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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

Nation observes Antyodaya Diwas on 25 September

  • Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced that the government has decided to observe September 25 as ‘Antyodaya Diwas’ every year to mark the birth anniversary of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
  • “The Government of India has decided to observe 25th September as Antyodaya Diwas.
  • The birthday of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, one of the great thinker and philosopher of the nationalist movement of the country.
  • Every year here afterwards, it will be observed as Antyodaya Diwas”.

World Pharmacist Day: 25 September

  • World Pharmacists Day is observed on September 25 each year to pay tributes to pharmacists for the role they play in improving global health.
  • This year’s theme, developed by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health”.
  • The theme was chosen to highlight the importance of trust in healthcare and the practice of pharmacy across diverse clinical settings.
  • The purpose of the annual Pharmacists Day is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

Centre notifies Rs 400 crore Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks” to support the medical devices industry

  • In a bold move that would make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’, the Centre has taken a key initiative to support the medical devices industry to reach its potential in the coming years under the “Promotion of Medical Device Parks”
  • As per the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, the objectives for the promotion of Medical device parks include easy access to standard testing and infrastructure facilities through the creation of world-class common infrastructure facilities for increased competitiveness that will result in a significant reduction of the cost of production of medical devices leading to better availability and affordability of medical devices in the domestic market and reaping the benefits arising due to optimization of resources and economies of scale.
  • The Medical Devices Parks to be developed under the scheme will provide common infrastructure facilities at one place thereby creating a robust ecosystem for the medical device manufacturing in the country and also reducing the manufacturing cost significantly.

PM Modi to roll out National Digital Health Mission

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be announcing a nationwide rollout of the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on September 27.
  • Under this mission, a unique digital health ID will be provided to the people.
  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has stated that the unique digital health ID will contain all the health records of the person.

About the Mission:

  • The health ID card is created with details like Aadhar and mobile number for generating a unique ID for each individual.
  • The National Digitial Health Mission is currently in its pilot phase across the union territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Statue of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled in Hungary

  • Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s first statue was unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Although the legendary creator’s identity is still a mystery to the world, the bronze statue acknowledges the immense contribution to the disruption of traditional currency.
  • It has been put on display at Graphishop Park, Budapest.
  • The sculpture is the bust of a person wearing a hoodie that has the Bitcoin (BTC) logo engraved on it.
  • The face has been sculpted with vague features to represent Satoshi Nakamoto’s anonymity.
  • A video features a crowd of people surrounding the statue and clicking photos and videos during the ceremony.
  • The unveiling ceremony saw the presence of Andras Gyorfi, the co-founder of the “Statue of Satoshi” project and editor of crypto news site Kripto Akademia, and Debreczeni Barnabas, CEO of Hungarian crypto exchange Shinrai.
  • Both of them addressed the crowd at the ceremony.

About Hungary:

  • Capital: Budapest
  • Currency: Hungarian forint
  • President: János Áder

About Bitcoin:

  • Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency, without a central bank or single administrator,that can be sent from user to user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.

Somalia hosts first public film-screening in 30 years

  • Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal.
  • The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, which has a history that reflects the tumultuous journey of the Horn of Africa nation.
  • It has been targeted by suicide bombers and used as a base by warlords – and until it had never screened a Somali film.
  • Mogadishu was home to many cinema halls during its cultural heyday, and the National Theatre – built by Chinese engineers as a gift from Mao Zedong in 1967 – hosted live concerts and plays.
  • But the seaside capital fell silent after civil war erupted in 1991.

About Somalia:

  • Capital: Mogadishu
  • Currency: Somali shilling
  • President: Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

World’s Highest EV Charging Station inaugurated in Himachal Pradesh

  • In a bid to promote a sustainable environment, the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station was inaugurated in Kaza of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh.
  • This is the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station at 500 ft in Kaza.
  • It is the first station here.
  • If the station gets a good response, more stations would be set up.
  • It will also help to check vehicular pollution.
  • The magistrate further stated that two women drove electric vehicles from Manali to Kaza in order to promote a clean and green environment.

