September 2019 - National News



  • A new book titled "Being Gandhi" written by award-winning author Paro Anand. It marks the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The book is published by Harper Collins Children’s Books, explores the life events of Gandhiji. The story revolves around a boy, Chandrashekhar who is bored of doing projects on Gandhi.


  • Indian School of Business (ISB) Hyderabad, Telangana ranked 7th globally and 1st in Asia in the Forbes Best International 1-Year Business Schools 2019 rankings. The Forbes surveyed more than 100 schools. The annual Forbes list ranked the schools on their 5-year MBA (Master of Business Administration) gain. ISB participated in the ranking for the first time. ISB’s Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) is currently ranked 24 worldwide as per the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2019.The top most institutes are:
    1. International Institute for Management Development (IMD) Lausanne, Switzerland
    2. Insead Fontainebleau (France) & Singapore
    3. Judge Business School Cambridge, United Kingdom
    4. SDA Bocconi School of Management Milan, Italy
    5. Said Business School Oxford, United Kingdom


  • Shri Amit Shah launches Emergency Response Support System ERSS- Dial 112. Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah launched three citizen centric services of the Chandigarh Police, in Chandigarh. The services include the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS - Dial 112), ‘E-Beat Book’ System and the ‘E-Saathi App’.

    ERSS is one of the key projects of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs under Nirbhaya Fund. It is designed to play a pivotal role in mitigation or preventing escalation of crime, especially against women and children. ERSS provides a single emergency number (112), computer aided dispatch of field resources to the location of distress. Citizens can send their emergency information through call, sms, email and through the 112 India mobile app.

    The ‘Dial 112’ emergency response service is an initiative to strengthen proactive community policing that would end confusion amongst distress callers, who at times end up dialing 100 in fire or medical emergency cases. The Emergency Number for Road Accidents (1073), Women Helpline (1091, 181), Child Help Line (1098), including other Helpline services would be added under the 112 unified emergency response number.


  • Rajasthan's cultural festival Abhaneri Festival named after the village Abhaneri in the Dausa district. It is being held from September 30 to October 1. Abhaneri is popular for the Chand Baori stepwell. It is one of the largest step wells built over a thousand years ago. The festival will witness various Rajasthani & local folk performances like Kachhi Ghori, Kalbeliya, Ghoomar and Bhawai.


  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar inaugurated Bihars first all women employee post office on the campus of Bihar Public Service Commission. The post office will deal with all correspondent materials of BPSC competitive examinations. It will also help aspirants in providing required postal services. It is a move to encourage the empowerment of women.


  • Indias Petronet LNG signed an initial agreement with the U.S. liquefied natural gas developer Tellurian Inc. The deal was signed in Houston in the presence of PM Narendra Modi. Under the initial agreement the Indian company and its affiliates are to buy up to 5 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The estimated cost of the agreement is $7.5 billion.

    Under the agreement Petronet will be spending $2.5 billion for an 18% equity stake in the $28 billion Driftwood LNG terminal in exchange for the rights to 5 million metric tonnes of LNG per year over 40 years. It is the largest outside holding so far in the project. The agreement negotiates the purchase of 5 million tonnes of gas per annum.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind approved the amendment to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972. These rules called as the Central Civil Services (Pension) Second Amendment Rules, 2019 will come into force from October 1, 2019. The government felt that the need for family pension at enhanced rate is more in the case of a government servant who dies early in his career as his pay at the initial phase of service is much less, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said in a statement. The Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 by a notification dated 19th September, 2019.

    As per the amended Rule 54, the family of a government servant, who dies within seven years of joining service, will also be eligible for family pension at enhanced rate of 50 per cent of last pay drawn, for a period of 10 years, The families of government servants who died before completion of service of seven years within 10 years before 1st October, 2019, will also be eligible for family pension at enhanced rates with effect from 1st October, 2019.


  • India’s second largest railway overbridge in West Bengal. Indian Railways has completed the construction of the giant four-lane cable-stayed railway overbridge (RoB) at Burdwan Junction in West Bengal. The RoB, considered to be the second largest in the country will be inaugurated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

    The railway overbridge was completed in 197 days without affecting traffic for even a single day The work on 188.43 metre cable-stayed railway overbridge was kicked off in 2012. Besides having 1.5 metre-wide footpaths on each of the sides parallel to the lanes, the railway overbridge has 27.7 meters of width to accommodate vehicles on four lanes. Built at a cost of Rs.300 crores, the project is the result of a 50:50 partnership between the Ministry of Railways and the West Bengal government officials The railway overbridge connects Burdwan town with the two sub-divisions of Kalna and Katwa and is on the Howrah–Bardhaman mainline.


  • The Centre has introduced a new scheme named Assistance for Deep Sea Fishing for Tamil Nadu fishermen. The announcement was made by the Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh. For the scheme, the Centre has allocated Rs.300 crore to the Tamil Nadu government. The scheme is introduced specifically to benefit four districts in Palk Bay area, including Ramanathapuram district. Centre is also concerned and taking action regarding the health facilities for the fishermen.


  • Government has reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister for a period of two years with effect from 26 September, 2019. Dr Bibek Debroy will continue to be the Chairman and Ratan P. Watal will continue to be the Member Secretary of the reconstituted EAC-PM. Apart from these two Full-Time Members, the EAC-PM will have two Part-Time Members.


  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched 'TB HAREGA DESH JEETEGA' campaign in New Delhi. India is committed to eradicate TB before 2025. One-third of the people in the world have TB bacteria, and 10 per cent of them can become a victim of TB at any time. People who have been cured of TB will be made campaign ambassadors.

    Government is providing free TB medicines not only to the patients of government hospitals but also to patients arriving in private hospitals. On this occasion, the Health Minister launched a van equipped with state-of-the-art testing facilities for the prevalence survey of TB with a sample size of 5 lakhs. 25 such vans will go to 625 clusters of the country and check for TB. This sample survey is to be completed by 2020.


  • Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Private Security Agency Licensing Portal at a function in New Delhi on 25 September 2019. The portal will become functional in all official languages like Hindi, Gujarati, Telugu and Tamil within three months. The number of licensed agencies in the states will also be available on the portal so that people do not fall prey to the fraudulent agencies.


  • NTPC Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Himachal Pradesh govt to build hydel plants. The agreement aims to set up two hydro projects totalling 520 MW in the state. The move is aimed to achieve NTPC's goal of achieving 32 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2032. So far, 25% of its goal has been achieved. The Seli (400 MW) and Miyar (120 MW) projects would be set up at the Chenab basin in the Lahaul and Spiti district.

