connectivity between the two countries. He thanked Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, for his facilitation in completion of this work. Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka Currency: Taka" 25 "BIMSTEC militaries begin joint exercise on counter terrorism The inaugural Military Field Training Exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technological and Economic Cooperation nations called MILEX-18, started with a grand opening ceremony at Aundh Military Station, Pune. The military exercise will be held from September 10 to 16, amongst teams from member nations. The aim of MILEX-18 is to have joint practice among BIMSTEC nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations. BIMSTEC HQ: Dhaka, Bangladesh" 26 "Piyush Goyal launches a web portal “Rail Sahyog” Inspired by the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for a New India by 2022, Railways is taking various initiatives for upgrading its infrastructure, technology, hygiene among host of other things for an enhanced passenger experience. Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal launched a web portal www.railsahyog.in. The web portal will provide a platform for the Corporates and PSUs to contribute to creation of amenities at/near Railway Stations through Corporate Social Responsibility funds. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri Ashwani Lohani with other Railway Board Members, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Dr Inder Jit Singh and Senior Officials of Railways and Coal were present on the occasion." 27 "Bihar-Nepal bus service launched Bihar and Nepal are now connected by bus. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar flagged off the first bus service between Bihar and Nepal. The service will link Bodh Gaya and Patna in Bihar to Kathmandu and Janakpur in Nepal. “The bus service will strengthen the relations between India and Nepal, ” Nitish Kumar said. It was commissioned following an agreement between India and Nepal." 28 "India’s first railway varsity starts operations in Vadodara The first of its kind university in the country on the transport sector, the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), started operations this week. Currently, it is functioning out of the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara. Funded by ministry of railways, with University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University as its international partners, the university started with two undergraduate courses – BSc Transportation Technology and BBA Transportation Managements- with 50 students each." 29 "Samsung opens world’s largest mobile experience centre in Bengaluru Looking to further cement its position in India, South Korean tech major Samsung set up what is arguably the world’s largest mobile experience centre in Bengaluru, barely two months after it opened its biggest mobile factory in Noida. Bengaluru’s iconic Opera House on Brigade Road was given a facelift to turn it into “Samsung Opera House” that brings together technology, lifestyle and innovation to offer unique experience to users and prospective buyers." 30 "Centre approves PM-AASHA for farmers’ welfare With an aim to boost the pro-farmer initiatives of the government, the Centre approved a new Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA). The scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018. The cabinet has decided to give additional government guarantee of Rs.16, 550 crore making it Rs. 45, 550 crore in total. In addition to this, budget provision for procurement operations has also been increased and Rs.15, 053 crore is sanctioned for PM-AASHA implementation." 31 "Mastercard launches digital platform for Andhra farmers The Andhra Pradesh government and Mastercard introduced e-Rythu, a mobile platform that provides farmers an easy and secure way to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural products via their feature phones. The platform digitizes agriculture marketplaces, payments and workflows. It will help small-scale farmers looking to sell their produce to connect with the right buyers more efficiently in local language and receive the best possible prices. Mastercard CEO: A.S. Banga HQ: New York, United States" 32 "Andhra Pradesh government to give Rs 1000 per month to unemployed youth Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu announced the launch of ‘Yuva Nestam Scheme’ on October 2, which would provide unemployment dole of Rs 1000 each to empower youth. He said that the scheme’s major motive is to empower the youth by providing skill development, self-employment opportunities and use the youth power for the development of an economy." 33 "Cabinet Approves New Umbrella Scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan’ The Union Cabinet approved new Umbrella Scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan, PM-AASHA. The Scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018. The new Umbrella Scheme is comprised of Price Support Scheme, Price Deficiency Payment Scheme and Pilot of Private Procurement and Stockist Scheme. This step aims at protecting the farmers’ income which is expected to go a long way towards the welfare of farmers." 34 "PM Modi Announces Launch Of ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’ To mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’ from September 15. The mission — which also celebrates the fourth anniversary of the SBM — will take place across the length and breadth of the country and will continue till Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, the Prime Minister said. The initiative will see people from all walks of life taking part in various cleanliness drives across the length and breadth of the country." 35 "National Scholarship Portal Mobile App launched Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched the country’s first National Scholarship Portal Mobile App (NSP Mobile App) in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Navqi said, this Portal will ensure a smooth, accessible and hassle-free scholarship system for students belonging to poor and weaker sections." 36 "Tamil Nadu to hold Global Investors’ Meet in January 2019 The Tamil Nadu government formally launched its investment promotion campaign for ‘Global Investors Meet 2019’ to be held in January next year. The roadshow organised here to woo investors ahead of the state government’s second edition of the two-day meet in Chennai on 23-24 January was led by Tamil Nadu Industries Minister Thiru M C Sampath." 37 "IATO’s 34th annual convention held at Visakhapatnam The 34th annual convention of one of India’s biggest inbound travel trade associations, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), started with a grand opening in Visakhapatnam. Arriving on time for the inauguration, K J Alphons, Minister of State (IC) for Tourism, Govt of India, graced the event that saw an overwhelming attendance from IATO members pan India." 38 "Country’s 1st Tribal Tourism Circuit launched in Chhattisgarh The country’s first tribal tourism circuit was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh. The tourism circuit is being developed under the Swadesh Darshan scheme. It covers 13 sites in Chhattisgarh. The project is being developed by Chhattisgarh Tourism Board. The central government had allocated about 100 crore rupees to develop this project to highlight tribal culture to the domestic and foreign tourists." 39 "Festival of Nuakhai being celebrated in Odisha In western Odisha, the festival of Harvest Nuakhai is being celebrated. After harvest of new paddy of this season, rice has been processed and offered to Goddess Samaleswari in Sambalpur. People of western Odisha have also arranged Nuakhai Vetghat programs in Capital city Bhubaneswar." 40 "India gets its first ever dedicated dog park in Hyderabad For the first time in India, dog owners will have a dedicated dog park to visit. Set up in Hyderabad, the park is spread across an area of 1.3 acres. The park houses dog training equipment, play equipment, splash pool, fountain, areas for exercise, amphitheater, lawns, separate kennels for small and big dogs and a dedicated dog clinic. The park was initially a dump yard at Kondapur. It was converted into a dog park by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at a cost of Rs 1.1 crore. The inauguration of the park is scheduled to be held in next week. It is developed at the international standards and is also certified by the Kennel Club of India." 41 "India’s 1st underwater robotic drone launched India’s first underwater robotic drone developed at Maker Village in Kochi, which can send real-time video of ships and other underwater structures to help with their repair and maintenance, was launched. The first commercial remotedly operated vehicle (ROV)/ underwater drone, Eyerovtuna, was developed by EyeROV Technologies, a company incubating at Maker Village which is the largest hardware incubator in the country." 42 "Prime Minister launches ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’ The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, launched the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’, which aims at fulfilling Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India. The Prime Minister appealed to the citizens to dedicate themselves towards achieving the aim of a clean country. Narendra Modi had written personalised letters to around 2000 citizens from different walks of life inviting them to join the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’ and strengthen the Swachh Bharat Mission." 43 "‘Swacch Dhara’ programme flagged off in Amaravati Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu flagged off the ‘Swachh Dhara’ programme in Amravati, with an aim to provide clean drinking water across the state. As part of the scheme, tankers providing water across the state will be cleaned periodically through a six-layered cleaning process which involves the use of ultraviolet radiation to kill bacteria. " 44 "15th Prawasi Bhartiya Diwas to be held at Varanasi in UP in Jan 2019 The 15th Prawasi Bhartiya Diwas -2019 will be held at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh in January next year. The three day event will begin from 21st of January. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the event and President Ram Nath Kovind will give valedictory speech on the 23rd September. Pravasi Bhartiya will be visiting Kumbh Mela and will also be the part of Republic Day parade." 45 "Javadekar inaugurates 3400 test practice centres for students Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurated a network of 3, 404 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) spread across the country to help students get familiar with the pattern of competitive exams to be conducted by the newly established National Testing Agency (NTA).These test centres have been set up to help students appearing for entrance examinations for higher education get used to the changed mode and pattern of exams." 46 "Uttarakhand ranked best among states in constructing roads under PMGSY Uttarakhand has been ranked the best among states in the country for the construction of maximum number of roads under the PMGSY during 2017-2018. The state constructed a maximum of 1, 839 kilometre roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana against a target of 1, 500 km set for the year 2017-18." 47 "Tamil Nadu govt bans e-cigarettes in state The Tamil Nadu government has prohibited the manufacture, sale (including online sale), distribution, trade, display, marketing, import and possession of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, popularly known as e-cigarettes. " 48 "DRDO successfully tests anti-tank missile The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested a low-weight indigenously developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) at its Ahmednagar range." 49 "PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Indo-Bangla pipeline Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, jointly inaugurated the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline projects through video conferencing. Modi and Hasina inaugurated the work of the pipeline from their respective capitals, New Delhi and Dhaka. They also inaugurated the construction of the third and fourth dual gauge rail lines in Dhaka-Tongi and Tongi-Joydevpur sections of Bangladesh Railway. Bangladesh capital: Dhaka Currency: Taka" 50 "President Launches Logo, Web Portal For Mahatma’s Birth Anniversary President Ram Nath Kovind launched a logo and web portal for the upcoming celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The portal – gandhi.gov.in is participatory in nature and all participating organisations will be able to upload their activities regarding the commemoration of the occasion. It also has a unique feature Gandhipedia which will be a repository of Gandhian knowledge and will continue to grow with time. The logo and web portal is part of the two-year-long celebrations from October 2, 2018 to October 2, 2020 across the country and on foreign soil to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation. " 51 "Odisha CM launches star-rating system for industries to reduce air pollution Odisha government introduced a system to rate industries based on the amount of pollutants generated by them. They will be given star rating from one to fivewith the most polluting industry getting one star while the industry with highest compliance rate with pollution control norms will get five stars.The introduction of the rating system would help people to know which industry is polluting their locality and what is the level of pollution. Odisha Capital: Bhubaneswar Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik Odisha governor: Ganeshi Lal" 52 "Salman Inaugurates Special Children’s Centre Umang In Jaipur Salman Khan will officially inaugurate “Umang“, a centre for special children in Jaipur. After unveiling the plaque, he will meet the children and see the services provided by the centre for rehabilitating them." 53 "Space technology incubation centre opened in Tripura’s Agartala Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb inaugurated ISRO’s first Space Technology Incubation Centre at the National Institute of Technology Agartala via remote from Bengaluru. The Centre was launched at the first edition of ‘Spacetronics’ organised by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA). ISRO chairman: K Sivan" 54 "AAI to develop project report for Sri Lanka’s Palaly airport State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI) will prepare a detailed project report for development of Palaly airport in Sri Lanka. This would be the first project for the AAI in the island nation. AAI HQ: New Delhi" 55 "Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates ‘All India Pension Adalat’ The Union Minister of State Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurated the ‘Pension Adalat’, organised by the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India. He also presented the ‘Anubhav’ awards 2018 to six pensioners for their contribution towards creating institutional memory for the departments. Speaking about the benefits of the Grievance Portal for the Central Government pensioners called CPENGRAMS, the Minister said that we have saved huge resources and precious time of the people by using the technology." 56 "Afghanistan President Ghani arrives in New Delhi Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in New Delhi to hold bilateral discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a number of key issues of mutual interests. He met PM Modi at Hyderabad House in Delhi. Regional security, trade and India’s development work in Afghanistan are among the issues that will be discussed during President Ghani’s one day visit. Capital: Kabul Currency: Afghan afghani President: Ashraf Ghani" 57 "Union Home Secretary Launches ‘e-Sahaj’ Portal For Grant Of Security Clearance The home ministry launched a portal that will enable individuals and private companies to submit applications and view their status online. The ‘e-Sahaj’ portal, launched by Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba, seeks to strike a healthy balance between meeting the imperatives of national security and facilitating ease of doing business and promoting investment in the country." 