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Medicines from the Sky project: Telangana became 1st Indian State to launch BVLoS drones to send medicinesMedicines from the Sky' project launchedi.On September 11, 2021, Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ministry of Civil Aviation  launched  ‘Medicines from the Sky (MFTS)’ in  Vikarabad district of Telangana to send medicines to primary healthcare centres using drones. With this Telangana became the first Indian state to use drones for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) to deliver the payload.
ii.MFTS is an initiative of the Government of Telangana led by the emerging technologies wing of Telangana’s IT Department in association with World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, and HealthNet Global (Apollo Hospitals).
About Ministry of Civil Aviation:
Jyotiraditya Scindia Constituency– Madhya Pradesh
Minister of State (MoS)– General Vijay Kumar Singh (Retd.) (Constituency- Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh)
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India hosted First-Ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with AustraliaIndia Hosts First-Ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australiai.On September 11, 2021, India hosted the 1st ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australia in New Delhi. In this regard, Australia’ s Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women and Peter Dutton, Minister of Defence Minister visited India.
ii.From the Indian side it was attended by Union Ministers Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and Rajnath Singh, Ministry of Defence (MoD).
iii.Discussions and mutual consents were made on the issues including economic security, cyber, climate, critical technology, supply chains, and the Afghanistan crisis.
iv.The Dialogue concluded with a joint statement,Click here to read the joint statement.
About Australia:
Capital– Canberra
Currency– Australian dollar
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Over half of farm households still under debt: NSO ReportIndebted India Over half of farm households still under debti.In accordance with the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, ‘Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households and Land Holdings of Households in Rural India, 2019’  released on September 10, 2021, more than half of India’s agricultural households were in debt, with an average outstanding of Rs 74,121 in 2018 as compared to Rs 47,000 in 2013, an increase of 57.7%.
ii.The data based on the 77th round of survey of more than 45,000 such households conducted January 1-December 31, 2019.
iii.The survey theme was “Land and Livestock Holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households” in the rural areas of India.
About Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation:
Minister of State (MoS), Independent Charge– Rao Inderjit Singh
Constituency– Gurgaon (Haryana)
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PM Modi Inaugurated Sardardham Bhavan in Ahmedabad, Gujarat PM Modi inaugurates Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat's AhmedabadNarendra Modi, Prime Minister(PM) of India inaugurated the Sardardham Bhavan at Ahmedabad, Gujarat virtually. It was built at a cost of Rs.200 crore by Vishwa Patidar Samaj, a business, social and education hub for the Patidar community.

  • He also performed the Bhoomi puja of Sardardham Phase II Kanya Chhatralaya(girl’s hostel), a hostel facility for around 2000 girls irrespective of their economic criteria.
  • It will be built at the cost of another Rs 200 crore.

Sardardham Bhavan(Ahmedabad):
i.Sardardham Bhavan is built over an area of 11,672 square feet to boost the residential facility for students with notable modern facilities.
Sardardham Project:
i.Sardardham is working towards the educational and social transformation and upliftment of weaker sections of society.
ii.It is also working towards providing employment opportunities to the youths and helping the aspiring and patriotic students by providing the facility of training, boarding and lodging.
Modi Announced Subramania Bharati chair at BHU for Tamil Studies:
i.PM Modi announced the setting up of the Subramania Bharati chair in the memory of Legendary Tamil Poet Subramania Bharati at the Banaras Hindu University(BHU) for Tamil Studies.
ii.The chair has been established on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Subramania Bharati(11th September 2021).


Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually chaired 13th BRICS Summit 2021Prime Minister chairs 13th BRICS Summiti.On September 9, 2021, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi chaired the 13th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Summit 2021 virtually on the theme ‘ BRICS@15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’ .
ii.The summit saw the adoption of the  ‘New Delhi Declaration’.
iii.Indian PM appreciated the cooperation received from BRICS partners which led to the initiation of several new initiatives including the first BRICS Digital Health Summit; the first BRICS Ministerial Joint Statement on multilateral reforms
About BRICS(Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa):
Establishment– 2006
2021’s Chair – India
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INS Tabar conducts maritime exercise with Sudanese NavyINS Tabar conducts maritime exercise with Sudanese NavyIndian navy and Sudan Navy had conducted the bilateral maritime exercise in the Red Sea off the Sudanese coast. India Navy Ship (INS) Tabar and two Sudanese Navy ships- Almazz and Nimer- participated in the maiden exercise.

