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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

NITI Aayog Launches Report on ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’; France’s Dassault Systèmes partnered with NITI AayogNITI Aayog Launches Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in Indiai.On September 16, 2021, a report titled ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’ was released by NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Amitabh Kant and Special Secretary Dr K. Rajeswara Rao.
ii.The report has been developed by NITI Aayog over a period of 9 months, in consultation with concerned ministries and eminent experts in the domain of urban and regional planning.
iii.NITI Aayog and France’s software maker Dassault Systèmes have signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) during a virtual event to support various current and future initiatives of AIM (Atal Innovation Mission) programs and AIM beneficiaries in India.
About NITI Aayog:
Establishment– 2015
Chairperson– Prime Minister of India (Currently- Narendra Damodardas Modi)
Headquarters– New Delhi
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MoD constitutes 15-member High Level Expert Committee for review of NCCMoD constitutes High Level Expert Committee for a comprehensive review of NCCOn September 16, 2021, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) constituted a High Level Expert Committee, under the chairmanship of former Member of Parliament (MP) Baijayant Panda, for a comprehensive review of National Cadet Corps (NCC). The committee will be responsible for suggesting measures to empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards national development.

  • The committee will also recommend best practices of similar international youth organizations for inclusion in the NCC curriculum.

Composition of Committee: 15 members
It has 13 members and 1 member secretary, along with Chairperson. Therefore, in total it’s a 15 member committee.

Baijayant Panda, former Member of Parliament Chairperson
Col. (Retd) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Member of Parliament Member
Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Member of Parliament Member
Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group Member
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cricketer Member
Sanjeev Sanyal, Principal Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance Member
Prof. Najma Akhtar, Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia Member
Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Former VC, SNDT Women’s University Member
Mukul Kanitkar, National Organizing Secretary, Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal Member
Maj. Gen. Alok Raj (Retd) Member
Milind Kamble, Chairman, DICCI Member
Rituraj Sinha, MD, SIS India Limited Member
Ms. Vedika Bhandarkar, Chief Operating Officer, Water.org Member
Anand Shah, CEO, Databook Member
Mayank Tewari, JS (Trg), DoD Member Secretary

About NCC:
The NCC is the largest uniformed organisation which aims at developing character, discipline, a secular outlook and ideals of selfless service amongst young citizens.
About Ministry of Defence:
Rajnath Singh Constituency – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Minister of State– Ajay Bhatt (Constituency – Nainital–Udhamsingh Nagar, Uttarakhand)

Cabinet Approves Guarantee of upto Rs 30600 Crore to back Security Receipts to be issued by NARCLCabinet Approves Guarantee Of Up To Rs 30600 Crorei.As part of resolution of bad loans, on September 16, 2021, the Union Cabinet approved government guarantee of up to Rs 30600 crore to back Security Receipts (SRs) for 5 years that will be issued by National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL). The information for the same was provided by Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Finance while briefing media in New Delhi.
ii.It has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013 and has applied to the Reserve Bank of India for license as an Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC). It is basically a government backed bad bank in the name of ARC.
iii.Along with NARCL, the government will also set up the India Debt Resolution Company Ltd (IDRCL). The IDRCL is a service company or an operational entity, which will manage assets and loop in market professionals and turnaround experts.  PSBs and Public FIs will hold a maximum of 49% stake and
About Ministry of Finance:
Nirmala Sitharaman Constituency– Karnataka
Ministers of State (MoS) – Dr Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad (Constituency –Maharashtra), and Pankaj Chaudhary (Constituency – Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh)
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Ayush Ministry signs MoU with USA to enhance export potential of Traditional MedicineIndia and USA sign MoU for enhancing export potential of AyurvedicIn September 2021, the Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy (PCIM&H) under the Ministry of Ayush signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with USA’s American Herbal Pharmacopoeia to boost the export potential of Indian Traditional Medicine products in US Market.

