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The Indian Air Force (IAF) has proposed to the Andhra government its plans to establish a drone manufacturing facility in Anantapur district, a cyber security centre in Amaravati, and turn Rajahmundry and Vijayawada airports into asset positioning bases.
IAF also plans to set up a major helicopter training facility at Donakonda in Prakasam district.
IAF currently has a base at Arakkonam near Chennai, while the Navy has INS Dega in Visakhapatnam.
Ola, the Indian ride-hailing company, unveiled its plan to extend its territory to New Zealand. The service will first begin in Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. Ola offers the service with a commission rate of 9%. The company is to pay drivers daily rather than weekly in order to benefit the drivers.
The company earlier launched its service in Australia in February and the U.K. in August. It said that it enables smart transportation to over 125 million users in India, Australia and the U.K.
The two stars of the film 'Sui Dhaaga - Made in India', have been signed on to promote and endorse the Skill India Mission (SIM), chaired by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Skill India Mission is led by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and aims to standardise vocational training.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the construction of the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project through video conferencing.
The 130-kilometre-long pipeline will connect Siliguri in West Bengal and Parbatipur in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district, and will be used for importing oil.
The third and fourth Dual Gauge line of Dhaka-Tongi section and Dual Gauge Double line of Tongi-Joydevpur section of Bangladesh Railway were also inaugurated.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) gave its approval for the upgradation of the indigenously developed Akash short-range surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) system. Akash missile was to be inducted by the Army. This approval will let Akash missile to be upgraded.
The upgraded version will have the seeker technology and the coverage will be of 360-degree. It will have a compact configuration. To provide protection to vital assets, the operation of the missile has been made critical.
About Akash Missile:
It was developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984
It was manufactured by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
The range of the missile is 25 km and can engage multiple targets at a time in all-weather conditions
It has a large operational envelope, from 30 meter to a maximum of 20 km
All regiment in the missile consists of six launchers, each having three missiles
Kamlesh Nilakanth Vyas, Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, has been appointed as the Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and the Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy. His tenure will end on May 2021. He has replaced Shekhar Basu.
Mr.Vyas is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from MS University, Vadodara. He underwent training in BARC training school in 1979, he joined Fuel Design and Development Section of Reactor Engineering Division of BARC. He is an expert in thermal hydraulics and stress analysis of critical reactor core components.
He was awarded the Indian Nuclear Society Outstanding Service Award 2011, Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award 2006, DAE Awards in the years 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a space technology incubation centre in Agartala, Tripura. It was inaugurated from Bengaluru. The centre at Agartala is the first of six such centres which are planned to build capacity in new locations. It is aimed to have a good presence in academia and industry.
These space research activities are to tap the talents of the locations and include them in the space footprint. ISRO’s Capacity Building Programme directorate is to invest Rs.2 crore for such centres in Jalandhar, Bhubaneswar, Tiruchi, Nagpur and Indore. These centres will not have activities related to space.
In NaMo app, the BJP has launched three new features, a volunteer platform, merchandise and micro-donations for the persistent demand from active users of the platform. The volunteer can donate starting from a minimum of Rs.5 with amounts of Rs.50, Rs.500 and Rs.1,000. The fund will be used for the Clean Ganga project. This new volunteer platform has been introduced for the general 2019 elections.
It also has other sections that have multiple items like T-shirts, mugs, caps, notebooks, etc. This app will act as a central avenue for all volunteering activities and give multiple options for online and on-ground volunteering activities.
They approved a proposal to allow foreign investors to trade in commodity derivatives market, except for sensitive commodities, as well as a common application form for the registration of FPIs in the domestic market.
The board has given its nod for amending delisting regulations.
SEBI- Securities and Exchange Board of India.
Chairman- Ajay Tyagi,
The two projects are
Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUSHR) project and toilets supported by DBT-BIRAC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
It is a joint initiative of Indian and Dutch scientists.
