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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Cabinet Approval on September 15, 2021Cabinet Approval on September 15,2021On September 15, 2021, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals:
i.Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

  • The Union Cabinet approved 9 structural reforms and 5 procedural reforms along with relief measures for the Telecom Service Providers to escalate the penetration of broadband and telecom connectivity in India.

ii.Government has approved PLI Scheme for Auto Industry and Drone Industry to enhance India’s manufacturing capabilities
iii.Cabinet approves MoU between India and Italy on Cooperation in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
About Italy:
Capital– Rome
Currency– Euro
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NITI Aayog launches “Shoonya” – a Campaign to promote Zero-Pollution Delivery VehiclesNITI Aayog, RMI, and RMI India Launch ‘Shoonya’ CampaignOn 15th September 2021, NITI Aayog in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and RMI India launched a campaign named “Shoonya” – an initiative to promote the usage of Zero-pollution delivery vehicles among e-commerce companies, fleet aggregators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and logistics companies.
Aim –   To create consumer awareness on the benefits of using pollution free Electric Vehicles (EV) in delivery of consumables.
i.Over 30 logistic and consumables companies participated in the meeting headed by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, where the Campaign was launched.
ii.They decided to implement an Online Tracking platform that shares the EV’s data including vehicle kilometers electrified, carbon savings, criteria pollutant savings and other benefits from clean delivery vehicles to customers.
iii.Around 10% of the freight transportation related CO2 emission in India is caused by Urban Freight vehicles, which is expected to grow by 114% by 2030.
About NITI Aayog: 
Establishment – January 1, 2015
Headquarters – New Delhi
CEO– Amitabh Kant
About Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) India: 
Establishment – 2019
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI): 
Establishment – 1982
Headquarters – Basalt, Colorado
Manager – Lynn Daniels

VIL Partners with APSDMA & Celltick to launch India’s 1st Cell Broadcast Based Public Warning SystemVi Launch India’s First Cell Broadcast Based Public Warning SystemVodafone Idea Limited(VIL), India’s leading telecom service provider, has partnered with the Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Agency(APSDMA) and Celltick, the world’s largest cell broadcast-based products provider to Launch India’s 1st cell broadcasting Public Warning System (PWS).

  • Andhra Pradesh(AP) became the 1st Indian state to implement Celltick’s state-of-the-art cell broadcasting PWS .It used to support for its state’s CAP-compliant Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
  • Countries like the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Israel, UAE, Australia have deployed such kind of systems.

Background:
The world bank aided project for commissioning the state of the art Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) was awarded to the consortium led by Celltick following the International Competitive Bidding (ICB) process
About Vodafone Idea Limited(VIL):Vodafone Idea Limited is an Aditya Birla Group and Vodafone Group partnership.
MD&CEO-Ravinder Takkar
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About Celltick:
Celltick is a global leader of Public Warning Systems (PWS), Mass Notification Systems, and the world’s largest CBC (Cell Broadcast Center) provider.
CEO– Ronen Daniel
Headquarters-  Delaware, United States of America
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PM Narendra Modi lays Foundation Stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh

PM Modi lays foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in AligarhPrime Minister (PM)Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh will establish the university in the memory of Jat social reformer Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh.
Highlights

  • The University will have the department of modern defence studies, defence manufacturing- related technologies and manpower development.
  • It will be spread over an area of 92 acres at Lodha village and Musepur Kareem Karouli village of Kol tehsil in Aligarh, it will provide affiliation to 395 colleges of the Aligarh division.

About  Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh
i.Raja Mehendra Pratap Singh was born in a socio-economically influential Jat family of Mursan in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh 1886.
ii.He was a Jat freedom fighter, social reformist, journalist and writer. He served as the President in the Provincial government of India, the Indian government that served in exile during World War I.
iii.In 1979, the Government of India issued a postage stamp in his honour. He is popularly known as Aryan Peshwa.
iv.Singh was known as an unofficial envoy of Afghanistan.
Sansad TV Launched by Vice President, PM and Speaker of Lok Sabha
Vice President and Chairman of Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla jointly launched ‘Sansad’ TV.The launch of Sansad TV coincides with International Day of Democracy- 15th September .

  • The programming of this TV will primarily be in four categories – functioning of Parliament and democratic institutions, governance and implementation of schemes, policies, history, and culture of India and issues, interests, concerns of contemporary nature.