About Himachal Pradesh:

  • Capital: Shimla
  • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya
  • Chief minister: Jai Ram Thakur

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launches space start-up Privateer

  • Tech giants like Amazon and Virgin Galactic have already reached space and are in a race to start their commercial flights to space.
  • It seems that space travel is very promising after looking at other giants trying to create their own private space company.
  • Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak and Ripcord Inc. founder Alex Fielding recently joined this race by announcing their new company, Privateer.
  • The founders behind this company claim that it has been created with the aim that helps to “keep space safe and accessible for all humankind.
  • “The makers have not revealed much about the details of their upcoming venture and are supposed to release more about it during the 2021 AMOS Tech Conference in Maui, Hawaii.
  • The post also had a small teaser showing off the company’s aims to make space travel possible for mankind.
  • Nothing more has been released about this recent announcement but the community has been filled up with leaks and rumours about Steve Wozniak’s upcoming venture.

About Privateer:

  • A privateer is a private person or ship that engages in maritime warfare under a commission of war.
  • Since robbery under arms was a common aspect of seaborne trade, until the early 19th century all merchant ships carried arms.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

Govt accepts RN Ravi’s resignation as interlocutor for Naga peace talks

  • R N Ravi’s removal on September 9 from Nagaland is being seen as a positive step towards finalising the peace deal, especially at a time when all the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have agreed to come together to push for settlement and pave the way for it.
  • The Centre’s interlocutor for Naga peace talks since 2014 – R N Ravi, with whom Naga groups had refused to hold any discussions,stepped down from the post.
  • Ravi’s resignation had been accepted with immediate effect.

About Nagaland:

  • Capital: Kohima
  • Governor: Jagdish Mukhi
  • Chief minister: Neiphiu Rio

Air India chief Rajiv Bansal appointed Civil Aviation Secretary

  • The government appointed Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Rajiv Bansal as the Secretary to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Mr Bansal, at present, is serving as the Chairman and Managing Director of the national passenger carrier Air India.Previously, he has also served as Financial Advisor to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry.
  • He will succeed Pradeep Singh Kharola, who is due to retire by end of the month.
  • Mr Bansal is a 1988 batch IAS officer from the Nagaland cadre.
  • He has earlier had a stint with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) between 2006 and 2008.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka bags Global Goalkeeper Award 2021

  • Former United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has been named this year’s recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award.
  • The award recognises a leader who has driven progress on a global scale toward achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  • Mlambo-Ngcuka has been honoured for fighting for gender equality and her continued advocacy in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic’s disproportionate impact on women and girls.

About Changemaker Award:

  • The Changemaker Award is part of the Goalkeepers Global Goals award instituted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate progress towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.

President Ram Nath Kovind to confer National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for 2019-20 to 42 Awardees

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony (September 24, 2021).
  • Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Anurag Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports Shri NisithPramanik attended the ceremony from Sushma Swaraj Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • The National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for the year 2019-20 have been given to 42 awardees in 3 different categories like University/ +2 Councils, NSS Units and their Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers.
  • The edifice of a human life is often built on the foundation of student life.
  • Although learning is a life-long process, but basic personality development starts during the student life.
  • That is why he considers NSS a visionary scheme through which students get an opportunity to serve the society and country during their school and college days itself.

About the award:

  • A Certificate and a Silver Medal to the Programme Coordinator.
  • Second Award: 3,00,000 lakh (for NSS Programme Development) with a Trophy to the University/ +2 Council.
  • A Certificate and a Silver Medal to the Programme Coordinator.

Government e-marketplace bags prestigious CIPS Award

  • Government e Marketplace (GeM) was announced as the winner in the “Best Use of Digital Technology” category at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021 (CIPS Awards).
  • GeM emerged the winner in this category after competing with some of the biggest and best names in procurement across the public and private sector globally, including GEP, Jaguar Land Rover, Royal Dutch Shell, Vendigital and Shell.
  • GeM was shortlisted as a finalist in two additional categories as well, i.e., ‘Public Procurement Project of the Year’ and ‘Best Initiative to Build a Diverse Supply Base’ where it was in the august company of some path-breaking organizations with great initiatives.
  • The award was received on behalf of GeM by Shri Rohit Vadhwana, First Secretary (Economic), High Commission of India, in the UK at a ceremony held London.