Activities involved in the exercise
i.The exercise consists of multiple activities covering a wide range of naval operations.
ii.These included co-ordinated maneuvering, replenishment at sea RAS drills, Helo operations, operations for interdicting suspect vessels at sea and communication procedures.
iii. The exercise enhanced interoperability between the two navies significantly and widened the scope for combined operations against common maritime threats in future.
iv.According to naval customs, exercise ended with a ‘steam past’ between naval vessels.


DBS partners with SWIFT for real-time cross-border Payment TrackingDBS partners SWIFT for real-time cross-border payment trackingDBS in partnership with Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) Global Payments Innovation(GPI) has launched real-time online tracking for cross-border collections for businesses in India benefitting around 4,000 corporate and small business clients.

  • DBS became the first bank in India and Asia-Pacific to offer this service to its clients.
  • DBS was also the first bank in Asia to launch outbound payments with end-to-end tracking with SWIFT gpi.

i.The incoming payment tracking will help the corporate treasures with better cash forecasting by receiving the end-to-end tracking information reducing operational costs and frictions.
ii.It brings transparency and visibility and improves receivables forecasting and overall cash position.
iii.It also helps in improving accuracy for intraday credit line needs and provides benefits in supporting credit control.
iv.This service is available by default and free of charge for all corporate customers via DBS IDEAL- DBS’ online corporate banking portal.
Key Points:
i.The initiative is part of SWIFT’s vision towards a future of instant and frictionless account-to-account cross-border payments.
ii.The feature has been introduced across 7 DBS markets, including India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Vietnam.
About DBS Bank India Limited:
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – Surojit Shome
About Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT):
Headquarters – La Hulpe, Belgium
CEO – Javier Pérez-Tasso

PPBL Enabled India’s 1st FASTag-based Metro Parking Facility in Partnership with DMRCPaytm Payments Bank launches India’s first FASTag-based metro parking facility (1)Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL) enables India’s first FASTag based metro parking facility in partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).

  • PPBL, the acquiring bank for the parking facility at Kashmere Gate Metro Station, will facilitate the processing of all FASTag based transactions for cars with valid FASTag stickers.
  • Additionally, PPBL has also enabled a UPI based payment solution for 2 wheelers, that enters the parking facility.

Key Points:
i.The parking facility of Kashmere Gate metro station becomes the first facility to be powered by the digital payment solution of PPBL.
ii.PPBL is also working with various municipal corporations across Delhi to initiate FASTag based parking facilities in both organised and unorganised sites.
iii.PPBL also aims to implement digital payment solutions for the parking facilities at malls, hospitals and airports.
i.In July 2021, India’s first FASTag/UPI based cashless parking facility was launched at the Kashmere Gate Metro Station, the only triple-interchange station of DMRC.
ii.DMRC partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to launch a 100% digital parking plaza with the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) FASTag contactless parking solution at Kashmere Gate metro station, Delhi.
About Paytm Payments Bank Ltd (PPBL):
Managing Director and CEO- Satish Gupta
Headquarter – Noida, Uttar Pradesh


Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Appointed as Chairman of National Commission for MinoritiesSardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura takes charge as Chairman, National Commission for MinoritiesSardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura took charge as the Chairman of National Commission of Minorities (NCM) in the presence of Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The event was conducted in Delhi. He succeeded  the outgoing chairman of the commission, Ghayorul Hasan.
About Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura

  • He has served as the IPS(Indian Police Service) officer and also national spokesperson  of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP).
  • He has won several awards such as the President’s Police Medal, police medal for meritorious services, Shiromani Sikh Sahitkar Award and Sikh scholar award.

