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  • World Heart Day is observed on 29 September

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    World Heart Day is observed on 29 September every year. The day aims to increase awareness in the public about cardiovascular diseases including their prevention and also their global impact. 

    Theme:
    The theme of World Heart Day 2020 is the “Use your heart to beat CVD”. CVD is the most known cause of death on Earth. It could be because of various issues such as smoking, diabetes, high B.P., unhealthy dietary patterns, pollution etc. Using your heart is about using your head to understand about living a healthy life with a healthy heart; about using your influence to set an example for your loved ones; and about compassion to look beyond just yourself and think about ways to support the most vulnerable in society.

    History:
    World Heart Day was established by the World Heart Federation (WHF) in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1999. The idea was initiated by Antoni Bayes de Luna when he served as the president of the World Heart Federation (WHF) from 1997-1999. Until 2011, the World Heart Day was celebrated on the last Sunday of September. The first celebration took place on the 24th of September 2000. 
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  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission

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    PM Narendra Modi inaugurates six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission on 29th September 2020 through video conference. Also, he will also inaugurate “Ganga Avalokan” museum, the first museum on Ganga which is dedicated to showcasing the culture, biodiversity and rejuvenation activities done in Ganga river. The Ganga Avalokan museum is located at Chandi Ghat, Haridwar. He unveiled the logo of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and ‘Margdarshika for Gram Panchayats and Paani Samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission.’

    Highlights:
    ♦ The 6 projects include upgradation of the existing 27 MLD at Jagjeetpur, in Haridwar, the construction of a 68 MLD STP, the construction of an 18 MLD STP at Sarai, in Haridwar. 
    ♦ The 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project marks the completion of the first sewerage project taken up on hybrid annuity mode of PPP.
    ♦ In Rishikesh, a 26 MLD STP at Lakkadghat was inaugurated.
    ♦ As the Haridwar-Rishikesh zone contributes about 80% wastewater load into the River Ganga, these STPs will play a significant role in keeping the River Ganga clean.
    ♦ The PM also inaugurated a 5 MLD STP at Chorpani, and two STPs with capacities of 1 MLD and 0.01 MLD at Badrinath.
    ♦ A book titled ‘Rowing down the Ganges’, co-published by National Mission for Clean Ganga & Wildlife Institute of India was launched at the event. The book attempts to merge the culture and biodiversity of the Ganga River. The book conceptualizes the story of the Ganga as what one would see when one rows down from Gaumukh.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • World contraception day is observed on 26 September

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    World contraception day is observed on 26 September every year. The day aims to improve and raise awareness of contraceptive methods and enable men and women to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

    Different Methods of contraception
    Contraception is commonly called as birth control. It is a method or a process followed to prevent pregnancy. The methods of contraception available for men and women are:
    • Condoms
    • Contraception Injection
    • Contraception patch
    • Birth control pills

    History:
    World Contraception Day was first observed on 26 September 2007. World Contraception Day is supported by a coalition of 15 international NGOs, governmental organizations and scientific and medical societies with an interest in sexual and reproductive health. It is sponsored by Bayer AG.
    Category: Important Days

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  • MoD accords approval for various arms and equipment worth Rs.2,290 crore

    2 days ago
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved proposals for Capital acquisitions of the various equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces on 28 September. The projects worth at an approximate cost of Rs.2,290 crore. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The approved projects include procurement from Domestic Industry and Foreign vendors.
    ♦ Also, the DAC approved procurement of Static HF Tans-receiver sets and Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), under the Buy Indian (IDDM) category. 
    ♦ The High frequency (HF) radio sets will enable seamless communication for the field units of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF). These will be procured at an approx. cost of Rs.540 crore. 
    ♦ The Smart Anti Airfield Weapon will be procured at an approx. cost of Rs.970 crore. It will add to the firepower of the Navy and Airforce.
    ♦ DAC also approved the procurement of SIG SAUER Assault Rifles to equip the Frontline Troops of the Army. The procurement cost approx. of Rs.780 crore.
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  • International Day for Universal Access to Information is observed on 28 September

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    International Day for Universal Access to Information is observed on 28 September globally. 