58 "U.P. to launch first-ever dial-FIR The Uttar Pradesh Police are set to launch a first of its kind dial-FIR scheme in the country where a common man can register regular crimes without going to a police station even as it is preparing an online photographic dossier of criminals that will be provided to policemen on 22, 000 new i-pads. Besides this, the Uttar Pradesh Police is also expanding the counter-terror combat and response grid in the State by training over 100 fresh commandos in special skills including a maiden batch of women personnel. U.P. is the only second state to prepare such a localised online criminal database after Punjab." 59 "Haryana to be made stray cattle-free by January 26 Haryana will be made stray cattle-free by January 26 next year. Strict actions would be taken against those, whose cattle are found roaming on the roads and fine would also be imposed on them. Bengaluru tops among Asian cities for technology enterprises .Bengaluru, along with Singapore and Shenzhen, figure in the list of best locations for tech enterprises in Asia according to a research report ‘Top Locations in Asia: Technology Sector, ’ released by Colliers Research." 60 "India successfully test fires Prahaar missile India successfully test-fired surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile Prahaar from a defence facility off Odisha coast. Having a strike range of 150 km, Prahaar has no parallel in the world in its range category. It fills the vital gap between multi-barrel rocket Pinaka and medium-range ballistic missile Prithvi. Unlike Prithvi, it can engage multiple targets in different directions." 61 "MoU signed for establishing Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger India and Niger signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey, Niger with the Indian government’s grant assistance.The centre honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary is also being observed in 2019. The establishment of the centre is a landmark for Niger-India friendship and also a symbol of India’s firm commitment towards Africa.India has provided lines of credit worth USD 96.54 million for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy and potable drinking water. Niger Capital: Niamey Currency: West African CFA franc" 62 "PM Modi lays foundation stone for IICC in national capital Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in New Delhi’s Dwarka. With a budget of around Rs 26, 000 crore, the IICC will be built over an area of 221 acres and will accommodate up to 11, 000 persons. The construction is planned over two phases, with phase one planned to be completed by December 2019, and phase two by December 2024." 63 "Odisha: Cyclonic storm Daye to hit road, communication channels Cyclonic storm ‘Daye‘ is likely to cause damage to the road, rail and communication channels in various districts of Odisha. The cyclonic storm has caused heavy rains along with the high-speed wind in various parts of the region." 64 "Arunachal introduces ‘Smart e-Public Distribution System’, developed by Madras Security Printers Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first State in North East India to introduce Smart e-Public Distribution System (e-PDS), a solution developed by the Madras Security Printers, a company specializing in system integration and solutions for e-governance projects. The End-to-end e-PDS system provides centralized online real-time electronic PDS to improve efficiency in supplying commodities to the beneficiaries." 65 "India Contributes 1 Million to UN’s Ambitious Solar Project India has contributed a whopping $1 million for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the imposing UN building at the world body’s headquarters. The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy. UN HQ: New York, United States " 66 "Assam celebrates ‘Rhino Day’ on September 22 World Rhino Day is being celebrated in Assam. State Forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya along with others will take part in the main event to be held in Guwahati. There are over 2600 rhinos that have been found in Assam as of now." 67 "Naropa festival concludes with Guinness World Record in Ladakhi dance The five-day Naropa Festival concluded with a grand ‘Chondol Dance’ performed by as many as 299 Ladakhi women attired in traditional costume breaking the Guinness World Records." 68 "PM Modi launches Ayushman Bharat in Ranchi Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest government-funded healthcare scheme in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi. With the roll out of the Centre’s flagship scheme which has been renamed as PM Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), the Narendra Modi-led NDA government aims to provide healthcare facilities to over 10 crore families covering urban and rural poor. All NDA chief ministers launched the scheme from their respective states. The scheme will become operational from September 25 on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay. The ambitious scheme offers an insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh, which will cover 10 crore poor families or almost 50 crore persons." 69 "PM Modi inaugurates Country’s 100th and Sikkim’s 1st airport Pakyong Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Pakyong Airport near Gangtok in Sikkim on September 24, nine years after the foundation stone was laid. The state’s first airport is situated at an altitude of 4, 500 feet above sea level. With the inauguration of the greenfield airport, the country currently has 100 airports, he said. The first commercial flights would begin from October 4." 70 "Ease of Living Index: Andhra, Odisha, MP best performing states Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh were awarded the best performing states in terms of “Ease of Living Index” under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) at the National Dissemination Workshop on Ease of Living Index, 2018, in New Delhi. The MoHUA released the first ever ‘Ease of Living Index’ covering 111 Indian cities, which serves as a litmus test to help assess the progress made in cities through various initiatives." 71 "India successfully test fires Prithvi Defence Vehicle India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system. India has become the 4th nation in the world to have a robust BMD system after US, Russia, and Israel with the successful testing of the anti-ballistic missile system. The hot standby interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) which is capable of destroying enemy weapon systems at high altitudes of above 50 km, was flight tested against a target missile fired from a warship anchored in the Bay of Bengal." 72 "India, Nepal to explore using satellite images in boundary survey work India and Nepal have agreed to explore the possibility of using high resolution satellite images in boundary survey work during the 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG), which concluded in Kathmandu. Both sides also agreed to continue mapping of no-man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation." 73 "SC constitutes committee over prison reforms The Supreme Court constituted a three-member committee, headed by its former judge Justice Amitava Roy, to look into jail reforms across the country and suggest measures to deal with them. The panel will look into various matters including over-crowding in prisons and the issues concerning women prisoners." 74 "Dr. Harsh Vardhan Inaugurated Air Pollution Control Device ”WAYU” Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated air pollution control device Wind Augmentation Purifying Unit, WAYU, at ITO in New Delhi. The device WAYU is developed by Council of Science and Industrial Research to mitigate air pollution at traffic junctions." 75 "Centre to spend Rs 1.5 lakh cr to improve NE highways: Gadkari Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in Shillong announced that the government will spend Rs 1.5 lakh crore for improving national highways in the northeastern states of the country. The 102-km two-laned stretch of the highway has been constructed at the cost of Rs 683 crore. It has three major bridges across rivers – Alpha, Lubha and Umproshung – along with 34 minor ones, 441 culverts and a 123-metre-long tunnel. Jowai-Ratacherra road will boost the overall socio-economic development of the population of the Jaintia Hill districts." 76 "Panel formed to settle land acquisition issues of Ratnagiri refinery State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) said that a high-level committee of experts has been set up to draw a roadmap for settlement of land acquisition issues facing the proposed $44 billion Ratnagiri refinery project in Maharashtra.The panel will be headed by former Maharashtra Chief Secretary D.M. Sukthankar. Rajnath Singh chairs meeting of central Zonal Council in Lucknow Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the meeting of 21st Central Zonal Council in Lucknow in which Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand while representative ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh participated. The Council’s meeting aims at addressing common concerns of the participating states and settling cross-border concerns." 77 "VP Naidu to inaugurate world’s largest dome in Pune on Oct 2 A colossal dome shaped structure will be inaugurated at the Maharashtra Institute of Technology’s (MIT), Pune on October 2. The 160 ft dome atop the MIT World Peace Library at the Vishwarajbaug campus will be inaugurated by vice-president Venkaiah Naidu, in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi." 78 "World Bank estimates Rs 25, 050 crore for rebuilding Kerala The World Bank (WB) team estimated that Kerala would require around Rs. 25, 050 crore for reconstruction of the flood-ravaged economy and infrastructure. The team has also made provisions for restoration of water supply, public health infrastructure, public buildings, environment, and cultural heritage." 79 "Indo-Uzbekistan joint exhibition inaugurated at National Museum An exhibition dedicated to the upcoming state visit of Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to India was inaugurated at National Museum in New Delhi. Titled “India – Uzbekistan: Dialogue of Cultures”, it was inaugurated by Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Culture. Uzbekistan Capital: Tashkent Uzbekistan Currency: Uzbekistani soʻm" 80 "Vice President inaugurates Rs 100 cr culinary institute Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a Rs 100 crore Indian Culinary Institute, built by the Ministry of Tourism, close to Renigunta airport, 15 km from Tirupati. India is moving forward speedily on all sectors, including the economy and if this continued, the country would become the third largest economy in the world in 10 years. Union Tourism Minister: K J Alphons" 81 "Naveen inaugurates Odisha Bhawan in Chennai Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated Odisha Bhawan in Chennai. He said, “With completion of this facility, we have created an institution which will provide a platform for engagement between Odisha and the State of Tamil Nadu”." 82 "Govt sets up Ayush Information Cell in Romania To encourage practice of ayurveda, India has set up an Ayush Information Cell at its embassy premises in Romania to create awareness about the traditional Indian system of medicine. The cell would organise lectures, consultations, conduct seminars and training courses among the public in Romania." 83 "Theme of Odisha Conclave unveiled Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the theme of Odisha Conclave 2018. The flagship biennial business event of the Government of Odisha will be themed on ‘I am Odisha’. The event celebrates the success of the state and the people in creating a vibrant ecosystem for business." 84 "UP governor, CM unveil Upadhyaya’s statue Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath unveiled a stature of BJP ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on the Agra University campus. They also opened a new building of the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Institute. UP’s Governor: Ram Naik State Dance: Kathak State Sport: Field hockey" 85 "Aadhaar linking with PAN mandatory, not needed for bank A/Cs, CBSE, NEET, UGC, school admissions, Mobile connections The Supreme Court said that linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and mobile phone numbers is not mandatory, but a must for Permanent Account Number (PAN). It pronounced a landmark verdict on Aadhaar Card and said that Aadhaar identification is unparalleled and it empowers the marginalised sections of the society. The apex court struck down Section 57 of the Aadhaar Act, hence barring private companied from seeking Aadhaar details of consumers. Telecom service providers can no longer force customers to link their Aadhaar card to their current mobile number. Here is a list of where things stand: For obtaining bank accounts – Not Required For SIM cards – Not Required School admissions – Not Required Examinations [NEET, CBSE, UGC] – Not Required Aadhaar-PAN linkage – Required" 86 "IAF successfully test-fires air-to-air Astra missile Astra, the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), was successfully test-fired by the Indian Air Force from Su-30 aircraft from Air Force Station, Kalaikunda. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited played a role in modifying the aircraft for weapon integration. More than 50 public and private industries have contributed in building the ‘Astra’ weapon system." 87 "India ranks 158th among 195 countries in health care investment India ranks 158th in the world for its investments in education and healthcare, a survey of 195 countries has revealed. Finland tops the list of 195 countries in the two key sectors." 88 "7th National Conference on Excellence in Workplace Safety held in New Delhi The 7th edition of FICCI Safety Systems Excellence Awards for Industry was launched in June 2018. The award ceremony & the conference are scheduled in September. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State for Labour and Employment has been invited to inaugurate the conference and present the awards. The winners of 7th edition of FICCI Safety Systems Excellence Awards will be announced in the Inaugural Session of the programme. The conference theme is “Excellence in Workplace Safety & Occupational Health”. The conference would witness rich deliberations on subjects like Best Practices in Workplace Safety, Importance of Lighting in Workplace Safety, Occupational Health and Working Conditions, Risk Assessment Strategies for Accident Prevention among others." 89 "Odisha: Govt adopts ‘No Work No Pay’ policy in education dept Odisha government has decided to adopt the ‘No Work No Pay’ policy with regard to the strike by the block grant teachers and lecturers. Teachers, lecturers and other employees of 4, 000 block grant schools and 1500 colleges on September 24 resumed duty after a 42-days of strike." 90 "Indian smartphone users consuming average 1GB data a day: Report Smartphone users in India are consuming an average 1GB data per day from an average 4GB a month not long ago and spending more than 90 minutes on online activities daily across the entry-level, mid and premium segments, the “Nielsen Smartphone 2018” report said. India has emerged among the most preferred smartphone markets in the world owing to affordable handset prices and low-cost data penetration." 