  • Both countries will collaborate on framing the Safety & Standards for Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homeopathy (ASU&H) drugs for quicker adaptation in the US market.

i.Under the collaboration, a Joint Committee will be framed for developing an action plan along with development of Monographs in Traditional Medicine.
ii.A Monograph will be developed, containing technical data on Indian Traditional Medicine & Herbal products, with various Botanical Reference Samples.
iii.The Countries will work on promotion of Traditional Medicines in the international level for Global acceptance.
About Ministry of Ayush:
The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) was established on 9th November 2014
Union Minister – Sarbananda Sonowal
Minister of State – Munjapara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

World Bank discontinues “Doing Business” reportWorld Bank discontinues “Ease of Doing Business” reportOn 16th September 2021, the World Bank group announced to discontinue its “Doing Business” reports after finding data irregularities in countries rankings in 2018 and 2020 reports. The law investigation agency, WilmerHale, has unveiled inconsistent with the Doing Business methodology in the 2018 report, which favoured China’s position.

  • In Doing Business 2018 report, China was ranked 78th with a score of 65.3, but after making corrections in various indicators, its position dropped 7 places to 85th with a score of 64.5

Note – The 1st edition of the ‘Doing Business’ report was published by the World Bank in 2003.
i.The investigation has unveiled that the data irregularities in the reports were due to pressure from the then World Bank Chief Executive ‘Kristalina Georgieva’, who serves as the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since 2018.
ii.In the “Doing Business 2020” report, the ranking of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Azerbaijan were found to be dispositioned.

  • Saudi Arabia jumped 30 places to 62nd in the 2020 report compared to that of 2019.

Note – India was ranked 63rd in the ‘2020 Ease of Doing Business’ index, which was topped by New Zealand
About WilmerHale:
Founder – William F. Lee
Headquarters – Washington, DC, USA
About World Bank: 
President – David R. Malpass
Headquarters – Washington DC, USA
World Bank Country Director in India – Junaid Ahmad

WEF to host 5 day annual meet in Davos in Jan 2022World Economic Forum to host next annual meeting in Davos in Jan 2022The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced that its next annual meeting with the theme ‘Working Together, Restoring Trust’ will be held at Davos-Klosters in Switzerland from January 17-21, 2022.

  • It the first major in-person congregation of the world leaders in almost two years since the deadliest pandemic hit the world.
  • The yearly gathering in 2021 was skipped due to safety and health concerns

Objective:
i.To accelerate stakeholder capitalism, harness the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and ensure a more inclusive future of work.
ii.To emphasis on rebuilding trust and shaping a more sustainable future
iii.To bring together forward-thinking leaders to drive multi stakeholder collaboration
iv.To address the world’s most pressing economic, political and societal challenges
v.To tackle climate change, build a better future for work
Note:
Ahead of the Annual Meeting 2022, the Forum will host the fifth Sustainable Development Impact Summit with the theme ‘Shaping an Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Recovery’,   virtually from September 20-23, 2021.
About World Economic Forum (WEF)
Headquarters: Cologny, Switzerland
CEO: Jeremy Jurgens
Founder: Klaus Schwab
Founded: January 1971
Motto: Committed to improving the state of the world

BANKING & FINANCE

KMBL in partnership with IISc will set up AI-ML Centre in BengaluruKotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) are collaborating to set up an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI-ML) ‘’Kotak-IISc AI-ML Centre’’at IISc campus in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
Aim– To boost the Research & Development and innovation in the field of AI-ML.
Highlights

  • It is an initiative under CSR(Corporate Social Responsibility) project on Education and Livelihood
  • The centre is spread across 1,40,000 square feet in the city. It will offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and short term courses in the field of AI-MI such as deep learning, fintech, reinforcement learning, image processing, computer vision, natural language processing, speech understanding, robotics, computational finance and risk management, cyber security, fraud analytics, blockchain, biomedical engineering and technology, healthcare, etc.
  • The Centre, established under KMBL’s CSR project on Education & Livelihood.