    Theme:
    The 2020 theme for the 2020 International Day for Universal Access to Information focuses on "Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope." The day focuses on the right to information in times of crisis, especially on Covid-19 pandemic. The main objective is to guarantee public access to information to save lives, build trust and help the formulation of sustainable policies through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. 

    History:
    On 17 November 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 28 September as International Day for Universal Access to Information. Most of the civil society organizations and government bodies in the world adopted the observation of the International Day for Universal Access to Information. The day was first observed on 28 September 2016. In 2019, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) also adopted 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.
    Category: Important Days
  • World Tourism Day is observed on 27 September

    2 days ago
    World Tourism Day 2020 is observed on 27 September every year. World Tourism Day 2020 aims to raise awareness about the role of tourism around the world. World Tourism Day also ensures to promote social, cultural, political and economic values. 

    Theme:
    World Tourism Day 2020 theme is ‘Tourism and Rural Development’. The theme aims to focus the tourism is a leading provider of employment and opportunities in the countless rural communities around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic, the industry had been hard hit. 

    History:
    The UN (United Nations) decided to celebrate the World Tourism Day on 27 September 1980. The day was chosen because the Constitution of the World Tourism Organization was accepted on this day in 1970. World Tourism Day 2020 is celebrated as Tourism empowers rural communities, opportunities and providing jobs. It provides opportunities for youth and women all around the world.
    Category: Important Days
  • India-Denmark Bilateral Summit; Partners to Work Towards Supply-chain Diversification

    2 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen held a virtual summit on 28 September. The aim is to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The leaders signed an MoU in the field of intellectual property cooperation between the two countries. 
    ♦ The virtual bilateral summit provided an opportunity for the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship between the two countries
    ♦ The summit gave broad political direction for a strengthened and deepened collaborative partnership on key issues of mutual interest.
    ♦ A major outcome of teh summit is joining of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) by Denmark.
    Category: Agreements MoU
  • International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons observed on 26 September

    2 days ago
    International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was observed on 26 September. The day aims to provide an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority. The day aims to achieve global nuclear disarmament, which is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations.

    History:
    In 1959, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed the objective of general and complete disarmament. In 1978, the First Special Session of the UNGA devoted to the Disarmament and further recognized that nuclear disarmament should be the priority objective in the field of disarmament. In 2009, the UNGA passed a resolution 64/35 and declared 29 August as the International Day against Nuclear Tests. In 2014, the International Day for the Total Elimination was observed for the first time. 
    Category: Important Days
  • Bilateral Maritime Exercise between Japan and India, JIMEX 20, to Commence on 29 Sept

    5 days ago
    The 4th edition of Maritime bilateral exercise between India and Japan "JIMEX 20" has been scheduled to be held from 26 to 28 September 2020. The exercise is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

    JIMEX 20:
    ♦ JIMEX 20 will be conducted in North Arabian Sea. 
    ♦ The exercise will showcase joint operational skills and high degree of inter-operability through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the spectrum of maritime operations. 
    ♦ The exercise will include Multi-faceted tactical exercises like weapon firings, cross deck helicopter operations and complex surface.
    ♦ It also incluse anti-submarine and air warfare drills that will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.
    ♦ JIMEX 20 will be conducted in a ‘non-contact at-sea-only format’, in view of COVID-19 restrictions.
    ♦ The exercise aims to enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies. It also aims to fortify the long standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
    ♦ From Indian Side, the indigenously built stealth destroyer Chennai, Teg Class stealth frigate Tarkash and Fleet Tanker Deepak, under the command of Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will participate in the exercise.
    ♦ From Japanese Side, JMSDF Ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Destroyer and Ikazuchi, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral Konno Yasushige, Commander Escort Flotilla – 2 (CCF - 2) will participate in the exercise.

