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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

DBT Launched Programme for “Strengthening Clinical Trial Research Capacity in Neighbouring Countries”Department-of-Biotechnology-launches-Programme-for-“Strengthening-Clinical-Trial-Research-Capacity-in-Neighbouring-Countries

i.On September 22, 2020, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science & Technology, initiated the first phase of the “Training program to strengthen clinical trial research capacity for neighbouring countries” in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to support researchers and investigator teams for enhancing and strengthening their clinical trial capabilities in compliance with ICH-GCP (International Conference on Harmonisation – Good clinical practice)
ii.The orientation to this training program was addressed by Dr Renu Swarup, Secretary, DBT and Chairperson, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC).
iii.This initiation is on the lines of Ind-CEPI mission (India Centric Epidemic Preparedness) for Rapid Vaccine Development and Supporting Indian Vaccine Development which is aligned with the Global Initiative of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
About Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC): 
It is a not-for-profit Section 8, Schedule B, Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise.
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Govt Raised limit for Use of SDRF funds by states from 35% to 50% to tackle COVID situationGovt-raises-limit-for-use-of-SDRF-funds-by-states-from-35-per-cent-to-50-per-cent-to-tackle-COVID-situation

On September 23, 2020, the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for COVID specific infrastructure was increased from 35% to 50% to help States with more finances at their disposal to fight the coronavirus. This was announced during the virtual meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chief Ministers of six states and one Union Territory with high Covid-19 caseload viz. Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

  • During the meet, it was emphasised that micro zones should be formed for effective management of the coronavirus disease.
  • Also, the focus on effective testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance and clear messaging should be increased.

About State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF):
Constituted under Section 48 (1) (a) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, it is the primary fund available with State Governments for responses to notified disasters.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India-UK Water Partnership Forum held Virtually on Water ConservationIndia-UK Water Partnership Forum discuss on water conservation

i.On September 22, 2020, India-UK Water Partnership Forum was held virtually to discuss ways to collaborate on the issues pertaining to infrastructure development and water conservation. 
ii.The event was inaugurated by Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK), Gaitri Issar Kumar along with Ministry of Jal Shakti Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh while it was concluded by a special address from Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (Namami Gange programme).
iii.During the meeting, delegations from India and the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ganga and the British water.
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4th WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit held Virtually; Delhi may have 8 months of 32°C temp by 21004th-Edition-WEF's-Sustainable-Development-Impact-Summit-held-virtually

i.From September 21—24, 2020, the World Economic Forum’s fourth and first fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 was held under the banner “Realizing a Great Reset for Sustainable Development” to convene 2100 leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with experts and innovators to initiate, accelerate and scale-up entrepreneurial solutions to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development.
ii.The summit was based on the five themes of Shared Prosperity, Catalysing cooperation, Better business, Harnessing technology, and Liveable planet.
iii.During the summit,  WEF’s ‘EarthTime Visualisation’ report was released which stated that Delhi may have eight months a year with temperature averaging 32°C by 2100, up from six at present.  
About World Economic Forum (WEF):
Founder and Executive Chairman– Klaus Martin Schwab
Headquarters– Cologny, Switzerland
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Airports Authority of India Commenced Work on Airport Expansion Project in MaldivesIndia-commences-work-on-airport-expansion-project-in-Maldives

i.On the request of the Government of Maldives, the Government of India has decided to support the Hanimaadhoo International Airport expansion project under the USD 800 million Line of Credit from EXIM (Export-Import) Bank of India. 
ii.Following this, on September 23, 2020, Airports Authority of India (AAI) commenced work on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for this project which will be prepared in 2 months. It is one of the largest infrastructure and connectivity projects in northern Maldives.
iii.The project includes the extension of the runway to 2200 metres (to allow A320s, Boeing 737s to land), and, the upgradation of terminals, fuel farms, cargo terminal, fire station, etc.
About Maldives:
Capital– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
About Airports Authority of India (AAI):
Chairman– Arvind Singh
Headquarter– New Delhi
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BANKING & FINANCE

