Current Affairs 15 – 21 September



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Current Affairs 15 – 21 September

> International Day of Democracy: 15 September
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development addresses democracy in SDG 16. This year’s theme: Participation, is an opportunity to recall that democracy is about people and built on inclusion, equal treatment and participation.

> GSTN makes Aadhar mandatory for new dealers w.e.f Jan 2020
GST Network has decided to make Aadhar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January 2020 to check malpractices in GST. Those not wishing Aadhaar authentication, physical vertification to be carried out in 3 days.

> Lakshya Sen clinches men’s singles title in Belgium
Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch men’s singles title at the Belgian International Challenge 2019 held in Brussels.

> Great Ganga Run-219 flagged off in Delhi
Union Ministers Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Kiren Rijiju flagged off the ‘Great Ganga Run’ from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, organised to create awareness about River Ganga.

> Government announces Rs 50,000 crore overhaul of export tax refund scheme
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a new scheme to refund the duties and taxes on exports that will replace all existing schemes in a bid to stimulate exports and economy, with a revenue projection of Rs 50,000 crores.

> Govt to provide Rs 10,000 crore incentive for Housing sector
FM announced that government would provide Rs 10,000 crore special window with an aim to help complete ongoing affordable and middle-income housing projects. The special window have been limited to Non-NPA-NCLT projects.

> Archaelogy department to map 25,000 monuments
Department of Archaelogy, Museums and Heritage to embark on a survey to map/document nearly 25,000 historical structures in Karnataka to update the list of protected monuments which is likely to span nearly 3 years and involve private agencies.

> IIT Madras finds an eco-friendly way to degrade plastics
The researchers used a magnetic stirrer coated with Teflon to continously stir for several days the water mixed with glucose in a glass beaker containing a gold foil, found tiny fragments with bright red luminescence floating on the surface.

> Kapil Dev appointed 1st chancellor of Haryana Sports University
Kapil Dev to be the first chancellor of Haryana Sports University at Rai, Sonipat. Sports University, Haryana will be 3rd sports university established by a state government in the country after Gujrat and Tamil Nadu, to provide training for sports.

> Bhaskar Bhat, MD at Titan is slated to retire at the end of September, 2019, after spending 36 years in the Titan’s administration.

> World Ozone Day is celebrated every year on September 16 to spread awareness among people about the depletion of Ozone layer and search possible solutions to preserve it. The theme of this year is- ’32 years and Healing’.

> FM Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a set of measures worth around Rs 70,000 Crore to boost exports and housing sector.

> In Badminton, Sourabh Verma clinched the Vietnam Open Super 100 title. He defeated China’s Sun Fei Xiang in Men’s Singles at the Ho Chi Minh City.

> National Health Authority and IRDAI have launched a report recommending best practices, common standards, collaborative measures and IT framework for data standarization and to check frauds.

> Rajasthan launches ‘Jan Soochna Portal’
Rajasthan government has launched the ‘ Jan Soochna Portal’ for quick access to information on government departments. Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to provide information about a dozen departments on a single platform.

> Rs 3,000 crore sanctioned by World Bank
World Bank has agreed to sanction Rs 3,000 crore for the Ministry of Food Processing for financing mini and mega food parks across the country. The budget allocation for the ministry should be raised from the current level of Rs 1400 crore to boost the sector.

> Pankaj Advani clinches record 22nd world title by winning a 4th straight final in the 150-up format at the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Myanmar.

> Traditional Neermahal Jal Utsav concludes in Tripura
In Tripura, the 3-day long traditional Neermahal Jal Utsav concluded with eye-catching boat race and swimming competitions at Rudrasagar lake. Neermahal is a water palace built at the middle of Rudrasagar lake by Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in 1930.

> Kaushal Dharmamer clinches Myanmar International Series in men’s singles at Yangoon

> Film editor Sanjib Kumar Datta passes away

> Ramkumar Ramamoorthy appointed Chairman and MD of Cognizant India

> Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become India’s first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the Indian missions abroad. She has joined the Indian Embassy in Russia as the Deputy Air Attache.

> Govt launches steel import monitoring system
GoI launched a steel import monitoring system (SIMS) to provide advance information about steel imports to various stakeholders including producers and importers to have effective policy interventions.