    Background:
    JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012. The main objective of the exercise is to focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in October 2018 off Visakhapatnam, India.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 25 September 2020

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  • Veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away

    5 days ago
    Legendary singer SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away on 25 September after a long battle with the coronavirus. He died at the age of 74. He was an exceptional artist whose career spanned more than five decades. The veteran singer has sung over 40,000 songs in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam and in 16 Languages. 

    SP Balasubrahmanyam:
    SP Balasubrahmanyam singer was popularly known as SPB. He had made his singing debut in 1966 with the Telugu movie Sri Sri Sri Maryada Ramanna. SPB gained the Nationwide Movie Award for Greatest Male Playback Singer six instances and the Filmfare Award seven times for his work throughout many industries. SPB holds the Guinness World Report for recording the best variety of songs by a singer. He was honoured with Padmashri in 2001 from the Authorities of India. He was awarded of the Padma Bhushan in 2011. 
    Category: Obituary
  • KVIC appointed Fashion Icon Sunil Sethi as Advisor

    5 days ago
    Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has appointed Shri Sunil Sethi, a leading personality in the Indian fashion industry, as its advisor. Sethi will advise the Commission on latest design interventions in the readymade garments segment and promotion of Khadi in India and abroad. He appointment is be for a tenure of one year.

    Sunil Sethi:
    Mr Sethi has a career spannig of four decades of experience in global merchandising. He has contributed significantly to the growth of Indian design, handicrafts, and the textile industry via many innovative and successful initiatives. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India. Sethi has been working to take Indian fashion industry global.

    Sethi has played advisory roles in various government bodies like Ministry of Textile, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture, the National Crafts Museum and Hastkala Academy, and HHEC.  He has also served as Member, Board of Governors, at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
  • Kerala Tourisms Human by Nature campaign bagged 2020 PATA Grand Award

    5 days ago
    Kerala Tourism's internationally-acclaimed 'Human by Nature' campaign has bagged one of the three PATA Grand Awards 2020. The awards were announced live during a virtual presentation ceremony in Beijing, China. The award recognized the campaign's Marketing, giving a huge stimulus to the state's tourism industry, which has been severely impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

    PATA Award Highlights:
    ♦ The PATA Gold Awards 2020 received 121 entries from 62 organisations and individuals across the world.
    ♦ The winners were selected by a judging committee of 16 personalities from various destinations.
    ♦ PATA 2020 presented 3 Grand Title Winners and 21 Gold Awards for best of show entries in the categories of Marketing, Sustainability and Human Capital Development.
  • World Maritime Day is observed on 24 September

    6 days ago
    World Maritime Day is observed on 24th September 2020. The day is observed on Last Thursday of September Month. The day aims to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world especially shipping. The Day focuses on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and the marine environment. 

    Theme:
    The theme for 2020 World Maritime Day is "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet". The theme focus to provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

    History:
    World Maritime Day was initiated by the United Nations (UN), through the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The day is to celebrate the contribution offered by the industry of international maritime towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. World Maritime Day was observed for the first time on 17 March 1978. The day is observed to mark when the IMO Convention entered into force in the year 1958. 

    International Maritime Organization (IMO):
    Formed on: 17 March 1948
    Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
    Secretary-General: Kitack Lim
    Parent organization: United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC)
    IMO was established after the agreement at a UN conference held in Geneva in 1948. It is responsible to regulate shipping. The IMO also focuses on areas such as safety, maritime security, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, and the efficiency of shipping.
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  • Monsoon Session 2020 of Parliament Concluded

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    Monsson Session 2020 of Parliament commenced on 14th September 2020. The session was scheduled to culminate on 1 October 2020, but due to COVID-19 pandemic risks, the session was adjourned sine-die on 23 September 2020. During the Session, 22 Bills (6 in Rajya Sabha and 16 in Lok Sabha, were introduced. The Lower House and the Upper House individually passed 25 Bills each. 27 Bills were passed by both the Houses of Parliament.

