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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Cabinet Approved hike in MSP for RMS 2021-22; Sets Foodgrain Output Target at Record 301MT for 2020-21Cabinet approves MSP for Rabi Crops for marketing season 2021-22

i.On the lines of the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission, on September 21, 2020, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved an increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all mandated Rabi crops for marketing season 2021-22.
ii.The decision regarding the increase in MSPs for Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) 2021-22 is taken with the principle of fixing the MSPs at a level of at least 1.5 times of the All-India weighted average Cost of Production under “Pradhan Mantri AnnadataAaySanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA) as announced in Union Budget 2018-19.
iii.During the National Conference for Rabi Campaign 2020 held on September 21, 2020, a target for the 2020-21 crop year (July-June) or foodgrain production target was set at a record 301 million tones (MT), up nearly 1.5% from the previous year’s output.
What is Rabi Crop?
These crops need relatively cool climate during the eriod of growth but warm climate during the germination of their seed and maturation.
Sowing months: October-December
Harvesting months: February-April
Important Crops: Wheat, Barley, Gram, Linseed, Mustard, Masur, Peas, and Potatoes
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J-K inked MoU with Army to Operationalise Kishtwar AirstripJ-K govt signs MoU with Army to operationalise Kishtwar Airstrip

i.On September 20, 2020, the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Army for the development and operationalization of Airstrip in Kishtwar.
ii.The MoU was signed by Brigadier Vikram Bhan, Commander, 9 Sector Rashtriya  Rifles and S. Katoch, Commissioner Civil Aviation signed the MoU in the presence of LG, Manoj Sinha and Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State (MoS), Prime Minister Office (PMO) through video conferencing at Raj Bhava
iii.Airstrip is a location from which aircraft flight operations take place i.e. take-off and landing of aircraft.
About Jammu and Kashmir:
Capital– Jammu (Winter), Srinagar (Summer)
National Parks (NP)– City Forest (Salim Ali) NP , Dachigam NP ,Kishtwar NP.
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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Greenhouse Emissions to add 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100: NASA-led studyEmissions to add 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100 NASA-led study

i.In accordance with the study “Ice Sheet Model Intercomparison Project (ISMIP6)” by NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland (United States) which has been done on the lines of the projection in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2019 Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere, there will be more than 38 centimetres (15 inches) rise in global sea-level rise by 2100 due to the melting of Greenland and Antarctica’s ice sheets driven by continuous greenhouse emissions.
ii.The results of the study are prepared through the collaborative study of more than 60 ice, ocean, and atmosphere scientists around the world, and are published in the special issue of the journal The Cryosphere.
iii.As per IPCC report projection, Greenland would contribute 8 to 27 cm (3.1 to 10.6 inches) to global sea-level rise between 2000-2100 and Antarctica could contribute 3 to 28 cm (1.2 to 11 inches).
About Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):
It is the United Nations (UN) body for assessing the science related to climate change.
Chair– Dr. Hoesung Lee
Headquarter– Geneva, Switzerland
About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA):
Administrator– James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine 
Headquarter– Washington, D.C., United States (US)
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BANKING & FINANCE

Bandhan Bank initiated Emerging Entrepreneurs Business (EEB) Vertical to Help EntrepreneursBandhan Bank new vertical to help entrepreneurs

In order to support the emerging needs of the unbanked and underbanked segment of customers, Bandhan Bank has set up a new vertical called Emerging Entrepreneurs Business (EEB) to assist this segment in becoming entrepreneurs.

  • In this regard, the bank has appointed Kumar Ashish as the Executive President and Head to lead EEB.
  • This vertical will be responsible for managing micro home loan, micro bazaar loan and micro enterprise loan.

