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  • #1. Health Ministry Partners With Dell And Tata Trusts
  • 4 hours ago
    The main aim is to provide a technological platform for nationwide prevention, control, screening and management program of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released the user manual for NCD application under Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) IT Solutions.  

  • #2. DRDO Successfully Flight Tested Tactical Missile Prahar
  • 4 hours ago
    It is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying multiple types of warheads and neutralizing a wide variety of targets. About DRDO  Headquarters: New Delhi,  Founded:1958.  Chairman:Dr G Satheesh Reddy

  • #3. Madhya Pradesh gets $525 Million Loan for Infra Projects from BRICS Bank
  • 4 hours ago
    Madhya Pradesh approved a $350-million loan for the Major District Roads Project II of Madhya Pradesh and $175 million for building and upgrading 350 bridges. The loan will be used by the Indian government for on-lending to the Madhya Pradesh government for rehabilitating major district roads with a total length of about 2,000 km to improve the connectivity of the rural interior with the national and state highway networks. The positive impacts of the project also include promoting an inclusive development of the rural communities in Madhya Pradesh and stimulating regional economic development through improved connectivity, enhanced accessibility and increased job opportunities.

  • #4. Goa holds inaugural Naval Flight Test Seminar
  • 4 hours ago
    There were also a series of papers which were presented on weapon integration on service aircraft and towards building and sustaining the training for Naval Experimental Test Pilots and Flight Test Engineers. The industry participation was from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Boeing Defence and Dassault Aviation, in addition to the retired and serving experimental test crew from Indian Navy.  

  • #5. Gujarat clears desk for RoRo ferry services expansion
  • 4 hours ago
    Around 54,639 passengers have already traveled through RoRo ferry services. Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the highly prestigious Ghogha-Dahej ferry service.   

  • #6. India and Morocco signed the revised Air Services Agreement
  • 4 hours ago
    The agreement will enable the airlines of each side to enter into code share with airlines of other party. It will also provide greater freedom in mounting direct flights. The revised Agreement is the outcome of three meetings of delegation from two countries who had worked towards liberalization of markets between the two countries and updating of the existing Air Services Agreement.

  • #7. MoU Signed for establishing Mahatma Gandhi Convention Centre in Niger
  • 4 hours ago
    Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) will be established in Niamey, Niger with the Indian government's grant assistance. The centre honours the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, whose 150th birth anniversary is also being observed in 2019. In response to growing request from countries in Africa, India has offered to establish Mahatma Gandhi convention centres in more than 20 countries in Africa, of which the project are being taken up in the immediate phase in nine countries. India has provided lines of credit worth USD 96.54 million for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy and potable drinking water. ♦ Niger Capital: Niamey, ♦ Currency: West African CFA franc. 

  • #8. BSE, NSE get SEBI approval to launch commodity derivatives segment
  • 4 hours ago
    The capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved India's top two stock exchanges Bombay stock exchange (BSE) Ltd and National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) to launch commodity derivatives trading from 1 October, 2018. BSE will enter the segment with non-agriculture commodities like metals initially followed by agri commodities subsequently.

  • #9. India and Pakistan foreign ministers to meet in New York
  • 4 hours ago
    On Pakistan's request, India agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week. India's Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will be in New York from September 24 to 30. Swaraj’s last significant meeting with a Pakistan leader was in December 2015.

  • #10. Cyclone-30 becomes operational in Kolkata, to boost cancer diagnosis
  • 4 hours ago
    India's biggest cyclotron facility named Cyclone-30 that will produce radioisotopes vital for diagnosis and treatment of cancer became operational at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) in Kolkata. Cyclone-30 will become the first and only facility in the country to produce Germanium 68 isotopes, which is used in the diagnosis of breast cancer. At present, many radioisotopes are imported while some are produced in nuclear research reactors such as the Apsara at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), and remaining in cyclotrons facilities run by large private hospitals. 

  • #11. CCI approves ArcelorMittals acquisition of Essar Steel
  • 4 hours ago
    The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the acquisition of Essar Steel by a consortium of ArcelorMittal and Japan’s Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.  Earlier ArcelorMittal had offered Rs 42,000 crore to acquire Essar Steel, upstaging a Rs 37,000 crore bid by Russia's VTB Group-backed Numetal. ArcelorMittal and Numetal are in the race to acquire Essar Steel, currently undergoing insolvency proceedings as it owes more than Rs 45,000 crore to over 30 banks. 

