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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

MWCD signed MoU with Ministry of AYUSH to integrate AYUSH systems with nutrition interventions of ICDS Ministry of Women and Child Development signs MoU with Ministry of AYUSH

i.On September 20, 2020, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) to control Malnutrition as a part of POSHAN (Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition) Abhiyaan or National Nutrition Mission Abhiyaan of MWCD to improve the nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.
ii.The MoU was signed by Ram Mohan Mishra, Secretary, WCD and Vaidya Shri Rajesh Kotecha, in the presence of Smt Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Minister for WCD and Textiles, and Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of AYUSH, who joined the signing ceremony through videoconferencing.
iii.As a part of MoU there will also be a launch of hashtag #Ayush4Anganwadi for generating awareness about the activities on the digital media.
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NITI Aayog, ISPP sign Statement of Intent to Enhance Capacity BuildingNiti Aayog, ISPP join hands for capacity building

On September 19, 2020 Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO) of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog signed a Statement of Intent with Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP) to provide training, mentoring and other activities to strengthen the knowledge, ability, skills of Government Officials and public policy scholars. 
Objective: 
NITI Aayog, ISPP have joined hands with an objective of building a working practice for faster intermediation of knowledge and use within the public system.
About Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO):
Director General – Sekhar Bonu
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Indian School of Public Policy (ISPP):
Director – Parth Shah 
Location – New Delhi
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PM Modi lays Foundation Stone for 9 Highway Projects worth Rs 14, 528 crores in BiharPM Modi inaugurates nine infrastructure development projects

On September 21, 2020 Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the Foundation Stone for Nine Highway Projects worth Rs 14, 528 Crores in Bihar through video conference. The project includes making six-lane highways, and three bridges on rivers.He also laid foundation of ‘Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable’ for Internet Services to connect all villages of Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi, Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad participated in the virtual meeting.
Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable” Project:
i.Prime Minister inaugurated the “Har Gaon Optical Fibre Cable” project ,under this  about six lakh villages would be provided internet services through optical fibre cable in 1,000 days. This includes all 45,945 villages in Bihar. It will be executed by the Department of Telecom, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology and Common Service Centres (CSC).
About Bihar:
Rivers – Ganga, Ghaghra, Gandak, Burhi Gandak, Bagmati, Kamla, Mahanada, Kosi, Sone, Phalgu and Karmanasa.
UNESCO Heritage Sites – Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Nalanda Mahavihara, Kushinagar.
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India Launches First Ever Cargo Ferry Vessel “MCP Linz” to MaldivesLaunch of the Cargo Ferry Service between India and the Maldives

On September 21, 2020 Minister of State (MoS) (Independent Charge) for shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of Maldives, Aishath Nahula jointly launched the First Ever Direct Cargo Ferry Service between India and Maldives.It is considered to be the new connectivity effort has begun in Indian Ocean Region. The services will be a big boost for business communities in India and Maldives to expand their business and trade relations. 
The Ceremony was attended by representatives from Tuticorin and Cochin ports and Officials from Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) and Foreign Ministry of Maldives.
i.The service will connect the Indian ports of Tuticorin, Cochin Ports with Kulhudhuhfushi and Male Ports in the Maldives.
ii.It will reduce the transportation cost, and provide a timely, short and cost effective means of transportation between the two countries.
About Maldives:
President – Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Capital – Male
Currency – Maldivian Rufiyaa
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India extends US$250 mn support to Maldives amid Covid-19; routed through Treasury bonds subscription by SBIIndia extends 250 million dollars support to Maldives

i.The whole globe is facing challenging situations arising due to COVID-19 which also include India’s maritime Border sharing partner Maldives. In order to reduce the economic and financial impact driven by COVID-19, the President of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih requested Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for urgent financial aid. 
ii.In this regard, on September 20, 2020, India provided a financial assistance of US$250 million(Indian Rupees of around 1837 crores) at favourable terms to the Government of Maldives in the form of symbolic cheque which was handed over by the High Commissioner of India Sunjay Sudhir to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid during an event held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives. 
iii.This financial support is provided through subscription in Maldives’ Government Domestic Treasury bonds by State Bank of India (SBI), Male (Maldives) so that it does not reflect in the external borrowings of the Maldives. 
iv.It should be noted that it is the largest financial support package announced by a bilateral partner during this crisis, and Maldives is the only country to which India has provided such assistance.
About Maldives:
Capital– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
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India delivers Two Modern DMUC Trains to Nepal RailwaysIndia hands over two modern trains to Nepal

