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27th September 2022

National News

4th phase of Project Asmita to train 36,000 girls launches in Pune

Rotary Club of Bibwewadi and its CSR partner GTPL Hathway Limited launched the fourth phase of Project Asmita on International Daughters' Day on September 25 in Pune. The project aims to provide knowledge to women to combat social media abuse, domestic sexual abuse and gynaecological myths. More than 36,000 women will be trained and taught self-defence under the project.

President Murmu inaugurates St Joseph's University in Bengaluru

President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday inaugurated the St Joseph's University in Bengaluru in the presence of Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai. The President said, "With a modest beginning as a college in 1882, today that college has emerged as a leading institution." Notably, the institution was granted university status in July under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan.


CBI raids nationwide against Child Abuse material under Operation Megha Chakra

Operation Megha Chakra: CBI hunts for Child Sexual Abuse Material Online Circulation Cases in 20 States & UTs. As part of Operation Megha Chakra, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched 56 locations across 20 States and Union Territories in relation to cases of the internet distribution of child sexual abuse material.  Cloud storage was used to perform searches against sellers of Child Sexual Abuse Material on the Internet after obtaining input from Interpol and intelligence gathered during Operation Carbon last year.
In November 2021, the CBI carried out Operation Carbon, which involved conducting raids at 76 different locations around the nation and making multiple arrests.

Indian government introduces "Sign Learn" smartphone app

"Sign Learn" smartphone app: The Center released the "Sign Learn" smartphone app, a 10,000-word lexicon for Indian Sign Language (ISL). Pratima Bhoumik, minister of state for social justice and empowerment, introduced the app.  The 10,000-word Indian Sign Language Research And Training Centre (ISLRTC) lexicon serves as the foundation for Sign Learn. All the terms in the ISL dictionary can be searched using Hindi or English on the app, which is accessible in Android and iOS versions.

Assam to use portable device ‘SAANS’ to stop neonatal deaths

The Assam government has decided to use SAANS, an air pressure machine developed by a Bangalore-based start-up, in the state-run hospitals across the state.  ‘SAANS’ is a portable neonatal Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) system that can provide lifesaving breathing support to infants in hospital settings as well as during travel. The decision comes following the success of a pilot project to reduce neonatal mortality with special equipment.  More than 50 SAANS devices have been deployed across medical colleges in Assam to date with more deployments underway to district hospitals.  For the development of the machine, InnAccel Technologies, incubated at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), joined hands with the SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility to strengthen respiratory support for newborns and paediatric populations in Assam.

Bathukamma: Telangana festival begins across state, PM greets everyone

Telangana festival Bathukamma: The state floral festival known as Bathukamma has started in Telangana, and ladies are taking part in it in great numbers. The state's nine-day official celebration got underway on the 25th.  On the auspicious anniversary of Bathukamma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked everyone, especially the Nari Shakti of Telangana. PM Modi expressed his desire in a tweet that this event will strengthen our ties to nature and pique our interest in flowers.





I remind those with deaf ears: Russian official warns on use of nukes

Deputy Chairman of Russia's Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, said on Tuesday that the country had the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if it is pushed beyond its limits. "I have to remind you again, for those deaf ears who hear only themselves," Medvedev said warning the West again that Russia was not bluffing about use of nuclear weapons.


Cuba approves same-sex marriage, surrogacy in referendum

Cubans have voted to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption as well as surrogate pregnancies in a referendum. More than 3.9 million voters, 66.9%, voted to ratify the new code while 1.95 million or 33% were opposed, National Electoral Council President Alina Balseiro Gutierrez said. "Yes won. Justice has been done," Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter after the referendum.

Appointments News

Senior IAS officer Rajendra Kumar appointed ESIC Director General

Senior bureaucrat Rajendra Kumar has been appointed the director general of the Employees' State Insurance Corporation, as part of a senior-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre.  Kumar, a 1992-batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, is currently an additional secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.  He has been appointed the DG of ESIC, an order issued by the Personnel Ministry. Employees' State Insurance Corporation is one of the two main statutory social security bodies under the ownership of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, the other being the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation.

Agreements News

Royal Society of Chemistry and CSIR collaborate for chemistry in Indian schools

Royal Society of Chemistry and CSIR collaborate: A initiative to promote chemical sciences in schools and universities is being supported by a partnership between the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Council for Industry and Scientific Research (CSIR).  30 CSIR laboratories hosted the RSC's Global Coin experiment, which involved about 2000 students from all over the nation.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organisations states that they will collaborate on the CSIR's Jigyasa programme, an outreach initiative for researchers and schoolchildren that spans all of India.  The Memorandum of Understanding will not involve money and will have a minimum three-year term with the possibility of extension.

