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India, El Salvador hold third Foreign Office Consultations
- The Third Foreign Office Consultations between India and El Salvador were held in San Salvador on 17 September 2021.
- The Indian side was led by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) and the El Salvadoran side was led by Ambassador Adriana Maria Mira, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Promotion.
Eminent Odia litterateur and journalist Manorama Mohapatra dies
- Eminent Odia litterateur and journalist Manorama Mohapatra passed away in September 2021.
- She was the former editor of the largest Odia daily ”Samaja”.
- She had won the Sahitya Academy Award in 1984, Soviet Nehru Award in 1988, Critic Circle of India Award in 1990, Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar Samman in 1991, and Rupambara Award in 1994.
Sindhudurg Airport receives aerodrome licence from DGCA
- The new airport at Chipi-Parule in the Sindhudurg district of Konkan region has received the aerodrome license from the DGCA (Director General of Civil Aviation).
- It is a big requirement before the formal commissioning of the airport and start of flights.
- The airport is slated to formally open from October 2021.
- The Sindhudurg Airport has a cost outlay of nearly Rs 800 crore.
Taliban replaces ministry for women with one restricting them
- Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers have set up a ministry for the propagation of virtue and the prevention of vice in the building that once housed the Women’s Affairs Ministry,
- It’s the latest troubling sign that the Taliban are restricting women’s rights as they settle into government.
- In their first period of rule in the 1990s, the Taliban had denied girls and women the right to education.
Amarinder Singh resigns as Punjab Chief Minister
- Captain Amarinder Singh resigned as the Punjab Chief Minister on 18 September 2021.
- The resignation comes less than five months before the Assembly elections in Punjab.
- He has also previously served as the Chief Minister of Punjab from 2002 to 2007.
- He is currently the oldest chief minister by age, serving any state in India.
2 space technology startups get access to ISRO facilities
- The Department of Space (DoS) has entered into a framework agreement with aerospace technology startup Agnikul Cosmos for access to ISRO facilities.
- The agreement will enable the company to undertake multiple tests and access facilities at various ISRO centres for testing and qualification of its single piece 3D printed Semi Cryo engine and other systems.
Adani Enterprises appoints Sanjay Pugalia as CEO and Editor-in-chief
- Adani Enterprises has inducted veteran journalist Sanjay Pugalia as the CEO and Editor-in-chief to lead the Group’s media initiatives.
- In his new role, Pugalia will report to Pranav Adani and work closely with Sudipta Bhattacharya.
- Pugalia was earlier the President and editorial director at Quint Digital Media Ltd.
- He launched and headed CNBC-Awaaz for 12 years.
Flipkart joins hands with Davinta for credit facilities to MSMEs
- Flipkart Wholesale, the digital B2B marketplace of Flipkart Group, has partnered with SME lending platform Davinta to offer credit facility to retailers associated with it.
- Both will extend a ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ (BNPL) credit facility to MSMEs and kiranas.
- Bengaluru-based Davinta was founded by ex-Flipkart CTO Ravi Garikipati and US-based entrepreneur Raj Vattikuti.
Scientists develop cosmic concrete from space dust and astronaut blood
- Scientists at The University of Manchester have produced a concrete-like material.
- It comprises extraterrestrial dust, as well as astronauts’ blood, sweat, and tears.
- A protein from human blood, combined with a compound from urine, sweat, or tears, could glue together simulated moon or Mars soil to produce a material stronger than ordinary concrete.
Indian Railways’ alternative energy arm shuts
- Indian Railways has shut its alternative energy arm Indian Railways Organisation of Alternative Fuels (IROAF).
- The alternative energy research arm primarily focused on bio-diesel.
- It was closed because Indian Railways is chasing the goal of full electrification by 2023, slash its use of diesel and become a net zero emitter of carbon emission by 2030.
Shivani Meena becomes India’s first woman excavation engineer
- Shivani Meena, an IIT Jodhpur alumna, has become the first woman excavation engineer to work in an open cast mine at Coal India arm CCL (Central Coalfields Limited).
- She will be posted at CCL’s Rajrappa project, one of the important enterprises of the coal mining behemoth.
- Until now the position belonged to men.
Rail Vikas Nigam inks MoU with NHAI
- The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) has signed an MoU with the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
- NHAI will be represented by the National Highways Logistics Management Limited (NHLML).
- The MoU has been signed to develop Multi-Modal Logistics Parks (MMLPs) across the country under the Bharatmala Pariyojana programme in September 2021.
Jharkhand House gives nod to bill for 75% quota in private sector jobs
- Jharkhand Assembly has passed a bill that provides for 75 per cent reservation to local residents in private sector jobs with monthly salary up to Rs 40,000.
- Once the ‘Jharkhand State Employment of Local Candidates in Private Sector Bill, 2021’, is enacted, Jharkhand will become the third state after Andhra Pradesh and Haryana — having a law providing for reservation in private sector jobs.
Hyderabad-based ICRISAT wins Africa Food Prize 2021
- Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has been awarded the Africa Food Prize 2021 for improving food security in sub-Saharan Africa.
- The award was given away at the Africa Forum for Green Revolution (AGRF) 2021 Summit in September 2021.
- ICRISAT got the award for the Tropical Legumes Project.
Susanna Clarke wins Women’s Prize for Fiction for ‘Piranesi’
- British writer Susanna Clarke has won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction for her fantasy novel ‘Piranesi’.
- She was awarded the 30,000 pound ($41,000) prize for her second novel, which was published 16 years after her first, ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’, became a global best-seller.
- Set in a magical alternate reality, ‘Piranesi’ is narrated by a man living in a labyrinthine.
Himachal’s handlooms to be available on e-commerce platforms
- Himachal Pradesh’s famous handmade shawls, sweaters, carpets, organic honey, fruits and spices will soon be available on e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Government e-Marketplace (GeM).
- The state government is planning to facilitate 2.80 lakh women belonging to 27,000 self-help groups (SHGs).
- The products will be available under ‘Him Ira’ brand.
South Korean researchers create chameleon-like artificial “skin”
- South Korean researchers have developed an artificial skin-like material.
- It is inspired by natural biology and can quickly adjust its colours like a chameleon to match its surroundings.
- The team, led by Ko Seung-hwan, professor at Seoul National University, created the “skin” with a special ink that changes colour based on temperature and is controlled by tiny, flexible heaters.
Delhi government launches ‘Music Bus’ to train students
- The Delhi govt has launched a ‘Music Bus’ which will provide training to students in audio production, film production, and graphic designing.
- It is India’s first ‘Mobile Music Classroom and Recording Studio’.
- It aims to assist children of Delhi government schools in pursuing their passion for music.
- It was launched at the School of Specialized Excellence in Performing and Visual Arts.
Veteran journalist, columnist KM Roy passes away
- Noted journalist and columnist KM Roy passed away in September 2021.
- He had also worked with the Economic Times, The Hindu and UNI news agency.
- Roy was the recipient of Swadeshabhimani Kesari award, the highest honour that journalists receive from the Kerala government.
- He also authored books like Irulum Velichavum and Kaalathinju Munpe Nadanna Manjooran.
Metro train services in Agra and Kanpur to start operations by Nov
- In Uttar Pradesh, two more cities Agra and Kanpur will have Metro rail service by November 2021.
- It was informed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur while virtually unveiling the first prototype train for the two projects.
- These prototypes Metro trains were received from Vadodara in Gujarat.
- In Agra the Metro rail in first phase will run in the stretch of 6 kilometer.