About National Commission for Minorities (NCM)
i.Government of India set up a “Minorities Commission” to safeguard the interests of minorities in 1978.
ii.With the enactment of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992, the Minorities Commission became a statutory body and was renamed as the “National Commission for Minorities”in 1993.
Initially Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians (Parsis) were notified under minority communities.Now, Jains were also notified as another minority community.
iv.It consists of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and five Members to be nominated by the Central Government from amongst persons of eminence, ability and integrity.

Bhupendra Patel Appointed as 17th CM of GujaratBhupendra Patel became 17th CM of GujaratBhupendra Patel was appointed as the 17th Chief Minister (CM) of Gujarat by the Governor Acharya Devvrat.He succeeded Vijay Rupani, who had resigned earlier.
About Bhupendra Patel
i.He is 59 year old and born in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Member of Legislative Assembly ( MLA) from Ghatlodia. Ghatlodia is a part of Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency.
ii.Trustee at Patidar organizations Sardar Dham and Vishwa Umiya Foundation.
iii.He has done his diploma in civil engineering and also served as the Ahmedabad Municipal Councillor (AMC) and the Ahmedabad  Urban Development Authority (AUDA).
iv.He won the 2017 Gujarat election by a record margin of 117,000 votes.
About Gujarat
Heritage site – Champaner- Pavagadh Archeological park, Rani ki Vav at Patan
Bird sanctuary– Nalsarovar bird sanctuary, Khijadia bird sanctuary, Porbandar bird sanctuary
Festival– Rann Utsav, Navratri, Uttarayan


India’s largest Open-Air Fernery Developed  in Ranikhet, UttarakhandIndia's largest open air fernery developed in RanikhetIndia’s largest Open-air Fernery, consisting 120 different varieties of ferns, was inaugurated by the famous expert on Pteridophyte (Ferns), Dr Nilambar Kunetha in Ranikhet, Uttrakhand.However, it is the country’s first open-air fernery in natural surroundings which is not under any poly-house/ shade house.

  • The fernery has the largest collection of fern species, second to only Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanical Garden and Research Institute (TBGRI), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

To conserve and protect various ferns and species and to spread awareness about its ecological values.
About the Ranikhet Fernery-
i.It was developed by the research wing of Uttarakhand  Forest Department, under Central Government’s Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) scheme. It takes 3 years to complete.
ii.The fernery is spread around an area of 4 acres at an altitude 1800m.
About Compensatory Afforestation Funds Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA)
The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had introduced in 2004 to accelerate activities for the preservation of natural forests, management of wildlife, infrastructure development in forests, and other allied works.
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Researchers Discover Earth’s Northernmost Island Off GreenlandWorld’s northernmost island discovered by chance off GreenlandA team of researchers discovered a new island, the northernmost point of land on Earth, off the coast of Greenland during a Danish-Swiss research expedition. This island was revealed by the movement of the ice.

  • The island was discovered by a group of 6 scientists, working with the Arctic Station research facility in Greenland, who set out to collect the samples from Oodaaq island, which was discovered by a Danish survey group in 1978.
  • The researchers proposed to name the island “Qeqertaq Avannarleq”, which means ‘the northernmost island’ in Greenlandic.

About the island:
i.The newly discovered island measuring around 30 by 60 metres in size is the closest point of land to the North pole.
ii.The island is located 780 metres northwest of Oodaaq.
iii.It is made up of mud from the ocean and rock soil from the glaciers.
To qualify as an island, the piece of land has to remain above sea level at high tide, failing to do so it would remain a bank.


