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17th September 2022



National News

Dalai Lama wishes PM on his birthday, praises India's fight against COVID-19

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 72nd birthday and praised India for its fight against COVID-19. "It's wonderful that India has successfully met the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Although we have not seen the complete end of it, India today is better placed to address similar challenges in the future," he said.

Rajnath Singh to embark on 3-day Egypt visit to boost defence ties

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a three-day visit to Egypt from Sunday. The visit aims to further consolidate defence cooperation and the special friendship between India and Egypt, a press release by the Defence Ministry said. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed to provide further impetus to enhance defence cooperation between the two countries, it added.

S Jaishankar to visit US from September 18-28, set to address UNGA

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be on an official visit to the US during September 18-28. During the visit, he will lead India's delegation at the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), called High-Level Week. The week is themed 'A Watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges'. Jaishankar will address the UNGA on September 24.


Mukesh Ambani makes biggest-ever donation of ₹1.5cr at Kerala's Guruvayur Temple

Billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani on Saturday visited Kerala's Guruvayur Shri Krishna Temple and made a donation of ₹1.5 crore, temple officials said. The temple said it was the biggest amount it has received in a single donation ever. This came a day after Ambani visited Lord Venkateshwara Shrine in Andhra Pradesh and made a similar ₹1.5 crore donation.


India To Be Home to Cheetahs After 70 Years 

Eight African cheetahs are all set to move from Namibia into their new habitat at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, on September 17, on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday.  The PM is expected to release the five female and three male cheetahs into the Park’s quarantine enclosures on Friday as part of his efforts to revitalise and diversify the country's wildlife and habitat, his office has said. The last cheetah in India died in 1947 in the Korea district in present-day Chhattisgarh, which was an earlier part of Madhya Pradesh, and the species was declared extinct from India in 1952.  According to reports, the cheetah has lost 90 per cent of its global habitat in the last 100 years. In addition, in many of the 31 populations of the cheetah, only 100-200 are left with their habitat consistently deteriorating.  The 'African Cheetah Introduction Project in India' was conceived in 2009, with a plan to introduce the big cat by November last year in Kuno National Park, but it suffered a setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya launched Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched a 15-day blood donation drive on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday. The blood donation drive is known as 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav' which will continue till 1st October 2022 which is National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.  Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya urges people to take part in the blood donation drive and donate blood to save lives. The citizens can register themselves on Aarogya Setu App or e-Raktkosh portal to donate blood as part of the 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav'.

Election Commission of India launched BLO e-Patrika

The Election Commission of India has released a new digital publication 'BLO e-Patrika' at an interactive session held with BLOs spread across the states in India.  In states/UTs, 50 BLOs from nearby states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi joined the event physically at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. Over 350 BLOs joined the meeting via video-conferencing from the office of Chief Electoral Officers (CEO).  The BLOs participated in the infective session with the Commission sharing their experience, challenges they came across while performing their duties, and success stories. It was first-of-its-kind direct interaction by the Commission with the BLOs across the country.



International News


New Tunisian decree imposes 5-yr prison term for 'fake news'

Tunisia's President Kais Saied has issued a decree which imposes a jail term of up to 5 years for convictions in spreading "fake news" cases. The decree is defined as "using communication networks and information false information or rumours". The law says the jail term could be raised up to 10 years if the fake news targets top officials.


25­-year-­old climate activist Vanessa Nakate appointed as UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador 

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) appointed Vanessa Nakate, a 25­-year­-old climate activist from Uganda as the Goodwill Ambassador of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Her collaboration with the organisation and recognising her outstanding global advocacy for climate justice for current and future generations.  Globally half the world’s 2.2 billion children live in one of the 33 countries, classified by UNICEF’s Children’s Climate Risk Index as “extremely high ­risk” of the impacts of climate change. According to UNICEF, the top 10 countries are all in Africa.

Kyrgyzstan Reports Heavy Fighting With Tajikistan 

Kyrgyzstan reported "intense battles" with Central Asian neighbour Tajikistan and said 24 people had been killed in the latest outbreak of violence to hit the former Soviet Union. Both of the small impoverished landlocked nations have accused each other of restarting fighting in a disputed area, despite a ceasefire deal.  In a statement, the Kyrgyz border service said its forces were continuing to repel Tajik attacks. Kyrgyzstan reported fighting in its southern Batken province which borders Tajikistan's northern Sughd region and features a Tajik exclave, Vorukh.  The same area is famous for its jigsaw-puzzle political and ethnic geography and became the site of similar hostilities last year, also nearly leading to a war. Clashes over the poorly demarcated border are frequent, but usually de-escalate quickly.

Joao Lourenco Re-elected as President of Angola 

The National Electoral Commission announced Joao Lourenco as the President with 51% of the votes. President Joao Lourenco is a member of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), and he was re-elected as the President of Angola.  The election results extended the hegemony of the MPLA, which is the only party that has governed Angola since its Independence from Portugal in 1975.  The MLA obtained over 3.16 million votes, which would allow it to have 124 out of 200 seats in the National Assembly.


