Shivraj Chouhan lays foundation stone of Rs 84.66cr-worth projects
On Sept. 22 During Jan Ashirwad Yatra Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone of developmental projects worth Rs 84.66 crores in Chhindwara’s Parasia town.
i. Union Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal also attended the yatra assured that four mines in Chhindwara and two in Betul will be opened soon. Also, he assured these six mines will make employment for thousands of youths.
ii. Goyal announced that Coal India Limited (CIL) will build a stadium for the youths in Chhindwara to showcase their skills to honor the players who achieved the Indian contingent at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.
Naropa festival concludes with Guinness World Record in Ladakhi dance
On Sept. 22 , To mark the end of “Naropa Festival” total of 299 women dressed up in traditional Ladakhi wedding attire danced together making it to the Guinness World Records and declared the dance performance as the “Largest Ladakhi Dance”. Celebrated every 12th year of the Tibetan calendar, the Naropa festival, also known as the ‘Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas’
i. The women wore Peaks, turquoise headgears and performed the Shondol to Ladakhi music at the Hemis Monastery in the Himalayas. Shondol is a traditional dance performed for the king on special occasions.
ii. During the end of five-day festival Tsering Ladol being honored with the Himalayan Hero award. Ladol was the first Ladakhi girl to scale Mount Everest in 2005.
- The award was conferred to Master Sonam Lundup, for his dedication in the field of education
- Olthang Nimoo, for his contribution in the field of art
- Posthumously to Late Padma Shri Tsering Wangdus
iii. The festival, which started on September 16, celebrated the life and teachings of Buddhist scholar-saint Naropa with traditional dance and musical performances. Tibetan Buddhist painting on a cloth depicting a deity or a mandala which the monastery touted as “the largest silk embroidered brocade of Buddha” in India.
Jharkhand govt inks MoU with NICL for Ayushman Bharat scheme
On Sept.21, Jharkhand government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Insurance Company Ltd to provide medical facilities to the people of the state under the Centre’s flagship health scheme”Ayushman Bharat Yojana”.
i. This MoU became quality and timely medical treatment to the citizens.
ii. The Scheme will benefit 57 lakh families in the state who will be provided health insurance upto Rs.5 Lakh to get best possible medical treatment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch this scheme from Ranchi.
♦ Capital: Ranchi
♦ Chief minister: Raghubar Das
♦ Governor: Draupadi Murmu
♦ Tagore Hill is a monument honoring Nobel Prize-winning author Rabindranath Tagore.
Arunachal introduces ‘Smart e-Public Distribution System’, developed by Madras Security Printers
Arunachal Pradesh becomes the first State in North East India to introduce Smart e-Public Distribution System (e-PDS), a solution developed by the Madras Security Printers, a company specializing in system integration and solutions for e-governance projects. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Prince Dhawan introduced the Smart Ration Cards (SRCs)
i. It provides centralized online real-time electronic PDS to improve efficiency in supplying commodities to the beneficiaries.
ii. Department of Food & Civil Supplies (DFCS)will be able to use technology to monitor and control their complete supply chain, plan operations, get analytical information and MIS reports and ensure that the citizens are benefited.
About Arunachal Pradesh
♦ Capitals : Guwahati (Judiciary), Itanagar
♦ Chief minister: Pema Khandu
♦ Governor: B. D. Mishra
Meghalaya cabinet approves final draft of the state Education Policy, 2018
On 21st September 2018, Meghalaya cabinet approved the final draft of the state Education Policy, 2018, after 46 years of statehood, that aims to address issues related to the education sector.
i. This policy has the learner as the focal point. It covers broad areas like vision, overall goal, goals for the development of early childhood care and education (ECCE), elementary, secondary, higher secondary and teacher education.
ii. The policy also addresses the problem of having different categories of schools and teachers in Meghalaya.
iii. In March 2017, a 24-member Task Force was constituted to finalise the Meghalaya State Education Policy.
iv. After incorporating suggestions, the task force submitted the draft to the education department on 30 July 2018.
Some National Parks in Meghalaya:
♦ Balphakram National Park
♦ Nokrek National Park
3rd edition of MahaBiz 2018 to be held in Dubai
The 3rd edition of ‘MahaBiz 2018’ International Business Conference will be held in Dubai on 12th and 13th October 2018.
i. MahaBiz acts as a bridge for business opportunities between Maharashtra and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.
ii. MahaBiz 2018 would act as a common platform for businesses, investors and important government decision makers to share and discuss various opportunities in more than 10 different industry sectors.
iii. Over 400 delegates from India, Gulf countries and Africa will participate in MahaBiz 2018.
About Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC):
♦ GCC – a political and economic alliance of 6 middle-eastern countries
♦ Members – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar
♦ Secretary General – Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani
India, Nepal agree to use satellite images in boundary survey work
India and Nepal have agreed to explore the possibility of using high-resolution satellite images in boundary survey work.
i.This decision was taken during the 5th meeting of Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) held in Kathmandu from 19th to 21st September 2018.
ii. India and Nepal also agreed to continue mapping of No man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation.
iii. Outcome of the 4th meeting of BWG held in Dehradun in 2017 was reviewed and it was observed if the issued guidelines are followed.
iv. Work schedule for the remaining field seasons was finalized. Discussion was held on various matters related to the ongoing Nepal-India boundary work.
About Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG):
♦ Constituted – 2014
♦ Type – joint body constituted by the Governments of India and Nepal
♦ Purpose – carry out works in the fields of construction, restoration and repair of boundary pillars including clearance of ‘No-man’s land’ and other technical tasks
IRDAI hikes insurance cover for owner-driver to 15 lakh
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has raised the minimum insurance cover for owner-driver to Rs 15 lakh from Rs 1 lakh and Rs 2 lakh for a premium of Rs 750 per annum for motorised two-wheelers and private cars/commercial vehicles under capital sum insured (CSI).
i. All motor policies will now include personal accident protection that will cover the owner-driver for Rs 15 lakh in case of accidental death while driving.
ii. The regulator directed all general insurers to provide a minimum CSl of Rs 15 lakh under Compulsory Personal Accident (CPA) cover for owner-driver under ‘Liability Only’ to all classes of vehicles at the premium rate of Rs 750 per annum for annual policy.
iii. This will be part of the mandatory insurance cover for the vehicle owners.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI)
♦ Headquarters: Hyderabad
♦ Agency executive: Subhash Chandra Khuntia (Chairman
Assamese movie ‘Village Rockstars’ is India’s official entry for Oscars 2019
On 21st September 2018, Film Federation of India (FFI) announced that, Assamese movie “Village Rockstars” has been selected to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards 2019.
i. This announcement was made by SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Chairman, Selection Committee for Oscar Award, FFI. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on 24th February 2019.
ii. “Village Rockstars” features Bhanita Das in the lead role. It was directed by Rima Da.
iii. It had won the Best Feature Film trophy at the 65th National Film Awards. It had also received Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing awards.
Ramesh Bawa resigns as MD and CEO of IL&FS Financial Services
On 21st September 2018, IL&FS Financial Services Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ramesh Bawa resigned from his position.
Resignation of Ramesh Bawa:
i. Ramesh Bawa has resigned from the post of MD and CEO of IL&FS Financial Services following allegations on the IL&FS group regarding defaults in loan payment and corporate governance issues.
ii. Four independent directors: Renu Challu, Shhubhalakshmi Panse, Uday Ved and SS Kohli, and non-executive director Vibhav Kapoor have also resigned from the board.
iii. IL&FS has around Rs 35,000 crore consolidated debt and IL&FS Financial Services has Rs 17,000 crore of debt.
About Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS):
♦ Type – infrastructure development and finance company
♦ Headquarters – Mumbai
ISRO setting up third launch pad at Sriharikota for Gaganyaan mission
On Sept 21.The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is setting up a third launch pad at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh to undertake the Gaganyaan manned space flight programme.
i. The two launch pads were already full. The third launch pad is set up for human space flight.ISRO is inspecting for a location on the western sea coast near Gujarat to set up another launch pad for Small Satellite Launch Vehicles (SSLV).
ii. Aim of Mission: To send a three-person crew to space for a period of seven days.The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 Km.
Gaganyaan manned space flight programme or Gaganyaan Mission:-
Indian Human Spaceflight Programme was created by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to develop the technology needed to launch crewed orbital spacecraft into low Earth orbit. The first crewed flight is planned with a spacecraft called Gaganyaan for December 2021 on a home-grown GSLV-III rocket.
India settles for silver in Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha
On 21st September 2018, India won silver medal in the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha.
i. India lost to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship.
- Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih 2-110(81)
- Malkeet Singh defeated Muhammad Asif 81(52)-47
- Doubles: Pakistan beat India 70-72
- Pankaj Advani beat Muhammad Asif 107(68)-5
- Malkeet Singh lost to Babar Masih 18-98
World Rose Day or Cancer Free Day – September 22
On September 22 Rose Day is observed on all over the world every year who are battling cancer. The purpose of celebrating Rose Day is to make cancer patients become strong to face the disease with spirit and will power.
i. Healthy diet, Avoid smoking and alcohol, Regular exercise, less sun exposure to sunlight will prevent the cancer.
It is observed in the memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose from Canada, who was diagnosed with Askin’s Tumour, which is a rare form of blood cancer. One way in which we can cut down on cancers such as lung cancer, is by reducing the passive smoke that we inhale.
Assam to observe ‘Rhino Day’ on September 22
i. Assam government has decided to observe September 22 as “Rhino Day”.During the 10th meeting of the State Board for Wildlife Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed the idea to make people aware about the importance of Rhinos.
ii. There are approximately 2600 rhinos have been found in Assam and 95 Rhino poachers were arrested followed by 117 in 2017 and 82 in 2018