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  • ISRO to prioritize Gaganyaan mission

    September 21, 2019
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan has announced that the Chandrayaan-2 mission has achieved 98% of its objectives. Despite tracing the location of the lander Vikram, communication could not be established. The Space Agency confirmed that the lander is intact as a single-piece and not broken into pieces. Chandrayaan-2 mission aimed at science and technology demonstration which was almost achieved fully. The lunar mission was India's first attempt at landing a... Read More


    Former Dutch football player Fernando Ricksen passes away

    September 21, 2019
    Former Rangers and Netherlands football player Fernando Ricksen passed away at the age of 43. He earned 12 caps for the Netherlands between 2000 and 2003. Around six years (2000-2006) with the club of Rangers Glasgow. Scotland won 2 Scottish Premier League titles, 2 Scottish Cups and 3 Scottish League Cups. Fernando Ricksen Fernando Jacob Hubert Hendrika Ricksen a Dutch professional footballer played as a right-back and right midfielder.He joined Rangers for £3.75 million in 2000.
    Category: Obituary


    Reserve of Bank of India tightens norms for banks up penalties

    September 21, 2019
    Reserve Bank of India prescribed a turnaround time (TAT) for banks to settle failed transactions for customers and also notified compensations payable for various types of customer complaints. The financial compensation should be done suo motu by the bank, without waiting for a complaint or a claim by a customer. The central bank had first announced a move to harmonise TAT this April for resolving customer complaints and compensation after observing that time taken for resolving customer... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

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    India to leverage its Strategic Energy Partnership with USA

    September 21, 2019
    India and USA plan to further strengthen their Strategic Energy Partnership launched in New Delhi in It includes larger energy imports from the US by the world’s third-largest oil importer state-run firms such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL). Petronet LNG Ltd may ink a deal with US liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian Inc for around $2 billion in the proposed Driftwood project in Louisiana. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to the energy resource rich country where he... Read More
    Category: International


    Public Sector Banks to organise loan melas in 400 districts

    September 21, 2019
    Public-sector banks (PSBs) hold public meetings with borrowers for distributing loans in 400 districts of the country to boost demand ahead of the festive season. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the banks will take help from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will be following the footsteps of its predecessor, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government introduced the concept of loan mela to boost credit... Read More


    US sanctions Iran's central bank in highest ever sanctions on a nation

    September 21, 2019
    US President Donald Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Iran's central bank, calling the new penalties the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country. His remarks came days after he ordered to substantially increase sanctions on Iran. The sanctions come after the US blamed Iran for the drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities last week. The latest sanctions action against Tehran affected the last source of funds for Iran.The action comes after Washington accused Iran for the... Read More
    Category: International


    Transport Ministry issues SOP for transport-related information presented in e-form

    September 21, 2019
    Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued detailed Standard Operating Procedure-SOP for acceptance of Driving License, Registration Certificate and other transport related information presented in electronic form. According to the amended Central Motor Vehicles Rules, carrying hard copy of relevant documents is not necessary now as they can be carried in electronic form. They are available on DigiLocker or mParivahan app to be legally recognized at par with the original documents. The... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    SEBI sets up panel to create SSE

    September 21, 2019
    Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) set up a high-level panel to suggest possible structures and regulations create Social Stock Exchanges (SSE). The move comes after the budget announcement of the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in July about setting up such exchanges to take the capital markets closer to the masses and meet various social welfare objectives.
    Aim: The creation of Social Stock Exchanges (SSE) aims to facilitate listing and... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance


    Ola drivers to get healthcare benefits under Ayushman Bharat

    September 21, 2019
    Ola and Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) announced a partnership to facilitate comprehensive health insurance for Ola’s 2 million driver-partners. Vijay Ghadge, Vice President-Operations, Ola signed an MoU with Praveen Gedam, Deputy CEO of AB-PMJAY and National Health Authority to extend the benefits of the Centre-sponsored healthcare scheme to provide secondary and tertiary care to driver-partners and their families. A representative from Common Service... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


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    Telecom body approves Rs 8500 crore for mobile towers and optical

    September 21, 2019
    Digital Communication Commission the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecom approved multiple projects worth over 8,500 crores for setting up mobile towers and laying of optical fibre. The main aim is to provide improved connectivity mission approved a special scheme to cover close to 12,000 uncovered villages in aspirational districts. The approved infra projects include laying of BharatNet fibre in Tamil Nadu and Telangana. Their estimated cost is 1,815 crores and 2,065... Read More


    Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships

    September 21, 2019
    Bajrang Punia bagged the bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championships. He defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 8-7 to clinch the medal in the 65 kg weight category. The wrestler was trailing to win in the match. The 25-year-old had secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-1 win over North Korea's Jong Son in the tournament.  Vinesh Phogat became the first Indian wrestler to qualify for the upcoming global games. He booked her place in the 53kg... Read More
    Category: Sports


    Indian Army conducted rare exercise in Eastern Ladakh

    September 21, 2019
    Indian Army conducted Exercise Changthang Prahar, a rare exercise in Eastern Ladakh bordering China. Such massive exercise is held for the first time in the region. It was conducted at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Military drills: The exercise involved the use of infantry, mechanized forces, T-72 tanks, with force multipliers such as artillery guns and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The army's aviation assets were used. Para jumping of troops was also included in the exercise. Indian Army has... Read More
    Category: Defence


    International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September

    September 21, 2019
    United Nations International Day of Peace is observed on September 21. International Day of Peace 2019: Theme The theme of International Day of Peace 2019 is Climate Action for Peace. The theme focuses on the need of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. The climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Due to natural disasters millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek safety. The food security is... Read More
    Category: Important Days


    Amazon announced The Climate Pledge

    September 21, 2019
    Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos have announced The Climate Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to meet Paris Agreement's goal 10 years early by achieving net-zero carbon across businesses by 2040. As a part of its pledge, the company has partnered with American startup Rivian and ordered 1 lakh electric vans (EVs) for deliveries starting 2021. EV: Amazon will have 10,000 new EVs on the road as early as 2022 and all 100,000 vehicles on the road by 2030. The company expects that this... Read More
    Category: Environment


    Book titled Turbulence and Triumph The Modi Years jointly authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan

    September 21, 2019
    Book titled Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan is set to release on October 2019. It is published by Om Books International. It depicts the journey of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from this young days to becoming 14th prime minister of India. The book, expected to hit stores next month, also has photographs sourced from public and private archives. The publisher expected to hit stores next month. The politician, the leader, the... Read More


    Centre reduces corporate tax

    September 21, 2019
    Government has announced a huge rate cut in the corporate tax rates from 30% to 22%. The announcement was made by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at 37th GST council meeting in Goa. For this, the Ministry of Finance has brought in the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 to make certain amendments in the Income-tax Act 1961 and the Finance (No. 2) Act 2019. Aim: The reduction in corporate tax aims to boost manufacturing in the country.
    Key Highlights: For Domestic... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy


    Centre to set up National Police University

    September 21, 2019
    Centre has announced its plan to set-up state-of-the-art National Police University (NPU) at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
    Aim: The aim is to establish a world-class NPU with a dynamic learning and working environment that is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of education, research and scholarships of the highest quality in specialized niche areas of policing science, forensic science, cyber forensics, criminology,... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    India and Mongolia signed MoUs on space cooperation

    September 21, 2019
    India and Mongolia signed MoUs on space cooperation and disaster management during the visit of the Mongolian President in India. The aim of the MoU is to provide a new dimension to the India-Mongolia strategic partnership.
    Highlights of various MoU: The agreements will allow India to lend its support to Mongolia in resource management and satellite communication. The space cooperation between the countries will lead to the peaceful exploration of outer space and include remote sensing,... Read More
    Category: Agreements MoU


    Minister of HRD launched several initiatives of AICTE

    September 21, 2019
    Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched several initiatives of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi. It was launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
    The initiatives include facilitation through Margadarshan and Margadarshak, Model Curriculum for diploma courses, Waste Management Accelerator for Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs (WAWE Summit 2019) and 360-degree feedback of faculty. Aim: The schemes are launched... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs


    IIT Bombay ranks among top institutes in QS Graduate Employability Rankings

    September 21, 2019
    Three Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Delhi University have ranked among the top 200 in QS World Graduate Employability Rankings. The 2020 QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employability included revaluation of 758 institutions that comprises a 15% increase in the number of institutions on previous year's edition. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay is ranked in the 111-120 range. It is among the top 24% institutes in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings... Read More
    Category: Index / List


    World Alzheimers Day is observed on 21 September

    September 21, 2019
    World Alzheimer's Day is observed on 21 September every day. The month of September is dedicated to bringing awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions. Per 2018 World Alzheimer Report, over 50 million people worldwide suffer from the disease. The number that will almost double every 20 years, reaching 131.5 million in 2050. Theme: The theme for World Alzheimer's Month 2019 is Raising awareness and challenging stigma. The day focuses on stigma and how to break... Read More
    Category: Important Days




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