    The 2 hydroelectric plants would be run-of-the-river projects. Hence, no large reservoirs would be built in these rivers. NTPC has already worked with the Himachal Pradesh govt. with Koldam Hydro Power Station with an installed capacity of 800 MW. This is the first hydropower project of NTPC Ltd.


  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) as part of the POSHAN Maah organized a one day camp in Shastri Bhavan in New Delhi. Rabindra Panwar, Secretary, Ministry of WCD inaugurated the Test, Treat and Talk (T 3) Anaemia and Defeat Diarrhoea (D 2) camp in New Delhi. The Ministry aims to create awareness regarding simple solutions to Anaemia and Diarrhoea.

    POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission is Government of India’s flagship programme to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. It was launched by Prime Minister Modi on the International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018. The scheme has directed the attention of the country towards the problem of malnutrition and addresses it in a mission-mode.


  • As part of Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia, Indian Naval Ship Tarkash arrived at Maputo, Mozambique on 25 Sep 19 for a 3-day visit. INS Tarkash, commanded by Captain Sathish Vasudev, is a potent frontline frigate of the Indian Navy equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors.


  • ICG Ship ICGS Varaha commissioned. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh formally commissioned the Indian Coast Guard offshore patrol vessel ‘Varaha’ at the Chennai Port Trust. The vessel includes Integrated Bridge System, automated power management system, high power external firefighting system, etc. It also carries 4 high speed boats including two rigid hull inflated boats for boarding operation.


  • India's second Scorpene-class submarine INS Khanderi to be commissioned in Mumbai. 
    Indian Navy is set to achieve three major milestones on 28 September, 2019. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will commission the indigenously built Kalvari class diesel-electric submarine INS Khanderi possessing superior stealth and other major combat capabilities in Mumbai.

    Fully automated submarine INS Khanderi is built at state-run Mazgaon Dock Limited and underwent rigorous sea trials for over two and a half years. Khanderi is inspired by the fish name Kanneri found in the Arabian sea, which is very well known for hunting while swimming close to the bottom of the ocean, using barbells to find their prey and use their long serrated saw to kill the prey. Key features of the submarine include a state-of-the-art stealth technology which reduces its noise under the sea.


  • NFAI acquires rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi’s life and times. In a fortuitous acquisition of great historical value, the National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has obtained 30 reels of several hours of unedited footage detailing several key events from Mahatma Gandhi’s life and his death. This priceless collection of 35 mm celluloid footage, which is unedited and has stock shots laced with intertitles, is almost six hours in duration and filmed by some of the most renowned studios in the world like Paramount, Pathe, Warner, Universal and British Movietone. It also contains footage shot by Indian film studios like Wadia Movietone.


  • DRDO and Central University of Jammu (CUJ) entered into a MoU for the establishment of Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at the university. The centre will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment leading to increase in research scholars in these areas. The CUJ is a Central Government funded University, established under Central Universities Act 2009.


  • The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) signed a Statement of Intent and entered a strategic collaboration with the Department of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka (KITS). The partnership would entail both driving their efforts towards initiatives that promote, enable and position Karnataka as the Global ER&D destination.


  • RailTel Corporation of India Ltd post net profit of Rs.110 crore during 2018-19. RailTel Corporation of India Ltd transforming Railway stations into Digital hubs. To provide public Wi-Fi at major Railway stations held its 19th Annual General Meeting on 27 September, 2019. Currently, 4900+stations are live with RailTel’s RailWire Wi-Fi.

    RailTel achieved a turnover of Rs.1017 crore and posted a Profit before Tax amounting to Rs. 179 crore and net profit of Rs.110 crore during 2018-19 on standalone basis. The Total dividend payout for the FY 2018-19 would be Rs.64.20 crore (including interim dividend of Rs.18 crore) which is 58.36% of PAT as approved by the shareholders in the AGM.The stakeholders gave these details and apprised them of the latest developments and future plans of the company.

    RailTel Corporation is a Mini Ratna (Category-I) PSU. It is one of the largest neutral telecom services providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network covering all important towns & cities of the country and several rural areas. The strong a reliable network of 52000+ RKM of Optic fibre RailTel has two tier III data centers as well, RailTel is at the forefront of providing nationwide Broadband Telecom & Multimedia Network in all parts of the country in addition to modernization of Train operations and administration of network systems for Indian Railways.


  • NDMA discusses Fire safety in india on its 15th Formation Day. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, inaugurated the 15th Formation Day of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The theme of this year's Formation Day was Fire Safety. The three technical sessions were held.

    The First session discussed Fire Risk in India and focused on emerging issues on Fire Safety Management in the country, like Train Fires, Electric Vehicles charging stations and Fires in Warehouses. It also held presentations on the issues pertaining to Forest Fires – factors and management of forest fires and their linkages with global warming and climate change.

    India became the first country in the world to come out with National Guidelines on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction. The Authority also released a series of videos on tips on how to survive a disaster with Indian Sign Language incorporated.


  • Centre to introduce rating system for SMEs to help them get loans easily. The Centre is considering a proposal to introduce a rating system for small and medium enterprises to help them get credit easily. The prevailing sense of gloomy industrial scenario is due to the business cycle, demand and supply issues and a global downtrend.

    The Centre is making all efforts to reduce finance costs and power price to the industry. He also informed the small entrepreneurs that the Central Government is in the process of introducing a national portal for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to market their products easily. The Central Government has fixed a target of generating five crore more jobs in the MSME sector in the next five year.


  • India was ranked 44th in the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 produced by the IMD World Competitiveness Center. The US was ranked as the world’s most digitally competitive economy, followed by Singapore in the second place. The center measured the capacity and readiness of 63 nations to adopt and explore digital technologies.


  • The Union Jal Shakti Ministry’s Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), launched a 10-year national rural sanitation strategy to sustain India’s 100 per cent Open Defecation Free (ODF) status claimed by the Centre. The framework, to be in place from 2019 to 2029, will ensure that people sustain their usage of toilets. It will also focus on solid and liquid waste management. West Bengal Government To Set Up Museum.

    West Bengal government plans to set up a museum at the north Kolkata house of 19th century social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. The museum will come up at Vidyasagar's residence at Badur Bagan area where pictures and models, chronicling his life from his birth place will be put on display. Some items used by Vidyasagar will be brought out for public viewing at the museum.