Air India Signs Agreement With Willis Lease For Aircraft Engines 

Air India announced that it has signed a definitive sale and lease back agreement with Nasdaq-listed Willis Lease Finance Corporation for 34 CFM56-5B engines installed on its Airbus A320 family fleet.  According to the company statement, the engines will be covered under Willis Lease's ConstantThrust, which will deliver significant reliability and cost savings over a traditional MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Operations) shop visit programme.  The company said in a statement, under the sale side of the transaction, Willis Lease will purchase 34 engines from Air India, powering 13 Airbus A321 aircraft and four Airbus A320 aircraft.



What is debit and credit card 'tokenisation' which kicks off on Oct 1?

'Tokenisation' of credit and debit cards, which kicks off on October 1, 2022, refers to the replacement of actual card details with an alternate code called 'token'. A tokenised card transaction is considered safer as the actual card details aren't shared with the merchant during transaction processing. A token contains no personal information that can be accessed and keeps changing.

Govt reshuffles IL&FS board; Nand Kishore new managing director

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has reshuffled the board of IL&FS Ltd, which is undergoing debt resolution process, appointing current executive director Nand Kishore as the new managing director. Existing board member CS Rajan is redesignated as the non-executive chairman. The latest appointments with immediate effect will last till March 2023.

Mumbai taxi, autorickshaw minimum fare hiked; effective from Oct 1

The minimum fare of taxi and autorickshaws in Mumbai has been hiked and will be effective from October 1. According to reports, the minimum taxi fare will now be ₹28, while the minimum fare for autorickshaws will be ₹23, as opposed to ₹25 and ₹21, respectively. There are around 48,000 taxis and two lakh autorickshaws in Mumbai, reports said.
Mobile phone manufacturers must mandatorily register IMEI numbers with portal: Govt

Department of Telecom has mandated mobile phone manufacturers to register international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) numbers of all mobile phones manufactured in India with Indian Counterfeited Device Restriction portal from January 1 onwards. The same rule is also applicable for imported devices prior to their import to India. Based on norms, all mobile phones must have unique IMEI numbers.

Ageas becomes the first foreign business to own 74% of an Indian life insurance company 

Ageas Federal Life Insurance (AFLI) announced that after Belgium-based Ageas Insurance International successfully acquired the 25% investment in the life insurance joint venture (JV) from IDBI Bank, it has become the first life insurance firm in India with a 74% stake held by a foreign partner.  For a total cash consideration of Rs 580 crore, Ageas has bought the extra 25% ownership of IDBI Bank in Ageas Federal Life Insurance.  Ageas' ownership of the JV increased from its prior 49% to 74% after purchasing the extra 25% stake.  While IDBI Bank ceased to be a stakeholder, Federal Bank still owns 26% of the life insurance.  IDBI Bank had signed into a share purchase agreement (SPA) to sell Ageas Insurance International NV its whole stake of 200 million equity shares in AFLI (Ageas).

Summits and Conferences News

Amit Shah to Inaugurate Dairy Cooperative Conclave in Gangtok

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah is likely to inaugurate a daylong dairy cooperative conclave of the eastern and northeastern zones in Sikkim on October 7. The conclave is being organised by the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India (NCDFI).  NCDFI Chairman Mangal Jit Rai said Shah’s office has confirmed his participation at the conclave to be held in Gangtok. Sikkim Chief Minister P S Tamang will be the guest of honour at the function.  Top functionaries of the cooperative milk unions and state dairy federations from the eastern and northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal are expected to attend, Rai said. Altogether, 1,200 participants from these 12 states are likely to attend the event.

Union Minister G Kishan Reddy launched Virtual Conference ‘SymphoNE’ to boost Tourism Sector

Union Minister for DoNER, Tourism & Culture, G. Kishan Reddy has launched the two-day virtual conference 'SymphoNE'. The Virtual Conference 'SymphoNE' is being organized on 24th & 27th of September 2022 by the Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region on the occasion of World Tourism Day.  North East India is blessed with amazing food, culture, stunning landscapes, heritage and architecture and ranks among the most beautiful places on the earth. But, there are grand opportunities that can be filled to boost Tourism Sector in the Region.  This two-day conference will aim to create a roadmap to showcase the unexplored beauty of North East India & boost the tourism Sector in the North Eastern Region.

Awards News

President gives the National Service Scheme Awards 2020-21

National Service Scheme Awards 2020-21: On September 24, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, President Droupadi Murmu presented the National Service Scheme NSS Awards for the 2020–21 academic year, according to a release from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.  42 prizes in total were given out. The recipients of the honours were two institutions, ten NSS units, their programme officers, and thirty NSS volunteers.  Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Nisith Pramanik, the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, and Sanjay Kumar, the Youth Affairs Secretary, were also present in the 2020–21 National Service Scheme Awards.  The National Service Scheme Award is given out annually by the Department of Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.  Awards are given out to recognise and honour exceptional achievements to volunteer community service with the goal of advancing NSS throughout the nation.