    Some of the important Bills are listed below:
    Covid-19 related Legislations:
    • Salary, Allowance and Pensions of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020
    • Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020
    • Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 
    • Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 

    Agriculture Bills:
    • Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
    • Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Prices Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 
    • Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 

    Education Bills:
    • National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020
    • Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020

    Health Sector:
    • National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020
    • National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020
    • Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020

    Labour Bills:
    • Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2020
    • Code on Social Security Bill, 2020
    • Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020

    Economic Sector Bills:
    • Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
    • Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020
    • Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020
    • Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020
    Category: Bills & Acts
  • India, Sri Lanka to hold virtual bilateral summit on 26 September

    6 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PM's Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa is to hold a virtual bilateral summit on 26 September 2020. This summit will be the first official engagement after parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The virtual bilateral summit between India and Sri Lanka will provide an opportunity to the two leaders to comprehensively review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship.
    ♦ It is expected that the Leaders will discuss the implementation of developmental projects by India, trade, cooperation on counter-terrorism and defence matters, and the devolution of powers to Sri Lanka's Tamil minority.

    Background:
    In July 2020, India announced a $400 million currency swap facility for Sri Lanka under the framework of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). India is planning to provide a bilateral swap facility for $1.1 billion, as per Sri Lanka's request.
  • PM launched Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols

    6 days ago
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the 'Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols' via virtual conferencing, on the first-anniversary occasion of the Fit India Movement.

    Fit India Dialogue:
    ♦ Fit India Dialogue focuses on the fitness interests of every age group. 
    ♦ The main objective is to bring into play different dimensions of fitness.
    ♦ The Dialogue aims to draw ideas of health and fitness from citizens in taking the Fit India Movement forward.
    ♦ The Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols are laid for three age groups namely 5–18, 18–65 and above 65.

    Fit India Movement:
    Fit India Movement is a nation-wide campaign. The movement aims to encourage drill physical activity and sports in their everyday lives. The entire program has been conceptualized by PM Modi. The movement was launched on the occasion of National Sports Day in 2019. National Sports Day is celebrated on 29 August every year, to honour the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand Singh.
    Category: Schemes
  • MoS for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away

    6 days ago
    Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Suresh Angadi passed away on 23 September. He died of Covid-19, became the first union minister to succumb to the deadly virus. He was 65-year-old. 

    Suresh Angadi:
    Suresh Angadi was born on 1 June 1955 in a Lingayat family in Koppa village in Belagavi. He graduated from SSS Samiti College of Commerce in the same district and did his law graduation from Raja Lakhamgouda Law College in Belagavi. He was a businessman by profession. His political career began in 1996. He was appointed as BJP vice president in Belagavi in that year. He was elected as MP in the Lok Sabha election for Four terms in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. He was made Union Minister of State for Railways. 

    Angadi played a vital role in pushing through the long pending Bengaluru suburban rail service. The Rs.15,990 crore project was aimed to connect 148.17km of the city through four corridors. The estimated deadline of the project is 2025.
    Category: Obituary
  • Parliament passed three Labour Codes to pave way for enactment of Labour Laws

    7 days ago
    Rajya Sabha passed three labour codes namely,
    (i) Industrial Relations Code, 2020 
    (ii) Code on Occupational Safety, Health & Working Conditions Code, 2020
    (iii) Social Security Code, 2020. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ These Labour Codes seeks to enhance the welfare of the workers in the country. 
    ♦ The Social Security Code provides a framework to include organized and unorganized sector workers under the ambit of comprehensive social security.  
    ♦ It contains provisions relating to Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), Employees' State Insurance (ESIC), building construction workers, maternity benefits, gratuity and social security fund for unorganized sector workers.  
    ♦ These codes are in line with Centre's Universal Social Security.
    ♦ Labour Codes will harmonize the needs of workers and industry and will prove an important milestone for the welfare of the workers
    ♦ The Labour Codes is expected to give a big boost to Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas with Sabka Vishwas
    ♦ New Labour Codes will cover over 50 crore workers from organized, unorganized and self-employed for minimum wages, social security
    ♦ It will enhance the setting up of “Social Security Fund” for 40 crore unorganized workers along with GIG and platform workers.
    ♦ The Codes will help in widening Universal Social Security coverage.
    ♦ It will Pay parity to women workers as compared to their male counterparts
    ♦ Under the Laws, Working journalists definition will include Digital and Electronic Media.
    ♦ Helpline to redress grievances of Migrant Workers will be established
    ♦ These Labour Codes will establish answerable, transparent, and simple mechanism reducing to one registration, one license and one return for all codes.
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  • DRDO Successfully test-fired Laser-Guided ATGM