> Visa and BiilDesk have partnered to roll out interface of SI-Hub, a seamless and secure way to make recurring payments using cars with a one-time enrollemnt.

> Sunil Paliwal takes charge as Chairman and MD of Kamarajar Port Ltd, formerly Ennore Port.

> Wipro Infrastructure and BEML sign MoU
Defence PSU BEML Ltd and Wipro Infrastructure Engineering have signed an MoU to work together in the areas of aerospace, industrual automation, 3-D printing, AI and hydraulic system enginnering.

> Tata Power commissions 150 MW solar capacity in Rajasthan
Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd has commissioned a 150 MW solar capacity in Pokharan, Rajasthan.

> WPI inflation dips to 1.08% in August
Wholesale price index based inflation for August came in at 1.08%, much lower than 4.62 per cent recorded in the same month last year.

> ECGC launches ‘Nirvik’ scheme to enhance loan availability of exporters and MSMEs
Export Guarantee Corporation of India has launched a new scheme called ‘Nirvik’ under which up to 90% of the principal and interest will be covered under insurance.

> RBI expands scope of Bharat Bill Payment System
RBI has expanded the scope of the Bharat Bill Payment System by adding other categories of recurring payments through the portal. Now, other recurring payments such as school fees, municipal taxes, insurance premiums can also be paid via BBPS.

> Unilever achieved 100% renewable electricity usuage at its offices, factories and other facilities across five continents in line with its target to become a carbon neutral company by 2030.

> Greta Thunberg wins Amnesty’s highest human rights award- “Ambassadors of Conscience”

> Takehiko Nakao, the President of Asian Development Bank, resigns

> India to achieve 26 billion dollars Defence Industry by 2025: Rajnath Singh
Defence minister Rajnath Singh stated that India will achieve 26 Billion dollars Defence Industry by 2025. Defence sector has been identified as one of the most prominent sectors under Make in India initiative to realize 5 trillion dollar Economy by 2024.

> Airtel Payments Bank launches ‘Bharosa’ savings account
Airtel Payments Bank has launched Bharosa savings account services, designed for deepening in the financial inclusion in India. SB account will offer Rs 5 L personal acciednt insurance on maintaining balance of Rs 500 along with one debit transaction per month.

> SITMEX 2019, the trilateral naval exercise between India, Singapore and Thailand, commenced at Port Blair.

> ISRO, DRDO sign MoUs for Gaganyaan mission
ISRO inked MoUs with DRDO for development of human-centric systems for the Gaganyaan project. Space food, space crew health monitoring and emergency survival kit, radiation measurement and protection, parachutes for safe recovery are to be provided by DRDO.

> Maharashtra government has decided to set up ‘Swachh Bharat World University’ in Wardha to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

> Delhi Police launches ‘Tatpar’ app for citizens to provide safety and a convenient online mode on 24×7 basis. With this app, people can share information to police about a suspicious vehicle or person or of a crime.

> Kerala government inks MoU with Maldives on Cancer care

> Indian Bank board gives in-principle approval for the merger of Allahabad Bank with itself.

> ZestMoney partners with PayU for cardless EMI payments

> Air marshal RKS Bhadauria appointed as new Indian Air Force Chief

> Vinesh Phogat wins bronze at Wrestling World Championships

> Moti Bagh, a documentary film directed by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, based on the struggle of a farmer in a remote Himalayan village, has been nominated for the Oscars.

> Corporate tax slashed to 25.17% for domestic companies

> National Geoscience Awards 2018 for outstanding contributions across 10 fields including geosciences, mining and allied areas were presented to 22 scientists from across the country by Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi.

> PM Matru Vandana Yojana crosses 1 crore beneficiaries under which pregnant women and lactating mothers receive a cash benefit of Rs 5,000 in 3 installments on fulfilling the conditionality.

> Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd delivered 2nd Scorpene submarine ‘Khanderi’ to Indian Navy.

> Royal Bank of Scotland named Alison Rose as its new chief executive. She will be the 1st woman to lead the bank.

> DSCI, MeitY and Google India join hands for Digital Payment Abhiyan

> Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar clinches Bronze at World Wrestling Championships in Nur-Sultan.

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