  • #12. Trump suggested to build wall between Africa and Spain
  • 4 hours ago
    Spain’s Foreign Minister said that the U.S. President Donald Trump suggested building a wall along the Sahara desert, Africa as on the Mexican border. This is to restrict the arrival of migrants. The wall spans from the Red Sea in the east to the Atlantic Ocean in the west, or close to 5,000 km.  Spain has become the number one point of entry for migrants coming to Europe by sea or by land from Africa. Many of these migrants cross the Sahara to Morocco and on to Spain across the Mediterranean, or over two high fences into the Spanish overseas territories of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Morocco.

  • #13. Saudi Arabia to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
  • 4 hours ago
    Saudi Arabia is to join as the third strategic partner of the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This announcement was made soon after Prime Minister Imran Khan returned from his first foreign trip to Saudi.  The CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project of Chinese President Xi Jinping. It aimed at enhancing Beijing’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.

  • #14. The Hindu Group launched The Hindu Lounge Online for collectibles
  • 4 hours ago
    To commemorate the 140th anniversary of The Hindu Group’s, the Hindu Lounge has launched its online store, The Hindu Lounge Online.  The Hindu Lounge online offers a wide range of collectibles. It has been operating a store at the Express Avenue mall in Chennai. The merchandise available for sale are broadly classified into four categories: the Madras Edition, personalised collection, restored collection and handmade collection. In an effort to engage with the readers more, an online shopping portal, https://lounge.thehindu.com has been launched.

  • #15. Ban on Russia by WADA has been lifted
  • 4 hours ago
    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted a ban on RUSADA, Russia’s anti-doping agency. This paves the way for Russian athletes to return to competition across all sports.  WADA made the decision on a condition saying the RUSADA must provide a clear timeline by which WADA must be given access to the former Moscow laboratory data and samples. On failing to do so, WADA will reinstate the ban on RUSADA.

  • #1. Newly-built Jharsuguda airport to be renamed after noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai: Odisha Assembly
  • 1 day ago
    The state assembly of Odisha passed a unanimous resolution to name the newly-built Jharsuguda airport after noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. About Odisha  Festivals: Kalinga Mahotsav, Chandan Yatra, Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival, Rath Yatra, Deepabali, Kumar Purnima. Captial: Bhubaneswari

  • #2. Government appoints four members to local boards of Reserve Bank of India
  • 1 day ago
    Rakesh Jain and Sachin Chaturvedi appointed as a member in Southern local board and Eastern local board of RBI. Revathy Iyer and Raghvendra Narayan Dubey appointed as a member in the Northern local board of RBI. About Reserve Bank of India  Established:1 April 1935; 83 years ago Ownership: Government of India  Governor: Urjit Patel

  • #3. D Purandeswari appointed independent director on board of Air India
  • 1 day ago
    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved her appointment as a non-official independent director on the board of Air India Ltd.   

  • #4. New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) launches Indo International Premier Kabaddi League
  • 1 day ago
    The league have 8 teams Bengaluru Rhinos, Chennai Cheetahs, Delhi Dumars, Telangana Bulls, Patna Panthers, Haryana Hurricanes, Mumbai Marathas and Kolkata Tigers. Each team will have 2 to 3 international players. NKFI will distribute 20 % of the annual profits from the league to the participating players. About New Kabaddi Federation of India (NKFI) General Secretary – MV Prasad Babu Location – Bengaluru

  • #5. India Contributes 1 Million To UN's Ambitious Solar Project
  • 1 day ago
    The contribution will help reduce carbon footprint and promote sustainable energy. According to India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, India is the first responder to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' call for climate action.  

  • #6. Anindo Majumdar appointed as new Secretary of Central Vigilance Commission
  • 1 day ago
    He was the chief secretary of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and appointed as financial commissioner of Delhi in July. In another appointment Kamlesh Nilkanth Vyas, Director of Bhaba Atomic Research Centre has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission.