Overview of 2021 US Open Tennis ChampionshipUS Open 2021 Medvedev wins first major, beats Djokovic in final newThe 141st edition of the US Open Tennis Championship was held in USA’s New York City, which is also the 4th & last Grand Slam title of 2021 being conducted in a ‘Hard Court’ between 30th August and 12th September 2021. The finals of the tournament was held at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, USA.
Daniil Medvedev wins Maiden Grand Slam defeating Novak Djokovic 
Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, the current World No.2 ranked tennis player, defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the finals of Men’s Singles in the US Open 2021 winning 3 straight sets with 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
Emma Raducanu – Youngest Female since Maria Sharapova to Win a Grand Slam 
18-year old Emma Raducanu from Britain defeated Canada’s Leylah Fernandez to win the Women’s Singles Title in the 2021 US Opens tournament. She became the youngest female to win a Grand Slam Tile since Maria Sharapova’s 2004 Wimbledon victory.
About International Tennis Federation (ITF):
President – David Haggerty
Headquarters – London, United Kingdom
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Daniel Ricciardo wins 2021 Italian Grand PrixOn 12th September 2021, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) won the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, making his 1st victory since 2018, notably this is McLaren’s 1st win after 9-years. Ricciardo was closely followed by McLaren’s Lando Norris and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas finishing the race in 2nd and 3rd position.
i.World No.1 racer Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes collided with his close rival Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing on the 26th Lap while attempting an overtake in the F1 race.
ii.Max Verstappen was found guilty for the collision and handed a three-place grid penalty for the next F1 race, in Russia on September 26.
About Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM):
President – Jorge Viegas
Headquarters – Mies, Switzerland
About Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA): 
President – Jean Todt
Headquarters – Paris, France

Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor retires from International CricketZimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor announces retiredOn 13th September 2021, Brendan Taylor, the former Zimbabwe captain retired from international cricket during the ongoing One Day International (ODI) series against Ireland. The 34-year old batsman has scored 6677 runs from 204 ODI matches in his 17-year-old career since his debut in 2004.

  • Brendan Taylor is currently the 2nd highest run scorer for Zimbabwe only 112 runs short of Andy Flower.
  • Taylor has also scored a massive 2,320 runs from 45 Tests and 934 runs from his 45 T20I appearances.

About International Cricket Council(ICC): 
Chairman–Greg Barclay
Acting CEO–Geoff Allardice
Headquarters– Dubai, UAE


New Book Titled “A Rude Life: The Memoir” Authored by Vir Sanghvi

Veteran journalist Vir Sanghvi has authored a memoir titled “A Rude Life: The Memoir” which shares his views and experience as an Indian journalist. The book has been published by Viking Penguin India. 

  • The book also features the events of his personal life and talks about the people he has met and also the story of a lost India.
  • Vir Sanghvi is a television journalist, author, columnist and talk show host who has served as the editor of Hindustan Times from 1999 to 2004.


UN’s International Day for South-South Cooperation 2021 – September 12United Nations Day for South-South CooperationThe United Nations (UN)’s International Day for South-South Cooperation is annually observed across the globe on September 12th to highlight the economic, social and political developments of the countries in the southern region. The day also highlights the efforts of the UN towards cooperation among the developing countries.

  • South-South cooperation refers to the technical cooperation among developing countries in the Global South.

i.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/58/220 on 23rd December 2003 and proclaimed the 19th December of every year as the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation.
ii.December 19 marks the day on which UNGA endorsed the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries.
iii.In 2011, the UNGA moved the date of UN Day for South-South Cooperation from 19th December to 12th September.
About United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC):
Director– Adel Abdellatif
Established in 1974
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
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World First Aid Day 2021 – September 11 World First Aid Day 2021World First Aid Day is annually observed across the globe on the 2nd Saturday of September.The world First Aid Day 2021 was observed on 11th September 2021.World First Aid Day is celebrated by the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies across the globe to encourage first aid training.

  • World First Aid Day 2020 was observed on 12th September 2020
  • The theme of World First Aid Day 2021 is “Be a hero at school and in your community”.

