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Harvinder Singh wins bronze medal in archery
- Harvinder Singh has claimed India’s first-ever archery medal at the Paralympics.
- World No. 23 Harvinder collected three shoot-off wins.
- In the Tokyo semi-finals, he lost to world No. 10 Kevin Mather of the US.
- He was also a gold medallist at the Asian Para Games in 2018.
UAE to introduce green visa to attract talent and funds
- The United Arab Emirates is set to roll out green visas and expand eligibility for golden visas.
- Under the green visa, foreigners will be allowed to work in the UAE without being sponsored by an employer.
- These are work permits with residency for pioneers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals.
- Green visa holders will be able to sponsor their sons’ visas till they turn 25.
Amazon India launches Kisan store
- Amazon India has announced the launch of Kisan Store.
- It is an online platform that will enable farmers across India to get access to more than 8,000 agriculture inputs such as seeds, farm tools and accessories, plant protection, nutrition, and more.
- Listed by small and medium businesses (SMBs) these products will be available at competitive prices on Amazon India.
CIFT develops technology to convert fish waste into aquafeed
- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) has built a new technology to overcome the threat of fisheries waste being turned into fish feeds, while also providing feasible income opportunities.
- The technology developed by ICAR-CIFT will aid in the conversion of fish waste into aqua feeds.
- Matsyafed has signed an MoU with CIFT to take the new technology for production and marketing.
Gujarat rolls out ‘Vatan Prem Yojana’ for rural development
- Gujarat government plans to undertake public welfare projects to the tune of ₹ 1,000 crores jointly with non-resident Gujaratis by December 2022 under its ”Vatan Prem Yojana”.
- Gujaratis living anywhere in the country and abroad can pick up villages, projects and agencies of their choice by making a monetary contribution of 60 percent, with the government contributing the remaining 40%.
Indian biologist wins global award in turtle conservation
- Indian biologist Shailendra Singh has been awarded the Behler Turtle Conservation Award.
- He has been awarded for bringing three critically endangered turtle conservation species back from the brink of extinction.
- The award has been bestowed by several global bodies involved in turtle conservation such as Turtle Survival Alliance, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, etc.
S.L. Tripathy appointed as CMD of United India Insurance
- S.L.Tripathy has been selected as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the United India Insurance Company Limited.
- Tripathy is currently General Manager and Director at The New India Assurance Company Limited.
- He has been appointed as CMD of United India from the date of assumption of charge of the office and up to the date of his attaining the age of superannuation.
India’s first building made of bio-bricks at IIT-Hyderabad
- IIT Hyderabad has inaugurated India’s first building made of bio-bricks from agro-waste.
- The institute will submit a proposal to the Ministry of Agriculture to promote its wider adoption by the rural community.
- Researchers at the IIT demonstrated that agricultural waste can be converted into sustainable materials which, in turn, can be used to build eco-friendly, cost-effective structures.
Tamannaah Bhatia launches new book: ‘Back To The Roots’
- Tamannaah Bhatia, one of the prominent actors from the South Indian movie industry, has released her book, Back To The Roots.
- She collaborated with Luke Coutinho for this book.
- The book has been published by Penguin India.
- She has been a part of several films including Baahubali, Entertainment, Himmatwala, etc.
Rani Rampal, Smriti Mandhana: Brand ambassadors of Equitas Bank
- Equitas Small Finance Bank has roped in Rani Rampal and Smriti Mandhana as its brand ambassadors.
- Rampal holds the record for being the youngest player to play in the national hockey team while Mandhana was recognised as the Best Women’s International Cricketer by BCCI.
- The appointment comes in line with the fifth-year anniversary celebrations of the bank on 5 September 2021.
Nirlep Singh Rai takes over as chief of National Fertilizers Limited
- Nirlep Singh Rai took over as chairman and managing director (C&MD) of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL).
- Rai is also the nominee director on the board of the joint venture company of NFL, Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited.
- NFL is an Indian state-owned corporation that manufactures chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers, and industrial chemicals.
Canadian city to observe Gauri Lankesh Day on Sept 5
- The Canadian city of Burnaby has declared September 5 as ‘Gauri Lankesh Day’, as a tribute to the noted journalist and activist on her death anniversary.
- Gauri, a veteran journalist who brought out the magazine Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead by two assailants on September 5, 2017.
Emma Raducanu beats Leylah to win US Open women’s Singles title
- Britain’s Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to capture a Grand Slam title by defeating Canada’s 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez in the US Open women’s final.
- Raducanu, ranked 150th, was the first British woman in 44 years to win a Slam crown.