91 "India to organise ‘Gandhi March’ in Netherlands India will organise ‘Gandhi March’ from the iconic Peace Palace at the Hague to Grote Kerk to launch the two-year long celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The ‘Gandhi March’ will see participation of people of all nationalities and around 20 ambassadors of different countries. A ‘Gandhi Walk’ will also be held in the capital city the same evening. The Indian Embassy along with community organisations will conduct an outreach programme called “Follow the Mahatma” from October 1-5." 92 "Govt constitutes Lokpal search committee The Modi government constituted an eight-member search committee, to be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, to recommend the chairperson and members of the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal. The decision to constitute the search committee comes four years after the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, which envisages establishment of anti-graft body Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013." 93 "8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship begins in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Thiruvananthapuram is all set to play host to the 8th Asian Yoga Sports Championship, which will be held at the Jimmy George indoor stadium from September 27 to 30. The event will witness around 500 participants representing 14 Asian countries showcasing their yoga skills." 94 "India And UN Signed A Five-Year Sustainable Development Framework CEO NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev, will sign the Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022.The signing ceremony would be presided over by Vice Chairperson, NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Members of NITI Aayog and will be attended by the heads of UN agencies in India." 95 "Amit Shah inaugurates Deendayal Upadhyaya National monument BJP president Amit Shah asked the Railways and the Rajasthan government to set up a research centre at Dhankya, where Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya spent his early years, to explore the principles of integral humanism and upliftment of weakest sections. Spread across 4, 400 sq metre, the monument was built at a cost of Rs 12 crore on land acquired from the North Western Railways." 96 "3-day International conference on Smart cities begins in Jaipur The city is all decked up to host a three-day international conference, ‘Smart City Expo India 2018’ at Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre (JECC) in Sitapura. The three-day event, which has been organised for the first time in the country, will be inaugurated by the vice president of India, Venkaiah Naidu." 97 "Vice President inaugurated national literary and intellectual conference- “Lok Manthan 2018” in Ranchi Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated a national literary and intellectual conference- “Lok Manthan 2018” at Khel Gaon in Ranchi. This four-day event is being organised by Department of Culture of Jharkhand Government in association with a NGO to have discussions on present social and cultural issues facing the country." 98 "Ravi Shankar Prasad Launched Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics and DigiVaarta National Informatics Centre (NIC) and National Informatics Centre Services Incorporated (NICSI) have jointly set up a Centre of Excellence for data analytics to support Government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance. Launch of Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was done by the Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, as part of Workshop on Data Analytics in Government." 99 "Tourism Minister Launches Incredible India Mobile App Union KJ Alphons presented the National Tourism Awards 2016-17 and launched the ‘Incredible India’ mobile app and the “Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification” programme on the occasion of World Tourism Day. He said India will be the host country for official World Tourism Day celebrations for the UNWTO, in 2019. " 100 "PM Modi Inaugurated Parakram Parv Exhibition In Jodhpur To mark the second anniversary of the Surgical strikes, carried out by the Indian army, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Parakram Parv at the Combined Commanders’ Conference in Jodhpur. Parakram Parv is being celebrated to highlight the valour and accomplishments of the Indian Army. Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended a Combined Commanders’ conference in Jodhpur to commemorate the second anniversary of the cross-Line of Control (LoC) “surgical strikes” carried out against militant launch pads in Pakistan." 101 "NITI Aayog, Oracle join hands against counterfeit drugs in India In a bid to battle the issue of counterfeit drugs in India, NITI Aayog joined hands with Cloud major Oracle, Apollo Hospitals and global pharmaceutical manufacturer Strides Pharma Sciences to pilot a real drug supply chain, using Blockchain decentralised ledger and Internet of Things (IoT) software. The collaboration is aimed to bring transparency, accountability and efficiency in tracing and tracking drugs manufactured in the country." 102 "Supreme Court allows women of all age groups to enter Sabarimala Temple In a verdict which only strengthens the concept of ‘gender equality’, the Supreme Court lifted the ban on the entry of women in Sabarimala temple, Pathanamthitta District‎, Kerala. ‎The court further stated that biological reasons should not be considered for the continuation of an age-old tradition." 103 "Indo-Bangla border conference held in Mizoram A joint border conference was held between India and Bangladesh at Aizawl and delegates from both sides deliberated on the border issues between the two countries. The Indian delegation was headed by Survey of India Director Sanjay Kumar." 104 "Kolkata launches India’s first flood forecast system The Kolkata Municipal Corporation, with the support of the Asian Development Bank launched the country’s first flood forecasting and early-warning system. It will provide real-time data on inundation, rainfall intensity, temperature, air quality and other climate-related data." 105 "India’s biggest war memorial is to be constructed in Jharkhand: Raghubar Das Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said their government is constructing India’s biggest war memorial. Stories of the slain soldiers’ bravery will be written in the war memorial which will have a replica of the Kargil War so that the youth can understand their duties towards the nation." 106 "Tripura to set up flute performance research institute Tripura Government would set up a flute performance research institute to take out the traditional musical act and its eminence as a traditional musical instrument across the world. To acquire knowledge, to learn flute performance and to develop the music based on the instrument (flute), the proposed flute performance research institute would play a great role." 107 "India’s 1st Corn Festival Starts in Madhya Pradesh In Madhya Pradesh, the first corn festival of the country is being held in Chhindwara. Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest corn producing states in India, with Chhindwara being the highest corn producing district." 108 "Uzbek President to arrive in India on Sept 30 Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will arrive in India on his maiden state visit to the country, during which he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to boost bilateral strategic partnership. Uzbekistan Capital: Tashkent Currency: Uzbekistani som" 109 "RBI withdraws permission to open Bandhan Bank new branches The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has withdrawn the general permission given to Bandhan Bank to open new branches and it can now do so only with prior approval of the central bank. The bank was not able to bring down the shareholding of Non Operative Financial Holding Company (NOFHC) to 40 per cent as required under the licensing condition." 110 "MoHUA partners with Google to launch #LooReview Campaign The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission, has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. Google is a committed partner in achieving the Government’s vision of a Swachh Bharat. ‘Public toilets near me’ is a feature that is supported across Google Maps, Search and the Assistant." 111 "Government sets up Competition Law Review Committee The government has formed a Competition Law Review Committee to ensure that the legislation is in tune with the changing business environment. The Committee will be headed by Injeti Srinivas, Secretary of the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs. The committee will review the competition regulations in view of changing business environment and suggest the necessary changes." 112 "Jaipur Art Summit to open in Delhi Over 20 artists from across the globe will showcase their works at a week-long international art summit in New Delhi starting from October 4-10, and are open for public participation. Currently in its sixth edition, the Jaipur Art Summit Metro Edition will open to the public at the Triveni Kala Sangam in an exhibition titled “Cross Border Art Connect”, along with talk shows and an art competition." 113 "MP announces 52nd district, decision to come into effect from Oct 1 The Madhya Pradesh government announced the creation of a new district ‘Niwari’. The new district would include three tehsils of the present Tikamgarh district – Niwari, Orchha and Prithvipur. The government’s decision will come into effect from October 1." INTERNATIONAL NEWS 114 "6th East Asia Summit and 15th India-AEM held in Singapore Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu attended the 6th East Asia Summit- Economic Ministers’ Meeting (EAS-EMM) and 15th India-ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting (AEM) in Singapore. Singapore is currently holding the Chair of ASEAN. The 6th East-Asia Economic Ministers’ Meeting was chaired by Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, and was attended by Economic Ministers from 10 ASEAN countries." 115 "India, Nepal sign Raxaul-Kathmandu railway line survey agreement India and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kathmandu on preliminary engineering-cum-traffic survey of the proposed Raxaul-Kathmandu railway line as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepal counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli agreed to foster bilateral ties. The MoU is the first step forward in the ambitious rail connectivity initiative between the two countries announced in April this year. The MoU was signed on the margins of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative of Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit, which concluded earlier in the day in Kathmandu. " 116 "4th BIMSTEC Summit Concludes in Nepal The 4th BIMSTEC summit successfully concluded with Nepal prime minister KP Sharma Oli handing over the chairmanship of the grouping to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the top leaders of other BIMSTEC member states attended the two-day summit in Kathmandu. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed on establishment of the BIMSTEC Grid Interconnection to enhance energy cooperation among the member states. Sri Lanka has become the new chair of the BIMSTEC. The Nepalese Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli handed over the chairmanship of BIMSTEC to the President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena. The BIMSTEC is a regional grouping comprising India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal. Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee Prime minister: Khadga Prasad Oli President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari" 117 "AYUSH Minister Inaugurates 4th International Ayurveda Congress at Netherlands Minister of State for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the 4th International Ayurveda Congress at Netherlands. The congress would focus on promotion and propagation of Ayurveda in Netherlands and its neighboring countries of Europe. This seminar will be jointly addressed by AYUSH Minister and Dutch Minister for Medical Care and Sport Bruno Bruins. The benefits on traditional knowledge of India such as Yoga and Ayurveda can bring for healthy living and aging which would be highlighted on the day of the seminar. Netherlands Capital: Amsterdam Currency: Euro" 118 "Indo-Kazakhstan Joint Exercise ‘KAZIND 2018’ To Be Held in Kazakhstan Indo-Kazakhstan Joint Army Exercise ‘KAZIND‘ will be conducted between the Indian and Kazakhstan Army from 10 to 23 Sep 2018 in Otar region, Kazakhstan. This is the third joint military exercise between the two countries which have a history of extensive cooperation in the defence arena. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote bilateral Army to Army relations and exchange skills and experiences between Kazakhstan Army and the Indian Army. Kazakhstan’s Capital: Astana Currency: Tenge" 119 "Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction across Japan Kansai airport, a major transport hub serving Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto, was cut off when an ocean tanker hit and damaged its bridge to the mainland.Jebi, Japan’s most powerful storm in 25 years, has killed at least 10 people. Japan’s Capital: Tokyo Currency: Japanese yen Prime minister: Shinzo Abe" 120 "International Women Entrepreneurs Summit begins in Nepal The International Women Entrepreneurs Summit 2018 is being held in Kathmandu, Nepal. Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the summit. He expressed concern over increasing violence against women and highlighted the need for public efforts to eliminate it. The theme of 3-day event is “Equality begins with Economic Empowerment”. The main objective of the summit is to bring together achievers, women business leaders, professionals, international service providers, resource organizations, experts, government representatives and other stakeholders with a focus on innovative economic transformation through discussions and collaborations. Nepal’s Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee Prime minister: Khadga Prasad Oli President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari" 121 "3-day World Hindu Congress Begins In Chicago The three-day World Hindu Congress has begun in Chicago. Over 2000 delegates from across the globe are participating in this mega event. The theme of World Hindu Congress is ‘Think collectively, Achieve valiantly’." 122 "Dubai to host India-UAE Partnership Summit A two-day India-UAE Partnership Summit (IUPS) will be held in Dubai from October 30. We are delighted to support the second IUPS being organised by the Business Leaders Forum (BLF). Its objectives and agenda fit perfectly into efforts to promote the strategic partnership between India and the United Arab Emirates." 123 "India-Mongolia Joint Exercise ‘Nomadic Elephant 2018’ Starts in Mongolia Indo-Mongolia joint exercise Nomadic Elephant-2018, commenced at Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) Five Hills Training Area, Ullanbaatar, Mongolia. Exercise Nomadic Elephant is an annual, bilateral exercise since 2006 which is designed to strengthen the partnership between Indian Army and Mongolian Armed Forces. Capital: Ulaanbaatar Currency: Mongolian togrog" 124 "Asean World Economic Forum begins in Vietnam The World Economic Forum for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) began in Vietnam amid the ban of two human rights activists by Vietnamese authorities. Amnesty International said in a statement that Vietnam refused entry to its senior director of global operations, Minar Pimple, who was to due to speak on diversity and pluralism. The event is attended by more than 1, 000 participants from 43 countries, including Asean heads of state and government. Vietnam Capital: Hanoi Currency: Vietnamese dong" 125 "India, Iran and Afghanistan hold first tripartite meeting in Kabul India, Iran and Afghanistan held their first tripartite meeting in Kabul during which implementation of the Chabahar port project and a host of other issues including ways to deepen counter-terror cooperation were discussed. The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while the Iranian team was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai chaired the meeting. " 126 "Google’s Mailing App ‘Inbox’ to discontinue from March 2019 Google is set to shut down its alternate mailing app “Inbox” in March 2019, giving users time to shift to the traditional Gmail by then, the company has said in a blog post. Launched in 2014, “Inbox” was introduced as an innovative new email app that lived alongside Gmail and served as an experimental platform for Google to try newer mailing features that could be incorporated in Gmail later." 