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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Cabinet approval on September 15 2020Cabinet-approval-on-September-15-2020

On September 15, 2020, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the following:
–Cabinet approves establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Darbhanga, Bihar
In order to boost health infrastructure in Bihar, the Central Government has given its consent for the establishment of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at Darbhanga, Bihar with an outlay of Rs.1264 crore.
–Cabinet approves Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar- Kharkhaud
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Haryana Orbital Rail Corridor Project from Palwal to Sonipat via Sohna-Manesar-Kharkhauda, benefitting Haryana’s district of Palwal, Nuh, Gurugram, Jhajjar and Sonipat, at an estimated cost of Rs. 5,617 crore.
About Haryana:
Chief Minister– Manohar Lal Khattar
Capital– Chandigarh
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Indian Army to get Indigenous Carbines, Anti Air Systems; MoD cancels ImportCarbines, Anti Air Systems for Indian Army

On September 15, 2020 The Ministry of Defence cancelled two arms import contracts worth over $2.5 Billion (Approximately Rs. 21,500 Crores), which were in final stages of procurement. The decision was taken in a special meeting chaired by the Defence Secretary, Raj Kumar, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat also attended the meeting.
The orders will now be placed under the Make in India initiative to give a boost to the domestic industry.
About Ministry of Defence:
Union Minister – Rajnath Singh
Minister of State (MoS) – Shripad Yesso Naik 
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4th Global Ayurveda Summit Inaugurated virtually by M Venkaiah Naidu4th-edition-of-the-Global-Ayurveda-Summit-Inaugurated-virtually

i.On September 15, 2020, the 4th edition of Global Ayurveda Summit was virtually inaugurated by Vice-President Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu on the theme Emerging Opportunities for Ayurveda during Pandemic. It will culminate on October 14, 2020.  Due to COVID-19, it is being conducted as a web event for 30 days with virtual exhibition and conference on emerging opportunities for Ayurveda. 
ii.It is being organized by the CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)-Kerala in partnership with Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy), and with the support of Ayurveda Medical Association of India (AMAI), Ayurvedic Medicine Manufacturers Organisation in India (AMMOI) and Ayurveda Hospital Management Association (AHMA).
About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII):
Director General– Chandrajit Banerjee
Headquarter– New Delhi
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PMGKP for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19 Extended as 6 Months Insurance Scheme

PMGKP-Insurance-Scheme-for-health-workers-fighting-COVID-19

i.The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package(PMGKP) Insurance Scheme for Health Workers who are fighting against COVID-19 has been extended for another 6 months, i.e., 180 days. 
ii.The central sector scheme was announced on March 30, 2020 for a period of 90 days, it was extended for further 90 days i.e. up to Sept, 2020. 
iii.The Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme is a part of the Rs 1.70 lakh Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package announced in March 2020.
About Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW):
Union Minister–  Harsh Vardhan(Constituency- Chandni Chowk, New Delhi)
Minister of State– Ashwini Kumar Choubey
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) held Virtually between India and U.S10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative

On September 15, 2020 the 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) was held virtually through a video conference. The aim of the DTTI group is to bring focus on bilateral defense trade relationship and to create opportunities for co-production and co-development of defense equipment.
Co-Chairs of 10th DTTI:
The meeting was co-chaired by Raj Kumar, Secretary, Defence Production, Indian Ministry of Defence and Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, from the US Department of Defense. 
Statement of Intent:
The co-chairs also signed a Statement of Intent that declared “to strengthen our dialogue on defense technology cooperation by pursuing detailed planning and making measurable progress” on several specific DTTI projects.
About United States (U.S):
President – Donald Trump
Capital – Washington D.C 
Currency – American Dollar
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BANKING & FINANCE

RBI Issued Draft Rupee Interest Rate Derivatives (Reserve Bank) Directions: September 2020RBI issues draft rupee interest rate derivatives

i.On September 15, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued Draft Rupee Interest Rate Derivatives (Reserve Bank) Directions, 2020 under Section 45 W of the RBI Act, 1934 to allow foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to undertake exchange-traded rupee interest rate derivatives transactions subject to an overall ceiling of Rs 5,000 crore. The RBI has sought comment on these directions by October 15, 2020.
ii.This decision has been taken to encourage higher non-resident participation, enhance the role of domestic market makers in the offshore market, improve transparency, and achieve better regulatory oversight.
About Reserve Bank of India (RBI):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Formation– 1 April 1935
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors– 4 (Bibhu Prasad Kanungo, Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, one is yet to be appointed).
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Titan and SBI launched Titan Pay, India’s 1st Contactless Payment WatchesTitan ties up with SBI to launch contactless payment watches