On 18th September, 2020 Konkan Railways (operated by Konkan Railway Corporation) handed over two modern Diesel-Electric Multiple Unit (DMUC) trains to Nepal Railways for the Jaynagar-Kurtha Broad Gauge Line.The Rails will run between Jaynagar (Bihar) and Kurtha in Dhanusa district from December, 2020. 
i.The Trains have been manufactured by Integrated Coach Factory, Chennai with modern amenities and latest AC-AC Propulsion Technology.
ii.They were procured by Nepal’s Railway Department for a price of  84 Crore 65 Lakhs Nepali Rupees.
About Nepal:
Prime Minister -Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (known as KP Sharma Oli)
Capital – Kathmandu
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BANKING & FINANCE

SBI Started Women Self-Reliance Programme in AssamSBI starts women self-reliance programme in Assam

i.On September 19, 2020, State Bank of India (SBI) initiated “Mahila Atmanirbharshil Aachani (Women Self-Reliance programme)” in Assam on the lines of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyanto accelerate Self Help Group (SHG) finance in a mission mode,. In this regard, SBI branches of Assam sanctioned 856 SHGs sponsored by NRLM with financial outlay of Rs. 38 crore.
ii.Notably, a woman SHGs of Assam are very active and relies on social collateral rather than on financial collateral. 
iii.The basic objective of the programme is to create a strong bonding with the SHG members besides extending credit linkages to the women SHGs nurtured and sponsored by National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), Assam for self-reliance and economic upliftment. 
About State Bank of India (SBI):
Chairperson– Rajnish Kumar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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SBI Life Insurance Signs Bancassurance Pact with YES BankSBI-Life-Insurance,-YES-Bank-sign-bancassurance-pact

i.On 21st September 2020, State Bank of India(SBI) Life Insurance signed a bancassurance agreement with YES Bank to provide a range of insurance solutions to the customers of YES Bank across the nation.
ii.YES Bank aims to provide financial security to its customers and reduce the protection gap in india.
iii.Under this pact the assorted range of individual and group insurance solutions of SBI life Insurance will be offered to the customers of YES bank through its branches across India.
About SBI Life Insurance:
MD & CEO–  Mahesh Kumar Sharma
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About YES Bank:
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s Nominal GDP to Grow by 19% in FY22: Finance MinistryNominal GDP to grow at 19% in FY22

On September 20, 2020 Krishnamurthy Subramanian, chief economic advisor in the finance ministry, Government of India informed that as per the estimate of finance ministry, India’s nominal Gross Domestic Product(GDP) is expected to grow by 19% in FY22(2021-22) on a low base. 

  • NK Singh, chairman of Fifteenth Finance Commission (FFC) stated that this estimate is a bit moderate when compared with some estimates received from experts.

About Ministry of Finance:
Union Minister– Nirmala Sitharaman(Constituency- Rajya Sabha,Karnataka)
Minister of State– Anurag Singh Thakur
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SBI Card Collaborates with Google to Enable Customers use their Cards on Google Pay PlatformSBI-Card-collaborated-with-Google-to-enable-customers-to-use-their-cards-on-Google-Pay

On September 21, 2020  Inorder to enable customers to use their SBI Credit Cards to make card payments using the Google Pay app on their Android smartphones, SBI Card(legally- SBI Cards and Payment Services Limited) has collaborated with Google.
Google Pay in Collaboration with Visa and Banking Partners Rolled out Tokenisation
On September 21, 2020 Google Pay has rolled out tokenisation across its platform in collaboration with Visa and banking partners. It will enable users to safely transact with their cards  and use Tap-to-pay feature on near-field communication (NFC)-enabled point of sale (POS) terminals and online merchants.
About SBI Cards and Payment Services Limited(SBI Card):
It was formerly known as “SBI Cards and Payment Services Private Limited”
Headquarters– Gurgaon, Haryana.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Ashwini Kumar Tewari(Succeeded Hardayal Prasad)
About Google:
Headquarters– California, United States
CEO– Sundar Pichai
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Visa & IFundWomen Launched a Grant Program in India to Support Women EntrepreneursVisa and IFundWomen Bring Global Grant Program to India to Support Women Entrepreneurs

On September 21, 2020 Visa Inc.(Visa) along with its global partner IFundWomen, a funding marketplace for women-owned businesses, launched a grant program in India to support women entrepreneurs. This program enables India’s women entrepreneurs to receive funding from Visa to grow and expand their business. It is the extension of 2 successful programs that were launched in the U.S in 2020.