    7 days ago
    DRDO successfully test-fired Laser-Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar on 22 September 2020. The missile has been developed with multiple-platform launch capability. The ATGM is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from the gun of MBT Arjun. 

    Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM):
    ♦ ATGM was developed by Armament Research & Development Establishment (ARDE) Pune in association with High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) Pune, and Instruments Research & Development Establishment (IRDE) Dehradun.
    ♦ During the test, ATGM successfully defeated a target located at 3 km. 
    ♦ Using Laser designation, the Laser guided ATGMs lock and track the targets to ensure precision hit accuracy.
    ♦ The missile employs a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles. 
    Category: Defence
  • Shri Narendra Singh Tomar assumed charge of Ministry of Food Processing Industries

    7 days ago
    Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assumed charge as the Minister of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) in Panchsheel Bhawan on 23 September 2020. The Minister met all the senior officials and reviewed the schemes of the ministry. Tomar currently holds the charge of the Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Minister of Rural Development, and Minister of Panchayati Raj.

    The main objective of the Ministry is to:
    ♦ Reduce the wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by developing infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro-food produce
    Improve farmer's income by better utilization and value addition of agricultural produce
    ♦ Encourage Research & Development (R&D) in food processing for product and process development.
    ♦ It aims to improved package policy support, and support for the creation of Infrastructure
    ♦ To increase capacity expansion/ Upgradation and other supportive measures form the growth of these sectors;
    ♦ Introduce advanced & modern technology into the food processing industries from both external and domestic sources
    ♦ Promote the export of processed food products.
  • Kritagya Hackathon launched by National Agricultural Higher Education Project of ICAR

    7 days ago
    Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) under the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) has launched a hackathon named “KRITAGYA”. The aim is to promote potential technology solutions to enhance farm mechanization with special emphasis on women-friendly equipment.

    Kritagya Hackathon:
    ♦ Students, faculties and innovators/entrepreneurs from any university / technical institution across the country can apply and participate in the event in the form of a group.
    ♦ A group can have a maximum of 4 participants with not more than one faculty and/or more than one innovator or entrepreneur. 
    ♦ The participating students can collaborate with local start-ups, students from technology institutes. They can win Rs.5 lakhs, Rs.3 lakhs and Rs.1 lakh as first, second and third prize. 
    ♦ The registration started on 15th September 2020.
    ♦ The hackathon aims to be an important role to enhance the farm productivity and profitability as the Centre aims to enhance the innovation in farm mechanization in several meeting and provided the overall guidance in organizing this event.
    ♦ This event will provide an opportunity to the students, faculties, entrepreneurs, innovators and other stakeholders to showcase their innovative approaches and technology solutions to promote farm mechanization in India. 
    ♦ The hackathon will be in line with the vision of high-quality higher education with equity and inclusion as envisaged in NEP-2020.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • International Day of Sign Languages is observed on 23 September

    7 days ago
    International Day of Sign Languages is observed on 23 September every year. The day aims to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. The International Day of Sign Languages offers an opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all sign language users. 

    Theme:
    The theme for 2020 International Day of Sign languages is “Sign Languages Are for Everyone!”.

    History
    International Day of Sign Languages was initiated by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The United Nations passed a resolution and proclaimed the International Day of Sign Languages on 19 December 2017. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 23 September as the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) with an aim to raise awareness of the significance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. The International Day of Sign languages was first celebrated in the year 2018 under the theme With Sign Language, Everyone is Included! The 2019 theme for IDSL is Sign Language Rights for All.
     