About CIPS:

  • The CIPS Awards are one of the leading recognitions around procurement globally, which is conducted under the aegis of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS),
  • CIPS is a global not-for-profit organisation and professional body dedicated to promoting good practices in procurement and supply management, with a community across 150 countries.

Vijayawada-based lensman bags international award

  • City-based photojournalist Tamma Srinivasa Reddy has bagged the Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) Excellence distinction from the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for the year 2020.
  • Srinivasa Reddy would be travelling to the USA in 2021 to receive the certificate in South Dakota while participating in the Photo Festival.
  • Accordingly, his name would be published in the quarterly journal of PSA in March 2021.
  • The senior photojournalist has been working for various journals, newspapers since 1986.
  • Out of personal interest he travelled to many countries including Tanzania, Kenya in addition to the interior places of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Chhattisgarh to prepare photo documentaries on the lives of tribes.
  • He has so far published 16 volumes on his expeditions.

About His Achievements:

  • He has already bagged many awards including MA Rahim photojournalist award, Ramnath Goenka Memorial award, Master of Federation of Indian Photography award, associateship honour from British Royal Photographic society.
  • He is presently chairman of the journalism wing of the India International Photographic Council and chairman of the Image Colleague Society of the USA.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

India Hosted First India-United Kingdom Consular Dialogue            

  • On Sep 22, 2021, India hosted the first India-United Kingdom (UK) Consular Dialogue through video conferencing.
  • The Indian delegation was led by Shri Devesh Uttam, Joint Secretary (CPV), Ministry of External Affairs and the UK side was led by Ms Jennifer Anderson, Director Consular Services, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.
  • At this inaugural Consular Dialogue, discussed ways to further strengthen people-to-people contacts between the two countries.
  • As part of the India-UK 2030 Roadmap, the two countries also discussed ways to facilitate consular access and early resolution of consular grievances including through systematic information sharing and cooperation on visas, extradition cases and mutual legal assistance.
  • India-UK 2030 Roadmap also envisages enhanced defence and security cooperation, robust trade, investment and technological collaboration.

About United Kingdom :

  • Capital: London
  • Prime minister: Boris Johnson
  • Currency: Pound sterling

CURRENT AFFAIRS : DEFENCE NEWS

Indian army to procure 118 main battle tanks Arjun Mk-1A worth Rs 7523 crore   

  • On Sep 23, 2021, The Ministry of Defence placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi in Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks, MBTs Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army.
  • The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in the defence sector and is a big step towards achieving the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) goal.
  • The MBT Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance firepower, mobility and survivability, infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant.
  • The production order to the Heavy Vehicles Factory will open up a large avenue in defence manufacturing for over 200 Indian vendors including MSMEs, with employment opportunities to around 8,000 people.
  • It has been designed and developed by Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), along with other laboratories of DRDO within two years (2010-12).

About Indian army :

  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 1 April 1895, India
  • Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • Chief of Defence Staff : General Bipin Rawat
  • Chief of the Army Staff : General Manoj Mukund Naravane
  • Vice Chief of the Army Staff : Lieutenant General Chandi Prasad Mohanty

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Lunar Crater Named After Black Arctic Explorer Matthew Henson

  • The International Astronomical Union has named a crater at the Moon’s south pole after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson.
  • Matthew Henson was a Black man who in 1909 was one of the first people to stand at the very top of the world.
  • The proposal to name the crater after Henson came from Jordan Bretzfelder, an Exploration Science summer intern with the Lunar and Planetary Institute, in Houston.

About Matthew Henson :

  • Matthew Henson was born in Maryland in 1866.
  • Henson was an experienced explorer and skilled as a carpenter and craftsman. He was on the front lines of almost a dozen Arctic expeditions organized by Robert Peary over the course of 18 years, including the one that ultimately reached the North Pole.