127 "UN to hold Climate Summit in September 2019 Asserting that climate change is pushing the world towards “the edge of the abyss”, UN chief Antonio Guteress has said that he will convene a meeting in September 2019 to bring climate action to the top of the international agenda. The UN Secretary General also announced the appointment of Luis Alfonso de Alba, a former Mexican diplomat, as his Special Envoy to lead the preparations of the summit." 128 "G-20 Trade And Investment Ministerial Meeting Held in Argentina Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu participated in G-20 trade and investment ministerial meeting at Mar del Plata in Argentina. Issues including increasing protectionism challenges to promote global commerce and the new industrial revolution were discussed at the meeting. The G20 members include India, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, EU, France, Gemaany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, UK and the US. Argentina Currency: Argentine peso Capital: Buenos Aires" 129 "23rd Meeting of India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission Held In Moscow External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj led the Indian delegation at the 23rd meeting of India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission (IRIGC-TEC) to discuss the expansion of Russia-India relationship across all sectors. The meeting was chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov. Russian Capital: Moscow Currency: Ruble President: Vladimir Putin" 130 "NASA launches satellite to track Earth’s melting ice In a bid to understand Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, snow cover and permafrost, NASA successfully launched its Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2. The satellite with a three-year mission was launched with liftoff aboard a Delta II rocket from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California." 131 "Nepal, China begin joint military exercises Days after pulling out of the Bimstec joint military exercise in India at the last minute, the Nepal Army began its second wargame with the Chinese military at Chengdu, China. The “Sagarmatha Friendship-2” (Mt Everest Friendship Exercise-2018) military exercise in China’s Sichuan province will last 10 days. Nepal Capital: Kathmandu Currency: Nepalese rupee Prime minister: Khadga Prasad Oli President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari China President: Xi Jinping Capital: Beijing Currency: Renminbi" 132 "Germany launches world’s first hydrogen-powered train Germany rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but eco-friendly technology. Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions. Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom. The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1, 000 km on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains. Germany capital: Berlin Currency: Euro" 133 "Australia to host major cultural festival in India Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Harinder Sidhu, unveiled the program for Australia Fest – a six-month celebration of Australian culture, involving over 75 events across 20 cities in India. Australia’s culture, creativity and dynamism will be on show across India. Australia Fest events will feature music, art, food, film, literature, dance, theatre, sport and much more. Australia Capital: Canberra Currency: Australian dollar" 134 "Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface The Japanese space agency JAXA said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. The rovers are collectively known as MINERVA-II1. The space agency reported that MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first mobile exploration robot to land on the surface of an asteroid. Japan Currency: Yen Capital: Tokyo Prime minister: Shinzo Abe" 135 "Nepal to be world’s first country to double its tiger population Nepal is likely to be the first country in the world to double its tiger population. On the occasion of National Conservation Day on 23 September, Nepal announced that there are now an estimated 235 wild tigers in the country, nearly doubling the baseline of around 121 tigers in 2009. Nepal is just a few tigers away from achieving the goal of double tiger numbers by 2022, it also underscores the continued need to ensure protection, and improved and contiguous habitats for the long-term survival of the species." 136 "World Bank, UN launch mechanism to prevent famine UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed the World Bank/United Nations Famine Action Mechanism (FAM) as an important new tool to help predict and prevent famine. FAM will give a more accurate picture of food security in real time, triggering early action from donors and humanitarian agencies that will save lives and prevent further suffering. The mechanism has the support of global technology companies, including Microsoft, Google and Amazon Web Services." 137 "Nelson Mandela statue to be unveiled at UN headquarters A statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the UN headquarters to honour the South African President’s 100th birth anniversary. A high-level meeting, the Mandala Peace Summit, was scheduled at the UN for world leaders to renew their commitment to global peace, conflict prevention, peace building, promotion and protection of human rights and long-term development initiatives." 138 "Women Foreign Ministers hold meet in Montreal Women Foreign Ministers meeting for the first summit of its kind vowed to bring a ‘women’s perspective’ to foreign policy. The two-day meeting began in Montreal. It brought together more than half of the world’s top women diplomats, focussed on topics such as conflict prevention, democratic growth and eliminating gender-based violence." 139 "U.N. declared 2019-2028 as the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace” A statue of Nelson Mandela has been unveiled at the United Nations to honour the late South African leader’s birth.This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mandela’s birth, and the U.N. is declaring 2019-2028 the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace. Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres" 140 "India only SAARC country to have a quit-line number for tobacco users India has become the first and only SAARC country to have a quit-line number on tobacco products. The Union Health Ministry has already made 85% pictorial health warning mandatory on both sides of packets containing cigarettes, bidis, and chewing tobacco. The quit-line number will be printed on all tobacco products manufactured after September 1, 2018. India is the fourth country in Asia after Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore to have this government helpline for those looking at quitting tobacco." 141 "ADB keeps growth forecast at 6% in Asia The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it will maintain its growth forecast for this year in Asia at 6 percent but warned of the fallout of the ongoing trade tensions between China and the US for the region. For 2019, the ADB has cut its growth prospects slightly to 5.8 percent, according to the latest update of the bank’s annual Asian Development Outlook." 142 "Argentina Gets Biggest Loan in IMF’s History At $57 billion Argentina has received the biggest loan package ever from the International Monetary Fund, aimed at shoring up the country’s ailing finances a whopping $57.1bn that will be disbursed over the next three years. This is the biggest loan in the history of the IMF. IMF Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States CEO: Christine Lagarde Membership: 189 countries" 143 "Indra Jatra festival celebrated in Kathmandu In Nepal, the famous Indra Jatra festival is being celebrated in Kathmandu with gaiety and religious fervor. The eight day long annual festival is observed to worship Indra, the lord of rain and good harvest." 144 "India ranks 96th in Economic Freedom Index; HK, Singapore retain top spot India’s rank improved by a couple of notches, but it was still placed 96th among 162 countries in this year’s report on Economic Freedom in the World. Hong Kong and Singapore again topped the index, continuing their streak as the first and the second country, respectively." 145 "UAE to host Interfaith Alliance Forum in November The UAE will host the Interfaith Alliance Forum in Abu Dhabi on 19th and 20th November. The Interfaith Alliance Forum coincides with World Children’s Day, celebrated on 20th November, highlighting the importance of unifying views among religions and cultures to ensure the protection of children." 146 "China to hold 5th World Internet Conference in November China will hold the fifth World Internet Conference (WIC) in its river town of Wuzhen in November. This year’s WIC will be held in China’s Zhejiang province under the theme of “Creating a digital world for mutual trust and collective governance — towards a community with a shared future in cyberspace”." 147 "Typhoon Trami hit Japan’s southern island of Okinawa Typhoon Trami hit Japan’s southern island of Okinawa with a maximum speed of 216 kilometres per hour." 148 "WHO launches ‘SAFER’, a new initiative to reduce harmful use of alcohol The World Health Organization (WHO) released SAFER, a new initiative and technical package outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments reduce the harmful use of alcohol and related health, social and economic consequences. SAFER is the newest WHO-led roadmap to support governments in taking practical steps to accelerate progress on health, beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through addressing the harmful use of alcohol, and achieve development targets." 149 "Tsunami and earthquake in Indonesia kill over 400 Nearly 400 people were killed when a powerful quake sent a tsunami barrelling into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. In Palu, about 17, 000 people have been evacuated, scattered across centers in 24 locations." BANKING & FINANCE 150 "Licence of Bhilwara Mahila Urban Co-operative Bank cancelled by RBI The RBI has cancelled the licence of Rajasthan-based Bhilwara Mahila Urban Co-operative Bank as it does not have adequate capital and earning prospects. The RBI said it has cancelled the licence of the bank with effect from the close of business on August 31, 2018. “The bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects. The bank is not in a position to pay its present and future depositors in full as and when their claims accrue, ” the apex bank (RBI) said. Bhilwara Mahila Urban Co-operative Bank: Bhilwara, Rajasthan" 151 "Banks with over 10 branches to have ombudsman: RBI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) asked all scheduled commercial banks with more than 10 branches to appoint an internal ombudsman (IO). The apex bank has, however, excluded regional rural banks (RRBs) from appointing IOs. The internal ombudsman scheme was introduced by the RBI to strengthen the internal grievance of banks and to ensure that the complaints of the customers are redressed" 152 "NABARD sanctions over Rs 334 cr to Bengal projects in August The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) said it has sanctioned Rs 334.75 crore in August, under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), to West Bengal for 158 minor irrigation and 23 flood protection projects.The projects were expected to benefit 20, 506 hectare covering 3.09 lakh population in 699 villages of the 22 districts while the flood protection projects would address the problem of rapid bank erosion caused by rivers, according to a statement." 153 "Airtel Payments Bank enables card-less cash withdrawal at ATMs Airtel Payment Bank, India’s first payments bank, has announced that its customers can now make card-less cash withdrawals at over 100, 000 ATMs across India. It has partnered with Empays, a global provider of cloud based payment solutions, under which it will enable Airtel Payments Bank’s savings account holders to withdraw cash using just their mobile phone through the card-less cash technology of Empays, called IMT (Instant Money Transfer). The technology can be used for self-withdrawal or for sending money to an intended recipient for ATM cash withdrawal. IMT is the largest cardless cash ATM network in the world. Airtel Payment Bank CEO: Anubrata Biswas Headquarters: New Delhi" 154 "HDFC Bank is India’s most valued brand for 5th year in a row HDFC Bank retained its top spot in the `WPP and Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands’ ranking, with a rise of 21 per cent in its brand value to USD 21.7 billion. Insurance brand LIC comes in at the second spot due to the key role played by its pension plan business, while Tata Consultancy Services ranked third, having leveraged digital technologies to drive growth and business transformation. HDFC CEO: Aditya Puri Headquarters: Mumbai Tagline: We understand your world." 155 "RBI slaps Rs 1 cr penalty each on three public sector banks The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 1 crore each on three public sector banks for non-compliance with its directions on “Fraud – Classification and Reporting”. According to the RBI, the penalty was imposed individually on all the three banks — Bank of Maharashtra, Bank of India, Union Bank of India — on August 30, 2018." 156 "HDFC Bank most valuable Indian brand 5th year running: Survey Private sector HDFC Bank has become India’s most valuable brand for the fifth year in a row with a 21 per cent rise in its brand value to $21.7 billion over the previous year, according to a survey. HDFC Bank retained its top spot in the “WPP and Kantar Millward Brown’s BrandZ 75 Most Valuable Indian Brands” ranking that was started in 2014 by the global communication services company. " 157 "PayU India Gets RBI Approval To Operate Its Own NBFC PayU India has received Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) approval to operate its own non-banking financial company (NBFC).The move will help PayU promote inclusive growth in the country by catering to the diverse financial needs of various segments of the society." 158 "Centre announces merger of Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank, Bank of Baroda Moving ahead with consolidation of public sector banks, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the merger of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. The merged entity or amalgamated bank would be India’s third largest. There will be no adverse impact on employees of merged entity, the Finance Minister added. Department of Financial Services Secretary Rajeev Kumar said that the new bank will be strong competitive bank with economies of scale." 159 "SBI reassures NBFCs on liquidity concerns The State Bank of India (SBI) asked non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) not to worry about credit availability as it would continue to support them. “There is no concern on liquidity of NBFCs in view of their liquid cash position and availability of committed lines, ” SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar said." 160 "India to be USD 100 bn FDI destination by 2022: PHD Chamber India is approaching towards USD 100 billion FDI inflow per annum by 2022 as volumes of foreign direct investment are increasing year after year. The annual FDI inflows in the country increased from USD 36 billion in 2013-14 to USD 62 billion in 2017-18." 