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Government to start PM Adarsh Gram Yojna covering 36,000 villages
- Tribal Affairs Ministry will start Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna covering 36,000 villages across the country.
- Those villages with a 50 percent tribal population would be given priority under it.
- 1,700 tribal villages in Assam will be converted into model villages.
- Another 184 new Van Dhan Kendra to be set up in the state would benefit nearly 60 thousand people.
PM Modi lays the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh Varsity
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Aligarh on 14 September 2021 and laid the foundation stone of the university named after great freedom fighter, educationist and social reformer, Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh.
- He also inaugurated the Aligarh node of the defence corridor.
- This upcoming university will have skill development and other vocational courses.
Online Film Festival ‘Hindi: Bharat Ki Vani’ organized
- Films Division is celebrating Hindi Diwas-2021 by organizing an online film festival and various other competitions.
- Online Film Festival ‘Hindi: Bharat Ki Vani’ will be screened on Films Division’s website filmsdivision.org and YouTube channel of Films Division on 14 and 15 Sept 2021.
- Short films Bharat ki Vani and Hindi ke Badhate Kadam will be screened on these days.
PM Modi to attend Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington DC on 24 September 2021.
- Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, and US President Joseph R. Biden will also participate.
- The leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12th March 2021.
Hindi Diwas celebrated on 14 September
- Hindi Diwas was celebrated across the country on 14 September 2021.
- It was on this day in 1949 that the Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the official language of the country.
- Today, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages in the world and the first language of more than 520 million people.
Super 30’s Anand Kumar conferred with Swami Brahmanand Award 2021
- Mathematician Anand Kumar has been conferred with the Swami Brahmanand Award 2021 for his contribution in the field of education through his Super 30 initiative.
- The award carries Rs 10,000 in cash, a bronze medal, a bronze statue of Swami Brahmanand, and a certificate.
- The award is given every year to people who have done special work in the education sector or for the welfare of the cow.
Dr Shagun Gupta receives “Change Maker” Award
- Dr. Shagun Gupta received the “Change Maker” Award from the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari for her valuable contribution to society on September 11, 2021.
- Through her Permanent Makeup technique and expertise, Shagun has treated several acid attack survivors to improve their body features with her in-depth knowledge in the permanent makeup field.
AMNS India inks MoU with National Small Industries Corporation
- ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AMNS) has signed a pact with National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) to provide critical steel products to MSMEs in the sector.
- NSIC will provide access to its marketing network and infrastructure, and provide financial support to market AMNS India products to relevant target markets.
- AMNS will utilise its hypermart network for the initiative.
ICEA signs pact with CDAC to set up Centre of Excellence
- India Cellular & Electronics Association (ICEA) on 13 September 2021 signed a pact with the state-run Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), Noida for the establishment of a Centre of Excellence for Li-ion based products.
- The Centre of Excellence (CoE) is being set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) and the Uttar Pradesh government.
India’s retail inflation drops to 5.3 pc in August 2021
- India’s retail inflation dropped to 5.30 percent in August 2021 from 5.59 percent in July 2021.
- According to data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), food basked inflation fell to 3.11 percent in August 2021 compared to 3.96 percent in July 2021.
- The retail inflation in India is measured by Consumer Price Index (CPI).
India hands over Dornier aircraft to Mauritius as part of Vision SAGAR
- India on 13 September 2021 handed over Dornier aircraft to Mauritius as part of Vision SAGAR for enhanced maritime security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
- Through SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region), India seeks to deepen economic and security cooperation with its maritime neighbours and assist in building their maritime security capabilities.
Centre announces auction for the sale of Rs 26,000 cr govt securities
- The central government on 13 September 2021 announced the auction for the sale of Rs 26,000 cr government securities.
- It includes the sale of ‘6.10 per cent Government Security, 2031’ for a notified amount of Rs 14,000 crore; and sale of ‘6.76 per cent Government Security 2061’ for a notified amount of Rs 9,000 crore through price based auction using multiple price methods.
Israeli firm unveils armed robot to patrol volatile borders
- An Israeli defense contractor on 13 September 2021 unveiled a remote-controlled armed robot that can track infiltrators and open fire.
- The four-wheel-drive robot presented Monday was developed by the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries’ REX MKII.
- The robot can gather intelligence for ground troops, carry injured soldiers and supplies in and out of battle, and strike nearby targets.
Australia to support India’s Gaganyaan mission
- Australia would support India’s Gaganyaan mission by tracking it through Cocos Keeling island.
- The above announcement was made by Deputy Head Australia Space Agency Anthony Murfett at the International Space Conference organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
- The space agencies of India and Australia have recently updated their Memorandum of Understanding.