  • CIAL won an international award. Cochin International Airport Ltd has been selected as the best airport in terms of services it offered to passengers, based on a survey conducted by Airport Council International (ACI). CIAL was emerged the topper in 5-15 million passenger category among the airports in the Asia-Pacific region. It ranked amongst the best airports in the 5-15 mn category in the Asia Pacific region for 2018.


  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned submarine INS Khanderi in Mumbai on 28 September 2019. Khanderi is inspired by the fish name Kanneri found in the Arabian sea. Key features of the submarine include a state-of- the-art stealth technology which reduces its noise under the sea. Defence Minister also commissioned, INS Nilgiri, the first ship of the P-17A frigates.


  • Government declared a train service to Bangladesh from Tripura by 2020. Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region said that the Railway link service between the Agartala-Akhaura in Bangladesh will be completed by 2020 for Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER).

    The declaration was announced during the meeting by the Minister of DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh and senior officers of the Ministry which was held on 12 September in Delhi.
    • The Bangladesh railway link project is funded by the Ministry of DoNER. The cost allocated for the project is Rs 972.52 crores. The project can link Agartala with Bangladesh Railway Network at Akhaura.
    • It will cut the traveling time period for passenger and goods movement from Kolkata to Agartala of 38 hours to 15 hours. Maitree categorical is already running between Kolkata and Dhaka which is now extended to Agartala.
    • Out of 15.19 Acre of land at Nischintpur Yard, 2.30 Acre has been handed over a month before Dec 2019 by Government of Tripura.


  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) India’s largest power equipment manufacturer announced it has commissioned a 1,320 Megawatt (Mw) power plant in Odisha. The IB Thermal Power Station with two units of 660 Megawatt capacity each is owned by Odisha Power Generation Corporation Limited (OPGC) a joint venture between the state government and US-based AES. BHEL previously set up two units of 210 MW capacity each at IB Thermal Power Station operating for over 20 years. BHEL supplied sets are contributing 100 per cent of the coal-based power stations installed by OPGC.

    A substantial portion of power generated from the project will be supplied to the Grid Corporation of Odisha (GRIDCO). The key equipment for the project was manufactured by BHEL at its Haridwar, Trichy, Hyderabad, Ranipet, Bhopal, and Bangalore facilities and the construction of the plant was undertaken by the company's Power Sector - Eastern Region division.BHEL installed more than 1,85,000 MW utility sets in India and abroad.


  • Rajasthan Government launches Jan Soochna Portal 2019. The first-ever public information portal launched in Rajasthan promising to provide information about government authorities and departments suomotu to the public in the true spirit of the Right To Information Act. The portal has brought yet another distinction to Rajasthan, where the RTI movement started in 1990s. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the portal at B.M. Birla Auditorium in the presence of former Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah, former Law Commission chairman Justice A.P. Shah and a galaxy of RTI activists, including Magsaysay Award winner Aruna Roy.

    The State government collaborated with the civil society groups to develop the portal, the first of its kind in the country, initially giving information pertaining to 13 departments on a single platform. The different sections divided into districts, blocks and panchayats, the portal empowers the common people with access to useful information. The new web portal, named the Jansuchna Portal-2019, would ensure compliance with Section 4(2) of the RTI Act mandating the public authorities to disclose information in the public domain, so that people need not file applications under the law to obtain information.


  • Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the maritime communication services at Mumbai. The maritime connectivity will enable high-end support to those in sea by providing access to Voice, Data and Video services while traveling on sailing vessels, cruise liners, ships in India using satellite technology.

    India's leading VSAT solutions provider is the first Indian company that will now provide quality broadband services to the maritime sector. Nelco through global partnerships, infrastructure including transponder capacity on satellite of ISRO Indian Space Research Organization) and a comprehensive service portfolio will help Energy, Cargo and Cruise vessels by enhancing operational efficiency, improving crew welfare and enabling customer services. The IFMC licence has not only enabled connectivity for on-board users on ships but also brings operational efficiencies for shipping companies which were less evolved.

    The Government of India announced the licenses for In-flight and Maritime Communications (IFMC) that allows voice and internet services while flying over the Indian skies and sailing in Indian waters, both for international and Indian aircrafts and vessels. The IFMC license is a key initiative of the Telecom Ministry, a move to liberalize satellite communication services in India.


  • The union government launched a steel import monitoring system (SIMS) to provide advance information about steel imports to various stakeholders including producers and importers to have effective policy interventions. Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and his junior colleague Hardeep Singh Puri launched the system developed in consultation with Ministry of Steel on the pattern of US Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system. The Importers of specified steel products will register in advance on the web portal of SIMS providing the necessary information. The registration will be online and automatic with no human intervention.

    The importer can apply for registration not earlier than 60th day and not later than 15th day before the expected date of arrival of import consignment. The automatic registration number granted will remain valid for 75 days. The information about the steel imports provided by importers on the SIMS will be monitored by the Steel Ministry. SIMS will require importers to submit advance information in an online system for import of 284 steel tariff lines at 8-digit HS code in order to obtain an automatic registration number by paying a prescribed registration fee.


  • Department of Telecommunications (DoT) unveiled a portal in Mumbai which will help mobile phone users trace their stolen or lost mobile phones. The name of the project is called the Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR). It is undertaken by DoT for this purpose. This project is aimed at blocking of reported lost or stolen mobile phones across mobile networks, discouraging their theft, as well as facilitating in tracing of such phones. DoT launched a maritime communications service and revealed VSAT solutions provider Nelco will undertake broadband services in the maritime sector.

    The mobile phones have a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number which is used to identify them. Because IMEI is reprogrammable some miscreants do reprogram the IMEI number, which results in the cloning of IMEI causing multiple phone devices with same IMEI number. If such IMEIs are blocked, several genuine customers might suffer. Therefore, there is a need to get rid of duplicate and fake IMEI phones.

    DoT listed these as the primary objectives of the CEIR project, Blocking of lost/stolen mobile phones across mobile networks thus discouraging theft of mobile phones; facilitate in tracing of such reported lost/stolen mobile phones; prevention of mobile devices with duplicate and fake IMEIs in the network; curtail the use of counterfeit mobile devices; reduced health risks to the users with the control of use of counterfeit mobile phones.
    Process to file a complaint
    • If your mobile phone gets stolen or lost, you will first have to file a First Information Report (FIR) with the police and then inform DoT about the incident through a helpline number 14422.
    • After verification, DoT will blacklist the phone blocking it from further use.


  • Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla announced that the state is going to host the United Nations International Conference to discuss the issues related to drug menace, HIV/AIDS problems in the region on September 30 and October 1. Heptualla made the announcement during the 13th Foundation Day Celebration of the Manipur State Commission for Women (MSCW) held at Hotel Imphal. Chief Minister N Biren Singh to invite the home ministers of all the north-eastern states to the Conference so that the region can have a comprehensive policy to deal with such issues.

    The main aim is to increase sexual crimes, women also suffer from other debilitating challenges which put them at a serious disadvantage, the Manipur Governor said. Women living with HIV/AIDS, orphans are soft targets for social stigma and discrimination and various forms of human rights violations, she pointed out. The women-specific and women-related legislation to protect women against social discrimination, violence and atrocities among others have been enacted. However, the full implementation of such laws are hindered or delayed due to lack of awareness of the existence of such legislations. MSCW to explore ways and means on how to eliminate all man-made social aberrations and means to prevent all crimes against women with the help of Law Enforcing Agencies of the State. The women of the state are at the forefront in various fields including sports.


  • Indian Government inks allotment pact with West Bengal Power Development Corp for a coal block. The project is expected to address the immediate and future coal and power requirements of the region. The central government entered into an allotment agreement with the West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) regarding the Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block

    The provisions of Coal Block Allocation Rules, 2017, made under the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, 1957, the WBPDCL has been allocated the coal block located in West Bengal containing an area of 12.28 sq km with estimated reserves of 2102 million tonnes (MT) for power generation. The project is to generate both direct and indirect employment in West Bengal considerably and also contribute to the socio-economic development of the region.

    The project envisages to address the immediate as well as the forthcoming coal and power requirements of the region. The allotment agreement was signed by Coal Deputy Secretary Ram ShiromaniSaroj and WBPDCL Director (Regulatory Affairs) Amit Bhattacharyya, in presence of Coal Secretary Sumanta Chadhuri and WBPDCL Chairman/Managing Director P B Salim.


  • Jal Shakti Ministry has taken an initiative to develop National Water Museum to raise awareness among people on conservation of the natural resource. According to an official release, the Ministry is also organizing a two day International Workshop from today which will be attended by experts from India and abroad.

    The outcome of the workshop will be a blueprint for establishing the proposed National Water Museum under the aegis of Jal Shakti Ministry. During the workshop, possible broad composition, content of the museum including highlighting importance of water and its current state in different regions of the country, possible solutions, traditional and modern water management practices and localized success stories are proposed to be discussed.


  • Prasar Bharati funded documentary ‘Moti Bagh’ nominated for Oscars. A short movie made with the financial assistance from Prasar Bharati has been nominated for Oscars. The movie "Moti Bagh" revolving around the life and hard work of an octogenarian farmer from Uttarakhand has been directed by a three time national award winner Nirmal Chandra Dandariyal. The film made with the financial assistance from Prasar Bharati is about the life of an 82 year old farmer from Uttarakhand, Vidyadutt Sharma. Mr Sharma lives in Saanguda village of Kaljikhal block of Pauri district. It is the first film from Uttarakhand which will be showcased on a prestigious global platform like Oscars.

    Moti Bagh is the name of farm of the Octogenarian farmer which was set up in 1967. He has been putting in his hard work and efforts in Motibagh since then. In February this year, a giant radish grown in Vidyadutt's farm was showcased at a district level event organized by the horticulture department, which was a record. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra SIngh Rawat expressed happiness on Motibagh's nomination for the Oscars.


  • Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot launches MIS portal under Accessible India Campaign. 
    The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has developed a Management Information System, MIS for stakeholders of Accessible India Campaign. Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot launched the MIS portal in New Delhi in the presence of Secretaries of various nodal ministries including Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    Mr Gehlot mentioned that the MIS portal will bring all the nodal ministries and States and Union Territories on a single platform for monitoring the progress being made against each target of Accessible India Campaign. He further stated that the portal will be useful in maintaining all the function on digital platform and capture data on a real-time basis. Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Shakuntala Gamlin, informed that the monitoring of the places being made accessible will become more effective as there is provision of uploading images of such features. The portal is made fully accessible for Divyangjans.


  • Rajnath Singh becomes first Defence Minister to fly in Tejas fighter aircraft. Union minister Rajnath Singh became the first defence minister to fly in the indigenously-built light combat aircraft Tejas from the HAL airport in Bengaluru. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari, who is also the Project Director, National Flight Test Centre, ADA (Aeronautical Development Agency) in Bengaluru. The minister flew a sortie in the twin-seater version of Tejas. Rajnath Singh was wearing a G-suite, a white helmet and an oxygen mask. The Indian Aircraft Flying on Tejas an Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft from Bengaluru HAL Airport was an amazing and exhilarating experience.

    Tejas successfully carried out an arrested landing a key performance, demonstrating its ability to land on board an aircraft carrier, making it a major milestone in the development of the naval variant of the fighter jet. The IAF placed an order with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for 40 Tejas aircraft. The IAF issued the request for proposal (RFP) to HAL for the procurement of another batch of 83 Tejas at a cost of over ?50,000 crores. Tejas is a multi-role fighter with several critical capabilities. It is meant to strengthen India’s air defence capabilities. The IAF already inducted a batch of Tejas aircraft. The Tejas is designed to carry a veritable plethora of air-to-air, air-to- surface, precision guided and standoff weaponry.


  • Cabinet approves ordinance to ban e cigarettes. Cabinet has approved the Ordinance to Promulgate the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage, and advertisement), 2019 on 18 September 2019. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The ordinance aims a major health and wellness initiative for the country.
    BACKGROUND:
    • The Ordinance aims to protect the population, especially the youth and children, from the risk of addiction through E-cigarettes.
    • It is also expected that tobacco use will be reduced as well as disease-related to it.
    Provisions of the Ordinance:
    • The ordinance recognizes any manufacturing, production, import/export, transport, sale including an online sale, distribution or advertisement including the online advertisement of e-cigarettes as a cognizable offence.
    • First offence:
    Imprisonment of up to 1 year or fine up to Rs.1 lakh or both.
    • Subsequent offence:
    Imprisonment of up to 3 years and a fine up to Rs.5 lakh.
    • Storage of electronic-cigarettes:
    • Storing the electronic-cigarettes will lead to a penalty of imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.
    • The owners of existing stocks of e-cigarettes must deposit these stocks with the nearest police station.
    • The ordinance empowers the Sub-Inspector of Police as the Authorized Officer to take action.
    • It also allows the Central or State Governments to designate any other equivalent officer(s) as Authorized Officer for enforcement of the provisions of the Ordinance.