- Raducanu is the youngest US Open champion since Williams in 1999 and the first US Open women’s champion not to drop a set since Williams in 2014.
Ludhiana opens Punjab’s first breast milk pump bank
- Ludhiana district administration opened a breast milk pump bank in the premises of the mother and child hospital in the Civil Hospital.
- It is the first such kind of bank in the Punjab where health workers would pump out the breastmilk and will give it to the newborn as most of the newborns are unable to latch the milk or mothers face severe pain while breastfeeding.
UP govt declares 22 wards of MVNN as holy pilgrimage sites
- The Uttar Pradesh government declared 22 wards of the Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam (MVNN) area as holy pilgrimage sites.
- Mathura and Vrindavan are the birthplace and ‘krira sthal’ of Lord Krishna.
- Dwarkapuri, Vankhandi, Arjunpura, Jagannathpuri, Gaughat, Manoharpur, Bairagpura, Radhanagar, Badrinagar, Mahavidya Colony, Krishna Nagar I are some of the wards among others.
Aditya Chopra launches ‘Saathi Card’ to help daily wage earners
- Filmmaker Aditya Chopra launched the ‘Saathi Card’ initiative to extend support to the Hindi film industry’s daily wage earners and their families amid the COVID-19 crisis.
- As part of the initiative, the filmmaker’s The Yash Chopra Foundation would provide health insurance, school fee allowance, ration supply, annual health check-ups among other benefits to the workers.
GST collections in August over Rs 1.12 lakh crore
- Gross Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections in August 2021 (for sales in July) crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark.
- The August collections at Rs 1,12,020 crore were 29.6 per cent higher than in August 2020.
- In the last 11 months, GST collections have consistently remained over Rs 1 lakh crore, except in June (for sales in May).
The new book ‘A Rude Life’ by Vir Sanghvi launched
- Vir Sanghvi has come with his new book titled ‘A Rude Life: The Memoir’.
- The book has been published by Penguin India.
- Vir Sanghvi is an Indian print and television journalist, author, columnist and talk show host.
- He has been a member of many professional, academic and government bodies including the National Integration Council.
PhonePe starts first digital payment interactive geospatial platform
- Walmart-owned digital payments firm PhonePe has launched PhonePe Pulse.
- It is India’s first interactive platform with data, insights, and trends on digital payments in the country.
- PhonePe also launched the Pulse Report, an in-depth study on the evolution of digital payments over the past 5 years.
- It also has insights about how digital payment adoption across India has evolved since 2016.
Pankaj Kumar Singh takes over as new DG of BSF
- Pankaj Kumar Singh, a 1988-batch IPS officer, has taken over as the new Director General of the Border Security Force.
- While Sanjay Arora has assumed charge of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
- Singh, from the Rajasthan cadre of the IPS, has been serving as the special DG of the country’s largest border guarding force that mans over 6,300 km of Indian boundary with Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Two-time Rajya Sabha MP, journalist Chandan Mitra passes away
- Veteran journalist and two-term Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra passed away in September 2021.
- He was the Editor and Managing Director of The Pioneer newspaper.
- Mitra started his journalism career with The Statesman in Kolkata.
- He joined The Pioneer, which he headed editorially for around 24 years, after stints at The Times of India, Sunday Observer, and Hindustan Times newspapers.
Alejandro Prieto’s image of a bird wins an award
- Mexican photographer Alejandro Prieto’s image of a bird at the US-Mexico border wall has won a prestigious photo contest.
- Mr Prieto was named the grand prize winner of the Bird Photographer of the Year competition after his image was selected from 22,000 entries.
- His winning photograph depicts a roadrunner bird that has stopped in front of the wall.
Axis Bank ties up with BharatPe
- Axis Bank has tied up with BharatPe to expand its merchant acquiring business in the country.
- It will be the acquiring bank for BharatPe’s point of sale (PoS) business, BharatSwipe, and will provide acceptance of credit and debit cards for merchants associated with BharatPe.
- Axis Bank is the third-largest PoS acquiring bank in the payments acceptance business.
Former IOC President Jacques Rogge passes away
- Jacques Rogge, the Olympic sailor and orthopedic surgeon from Belgium who led the International Olympic Committee as President for 12 years, passed away in August 2021.
- Rogge represented Belgium in rugby and was a world champion in sailing.
- He led the European group of Olympic committees before being elected as the IOC’s eighth president in 2001.
IAF chief attends three-day-long Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021
- Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria attended a three-day-long Pacific Air Chiefs Symposium 2021 in September 2021.
- The event themed ”Enduring Cooperation towards Regional Stability” was attended by air chiefs from countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Bhadauria was nominated as the Dean for the symposium which was held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii.