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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, Nepal Signed MoU to Reconstruct Projects Damaged by 2015 EarthquakeIndia, Nepal sign pacts to reconstruct over 100 projects damaged by 2015 earthquakeIndia and Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for the reconstruction of 14 cultural heritage and 103 health sector projects across different districts of Nepal, which were damaged by the 2015 earthquake.

  • The projects will be reconstructed at a cost of 420 crore Nepalese Rupees (~$36 million).

Key Points:
i.The reconstruction project agreement was signed between the Indian Embassy in Nepal and Nepal’s Central Level Project Implementation Unit (Building) of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA).
ii.The MoU was signed in the presence of Karun Bansal, First Secretary (Development Partnership and Reconstruction) of the Indian mission and Shyam Kishore Singh, Project Director, CLPIU (Building), Nepal.
iii.The Indian government has allocated a grant of $250 million under the post-quake package, including USD 50 million each for education, cultural heritage, and other sectors, including $100 million for the housing sector.
iv.In total, the Nepal government has undertaken 71 education sector projects, 28 cultural heritage sector projects, 147 health facilities, and the construction of 50,000 houses with India’s grant assistance.
v.2015 Earthquake: In April 2015, the Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake) killed nearly 9,000 people, injured around 22,000 people. It has devastated more than 800,000 houses and schools.
About Nepal:
Capital – Kathmandu
Currency – Nepalese rupee
President – Bidya Devi Bhandari
Prime Minister – Sher Bahadur Deuba

NeGD Signed MoU with NLU, Delhi and NLIU, Bhopal to establish Cyber lab for Online Capacity Building ProgrammeNeGD signs MoU with National Law University, Delhi and National Law Institute University (NLIU), BhopalNational e-Governance Division (NeGD) under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeitY), Government of India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Law University(NLU), Delhi and National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal to establish a Cyber Lab for the “Online capacity building Programme on Cyber Law, Crime Investigation and Digital Forensics”.

  • Abhishek Singh, President & CEO of NeGD, and Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao from NLU, Delhi,  and Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar from NLIU Bhopal signed the MoU on behalf of NeGD, and NLU and NLIU respectively.

Aim:
To revive a response from a wide spectrum across the law enforcement including senior officers of Law Enforcement Agencies and also from Judiciary.
Goal:
To enable Police Officers, State Cyber Cells, Law Enforcement Agencies, Prosecutors and Judicial Officers to acquire requisite skills to deal with Cyber Forensics cases efficiently & effectively as per the Indian Cyber Law while adopting global best practices, standards and guidelines.
Collaboration NeGD with NLIU and NLU:
i.This collaboration of NeGD with NLIU and NLU will offer a 9 months online Post Graduate(PG) Diploma to 1000 Officials through its Learning Management System (LMS)
ii.The cyber lab equipped with Hybrid architecture will support virtual and physical modes of capacity building in Cyber Law, Cybercrime Investigation and Digital Forensics
iii.Other law schools/ universities like National Law School of India University (Bangalore), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (Patiala) will be onboarded in the hub for future endeavours.
iv.The National e-Governance Division (NeGD) will develop the e-content based on the support received from faculty members.
About National e-Governance Division (NeGD):
National e-Governance Division (NeGD) was created by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology as an Independent Business Division under the Digital India Corporation.
President & CEO- Abhishek Singh
Created in 2009

APEDA signs MoU with ICAR-Indian Institute of Millet Research to Boost ExportAPEDA signs MoU with ICAR-IIMR to boost millet exportsThe Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority (APEDA) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR)- Indian Institute of Millet Research(IIMR) to increase export production by increasing quality and processing.
Objective:To increase the export production with necessary links in supply chain, technical warehouses , clinical research and awareness.
Note –United Nations declares 2023 as International Year of Millets (IYM).
Key Points
i.It would promote the commercial processed varieties developed by ICAR-IIMR. IIMR will help in  enhancing value addition and nutrients.
ii.A joint coordination committee will be formed. Which will consist of representatives from APEDA and ICAR-IIMR.
iii.Development and implementation in improving facilities like traceability, Artificial intelligence, etc., would promote millet exports.
iv.Creation of a Millet Export Promotion Forum with the joint support of major stakeholders. The forum will identify export clusters for getting increased and value added produce and it will link stakeholders with FPOs(Farmer Producer Organization).
v.In order to increase export production APEDA has also signed a series of MoUs with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, University of Agricultural Sci
ences, Bengaluru, National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) and others.
About Agricultural and Processed Food Product Export Development Authority (APEDA)
It was established by the Government of India under the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority Act, 1985. It functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Headquarters-New Delhi, Delhi
Chairman- Dr. Madhaiyaan Angamuthu
Indian Institute of Millet Research(IIMR)
Headquarters – Hyderabad, Telangana
Director-Dr. Vilas A Tonapi

Agriculture Minister Addressed CII’s 16th Sustainability Summit 2021; India Became Asia’s 1st Country to Launch a Plastics PactUnion Agriculture Minister addresses the 16th sustainability summit 2021Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, addressed the 16th Sustainability Summit 2021 of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) named ‘16th Sustainability Building a Resilient Future Leveraging Science, Technology & Finance’.

  • India has entered into the top 10 list of agricultural produce exporters.
  • So far under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, around Rs 1,57,000 crore has been deposited in the bank accounts of more than 11 crore farmers of India.

India Became Asia’s 1st Country to Launch a Plastics Pact
World-Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India) and the CII have collaborated to develop a platform named ‘India Plastics Pact (IPP)’ to promote a circular system for plastics. India became the 1st Asian country to develop a plastics pact.

  • The pact was launched by the British High Commission in India, Alexander Ellis, at the 16th Sustainability Summit 2021 of the CII.
  • The pact is supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).

About Confederation of Indian Industry (CII):
Establishment– 1895
Headquarter – New Delhi, Delhi
Director General – Chandrajit Banerjee
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Indian Army set to procure over 100 “SkyStriker” – a type of suicide dronesIndian Army to procure over 100 'SkyStriker' drones for Balakot-type missionsIn September 2021, Indian Army signed a Rs. 100 crore worth contract with the Joint Venture between India’s Alpha Design & Israel’s Elbit Security Systems, for the procurement of over 100 – ‘SkyStrikers’ under its emergency procurement powers. All the ‘SkyStriker’ type drones will be manufactured in the Bangalore manufacturing unit of Alpha Design.
i.They are also known as “Suicide Drones”, because of its autonomous system that is designed to directly crash over the target with its pre-loded 5 kgs of Warhead.
ii.Previously in August 2021, Alpha Design signed 2 defence procurement contracts with the Indian Air Force (IAF).
About Indian Army:
Established – 1st April, 1895
Chief of the Army Staff – Manoj Mukund Naravane
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Union Minority Affairs Ministry Organizes “Mera Watan, Mera Chaman” “Mushaira” &“Kavi Sammelan” in New Delhi

Union Minority Affairs Ministry organised “Mera Watan, Mera Chaman”, “Mushaira”and “Kavi Sammelan”  in New Delhi as a part of “Amrit Mahotsav” of 75 years of India’s Independence.The Programmes were launched by Union Minister of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

  • It will continue across the country till 2023.
  • During this launch, renowned poets presented their poetry and couplets on the “celebrations of 75 years of India’s Independence” while remembering the sacrifices made by the great freedom fighters.
  • These events reiterate and revitalize our nationalistic commitment to spread the message of peace and social harmony, “New and Self-reliant India” &strengthen the fabric of “Unity in Diversity”.

Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai Launches “Ayush Aapke Dwar” Campaign at Ayush Ministry

Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai, Minister of State, Ministry of Ayush, launched the  “Ayush Aapke Dwar” Campaign from Ayush Bhawan by distributing medicinal plants to staff.
The Ministry of AYUSH launched the scheme from more than 45 locations across 21 states of  India by distributing around 2 lakh medicinal plant saplings.
Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of AYUSH, launched this campaign from Mumbai.

  • The campaign aims to distribute medicinal plant sapling to 75 lakh households across India in 1 year.
  • The medicinal plants include Tejpatta, Stevia, Ashoka, Jatamansi, Giloy/Guduchi, Ashwagandha, Kumari, Shatavari, Lemongrass, Guggulu, Tulsi, Sarpagandha, Kalmegh, Brahmi and Amla.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

THE World University Rankings 2022: 3 Indian Universities in top 400, Topped by UK’s OxfordTimes World University Ranking 2022i.In accordance with the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022’, 3 Indian universities made it to the top 400 global rankings.  Among them, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru (Karnataka) is on the top and continues to be between 301-350 cohort.
ii.It was followed by IIT (Indian Institute of Technology)-Ropar (Punjab) and Mysuru (Karnataka) based private university JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in the 351-400 group.
iii.This University Rankings is topped by the United Kingdom’s (UK) University of Oxford for the 6th consecutive year.
About Times Higher Education (THE):
It is a magazine reporting specifically on news and issues related to higher education.
Former Name– The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES)
First issue– October 1971
Headquarter– London, United Kingdom (UK)
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Sand and Dust Storms Impact over 500 Million People in India: APDIM Report Sand and dust storms impact over 500 million in IndiaThe Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM), the regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), has released the report on sand and dust storms named ‘Sand and Dust Storms Risk Assessment in Asia and the Pacific’.

  • As per the risk assessments of the report, more than 500 million people in India are exposed to medium and high levels of poor air quality due to sand and dust storms.
  • The Asia-Pacific region is the world’s 2nd largest in terms of mineral dust emissions.
  • Energy sector: The sand and dust storms impact the generation of electricity by solar power plants. India has 1,584 gigawatt-hours (GWh) energy loss in 2019, in economic terms, the impact is greater than USD 107 million a year.
  • Around 60 million people from the cities of Karachi (Pakistan), Lahore (Pakistan), and Delhi have experienced more than 170 dusty days a year in 2019 due to sand and dust storms.

About UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific):
APDIM is one of the 5 regional commissions of the UN.
Establishment – 1947
Headquarters – Bangkok, Thailand
Executive Secretary – Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Members – 53 members and 9 associate members
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World Social Protection Report 2020-22 by ILO: Half of World Population, 4.1 billion don’t have Social SecurityILO's World Social Protection Report 2020-22In September 2021, International Labour Organization (ILO) has released its flagship report on social protection named ‘World Social Protection Report 2020-22: Social protection at the crossroads – in pursuit of a better future’.

  • As per the report, half of the global population i.e. 53 percent (4.1 billion) did not have any kind of social security.
  • As of 2020, only 46.9 percent of the global population are effectively covered by at least 1 social protection benefit.
  • Government Spending: On average, around 12.8 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) were spent by the countries on social protection (excluding health). High-income countries spend around 16.4 percent, whereas low-income countries spent only 1.1 percent of their GDP on social protection.
  • Regional Inequalities: Europe and Central Asia –  84 percent of people being covered by at least one benefit. Americas – 64.3 percent; Asia and Pacific -44 percent; the Arab States -40 percent; and Africa – 17.4 per cent.

About International Labour Organization (ILO):
Establishment – 1919
Headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland
Director-General – Guy Ryder
Member Countries – 187 member States
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

Sai Life Sciences Becomes Signatory of  United Nations Global Compact

Sai Life Sciences, a leading global Contract Research, Development & Manufacturing Organization (CRO/ CDMO),has become a signatory of the world’s largest sustainability initiative, United Nations Global Compact (UNGC).

  • With this Signatory, it has committed itself to adopt the Ten Principlesof the UNGC on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, reinforcing the company’s commitment to corporate responsibility and sustainability.
  • Note –CEO & Managing Director of Sai Life Sciences-Krishna Kanumuri; Headquarter – Malkajgiri, Telangana.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

POWERGRID won the Association for Talent Development 2021 BEST AwardGlobally Ranked 8th out of Top 71 Companies of the World for Talent Development 2021Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna Central Public Sector Undertaking(CPSU) under Ministry of Power, Government of India, won the prestigious global “Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2021 BEST Award” and became the only PSU to win this award.

  • POWERGRID has secured the 8th rank among the 71 organisations from across the globe and became one of the 2 companies of India in the Top 20, Larsen & Toubro Technology Services Limited(Mumbai, India) has secured the 1st Rank.
  • POWERGRID won awards for its efforts in talent development practices and programmes. The POWERGRID talent development initiatives are driven by the POWERGRID Academy of Leadership(PAL).

Click here for the list of ATD 2021 BEST Winners
About BEST Awards:
i.The Best awards recognised organisations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee talent development.
ii.The award was established in 2003.
About PAL:
i.PAL is the state-of-the-art Institute of Learning in Management and Technology that provides the requirements of both domestic and international clients.
ii.Training and initiatives are organized at PAL for enhancing employee performance, boosting employee productivity, improving and strengthening company culture.
About Association for Talent Development (ATD):
ATD, (formerly ASTD) is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations.
President & CEO– Tony Bingham
Headquarters– Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America

 SJVN Received Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award 2021SJVN has been conferred with Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award 2021Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVN) has got the prestigious Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award for 2021 under the category of Best Growth Performance- Power.
About the event
The Award ceremony was held in the virtual conference titled India’s Top 500 companies 2021. The Guest of Honour Dr. Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) and Special Guest Dr Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Theme of the Event– ” Laying the Foundation for an  Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)- Ready Corporate India”.
Highlights
i.SJVN has invested in several sectors such as thermal, wind, solar power generation, power transmission etc. It has a portfolio of around 10,000 MW in progress.
ii.It has also set its ambitious goal of reaching 5,000 MW of installed capacity by 2023, 12,00 MW by 2020 and 25,000 MW by 2040.
iii.The event also featured the digital launch of the publication India’s Top 500 Companies 2021.
Listing process
i.For the year 2021 edition of the publication will feature a new separate Listing of the Leading 100 Unlisted Companies in India.
ii.It will also feature an additional Listing of India’s Top 500 Companies on the basis of their ESG performance.
About SJVN(Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd)
In September 17 2002 they changed their name from Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation Ltd to Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd as the operations of the company were based in and around the river Sutlej.
Chairman & Managing Director– Nand Lal Sharma
Headquarter -Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (HP)
About Dun & Bradstreet
Managing Director & CEO -Mr. Avinash Gupta

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

ACC named Suman Sharma as new Managing Director of SECIGovt appoints Suman Sharma as new Managing Director of SECIThe Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Suman Sharma as the Managing Director (MD) of Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). She will succeed Jatindra Nath Swain who is currently serving as the chairman and MD of the company. He will remain the chairman of the company.

  • With this appointment she will be accountable to SECI’s board of directors, government and shareholders.
  • She will also be responsible for the efficient functioning of the entity, achieving corporate objectives and performance parameters.

Key Points:
i.Suman Sharma is 1990 batch IRS (Indian Revenue Service) officer and is currently serving as the Additional Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), Department of Commerce.
ii.SECI is a central public sector undertaking (CPSU) under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
About Solar Energy Corporation of India ltd (SECI):
Establishment– 2011
Headquarter– New Delhi

ESFB Appoints Indian Hockey Player Rani Rampal & Cricketer Smriti Mandhana as Brand Ambassadors Equitas Small Finance Bank ropes in Rani Rampal, Smriti Mandhana as brand ambassadorsEquitas Small Finance Bank (ESFB) has appointed Indian Women’s hockey player Rani Rampal and Indian women’s cricketer Smriti Mandhana as its brand ambassadors.
This appointment was made during the 5th year anniversary of Equitas Small Finance on 5th September 2021.
Rani Rampal: 
i.Rani Rampal is the youngest player to represent the national hockey team representing India at the age of 15 at the 2010 World Cup.
ii.She has been the captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey team and has won Asia Cup in 2017, Silver at the Asian Games 2018, Silver at Asian Champions Trophy 2018 and FIH Series Final in 2019.
Smriti Mandhana:
Smriti Mandhana was recognised as the Best Women’s International Cricketer by the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI).
About Equitas Small Finance Bank:
MD and CEO– Vasudevan Pathangi Narasimhan
Headquarters- Chennai, Tamil Nadu

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

RSBVL acquires 57% stake in Strand Life Sciences for Rs 393 croresReliance Industries’ arm buys Strand Life Sciences’ stake for Rs 393 croreOn 3rd September 2021, Reliance Industries Limited’s (RIL) subsidiary – Reliance Strategic Business Ventures Limited (RSBVL) acquired 57.06% stake in Strand Life Sciences by buying over 2.28 crore shares in the company for Rs 393 crores. 
i.RIL is also planning to invest another Rs 160 crores in Strand Life Sciences by March 2023, increasing its total share in the company by about 80.3%, with a total of Rs 553 crore investment.
ii.The acquisition is a part of RIL’s initiative towards affordable access to the digital healthcare ecosystem in India with world-class technology.
About Strand Life Sciences:
Strand Life Sciences, is a technology company that deals with genomic testing and provides biometric software and clinical research solutions to healthcare providers.
Headquarters – Bangalore, Karnataka
Established – 2000
About Reliance Industries Limited (RIL):
RIL is India’s most valued company, and the 1st Indian company to reach USD 200 billion market capital.
Chairman & MD – Mukesh Ambani (Asia’s Richest person)
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

ICICI Lombard gets Approval for the Acquisition of Bharti Axa from IRDAIICICI Lombard gets final IRDAI approval for Bharti Axa acquisitionIndia’s largest private sector general insurer, ICICI Lombard got the final in-principle approval from Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI) for the acquisition Bharti Axa General Insurance.
Highlights
i.Bharti AXA General Insurance is a joint venture of Bharti, an Indian business group with 51% and AXA, a global insurance and asset management company with 49% stake.
ii.According to the deal, the shareholders of the demerged company- Bharti and AXA will be allotted equity shares with Bharti General Ventures and Societe Beaujon shares.
iii.The shareholders of Bharti AXA shall receive 2 shares of ICICI Lombard for every 115 shares of Bharti AXA held by them as on the date of the approval.
iv.In 2020, Competition Commission of India (CCI), Bombay Stock Exchange ( BSE) was also approved for the acquisition.
v.IRDAI also grants approval to ICICI Bank to reduce stake in ICICI Lombard to 30%.
About  Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India(IRDAI)
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
About ICICI Lombard
CEO: Bhargav Dasgupta
Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra

LIC picks up nearly 4% stake in Bank of India through open market transactionLIC picks up nearly 4% stake in Bank of India

Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India has picked up around 3.9% stakes (around 159007791 shares) of Bank of India(BOI) through Open Market Acquisition on 2nd September 2021. 

  • With this acquisition the stake of LIC in Bank of India has increased from 3.17% to 7.05%, equivalent to 289287324 shares. 
  • The BOI raised around Rs 2550 crore by allotting reference shares to qualified institutional buyers. 