Note-  The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) was coined in 1956 by John McCarthy.
Additional Information-
i.IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Hyderabad is the 1st Indian Educational Institute starting B Tech in AI. It is 3rd in the World after Carnegie University and MIT(Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
ii.IIIT(International Institute of Information Technology)Hyderabad has also introduced popular executive programmes on AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain.
About Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (KMBL)-
Established– February 2003
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer– Uday Kotak

Tata Capital launches ‘Loan Against Mutual Funds’ Scheme In September 2021, Tata Capital, the financial service wing of Tata Sons, launched a 1st of its kind digital banking scheme called ‘Loan Against Mutual Funds’ (LAMF). The scheme offers instant loans ranging from ₹5 lakhs to ₹2 crores to customers on their existing Mutual Funds, maintained by various asset management companies.

  • The loans can be availed as an overdraft facility or as a term loan to meet the personal & business loan requirements of customers.

Features of LAMF:
i.Under LAMF, Tata Capital offers end-to-end digital loans starting from onboarding of customers till loan disbursement.
ii.Auto-renewal facility can be availed after the tenure of loans exceeds 1-year
iii.The loans are customizable based on the tenure and portfolio of the Mutual fund.
About Tata Capital:
MD & CEO – Rajiv Sabharwal
Established – 2007
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

IIFL Home Finance signs Co-Lending  Agreement with PNBIIFL Home Finance Limited (IIFL HFL) has signed a co-lending  agreement with Punjab National Bank (PNB). It is the 4th co-lending of IIFL HFL with the banks.
Objective- To increase the penetration of affordable housing loans and secured MSME (Micro Small and Medium Enterprises) loans.
Highlights
i.The co-lending agreement with the PNB, India’s 2nd largest public sector bank where 80 percent of loan will be provided by PNB and IIFL HFL will manage the loan sourcing, documentation collection and servicing work. It is expected that the company has increased loans by around 25 percent.
ii.The main focus states are Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.The low interest rate of loans would be provided to its customers in 17 states.
iii.Earlier, the company has signed co-lending agreements with 3 different banks ICICI Bank, Central Bank of India and Standard Chartered Bank.
ivIIFL HFL has facilitated credit linked subsidy benefits under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) to over 44,700 beneficiary households in 17 states, with subsidy amount totalling Rs 1,068 crore.
About Punjab National Bank
Chief Executive Officer– S S Mallikarjuna Rao
Headquarters- New Delhi, Delhi
Founded– 19 May 1894
Tagline– ‘’The name you can bank upon’’
About IIFL Home Finance Limited
Chief Executive Officer- Monu Ratra

PFC issues India’s first-ever Euro Green Bond Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC), the leading Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) in the power sector, launched its first €300 million 7-year Euro Bond issuance on September 13 pricing 1.841%.
i.The issuance got participation from around 82 accounts and was oversubscribed 2.65 times by institutional investors across Asia and Europe.
ii.The pricing achieved is the lowest yield locked in by an Indian Issuer in the Euro markets.

  • It is the first ever Euro denominated Green bond issuance from India.
  • It is the first ever Euro issuance by an Indian NBFC and the first Euro bond issuance from India since 2017.

About Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC):
It is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power.
Head Office– New Delhi, India
Chairman & Managing Director– Shri Ravinder Singh Dhillon
Founded– 16 July 1986

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Home Minister Amit Shah Presented Rajbhasha Kirti & Rajbhasha Gaurav Awards  Home Minister Amit Shah Presented Rajbhasha Kirti & Rajbhasha Gaurav AwardsOn the occasion of Hindi Diwas 2021, Amit Shah, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation presented the Rajbhasha Kirti and Rajbhasha Gaurav Awards to Ministries, Departments, and Undertakings who have done excellent work in the official language during 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.
He also released the 160th issue of the “Rajbhasha Bharati” booklet.
PNB & UBI received Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar:
i.Punjab National Bank (PNB) has won the 1st prize of Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar for 2020-2021 for the 4th consecutive time.
ii.Union Bank of India (UBI) won 5 awards – Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar for excellent implementation of Hindi during the year 2018-19, 2019-20 & 2020-21.