    Category: Important Days
  • Ministry of AYUSH signed MoU with Ministry of Women and Child Development for Controlling Malnutrition

    8 days ago
    Ministry of AYUSH signed MoU with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in New Delhi. The MoU is aimed to control Malnutrition as a part of POSHAN Abhiyaan. 

    Highlights:
    ♦ The MoU aims time-tested and scientifically proven Ayush-based solutions being adopted for controlling malnutrition in the country.
    ♦ The MoU is aimed to tackle the problem of malnutrition in mothers and children in the country. 
    ♦ Centre aims to establish Nutri-gardens and medicinal gardens in every Anganwadi in near future.
    ♦ The MoU will enable co-operation between the Ministries in identified areas including Integration of AYUSH into POSHAN Abhiyaan and Control of malnutrition through the principles and practices of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Ayush systems. 
    The collaboration will do the following activities:
    ♦ At Anganwadi Centres:
    • Visit of AYUSH workforce to Anganwadi Centre once in a month with Anganwadi workers in coordination with State health Authorities, Department of WCD
    • Development of PoshanVatika
    • Yoga programmes

    ♦ For AYUSH Nutritional Care
    • Generate baseline data in the nutritional status of the targeted population
    • Create Provision of Telemedicine, AYUSH call centres/ helpline through Common Service Centres
    • Customize region-specific nutrition
    • Prepare proper documentation of all efforts for scientific evaluation

    ♦ Raise awareness among the community about the traditional indigenous food items.
    ♦ Introduce the concept of nutrition based on Ayurveda and other AYUSH systems
    ♦ The Anganwadi worker who provides the Ayurveda nutrition message to the community at ground level may be designated as DHATRI (Dedicated Health Activist to Replenish the Innutrition).
    ♦ The two Ministries have is set to launch the hashtag #Ayush4Anganwadi for generating awareness about the activities on the digital media.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 22 September 2020

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  • Centre launched National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino

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    Environment Ministry launched a National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino. It was launched by the Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. The conservation initiatives for rhino has also enriched the grassland management as it helps in reducing the negative impacts of climate change.

    National Rhino Conservation Strategy:
    ♦ The Strategy was launched to conserve the greater one-horned rhinoceros. 
    ♦ It aims to work for the conservation of the rhino species under five objectives namely strengthening protection, expanding the distribution range, research, monitoring, and adequate and sustained funding.

    Background:
    India is home to a huge number of Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros in the world. The population of the Rhinos are high in number in Assam, West Bengal and UP. In the beginning of the 20th Century, One-horned rhino was close to extinction with a population of less than 200. Rhino is the only large mammal species in Asia to be down-listed from endangered to vulnerable in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List in 2008.
    Category: Indian Affairs
  • Rose Day is observed on 22 September

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    Rose Day is observed on 22 September every year. The day is observed for the welfare of cancer patients. The day is to mark hope for cancer patients that cancer is curable. The day is to spread a message to all cancer patients that they can fight the disease with strong willpower and spirit.

    Aim:
    Rose Day aims to spread a message to all cancer patients that they can fight the disease with a strong spirit and willpower. The day is to remind the cancer patients that there are many individuals and services are available to provide support to them medically, financially and emotionally.

    Melinda Rose:
    Rose day is to commemorate a 12-year-old girl named Melinda Rose from Canada. She was diagnosed with Askin's Tumor, a rare form of blood cancer, and she did not give up hope. Considering the severity of the disease, the doctor's predicted that she will not survive for more than 2 weeks. But she lived for 6 months. During that time of suffering, she encouraged and cheered up other cancer patients.
    Category: Important Days
  • Rajya Sabha passed 2020 Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Amendment Bill

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    Rajya Sabha passed Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in New Delhi on 22 September. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act of 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 are the unique initiatives of the Government of India. The aim is to impart knowledge in the field of Information Technology to provide solutions to the challenges faced by the country. The IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed in Lok Sabha on 20th March 2020.

