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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Central Government to invest Rs 25,000 crore in different sectors of fisheries in next 5 years
With an aim to improve the fisheries sector, the Union government has plans to invest Rs. 25,000 crore in different sectors of fisheries in the next 5 years. It will help in the accomplishment of the goals of the ambitious Blue Revolution (Fisheries) project.
i. Center has an aim to expand the scope of inland fisheries, increase productivity in aquaculture farms by monitoring disease, double the aquaculture productivity from 3 million tonnes at present to 6 million tonnes, implement traceability to double seafood exports in 5 years from around Rs 47,000 crore at present.
ii. Funds will be brought in from different schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Sampada Yojana (Matsya) and World Bank schemes which will be launched in 2020. Fishery infrastructure development fund has been started with Rs 7,300 crore………………..Click here to Read more

The 4th General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the year 2019 held in Bengaluru
The Election Commission of India (ECI) hosted the 4th General Assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the year 2019. It was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka from September 2-4, 2019. India took over as A-WEB’s Chair for the 2019-21 term.

  • CEC of India, Shri Sunil Arora along with the two Election Commissioners of India Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra and Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Shri Umesh Sinha launched ECI’s quarterly magazine – ‘VOICE International’. It shares best practices from over 25 Countries.
  • An AWEB Centre will be setup at the India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management, New Delhi………………………Click here to Read more

Health ministry proposes The Health Care Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019
On September 3, 2019 in order to address the issue of violence faced by doctors and the damages caused to clinical establishment properties, the Union health ministry has decided to propose a legislation bill titled “The Health Care Service Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill”, 2019, which provides 10yr imprisonment treating it as a non-bailable offence and fine of upto Rs.10 lakhs to a person assaulting doctor or other health care personnel.
Key points
i. The health ministry has also invited suggestions from public within 30 days of drafting the legislation.
ii. Penalty: In case of committing violence, fine would be from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 5 lakh attracting jail term from 6months-3years. In case of grievous hurt then fine would range from Rs.2lakhs to Rs. 10 lakhs. Non-payment of compensation will be covered as arrears of land revenue under Revenue Recovery Act 1890.
About health ministry:
♦ Founded- 1976
♦ Headquarters- New Delhi
♦ Union minister- Harsh Vardhan (constituency- ChandniChowk, Delhi)
♦ Minister of State(MoS)-  Faggan Singh Kulaste (constituency- Mandla, Madhya Pradesh).

A ministerial panel chaired by FM Nirmala Sitharaman to study Health Ministry proposal to ban e-cigarette
A panel of ministers from commerce, health, agriculture, chemicals and petrochemicals, and food processing departments chaired by finance minister (FM) Nirmala Sitharaman will study the proposal of Ministry of Health, Government of India(GoI) to ban the production and import of e-cigarettes, through an ordinance.Health Ministry proposal to ban e-cigarette Key points:
i. The health ministry in august 2018, has proposed a nation-wide ban on electronic cigarettes /electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) with a prison sentence up to one year and stiff monetary penalties of ₹1 lakh for first-time offenders & up to three years and Rs 5 lakh for repeat offenders.
ii. More than 460 e-cigarette brands with over 7,700 flavours are available in the country as per the Government data.
iii. ENDS: It is used to describe various types of e-cigarettes and vapes, some of these work on the basis of ‘heat not burn’, where tobacco or nicotine solutions are heated to temperatures lower than cigarettes.
iv. As a  part of the ‘first 100 days’ agenda of the Narendra Modi government, the health ministry also proposed to ban the battery-operated products. The deadline for which is 7 September 2019.

DST selects IIT-Delhi & IIT Kharagpur to establish shared science and technology infrastructure facility SATHI
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and IIT Kharagpur have been selected by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to establish a shared science and technology infrastructure facility named Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute (SATHI).
Key Points:
i. DST will provide Rs 125 Crore over a period of 3 years, starting from 2019-20, to set up SATHI.
ii. The centre will provide professionally managed services to meet the demands of industry, start-ups and academia which will be accessible to them and to  manufacturing units and research & development labs.
iii. IIT Kharagpur will treat the SATHI Centre as its Social Scientific Responsibility (SSR) programme.
iv. The centre will be set up in the Sonepat campus (Haryana) of IIT Delhi.
v. SATHI Centre will run the clock in a year.

‘Terracotta Grinder’ Launched by KVIC at Varanasi to Re-use wasted pottery
On September 2, 2019 the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) based at Mumbai, has launched ‘Terracotta grinder’ at Sewapuri, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It is manufactured under KVIC’s project REPLAN (REducingPLAstic in Nature) and grinds waste and broken pottery items for reuse in pottery making. It is designed by KVIC chairman Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena and Fabricated by Rajkot(Gujarat) based engineering unit.Terracotta Grinder’Key points
i. Saxena, also distributed 200 electric pottery wheels and pottery machines to the villagers whereby job opportunity will also be increased and has also created demand for terracotta products by the Ministry of Railways to Zonal Railways and IRCTC(Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) in Varanasi and Raebareilly stations.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Delhi ranks 118th and Mumbai at 119th spot in EIU’s Global Liveability Index 2019
On September 4, 2019 the 2019 “Global Liveability Index” prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit(EIU) has ranked Delhi at the 118th spot which is a drop by 6 places from 112th spot (biggest decline registered in Asia) in its previous report due to an increase in crime, poor air quality, and worsening climate conditions. Mumbai also dropped by two places to rank at 119th spot this year. The list was topped by Vienna, the capital of Austria for the second consecutive time whereas Damascus, the capital of Syria was ranked last becoming the least liveable city at 140th position. Russia’s St. Petersburg topped the list among BRICS nations at 71st spot.Global Liveability Index 2019Key points
i. Scores: While New Delhi was given a score of 56.3, Mumbai with 56.2, top-ranked Vienna scored 99.1 and least-ranked Damascus (Syria) got only 30.7 points.
ii. Air quality: The World Health Organisation(WHO) has reported New Delhi in the 6th place for an annual mean concentration of fine particulate matter around the world in the 2018 Global Air Quality Index which also led to downgrading in its current liveable cities ranking.