  • As a digitization partner for the program in India, Visa has partnered with FLO (the ladies’ wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry -FICCI) and Instamojo.
  • This partnership will help women entrepreneurs to get funding they need through a series of grants.

About the Program
i.Visa will seek applications from women entrepreneurs across all sectors from September 21 to October 20.
ii.Applicants must submit details of their business and online presence, with a short video about their business to www.ifundwomen.com/visa-india.
iii.3 winners will be selected from the shortlist and will receive grants of Rs. 7,00,000 each and also coaching from leaders of Visa and IFundWomen.
About Visa Inc.:
Headquarters– California, United States
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)– Alfred F. Kelly, Jr.
About IFundWomen:
Headquarters– Newyork, United States
Founder and CEO– Karen Cahn

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Narendra Modi Won the Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for Medical Education at 30th First Ig Nobel Prize CeremonyPM Narendra Modi awarded Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for medical education

i.On 17th September 2020, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India won the Medical Education Prize of Ig Nobel Prize 2020 at the 30th First Nobel Prize Ceremony over virtual platform.
ii.Modi became the 2nd Prime Minister from India to win the Ig Nobel Prize after Atal Bihari Vajpayee who won the 1998 Peace award for “Aggressively peaceful explosion of atomic bombs”.
iii.The government of India and Pakistan won the Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for peace for“having their diplomats surreptitiously ring each other’s doorbells in the middle of the night, and then run away before anyone had a chance to answer the door.”
About Improbable Research:
Editor- Marc Abrahams
Headquarters– Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

PK Mishra Panel to Initiate Action in Advance For Managing Air Pollution in NCRPMO-led panel to initiate action in advance for managing air pollution in NCR

i.On September 18, 2020, a high-level task force led by Dr Pramod Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister reviewed the action taken by agencies and firm up plans for the coming harvesting and winter season during a meeting with Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, Secretaries of different departments/ministries of the central government including M/o of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Agriculture, Road, Petroleum and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
ii.Its objective was to initiate proper precautionary and preventive measures in advance for the management of air pollution in the National Capital Region (NCR).
iii.The meet notified that incidence of stubble burning has reduced by more than 50% in the last two years and the number of Good Air Quality Index (AQI) days have gone up.
About Delhi:
Chief Minister(CM)– Arvind Kejriwal
Governor– Anil Baijal
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Tata Group to launch India’s 1st CRISPR COVID-19 test, ‘FELUDA’India’s-first-CRISPR-Covid-19-test,-developed-by-the-Tata-Group-and-CSIR-IGIB

On September 19, 2020 Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has given regulatory approval for the commercial launch of ‘FELUDA’( FNCAS9 Editor-Limited Uniform Detection Assay), India’s 1st CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) test. It is developed by the scientist of CSIR-IGIB (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology). As per the agreement as signed by Tata Sons  Private Limited  and CSIR-IGIB in May, 2020, Tata group will manufacture it.
About CSIR-IGIB:
The expansion of CSIR- IGIB is Council of Scientific and Industrial Research -Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Director– Dr. Anurag Agrawal
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
About Tata Sons Private Limited :
Tata Sons Private Limited is the holding company of Tata Group and promoter of all Tata Group companies.
Chairman of the Board at Tata Sons– Natarajan Chandrasekaran
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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OBITUARY

John Turner, Former Canadian Prime Minister Passed Away at 91Former Canadian Prime Minister John Turner has died at 91

On 18th September 2020, John Turner, the former Prime Minister of Canada, who served as the Prime Minister for just 79 days in 1984, the 2nd shortest term in the office recorded in the history of Canada passed away at the age of 91 at this residence in Toronto, Canada.
He was born on 7th June 1929 at Richmond, England.
About John Turner:
i.John Turner served in the cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau as the justice minister from 1968 to 1972 during which he created the federal court, defended against the criminalisation of homosexuality and abortion in 1960s among other reforms.
ii.He later served as the finance minister from 1972 to 1975 during the oil crisis and high unemployment in the country.
iii.He resigned from the cabinet in 1975 and resumed his career as lawyer for 9 years.
iv.He became the leader of Liberal party and the 17th Prime Minister of Canada in 1984. 
v.He resigned as the leader of Liberal party in 1990 but retained his seat in the House of Commons till 1993.
vi.He was named the companion of the Order of Canada in 1994.
He led the Canadian delegation of election monitors in Ukraine in 2004.