    Highlights:
    ♦ IIIT Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 encourage IIITs to promote the study of information and technology (IT) through their innovative and qualitative methods in the country.
    ♦ The Bill will amend the principal acts of 2014 and 2017.
    ♦ The Bill will declare five IIITs in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode at Agartala, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Raichur and Surat as Institutions of National Importance by granting them statutory status under the IIIT (PPP) Act, 2017. Already 15 IIITs are granted the National Status Importance.
    ♦ With this status and the passed Bill, the institutions will be entitled to use the nomenclature of Bachelor of Technology (http://B.Tech) or Master of Technology (http://M.Tech) or PhD degree like the one issued by a University or Institution of National Importance. 
    ♦ The Bill will enable the Institutes to attract enough students required to develop a strong research base in the field of Information Technology (IT) in India.
    Category: Bills & Acts
  • World Rhino Day is observed on 22 September

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    World Rhino Day is observed on 22 September. The day is observed to celebrate the world’s five rhinoceros species and to reflect on the challenges facing them. The day encourages people to take steps for the conservation of Rhinos.

    What are the 5 rhino species?
    There are 5 rhino species living in Africa and Asia. Three of the species namely Javan Rhinos (Rhinoceros sondaicus), Sumatran rhinos (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) and black rhinos (Diceros bicornis) are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Critically Endangered. One of the 5 species White rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) are considered near threatened, and greater one-horned rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) vulnerable to extinction.

    History:
    World Rhino Day was first announced by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - South Africa in 2010. In the year 2011, World Rhino Day grew into an international success. The day encompasses both African and Asian rhino species.
    Category: Important Days
  • World Alzheimers Day is observed on 21 September

    9 days ago
    World Alzheimer's Day is observed on 21 September every year. The day aims to create a global opportunity to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia. It is also an opportunity for people and organizations to demonstrate several measures to help people live well with dementia. 
    World Alzheimer’s Day occurs during World Alzheimer’s Month. World Alzheimer's Month is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds 
    dementia. 

    Theme:
    The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2020 is “Let’s talk about dementia”. 

    History: 
    The first diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease was in 1906. Alzheimer’s Disease International, a non-profit organization, observed its 10th anniversary in 1994. As part of that celebration, the association founded World Alzheimer’s Day to be observed each year on September 21. 

    Alzheimer's Disease:
    Alzheimer's Disease is registered every 3.2 seconds totalling up to 9.9 million cases worldwide per year. It is the most common form of dementia.
    Symptoms:
    The most common symptom of Alzheimer's disease is forgetfulness. A person will forget important dates, names or events, asking for the same questions over and over. Other symptoms include social withdrawal, mood swings, distrust, irritability, aggressiveness, changes in sleeping habits, wandering, depression, apathy, loss of inhibitions and delusions.
    The risk of Alzheimer's disease can be reduced by exercising regularly, eating a diet of fresh produce, healthy oils and foods which are low in saturated fat are beneficial and breathing exercises that help immensely.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 21 September 2020

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  • FACT signed MoU with ITI Kalamassery to improve industry-institute interaction

    9 days ago
    Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT), a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Kalamassery to improve industry institute interaction. The Executive Director (Production Co-ordination) of FACT Sri Kesavan Nampoothiri and Principal of ITI Kalamassery Sri Raghunadhan signed the MoU agreement.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The MoU aims to implement anthe adoption programme to share training facilities and facilitate academic interaction between ITI students and FACT employees.
    ♦ The MoU will enhance exchange knowledge, conduct factory visits, enable experts from FACT to impart training, organize joint projects, participate in research, provide on-the-job training in FACT, mutually intimate courses, seminars, workshops, etc.
    Category: Agreements MoU
  • UN named Indian teenager Udit Singhal to 2020 Class of Young Leaders for SDGs

    11 days ago
    The United Nations has named Udit Singhal, an 18-year-old youngster from India has been named to the 2020 Class of 17 Young Leaders for the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). It is the highest-profile recognition opportunity for youngsters in the UN.