  • Under the National Bank Category, UBI’s e-Corporation Bank won the 1st prize for the 2019-20 ‘C’ region, and Union Bank of India won the 3rd prize for the year 2020-21.
  • Under the House Magazine Category, UBI won the 2nd prize for “Union Srijan” for the years 2018-2019 and UBI’s e-Andhra Bank won the 2nd prize for “Rajbhasha Sarita” for the years 2018 and 2019.
  • Under Town Official Language Implementation committee (TOLIC) Category (C Region), TOLIC, Vishakhapatnam of UBI’s E-Andhra Bank won the 2nd Prize for the year 2019-2020.

iii.Bank of Maharashtra, and Punjab & Sind Bank have also won the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar.
Other awardees:
i.National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Limited, under the Ministry of Steel, won the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (3rd prize) under the Undertakings category C region for 2019-2020.
ii.Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited – Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (RINL-VSP) won the Rajbhasha Keerti Puraskar (1st Prize) for 2020-21 and 2019-2020.

  • TOLIC Undertaking, Visakhapatnam, under RINL, won the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar- 1st Prize for the year 2020-21.

iii.Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) won the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (2nd prize) under the public sector undertakings (PSU) category ‘C region’ for the 2nd consecutive year.
iv.Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) won the Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar (1st prize) under the TOLIC undertaking category C Region for 2019-2020.

  • Shrinivas Rao, officer of BEL, won the Rajbhasha Gaurav Puraskar (2nd prize) under non-Hindi category (2018-2019).

British writer Susanna Clarke won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for Piranesi

British author Susanna Clarke won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for her 2nd book, a fantasy novel titled “Piranesi”, a mystery about a man living alone in a labyrinthine house.
The book was published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
She published her debut novel “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” in 2004.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Joshna Chinappa Appointed as Brand Ambassador of ASICS; Virat Kohli as Athlete Investor & Brand Ambassador of Hyperice The Japanese Sports equipment company Asics announced Indian squash player Joshna Chinappa as its new brand ambassador. It will bring positive change by spreading awareness about sports among the youth.
i.Asics has been working with several other athletes from various sports such as Manika Batra, Bajrang Punia, Ravindra Jadeja, Sakshi Malik, along with international athletes like Novak Djokovic etc to support youth and improve their performances.
About Joshna Chinappa

  • Joshna is an Indian professional squash player born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.Currently she is ranked as number 10 worldwide.
  • She is a two- time Asian Championship gold medalist.
  • At the 2014 Commonwealth Games Joshna, along with Dipika Pallikal Karthik, won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, India’s first-ever Commonwealth Games medal in the sport.

Hyperice annonces Virat Kohli as Athlete investor and Brand Ambassador
A global wellness brand, Hyperice announced that Indian cricketer Virat Kohli appointed as an ‘Athlete Investor’ and brand ambassador.
i.Virat Kohli has joined as an Athlete Investor with several other sports persons like Footballer Erling Haaland, Tennis player Naomi Osaka etc.
About Hyperice
Founder– Anthony Katz
CEO – Jim Huether
About ASICS:
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-Motoi Oyama
Managing Director, ASICS India and South Asia – Rajat Khurana

Fino Payments Bank Appointed Pankaj Tripathi as its First Brand AmbassadorFino Payments Bank Limited (FPBL) has appointed Indian actor(Hindi) Pankaj Tripathi as its first-ever brand ambassador. He will endorse the brand for a period of 2 years effective from September 1 2021.

  • As the brand ambassador of FPBL, He will work with the FPBL and promote its product and services and be the face of the bank’s marketing campaigns across various platforms.
  • He will be the face of FPBL’s 1st “Fikar Not” campaign which aims to reduce the fears and confidence issues related to the banking process.