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Day of Peace observed on 21st September, 2020International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed annually on September 21. The day will be devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace through observing “24 hours” of non-violence and cease-fire.
The theme for 2020 International Day of Peace is “Shaping Peace Together”. 
i.The Peace Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1981.  
ii.It was only in 2001, that the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) called for complete “non-violence and cease-fire” on the peace day.
About United Nations:
Secretary General – Antonio Guterres (Portugal)
Headquarters – New York (United States) 
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International Red Panda Day 2020 – September 19International Red Panda Day - September 19 2020

i.The International Red Panda Day(IRPD) is annually celebrated on the third Saturday of September which aims to create and raise awareness about the red panda among the general public and to support the conservation of red pandas.
ii.The International Red Panda Day 2020 falls on 19th September 2020.
iii.The first international red Panda day was celebrated on 18th September 2010.
iv.The Eastern Nepal have established the PIT Red Panda Protected Forest, the world’s first protected area dedicated to the red pandas.
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World Alzheimer’s Day 2020:  September 21 World Alzheimer’s Day

i.World Alzheimer’s Day is observed annually on September 21 across the world to raise awareness and educate people about Alzheimer’s and Dementia. 
ii.Since 2012, the month of September has been observed as World Alzheimer’s Month. This year marks the 9th World Alzheimer’s Month.
Theme for the year 2020– ‘Let’s talk about dementia’
iii.The Alzheimer Disease International(ADI), founded in 1984 on its 10th anniversary(1994) announced the 1st World Alzheimer’s Day to be observed on September 2, while World Alzheimer’s Month was launched in 2012.
About Alzheimer Disease International(ADI):
ADI is the international federation of Alzheimer associations around the world, in official relations with the World Health Organization. 
HeadQuarters– London, United Kingdom
Chairman– Glenn Rees(Australia)
President– Princess Yasmin Aga Khan(USA-United States of America)
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AC GAZE

SCTIMST develops device to prevent deep vein thrombosis

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum (SCTIMST), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, has Indigenously developed a device for the prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of blood clots in deeply located veins, usually in the legs.

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S.no Current Affairs 22 September 2020
1 MWCD signed MoU with Ministry of AYUSH to integrate AYUSH systems with nutrition interventions of ICDS
2 NITI Aayog, ISPP sign Statement of Intent to Enhance Capacity Building
3 PM Modi lays Foundation Stone for 9 Highway Projects worth Rs 14, 528 crores in Bihar
4 India Launches First Ever Cargo Ferry Vessel “MCP Linz” to Maldives
5 India extends US$250 mn support to Maldives amid Covid-19; routed through Treasury bonds subscription by SBI
6 India delivers Two Modern DMUC Trains to Nepal Railways
7 SBI Started Women Self-Reliance Programme in Assam
8 SBI Life Insurance Signs Bancassurance Pact with YES Bank
9 India’s Nominal GDP to Grow by 19% in FY22: Finance Ministry
10 SBI Card Collaborates with Google to Enable Customers use their Cards on Google Pay Platform
11 Visa & IFundWomen Launched a Grant Program in India to Support Women Entrepreneurs
12 Narendra Modi Won the Ig Nobel Prize 2020 for Medical Education at 30th First Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
13 PK Mishra Panel to Initiate Action in Advance For Managing Air Pollution in NCR
14 Tata Group to launch India’s 1st CRISPR COVID-19 test, ‘FELUDA’
15 John Turner, Former Canadian Prime Minister Passed Away at 91
16 International Day of Peace observed on 21st September, 2020
17 International Red Panda Day 2020 – September 19
18 World Alzheimer’s Day 2020:  September 21
19 SCTIMST develops device to prevent deep vein thrombosis