    Udit Singhal:
    Udit Singhal is the founder of Glass2Sand, a zero-waste ecosystem that addresses the growing menace of glass waste in Delhi. Under the initiative, empty glass bottles are prevented from being dumped into landfills and are crushed into commercially valuable sand. His initiative has stopped over 8,000 bottles from being dumped in landfills and produced 4,815 kg of high-grade silica sand so far.

    Young Leaders for the SDGs initiative:
    The Office of the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth organizes the Young Leaders for the SDGs initiative on a biennial basis. This initiative is the UN's highest-profile recognition opportunity for young people who are leading efforts to combat the world issues and whose leadership is catalyzing the achievement of the SDGs.
  • Top Current Affairs of the day: 19 September 2020

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  • RS passed Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020 to protect healthcare workers

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    Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, passed the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020 on 19 September 2020. The Bill aims to punish the individuals who attack health workers or doctors who are fighting the covid-19 outbreak or during any situation similar to the current pandemic. 

    Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020:
    ♦ The Bill seeks to make sure that there is an attitude of zero tolerance towards violence against people working in the healthcare sector, especially amid the covid-19 pandemic.
    ♦ As per the Bill, if any damage is caused to clinical establishments, quarantine & isolation facilities of patients, any other property associated with healthcare personnel or mobile medical units during a pandemic, penal provisions can be provoked.
    ♦ It approves a penalty ranging from Rs.50,000 to Rs.2,00,000 on any individuals who is involved in the commission or abetment of such acts of violence.
    ♦ The Bill provides a jail term of up to 5 years for those who attack doctors and health care personnel.

    Background:
    Earlier, the GoI implemented the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 with an aim to provide protection to health care service personnel, their living premises, and their workplaces against any violence during the course of a pandemic.
    Category: Bills & Acts
  • Niti Aayog partners with ISPP for capacity building

    11 days ago
    Niti Aayog has partnered with the Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) for mentoring, training, and capacity building of government officials and public policy scholars. A statement of intent (SOI) was signed between the Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) of the NITI Aayog and the ISPP regarding this.

    Highlights:
    ♦ The partnership aims to build collaboration for faster intermediation of knowledge and use within the public system.
    ♦ Under the partnership, communications, and outreach, evidence building exercises, organizing joint conferences, and podcast series will be conducted. The ISPP scholars will interact and interview the DMEO and Niti Aayog's experts on current policy issues, evaluations, and perspectives during all the activities and conferences.
    ♦ Also, Live projects for ISPP scholars, internships, exchange of experts between DMEO and ISPP will be explored.
    Category: Agreements MoU
  • Colonel Dr Girija Mungali appointed in Asian Football Confederation task-force

    11 days ago
    Retd. Colonel Dr. Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed a member of the Asian Football Confederation's task force. Teh task force consists of 7 members. The force aims to regulate football clubs in Asia and Australia. 

    Colonel Dr Girija Mungali:
    Mungali is also currently serving as the Chairman of the Club Licensing Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). He is the only Indian to be appointed on this committee. With this appointment, he plans to use the platform to create and promote opportunities for upcoming and young footballers especially from the rural areas of India. His appointment was made on September 15 by Dato' Windsor John, the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation. Mungali will be on the panel till 2023.
  • DRDO set up 8 technology centres for research on Military Applications

    11 days ago
    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up eight advanced technology centres to carry out research on futuristic military applications. The centres will provide support to academia to undertake research on new technologies in niche areas for military use.

    Highlights:
    ♦ DRDO aims to create an enabling infrastructure for developing futuristic military weapons.
    ♦ It formed a committee headed by Prof V Ramagopal Rao, Director of Delhi IIT, to suggest new measures to improve the efficiency of the DRDO laboratories in India. The main objective is to boost domestic defence production.
    ♦ The move comes as the Government of India aims to focus on making India self-reliant in defence manufacturing.
    ♦ Currently, DRDO has over 50 laboratories in India that are engaged in developing defence technologies covering disciplines like aeronautics, combat vehicles, engineering systems, armaments, missiles, advanced computing, and naval systems.
    Category: Defence
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