About Pankaj Tripathi:
i.National award-winning actor Pankaj Tripathi hails from Gopalganj, Bihar.
ii.He won the Special Mention Award at 65th National Film Awards 2018.
iii.He has been appointed as the brand ambassador by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in 2021 and the Bihar government has appointed him as the brand ambassador of Patna’s Khadi Mall in 2020.
About Fino Payments Bank Limited (FPBL):
MD & CEO– Rishi Gupta
Incorporated on 4th April 2017
Headquarters– Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– Qadar Aapki Mehnat Ki

Centre Forms GoM for Implementation of Schemes for SC, ST, OBC, Minorities & Women; Chaired by Rajnath SinghCentre forms GoM for better implementation of schemes meant for SC, ST, OBC, minorities, womenThe Government of India constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM), Chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, to improve the implementation of various schemes meant for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), minorities and women.

    • The first meeting of the GoM was held at the residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Objective:
The objective of the GoM is to work for the empowerment and prosperity of backward classes and minorities
Member of GoM:

  • Amit Shah – Union Minister of Home Affairs and Cooperation
  • Nirmala Sitharaman – Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs
  • Dharmendra Pradhan – Union Minister of Education, and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
  • Ashwini Vaishnaw – Union Minister of Railways, Communications, and Electronics and Information Technology.
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Union Minister of Minority Affairs.
  • Arjun Munda- Union Minister of Tribal Affairs.
  • Kiren Rijiju – Union Minister of Law and Justice.
  • Virendra Kumar- Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

Pawan Kumar Goenka appointed as Chairperson of ‘IN-SPACe’

Pawan Kumar Goenka, the former Managing Director (MD) of Mahindra & Mahindra, was appointed as the Chairperson of Indian National Space Promotion Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.

  • In 2020, the Central government established IN-SPACe under the Department of Space, as the nodal agency for regulating private companies in the Space sector.

Yahoo Appoints Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone as its new CEO

Yahoo has appointed Jim Lanzone, the CEO of Tinder as its new Chief Executive Officer(CEO) with effect from 27th September 2021.
Jim Lanzone will succeed Guru Gowrappan who was named Senior Advisor to Apollo’s private equity business.

  • This follows the acquisition of Yahoo by Apollo Management Group for 5 billion USD.
  • Apollo completed the acquisition of Yahoo formerly Verizon Media on 1st September 2021.
  • Verizon retained a 10% stake in Yahoo.

      SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

South Korea, 1st nation to successfully test launch SLBM without nuclear weapons; North Korea tested rail-launched ballistic missilesSouth Korea successfully test launch submarine-launched ballistic missilei.After North Korea, now South Korea successfully test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) becoming the 7th country in the world to do so. It also became the first country without nuclear weapons to develop such a system.
ii.The SLBM was fired underwater from its newly commissioned 3,000 ton class Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine.
iii.North Korea successfully test fired two short-range ballistic missiles from a train for the first time during a drill of its Railway Mobile Missile Regiment.
About South Korea:
Capital– Seoul
Currency– South Korean won
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Spacex launches Earth-circling private trip with no professionalsFor the first, A SpaceX launched Falcon 9 rocket, with all amateur and tourist crew, from Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral in Central Florida on September 15, 2021.

  • The crew included 38-year-old billionaire Jared Isaacman, who sponsored the trip, Hayley Arceneux, 29, Sian Procotor, 51, and Chris Sembroski, a 42-year-old who claimed his seat through an online raffle.
  • Jared Isaacman is leading the flight
  • The Dragon capsule aimed for an altitude of 575 km, just beyond the Hubble Space Telescope
  • The Dragon capsule in which they are boarded will circle around the planet for three days expected to reach earth on September 18 (Saturday).