IDFC First Bank to Launch 1st of its kind Digital Facility, “SafePay” for Contactless Debit Card-Based PaymentIDFC-First-Bank-will-launch-contactless-debit-card-based-payment-facility,-SafePay

i.On September 23, 2020 IDFC First Bank announced that it will launch SafePay, a digital facility. It enables contactless debit card payments by waving a smartphone against a Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled Point of Sale(POS) terminal. 
ii.It is the 1st such facility which is made available in an integrated mobile banking app. iii.The SafePay feature has been successfully tested and certified by Visa.
About IDFC First Bank:
IDFC First bank was founded by the merger of Capital First and IDFC Bank in December 2018.
Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) V. Vaidyanathan(1st MD and CEO of the bank)
HeadQuarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Odisha’s Krushi Bhavan Wins 10th Annual AZ Awards 2020Odisha's-Krushi-Bhawan-bags-'AZ-Award-2020'

i.On September 18, 2020 Krushi Bhavan, a facility developed for the State’s Department of Agriculture & Farmers’ Empowerment located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha won 10th annual AZ Awards 2020 as People’s Choice Winner under the category social good
ii.The awards were revealed at its first-ever virtual AZ Awards Gala. 
The 12,077-square-metre Krushi Bhavan is one among 20 winners and the only winner from India.
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

Acer India Appoints Actor Sonu Sood as its Brand AmbassadorAcer-India-signs-Sonu-Sood-as-brand-ambassador

On 23rd September 2020, Acer India, leading Personal Computer(PC) brand appointed actor Sonu Sood as its brand ambassador. As the brand ambassador of Acer India, Sonu Sood will support the range of innovative products of Acer over the social media and campaign on the commitment of Acers in improving the lives of the people through technology.
Aim of the association:
i.The association will support Acer India’s awareness drive on leading India’s next generation digital evolution through its cutting edge innovations and products.
ii.With this association Acer aims to strengthen its significant relationship with the community.
iii.The brand acer is best known for its range of dependable laptops, monitors, projectors and Internet of Things(IoT) led devices.
About Acer India:
President & Managing Director–  Harish Kohli
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka

Uday Kotak Gets 1 Year Extension as the Non-Executive Chairman of IL&FSKotak gets extension as chairman of IL&FS

On 23rd September 2020, The Government of India has extended the term of Uday Kotak, the Managing Director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank as the Chairman of Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) to one more year till October 2021 as the Non-Executive Chairman of IL&FS.

  • This is the 2nd extension given to Uday Kotak since his appointment in 2018 as the chairman of IL&FS to complete the resolution of the company and its group companies (around 300 companies) which had a debt of more than Rs.90000 crore.

Resolution by the Board:
i.The board led by Uday Kotak resolved around 18% of the outstanding debt (around Rs1 lakh crore) of the company.
ii.The group has completed a sale of its 73.69% stake of its education business, under Schoolnet India Limited (SIL), to Falafal Technologies Private Limited (FTPL).
Key Points:
i.The subsidiary and associate companies of IL&FS set up by the ITNL International PTE Limited(IIPL), Singapore in Dubai have filed for opening of insolvency procedure in the Courts in Dubai.
ii.IIPL Singapore holds around 49% of the stakes of the ITNL Infrastructure Developer LLC, a limited liability company incorporated with the department of Economic Development Emirates of Dubai.
iii.IIPL Singapore holds around 100% of the stakes of the ITNL International DMCC, limited liability company incorporated with the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Emirates of Dubai

EESL Appoints Rajat Sud as its New Managing Director; Succeeds S GopalEESL appoints Rajat Sud as new managing director

On September 23, 2020 Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a Joint Venture(JV) of Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, appointed Rajat Sud as its new Managing Director(MD) from immediate effect. 
He takes charge from S Gopal, director (commercial), who was given the additional charge as interim MD.
About Rajat Sud
i.Rajat Sud has 29 years of industry experience.
ii.Prior to joining EESL, he worked as an executive vice president at Sterlite Power Transmission Ltd.
iii.He has also served  in leadership positions at Siemens IT Solutions and PwC.
Points to be noted– EESL is the Joint Venture of four PSU’s namely, NTPC Limited, Power Finance Corporation Limited, REC Limited and POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited.
About Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL):
HeadQuarters– New Delhi, India
Chairman– Rajeev Sharma

Somalia’s President Appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble as New Prime Minister Somalia names new prime minister, unveils plan for elections