  • Secunderabad station received the first green Platinum rating. Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) has awarded Secunderabad junction station of Indian Railways with a green Platinum rating. The biggest rail hub is the first Indian Railways to be awarded so.
    BACKGROUND:
    • The Secunderabad station has been awarded as it has introduced several energy conservation initiatives and inclusion of modern passenger amenities.
    Other initiatives include:
    • Air-conditioned waiting halls equipped with CO2 sensors
    • Installation of solar panels and LED lights
    • Solid waste management system


  • India Post expanded speed post service to six new foreign destinations in Asia, Europe, and South America. The Department of Posts announced commencing of International Speed Post EMS Service to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Lithuania and North Macedonia.

    EMS or Express Mail Service is a premium service that enables its users to send documents and merchandise faster and with the added facility of being able to track the movement of the item on the internet. This facility is expected to augment people to people contact with these countries and foster trade as EMS is a popular channel for small and medium enterprises. The EMS service to these countries will henceforth be available at major post offices across India. India Post provides speed post service to 100 countries as per the information available on its website.


  • Meghalaya Minister of Health and Family Welfare AL Hek launched two programmes aimed at creating public awareness on health-related issues. Hek launched the Ayushman Bharat Fortnight by flagging off a walkathon from the Health Complex at Laitumkhrah.

    The Ayushman Bharat flagship health insurance programme would ensure every citizen get benefits from the scheme. The officials of the Health and Family Welfare Department and ASHA workers chalked out various programmes in rural as well as urban areas across the State to educate the public about the Government’s ambitious healthcare scheme.


  • Home-grown auto major Mahindra and Mahindra incorporated Mahindra Bangladesh Private Limited (MBPL) as its wholly-owned subsidiary. MBPL has been incorporated in Dhaka, Bangladesh under the laws of Bangladesh, The Companies Act (Act XVIII) of 1994, Mahindra and Mahindra said in a regulatory filing.

    The objective of the move is to carry on the businesses of trading, distributing, supplying, storing, exporting, importing, servicing, manufacturing, developing, assembling, leasing, selling on hire-purchase or installment systems, research and development, of all kinds of passenger, transportation and utility vehicles including but not limited to tankers, tractors, agricultural machinery, multi-utility vehicles, trailers, lorries, trucks, buses, motor cars, motorcycles, three-wheelers or other motor vehicles.


  • Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest for 5th International Ramayana Festival. It is organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi. ICCR established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world. There is no other better way to realize this vision than organizing the Ramayana festival.


  • Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Karambir Singh will reach Bangladesh (21 Sep, 2019) on a four-day visit. The visit is intended to consolidate and enhance the bilateral maritime relations between India and Bangladesh. During his visit, Mr Singh will hold bilateral discussions with Chief of the Naval Staff, Bangladesh Navy, Admiral Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Service Chiefs and other senior Government officials. The Indian Navy regularly interacts with Bangladesh Navy through the medium of Staff Talks, Annual Defence Dialogue and other operational interactions which includes Port visits, Passage Exercises, Training, Ship Design and Ship Building cooperation besides regular participation by Indian Navy serving and retired officers in Victory Day Celebrations held in Bangladesh to commemorate ‘ Liberation War ‘ of 1971.


  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has 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. However, it is necessary that they are available on DigiLocker or mParivahan app to be legally recognized at par with the original documents.

    As per the SOP issued by the Ministry, people can download the Driving License or the Registration Certificate through these apps and store on their mobile devices. The enforcement agencies can simultaneously access these details from eChallan app, which has data for on-line verification of vehicle and its license status. Off-line verification of mParivahan QR Code is also available on this platform.


  • Andhra Pradesh State government has announced that it is to ban the private practice by doctors working in government hospitals. The announcement was made by Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy after consulting with the committee on reforms in the health sector.

    Also, as compensation, the govt. has announced to increase their salaries in accordance with the recommendations made by the experts committee on reforms in the health sector headed by former Union Health Secretary K. SujathaRao. The committee members have been asked to prepare proposals for an increase in doctors’ salaries.


  • Mumbai's Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) handed over India's second Scorpene submarine Khanderi to the Indian Navy. The attack submarine was is to be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on 28 September 2019. After commissioning, it will be the 17th submarine of the Indian Navy.
    BACKGROUND:
    • Khanderi is a Kalvari-class diesel-electric attack submarine. It has been named after a wide-snouted Sawfish. It was designed by French company Naval Group, which was earlier known as DCNS.
    • After commissioning, it will be the 17th submarine of the Indian Navy. Khanderi has the ability to be manned by a crew of eight officers and 35 sailors. It will be able to stay out in the sea for 50 days.
    • Khanderi has been built With a submerged displacement of 1,775 tonnes. It has the built-in capability to target surface ships and to hunt the enemy submarines which is armed with torpedoes that can be fired from six 21 inch tubes or SM.39 Exocet anti-ship missiles.
    • It is capable to carry 30 anti-ship mines in place of torpedoes and missiles. It has intelligence gathering, mine laying, and area surveillance operations abilities.


  • VCAS Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to be next Chief of the Air Staff. Ministry of Defence has announced to appoint Vice chief of air staff (VCAS) Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria as the next Chief of the Air Staff (CAS). The announcement comes ahead of the retirement of the current Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa will on 30 September 2019. It is expected that RKS Bhadauria will be taking charge on 30 September.


  • 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 enforcement agencies can simultaneously access these details from eChallan app. The online app for on-line verification of vehicle and its license status. The Off-line verification of mParivahan QR Code is also available on this platform.


  • 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 Centres (CSC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India signed the MoU in the capacity of a third-party administrator.


  • 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.


  • 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.
    BACKGROUND:
    • 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, criminal justice, risk management, and related areas.


  • The Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) located in Rohini, Delhi got accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). In India, accreditation of laboratory is done by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories which is an autonomous body under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology. That laboratory accreditation enhances customer confidence in accepting testing/calibration reports issued by accredited laboratories.