Note: Arceneaux is the first youngest American in space and the first person with prosthesis, a titanium rod in her left leg
About Dragon Capsule
i.It is a class of reusable cargo spacecraft developed by SpaceX
ii.It is also known as the pressurised section, allows the transport of people as well as environmentally sensitive cargo
About SpaceX
i.
Space Exploration Technologies Corp is an American aerospace manufacturer, space transportation services and communications company
ii. Founder and CEO:  Elon Musk
iii. Founded: 6 May 2002
iv. Headquarters: Hawthorne, California, United States

SPORTS

IOC bans N Korea till the end of 2022IOC suspends North Korea until end of 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has suspended North Korea until the end of 2022 as it failed to send a team to the Tokyo Games.

  • With this suspension, the country will miss the Beijing Winter Games 2022 and it will not receive financial aid during the suspension
  • To protect its athletes from Covid-19, North Korea did not send a delegation to the Tokyo Games.
  • IOC reserves the right to make decisions on any individual North Korean athletes who qualify for Beijing 2022 and to reconsider the duration of the country’s suspension.

Former Olympic shooter Randhir Singh appointed as acting president of OCA
Former Olympic shooter Raja Randhir Singh, 72, has been appointed as the acting president of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) as the president Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah stepped aside after being found guilty of forgery by a Geneva Court.

  • Randhir Singh is currently an Honorary Life Vice-President of the OCA
    He served as Secretary General of OCA from 1991 to 2015.
  • He also served as Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) from 1987 to 2012
  • He was full member of the International Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2014

In March 2021, He was appointed as the chairman of the Coordination Committee of the 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games by OCA General Assembly
About IOC
Headquarters:
Lausanne, Switzerland
President:
Thomas Bach

OBITUARY

Former Gabonese PM Casimir Oye Mba dies in ParisThe former Prime Minister (PM) of Gabon Casimir Oye Mba passed away due to COVID-19 in Paris, France. He was 79 year old.
About  Casimir Oye Mba
i.He was born on 20 April 1942 in Nzamaligué, Gabon.
ii.Initially, he was hospitalized in Libreville,Gibbon’s capital, then transferred to hospital in Paris due to critical condition.
iii.He served as the PM from 1990-1994. He was also the Governor of the Bank of Central African States (BEAC) in Central Africa from 1978- 1990.
iv.BEAC is the common bank of six Central African countries headquartered in Yaounde, Cameroon.
v.Subsequently he remained in the government as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1999, Minister of State for Planning from 1999 to 2007, and Minister of State for Mines and Oil from 2007 to 2009.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2021 – September 15 World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) is annually observed across the globe on September 15th to create awareness about Lymphoma, the cancer of the lymphatic system.
The day is observed by the patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and others who are affected by lymphoma across the globe.
Lymphoma Awareness is represented using the lime green ribbon. 
The message of WLAD 2021 is “We Can’t Wait”. 
Background:
i.World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) was initiated in 2004 to raise public awareness about both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in terms of symptom recognition, early diagnosis and treatment.
ii.It is a global initiative hosted by the Lymphoma Coalition, a non-profit network organisation of 83 lymphoma patient groups from 52 countries.
About Lymphoma:
i.Lymphoma is the general term for the cancer of the lymphatic system, which produces, stores, and carries white blood cells.
ii.Lymphoma develops in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell.
iii.The lymphatic system is a part of the immune system of the body, which includes the lymph nodes (lymph glands), spleen, thymus gland, and bone marrow.
Types:
i.The two categories of lymphatic cancer Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are differentiated by the type of lymphocyte that is affected.
ii.Hodgkin’s lymphoma is identified by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, and in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, these cells are not present.

World Patient Safety Day 2021 – September 17World Patient Safety DayWorld Health Organisation(WHO)’s World Patient Safety Day is annually observed across the globe on September 17th to promote the aspects of patient safety and reduce patient harm.
17th September 2021 marks the observance of 3rd World Patient Safety Day.

  • The theme of World Patient Safety Day 2021 is “Safe maternal and newborn care”. 