BHEL Commissioned India’s Largest Floating Solar PV Plant NTPC Simhadri in AP

India’s largest Floating Solar PV plant at NTPC Simhadri, Andhra Pradesh (AP), executed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), has become commercially operationalized by NTPC Limited.

  • BHEL has commissioned the Floating Solar PV plant with unique state of the art design.
  • The 25MW floating Solar power plant covering an area of 100 acres is set up under the Flexibilisation scheme notified by the Indian Government in 2018.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Supports to Farmers keeping the World away from SDGs: Report by FAO, UNDP & UNEPFood Systems Summiti.On September 14, 2021, three United Nations (UN) agencies viz. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report titled ‘A multi-billion-dollar opportunity: Repurposing agricultural support to transform food systems’.
ii.The report is an analysis of countries’ support to farmers and its adverse impacts on food prices, environment, global warming and farmers, specifically smallholders.
iii.The contemporary food production system emits high greenhouse gas (GHG) and support is being provided for the most emission-intensive sectors like sugar and the beef production chain.
About United Nations Development Programme (UNDP):
Establishment– 1965
Administrator– Achim Steiner
Headquarters– New York, United States of America
About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Establishment– 1972
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
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India participates in SCO Peaceful Mission 2021 in Russia6th Edition of Exercise SCO Peaceful Mission 2021I.Indian Military participated in a Joint Counter Terrorism Exercise SCO PEACEFUL MISSION 2021. It is a biennial exercise organised under the aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at Orenburg in Russia from September 13 to 25, 2021.

  • It was organised under aegis of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
  • The exercise will be conducted between SCO member states.
  • The 6th edition of the exercise SCO Peaceful Mission was hosted by Russia in Orenburg

About Russia
Host city: Orenburg
Capital: Moscow
President:  Vladimir Putin
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AUKUS- a New Trilateral Defence & Security Partnership between the US, UK and AustraliaUS, UK and Australia announce formation of AUKUS- a new trilateral defence & security partnership for Indo-PacificThe United States(US), United Kingdom(UK) and Australia established a trilateral security partnership named – ‘’AUKUS” in order to strengthen diplomatic, security and defence cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The partnership was announced between the US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a virtual meeting.
Objective– To ensure peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and key focus areas are cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and additional undersea capabilities.
Highlights
i.AUKUS is a trilateral partnership, which will provide exchange of technology, services, research and development and defence equipment.
ii.It is the first initiative under which Australia is acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for its Royal Australian Navy (RNS). Australia remains committed to fulfilling all of its obligations as a non-nuclear weapons state, including regulations under the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).
iii.Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines, when they deploy, will be armed with conventional weapons only and not nuclear weapons.
Importance of the Alliance
The AUKUS and another alliance QUAD are formed with a vision for a safer and more secure Indo-Pacific.QUAD countries are the US and Australia formed alliance with India and Japan.
Note – US President Joe Biden will host the first-ever in person Quad Leaders Summit at the White House on 24 September 2021.
About United States (US)
President- Joe Biden
Capital- Washington DC
Currency- United States Dollar

BANKING & FINANCE

HSBC Lunches UniTransact to simplify cross-border transactionsThe Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Limited (HSBC) India launched ‘ HSBC UniTransact’ a digital preposition for simplifying cross border transactions. It will provide a one stop solution and seamless transaction between client and beneficiaries.
Objective– To unify all cross border transactions at a single point and provide seamless transaction facilities.
Highlights

  • It will provide a summary of all cross transactions, Including two-way communication with the client.
  • The client can upload, store and retrieve documents for transactions
  • It enables end-to-end visibility of the transactions to clients and provides a comprehensive dashboard, real-time status throughout the life cycle of all cross border transactions.

About HSBC India
The first ATM in India was set up in 1987 by HSBC in Mumbai.
General Manager and Chief Executive Officer-Hitendra Dave
Founded- 1853

CricketCrazy.io: World’s First Cricket NFT Marketplace was launched 

Akram, Laxman, Klusener join world's first crypto cricket platform

Cricket Foundation, a Singapore-headquartered blockchain-based platform launched world’s first cricket NFT (Non Fungible Token) named CricketCrazy.io.