  • India to launch deep sea research project ‘Samudrayaan’ project in 2021- 22. The project proposes to send a submersible vehicle with three persons to a depth of about 6000 metres to carry out deep underwater studies. The vehicle is capable of crawling on the sea bed at a depth of six-kilometre for 72 hours. The 'Samudrayaan' project undertaken by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT).


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the livestock from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 Million Livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the disease. It will be implemented for a period of five years till 2024 at a cost of around 13 000 crore rupees. He also launched National Artificial Insemination Programme during the event and Babugarh Sex Semen facility. The vaccination drive taken up under the National Animal Disease Control Programme is also the part of 100 days of this new government. Health cards will be issued under it for those bovine animals for vaccination.


  • Centre to commits Corruption free environment for business. Ministry of Commerce & Trade held a meeting with around 100 domestic industries, manufacturers, associations of various sectors and users in New Delhi, India.

    The meeting aimed to change trade to become competitive to balance the interests of domestic shoppers and trade without relating to corruption problems in an associate meeting with 100 domestic industries. In the meeting planned to provide a corruption-free business environment.

    The Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) has been upgraded to a facilitation center to make awareness relating to trade remedies and to produce full support to the trade significantly to domestic producers with helpline of 1800 111 808.
    BACKGROUND:
    • The objectives of the meeting was to create awareness amongst the stake-holders wherever problems faced by the domestic trade to balance domestic trade interests.
    • The meeting was targeted on the national trading policy Instruments, viz. Tariff Measures, Non-Tariff Measures moreover as Trade Remedial Measures for the Indian trade.


  • The State Government of Haryana launched two insurance schemes for registered small and medium traders. The schemes are Mukhyamantri Vyapari Samuhik Niji Durghatna Beema Yojana and Mukhyamantri Vyapari Kshatipurti Beema Yojana. The insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would be provided under the Mukhyamantri Vyapari Samuhik Niji Durghatna Beema Yojana. The insurance cover ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh would be provided under the Mukhyamantri Vyapari Kshatipurti Beema Yojana. The traders registered under the Haryana Goods and Service Tax (HGST) Act 2017 would be covered under these schemes. The premium of people under both schemes would be paid by the State government.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to launch the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating the foot and mouth disease and brucellosis in livestock. The project cost Rs.12,652 crores for a period of five years till 2024, will be funded entirely by the government. The programme to be launched in Mathura. It aims to control the livestock diseases by 2025 and eradicate these by 2030.

    The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the FMD. The programme also aims at vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against the brucellosis disease. The choice of Mathura for the launch of the programme is interesting because the support of Uttar Pradesh was instrumental in bringing back Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power for a consecutive term. Apart from its political significance, Mathura is also a holy city and many farmers in the region have traditionally been dependent on livestock. Prime Minister launches the National Artificial Insemination Programme. The simultaneous launch of the nationwide workshops in KrishiVigyanKendras in all the 687 Districts of the country on the topic of vaccination, disease management, artificial insemination and productivity. During his visit to Mathura, Modi will also take part in the Swachhta Hi Seva programme.


  • Ministry of Commerce and Industry is to introduce a scheme to augment the availability of export credit. The scheme will be at affordable terms and sufficient volume. The scheme will include forex credit. The centre is currently speculating to achieve the target of growing the economy to the $5 trillion level.
    BACKGROUND:
    • The aim will lead to rates dropping to the sub-4% category. It will ease the availability of export credit, especially for small businesses.
    • The Ministry aims to make more export credit in foreign currency by increased exporters. It will raise the share of foreign currency in total export credit much beyond the present level of 50%.


  • India and Asian Development Bank signed 200 million dollar loan agreement. The agreement which will upgrade rural roads in 34 districts of Maharashtra to improve road safety. The project aims to improve the condition of about 2,100 km of rural roads to all-weather standards, with climate resilience and safety features. The main aim is to connect rural communities with productive agricultural areas and socio-economic centers. The road connectivity and better access to markets will help the farmers increase agricultural productivity and incomes.


  • A team of 16 members of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) successfully completed Mount Satopanth's peak climbing. The CISF members committed the expedition to Fit India Movement and Women Empowerment which were initiated by the Prime Minister of India.
    BACKGROUND:
    • The aim of the expedition was to unfold the message of empowering girls through mountain climbing to stay spirit of journey alive in effect.
    • The team pushed their limit and achieved their goal by exposing themselves to the very best order of mental and physical challenges, including exposure to low atmospheric pressure, thin air, sub-zero temperatures, incessant snow blizzards and lots of alternative harsh climatic conditions.


  • Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Sanjay Dhotre launched the Curriculum for Life Skills – JeevanKaushal. It is designed by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The event is held in New Delhi. Shri Dhotre emphasized on development of life skills in every individual as an essential part of wholesome learning. He highlighted the problem of prevalent obsession with earning marks in different examinations. The examination-driven education encourages narrow and selective reading and rote learning, which ultimately leads to deficit in actual learning. This initiative of UGC will surely lead to improvement in the collective efficiency of the country's young population.

    The demand for quality higher education for producing employable, exceptionally performing graduates qualified with skills, knowledge and ethics essential for leading a rewarding life and it is with this aim University Grants Commission issued Quality Mandate and its objectives. The UGC adopted in the National Conference of Vice Chancellors and Directors on Research & Innovation held between 26th to 28th July, 2018 and Life Skills (JeevanKaushal) for students.


  • The Union Health Ministry has proposed a legislation to address the issue of violence against health care professionals and damage to property of clinical establishments. The Ministry has prepared a draft legislation titled- The Health Care Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019. The Bill proposes an imprisonment up to 10 years and fine up to 10 lakh rupees as punishment for assaulting a doctor or health care personnel. The Ministry has invited suggestions form the public within a span of 30 days on the draft legislation.


  • Steering Committee on Fintech related issues submits report to FM Nirmala Sitharaman. A government constituted Committee has recommended for putting in place a comprehensive legal framework for consumer protection keeping in mind the rise of Fintech and digital services. The Steering Committee on Fintech (Financial Technology) related issues submitted its report to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi.

    In its report, the Steering Committee recommended adoption of regulation technology by all financial sector regulators to develop standards and facilitate adoption by financial services providers. It has also suggested that financial sector regulators develop an institutional framework for specific use-cases of supervisory technology, testing, deployment, monitoring and evaluation. A dedicated team on digital economy and fintech is being set up in the Investment Division, Department of Economic Affairs for coordination on fintech with relevant ministries. The panel recommended that insurance companies and lending agencies be encouraged to use drone and remote sensing technology for crop area, damage and location assessments to support risk reduction in insurance and lending business.