About IAU :

  • The International Astronomical Union is a nongovernmental organisation with the objective of advancing astronomy in all aspects, including promoting astronomical research, outreach, education, and development through global cooperation.
  • Headquarters: Paris, France
  • Founded: 28 July 1919
  • President : Ewine van Dishoeck
  • General Secretary: Maria Teresa Lago

SpaceX’s Inspiration4 amateur astronauts return to Earth after 3 days

  • The four amateur astronauts who went on a private space trip this week landed safely back to Earth after orbiting the planet for three days.
  • The Inspiration4 crew left on a SpaceX capsule from Florida & the Spacecraft splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • In that Inspiration4 crew Mr Isaacman, Commander of the flight, & he was joined by three strangers he had selected – geoscientist and former Nasa astronaut candidate Sian Proctor, 51; physician assistant and childhood bone cancer survivor Hayley Arceneaux, 29; and aerospace data engineer and Air Force veteran Chris Sembroski, 42.
  • The four amateur astronauts travelled to an altitude of 357 miles (575 kilometres) above the surface of the Earth, which is much further and deeper into space than the International Space Station (ISS).

About SpaceX :

  • Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) is an American aerospace manufacturer, space transportation services and communications company.

Goal :

  • Reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars.
  • CEO & Founder: Elon Musk
  • Founded: 6 May 2002
  • Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS : RANKING & INDEX

Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021 : Mumbai, Bangalore, London Named amongst World’s high Startup Hubs

  • According to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs, in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome.
  • Bangalore-Karnataka ranks 23rd globally while Delhi comes in at 36th in the top list.
  • Mumbai maintained its first position in the Emerging Ecosystems ranking (ecosystems in earlier stages of growth that have high potential to be global performers in the future), outperforming other fast-growing ecosystems in areas of funding, performance, market research, and talent.

Top 5 Global Startup Ecosystem :

Rank City
1 Silicon Valley
2 New York
3 London
4 Beijing
5 Boston
  • The research shows that Indian startups raised USD 12.1 billion in the first half of this year & as of August 2021, India has produced 24 unicorns in 2021.

About Startup Genome :

  • Headquarters : San Francisco, California, United States

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BOOKS & AUTHORS

New Audiobook Titled Jungle Nama released by Amitav Ghosh          

  • A New Audiobook Titled Jungle Nama released by Amitav Ghosh with music and voice of US-based Ali Sethi.

About the Book :

  • The Book is the verse adaptation of an episode from the legend of Bon Bibi, a tale popular in the villages of the Sundarbans.
  • It is the story of the avaricious rich merchant Dhona, the poor lad Dukhey, and his mother; it is also the story of Dokkhin Rai, a mighty spirit who appears to humans as a tiger, of Bon Bibi, the benign goddess of the forest, and her warrior brother, Shah Jongoli.

About Amitav Ghosh :

  • Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956.
  • He holds two Lifetime Achievement awards and four honorary doctorates.
  • In 2007 he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest honors, by the President of India.
  • In 2010 he was a joint winner, along with Margaret Atwood of a Dan David prize.
  • In 2011 he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Blue Metropolis festival in Montreal.
  • Ghosh received the lifetime achievement award at Tata Literature Live, the Mumbai LitFest on 20 November 2016.
  • In 2019 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the most important global thinkers of the preceding decade.
  • He was conferred the 54th Jnanpith award in December 2018 and is the first Indian writer in English to have been chosen for this honour.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Magnus Carlsen Wins 2021 Norway Chess                                   

  • GM Magnus Carlsen won the 9th edition of EY Norway Chess 2021 beat Ian Nepomniachtchi.
  • He won for the third time in a row, and the fourth in total.
  • Alireza Firouzja finished 2nd & Richard Rapport came 3rd in the 2021 Norway Chess.

About 2021 Norway Chess :

  • Norway Chess is a 6-player double round-robin.
  • It was held from Sep 07, 2021, to 17, 2021, in Stavanger, Norway.

 Daily CA On Sep 24 :