Aim – To promote and celebrate the importance of first aid in preventing injuries and saving lives in critical situations

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network, established World First Aid Day in 2000 with an aim to encourage the people to learn first aid and to ensure the availability of pre-hospital care for everyone.
All 192 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of IFRC offer first aid training, education and services to its communities.
About International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC):
The IFRC was founded in 1919
Secretary General– Jagan Chapagain
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland

TN celebrates 11th September as “Mahakavi Day”Tamil Nadu government has declared September 11 as 'Mahakavi' DayM.K. Stalin, Chief Minister(CM) of Tamil Nadu(TN) announced that the 11th September of every year starting from 2021 will be observed as the “Mahakavi Day”. The day aims to pay tribute to the Freedom fighter, eminent Tamil Poet Mahakavi Subramania Bharati.

  • 11th September 2021 marks the 100th Death anniversary of Subramania Bharati.
  • The government of Tamil Nadu has also announced 14 measures to honour the contributions of Bharati to society.

Key Points:
i.The government of Tamil Nadu is set to provide financial assistance to maintain the house of Bharathiyar at Kasi, Uttar Pradesh.
ii.A chair named after Bharati will be established in the Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu.
iii.The park proposed by the Rural Development Department for the welfare of women from self-help groups(SHGs) will be named after Bharati.
About Subramania Bharati:
i.Subramania Bharati, popularly known as Mahakavi Bharati, was born on 11th December 1882 in Ettayapuram (now Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu).
ii.At the age of 11, he was conferred the title of “Bharati” by the Raja of Ettayapuram.
iii.He worked as a journalist in various newspapers such as The Hindu, Bala Bharata, Vijaya, Swadesamitran and India.
v.At the age of 38, he died on 11th September 1921 in Madras (now Chennai, Tamil Nadu).


AMTRON Partners with iBus to set up Digital InfrastructureAssam Electronics Development Corp partners with iBus to deploy digital infrastructureThe Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited(AMTRON) has appointed iBus Networks as its Exclusive Business Partner for operating and managing digital infrastructure.
i.With the partnership, they will provide better connectivity solutions such as IT (Information Technology)parks, hospitals, SEZs(Special Economic Zones) and other commercial infrastructure.
ii.The state information technology department is the nodal agency, with the help of private network solution providers, resilient Digital Infrastructure(DI) will be created.
iii.iBus along with its group covering around 500 million square feet in over 900 sites of 19 states.
iv.This partnership will provide access to better Internet services in the state.IBUS as the largest neutral digital Infrastructure player in India brings its expertise in physical & digital infrastructure solutions to amplify AMTRON diverse expertise in electronics and knowledge of North-Eastern Region.
About iBus:
Chief executive officer-Ram Sellaratnam
Headquarter – Bengaluru, Karnataka
About Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited
Managing Director– MK Yadava
Headquarter – Guwahati, Assam
About Assam
Airport– Jorhat Airport(Rowriah Airport),Salonibari airport , Lilabari Airport
UNESCO Heritage– Kaziranga National park , Manas wildlife sanctuary.
Festival- Bohag Bihu,Kati Bihu, Magh Bihu


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1Medicines from the Sky project: Telangana became 1st Indian State to launch BVLoS drones to send medicines
2India hosted First-Ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australia
3Over half of farm households still under debt: NSO Report
4PM Modi inaugurates Sardardham Bhavan in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad
5Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually chaired 13th BRICS Summit 2021
6INS Tabar conducts maritime exercise with Sundanese Navy
7DBS partners with SWIFT for real-time cross-border Payment Tracking
8PPBL Enabled India’s 1st FASTag-based Metro Parking Facility in Partnership with DMRC
9Sardar Iqbal Singh Lalpura Appointed as Chairman of National Commission for Minorities
10Bhupendra Patel Appointed as 17th CM of Gujarat
11India’s largest Open-Air Fernery Developed  in Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
12World’s northernmost island discovered by chance off Greenland
13Overview of 2021 US Open Tennis Championship
14Daniel Ricciardo wins 2021 Italian Grand Prix
15Former Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor retires from International Cricket
16A Rude Life: The Memoir by Vir Sanghvi
17UN’s International Day for South-South Cooperation 2021 – September 12
18World First Aid Day 2021 – September 11
19Tamil Nadu government has declared September 11 as ‘Mahakavi’ Day
20AMTRON Partners with iBus to set up Digital Infrastructure