  • Cricket Foundation has partnered with around 120 cricketers including Wasim Akram, VVS Laxman and Lance Klusener
  • The Cricket Token (CRIC) is listed on Indian and international crypto exchanges with a market cap of over $200 million

Objective: To engage with the cricket fans and to create financial opportunities to the retired cricketers
Note: NFT is a unique digital asset designed to represent ownership of a virtual item.
About CRIC Token
i.CRIC Token is the medium of transactions for all applications built on the platform
ii.It is used in maintaining the security and integrity of the ‘Cricket Blockchain’ platform
About Cricket Foundation
i.The platform has about 50 plus unique moments from cricket history
ii.It will add about 5 NFTs daily
iii.Co-founder: Parthiv Patel
Type: Blockchain based platform

ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s GDP to grow by 7.2% in 2021 & 6.8% in 2022 – UNCTAD ReportIndian economy may growOn 15th September 2021, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released its “Trade and Development Report 2021”, which predicts India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to grow by 7.2 percent in 2021, whereas the Global Growth rate is projected at 5.3 percent.
Other Important GDP forecasts:

Rating Agency India’s GDP Forecast for FY22
OECD 9.9 percent
SBI 7.9 percent
ICRA 8.5 percent
World Bank 8.3 percent
IMF 9.5 percent
Economic Survey 2021 11 percent

About United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD):
General Secretary – Rebeca Grynspan (Costa Rica)
Established – 1964
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
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TCS Becomes 2nd Indian company to hit USD 200 Bn M-cap after RIL

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) of TATA groups becomes the 2nd Indian company to hit the 200 Billion USD market capitalization (M-Cap) mark. Reliance Industries (RIL)was the first Indian Company to achieve the feat.

  • Among the most valued software companies, TCS is ranked behind Accenture (USD 218bn) and ahead of IBM (USD 123 bn).
  • TCS, which completes 50 years, listed on the stock exchanges in 2004, crossed the USD 50-Bn market value in December 2010, USD 100 Bn in April 2018 and USD 150 Bn in December 2020.

Amazon launches “Kisan Store” for doorstep delivery of Agricultural produces to Farmers

In September 2021, Amazon launched ‘Kisan Store’ – a facility that allows Farmers to purchase agricultural products like seeds, farm accessories, plant protection, nutrition at Amazon Easy stores. Over 8000 products were available for their purchase with doorstep delivery facilities.

  • Digital payment modes facilities like Net Banking, UPI, Amazon Pay, and Debit & Credit Cards can also be used for procurement.
  • The website is available in 5 Indian languages – Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

President Ram Nath Kovind Conferred National Florence Nightingale Awards 2020 President Kovind Presents National Florence Nightingale Awards for Nursing PersonnelRam Nath Kovind, President of India, presented the National Florence Nightingale Awards 2020 to 51 nursing personnel across India over a virtual ceremony. He commended the selfless dedication and compassion of the nurses and felicitated the winners of the Florence Nightingale Awards 2020.
Key People:
Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary and other senior officials were present during the virtual ceremony.
About National Florence Nightingale Awards:
i.The government of India instituted the National Florence Nightingale Awards in 1973 to recognise the meritorious services provided by the nurses to society.
ii.The award also recognises the courage and devotion to the victims of armed conflicts or natural disasters.
iii.The award consists of a cash prize of Rs 50000, a certificate and a medal.
2020 National Florence Nightingale Awards:
i.Clinical Nurse Bhanumati Somabhai Gheewala from Vadodara, Gujarat has been honoured with this award for taking care of the delivery of COVID-19 positive Pregnant women and newborns.
ii.Dr Shailla Cannie, Dean and Principal of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi College of Nursing, Jammu & Kashmir(J&K) was honoured for her work towards girl child and society.
iii.Nursing officer Anuradha  and Nurse Latha from Puducherry have also won the National Florence Nightgale Awards 2020.Click here for the list of 2020 winners of the National Florence Nightingale Awards
Initiatives for healthcare providers:-

  • Indian Government has introduced Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP): Insurance Scheme for Health Workers Fighting covid-19’ to provide a personal accident cover of Rs. 50 lakh to all healthcare providers.
  • Government also launched the ‘Midwifery Service Initiative‘ to create a new cadre of midwives which named as Nurse Practitioner Midwife (NPM).