Note:
According to the SEBI regulations, on substantial acquisition of shares and takeovers, companies have to inform the stock exchange when the entity holds more than 5% shares of a listed firm. 
About the acquisition:
i.The issue was opened on 25th August and closed on 30th August. 
ii.BOI aimed to raise around Rs 3000 crore equity capital through this issue. 
iii.LIC, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company are the three investors which subscribed to more than 5% of the equity offered in the qualified institutional placement issue.
iv.With this acquisition the shareholding of the government in the bank has decreased from 90.34% to 82.50%. 
v.Following the allotment of the equity shares in the issues, the paid up capital equity shares of the bank has increased from Rs 3698.09 crore to Rs 4103.57 crore comprising of 410,35,66,070 number of equity shares
About Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India:
Chairman– MR Kumar
Headquarters- Mumbai, Maharashtra
Established in 1956 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

CSIR-NAL’s Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft successfully made its Maiden FlightHansa New Generation (NG) aircrafti.On September 3, 2021, Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft successfully made its maiden flight and all flight parameters were found normal. It is designed and developed by CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research)-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Bengaluru, Karnataka.
ii.The aircraft took off from HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) airport by Capt. Amit Dahiya, test pilot, flew at an altitude of 4000 ft. with a speed of 80 knots for about 20 minutes.
iii.It will be certified within the next 4 months.
iv.The project director of HANSA is Abbani Rinku.
About National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL):
It is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the country’s civilian sector.
Establishment– 1959
Director– Jitendra J Jadhav
Headquarter– Bengaluru, Karnataka
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IMPORTANT DAYS

Poshan Maah 2021(Nutrition Month) – September ‘Thematic’ POSHAN Maah To Be Celebrated The Month Of SeptemberThe Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) has decided to celebrate the Poshan Maah across India throughout the month of September under the Poshan Abhiyan. The Poshan Maah 2021 will be observed as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. 
The observance of Poshan Maah aims to address malnutrition among children, protect the children who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition(SAM) and encourage consumption of a variety of vegetables and fruits among families in rural areas.

  • September 2021 marks the observance of the 4th Poshan Maah which will be celebrated as “Thematic Poshan Maah”.

Significance:
i.To ensure the outreach of the celebration the Poshan month has been subdivided into weekly themes focused on improving holistic nutrition.
ii.The weekly theme for the activities to be taken up are,

  • September 1 to 7 – Plantation Activity as “PoshanVatika”
  • September  8 to 15 – Yoga and AYUSH for Nutrition
  • September 16 to 23 – Distribution of ‘Regional Nutrition Kit’ to Anganwadi beneficiaries of High Burden Districts.
  • September 24 to 30 – Identification of severe acute malnourished children and distribution of nutritious food.

Minister of WCD inaugurates Poshan 2.0:
Smriti Zubin Irani, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development(WCD) inaugurated Poshan 2.0, National Conference and urged all the districts to establish a Poshan Vatika(Nutrition Garden) during the nutrition month starting from September 1 to protect the children with SAM.
Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD):
Union Minister– Smriti Zubin Irani (Constituency- Amethi, Uttar Pradesh)
Minister of state– Dr. Munjpara Mahendrabhai(Constituency- Surendranagar, Gujarat)
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STATE NEWS

NTPC REL receives LoA to Develop  325MW in MP’s Shajapur Solar ParkNTPC REL gets LoA for developing 325MW in MP’sNTPC (Formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited)- Renewable Energy Limited (REL) received a Letter of Award(LoA) from the Chief Minister(CM) of Madhya Pradesh(MP)  Shivraj Singh Chauhan for developing   325 MW Solar Power Project in Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL) at Shajapur Solar Park, Shajapur district Madhya Pradesh.
Highlights
i.NTPC is planning to achieve 60 GW  renewable energy capacity by 2032 from existing 4 GW and invest IN R 1 trillion between 2019 and 2024 to become 130 GW power producer by 2032.
ii.India has also crossed the 100 GW  milestone of installed renewable energy capacity.
iii.NTPC is working with International Solar Alliance (ISA) in Cuba, Niger, and Malawi to set up solar parks. It is engaged as a facilitator by ISA and aiming to set 10GW capacity in ISA member countries.
iv.CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan also presented LoA to Mohit Bhargava, CEO of NTPC REL for the districts named Agar and Neemuch of 1500 MW capacity at Bhopal. State DISCOMS & Railways will buy power from these projects.
About National Thermal Power Corporation Limited(NTPC)
CMD-Gurdeep Singh
Headquarters-New Delhi, Delhi
Established – 1975