i.On 16 September, 2020 Titan Company Limited(Titan), one of the world’s 5th largest watch manufacturers associated with TATA Group, in collaboration with State Bank of India(SBI) introduced Titan Pay, powered by YONO(You Only Need One) SBI
ii.Through this partnership, Titan and SBI are launching a range of stylish new watches with contactless payment functionality for the 1st time in India. 
About SBI:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Chairman– Rajnish Kumar
Tagline– The banker to every Indian; With you all the way; Purely banking nothing else; The nation banks on us.
About Titan Company Limited(Titan):
Managing Director– C K Venkataraman
HeadQuarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

SBM Bank India and Mastercard Partnered to Launch SBM World Debit Card for High Net Worth CustomersSBM Bank India collaborated with Mastercard

i.On September 15, 2020 SBM Bank (India) Limited (SBM Bank India) and Mastercard have collaborated to launch SBM World Debit Card, a one-of-a-kind debit card for the sophisticated needs of high net worth customers. 
ii.It represents a combination of niche banking solutions and thoroughly managed  lifestyle privileges, including some of the finest shopping and dining opportunities.
iii.SBM Bank India and PayNearby announced the launch of Nivesh a unique Goal Based Recurring Deposit Platform powered by SBM Bank India.
About SBM Bank (India) Limited (SBM Bank India):
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director(MD) and Chief executive Officer(CEO)– Sidharth Rath
About Mastercard: 
Headquarters – New York, United States
President and CEO – Ajay Banga
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BHEL ties up with SwissRapide AG to bring Maglev trains to IndiaBHEL ties up with SwissRapide AG

i.On September 16, 2020 Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SwissRapide AG to Maglev Train (Magnetic Levitation) Projects in India.
ii.The MoU was signed by S V Srinivasan, General Manager & Head (Transportation Business Group), BHEL and Niklaus H Koenig, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), SwissRapide AG.
iii.The MoU will enable the Indigenous manufacturing of the State-of-the-art Maglev Trains.
About Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL):
Chairman, Managing Director (MD) – Nalin Shinghal
Headquarters – New Delhi
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

TPCI sets up Food Sectoral Committees to tap into New Markets and InvestmentThree committees set up to suggest ways to boost exports of food

On September 15, 2020, Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) constituted three committees with the aim of tapping new markets and identifying new opportunities for trade and investment. The Three Committees will focus on Food & Beverages, Food Processing Technology and Chemical and Allied Products
These committees will act as think tanks, and submit their suggestions, recommendations to the government for policies to boost exports. They will meet regularly and represent their demands and concerns of the industry at various forums.
About Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI):
Chairman – Mohit Singla
Headquarters – New Delhi
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Yoshihide Suga formally elected as Japan’s New Prime MinisterYoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new prime minister

On September 16, 2020 Yoshihide Suga was formally elected as Japan’s New Prime Minister. He will succeed Shinzo Abe, who was Japan’s Longest serving Prime Minister and stepped down due to health problems. 
i.The 71-year old Yoshihide received 314 votes (462 votes were cast) in the 465-member House of Representatives, and 142 votes in the 245-member House of Councillors (House of Representatives & House of Councillors are both part of DIET, National Parliament of Japan).
ii.Yoshihide’s party Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) holds a majority in the Japan Parliament. 
About Japan:
Emperor – Naruhito 
Capital – Tokyo
Currency – Yen
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Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina Becomes Brand Ambassador of Online Poker Platform, 9stacksOnline poker platform 9stacks signs Suresh Raina as brand ambassador

9stacks, India’s fastest growing online poker platform has roped in Suresh Raina, Indian cricketer as its brand ambassador. A left-handed batsman and a spin bowler, Suresh Raina will be a part of the upcoming campaigns and engagement activities of 9stacks.
He will anchor the brand and help to create a higher brand recall among the key target audience.
Key Info
i.Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket in August 2020.
ii.He is the 1st Indian player to score a century in all three formats, i.e., ODI(One Day International) , Test, T20(Twenty-20).
iii.He is the Co-founder of Gracia Raina Foundation(Raise awareness to women to make improved reproductive and maternal health-oriented decisions) and Maate Care, Indian babycare brand.
About 9stacks:
CEO & Co-Founder– Sudhir Kamath