Note –International Nurses Day (IND) is observed on 12th May (the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth) of each year.

Modi, Mamata and SII CEO named among 100 most influential people by TIME  PM Modi, Mamata and Adar Poonawalla among Time Magazine’s 100 'most influential people of 2021'‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2021’, an annual list of global leaders was released by TIME magazine recently. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla were named among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
i.Global leaders like US President Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Israel’s Naftali Bennett, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi were listed.
ii.Even Former US President Donald Trump and the Taliban government’s deputy PM Abdul Ghani Baradar of Afghanistan.
iii.The list also includes tennis player Naomi Osaka, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, music icon Britney Spears, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council Manjusha P. Kulkarni, Apple CEO Tim Cook, actor Kate Winslet and the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
About TIME Magazine
TIME is an American News magazine and news website Based in New York
Editor: Edward Felsenthal

Euromoney Named DBS as ‘World’s Best Bank’ & ‘World’s Best Digital Bank’ for 2021Euromoney, a UK-based financial publication, announced its Global Awards for Excellence 2021 recently, and named DBS, the Singapore based financial services group as ‘World’s Best Bank 2021’ for the 2nd time in 3 years. Euromoney has also named DBS the ‘World’s Best Digital Bank 2021’.

  • DBS becomes the first bank in the world to hold both titles concurrently.
  • DBS was awarded for demonstrating its rare skills in surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and for utilising the chance to innovate and become a better bank.

Note:
This is the 4th consecutive year for DBS to be named the World’s Best Bank.
DBS has been named the World’s Best Bank by Euromoney in 2021 & 2019 and by Global Finance in 2020 and 2018.
About Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence:
Euromoney’s Awards for Excellence established in 1992 was the first of its kind in the global banking industry.
Key Points:
i.It approved more than 12,000 collateral-free loans totalling over SGD 6.2 billion, and SGD 11 billion in loan moratoriums for micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) customers.
ii.DBS also launched several ground-breaking initiatives with emerging technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence, which includes, DBS Digital Exchange, Climate Impact X, Partior, and DBS NAV Planner.
About DBS Bank:
CEO– Piyush Gupta
Headquarters– Singapore

Adidas Named Olympic medalist Mirabai Chanu as face of ‘Stay in Play’ Campaign

Adidas, a German footwear and accessories company, has named Olympic silver medalist (weightlifting), Mirabai Chanu as the face of its “Stay in Play” campaign, which is designed to keep more menstruating women in sports.

  • To support the menstruating women athletes, the brand has launched “TechFit Period Proof tights” with added layer of protection.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Rohit Sharma as brand ambassador of TAGG; Kriti Sanon as Fossil’s brand ambassador for IndiaTAGG, a Delhi based tech-driven lifestyle electronics brand, has appointed Rohit Sharma, the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team and captain of Mumbai Indians as its TAGGSTER (brand ambassador).
Fossil, the American watches and accessories firm has appointed Indian Bollywood actress Kriti Sanon as its brand ambassador for India.
Rohit Sharma roped in as brand ambassador of TAGG
Rohit Sharma as the brand ambassador will help steer the brand to new heights in the audio and wearable industry.

  • TAGG launched its first smartwatch TAGG Verve 2020.
  • It has also planned on launching a series of next-generation smartwatches along with a fresh range of audio products.

Kriti Sanon roped in as Fossil’s brand ambassador for India
Kriti Sanon’s collaboration with Fossil will extend to promoting the watch and accessories category ranging from traditional and smartwatches to leather products as well as jewellery for women.

  • Recently, She was appointed as the brand ambassador of kitchenware brand Wonderchef.
  • Sanon is a celebrity endorser for several brands and products such as Bata, Whirlpool and Cadbury Fuse etc.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakhstan for Global Internet Service PushOn September 14, 2021, the London (United Kingdom) based firm OneWeb launched 34 satellites into orbit from a Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

  • It was launched in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) by French LEO satellite communications company, Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, through its launch vehicle ‘Soyuz’-Flight ST35.
  • Flight ST35 was the 60th Soyuz mission and the 10th mission for OneWeb.