161 "YES BANK integrates mPower BOT with RupeeBoss.com Private sector lender Yes Bank has partnered with online financial services company RupeeBoss.com for the integration of the bank’s chat bot based platform to support instant loan eligibilities for its several loan products. The mPower BOT integration will be done across digital platforms and shall be available for use across platforms like the online portal RupeeBoss.com for the customers." 162 "ICICI Prudential Life inks bancassurance partnership with Saraswat Co-operative Bank Leading life insurance brand ICICI Prudential Life has partnered with India’s largest urban co-operative bank Saraswat Co-operative to offer life insurance products ranging from protection to wealth creation. This partnership will enable over 280 Saraswat ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Bank branches in Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to offer Protection and Savings products of ICICI Prudential Life to its customers. Saraswat Co-Operative Bank MD: Smita Sandhane ICICI Prudential Life Insurance MD & CEO: N S Kannan" 163 "ADB approves $500 mn for Tamil Nadu water supply, sewerage, drainage infra Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a USD 500 million loan to build climate resilient infrastructure in several cities of Tamil Nadu. The ADB programme will provide direct assistance in these areas as part of its support to the state’s Vision Tamil Nadu 2023 to provide universal access to water and sanitation and to develop world-class cities in high-performing industrial corridors." 164 "RBI slaps Rs 5 crore penalty on Karur Vysya Bank The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Karur Vysya Bank for non-compliance of its directives. The penalty was imposed for non-compliance with its directions on “Income Recognition and Asset Classification (IRAC) norms, reporting of frauds, and on the need for discipline at the time of opening of current accounts." 165 "ADB approves $150 mn loan for Madhya Pradesh’s first multi-skills park setup ADB will provide USD 150 million loan for establishing the first multi-skills park in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.This new flagship Global Skills Park (GSP) campus will be established in state capital Bhopal from where about 20, 000 people are expected to be benefited. The skills park is to be equipped with international training facilities to enhance the quality of Madhya Pradesh’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system." BUSINESS & ECONOMY 166 "IRDAI working on ‘Sandbox’ method The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) is working on the guidelines for ‘Sandbox’ method which will allow insurers to test products in a particular geography or among a set of few policyholders before they are available in the market. The regulator has also asked insurance firms to come out with long-term health insurance policies, which are currently only available in two wheeler and four wheeler insurance. IRDA Chairman: SC Khuntia" 167 "BSNL and Unlimit Ink Partnership for IoT M2M Services in India Unlimit, the only end-to-end IoT service provider in India, part of Reliance ADA Group, announced its partnership with State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). The partnership provides comprehensive Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services to the enterprise customers across India. Through this partnership, Unlimit will leverage BSNL’s ubiquitous and seamless wireless network footprint pan India to provide its solutions and services across industries. BSNL CMD- Anupam Shrivastava" 168 "Govt determined to contain fiscal deficit at 3.3 pc The government is determined to keep fiscal deficit within the budgeted level of 3.3 per cent of GDP as the country cannot afford to have a twin deficit problem. The official told a depreciating rupee and high crude import bill would definitely put pressure on the country’s current account deficit (CAD), and a fiscal slippage at this juncture would lead to a twin deficit. The government has targeted 3.3 per cent fiscal deficit for the current financial year ending March 2019." 169 "India ranks 3rd in family-owned businesses India ranks third globally in terms of number of family-owned businesses with 111 companies having a total market capitalisation of $839 billion. India closely follows China with 159 firms and the US with 121 firms, says a report. According to the ‘Credit Suisse Family 1000 in 2018’ study, published by the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI), in terms of number of family-owned businesses within the non-Japan Asian region, the list is dominated by China, India and Hong Kong. " 170 "Vodafone Idea Board Approves Merger With Aditya Birla Telecom The board of Vodafone Idea Ltd. (VIL) has approved the merger of its unit Aditya Birla Telecom Ltd. (ABTL) with itself, moving a step closer towards monetizing the company’s 11.15% stake in Indus Towers to pare debt. British telecom giant Vodafone’s India subsidiary and the Aditya Birla Group company Idea Cellular last month merged to form the country’s largest telecom operator, Vodafone Idea Ltd." 171 "India Post Payments Bank, Bajaj Allianz tie up for insurance products sale India Post Payments Bank and Bajaj Allianz announced a five-year partnership to sell life insurance products on a revenue share basis. Under the partnership, India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) will facilitate customers to pay for Bajaj Allianz life insurance products through their accounts. IPPB MD and CEO: Suresh Sethi" 172 "RBI relaxes ECB norms to prop up rupee The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) liberalised some aspects of the external commercial borrowings (ECBs) policy including those related to rupee-denominated bonds to help check rupee depreciation. Till date, ECB up to $50 million or its equivalent could be raised by eligible borrowers with minimum average maturity period of three years. The decision to revise the minimum average maturity period of three years to one year." 173 "ADB to suggest ways to add value to mango, guava potato farming The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will undertake an exhaustive study in Uttar Pradesh to add value to mango growing, guava, potato and pulse farming, and submit a report to the state government. The Uttar Pradesh government had ensured distribution of two crore soil health cards, which was the highest in the country. Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines President: Takehiko Nakao Membership: 67 countries" 174 "BSNL Signs Deal With SoftBank, NTT to Roll Out 5G In India State-run telecom firm BSNL has inked a pact with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and internet of things (IoT) technology in India. Under the agreement with Softbank, BSNL will look at collaborating with the Japanese firm for its satellite constellation which will have around 900 satellites to provide high speed internet services across the globe. BSNL CEO: Anupam Shrivastava Headquarters: New Delhi" 175 "Apple Completes Acquisition of Music Recognition App Shazam Apple announced it has completed the acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular music recognition mobile apps. Apple struck a deal with Shazam for a likely sum of nearly $400 million." 176 "Flipkart acquires Israel-based Upstream Commerce Flipkart has acquired an Israel-based analytics start-up called Upstream Commerce, as India’s largest online retailer looks to help its massive seller base with services such as real-time pricing and product assortment information." 177 "Indian economy to grow at 8%: Jaitley Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the new insolvency law, indirect tax regime and demonetization will help drive India’s growth rate and sustain it at 8 per cent. He said the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), Goods and Services Tax (GST), demonetization and digital payments had enabled better assessment of financial capacity and risks." 178 "FDI in Telecom Sector Jumped Five Times In Three Years The foreign direct investment (FDI) in the telecom sector rose to USD 6.2 billion in the last fiscal, a near five-fold increase from USD 1.3 billion in 2015-16, Union Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said. He further said the new sectoral policy in works envisages the FDI in the telecom space to reach USD 100 billion by 2022. " 179 "ADB retains India growth forecast for FY18 at 7.3% India is expected to grow at a healthy 7.3% in fiscal year 2018, helped by improved domestic demand and a steady revival in industrial growth, the Asian Development Bank said in a new report. The ADB kept its growth forecasts unchanged at 7.3% for 2018 and 7.6% for 2019 as the temporary effects of the demonetisation of large bank notes and the introduction of GST abate as expected. The multilateral lending agency said in an update of its flagship annual economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook 2018." 180 "Finance Ministry launches Mobile Application “ Jan Dhan Darshak” as a part of Financial Inclusion Department of Financial Services (DFS), Ministry of Finance and National Informatics Centre (NIC) have jointly developed a mobile app called Jan Dhan Darshak as a part of financial inclusion (FI) initiative. Jan Dhan Darshak app will be in a unique position to provide a citizen centric platform for locating financial service touch points across all providers such as banks, post office, CSC, etc. These services could be availed as per the needs and convenience of the common people." SPORTS 181 "Sakshi Choudhary clinches gold medal at World Youth Boxing Championship in Budapest Former junior world champion boxer Sakshi Choudhary added the youth crown to her cabinet, claiming the gold with a dominating victory over Nikolina Cacic of Croatia in Budapest. However, Asian champions Manisha and silver-medallist Anamika settled for silver medals." 182 "Lewis Hamilton Wins Italian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton delivered one of his greatest races when he wrecked Ferrari’s homecoming party as he stormed to a record-equalling fifth Monza victory at the Italian Grand Prix. The defending world champion produced a perfectly-judged race of raw aggression to finish 8.7 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who had claimed pole position in a Ferrari front row with the fastest lap in Formula One history. Lewis Hamilton-British racing driver-Mercedes" 183 "Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric named UEFA Player of the Year Croatia captain Luka Modric has been voted the best player in Europe last season, edging former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah for the UEFA award. Modric helped Madrid win a third straight Champions League title, and fourth in five seasons, before leading his country to the World Cup final. Croatia lost 4-2 against France." 184 "Amit Panghal bags gold in men’s boxing Haryana boxer Amit Panghal (49kg) became the eighth Indian boxer to claim the gold medal at the Asian Games with a stunning tactical win over reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov in the summit clash in Jakarta. Amit, making his debut at the Games, showed immense tactical brilliance, especially in defence to outwit the Uzbek, who has an iconic status in international boxing." 185 "Japan’s swimmer Ikee named Asian Games’ MVP Japan’s young swimmer Rikako Ikee was named the Indonesia Asian Games’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) after winning six gold and two silver medals. She received $50, 000 in prize money. The teenager is the first female winner of the award, which has been presented at every Games since the 1998 edition in Bangkok." 186 "Shooter Mitharval strikes gold in 50m pistol India’s Om Prakash Mitharval clinched gold in the men’s 50m pistol event at Changwon (South Korea), claiming his country’s third gold medal at the ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea. Mitharval opened his match with two average series of 92 and 90 points, then progressively climbing up the table." 187 "Anjum, Apurvi Becomes 1st Set of Indian Shooters To Secure Quota Places For 2020 Olympics Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela became the first set of Indian shooters to secure quota places for the 2020 Olympics by winning a silver and finishing fourth respectively in the women’s 10m air rifle event of the ISSF World Championship in Changwon, South Korea." 188 "India to host FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters event. One of the most prestigious 3×3 basketball tournaments in the world, the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) 3×3 World Tour Masters is coming to India for the first time on September 23 and 24 for the Hyderabad Masters in the city of Hyderabad. The participation will be seen from leading international 3×3 teams and top two 3BL teams – Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL." 189 "Ex-Indian pacer RP Singh bids adieu to cricket Former Indian fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.The 32-year-old said that there is no easy way to say goodbye, but added that it is the right time to call it quits." 190 "Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold in ISSF World C’ship Saurabh Chaudhary continued his impressive run of form as he clinched a gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol Junior event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shooting World Championship in Changwon, South Korea. The 16-year-old shattered the earlier record of 243.7 points to set a new world record with a total point tally of 245.5. In the recently-concluded Asian Games, Chaudhary had bagged the gold medal." 191 "ISSF World Cship: Hriday Hazarika bags gold in 10m air rifles Teenager Hriday Hazarika clinched a gold medal for India in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle Junior event at the ongoing International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea." 192 "Neymar appointed permanent captain of Brazilian football team Paris Sain-Germain striker Neymar has been appointed as the permanent captain of Brazil’s national team. Brazil’s head coach Tite scrapped the captaincy rotation policy of the team to give Neymar the permanent position." 193 "Shooting Worlds: Ankur Mittal wins double trap gold Ankur Mittal claimed the men’s double trap gold medal in the ISSF World Championship for his career’s biggest triumph, as the Indian shooting team continued its dominance in the premier tournament. ISSF World Championship 2018 venue- Changwon, South Korea" 194 "Luka Modric Wins ‘UEFA Men’s Player of The Year Award’ Croatian midfielder Luka Modric has revealed that he received a congratulatory message from Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo after the former was named UEFA Player of the Year. He rose to heights after his sensational performance in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in which he was awarded the Golden Ball at the tournament for his outstanding performance." 195 "Naomi Osaka Beats Serena Williams To Win U.S Open Naomi Osaka became Japan’s first Grand Slam singles champion after she thumped Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 in a controversial US Open final , with the American suffering a mesmerizing meltdown after being handed a code violation." 196 "India Blue defeats India Red to win Duleep Trophy India Blue thrashed defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final to win the Duleep Trophy at NPR College ground in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu.Himachal Pradesh batsman Nikhil Gangta was named man of the match for his superb knock of 130." 