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Delhi Metro Launched India’s 1st Indigenous Signalling Technology ‘i-ATS’ under Make in IndiaDelhi Metro develops indigenous signalling technology under 'Make in India'

i.On the occasion of Engineers Day i.e. September 15, 2020, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) launched i-ATS (Automatic Train Supervision), the first Made-in-India signalling system.  It is an important sub-system of the signalling system for the development of CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) based signalling technology for metro railway by automatically detecting all trains on a corridor.
ii.The prototype, as well as a state of the art laboratory for further development of the technology, was inaugurated at the Metro’s Shastri Park depot, Delhi by Union Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) Secretary, Durga Shanker Mishra in the presence of DMRC managing director Mangu Singh, v director Shikha Gupta, and other senior officials from DMRC and BEL.  
iii.Along with the DMRC, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, MoHUA, BEL and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) are part of this development. DMRC and BEL inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for development of this indigenous ATS system.
About Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs(MoHUA):
Minister of State (MoS) – Hardeep Singh Puri
List of Schemes under MoHUA – Smart Cities Mission, HRIDAY, AMRUT, Urban Transport, Swachh Bharat Mission, Cleanest cities in India.
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OBITUARY

Former Indian Cricketer Sadashiv Raoji Patil Passes Away at 86Former India player SR Patil dead

On 15th September 2020, Former Indian Cricketer Sadashiv Raoji Patil who represented India in one test match passed away at the age of 86 at his residence in Kolhapur, Maharashtra. He was born on 10th October 1933 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra.
About Sadashiv Raoji Patil:
i.Sadashiv Raoji Patil made his first class debut for Maharashtra in 1952-53 season.
ii.He made his test debut in 1955-56 test series at the Brabourne Stadium against New Zealand and he also received the India Test Cap.
iii.He has played around 36 first class matches for Maharashtra scoring 866 runs and 83 wickets between 1952 – 1964.
iv.He served as the captain of Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy.

Former President of Mali, Moussa Traore Passed Away at 83Mali’s former president Moussa Traore dies at 83

On 15th September 2020, Former President of Republic of Mali (South Africa) General Moussa Traoré, who reigned over Mali for more than 22 years passed away at the age of 83 at his retirement villa in Djicoroni-Para,Bamako, Mali. He was born in 1936 in Kayes, Mali.
About Moussa Traoré:
i.Moussa Traoré joined the army in 1954.
ii.He overthrew Modibo Keita, the first President of Mali and seized power in the 1968’s military coup.
iii.He then became the chairman of the Military Committee for National Liberation (CMLN) and ruled the country as its military leader from 1969 to 1979 and later he installed himself as the President of the Republic of Mali.
iv.He was later ousted by the coup d’état of 26th March 1991and later imprisoned and sentenced to death in 1993.
v.Alpha Oumar Konare, president of Mali from 1992 to 2002 reduced this sentence to life imprisonment in 1999 and later pardoned him in 2002.
vi.For the past 5 years Traoré served as the mediator within Mali.

Kapila Vatsyayan, Indian Cultural Icon, Former MP and Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Passed Away Padma vibhushan awardee, Kapila Vatsyayan passes away at 91

On September 16, 2020 Kapila Vatsyayan, a renowned scholar of Indian classical dance, art, architecture, and art history passed away at New Delhi, India due to age related ailments. She was about 91 years old. She was a former Member of Parliament(MP) and lifetime trustee of India International Centre (IIC). She was founder trustee, academic director and chairperson of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
Kapila Vatsyayan is the recipient of Padma Vibhushan(2011).
Key Info about Kapila Vatsyayan
Described as
Kapila Vatsyayan is described as the ‘grand matriarch’ of cultural research.
Key Positions
i.She was also the chairperson of the Asia Project at the IIC. She served as Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Education.
ii.She held important positions in India’s representations to UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Honours
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship(1970), Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship(1975), Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship(1995), Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award(2000).
Books
She has authored many books including Traditions in Indian Folk Dance (1987), Bharata: The Natya Sastra (1996) and The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts (1997).