Background:
i.The 72nd World Health Assembly(WHA) adopted the resolution WHA72.6 – “Global action on patient safety” on 28th May 2019 and proclaimed September 17th of every year as the World Patient Safety Day.
ii.The first-ever World Patient Safety Day was observed on 17th September 2019.
World Patient Safety Day 2021:
The campaign slogan of 2021 is “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth!” which calls the stakeholders to speed up the actions to ensure safe and respectful childbirth.
About World Health Organisation(WHO):
Director-General– Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus(Ethiopia)
Headquarters- Geneva, Switzerland
Founded on 7 April 1948
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57th ITEC Day – 15th September 2021Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day is annually commemorated on 15th September to mark the launch of the ITEC programme on 15th September 1964.
ITEC programme presents scholarships to deserving candidates for short-term and medium-term training courses.
About ITEC:
i.Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme under the Ministry of External Affairs, is a flagship programme of the government of India established in 1964.
ITEC aims to offer the benefits of India’s development experiences and appropriate technologies to the other developing countries.
ii.Under ITEC, every year more than 10000 training slots are offered to 161 partner countries for training courses across various areas like Accounts, Audit, Management, SME, Rural Development and Parliamentary Affair.
ITEC Day in Bangladesh:
i.The High Commission of India in Bangladesh celebrated the 57th ITEC day in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
ii.Mohibul Hasan Chowdhoury, Deputy Minister for Education of Bangladesh attended the event as Chief guest.
ITEC Day in Thailand:
i.The Embassy of India, Bangkok organised the celebration of ITEC Day 2021 in Thailand.
ii.H.E. Suchitra Durai, Ambassador of India to Thailand presided over the events of ITEC Day 2021.
ITEC Day in Vietnam:
i.The Embassy of India, Hanoi hosted a virtual celebration to mark ITEC Day 2021.
ii.Ambassador Pranay Verma and Deputy Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam, His Excellency Nguyen Van Phuc presided over the celebrations.

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S.no Current Affairs 18 September 2021
1 NITI Aayog Launches Report on ‘Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India’; France’s Dassault Systèmes partnered with NITI Aayog
2 MoD constitutes 15-member High Level Expert Committee to review of NCC
3 Cabinet Approves Guarantee of upto Rs 30600 Crore to back Security Receipts to be issued by NARCL
4 Ayush Ministry signs MoU with USA to enhance export potential of Traditional Medicine
5 World Bank discontinues “Doing Business” report
6 WEF to host 5 day annual meet in Davos in Jan 2022
7 KMBL in partnership with IISc will set up AI-ML Centre in Bengaluru
8 Tata Capital launches ‘Loan Against Mutual Funds’ Scheme
9 IIFL Home Finance signs Co-Lending  Agreement with PNB
10 PFC issues India’s first-ever Euro Green Bond
11 Home Minister Amit Shah Presented Rajbhasha Kirti & Rajbhasha Gaurav Awards
12 British writer Susanna Clarke won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 for Piranesi
13 Joshna Chinappa become new Brand Ambassador of ASICS
14 Fino Payments Bank Appointed Pankaj Tripathi as its First Brand Ambassador
15 Centre Forms GoM for Implementation of Schemes for SC, ST, OBC, Minorities & Women; Chaired by Rajnath Singh
16 Pawan Goenka appointed chairperson of In-SPACe
17 Yahoo Appoints Tinder CEO Jim Lanzone as its new CEO
18 South Korea, 1st nation to successfully test launch SLBM without nuclear weapons; North Korea tested rail-launched ballistic missiles
19 Spacex launches Earth-circling private trip with no professionals
20 IOC bans N Korea till the end of 2022
21 Former Gabonese PM Casimir Oye Mba dies in Paris
22 World Lymphoma Awareness Day 2021 – September 15
23 World Patient Safety Day 2021 – September 17
24 57th ITEC Day – 15th September 2021