197 "Arpinder first Indian to bag medal in IAAF Continental Cup Triple jumper Arpinder Singh created history by becoming the first Indian to win a medal in the IAAF Continental Cup as he clinched a bronze. He was representing the Asia-Pacific team in the meet, held once every four years. No Indian has ever won a medal in the Continental Cup which was known as the IAAF World Cup before 2010. The 25-year-old Arpinder had won a gold in the Asian Games in Jakarta. IAAF Continental Cup 2018 venue- Ostrava, Czech Republic" 198 "Djokovic wins third US Open men’s singles title Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets to win the US Open men’s singles final. This is his his third U.S. Open title and 14th major overall. In a match which was played under testing conditions, it was the Serbian who emerged on top after a contest which lasted more than three hours." 199 "US Open 2018: Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands win mixed doubles title Britain’s Jamie Murray and the US’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands have won the US Open mixed doubles title, beating Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic in a thrilling tie-break. It is the second US Open title in a row for Murray, who won with Martina Hingis last year, and his sixth Grand Slam title overall." 200 "Asia Cup: India’s game against Hong Kong to get ODI status The ICC has decided to accord One-Day International status to India and Pakistan’s group league matches against Hong Kong in the upcoming Asia Cup, starting September 15. Hong Kong, an ICC associate member, is yet to get ODI status but have beaten UAE, who recently earned the ODI status, to qualify for the Asia Cup.The BCCI along with Asian Cricket Council (ACC) had placed a request with the ICC board, the two matches involving Hong Kong should be considered as official ODIs." 201 "Justice Mukul Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel headed by Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been picked by the Sports Ministry." 202 "Former Indian captain Sardar Singh announces retirement from international hockey Former India hockey captain Sardar Singh decided to call time on his illustrious career, saying he had played enough in the last 12 years and now it’s time for the youngsters to take over. He made over 350 international appearances for India and captained the national team for eight years, from 2008 to 2016, before handing the responsibility to PR Sreejesh." 203 "Former England captain Collingwood announces retirement Former England captain Paul Collingwood will retire from professional cricket at the end of the current season. Collingwood, 42, became the first England captain to win a trophy at a global tournament when he guided them to the ICC World T20 in 2010. " 204 "India’s 102-year-old athlete Mann Kaur wins gold medal at World Masters Athletics Championships India’s oldest female athlete Man Kaur from Patiala, made the country proud by winning a gold medal at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga, Spain. The 102-year-old athlete won the 200 m race medal in the age group of 100 – 104." 205 "ISSF World Championship: Udhayveer Singh Wins Gold In Junior Men’s 25m Pistol Event Udhayveer Sidhu shone bright with an individual gold in the junior men’s 25m pistol event after spearheading India to the team gold in the same event at the 52nd World Shooting Championship in Changwon, South Korea. Compatriot and twin brother, Vijayveer Sidhu, and Patiala lad Rajkanwar Sandhu comprised the Indian team." 206 "Former England keeper Foster retires from all forms of cricket Former England wicket-keeper James Foster has announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the ongoing season. According to a statement by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Foster 38 played seven Tests 11 one-day internationals and five Twenty20 Internationals for England between 2001 and 2009 and last turned out in national colours during the ICC World Twenty20 2009." 207 "Indian boxers Simranjit Kaur, Monika and Bhagyabati Kachari win gold medals in Turkey Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Monika (48kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) claimed gold medals as Indian boxers notched up an impressive seven podium finishes at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey." 208 "SAFF Cup 2018: Maldives Beat India 2-1 To Lift Trophy India suffered a shock defeat against Maldives in the final of 2018 South Asian Football Federation Cup. The seven-time winners lost 2-1 to Maldives in the summit clash at Dhaka despite dominating the match with better ball possession and more shots at the opposition goal. Meanwhile, Maldives lifted the winners’ trophy for the second time. SAFF cup 2018 venue: Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh" 209 "Mary Kom bags gold at Silesian Boxing Championship in Poland M C Mary Kom lived up to her favourites tag to clinch gold in the 13th International Silesian Women’s Boxing Championships in Gliwice, Poland. Mary Kom (48kg) prevailed 5-0 against Kazakhstan’s Aigerim Kassanayeva in the final of the boxing event to win her third gold medal this year." 210 "Lewis Hamilton wins the Singapore Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix with a strong run from pole position to increase his world championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. It is Hamilton’s fourth win at the Singapore Grand Prix, equalling Vettel as the most successful driver at the race and the 69th of his career. Lewis Hemiltion- British Racing Driver" 211 "Spain’s Marin claims Japan Open badminton title Spain’s Carolina Marin Olympic champion and three-time badminton world champion won the Japan Open women’s singles title with a victory over Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara." 212 "Hangzhou to host 2022 Asian Para Games With 19 days to go before the opening of the third Asian Para Games in Jakarta, the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition in 2022." 213 "Indian boxers bag seven medals in Turkey Indian women boxers have bagged a total of seven medals, including three gold, two silver and two bronze at the 32nd Ahmet Comert Boxing tournament in Turkey.WhileSimranjit Kaur clinched a gold medal in 64 kg category in the final bout. Monika registered a convincing 5-0 victory to bag the gold medal in 48 kg. Bhagyabati Kachari was another Indian boxer who claimed the top-podium in the final of 81 kg category.She also received the award for the most scientific boxerat the event. the list of silver medalists: Pinki Rani and Meena Kumari who claimed the second position in the respective categories of 51 kg and 54 kg. The list of bronze medalists:Sonia (57 kg) and Kavita Chahal (81 kg) assured bronze for India in the tournament. Turkey Capital: Ankara Currency: Turkish lira" 214 "National Sports Awards 2018 Announced The National Sports Awards 2018 were officially announced on 20 September. These awards are conferred by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu will receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award– India’s highest sports honour. Kohli will become the third Indian cricketer after legendary Sachin Tendulkar and the talismanic former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Chanu is the current Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and India’s biggest medal hope in weightlifting going into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. CWG and Asiad gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, Asiad double medalist sprinter Hima Das and Indian batswoman Smriti Mandhana will receive Arjuna award 2018. Dronacharya Award for Outstanding Coaches in Sports and Games, is presented to coaches and mentors. It is the highest coaching honour of the Republic of India. This year 8 coaches have been awarded the honour." 215 "Uganda beats South Africa 44-43 to win World University Netball C’ship Uganda were crowned the 2018 FISU World University netball champions after beating South Africa 44-43 in the final which was held in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda Capital: Kampala Currency: Shilling" 216 "Croatia’s Luka Modric wins FIFA’s best player of the year award Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric won FIFA Best Men’s Player Award at an award ceremony in London. On the other hand, Brazilian captain Marta won the award for FIFA Best Women’s Player of the Year award." 217 "India to host first deaf ICC World T20 in November India will host the Deaf ICC T20 World Cup slated to begin from November 23-30 in Gurugram. The eight-day tournament will see participation from over 200 players across eight countries including England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, apart from India." 218 "PV Sindhu only sportsperson in Forbes India’s maiden list of 22 young achievers Badminton player and Olympian PV Sindhu is the only sportsperson featuring in the Forbes India’s maiden ‘tycoons of tomorrow’ list of 22 young achievers in the fields of business, acting and sports. The list recognises the scions of family-managed businesses, first-generation entrepreneurs, and actors and sportspersons." 219 "India beat Sri Lanka by 51 runs to win series 4-0 Indian women ended their tour of Sri Lanka in style with a comprehensive 51-run win against the hosts in the fifth and final T20 International. India had won the series after going up 3-0 and the fourth game was washed out. However, with the final match in Katunayake, Sri Lanka." 220 "Harmanpreet Kaur To Lead India In Women’s World Twenty20 The BCCI’s All-India Women Selection Committee announced the squad for the upcoming Women’s World T20 tournament 2018. The committee picked Harmanpreet Kaur as the captain of the side, while Smriti Mandhana was selected as the vice-captain. The sixth edition of the tournament, which will take place in West Indies from November 9, 2018, to November 24, 2018, will see 10 teams participating in the competition." 221 "Madrid to host new-format Davis Cup in 2019, 2020 Madrid has been chosen to host the first two new-format Davis Cup finals in 2019 and 2020. The current Davis Cup format is a knockout event played February, July, September and November at venues around the globe, with best-of-five match ties following Grand Slam events until the final round." 222 "Sharmila won gold in women’s javelin’s throw Railways athlete Sharmila Kumari produced the first upset in the 58th National Open athletics championships by pipping national record holder Annu Rani to the gold medal in the women’s javelin throw. 58th National Open athletics championships Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar." 223 "Yuvraj Wadhwani clinches Asian Junior Squash title India’s Yuvraj Wadhwani defeated Anas Ali Shah of Pakistan in the final to win the boys under-13 title in the 25th Asian junior individual squash championship in Chennai. He became the second Indian to win the U-13 title after Veer Chotrani had won in 2014 in Iran." 224 "Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix Formula One defending champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain (Mercedes) won the Russian Grand Prix after Mercedes’ other driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland at the Sochi Autodrom circuit in Sochi, Russia." APPOINTMENTS/RESIGNS 225 "ICICI Bank reappoints Chanda Kochhar on board of ICICI Securities ICICI Bank has favoured the reappointment of Chanda Kochhar as a director on the board of ICICI Securities during the latter’s annual general meeting. This, for all intents and purposes, finalises Kochhar’s another stint at the ICICI Securities board, as the ICICI Bank holds 80 per cent stake in its broking arm." 226 "Madhavan takes charge as HAL CMD Defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) said R Madhavan has taken over as Chairman and Managing Director from T Suvarna Raju. He was heading HAL’s Accessories Division at Lucknow as an Executive Director." 227 "Justice Ranjan Gogoi to take charge as Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi is set to take over as the new Chief Justice of India on October 3, 2018. His name has been recommended for the post by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to the government. As per convention, the senior most judge of the Supreme Court is appointed the Chief Justice of India and Justice Ranjan Gogoi by virtue of his seniority should be next in line. He is expected to take oath on October 3." 228 "PNB’s Sunil Mehta has been selected as chairman of IBA The Indian Banks Association (IBA) has elected Punjab National Bank’s managing director and chief executive, Sunil Mehta, as the new chairman for 2018-19. The managing committee of the banking lobby has also elected Bank of India’s managing director and chief executive, Dina Bandhu Mohapatra, as the deputy chairman. Madhav Nair, country head and chief executive, Mashreqbank PSC, has been elected as the Honorary Secretary of the association for 2018-19, the IBA said. IBA HQ: Mumbai" 229 "Akshay Kumar is honorary ambassador for Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundations Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar is proud and honoured to be the ambassador of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial Foundation. Promoting the former prime minister’s motto of ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’, the actor took to Twitter and posted a picture with his grandson, Vinamra Shastri, who is also the president of the foundation." 230 "Poonam Khetrapal re-elected in WHO Poonam Khetrapal Singh was elected as Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia for a second five-year term, World Health Organisation said. Singh will commence her next five-year term on February 1, 2019. Singh’s candidature was unopposed, as the 11 member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region met at the ongoing Regional Committee session held in New Delhi to elect the next Regional Director, the global health body said in a statement." 231 "BSNL signs boxer Mary Kom as brand ambassador State-run telecom firm BSNL roped in Indian boxer MC Mary Kom as its brand ambassador for two years.BSNL will run television commercials, print advertisements and tariff plan endorsement with Kom “There is a lot of similarity between strength of BSNL and Mary Kom. We are delighted to have associated BSNL with her for period of next two years. We will spent Rs 30 lakh during this period on brand promotion, ” BSNL chairman and managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said." 232 "SBI Mutual Fund appoints Ashwani Bhatia as CEO SBI Mutual Fund said it has appointed Ashwani Bhatia as its managing director and chief executive officer. Bhatia takes over from Anuradha Rao, who now returns to State Bank of India (SBI) as deputy managing director. Before joining SBI Mutual Funds, he was in charge of revamping the entire credit structure and processes of SBI." 233 "SBI appoints Anshula Kant as Managing Director The State Bank of India (SBI) said that the government has appointed Anshula Kant as the Managing Director of the bank. She is at present the Deputy Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of India’s leading lender SBI. Her name was recommended by the Bank Boards Bureau for the post. She was appointed the MD after the post fell vacant B Sriram’s resignation. He took over as the MD and CEO of IDBI Bank. SBI Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar Headquarters: Mumbai Founded: 1 July 1955 " 234 "Assam govt makes Asian Games medalist Hima Das as Sports Ambassador of state Assam government has made Asian Games medalist Hima Das as the Sports Ambassador of the state. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal announced to develop 500 village stadiums in the state. Hima won 3 medals in recently concluded Asian Games." 235 "Axis CEO & MD Shikha Sharma’s tenure to end in December; Amitabh Chaudhry to take over Lending major Axis Bank`s long serving Chief Executive and Managing Director Shikha Sharma’s reign will come to an end on December 31, 2018 and she will be succeeded by Amitabh Chaudhry. The bank announced that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the appointment of Chaudhry for a period of 3 years, with effect from January 1, 2019 up to December 31, 2021. The incoming Chief Executive and Managing Director of the lending major, Chaudhry, is the Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company. Axis Bank Headquarters: Mumbai Tagline: Badhti Ka naam Zindagi." 