Assam to form a joint company with NDDB to boost the dairy sector
- A joint venture company would be formed by the Assam government and the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for the promotion of the dairy sector in the Assam.
- The Chairman of the company would be the state’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister.
- There would be an equal shareholding pattern between the state government and the NDDB.
Centre releases Rs 496 crore for in-situ management of crop residue
- The Central government has released Rs 496 crore for Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab to subsidize machinery required in-situ management of crop residue during 2021-22.
- It aimed at addressing air pollution, in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) due to stubble burning in the adjoining states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Sikh battle memorial unveiled in the UK on Saragarhi Day
- A life-size bronze statue of Havildar Ishar Singh was unveiled at Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Wednesfield, UK, on the 124th anniversary of the battle of Saragarhi.
- This is the first memorial of its sort in the UK honouring the valour of 19th-century Sikh troops.
- On September 12, 1897, 21 troops from the British Indian Army’s 36th Sikh Regiment fought against tens of thousands of Afghan tribesmen.
Market Research Society of India elects Derrick Gray as Vice President
- The Market Research Society of India (MRSI) has named Derrick Gray as the new Vice President.
- Gray is Chief of measurement science and business analytics at BARC India.
- Earlier in 2021, he was also appointed as the Chair of the professional standards committee at the MRSI.
- He has also served on the board of directors of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association (MRIA).
Tamil Nadu Assembly passes bill seeking exemption from NEET
- Tamil Nadu assembly has passed a bill seeking a permanent exemption to the state from NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test).
- The bill is titled Tamil Nadu Admission to Undergraduate Medical Degree Courses Bill, 2021 (Anti-NEET bill).
- NEET is the all-India level entrance examination for undergraduate medical courses.
United Nations Day For South-South Cooperation: 12 September
- The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is observed every year on 12 September.
- South-South cooperation refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries in the Global South.
- The day also commemorates the adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA) in 1978 for promoting and implementing technical cooperation among developing countries by 138 member states.
India launches its first ballistic missile ship INS Dhruv
- India has launched its first ballistic missile and satellite tracking ship INS Dhruv.
- It is a 10,000-tonne vessel and was commissioned from the southern Indian port of Visakhapatnam.
- It has been built by Hindustan Shipyard along with DRDO and NTRO.
- It has the capability to map ocean beds for research as well as detection of enemy submarines.
World First Aid Day: 11 September
- World First Aid Day is observed on the second Saturday of September annually.
- For 2021, it was celebrated on 11 September across the globe.
- The theme for World First Aid Day 2021 is ‘First aid and road safety,’ according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
- The day was first observed in the year 2000.
Yahoo names Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone as its next Chief
- Yahoo has announced the appointment of Tinder Chief Executive Officer Jim Lanzone as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 27, 2021.
- Lanzone will succeed Guru Gowrappan, who has been named Senior Advisor to Apollo’s private equity business.
- Apollo completed the acquisition of Yahoo, formerly Verizon Media on September 1, 2021.
ICMR allowed using of drones for vaccine delivery trials
- The Ministry of Civil Aviation granted conditional exemption from Drone Policy to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and IIT Bombay on 13 September 2021.
- ICMR has been allowed to use drones for conducting experimental Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) vaccine delivery in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Manipur, and Nagaland up to a height of 3,000 meters.
Justice M Venugopal appointed as the acting Chairperson of NCLAT
- Justice M Venugopal has been appointed as the acting Chairperson of the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).
- NCLT continues to be without a permanent head now for more than one-and-a-half years.
- This is the third time in a row that an acting Chairperson is at the helm of the NCLAT.
- Justice S J Mukhopadhaya had retired as the Chairperson on March 14, 2020.
ACC proposes Pawan Goenka as Chairperson of In-Space
- Former MD of Mahindra & Mahindra Pawan Kumar Goenka has been proposed as the Chairperson of the Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (In-Space).
- In-Space is the regulator for India’s space industry.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the proposal of appointment on September 7, 2021.
- The Department of Space has to finalise the appointment.
Wholesale inflation rises to 11.39% in August
- The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) went up marginally to 11.39 percent in August 2021 from 11.16 percent in July 2021.
- The data was released by the Commerce Ministry.
- The Food Index consisting of ‘Food Articles’ from the Primary Articles group and ‘Food Product’ from the Manufactured Products group has increased from 159.3 in July 2021 to 159.6 in August 2021.
Tata Capital introduces digital ‘Loan Against Mutual Funds’
- Tata Capital Ltd, the flagship financial services company of the Tata Group has announced the launch of ‘Loan Against Mutual Funds’ (LAMF).