  • To celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and its glorious history, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry is organizing special events and programmes throughout the week as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’
  • The government has constituted a task force under economic affairs secretary Ajay Seth to firm up a sustainable finance road map for India, a senior government official told Financial Express.
  • The Union education ministry constituted a 12-member national steering committee to develop the new national curriculum framework (NCF) in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • The Bangladesh government will set up an e-commerce regulatory body to monitor the sector properly.
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur will inaugurate the first edition of the Himalayan Film Festival (THFF). 
  • Industries and Commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stated Assam is setting up a tea Park at Chayygaon in Kamrup District which will have rail and port connectivity, cargo and warehouse amenities, processing facilities like tea grinding, blending, packaging and other utility services under one roof.
  • The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) cut its projection of India’s economic growth by 0.2 percentage points to 9.7 percent for the current financial year.
  • On September 22, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) signed a merger deal with Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited.
  • Federal Bank announced a tie-up with OneCard for a mobile-first credit card that targets the country’s young, tech-savvy population.
  • After setting up the National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL), the public sector banks (PSBs) have created a step-down asset management company named India Debt Resolution Company (IDRCL) with a capital of Rs 50 crore along with three first directors — Narayan Keelveedhi Seshadri, Arvind Sadashiv Mokashi, and Anilraj Chellan.
  • Utkarsh Small Finance Bank Limited has announced the inauguration of its first branch in Kerala at Kochi.
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has been conferred with the “SDG Progress Award”.
  • Fairooz Faizah Beether of Bangladesh has been chosen for the 2021 Changemaker Award for her work promoting good health and well-being by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The two beaches to receive the certification this year are Kovalam in Kerala and Eden in Puducherry.
  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have partnered on programmes and research to improve food, nutrition security and livelihoods in India against the impacts of climate change.
  • On September 1, sisters Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama turned 107 years and 300 days old, officially breaking the record for the world’s oldest living identical twins. 
  • CA Rover Holdings, part of the Carlyle Group, sold 3.4% stake in SBI Cards and Payment Services Ltd for 3,267 crore through open market transactions.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a three-day visit to the United States from September 22 to 25.
  • A New Book titled Kathmandu Dilemma: Resetting India-Nepal Ties authored by Ranjit Rae
  • On September 21, 2021, Star Indian cueist Pankaj Advani defeated Babar Masih of Pakistan to clinch the IBSF 6-Red Snooker World Cup 2021 final, held in Doha, Qatar.
  • Odisha Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik announced the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 will be hosted by Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Daily CA On Sep 25 :

  • Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu announced that the government has decided to observe September 25 as ‘Antyodaya Diwas’ every year to mark the birth anniversary of erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and BJP icon Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
  • World Pharmacists Day is observed on September 25 each year to pay tributes to pharmacists for the role they play in improving global health & the theme, developed by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), is “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health”.
  • Centre notifies Rs 400 crore Scheme for “Promotion of Medical Device Parks” to support the medical devices industry
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be announcing a nationwide rollout of the Pradhan Mantri Digital Health Mission on September 27.
  • Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s first statue was unveiled in Budapest, Hungary.
  • Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal.
  • In a bid to promote a sustainable environment, the world’s highest electric vehicle charging station was inaugurated in Kaza of Lahaul and Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Apple’s co-creator Steve Wozniak has launched a new space start-up called Privateer Space
  • R N Ravi’s removal on September 9 from Nagaland is being seen as a positive step towards finalising the peace deal, especially at a time when all the members of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly have agreed to come together to push for settlement and pave the way for it.
  • The government appointed Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Rajiv Bansal as the Secretary to the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Former United Nations under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, has been named this year’s recipient of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award.
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme Awards for the year 2019-20 in a virtual ceremony (September 24, 2021).
  • Government e Marketplace (GeM) was announced as the winner in the “Best Use of Digital Technology” category at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021 (CIPS Awards).
  • City-based photojournalist Tamma Srinivasa Reddy has bagged the Recognition of Photographic Achievement (ROPA) Excellence distinction from the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for the year 2020.
  • On Sep 22, 2021, India hosted the first India-United Kingdom (UK) Consular Dialogue through video conferencing.
  • On Sep 23, 2021, The Ministry of Defence placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory, Avadi in Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks, MBTs Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army.
  • The International Astronomical Union has named a crater at the Moon’s south pole after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson.
  • The four amateur astronauts who went on a private space trip this week landed safely back to Earth after orbiting the planet for three days.
  • According to a comprehensive ranking of international startup hubs, in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2021, London, Mumbai and Bangalore have featured among the world’s top startup hubs compiled by Startup Genome.
  • A New Audiobook Titled Jungle Nama released by Amitav Ghosh with music and voice of US-based Ali Sethi.
  • GM Magnus Carlsen won the 9th edition of EY Norway Chess 2021 beat Ian Nepomniachtchi.

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