On 24th September 2020, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (nickname- Farmaajo), President of Somalia appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble, swedish trained civil engineer and political neophyte as the new Prime Minister(PM) of Somalia following the removal of the former PM Hassan Ali Khaire in July 2020.
All the 215 MP’s who attended the session chaired by President Farmaajo voted in support of the appointment of Hussein Roble as PM.
Elections of Somalia:
i.The Federal States of Somalia and the Government of Mogadishu have been negotiating on how to conduct the parliamentary and presidential elections.
ii.Opposing the complex system where the delegates of the state pick the lawmakers who will vote for the president, Somalia is set to hold the first fully democratic election “one man, one vote” since 1969.
iii.The President, regional heads and the mayor of Mogadishu have concluded that the fully democratic election within the limited time is not possible since the parliament expires in November 2020 and the term of the President Farmajo ends in February 2021.
iv.The Myriad clans (27775 delegates) of Somalia will vote and elect the 275 members of Parliament(MPs) for the lower house, who will elect the president, which is similar to the 2017 election.
About Somalia:
President–  Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed(Farmaajo)
Capital– Mogadishu
Currency– Somali Shilling

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Indigenously Developed Prithvi-II Missile Successfully Night Test Fired from Chandipur, OdishaIndigenously developed Prithvi-II missile testfired

i.On September 23, 2020, as a part of routine trail India successfully conducted the night testfire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile which was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. 
ii.The entire launch activity was carried out by Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the Army and monitored by scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile was randomly chosen from the production stock.
iii.The last night time testfire of Prithvi-II was conducted successfully from the ITR on November 20, 2019.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi
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Pixxel Enters into a Service Agreement with Momentus for Second Satellite LaunchIndia's Pixxel partners with Momentus for second satellite launch

i.On September 22, 2020 Momentus Inc. (Momentus), which provides in-space satellite transportation and infrastructure services and Pixxel, a Indian space-tech startup has signed an service agreement to launch the 2nd satellite of Pixxel to SSO orbit (Sun-synchronous orbit or heliosynchronous orbit) in December 2021 on top of a SpaceX Falcon-9 and also with option to fly again in 2022.
ii.The earth imaging satellite, which is the 1st satellite of Pixxel is scheduled to be launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket in November, 2020.
About Momentus Inc.
Headquarters– Santa Clara, California
CEO, Founder and board member– Mikhail Kokorich
About Pixxel:
It  was founded by Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal in 2019
Headquarters– Bangalore, karnataka
Founder and CEO– Awais Ahmed
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OBITUARY

Suresh Angadi, MoS for Railways: 1st Central Minister to Die of COVID-19MoS Railways Suresh Angadi dies of COVID-19

On 23th September 2020, Suresh Channabasappa Angadi, Union Minister of State for Railways and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Member of Parliament(MP) from Belagavi constituency of Karnataka passed away at the age of 65 after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Covid Facility, New Delhi. He is the first Central Minister to die of Coronavirus. He was born on 1st June 1955 at Belagavi, Karnataka.
About Suresh Angadi:
i.Suresh Angadi was a law graduate who served as the Vice President of BJP in Belagavi in 1996.
ii.He was elected as a Lok Sabha MP for the first time in the 2004 election and he was again elected for the 2nd and 3rd term in 2009 and 2014 elections.
iii.He served as a member of the Standing Committee on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Human Resources Development and Defence.
iv.He was appointed as the Minister of State(MoS) for Railways after winning the 2019 general election (his 4th term).
v.He was the chairman of Suresh Angadi Education Foundation at Belgaum since 2009.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Maritime Day 2020 – September 24World Maritime Day - September 24 2020

i.United Nations(UNs) World Maritime Day is annually observed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and its member states on the last thursday of September to recognise the contribution of the international maritime industries toward the economy of the world. The World Maritime Day 2020 falls on 24th September 2020.
ii.The theme of World Maritime Day 2020 is “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet” 
iii.The First World Maritime Day was observed on 17th March 1978 to mark the enforcement of IMO Convention in 1958.
About International Maritime Organisation (IMO):
Secretary General– Kitack Lim
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom
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STATE NEWS

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal Launched “Mukhyamantri Grammya Paribahan Achoni” & Distributed Vehicles to its BeneficiariesAssam CM launches rural transport scheme, distributes vehicles to beneficiaries