236 "Alibaba CEO Zhang to succeed Jack Ma as Chairman Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group Holding Limited Monday said its chief executive officer Daniel Zhang will succeed Jack Ma as the chairman of the board next year. Ma will continue as executive chairman of the company over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition." 237 "HDFC Life appoints Vibha Padalkar as MD & CEO The board of HDFC Standard Life appointed Vibha Padalkar, the executive director and Chief financial officer of HDFC Standard Life, as the Managing director and CEO after the exit of Amitabh Chaudhary, who joined Axis Bank on September 8." 238 " Shivakumar elected as chairman of ASCI Shivakumar, group executive president, corporate strategy, at the Aditya Birla group, has been unanimously elected as the chairman of the board of The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the industry watchdog said in a statement. He takes over the new role from Abanti Sankaranarayanan, chief strategy and corporate affairs officer, Diageo India. ASCI HQ: Mumbai" 239 "L K Advani renominated as chairman of Lok Sabha ethics panel Senior BJP leader L K Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.The Committee examines complaints related to any unethical conduct by members of the Lower House. The committee can also initiate suo motu investigation into matters related to unethical conduct of a member and make recommendations." 240 "Moutaz Mousa Abdallah becomes Sudan’s new PM Moutaz Mousa Abdallah has become the Sudan’s new Prime Minister. A 21-member cabinet was sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum. He is also holding the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country’s ailing economy." 241 "SBI Appoints Prashant Kumar As CFO The State Bank of India (SBI) has announced Prashant Kumar as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He also worked as Chief General Manager, Kolkata circle and General Manager in Mumbai Circle." 242 "Varun and Anushka signed as ambassadors of Skill India Campaign Actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma have been signed in to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The actors through their film ‘Sui Dhaaga – Made in India’ are saluting India’s entrepreneurs and skilled workforce, especially homegrown artisans, craftspeople and weavers. The film highlights the untapped potential of India’s talented craftsmen and skilled workers at the grassroot level and the challenges and issues faced by them." 243 "Government Appoints New MD & CEOs At 10 PSBs The government appointed managing directors (MDs) and chief executive officers (CEOs) for 10 public sector banks. Five of the new MD and CEOs are currently functioning as Deputy MDs of State Bank of India (SBI). Mrutyunjay Mahapatra and Padmaja Chundru, both Deputy MDs in State Bank of India, have been appointed as MD and CEO of Syndicate Bank and Indian Bank respectively. Three other Dy MDs of SBI , Pallav Mohapatra, J Packirisamy and Karnam Shekhar have also been appointed as MD and CEO of Central Bank of India, Andhra Bank and Dena Bank, respectively. S S Mallikarjuna Rao has been appointed MD and CEO of Allahabad Bank.He is currently the Executive Director of Syndicate Bank. A S Rajeev, Executive Director of Indian Bank, has been named MD and CEO of Bank of Maharashtra. Atul Kumar Goel and S Harisankar have been appointed MD and CEO in UCO Bank and Punjab & Sind Bank respectively. Goel is ED, Union Bank of India, and Harisankar is the Executive Director of Allahabad Bank. Ashok Kumar Pradhan will be MD and CEO of United Bank of India. He is currently ED of the United Bank." 244 "A.K. Chaudhary appointed as new SAIL Chairman The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Anil Kumar Chaudhary‘s name as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Steel Authority of India Ltd. His tenure as CMD of SAIL is likely to be for a little over 2 years. SAIL Headquarters: New Delhi" 245 "Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan appointed Facebook India head Ajit Mohan, the chief executive officer of Star India’s over-the-top video service Hotstar, has been named Facebook India’s vice-president and managing director. He will assume an enhanced role at Facebook India, following a rejig of its India operations by the company. " 246 "Ibrahim Mohamed Solih elected as Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives’ presidential election, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen. Results released by the Elections Commission showed Solih had secured 58.3 percent of the popular vote. Maldives Capital: Male Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa President: Abdulla Yameen" 247 "Google appoints Keith Enright as its Chief Privacy Officer Google has appointed its privacy lawyer, Keith Enright, as Chief Privacy Officer as the company proposed policies for potential federal regulation of data. In his new role, He will be in charge of crafting Google’s strategy on privacy issues." 248 "Anil Khosla to be appointed as new Vice Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Anil Khosla will be appointed as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force. Air Marshal R Nambiar, who is currently serving as the Deputy Air Chief, is all set to be designated as the Commander-in-Chief of Eastern Air command which is headquartered at Shillong. The position of Commander-in-Chief of Western Air Command, on the other hand, will be handed over to Air Marshal HS Arora." 249 "Additional charge for NDRF chief Sanjay Kumar National Disaster Response Force chief Sanjay Kumar was given additional charge of the post of Director General of Fire Service, Civil Defence and Home Guards. Kumar, a 1985-batch Himachal Pradesh cadre IPS officer, was given the new responsibility after Prakash Mishra, IPS (retired), relinquished the post." 250 "Tribes India launches “Punch Tantra Collection and Ms Mary Kom as Brand Ambassador” Tribes India and TRIFED under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched “Punch Tantra Collection and Ms. Mary Kom as Brand Ambassador of Tribes India”. Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs introduced the Indian Sporting Legend and the World Boxing Champion Ms. Mary Kom as the Brand Ambassador of “Tribes India” and launched the “Punch Tantra” Diwali collection." 251 "Vikram Misri appointed India’s Ambassador to China Senior diplomat Vikram Misri has been appointed as India’s next ambassador to China, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced. He will replace Gautam Bambawale." 252 "N. Ravi, former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, elected PTI chairman N. Ravi, Publisher and former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, has been unanimously elected Chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI). Also, Vijay Kumar Chopra, Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group of newspapers, was elected Vice-Chairman." 253 "Elon Musk to Step Down as Tesla Chairman Tesla chief executive Elon Musk agreed to step down as chairman of the electric car maker he founded. An unexpected resolution to a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission 48 hours earlier that threatened to throw Tesla into unprecedented chaos." AWARDS 254 "Nehal Chudasama crowned Miss Universe India 2018 Nehal Chudasama is thrilled to be crowned as Yamaha Fascino Miss Diva Universe and says the feeling will take some time to settle as this was her long standing dream. The 22-year-old Mumbai girl was declared as the winner of Miss Diva Miss universe 2018. She will now be representing India at Miss Universe." 255 "Shabana Azmi awarded the BHARATIYA MANAVATA VIKAS PURASKAR 2018 Actors Shabana Azmi and Nandita Das were among 13 others who were awarded the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar in New Delhi for their contribution to the society and championing the cause of equity, social justice and human welfare. Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, lawyer Pramila Nesargi and Flavia Agnes, activist Bezwada Wilson, economist Bibek Debroy, social worker Uma Tuli, dalit rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi, human rights activist Pravin Patkar, green designer Anita Ahuja, and social entrepreneur Atul Satija also received the honour." 256 "Aishwarya to receive Meryl Streep Award for Excellence Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set to add another feather to her already loaded cap. The former Miss World will be bestowed with the inaugural Meryl Streep Awardfor Excellence at the first Women in Film and Television (WIFT) India Award. Apart from Aishwarya, filmmaker Zoya Akhtar will receive the Wyler Award for Excellence in Direction, and “Dhadak” star Janhvi Kapoor will also be honoured with the WIFT Emerald Award.WIFT India is part of WIFT International, a network which promotes professional development and achievement for women in the film industry, video, and other screen-based media." 257 "Anne Hathaway ro receive Human Rights award American actress Anne Hathaway will be honoured with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) National Equality Award on September 15. The “Bride Wars” actress will receive the award for her humanitarian work that she has done for the society, especially with women and the LGBTQ community. Earlier this year, Hathaway was also appointed as UN Women`s Global Ambassador, where her work involves supporting women’s equality in the workplace." 258 "‘Sarala Puraskar’ For Poet Satrughna Pandav Noted Odia poet Satrughna Pandav will be honoured with the prestigious ‘Sarala Puraskar’ for his poetry collection ‘Misra Dhrupad’. The ‘Sarala Puraskar’, instituted by eminent Odia industrialist late Dr Bansidhar Panda and late Ila Panda in 1979 and awarded by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust(IMPaCT) will be presented to Pandav on October 26. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5, 00, 000 and a citation." 259 "BSNL sweeps WiFi Leadership Awards 2018; Vipin Tyagi named WiFi leader of the year BSNL yet again swept WiFi Leadership Awards 2018 by bagging six awards and emerged as the largest public WiFi focused organization while Vipin Tyagi, Executive Director, C-DOT was conferred WiFi Leader of the Year at My India WiFi India Summit & Awards 2018 organised by DigiAnalysys in New Delhi. The day long Summit was themed “Achieving 10 million WiFi Hotspots by 2018” where multiple senior leaders from the industry converged to deliberate and chalk out a progressive strategy and technology roadmap for growth of WiFi eco-system in the country. BSNL Headquarters: New Delhi CEO: Shri Anupam Shrivastava " 260 "Bibek Debroy conferred Honoris Causa by UEM Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, was conferred ‘Honoris Causa’ by the University of Engineering & Management (UEM)." 261 "Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement awarded to NGO in Switzerland An international children rights charity based in Switzerland has been awarded the 2018 Balzan Prize for humanitarian achievement. The Balzan Foundation announced that Terre des Hommes will receive 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) for a project in the African nation of Mali to save infants during childbirth and help their mothers. The foundation said the project could be replicated on a larger scale in other countries. This year, prizes were awarded for social anthropology, global history, chemical ecology and fluid dynamics. Switzerland Currency: Swiss franc Capital: Bern" 262 "US award for Indian-born woman research scholar An India-born woman research scholar from the University of Washington won the Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for 2018 for using smartphones to detect life-threatening symptoms, the California-based Marconi Society. Nandakumar Rajalakshmi is the winner of this year’s Young Scholar Award for her outstanding research work in detecting life-threatening symptoms using smartphones. " 263 "Indian-American researcher awarded $6.5Mn to identify cancer biomarkers The US National Cancer Institute has give the “Outstanding Investigator Award” to Professor Arul Chinnaiyan, from the University of Michigan, and $6.5 million in funding over seven years, to identify cancer biomarkers to improve diagnosis and develop new targeted therapies. A pioneer in precision oncology, Chinnaiyan in 2010, launched the Michigan Oncology Sequencing (Mi-ONCOSEQ) programme. " 264 "Sawai Singh to be honoured with Meera Puruskar Jaipur-based poet and writer Sawai Singh Shekhawat will be honoured with Meera Puruskar by Rajasthan Sahitya Academy for his contribution to Hindi literature. President of the academy Indushekhar Tatpurush informed that Shekhawat was selected for the Meera award, which is the highest award of the academy." 265 "PNB wins Hindi implementation award State-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) bagged the “Rajbhasha Kirti” award for outstanding performance in implementing the Official Language Policy during 2017-18. The award, under the category of ‘Nationalised Banks and Financial Institutions in Region A’, was presented by Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu to PNB Chief Executive and MD Sunil Mehta." 266 "Indian airports get international awards Six airports of the Airports Authority of India have been conferred with seven international awards. The Airports Council International (ACI) presented the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017 at Customer Excellence Global Summit at Halifax, Canada. Based on the results of the survey carried out by the ACI, a global non-profit organisation of Airport Operators on ASQ, Lucknow Airport has been rated as the world’s top airport in the ‘Best Airport by Size’ category, among the airports handling two to five million passengers per year. It has also bagged the award for“Best airport by size and Region” among the airports handling two to five million passengers per year in the whole Asia Pacific region. Indore Airport has bagged the award for ‘Best Airport by Region’ among the airports handling under two million passengers per year in Asia-Pacific region. Ahmedabad Airport has been rated as the ‘Most Improved Airport’ in Asia-Pacific region. Indore and Ahmedabad airports are the two first time winners from India for 2017. While Kolkata and Pune airports have been ranked third in the world in the ‘Best Airport by Size’ category, among the airports handling five to 15 million passengers per year, Chennai Airport has been adjudged the third best in the world in the category – ‘Best Airport by Size’ among airports handling 15-25 million passengers per year. " 267 "Hyderabad Airport ranked World No 1 for 2nd consecutive year GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd said it has received the Airports Council International Airport Service Quality World no.1 airport award trophy in the 5-15 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) category for the second consecutive year. The airport was adjudged World no 1 Airport in its category in 2016 as well, a press release from GMR said. " 268 "Delhi airport gets top honour at ASQ Awards 2017 The national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has bagged the title of Best Airport to handle over 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) by the Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards 2017. Delhi airport is now the seventh busiest airports in Asia and among the top 20 busiest airports across the world." 269 "Lucknow Metro bags coveted international award The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has become the first ever metro rail corporation from India to bag the International ‘Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents’ (RoSPA) Award. LMRC has been given the Silver Award for its Phase 1A (North-South Corridor) in the Project/Infrastructure category for the year 2018. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives entries from organisations around the world, recognizes achievement in health and safety management systems including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement." 270 "Satyarup Siddhanta, Mousumi Khatua created history by climbing Asia’s highest volcanic peak Mount Damavand Mountaineers Satyarup Siddhanta and Mousumi Khatua have created history by climbing Asia’s highest volcanic peak Mount Damavand in Iran.At the elevation of 5, 609 metres, Mount Damavand is a potentially active volcano." 271 "Pankaj Kapur to get Icons of Indian Cinema Awards Actor-director Pankaj Kapur will be honoured with ‘Icons of Indian Cinema’ Award at the closing ceremony of the ninth edition of Jagran Film Festival in Mumbai. He is a three-time National Award winner. " 272 "PM Narendra Modi awarded prestigious UN Champions of Earth Award Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth award for the year 2018. The United Nations recognised Modi with its highest environmental honour in the policy leadership category for his efforts to eliminate all single use plastic in India by 2022. President of France, Emmanuel Macron has also been awarded in the same category for his work on the Global Pact for the Environment. Cochin International Airport was also awarded for its leadership in use of sustainable energy in the category of entrepreneurial vision. The airport is world’s first fully solar-powered airport." 273 "Maharashtra names Raam-Laxman for Lata Mangeshkar Award The Maharashtra government‘s prestigious ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award’ for 2018 will be conferred on Vijay Patil, of the music director duo Raam-Laxman. The annual award is declared on the birthday of the legendary singer, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar. Patil, the surviving partner Laxman of the famous Raam-Laxman team, shall be honoured with a cash prize of Rs 500, 000, citation and a trophy." 274 "Tourism Minister K J Alphons presents National Tourism Awards 2016-17 in New Delhi Tourism Minister K J Alphons presented National Tourism Awards 2016-17 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The awards were given in various segments of the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. Qutub Minar begged an award for being the best monument for differently-abled, while Ahmedabad and Mandu were jointly declared the ‘Best Heritage City’ in the country. Andhra Pradesh bagged the first prize in state category for comprehensive development of tourism. It got the prize for promoting Andhra Pradesh Tourism as a global tourism brand whereas Kerala bagged the second prize for comprehensive development of tourism and Rajasthan & Goa jointly shared the third prize. ‘INTACH Heritage Walks Delhi’ along with ‘Indore Heritage Walk’ were together announced winners in the category of ‘Best Heritage Walk’. Mandu is a culturally rich city in Madhya Pradesh." 275 "Entrepreneur Chiranjiv Patel wins Business World’s ’40 Under 40′ title Prominent entrepreneur and achiever from Gujrat, Chiranjiv Patel has bagged the prestigious “BW 40 under 40” award in BW Business World’s second edition of 40 Under 40 Summit and awards held in Gurugram.Chiranjiv Patel is the Managing Director and the Vice Chairman of P. C. Snehal Group, which is one of the leading construction and engineering business groups in India." OBITUARY 276 "Former footballer Arthur Pereira passes away Former Maharashtra football player Arthur Pereira passes away in Mumbai. He was fighting a battle against cancer for the past one year. He toured Russia as a striker with the Indian team in 1971. He also represented Maharashtra in the national championships for the Santosh Trophy from 1971 to 1976." 277 "Bhagwati Kumar Sharma, noted Gujarati author passes away Bhagwati Kumar Sharma, noted Gujarati language author and poet passed away at his residence in Adajan area of Surat at the age of 84 years. Sharma wrote novels, short stories, poetry, essays and criticism and received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandraka in 1984 and Sahitya Academy award in 1988 for his novel ‘Assoryalok’." 278 "Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds passes away Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as ‘Deliverance, ’ ‘The Longest Yard’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ in the 1970s and ’80s, has passed away at the age of 82." 279 "Noted writer Rita Jitendra passes away Dr Rita Jitendra passed away at Doordarshan Kendra in Srinagar while speaking during the live broadcast of DD Kashir’s “Good Morning J& K” programme. Jitendra, a leading educationist and writer, was declared dead on arrival at SMHS Hospital. " 280 "Freedom fighter Goura Chandra Mohapatra passes away at 104 Veteran freedom fighter Goura Chandra Mohapatra passed away at the age of 104 at Bhadrak District Headquarters Hospital, family sources said. Mohapatra, who was jailed during Quit India Movement in 1942, was suffering from old age related ailments." 281 "Padma Bhushan economist VS Vyas passes away Padma Bhushan awardee and noted agricultural economist Vijay Shankar Vyas passed away in Jaipur after a brief illness. He was 87." 282 "India’s finest abstractionist artist Mehlli Gobhai passes away The Mumbai-based artist, Mehlli Gobhai passed away at the age of 87 in a city hospital. The artist was said to be ailing for a while and had been hospitalised for a month." 283 "Former Union Minister Satya Prakash Malaviya passes away Former Union petroleum minister Satya Prakash Malaviya died at a private hospital in Delhi. He was 84. Malaviya has served as the petroleum minister in the cabinet headed by former prime minister Chandra Shekhar. " 284 "Former Odisha minister Dolagobinda Pradhan passes away Veteran freedom fighter and former Odisha Minister Dolagobinda Pradhan passed away at his residence in Bhubaneswar after a brief illness. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals, he had left school in 1942 and joined the Quit India movement. He was also jailed during the freedom movement." 285 "Wrestler Ganpatrao Andalkar passes away Well-known wrestler Ganpatrao Andalkar passed away at a private hospital in Pune. He was 83. Andalkar, a former Olympian who took part in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, had bagged the coveted “Hind Kesari” title in 1960." 286 "Independent India’s first woman IAS officer Anna Malhotra passes away India’s first woman IAS officer post-Independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, passes away at her residence in suburban Andheri, Mumbai. In 1989, she was honoured with the Padma Bhushan award." 287 "Former Nagaland Deputy Speaker Longkmer passes away Former Nagaland Assembly Deputy Speaker and Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party legislator, Imtikumzuk Longkumer, passed away in Delhi. He was first elected to the 12th Nagaland Legislative Assembly on Congress ticket." 288 "Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passes away at 64 Renowned filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi passed away at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai. She was 64. Lajmi, a director, producer and screenwriter, was known for working on real subjects." 289 "Former BCCI Chief B.N. Dutt passes away Former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away. He was 92." 290 "Former Union minister Shantaram Potdukhe passes away Former Union minister and Congress leader Shantaram Potdukhe has passed away. Potdukhe was a Union minister of state for finance in the Narasimha Rao-led government." 291 "Renowned Commentator Jasdev Singh passes away Renowned hindi commentator Jasdev Singh passed away after prolonged illness. Jasdev was a rare commentator who excelled in commentating on every sport but hockey was close to his heart." 292 "Writer and poet kavita mahajan passes away Eminent Marathi litterateur and translator Kavita Mahajan, winner of a 2011 Sahitya Akademi translation award, passed away in Pune. Her fluent translation from Urdu to Marathi of 17 short stories by Ismat Chugtai won her the 2011 Sahitya Akademi prize for best translation. She is also noted for her volumes of poetry including Dhulicha Awaz." 293 "Renowned harmonium exponent Pt. Tulsidas Borkar passes away Legendary harmonium exponent Pandit Tulsidas Borkar passed away in a private hospital after a brief illness. Borkar was conferred the Padma Shri in 2016 for his contributions to Indian music." 294 "Ex-Gujarat finance minister Manoharsinh Jadeja passes away Veteran politician Manoharsinh Jadeja who had served as finance minister in the erstwhile Congress government in Gujarat has passed away. He was 83. Manoharsinh, popularly known as ‘Dada’, was the descendant of the royal family of Rajkot." IMPORTANT DAYS 295 "Teachers Day 2018 Teachers Day is celebrated on September 5th in India and is a day to express the love and gratitude we feel towards those who have taught us in life, from school teachers to college professors to our tutors or trainers in fields other than acadamics. 5 September 1888 was the birth day of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President and the second President of India." 296 "National Nutrition Week – 1st to 7th September National Nutrition Week 2018 begins from September 1 and will run through September 7. This week is observed in order to raise concerns about the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating. The theme of National Nutrition Week 2018 is Go Further With Food. " 297 "International Day of Charity 2018 September 5 was declared the International Day of Charity by the United Nations in 2012. The declaration was proposed by Hungary which suggested September 5 as the date of the death of Mother Teresa in 1997. According to the 2017 World Giving Index, the people of Myanmar are more likely to show charity to others than any other country. Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and the USA come next." 298 "International Literacy Day 2018 International Literacy Day is celebrated annually on September 8 across the world. The day was declared by UNESCO on October 26, 1966. The day highlights the importance of literacy or the ability to read and write for individuals, communities and societies. According to UNESCO’s statistics, India’s literacy rate is 72.1 per cent. This year International Literacy Day theme is “Literacy and skill development.”" 299 "World Suicide Prevention Day World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world since 2003. The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) to host World Suicide Prevention Day. The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’" 300 "Hindi Diwas 2018 Hindi Diwas is an annual day celebrated on September 14. On this day in 1949, Hindi written in Devanagari script became the official language of India under theArticle 343. Vice president Venkaiah Naidu gave away Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar 2017-18 on Hindi Diwas 2018. Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were present with him on the occasion.Hindi is spoken by 250 million people as the original language and it is the fourth language of the world." 301 "International Day of Democracy The International Day of Democracy was observed across the world on September 15, 2018. The day provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. It was observed for the first time in 2008. The theme of the 2018 International Day of Democracy was ‘Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World’." 302 "International day for the preservation of the ozone layer The United Nations’ International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is celebrated on the 16th September every year. The theme for International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2018 was ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’." 303 "International Day of Sign Languages 2018 “International Day of Sign Languages” was celebrated by Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment n New Delhi. The theme of International Day of Sign Languages is “With Sign Language, Everyone is Included !” " 304 "World Tourism Day 2018 World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated worldwide annually on September 27 started by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 1980. The theme of this year is “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”." 305 "World Maritime Day 2018 Every year the International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime Day on 27 September. The year 2018 marks 70 years of the IMO, and the theme for the Day is ‘IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future’." 306 "World Rabies Day 2018 World Rabies Day is celebrated every year on 28 September to raise awareness about rabies prevention. The theme for World Rabies Day 2018 is ‘Share the message, Save a life‘" 307 "World Heart Day 2018 World Heart Day is celebrated every year on September 29, Organised by the World Heart Federation. ‘Your heart, my heart’ is the ‘World Heart Day Theme‘ this year." 308 "International Translation Day International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by International Federation of Translators (FIT) ever since it was set up in 1953. The theme of International Translation Day 2018 is “Translation: Promoting Cultural Heritage in Changing Times”." BOOKS 309 "Forbes-nominated author Preeti Shenoy pens new book, ‘The Rule Breakers’ Best-selling author Preeti Shenoy announced the launch of her new book, ‘The Rule Breakers’. The book claims to explore complex themes of women’s equality, gender, and inclusion among others. The novel set in the ’90s is the story of Veda, who harbors big dreams, but finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage and realizes that her opinions in real life don’t matter. ‘The Rule Breakers’ will hit bookstores on September 17." 310 "Javadekar launches PM Modi’s ‘Exam Warriors’ in Telugu Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar released the Telugu version of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book, “Exam Warriors”. This book has been translated into 14 languages." 311 "‘The Beauty of All My Days: A Memoir’ by Ruskin Bond Author Ruskin Bond has been penning his life experiences — in both fiction and nonfiction — for well over six decades now and is back with a fresh memoir, “The Beauty of All My Days”. The book has 10 chapters and numerous photographs of the writer’s private life, or as Bond describes it, writerly life." 312 "French author pens Sri Sri’s authorised biography French political writer and journalist Francois Gautier, who has been living in India since 1971, will be releasing the authorised biography of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.The book will be published by Penguin Random House India and will soon be available in the market." 313 "Final book of Vineet Bajpai’s Harappa trilogy launched Kashi: Secret of the Black Temple, the final book of Vineet Bajpai’s Harappa trilogy, was launched in New Delhi. The three books in the series combine mythology, history, fantasy, crime and the modern-day thriller element. The first two books are Harappa: Curse of the Blood River and Pralay: The Great Deluge." 314 "Sundeep Misra to write a book on sprinter Dutee Chand, Story So Far The incredible story of Dutee Chand, who rose from abject poverty to become one of India’s biggest sprinting stars, will be brought alive in the form of a book titled as, “Story so far”.The announcement was made by publisher Westland, which was acquired by Amazon in 2017. The book is written by journalist, author and filmmaker Sundeep Misra, who has previously authored a biography of hockey legend Dhanraj Pillay. The book, Story Do Far will release in the year 2019."
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