About Bandhan Bank:
Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Chandra Shekhar Ghosh
Headquarter– Kolkata, West Bengal
Tagline– Aapka Bhala, Sabki Bhalai

HDFC Life, Yes Bank enter into Corporate Agency ArrangementHDFC-life-,-Yes-bank-enter-into-corporate-agency-agreement

On September 22, 2020 HDFC (Housing Development Finance Corporation) Life and Yes Bank entered into a Corporate Agency Arrangement (CA). As part of the arrangement, HDFC Life will provide a diverse range of insurance products to customers of Yes Bank.
i.HDFC Life’s wide range of life insurance products includes solutions for protection, saving and investment, retirement and critical illness. 
ii.It will be available to customers of Yes Bank through the Bank’s branches which are spread throughout the country.
About HDFC Life:
Managing Director (MD), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Vibha Padalkar
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra 
About YES Bank:
MD & CEO– Prashant Kumar
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Retd Col Dr Girija Shanker Mungali Appointed as a Member of AFC Task Force Colonel-Dr-Girija-Mungali-appointed-in-Asian-Football-Confederation-task-force

i.On 15th September 2020, Dato’ Windsor John, the General Secretary of the Asian Football Confederation(AFC) appointed retired Colonel Dr. Girija Shankar Mungali as a member of the 7 members task force of AFC to regulate the football clubs in Asia and Australia.
ii.He is the only Indian appointed to this task force and He will hold his position in the panel till 2023.
About Asian Football Confederation(AFC):
The AFC is the nodal governing body of football in Asia and Australia.
President– Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (10th President of AFC)
Headquarters– Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw named as Interim President of MaliBah Ndaw named Mali's interim president, colonel named VP

On September 21, 2020 Former Mali Defence Minister and retired Colonel Bah Ndaw was named as the Interim President of the Republic of Mali. Colonel Assimi Goita was appointed as Vice President. They will be sworn in on 25th September, 2020.
Key Points:
i.They were appointed by a group of 17-member panel chosen by Junta to oversee an 18-month transition that will end in fresh elections.
ii.He served as head of Malian Air Force and Defence Minister under the President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita in 2014. 
iii.Colonel Assimi Goita is the leader of the Junta which ousted President Ibrahim Boubacar Ketia in August, 2020. 
Background:
On 19th August, 2020, Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced his resignation with immediate effect following a military mutiny in the Republic of Mali.
About Republic of Mali:
Capital – Bamako
Currency – West African CFA franc

SEBI constitutes Technical Group on Social Stock Exchange under Harsh Kumar Bhanwala Sebi sets up a technical group under the chairmanship of Harsh Kumar Bhanwala on social stock exchange

On September 21, 2020 Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) constituted the Technical Group under the Chairmanship of Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, former Chairman of NABARD. The group will develop a framework for onboarding non-profit organisations and for-profit enterprises. 
It will also develop a framework for prescribing disclosure requirements relating to performance and aspects related to social audit and social impact. 
About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI):
Chairman – Ajay Tyagi
Headquarters –  Mumbai, Maharashtra
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  SPORTS

2020 Italian Open – Overview77th edition of the Italian OpenItaly

i.The 77th Edition of Italian Open (also known as Rome Masters or the Internazionali BNL d’Italia) 2020 took place from September 14-21, 2020 at Foro Italico Court, Rome, Italy. 
ii.It is a clay court tournament and is classified as an ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour Masters 1000 Event on the 2020 ATP Tour and a Premier 5 event on 2020 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour. 
2020 Italian Open Winners

Category  Winner Runner-up
Men’s Singles Novak Djokovic (Serbia) Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 
Women’s Singles Simona Halep (Romania) Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
Men’s Doubles Marvel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)  Jeremy Chardy (France) and Fabrice Martin (France)
Women’s Doubles Hsieh Su-Wei (Taiwan) and Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) Anna-Lena Friedsam (Germany) and Raluca Olaru (Romania)

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OBITUARY

Legal & Liberal Icon, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87Cultural and liberal icon US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