Ladakh signs MoU with BRO for Road Network upgradation Ladakh admin signs 'historic' MoU with BRO for upgradation of road networkOn 3rd September 2021, the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) for construction & upgradation of its road network. The UT has also allocated 7 road & tunnel construction projects to BRO, reviewing its expertise in construction over hilly areas.
i.The successful completion of these road infrastructure projects will boost the tourism sector in the UT, thereby strengthening its economy.
Note – In August, BRO constructed the World’s highest motorable pass at Umling La Pass in eastern Ladakh at an altitude of 19,300 feet.
Signatories – Chief Engineer, Project HIMANK, Brig. Arvinder Singh, Chief Engineer Project VIJAYAK Brig. Ashish Gambhir; and Chief Engineer, Public Works (Roads & Buildings) Ladakh P.C. Tanoch
About Ladakh:
Lieutenant Governor (LG) – Radha Krishna Mathur (also the 1st LG of Ladakh)
Capital – Leh
In 2019, Ladakh was established as an Union Territory with 2 districts – Leh & Kargil
About Border Roads Organisation (BRO):
Director General – Rajeev Chaudhary
Established in 1960 under the Ministry of Defence
Headquarter – New Delhi

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S.no  Current Affairs 5 & 6 September 2021
1 India, Nepal Signed MoU to Reconstruct Projects Damaged by 2015 Earthquake
2 NeGD Signed MoU with NLU, Delhi and NLIU, Bhopal to establish Cyber lab for Online Capacity Building Programme
3 APEDA signs MoU with ICAR-Indian Institute of Millet Research to Boost Export
4 Agriculture Minister Addressed 16th Sustainability Summit of CII; India Became Asia’s 1st Country to Launch a Plastics Pact
5 Indian Army set to procure over 100 “SkyStriker” – a type of suicide drones
6 Union Minority Affairs Ministry Organizes “Mera Watan, Mera Chaman” “Mushaira” &“Kavi Sammelan” in New Delhi
7 Dr. Munjapara Mahendrabhai Launches “Ayush Aapke Dwar” Campaign at Ayush Ministry
8 THE World University Rankings 2022: 3 Indian Universities in top 400, Topped by UK’s Oxford
9 Sand and Dust Storms Impact over 500 Million People in India: APDIM Report
10 World Social Protection Report 2020-22 by ILO: Half of World Population, 4.1 billion don’t have Social Security
11 Sai Life Sciences Becomes Signatory of  United Nations Global Compact
12 POWERGRID won the Association for Talent Development 2021 BEST Award
13  SJVN Received Dun & Bradstreet – Corporate Award 2021
14 ACC named Suman Sharma as new Managing Director of SECI
15 ESFB Appoints Indian Hockey Player Rani Rampal & Cricketer Smriti Mandhana as Brand Ambassadors
16 RSBVL acquires 57% stake in Strand Life Sciences for Rs 393 crores
17 ICICI Lombard gets Approval for the Acquisition of Bharti Axa from IRDAI
18 LIC picks up nearly 4% stake in Bank of India through open market transaction
19 CSIR-NAL’s Hansa New Generation (NG) aircraft successfully made its Maiden Flight
20 Poshan Maah 2021(Nutrition Month) – September
21 NTPC REL receives LoA to Develop  325MW in MP’s Shajapur Solar Park
22 Ladakh signs MoU with BRO for Road Network upgradation