  • #7. Indo-Russian Air Force exercise Aviaindra-18 commences at Lipetsk
  • 1 day ago
    Bi-annual Exercise Aviaindra 18 is being conducted at Lipetsk, Russia from 17 Sep to 28 Sep 18 and the second session will be conducted in Jodhpur, India from 10 Dec to 22 Dec 18. The aircraft that would participate in the exercise include Su-30 SM, Mig-29, Su-25, Mi-8, and An-26. First Aviaindra was conducted in 2014.

  • #8. ESIC approves new scheme, Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna
  • 1 day ago
    The Employee's State Insurance (ESI) has approved a scheme named ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna’ for unemployed Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to their Bank Account in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement. Further, ESIC approved the proposal to increase the funeral expenses from existing Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 being paid on the death of Insured Person.

  • #9. Indian Railways increases price of tea and coffee on trains, stations
  • 1 day ago
    The price of a 150 ml cup of tea with teabag and a 150 ml cup of coffee on trains has been increased to ₹10 from ₹7. Standard readymade tea will be served at ₹5 per cup. Whereas, tea in pots (285 ml) and coffee in pots (285 ml) priced at Rs 10 and Rs 15, respectively have been discontinued.

  • #10. BPCL awaits for Centre's approval for its expansion
  • 1 day ago
    State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is waiting for the Center’s approval for the threefold expansion of Numaligarh refinery in the northeast. It is to expand its refinery from 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 9 mtpa. The project costs around Rs.22,000 crore. With this refinery expansion, the BPCL has plans to export products to Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. In Numaligarh refinery, the petroleum product pipeline is to be laid for 135-km from its terminal at Siliguri in West Bengal to Parbatipur in Bangladesh. The company has also planned to procure crude from Paradip in Odisha, where IOCL has a refinery.

  • #11. RBI trims Rana Kapoor's term as Yes Bank CEO
  • 1 day ago
    Reserve Bank of India intimated that Rana Kapoor may continue as the MD and CEO till January 31, 2019. Kapoor, who has been managing director and CEO since the bank's inception in 2004, had sought a three-year extension till August 31, 2021. Kapoor was part of the founding team of Yes Bank, along with Ashok Kapur who died in 2008.

  • #12. Creamline Dairy Products Ltd. is to launch its new plant in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 day ago
    Creamline Dairy Products Ltd. (CDPL), a subsidiary of Godrej Agrovet Ltd., is planning to invest Rs.80 crore on various initiatives. CDPL is to invest about Rs.35 crore in setting up the new dairy plant in Visakhapatnam and Rs.35 crore on developing value-added products and the remaining amount for improving and scaling up capacity.  CDPL-owned Jersey brand of milk products CDPL has nine operating plants in southern states and Maharashtra with a capacity of 12 lakh litres per day.

  • #13. Presidents of N.Korea and S.Korea together visited sacred mountain in show of unity
  • 1 day ago
    Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, and Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President, visited the spiritual birthplace of the Korean nation. This is to show of their unity after their North-South summit gave new momentum to Pyongyang’s negotiations with Washington.  Earlier, the North Korean leader agreed to shutter the Tongchang-ri missile-testing site in the presence of international observers. This move was welcomed by the U.S. welcomed by saying it was ready for immediate talks aimed at denuclearizing the North. Mr.Kim is hoping for the second summit with the President of U.S, Mr.Trump.

  • #14. Anshu Malik won bronze at the junior World wrestling championship at Slovakia
  • 1 day ago
    Anshu Malik won bronze at the junior World wrestling championship in Trnava, Slovakia. She beat Russia’s Alina Kazymova by 11-5. Anshu lost her semifinal to Sae Nanjo of Japan.  In the 57kg category, Mansi is to fight for a bronze in the cham.

  • #15. Richa Mishra set record in womens 400m swimming
  • 1 day ago
    Richa Mishra, 36-year-old, became the best Indian performance in the women’s 400m Individual Medley on the second day of the Glenmark 72nd National swimming championship at the Dr.B.R.Ambedkar international aquatic complex in Trivandrum, Kerala.  Mishra clocked 4:59.17 and became the first Indian woman to breach the five-minute mark. She had previously held the best Indian time of 5:01.08 (set in 2007) and also the meet record (5:02.96, 2009).

  • #1. Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies aged 61
  • 2 days ago
    Before being appointed Vietnam's President in 2016, Quang served as the Public Security Minister. He was also a member of the Communist Party of Vietnam's Politburo, the party's top decision-making body. Vice-President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh will take over as acting president until a new president is chosen by the communist party's Central Committee and voted on by the National Assembly.

