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NASA begins trials for electric air taxi
- NASA has begun flight testing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft with Joby Aviation for air taxi services under its Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign.
- The testing will continue till September 10, 2021, at Joby’s Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California.
- This is the first time NASA is testing an eVTOL aircraft as part of the AAM National Campaign.
Centre sets up panel to develop a technological platform
- The Supreme Court has constituted a committee that will be headed by Ashish Shiradhonkar.
- He is heading the e-courts project in National Informatics Centre, to develop a technological platform streamlining the appeal filing process related to direct and indirect taxation matters.
- The panel will monitor the development of the platform and coordinate with other stakeholders.
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Deepar Beel Wildlife Sanctuary becomes the eco-sensitive zone
- The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the eco-sensitive zone of the Deepar Beel Wildlife Sanctuary on the south-western fringe of Guwahati.
- Deepar Beel is likely one of the largest freshwater lakes in Assam.
- The wetland has for many years been threatened by a railway observe.
- The wetland expands as much as 30 sq. km in the summer season.
India adds 557 new species of fauna
- According to a document published recently by the Zoological Survey of India Animal Discoveries 2020 reveals that India has added 557 new species to its fauna.
- It includes 407 new species and 150 new records.
- The number of faunal species in India has increased now to 1,02,718 species with the discovery of the new species.
- The highest number of new species were discovered from Karnataka.
China, Pakistan, Thailand, Mongolia to hold military exercise
- The militaries of China, Pakistan, Mongolia, and Thailand will take part in a multinational peacekeeping exercise to be organized by the People’s Liberation Army.
- Exercise “Shared Destiny-2021” will be held from September 6 to 15, 2021 in China’s central Henan province.
- All four countries will dispatch more than 1,000 troops to participate in the drills.
Jal Shakti Ministry launches 100-day campaign
- The Jal Shakti Ministry has started a 100-day campaign — Sujalam — as part of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
- It will create more ODF plus villages by undertaking wastewater management at the village level.
- The effort of the campaign would be directed towards achieving the Open Defecation Free (ODF) plus status for villages across the country.
- The campaign began on 25th August 2021.
Enhancements made to Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility Scheme
- The Reserve Bank of India has made enhancements to the Indo-Nepal Remittance Facility Scheme.
- The ceiling per transaction has been increased four-fold to ₹2 lakh and the cap of 12 remittances in a year per remitter has been removed.
- The enhancements have been announced to boost trade payments between the two countries.
INS Trikand undertakes exercise with German Navy
- Indian Naval Ship Trikand, currently on deployment in the Gulf of Aden for Anti-Piracy operations, participated in Maritime Partnership Exercise with the German Navy on 26 August 2021.
- The exercise was conducted with German Naval Ship FGS Bayern.
- Several evolutions like cross deck landings by helicopters, maneuvers at sea were undertaken.
RBI imposes fine on five payment system operators
- A monetary penalty has been imposed on five payment system operators for violation of norms by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
- The maximum fine, Rs 3 crore, has been slapped on Transaction Analysts (India) Pvt Ltd.
- The four other entities that have been fined are BTI Payments Pvt Ltd, Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Ltd, and Vakrangee Ltd.
ACMA appoints Sunjay J Kapur as President
- Auto components industry body ACMA has appointed SONA Comstar Chairman Sunjay J Kapur as its new President for a two-year term.
- Besides, Subros Chairperson and Managing Director Shradha Suri Marwah has been appointed as the new Vice President for the 2021-23 term.
- The ACMA is the apex body representing the interest of the Indian auto component Industry.
India’s first green hydrogen electrolyzer gigafactory
- Ohmium International, a US-based renewable energy start-up has launched India’s first green hydrogen electrolyzer gigafactory at Bengaluru through its India subsidiary.
- The gigafactory will manufacture India-made Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen electrolyzers with an initial manufacturing capacity of about 500 MW per year.
- It will scale it up to 2 GW per year.
Maharashtra to set up ‘Rajiv Gandhi Science City’ in Pune
- Maharashtra Cabinet has decided to set up a Science City in Pune.
- The complex will be known as ‘Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Science City’ in Pimpri- Chinchwad Municipal Corporation in Pune.
- The state government had also announced the IT Awards in the name of Rajiv Gandhi earlier.
- While the Assam Cabinet has decided to rename Rajiv Gandhi National Park as Orang National Park.
Bangladesh Army Chief on 3-day visit to India
- The Chief of Army Staff of Bangladesh General S M Shafiuddin Ahmed left Dhaka for a three-day official visit to India on 4 Sept 2021.
- He is leading an 8 member delegation during the visit.
- He will hold meetings with the National Security Advisor of India, Chief of Defence Staff, Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air staff, Defence Secretary.
- His visit will conclude on 8 September 2021.
Gandhian Haribhau Vasudev Talile passes away
- Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s loyal and Gandhian Haribhau Vasudev Talile passed away in September 2021.
- Haribhau hailed from Satod village in Jalgaon district.
- At a young age, Talile quit his job as a teacher and went straight to the ashram of Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s brother Shivaji Bhave in Dhule.
- He had participated in the Bhudan movement under the guidance of Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
Pramod Bhagat wins gold, Manoj Sarkar wins bronze
- At the Tokyo Paralympics, Indian shuttler Pramod Bhagat has won the gold medal in the men’s singles SL3 category while in the same event, Manoj Sarkar has won a bronze medal for India.
- Earlier Manish Narwal finished on top in the mixed 50m Pistol SH1 final and Singhraj followed him for a silver medal.
- With this India has won total of 17 medals so far which include.
Coal India Ltd.(CIL) launches new software
- Coal India Ltd (CIL), under the Ministry of Coal, has launched a new software named “Spectral Enhancement” (SPE).
- It will help in identifying thin coal seams under the earth’s crust and improve the assessment of coal resources using seismic survey during the coal exploration process.
- CIL’s research and development arm Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) has developed it.
The 28th edition of SIMBEX concludes
- The 28th Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) was conducted from 2-4 Sept’21.
- The Indian Navy was represented by Guided Missile Destroyer INS Ranvijay with a ship borne helicopter, ASW Corvette INS Kiltan, and Guided Missile Corvette INS Kora.
- Initiated in 1994, SIMBEX is the Indian Navy’s longest uninterrupted bilateral maritime exercise with any foreign navy.
51st Foundation Day of BPR&D
- The Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah attended 51st Foundation Day program of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) in New Delhi on 4 Sept’21 as the Chief Guest.
- He also released the publications of BPR&D and presented Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Award in Hindi writing.
- BPR&D was set up on 28 August 1970 for the modernisation of police forces.
National level exhibition of the INSPIRE Awards starts
- The 8th National Level Exhibition and Project Competition (NLEPC) for the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK (Million Minds Augmenting National Aspiration and Knowledge) commenced on 4 Sept’21.
- It showcased the innovative ideas from 581 students representing various states and UTs of the country.
- The award ceremony of the NLEPC of the INSPIRE Awards – MANAK will be held in a virtual mode on 8 Sept’21.
Teachers’ Day: 5 September
- Teachers’ Day or Shikshak Divas is celebrated in India on 5 September every year.
- The day marks the birthday of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan who was the first Vice President of India (1952–1962).
- Dr Radhakrishnan went on to become the second President of India (1962-1967) and was of the opinion that teachers should be the best minds in the country.
- He was also a Bharat Ratna awardee.
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