- It is an industry-first end-to-end digital offering.
- Customers can avail of quick and hassle-free loans ranging from ₹5 lakh and ₹2 crores.
- The loan amount is customized based on the value of the units in the mutual fund folio and tenure.
Zomato co-founder Gaurav Gupta quits
- Zomato’s founder Gaurav Gupta has quit the food delivery platform.
- Gupta joined Zomato as global head for advertising sales and then was promoted to Chief Operating Officer(COO) role.
- Later he was made co-founder of Zomato in March 2019.
- He was also the head of supply at Zomato.
- Foodtech Unicorn Zomato has also shut down its neutraceuticals market.
11 states meet the target for capital expenditure in Q1 FY22
- A total of 11 states have achieved the target set by the central govt for capital expenditure in the first quarter of the current financial year 2021-22.
- They are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, MP, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand.
- They have been granted permission by the Department of Expenditure to borrow an additional amount of Rs 15,721 cr.
India, US launch the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue
- India and the United States of America (USA) launched the “Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD)” on 13 September 2021.
- The CAFMD is one of the two tracks of the India-U.S. Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 partnership.
- It was launched at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate in April 2021, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joseph Biden.
The US, EU pursuing a global deal to slash planet-warming methane
- The United States and the European Union have agreed to aim to cut emissions of the planet-warming gas methane by around a third by the end of this decade.
- They are pushing other major economies to join them.
- They will make a joint pledge to reduce human-caused methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030, compared with 2020 levels, according to a draft of the Global Methane Pledge.
Union Bank of India inks its first sustainability-linked overseas loan
- Union Bank of India, through its international banking division, has secured a sustainability-linked loan aggregating to total syndicated facility of $1.5 billion with one of the leading trading corporates globally.
- Under the facility, the Union Bank of India will include three key performance indicators (KPIs) relating to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
India, Singapore announce linking of UPI and PayNow
- To enable users to make instant, low-cost fund transfers, India and Singapore will link their respective fast payment systems — Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and PayNow.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced the project to link fast payment systems.
- The linked interface is expected to be operationalized by July 2022.
Tamil Nadu govt to cancel Jewel loans up to five sovereigns
- The Tamil Nadu govt has decided to cancel Jewel loans upto 5 sovereigns in cooperative banks resulting in an expense of Rs 6,000 cr.
- The loans will be cancelled after taking into consideration 51 different basic points.
- This was due to misappropriation in giving loans to those who did not deserve.
- Several irregularities were also found in Gold loan obtained from Cooperative Society Banks.
TN increases reservations for women in govt jobs from 30% to 40%
- Tamil Nadu government has increased reservations for women in government jobs from 30 percent to 40 percent.
- The state government will bring necessary amendments.
- The government is providing horizontal reservation while filling vacancies through the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and the Teachers’ Recruitment Board.
Tamil Nadu government to set up new Police Commission
- Tamil Nadu government will set up a new Police Commission to get to know the demands and needs of cops.
- It will be constituted to recommend ways to strengthen the relationship between police and public, necessary schemes, and new training programs for police personnel.
- The government will also release 700 life convicts who have been serving sentences for long.
MoS Minority Affairs inaugurates Water Supply Scheme at Halpal
- Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs John Barla inaugurated Water Supply Scheme at Halpal in Kupwara town on 13 September 2021.
- The scheme will provide potable drinking water to 5,000 population.
- It was completed at a cost of 2.82 crore rupees.
- He also reviewed COVID mitigation efforts made by the district administration.
North Korea tests new long-range cruise missile
- North Korea tested a new long-range cruise missile capable of hitting much of Japan, in September 2021.
- The tests saw missiles travelling up to 1,500 kms.
- It is the country’s first long-range cruise missile that could possibly carry a nuclear warhead.
- UN Security Council sanctions forbid North Korea from testing ballistic missiles, but not cruise missiles such as these.
UN to raise more than 600 million dollars in aid for Afghanistan
- The United Nations is seeking to raise more than 600 million dollars in aid for Afghanistan.
- It has also warned that the country is facing a major humanitarian crisis.
- The UN has appealed to the Taliban to give aid workers unimpeded access.
- Many people could run out of food by the end of September 2021.
2-day conference of Tourism and Culture Ministers begins in Guwahati
- A two-day conference of the Tourism and Culture Ministers of the North-Eastern states begun in Guwahati on 13 September 2021.
- Union Tourism and Culture Minister G. Kishan Reddy addressed the conference.
- The conference was also attended by senior officials from various Central ministries, state governments in the region as well as industry representatives.