Key Points:
i.With this, OneWeb’s satellites into orbit expanded to 322 for the global connectivity constellation.
ii.OneWeb has plans to launch a total of 648 LEO satellites for high-speed global internet connection including to the most remote corners of the world.
iii.It should be noted that OneWeb resumed satellite launches in December 2020 after getting bankruptcy protection worth $1 billion in equity investment from a consortium of the British government and India’s Bharti Enterprises.

  • It has received further financing from Bharti Enterprises as well as investment from Eutelsat Communications and Japan’s SoftBank.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Book “Translating Myself and Others” to be Released 
Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer, has authored a new book titled “Translating Myself and Others”, which is set to be released in 2022. The book includes several essays (previously published and unpublished) about translation.The book has been acquired by the Princeton University Press. 
About the book:
i.The essays featured in the book reflects Jhumpa Lahiri’s experiences with translation, self-translation and writing across languages.
ii.The book also includes an essay on her ambition to translate “The Metamorphoses” by the Roman poet Ovid. 
About Jhumpa Lahiri:
i.Jhumpa Lahiri born in London, United Kingdom, is an author and translator of Indian origin.
She is serving as the director of Princeton University’s program in creative writing.
ii.Her first book, a collection of short stories titled “Interpreter of Maladies” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000
iii.Her book titled “The Namesake” was later made into a movie in 2006.
Other books:

  • Unaccustomed Earth.
  • The Lowland
  • Whereabouts: A novel

A book “Human Rights and Terrorism in India” by Subramanian SwamyBJP MP Subramanian Swamy has authored a book “Human Rights and Terrorism in India” which traces how the combating of terrorism can be harmonised with human and fundamental rights within reasonable restrictions that are permitted by the Constitution and upheld by the Supreme Court.

  • The book was published by Har Anand Publications pte Ltd.
  • The book mentions the release of three dreaded terrorists in exchange of hijacked Indian Airlines passengers in Afghanistan’s Kandahar in 1999 as the  “worst capitulation” to terrorists in India’s modern history.

About Subramanian Swamy
i.Subramanian Swamy is the founder of the Janata Party and he served as its chairman till the merger of Janata Party with Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP).
ii.Swamy served as a member of the Planning Commission of India and the Cabinet Minister of Commerce and Law during the 1990 and 1991.
iii.He was also the Chairman of the Commission on Labour Standards and International Trade.
iv.He is founder of the Action Committee Against Corruption in India (ACACI).
Note: The America Tamil sangam honoured BJP leader Subramanian Swamy with ‘Tamil Ratna’ award in 2018.
Books Of Subramanian Swamy
He has authored more than 20 books, some of them are:

  • Himalayan Challenge: India, China and the Quest for Peace
  • RESET: Regaining India’s Economic Legacy
  • Economic Growth in China and India, 1952–70
  • India’s economic performance and reforms: a perspective for the new millennium

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2021 – September 16 United Nations(UN)’s International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is annually observed across the globe on September 16th to create awareness about the importance of the Ozone layer in protecting the Earth from harmful rays of the sun.
The day also commemorates the signing of ‘Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer’ in September 1987.

  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is also known as Global Ozone Day or World Ozone Day.
  • 16th September 2021 marks the observance of the 27th International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.

The theme of International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2021 is “Montreal Protocol – Keeping us, our food and vaccines cool”.
Background:
i.The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/49/114 on 19th December 1994 and proclaimed September 16th of every year as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
ii.The first-ever International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer was observed on September 16, 1995. 
About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Executive Director– Inger Andersen
Headquarters– Nairobi, Kenya
Founded in June 1972
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STATE NEWS

Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma Launched ‘MyMeG’ to Engage Citizens in the Governance ProcessMeghalaya CM launches ‘MyMeG- a citizen engagement initiative’On the occasion of International Democracy Day (15th September 2021), Conrad K Sangma Chief Minister (CM) of Meghalaya launched the “MyMeG” Program, an initiative to facilitate citizens engagement and participation in the governance process.