Frontline bank staff should be well-versed in local languages: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it is important to have staff who are well-versed in local languages at banks. "We cannot have staff who don't speak the local language and...demand from citizens that they speak in a particular language," she said, adding that banks need to look at language skills of the staff posted at branch levels.

Adani becomes 2nd largest cement firm after Ambuja, ACC acquisition

With the completion of the acquisition of Ambuja Cements and ACC, Adani Group has now become the country's second-largest cement player. Holcim sold its entire stake in Ambuja Cements at ₹385 apiece and in ACC at ₹2,300 apiece. Adani Group Chairperson Gautam Adani tweeted about the development and said, "We will double our capacity in the next five years."


India Ratings Cuts FY23 GDP Growth Forecast to 6.9%

India Ratings became the latest agency to cut its FY23 gross domestic product forecast. The ratings agency cut the forecast to 6.9 per cent from 7 per cent, joining other institutions who have cut their projections to below 7 per cent since the release of the April-June quarter GDP data.  The agency did say that India’s biggest strength continues to be domestic economic activity, which has shown more resilience compared to the rest of the world. It said that it expects the growth momentum to sustain, averaging around mid-single digit in the remaining quarters, mainly buoyed by the upcoming festival season.

Air India Unveiled Transformation Plan Vihaan.AI 

Air India, a Tata group-owned airline, unveiled a comprehensive Vihaan.AI to establish itself as a world-class global airline of Indian origin.  The plan aims to focus on growing both its network and fleet, revamping its customer’s proposition, enhancing reliability and on-time performance, taking a leadership role in technology, sustainability, and innovation, and investing in the best talent in the airline industry.  In the coming five years, Air India will strive to increase its market share to at least 30% in the domestic market.
It aims to grow significantly in the international routes from the present market share.  The immediate focus of the airline is to fix the basics and readying itself for growth.

Ranks and Reports News

India Stands 4th in Global Crypto Adoption Index 2022

Blockchain analysis platform Chainalysis published its global crypto adoption index for 2022 of nations with the highest cryptocurrency adoption rate with India ranking fourth in the list, two spots down from last year.  Chainalysis report noted that the emerging markets dominate the Global Crypto Adoption Index this year. The report noted, “Out of our top 20 ranked countries, 10 are lower-middle income: Vietnam, Philippines, Ukraine, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Morocco, Nepal, Kenya, and Indonesia. Eight are upper-middle income: Brazil, Thailand, Russia, China, Turkey, Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador.”

Federal Bank ranked 63rd in Best Workplaces in Asia 2022

Federal Bank was ranked 63rd on the Best Workplaces in Asia 2022 and becomes the only bank in India to be listed by Great Place to Work, the global authority on workplace culture.  The list is based on over one million survey responses across Asia and West Asia, representing the experience of over 4.7 million employees in the region.  Federal Bank Limited is an Indian private sector bank headquartered in Aluva, Kochi. The bank has 1,272 branches spread across different states in India. It also has representative offices abroad in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Dubai.

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling recognised as best zoo

The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) in West Bengal’s Darjeeling has been adjudged the best zoo in the country, while Kolkata’s Alipore Zoological Garden has secured the fourth position.  There are around 150 zoos across the country. As per the list, the Arignar Anna Zoological Park in Chennai has secured the second position, followed by the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens in Mysore, Karnataka.  The zoological park is internationally recognised for its breeding and conservation programmes of endangered animal species of the eastern Himalayas, including the Snow Leopard and the Red Panda. The Red Panda is one of the top attractions of PNHZP, besides others such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Snow Leopard, Goral and Himalayan Thar.

Important Days

World Patient Safety Day observed on 17 September

World Patient Safety Day is observed every year on 17 September to create awareness about different safety measures that should be taken to ensure patient safety. The day focuses on preventing and reducing risks, errors, and harm that patients face.  In modern society, it is important to understand the implications of negligent patient care and work toward modern standards regarding patient care.  Every year, World Patient Safety Day is observed under a specific theme. This year, the theme of World Patient Safety Day 2022 is ‘Medication Safety’ along with the slogan ‘Medication Without Harm’ with a call to action to 'Know, Check & Ask'.

Obituaries News

Former Tennis Legend captain Naresh Kumar passes away

Former Indian tennis player and Davis Cup captain, Naresh Kumar passed away recently at the age of 93. He was born on December 22, 1928, in Lahore, Naresh Kumar went on to become a big name in Indian tennis after Independence.  He made news by reaching the final of the Northern Championships (later known as Manchester Open) in England in 1949.


Ex-Union Minister & Congress leader Manikrao Gavit dies at 87 in Nashik

Manikrao Gavit, former Union Minister and Congress MP, passed away at the age of 87 on Saturday. He had been ill for some time and died in a hospital in Maharashtra's Nashik. A nine-time Lok Sabha MP, Gavit represented the tribal-dominated Nandurbar constituency between 1980 and 2009. He also served as Minister of State for Social Justice during UPA government.





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