On 18th September 2020, United States(US) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist and a legal and liberal icon passed away at the age of 87 at her residence in Washington DC due to the complications caused by metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America(USA).
She was popularly known as the giant of the legal profession.
About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
i.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg started her career as a professor of Columbia law school and later was appointed as a judge at the US court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
ii.She was appointed to the Supreme Court by then US president Bill Clinton in 1993, she became the 2nd woman in that position.
iii.She served as the most senior member of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing. 
iv.She voted to the social issues including abortion rights, same sex marriage, voting rights, immigration, healthcare etc.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

“Voices of Dissent” authored by Historian Romila Thapar Voices of Dissent by Romila Thapar

The New book titled “Voices of Dissent” authored by Historian Romila Thapar will be jointly published by Penguin Random House India and Seagull Books. The book is set to publish in October 2020.
The book is a historical essay that explores dissent, including its articulation and public response to its forms, with a focus on the recent protest in India against the citizenship law and the National Register of Citizens.
Voices of Dissent:
i.In this book the Romila Thapar speaks about the emergence of various groups like the Jains, Buddhists and Ajivikas who were collectively known as Shramanas and 1st millennium BC.
ii.She explores the ideas of the few Bhakti saints of the 15th and 16th centuries and portrays the major moments of dissents (satyagraha of Mahatma Gandhi) that resulted in establishing a free and democratic India.
iii.She highlights the use of idioms of religion as reflecting social change which resulted in the current politicization of religion.
About Romila Thapar:
Romila Thapar hails from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.Her works include A History of India (1966), Interpreting Early India (1992), Early India: From the Origin to AD 1300(2003).
Awards:
She received the Kluge Prize in December 2008.She was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2005 which she declined stating that she made a resolve not to accept any “State Award”.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Rhino Day – September 22 2020World Rhino Day - September 22 2020

The World Rhino Day is celebrated Internationally on September 22, 2020. World Rhino Day is celebrated annually on September 22 by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and other international organizations.
i.Theme for World Rhino Day is “Five Rhino Species Forever”.
ii.The World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010.
World Rhino Day is recognized as a day of awareness for threats facing all five rhino species (Black, White, Greater one-horned (Indian), Sumatran and Javan Rhinos).
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s conservation status of the Five Rhino Species is

    Rhino Species Conservation Status
Javan Rhino Critically Endangered
Sumatran Rhino Critically Endangered
Black Rhino Critically Endangered
White Rhino Near Threatened
Greater One-Horned Rhinos (Indian Rhino) Vulnerable

About World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF):
President, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Carter Roberts
Headquarters – Gland, Switzerland
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World Car Free Day observed on September 22, 2020Car-Free Day - September 22 2020

On September 22, 2020, an annual Car free day or the World Car Free Day was observed globally to encourage greener methods of travel instead of driving alone in car.  This day brings awareness to the benefits of travel options such as train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. This year its focus was on “Commute with Confidence”.

  • Carpooling and vanpooling is considered as “car-lite” as they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.
  • This day is being observed since 2000.

Points to be noted:
–Using greener methods will help in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. There are four major types of pollutants that come from vehicles viz. articulate matter, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and carbon monoxide.
–Notably, in India, according to the 2011 Census, cycling was the third preferred choice of commute to work, 10 per cent of the trips, after walking (39 per cent) and public transport (31 per cent).

World Rose Day 2020 – September 22World Rose Day - September 22 2020 (1)

i.World Rose day is annually celebrated on 22nd September to spread hope and cheers to the cancer patients. The World Rose day is dedicated to spread awareness about the disease – cancer and the sufferings and pain experienced by the patients
ii.On this day, people offer roses, which are the symbol of tenderness, love and care.  to the cancer patients and their caregivers to show their care, love and affection and to encourage them to have hope.
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World Water Monitoring Day 2020 – September 18World water monitoring day - September 18 2020