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Ozone Day 2020 – September 16World Ozone day 2020

i.United Nations (UN’s) International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer also called as World Ozone Day is annually observed across the globe on 16th September to create and spread awareness on the importance of Ozone layer and the effective ways to protect it. The first International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed on 16th September 1995.
ii.The theme for the 2020 is “Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection”.
iii.The 2020 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer or World Ozone Day marks the celebration of 35 years of the Vienna Convention and 35 years of Global ozone layer protection.
About Ozone Secretariat:
Ozone Secretariat is housed within the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP).
Executive Secretary– Tina Birmpili
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
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STATE NEWS

Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao Launched First of its Kind Web Portal of Pothgal PACSTelangana minister launches farm cooperative society website

On 15th September 2020, Telangana’s Minister of Information Technology and Industries, Kalvakuntla Taraka Rama Rao(KTR) launched the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Society(PACS), Pothgal web portal – www.pacspothgal.com at Mustabad Mandal, Rajanna Sircilla district. This is the first of its kind portal which contains all the details of the loans, loan processes and services offered by the co-operative society.
Features:
i.Pacspothgal web portal is available in both Telugu and English.
ii.The portal provides the data and information of various services like paddy procurement and others with figures, fixed deposits and lockers.
iii.This also provides data on the projects like petrol bunks, godowns, food processing industries, ATMs, official buildings, etc.
About Telangana:
Chief Minister– K. Chandrashekar Rao
Governor– Tamilisai Soundararajan
Capital– Hyderabad
Heritage Sites– The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad, Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs, Charminar, Mecca Masjid

Gujarat Signs MoU with SIDBI to support MSMEs Gujarat signs MoU with SIDBI to help MSMEs amid outbreak downturn

i.On 15th September 2020, The Government of Gujarat signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to provide capacity building and market support around 35 lakh Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) of Gujarat and to increase their self reliance.
ii.this is aimed to increase the rate of technology transfer and innovation in the MSMEs of Gujarat through capacity building programmes and training.
About Gujarat:
UNESCO sites– Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Historic City of Ahmedabad, Rani-ki-Vav (the Queen’s Stepwell) at Patan, Gujarat
National Parks– Gir National Park, Blackbuck National Park, Vansda National Park, Marine National Park
About Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI):
Managing Director– Mohammad Mustafa
Headquarters– Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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AC GAZE

India to be self-reliant in fertilizers production by 2023: Sadananda Gowda

The Union Minister of Chemical and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda announced that India will be self-reliant in fertilizer production by 2023 while addressing a webinar on Self-Reliant India and Sustainable Agriculture Organized by cooperative Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) for farmers of Karnataka. Currently, the fertilizer production of the country is 42-45 million tonnes, and imports are at around 18 million tonnes.

NABARD launches Awareness & Sensitization programme for FPO in Co-ordination with District Administration

An Awareness & Sensitization programme was launched by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) for the newly proposed Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO) along with district administration, the objectives of the awareness cum sensitization programme is to aid the farmers to form FPO’s and sell their product on reasonable rates by avoiding brokers.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Launched a ‘Poshan Sarkar’ program

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Launched a ‘Poshan Sarkar’ program with an Objective of ensuring active participation of local Bodies-Gram Panchayats and Urban bodies in the Nutrition Campaign. The month September is Observed as Nutrition month in India.

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S.no  Current Affairs 17 September 2020
1 Cabinet approval on September 15 2020
2 Indian Army to get Indigenous Carbines, Anti Air Systems; MoD cancels Import
3 4th Global Ayurveda Summit Inaugurated virtually by M Venkaiah Naidu
4 Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting COVID-19 Extended for Another 6 Months
5 10th Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) held Virtually between India, US
6 RBI Issued Draft Rupee Interest Rate Derivatives (Reserve Bank) Directions: September 2020
7 Titan in Collaboration with SBI launched Titan Pay, India’s 1st Contactless Payment Watches
8 SBM Bank India and Mastercard Partnered to Launch SBM World Debit Card, a One-of-a-Kind Debit Card for High Net Worth Customers
9 BHEL ties up with SwissRapide AG to bring Maglev trains to India
10 TPCI sets up Food Sectoral Committees to tap into New Markets and Investment
11 Yoshihide Suga formally elected as Japan’s New Prime Minister
12 Indian Cricketer Suresh Raina Becomes Brand Ambassador of Online Poker Platform, 9stacks
13 Delhi Metro Launched India’s 1st Indigenous Signalling Technology ‘i-ATS’ under Make in India
14 Former Indian Cricketer Sadashiv Raoji Patil Passes Away at 86
15 Former President of Mali, Moussa Traore Passed Away at 83
16 Kapila Vatsyayan, Indian Cultural Icon, Former MP and Padma Vibhushan Awardee, Passed Away
17 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2020 – September 16
18 Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao Launched First of its Kind Web Portal of Pothgal PACS
19 Gujarat Signs MoU with SIDBI to support MSMEs
20 India to be self-reliant in fertilizers production by 2023: Sadananda Gowda
21 NABARD launches Awareness & Sensitization programme for FPO in Co-ordination with District Administration
22 Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Launched a ‘Poshan Sarkar’ program