    It also recommended Department of Financial Services to work with PSU banks to bring in more efficiency to their work and reduce fraud and security risks. The committee also suggested a special drive for modernization and standardization of land records by setting up a dedicated National Digital Land Records Mission.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Garvi Gujarat Bhavan in New Delhi. The new building situated at Akbar Road in the national capital has been built at a cost of around 131 crore rupees by the Gujarat Government. The Bhavan is equipped with traditional and modern artefacts and technologies and will serve as a home for Gujaratis in the national capital. It will represent the culture, craft and cuisine of Gujarat. The Prime Minister listed out series of measures taken by the Gujarat Government for the development of the state.

    Gujarat has always attached importance to development and it has moved forward in this direction in the last five years. Gujarat is doing well in terms of water harvesting and providing piped drinking water. Mr. Modi expressed confidence that every household will get piped drinking water by 2024. The Prime Minister also talked about preservation and promotion of culture and tradition of different states.

    The cultural, social and economic strength of different states of India makes the country stronger and there is a need to recognize such strength. Every state Bhawan in the national capital should be the centre to promote culture and tradition of that state as well as trade and tourism. On the occasion, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, Governor of Gujarat Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel and others were present.


  • ICMR-NIN conducting programmes on occasion of National Nutrition Week till Sept 7.  The Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR)-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is going to implement the effectiveness of diet and lifestyle intervention with respect to lifestyle diseases like Hypertension and diabetes. This will be done through information, education and communication through Anganwadi Workers as centre of knowledge dissemination with respect to these diseases.

    NIN Director Dr R Hemalatha informed that the national institute has generated an extensive data recently over prevalence of overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases relating to 16 states of the country from both urban and rural areas. On the occasion of the National Nutrition Week, Dr R Hemalatha said the study will help to reduce the increase of non communicable diseases.

    The studies conducted by the ICMR institute also help in addressing nutrition-related problems like stunting and inter-generation cycle of mall-nutrition. The NIN is conducting several programmes for students and teachers on the occasion of the National Nutrition Week till 7th September, 2019.


  • 8 US made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters to be inducted into IAF.  The addition of the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capabilities. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa will be the chief guest during the induction ceremony, which will take place at the Pathankot Air Force station. The AH-64E Apache is one of the world's most advanced multi-role combat helicopters. The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US Government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for purchase of 22 Apache helicopters.


  • The 14th Conference of Parties, COP14 to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification is underway at Greater Noida. The core agenda of the 12-day Conference which began on 02 September, 2019 is to reverse land degradation and its outcomes while accelerating positive achievements for people and for ecosystems. NGOs and Civil Society can contribute in a large way towards realising the objectives of COP14 as they work on the field and implement projects to protect and rehabilitate land. Delegates from 196 countries are participating in COP14. The Parties to the Convention will agree on the actions they will take over the next two years and beyond to get the world on a sustainable development path.


  • The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stood at 131.9 in July, 2019, which was 2.1 per cent higher as compared to the index of July, 2018. Its cumulative growth during April to July, 2019- 20 was 3.0 per cent.


  • The Nankana Sahib railway station in Pakistan's Punjab province will be named after Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism. It will be one of the best stations in Pakistan and will play a vital role in promoting religious tourism in the country. A new train, namely Baba Guru Nanak train, would also be started from Lahore to Nankana soon.


  • Police academy to be set up soon in Lucknow. A police academy of international standards will be set up very soon in Lucknow for training cops which will be the first of its kind of institute in the state. State Police Headquarter's ‘Signature’ building in Lucknow was inaugurated on 2 September 2019. It was running from a camp office established as make-shift arrangement in 1937.


  • 05th September is Teacher's Day. It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of former President and great educationist Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the National Award to Teachers-2018 in New Delhi . President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narender Modi have greeted teachers across the country on this occasion. On the occasion of teacher's day, government schools all over Uttar Pradesh are going to enter into a new era of digital transformation with "Prerna App" which was launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.


  • CBI's 1st national conference on cybercrime investigation inaugurated.  CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla inaugurated the 1st National Conference on Cyber Crime Investigation and Cyber Forensics at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi. The two-day conference covers one of the mandates of CBI which is to investigate crimes with inter-state and international ramifications. In his inaugural address, Director CBI, Rishi Kumar Shukla stressed the need to create capacity building and creation of a pool of competent investigators, digital forensic analysts, prosecutors and judicial officers who are digitally aware. That cybercrimes pose unique challenges to law enforcement officers and such crimes are complex and require certain skills and forensic skills for detection.

    The CBI Director said that the conference is aimed at creating the platform and bringing together investigators, lawyers, forensic experts and academia to discuss challenges related to cybercrime and ways to find solutions. It will also be a platform to share good practices to learn from experiences of various State police and Law Enforcement Agencies. Around 50 officers including DGPs, ADGPs, and SPs dealing with cybercrime, officials and academia are participating in the Conference.


  • By the end of this year (2019), Uttar Pradesh will start work on a medical university in memory of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. State Cabinet on 3 September 2019 approved the transfer of 50 acres of land for the proposed Atal Bihari Vajpayee Medical University to be set up in Lucknow. It will serve as an umbrella institution for all medical and dental colleges in the state.


  • An Indian Army team successfully summited Mount Leo Pargyil (6773M) on 20 Aug 2019, hoisting the National Flag atop it. The expedition was flagged in by Lieutenant General PM Bali, AVSM, VSM, COS, Western Command on 31 Aug 2019.. The expedition was flagged off on 10th August 2019. Leo Pargyil is the third highest peak of Himachal Pradesh.


  • Government launches campaign to promote ‘eat right movement’.  “It’s time for India to eat right,” Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on 05 September, 2019, kick-starting POSHAN Maah 2019 with a year-long social and mass media campaign on the Eat Right India movement. Focusing on a weekly theme of eating right for the next 365 days, Dr. Vardhan also launched the new Eat Right India logo that represents a healthy plate, an online eat right quiz and online course for frontline health workers.


  • India among top 10 nations in gold reserves. India has surpassed the Netherlands to move into the list of top10 countries in terms of total gold reserves. According to the World Gold Council, India has gold reserves totalling 618.2 tonnes, which is marginally higher than the Netherlands’ reserves of 612.5 tonnes. The U.S. leads the country list followed by Germany with 3,366.8 tonnes. In terms of individual countries, India ranks 9th.