On 23rd September 2020, Sarbanda Sonowal, Chief Minister (CM) of Assam launched the “Mukhyamantri Grammya Paribahan Achoni” – Chief Minister”s Rural Transport Scheme and distributed light motor vehicles to the beneficiaries under this scheme.
Sonowal announced this scheme during his 2019 Independence Day speech and following the announcement the Transport department of Assam launched the scheme.
About Assam:
UNESCO sites– kaziranga national park, manas wildlife sanctuary
Wildlife Sanctuaries– Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary, Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary,Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary, Chakrasila Wildlife Sanctuary, Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary, Panidehing Wildlife Sanctuary.
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Virtually Inaugurates 2 Green Projects to be built in Collaboration with EU countriesBengal-CM-Mamata-inaugurates-green-projects-to-be-built-in-collaboration-with-EU-countries

i.On September 23, 2020 Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister(CM) of West Bengal virtually inaugurated 2 major green projects worth around Rs 1226 crore to be set up in collaboration with European Union countries. 
ii.Of the 2 green projects, one is a management and sustainable development project to be built in Kolkata Leather Complex at Bantala in the eastern outskirts of the city. 
iii.Meanwhile the solar power project will be built in Purba Midnapore(East Medinipur) district.
About West Bengal:
Governor– Jagdeep Dhankhar
Capital– Kolkata
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AC GAZE

PM Narendra Modi, Ayushmann Khurrana among 5 Indians Named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020

The Time magazine released the annual list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020 of pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons who have made an impact on the contemporary world. 5 Indians have made into the list, namely, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Ayushmann Khurrana, Bollywood actor; Bilkis, ‘dadi’ of Shaheen Bagh protest, Professor Ravindra Gupta( HIV/AIDS treatment) and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google.

Sub Lt. Kumudini Tyagi & Sub Lt. Riti Singh to Become the 1st Women Observers to Operate from Warships

On 21st September 2020, Sub Lieutenant Kumudini Tyagi and Sub Lieutenant Riti Singh became the first women to be posted in frontline warships as the Observers “Airborne Tacticians” of Helicopter Stream to operate from warships of the Indian Navy. They were a part of a group of 17 officers of the Navy, who were awarded ‘Wings’ on graduating as ‘Observers’ at a ceremony held at (Indian Navy Ship) INS Garuda, Kochi, Kerala.

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S.no Current Affairs 25 September 2020
1 DBT Launched Programme for “Strengthening Clinical Trial Research Capacity in Neighbouring Countries”
2 Govt Raised limit for Use of SDRF funds by states from 35% to 50% to tackle COVID situation
3 India-UK Water Partnership Forum held Virtually on Water Conservation
4 4th WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit held Virtually; Delhi may have 8 months of 32°C temp by 2100
5 Airports Authority of India Commenced Work on Airport Expansion Project in Maldives
6 IDFC First Bank to Launch 1st of its kind Digital Facility, “SafePay” for Contactless Debit Card-Based Payment
7 Odisha’s Krushi Bhavan Wins 10th Annual AZ Awards 2020
8 Acer India Appoints Actor Sonu Sood as its Brand Ambassador
9 Uday Kotak Gets 1 Year Extension as the Non-Executive Chairman of IL&FS
10 EESL Appoints Rajat Sud as its New Managing Director; Succeeds S Gopal
11 Somalia’s President Appointed Mohamed Hussein Roble as New Prime Minister
12 Indigenously Developed Prithvi-II Missile Successfully Night Test Fired from Chandipur, Odisha
13 Pixxel Enters into a Service Agreement with Momentus for Second Satellite Launch
14 Suresh Angadi, MoS for Railways: 1st Central Minister to Die of COVID-19
15 World Maritime Day 2020 – September 24
16 Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal Launched “Mukhyamantri Grammya Paribahan Achoni” & Distributed Vehicles to its Beneficiaries
17 West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee Virtually Inaugurates 2 Green Projects to be built in Collaboration with EU countries
18 PM Narendra Modi, Ayushmann Khurrana among 5 Indians Named in Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020
19 Sub Lt. Kumudini Tyagi & Sub Lt. Riti Singh to Become the 1st Women Observers to Operate from Warships