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50 Countries signed the United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Brazil was the first country to sign onto the ban, followed by nations from Algeria to Venezuela. More than 120 countries approved the new nuclear weapons ban treaty in July.

B. Sambamurthy, formerly Director and CEO of the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology (IDRBT) and Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank, has appointed as interim Chairman of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). He will replace M Balachandran, who was Non-Executive Chairman of NPCI from September 23, 2013 till September 20, 2017.

India’s most celebrated soldier, Marshal of the Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh (98 years old) passed away. During 1965 war with Pakistan, Arjan Singh became the chief of IAF when he was just 44. During World War II, Singh flew close support missions during the Imphal Campaign and also was part of the team that assisted the advance of allied forces into Rangoon. The fighter aircraft base at Panagarh in West Bengal was named in his honour on his birthday (April 15) last year.

India has replaced China as the top retail destination in 2017, as part of the global retail development index. According to India Retail Report 2017, over the past 12-15 months, 100 percent cash and carry operations are gaining significance in India with Thailand's Siam Makro being the latest entrant in this space following Metro, Walmart and Booker.

Official emblem and slogan for FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 were unveiled at the Musee de l'Homme, Paris, France. Emblem:- To symbolise the eighth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, competition trophy wrapped in blue and white, with eight shards of light around football at the top of the trophy. Slogan:- "Dare To Shine". FIFA President - Gianni Infantino.

For Educating Boko Haram Victims, a Nigerian, Mr Zannah Mustapha, the Director, Future Prowess Islamic Foundation School, has won the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) 2017 Nansen Refugees Award. Mr Mustapha will be presented with his award at ceremony in the Swiss city of Geneva on 2 October.

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This day was established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations (UN) resolution. Theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.”  

China launches the world's fastest bullet train ‘Fuxing’ between Beijing and Shanghai at 350 kms per hour, covering the 1,250-km-long distance in just 4 hours and 30 minutes. China has the world’s longest high-speed rail network of over 22,000 kilometres, about 60% per cent of the world’s total.

The Telangana government has made it mandatory for Aadhaar cards to be shown as identification proof by Hyderabad residents to gain entry to pubs. Those below 21 years of age will not be allowed to enter the pubs. A murder investigation of 17-year-old girl forced the excise department to implement such step.

Saudi Arabia government introduced the ban of internet phone calls - known as Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) in 2013. Saudi Arabia's new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman lifted the ban on voice calls on Skype, Whatsapp and other applications to make Saudi Arabia more attractive for business.

The Narendra Modi government will invest Rs 1,756 crore for a period of three years for the revamping of 'Khelo India' scheme, which has been taken with twin goals: Sports For All and Sports For Excellence. Each athlete selected under this scheme will receive an annual scholarship worth Rs 5 lakh for 8 consecutive years. Some features of this programme: 1. A pan India scholarship which will sponsor at least 1000 athletes across India. 2. It will cover around 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive national physical fitness drive.

The Rs. 389 crore worth Gateshwar Panth Canal Project suffered a major blow as a part of the dam in Bihar's Bhagalpur collapsed a day before it was to be inaugurated by CM Nitish Kumar. Jharkhand was also to be benefited from this project. Through this project, the irrigation facility would have been available in 18620 hectares in Bhagalpur and 22658 hectares in Godda district of Jharkhand.

The nine-metre (30ft) statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in Russian capital Moscow in a controversial ceremony. Kalashnikov designed "Avtomat Kalashnikova", which became the standard issue rifle of the Soviet army, in 1947 - hence the abbreviation AK-47.

The first four Afghan Air Force (AAF) UH-60s arrived in Kandahar, as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters. The U.S. plans to supply a total of 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan in the coming years as it boosts the capacity of the AAF.

SBI stated that the old cheque books and IFSC (India Financial System Codes) of six subsidiary banks namely State Bank of Patiala, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, State Bank of Raipur, State Bank of Travancore and State Bank of Hyderabad and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, will not be valid after September 30. SBI currently charges a penalty of up to Rs. 100 (plus GST of 18 per cent) per month for not maintaining the minimum balance in savings bank accounts. The corporate salary accounts, small and basic savings bank deposit accounts and accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna are exempted from maintaining the monthly average balance.