i.World Water Monitoring Day(WWMD) is annually observed on 18th September, it is an international outreach programme to create awareness among the general public on the importance of protecting water resources across the globe.
ii.The America’s Clean Water Foundation(ACWF) created and coordinated the World Water Monitoring Day as an annual worldwide event in 2003 with the support of International Water Association, The Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administration and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
iii.EarthEcho International organised virtual conversations on Water Quality Testing Demonstration, Careers in the Water industry and solving water with Phillippe Cousteau, Joe Vesey and other speakers.
About EarthEcho International:
EarthEcho International is a nonprofit organization founded on the belief that youth have the power to change our planet.
Co-Founders– Philippe Cousteau Jr., Alexandra Cousteau, Jan Cousteau
Headquarters– Washington, DC, United States
About Xylem Watermark:
President & CEO– Patrick Decker
Headquarters–  New York, United States
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STATE NEWS

Tamil Nadu becomes 1st state with Policies on Ethical AI, Blockchain and CybersecurityTamil Nadu becomes first state with AI, blockchain, cybersecurity policie

On September 19, 2020 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister (CM) Edappadi K Palaniswami released Tamil Nadu Cyber Security Policy 2020, Tamil Nadu Blockchain Policy 2020 and Tamil Nadu Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence Policy 2020(Nicknamed as ABC Policies) while participating in the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) ‘Connect 2020’ event through video conference. 
It became the first state in the country to release policies on Ethical AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity.
About Tamil Nadu:
Capital – Chennai
Governor – Banwarilal Purohit
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ITBP Partnered with Uttarakhand Govt for Promoting Adventure Tourism at Tehri LakeITBP joins hands with Uttarakhand govt for promoting adventure tourism at Tehri Lake

On September 21, 2020, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) collaborated with Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board (UTDB) to promote adventure sports activities at Tehri Lake in Uttarakhand.

  • In this regard, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Gambhir Singh Chauhan, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), ITBP, and Prashant Arya, Director of UTDB.

Key Points:
-Under this MoU, the Tehri Lake Adventure Institute will now be administered and managed by ITBP for 20 years where they will impart training of water sports including kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, parasailing, paragliding, water rescue and life-saving course. 
It will also benefit ITBP and other Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and State Police Forces in the field of water sports
About Uttarakhand:
Capital– Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer)
Chief Minister– Trivendra Singh Rawat
Governor– Baby Rani Maurya
About Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP):
ITBP is deployed from the Karakoram Pass in the North–West extremity of the Indo-China border to Jachep La in Arunachal Pradesh, spanning a total stretch of 3,488 Kms. It guards the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
Director General (DG)– Surjeet Singh Deswal

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S.no Current Affairs 23 September 2020
1 Cabinet Approved hike in MSP for RMS 2021-22; Sets Foodgrain Output Target at Record 301MT for 2020-21
2 J-K inked MoU with Army to Operationalise Kishtwar Airstrip
3 Greenhouse Emissions to add 15 inches to global sea level rise by 2100: NASA-led study
4 Bandhan Bank initiated Emerging Entrepreneurs Business (EEB) Vertical to Help Entrepreneurs
5 HDFC Life, Yes Bank enter into Corporate Agency Arrangement
6 Retd Col Dr Girija Shanker Mungali Appointed as a Member of AFC Task Force
7 Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw named as Interim President of Mali
8 SEBI constitutes Technical Group on Social Stock Exchange under Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
9 2020 Italian Open – Overview
10 Legal & Liberal Icon, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at 87
11 “Voices of Dissent” authored by Historian Romila Thapar
12 World Rhino Day – September 22 2020
13 World Car Free Day observed on September 22, 2020
14 World Rose Day 2020 – September 22
15 World Water Monitoring Day 2020 – September 18
16 Tamil Nadu becomes 1st state with Policies on Ethical AI, Blockchain and Cybersecurity
17 ITBP Partnered with Uttarakhand Govt for Promoting Adventure Tourism at Tehri Lake