Functions of the LOTUS project:
Produce clean water from the urban wastewater
Reused the clean water for various purposes,
Recover the nutrients and energy of the wastewater.
At present, the State Bank of India (SBI) has 1,200 ATMs which run on solar power.
SBI is also planning to replace all its vehicles with electric vehicles by 2030.
Aim:- To become carbon neutral and to achieve it by 2030.
SBI is organising a green marathon starting September 30, to be held in 15 cities across the country.
SBI has nearly 59,000 ATMs in India.
HBO series 'Game of Thrones' won nine awards including 'Outstanding Drama Series award' at this year's Emmy Awards.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have taken place in Los Angeles.
The winners of 2018 Emmy Awards are:-
♦ Best lead actress in a drama series - Claire Foy for The Crown
♦ Best lead actor in a drama series - Matthew Rhys for The Americans
♦ Best comedy series - The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
About Emmy Award:-
An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry, and is the equivalent of an Oscar Award (for film), the Tony Award (for theater), and the Grammy Award (for music).
It was inaugurated in presence of Union Tourism Minister, Shri K J Alphons and Tourism Minister of Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Sajid.
The main Objective is to create an annual Global Tourism Mart for India
It was organized by Ministry of Tourism in partnership with the Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) and State /UT Governments.
It has been coordinated by India Convention Promotion Board(ICPB).
ITM was announced to be an annual event hereafter in line with other International Tourism Marts and will be held in the month of September.
It is a dedicated computer appliance with specialized application software that will offer audio and video on demand.
This system is low of cost and affordable. It has been built with a single board computer with a powerful and energy efficient multi-core processor.
According to the report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and the National Election Watch, Sitting MLAs across the country have declared an average annual income of ₹24.59 lakh.
Chhattisgarh MLAs earn the lowest with their average annual income coming at ₹5.4 lakh.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) announced that no withholding tax will apply on interest payments made by an Indian company or a business trust to a non-resident in respect of offshore rupee-denominated bonds issued between September 17, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
The move is expected to incentivise foreign exchange inflows into India through low-cost offshore rupee-denominated bonds, popularly referred to as masala bonds.
This award is awarded for beating the odds in water with their enduring skills and sailing across the world for eight long months.
It is the award which is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air.
In Hubballi people conducted protest march as a part of the “Save Constitution” rally. Hundreds of people participated in the protest. It is to condemn the burning of a copy of the Constitution by members of an organisation at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. The rally demanded the government take steps to save the Constitution.
During the protest copies of the Bhagavad Gita and the Manu Smriti and a few other books were burnt as an act to condemn the government.
Elon Musk-led startup SpaceX revealed that Yusaku Maezawa, founder of Japan's largest clothing website Zozotown, has signed up to be the world's first private passenger to fly around the Moon.
Yusaku will fly aboard SpaceX's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) in 2023.
Only 24 humans have been to the Moon in history.
The MoU on the 'Friendship and Cooperation Agreement' was signed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Seoul mayor Park Won-Soon in Seoul.
The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal particularly sought the city’s expertise in dealing with transport and air pollution.
Subhash Chandra Foundation of Essel Zee Group withdrew the AgriGold case. The Essel Group filed an affidavit against the AgriGold seeking the court to permit them to withdraw their proposal and also refund Rs.10 crore. The Hyderabad High Court filed the petition under Section 151 of the Civil Procedure Code.
This is after the rejection of the foundation's proposal by the Andhra Pradesh government. Earlier the Essel group foundation had proposed to take over AgriGold company by paying Rs 4,000 crore. It also said that it would be done in a phased manner.
Around 32 lakh depositors in 9 states, with Andhra Pradesh leading the list were duped by AgriGold. It owes Rs.6,380 crore to the depositors. This scam was exposed in 2014. Nearly 100 people have committed suicide after the scam came to light.
The procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under 'Buy (Indian)' category from M/s BDL.
The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the Test Equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90.