  • IGI Airport gets India's tallest ATC Tower.  The tallest ATC tower in the country was inaugurated at the IGI Airport. The Delhi Air Traffic Service Complex, which is the tallest Air Traffic Control tower in India with a height of 102 metres. The new complex comprises of three buildings - the Aerodrome Control Tower, Area & Approach Control Services Building and the Administrative Block. Mumbai Airport's tower was the tallest till now.


  • Vaishno Devi topped in ‘Swachh Iconic Places’. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Jammu and Kashmir has been adjudged as the“Best Swachh Iconic place in the country in the ‘Swachh Iconic Places’. It has been adjudged on the basis of the overall improvement in sanitation. President Ram Nath Kovind will confer the award to its board during the ‘Swachh Mahotsav’ to be organised by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on 6 September 2019.


  • September is celebrated as POSHAN MAAH across India. The country celebrates September month as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah across the country under POSHAN Abhiyaan programme. It aims to address malnutritional challenges. Poshan Maah was launched in States like Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan on 4th September. Rashtriya Poshan Maah is being celebrated with the aim to create a Jan Andolan to imbibe behavioral changes into the daily lives of the masses, with the slogan Poshan Tyohar Se Vyavahar. Poshan Maah focuses on five critical components called 'Paanch Sutras'.
    The components are:
    • First 1000 days of the Child
    • Anaemia
    • Diarrhoea
    • Hand Wash & Sanitation
    • Poshtik Aahar, a wholesome meal with diet diversity
    The Ministry of Women and Child Development acts as the nodal Department for Poshan Maah.The activities in the function focus on antenatal care, anaemia, growth monitoring, girls’ education, diet, right age of marriage, hygiene and sanitation, eat healthily. The themes are showcased in the form of food melas, recipe demonstration, radio & TV talk shows, rallies, school-level campaigns, anemia test camps, and seminars all across the country.


  • India and South Korea have formulated a forward-looking road map to take bilateral Defence Industry co-operation to the next level. Rajnath singh said this while addressing Chief Executive Officers of Korean and Indian Defence Industries in Seoul. The roadmap has listed a number of proposed areas of co-operation in sectors of Land Systems, Aero Systems, Naval Systems, Research and Development Co-operation and others. The Defence Minister also invited the Korean Industry to explore the feasibility of local production of items, used in main weapon system, imported by Indian Defence PSUs.

    He proposed setting up of a task force which identifies such items which are economically viable and locally produced in India resulting in the reduction of import bill. He assured the Korean Industry that the Indian Government will take all necessary steps to facilitate investment and joint ventures. Later, Defence Minister addressed the captains of Indian and South Korean Defence Industry at the reception given by Indian Embassy in Seoul. He assured the South Korean Industry leaders that the Government will facilitate investments in India’s Defence corridors and extend all incentives and concessions as per the policy.


  • The 6th India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) begins in New Delhi. The three-day dialogue will comprise of round table meetings of joint working groups on infrastructure, energy, high-tech, resource conservation, pharmaceuticals and policy coordination. The Indian side will be led by Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar and the Chinese side by Chairman of National Development and Reforms Commission (NDRC). The SED was set up between the erstwhile Planning Commission and National Development and Reform Commission of China during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to India in December 2010. It has served as an effective mechanism for enhancing bilateral practical cooperation.


  • Gujarat Government and Delaware State of America signed MoU for sister state. MoU was signed in Gandhinagar, when a delegation of Delaware State of America called on Gujarat Chief Minister Delaware’s Vijay Rupani. This is the first sister state MoU signed by Gujarat with any state of America. Sectors like biosciences, animal husbandry have been shortlisted for future cooperation.


  • The first National Conference on Cybercrime Investigation and Forensics was organized by the CBI on 5 September 2019 at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi. Union Minister of State of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Dr. Jitendra Singh addressed the conference. Around 50 Officers including DGPs, ADGPs, IGPs, DIGPs and SPs dealing with cybercrime participated in the Conference.


  • Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) conducted a national workshop in New Delhi. The event was chaired by Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Nitin Gadkari. The meeting included discussions on the issue of delayed payments to MSMEs and ways to deal with it. Also, the Finance Ministry has announced that it has some initiatives to strengthen the MSME sector. The MSME Ministry has announced its plan to launch Bharat Craft, a marketing portal for the marketing of their products. The workshop is conducted for business people and different partners from the MSME area on how to tackle the delay payments on MSMEs.

    During the meeting, the Ministry assured the implementation of the suggestions of the UK Sinha committee. In June 2019, RBI appointed a committee to set up to study the problems faced by MSMEs under the leadership of U.K. Sinha. The committee has submitted its recommendations. Officials of the MSME Ministry, bankers, entrepreneurs and various stakeholders from the MSME sector participated in the Ministry. Gadkari re-Launched the Credit Linked Capital Subsidy (CLCS) scheme in the event. CLCS scheme provides 15% additional investment up to Rs.1 crore for technology up-gradation by MSMEs. In the relaunched plot there is an extra 10% sponsorship to SC-ST entrepreneurs.


  • FIVE institutes are awarded Institutions of Eminence (IoE).  The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the guidance of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and master board of trusty has awarded the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) title 5 institutes. The 5 institutes are IIT-Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT-Kharagpur, University of Delhi and the University of Hyderabad. The award aims to indicates the commitment of the institution towards Institutions of Eminence.

    The awarded Universities will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Human Resource Development as it had laid out its plan to achieve the objective of becoming a world-class institution. The public institutions on the list will then be eligible for a government grant of Rs.1,000 crore.

    The Institutions of Eminence (IoE) scheme was instituted in 2016. IoE enables higher education organizations and put them on the world education map. The UGC shortlists the organizations and sends it to the HRD ministry. Ten public and ten private institutions are picked each year as world-class educating and research institutions.


  • 40 new Vande Bharata Express trains by 2022.  Indian Railways finalized the timeline for manufacturing them again and started a tendering process for the purpose. The production was stopped over allegations of favoritism and lack of transparency, earlier this year. The railway board has now started the tendering process for resuming manufacturing after railway minister Piyush Goyal’s intervention. A tender will be out by October for the propulsion system of the trains. Two rakes of Vande Bharat Express are currently available for operations and one of them runs between Delhi and Varanasi.



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