Asha Parekh to be bestowed with 52nd Dadasaheb Phalke award

Veteran actress Asha Parekh has been declared the recipient of the 2020 Dadasaheb Phalke award, making her the 52nd awardee of the honour.  Union Minister for Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur announced her name. She worked in more than 95 films and was the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification from 1998-2001.  She is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, awarded to her by the Government of India in 1992 for services to cinema.  The Dadasaheb Phalke Award is the highest honour in Indian cinema. The award was instituted in 1969, the award is the highest honour for an artiste in Indian cinema.

Science and Technology News

Indian Railways installed RTIS system developed by ISRO

Indian Railways is installing a Real-Time Train Information System (RTIS), developed in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), on locomotives "for automatic acquisition of train movement timing at the stations, including that of arrival and departure or run-through".  With this, Train Control will now be able to track the location & speed of RTIS-enabled locomotives /trains more closely, without any manual intervention.  Real-Time Train Information System (RTIS), developed in collaboration with ISRO, is being installed on the locomotives for automatic acquisition of train movement timing at the stations, including that of arrival & departure or run-through.

Sports News

Jhulan Goswami Retirement: Indian Legend retires from all Formats

Jhulan Goswami Retirement: The legendary Women's Cricketer, Jhulan Goswami announced her retirement from all forms of the game in a touching farewell statement on September 25.  Jhulan played her last international game at the Lord's on the 24th, and she went out on a high note by helping India women defeat England women 3-0 in an ODI series.  Jhulan Goswami sent a parting message on social media, expressing her contentment with her lauded career.  Jhulan concluded her career with 255 wickets from 204 games, an ODI women's record.  Jhulan secured two wickets in her final match for India, which saw them defeat England by 16 runs while holding them to a 169-run goal.

2022 Berlin Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge breaks the world record

Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own world record on 25 September, with a time of 2:01:09 to win the Berlin marathon. It's the second time the Kenyan runner has set the official men's world record at the race in the German capital.  Kipchoge's previous best in an official 42.2km race was 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018. Ethiopia's Tigist Assefa won the women's race in a course record of 2:15:37, the third fastest time in history.  Kipchoge has long been dubbed the world's best marathon runner. In 2019, he ran a marathon in Vienna in under two hours, a milestone long thought impossible.

Important Days

World Environmental Health Day 2022: History, Significance and Theme

World Environmental Health Day is observed on September 26, every year. The goal of observing the day is to increase public awareness of the environment’s condition and encourage people to take the required steps to stop it from getting worse.  World Environmental Health Day is a day dedicated to informing people about the health of the environment and preserving it. It is more crucial than ever to raise awareness of the threats posed by pollution, climate change, and global warming because the Earth is our home, thus by not doing anything to prevent it from deteriorating, we are not only endangering the environment but also ourselves.  Every year World Environment Day is celebrated with a new theme. The theme for this year’s World Environment Health Day is “Strengthening Environmental Health Systems for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals”.

World Rivers Day 2022: Theme, Significance and History

World River Day is observed to raise awareness regarding water bodies and to promote their conservation. It is observed every year on the fourth Sunday of September, and this year, it falls on September 25.  This day highlights the values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved supervision of rivers around the world.  The theme for this year’s World Rivers Day is ‘The importance of Rivers to Biodiversity’. The absolute need for rivers to keep any civilization going is the focus of this year’s theme. Not only humans, but rivers keep a wide range of animals and plant a living breathing part of our ecosystem.

World Tourism Day 2022 celebrates on 27th September

World Tourism Day 2022 is observed on 27 September globally. This day is celebrated every year to focus on promoting tourism in various parts of the world. It was initiated by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).  It is celebrated to promote tourism and understand its importance. World Tourism Day aims to make people understand the joy of exploring the world. It is an extremely important event.  The theme of World Tourism Day 2022 is 'Rethinking Tourism'. Everyone will focus on understanding the growth of the tourism sector and reviewing and redeveloping tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Obituaries News
Oscar-winning actress Louise Fletcher passes away

An Oscar-winning actress, Louise Fletcher from the USA has passed away at the age of 88 in France. She was awarded the Oscar in 1976 for her role as Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975).  She was also a recipient of the BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She was nominated for two Emmy Awards for her roles in the television series Picket Fences (1996) and Joan of Arcadia (2004). Her final role was as Rosie in the Netflix series Girlboss (2017).

Miscellaneous News

Chandigarh airport to be named after Bhagat Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the Chandigarh airport will be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh as a tribute to the great freedom fighter. Punjab & Haryana governments had last month (Aug 2022) agreed to name the airport after freedom fighter Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.  The Rs 485-crore airport project is a joint venture of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), and the governments of Punjab and Haryana.  The Punjab Vidhan Sabha in 2017 passed a resolution that the airport should be named after Bhagat Singh and this led to a debate.



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