  • This is in line with the aim of the state to become one of the top 10 states in India by 2030.
  • The government of Meghalaya has taken various initiatives to promote inclusive development through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), Self Help Groups(SHGs), Jal Jeevan Mission, etc.,

About MyMeG Program:
i.The program has been designed to accelerate the development of the state by engaging and empowering the citizens and promote their participation in governance.
ii.MyMeG program aims to,

  • Connect with citizens through face to face and digital platforms which will facilitate citizen-centric information on the benefits of key schemes and programmes.
  • Track the progress of schemes, programmes and initiatives at various levels.
  • Participate and share feedback and opinions through polls and surveys.
  • Engage people through town hall meetings.

About Meghalaya:
Governor– Satya Pal Malik
Festivals– Shad Sukra; Wangala Festival
Stadium– Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced “UP Matra Bhumi Yojana” for Rural AreasCM Yogi announced the launch ‘UP Matra Bhumi Yojana’The Chief Minister (CM) of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Yogi Adityanath has announced the launch of  ‘Uttar Pradesh Matra Bhumi Yojana‘ while virtually laying other road projects under the Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadak yojana (PMGSY). This scheme will strengthen the rural economy and infrastructure in the state.
Under the scheme-
i.Health centres, Aganwadi, Library, gymnasium, open gym, cattle breed improvement centres, fire service stations,CCTVs for smart villages, development of funeral sites, installation of solar lights among others in villages will be developed in the rural areas.
ii.Every person will be given a chance to directly participate in the various work of infrastructure development in the rural regions.
iii.50 percent of the expense will be provided by the government while remaining 50 percent will be contributed by the interested people. The project will be named after their collaborators.
iv.The state Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj will submit the action plan to the government.
About Uttar Pradesh
Airport– Kanpur airport, Gorakhpur airport, Agra Airport (Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Airport)
Heritage site – Agra fort(1983) , Taj Mahal (1983), Fatehpur Sikri (1986)
Bird sanctuary- Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary,Sandi Bird Sanctuary, Samaspur Bird Sanctuary

Rajnish Kumar appointed as Economic Advisor of Andhra Pradesh 

In September 2021, Andhra Pradesh government headed by Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy appointed former SBI Chairman Rajnish Kumar as its Economic Advisor. He was appointed to the state’s cabinet for a period of 2-years, to review the state’s financial situation and guide its early recovery from COVID-19.

  • Rajinish Kumar serves as the Non-Executive Director of HSBC and advisor to Kotak’s Funds, after his retirement from SBI in October 2020.

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S.no Current Affairs 17 September 2021
1 Cabinet Approval on September 15, 2021
2 NITI Aayog, RMI, and RMI India Launch ‘Shoonya’ Campaign
3 Vi Partners With Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Agency And Celltick To Launch India’s First Cell Broadcast Based Public Warning System
4 PM Narendra Modi lays Foundation Stone of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University in Aligarh
5 BHEL Commissioned India’s Largest Floating Solar PV Plant NTPC Simhadri in AP
6 Supports to Farmers keeping the World away from SDGs: Report by FAO, UNDP & UNEP
7 India participates in SCO Peaceful Mission in Russia
8 AUKUS- a New Trilateral Defence & Security Partnership between the US, UK and Australia
9 HSBC Lunches UniTransact to  simplify cross-border transactions
10 Crypto enters cricketing space
11 India’s economy to grow at 7.2 pc this year: UNCTAD
12 TCS Becomes 2nd Indian company to hit USD 200 Bn M-cap after RIL
13 Amazon India announces the launch of ‘Kisan Store’
14 President Ram Nath Kovind Conferred National Florence Nightingale Awards 2020 to 51 Nurses
15 Modi, Mamata and SII CEO named among 100 most influential people by TIME
16 DBS honoured as ‘World’s Best Bank’ for fourth straight year
17 Olympic medalist Mirabai Chanu to be face of Adidas ‘Stay in Play’ campaign
18 Rohit Sharma as brand ambassador of TAGG; Kriti Sanon as Fossil’s brand ambassador for India
19 OneWeb launches 34 satellites from Kazakhstan for Global Internet Service Push
20 Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri’s New Book “Translating Myself and Others” to be Released
21 A book “Human Rights and Terrorism in India” by Subramanian Swamy
22 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 2021 – September 16
23 Meghalaya CM Conrad K Sangma Launched ‘MyMeG’ to Engage Citizens in the Governance Process
24 Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath announced “UP Matra Bhumi Yojana” for Rural Areas
25 AP appoints former SBI chief Rajnish Kumar as economic advisor