  • #2. First time in FIFA rankings history 2 teams sharing top spot
  • 2 days ago
    Football World Cup 2018 semi-finalists Belgium have joined world champions France as the joint leaders in the FIFA rankings 2018, the first time in the table's 25-year history that the top spot has been shared. Top 10 FIFA rankings 2018: 1. France and Belgium; 3. Brazil; 4. Croatia; 5. Uruguay; 6. England; 7. Portugal; 8. Switzerland; 9. Spain; 10. Denmark.

  • #3. Lions died in Gir forest
  • 2 days ago
    Around 11 lions died within a week in Dalkhania range of Gir forest in Amreli district of Gujarat. It has been eight lions died owing to infections, one due to food poisoning and three due to infighting. Upon seeing the carcasses of the 11 dead lions in Gujarat’s Gir forest, the state government has ordered to conduct an inquiry. The probe is on. According to the 2015 census, Gir is home to 520 lions.

  • #4. Govt hikes interest rate on small savings scheme; PPF, NSC to now fetch interest rate of 8%
  • 2 days ago
    The government has hiked interest rates of various small savings schemes for the third quarter (October 1 to December 31) by up to 40 bps. Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will fetch annual interest rate of 8 percent as compared to existing 7.6 percent. Interest rate for the five-year term deposit, recurring deposit, Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been raised to 7.8, 7.3 and 8.7 percent, respectively. The girl child savings scheme Sukanya Samriddhi account will earn higher interest rate of 8.5 percent rate, 0.4 percent more then the current rate.  

  • #5. Punjab government is to launch a programme to curb oral cancer in the State
  • 2 days ago
    The Punjab government is to launch a special programme to curb oral cancer in the State. If oral cancer is diagnosed in its earliest stages it would decrease the mortality rate and help in providing effective treatment. This was announced by the Health Minister Brahm Mohindra in the Annual Reorientation Session- 2018 held for Dental Medical Officers.  He also mentioned that the State Government has taken several initiatives and measures to strengthen the health services as well as to eradicate fatal diseases like cancer and TB.

  • #6. BSP made alliance with JCC in Chhattisgarh for the upcoming assembly election
  • 2 days ago
    The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) exposed its decision in contesting the upcoming election in Chhattisgarh in alliance with Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC). The announcement was made by BSP chief Mayawati and Ajit Jogi from JCC.  According to the announcement made by the parties, the JCC will contest 55 of the 90 seats, while the BSP will get 35 seats in the forthcoming assembly election. The two leaders issued a joint statement outlining the need for an alliance. The parties criticised the imbalanced development in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 years of BJP rule.

  • #7. National Sports Awards 2018 Full List Announced for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Arjuna, Dhyan Chand Awards
  • 2 days ago
    Cricket captain Virat Kohli and world champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu will jointly be conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award 2018, India's highest sporting honour. ► Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four year. ► Arjuna Award is given for consistency outstanding performance for four years. ►​​​​​​​ Dronacharya Award for coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious International sports events. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Dhyan Chand Award for life time contribution to sports development and ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development. ​​​​​​​►​​​​​​​ Overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments is given Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy.  

  • #8. Pilot project of sputum sample transportation through Department of Post launched by Health Ministry
  • 2 days ago
    The transportation will be followed by testing the samples. This will enable appropriate management of the TB patients and reduced disease transmission.

  • #9. MSME Insider Monthly e-Newsletter launched by MSME ministry
  • 2 days ago
    The e-newsletter is distributed to about 50 lakh MSMEs registered on the  Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum Portal. It is a bridge between the Ministry and MSME units and stakeholders.  

  • #10. UGC asked Universities to hold Surgical Strike Day on 29th September
  • 2 days ago
    The University Grants Commission (UGC) instructed all the Universities to celebrate Surgical Strike Day on September 29. The event is to mark the event along the Line of Control (LoC) that day in the year 2016. UGC wrote to Vice-Chancellors of all universities in which it expressed its desire that, on that day, the students will pledge their support for the armed forces in writing. It also suggested that the university/colleges to conduct a meeting wherein an ex-servicemen will be called to give an orientation about the sacrifices made by the armed forces in protecting the borders.

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