RankCity 
1Vienna (Austria)
2Melbourne (Australia)
3Sydney(Australia)
118Delhi (India)
119Mumbai (India)
136Karachi (Pakistan)
137Tripoli (Libya)
138Dhaka (Bangladesh)
140Damascus(Syria)
About EIU:
♦ Headquarters- London, United Kingdom(UK).
♦ Founded- 1946.
♦ Parent organization- Economist Group.

BANKING & FINANCE

T N Manoharan taskforce on secondary market for corporate loans submits its report to RBI
On September 3, 2019, A 6-member taskforce on secondary market for corporate loans, headed by Canara Bank Chairman TN Manoharan has submitted its report to RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Governor Shaktikanta Das.
i. Self-Regulatory Body:  RBI’s task force proposed to setting up of a Self-Regulatory Body for the standardization of corporate loan documents.
ii. Central Loan Registry:  It also favoured to set up Central Loan Contract Registry and online loan sales platform, which enable to conduct auctions and sale of secondary market loans……………….Click here to Read more

Joint India- NDB workshop on Enhancing NDB’s engagement awith the India private and public sector held in New Delhi
On September 3, 2019, Joint India- New Development Bank (NDB) workshop on Enhancing NDB’s engagement with the India private and public sector was held for a day in New Delhi. It was co-organized by NDB and the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance of the Government of India.
Priority areas of NDB financing comprises of  transportation (metro, inter-city mobility), digital infrastructure, agriculture (irrigation, agricultural supply chain, storage) and social sector (education, healthcare, skilling). NDB can consider raising green bonds for financing water and sanitation projects. It can also provide credit enhancement to municipalities for raising bonds………………Click here to Read more

Panel set by IRDAI to revisit 3-yr old trade credit insurance guidelines 
On September 2, 2019 the insurance regulator IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) has set up a 9-member panel headed by New India Assurance Company Ltd (NIACL) Chief Managing Director(CMD) Atul Sahai, in order to review its three-year old guidelines (set up in 2016) on trade credit insurance due to the changing market requirements.
Key points
i. Panel’s role: The panel which has to submit its report within 3 months, would study the scope of changes and suggest suitable amendments to be added or changed to the guidelines based on Terms of Reference(ToR) after complete examination on the current guidelines.
ii.Trade credit Insurance:It is a risk management product, given to business entities by private as well as governmental export credit agencies to protect them from loss due to credit risks. The policy provides coverage against delay in payment or non-payments of credit also.
iii. ToR:It means the purpose and structures of a project, committee, meeting, negotiation, or any similar collection of people who have agreed to work together to accomplish a shared goal.
About IRDAI:
♦ Founded- 1999.
♦ Headquarters- Hyderabad, Telangana.
♦ Chairperson-Subhash Chandra Khuntia.
♦ Act-  Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999.
About NIACL:
♦ Headquarters- Mumbai.
♦ Founder- Sir Dorabji Tata.
♦ Founded- 1919.
♦ Nationalised- 1973.

ESIC entered into an agreement with SBI for direct benefit transfer facility for all ESIC beneficiaries
On September 3, 2019, A multidimensional social system tailored to provide socio-economic protection to worker population, the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the State Bank of India (SBI) for the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) facility to all the insured beneficiaries of ESIC.
Key points:
i.
As per the agreement, SBI will provide e-payment services to all the beneficiaries of ESIC directly in their bank account. It will be integrated with the enterprise resource planning (ERP) processes of ESIC through its cash management product (CMP) e-payment technology platform & automated process without any human intervention.
ii. SBI will provide real-time benefits to the beneficiaries of ESIC as well as other payment recipients by e-payment. It will save time, reduce payment delays, and it will also help to eliminate errors caused by repetitive and manual data entries.
iii. The agreement was signed by Shri Rajkumar, DG (Director General), ESIC and Shri Sunil Wadhera, DGM, SBI.
About ESIC:
♦ Founded: 24 February 1952
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ It is a Statutory Body and the administrative Ministry is Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India(GoI).
♦ ESI: Employees’ State Insurance (ESI) is a self-financing social security and health insurance scheme for Indian workers & the fund is managed ESIC according to rules and regulations stipulated in the ESI Act 1948.
About SBI:
♦ Headquarters
: Mumbai, Maharashtra
♦ Founded: 1 July 1955
♦ Chairperson: Rajnish Kumar
♦ Tagline: The Nation banks on us; Pure Banking Nothing Else; With you all the way.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

CCEA approves ethanol price revision for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies
On September 3, 2019 the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved revision of price of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) for the sugar season 2019-20 derived from various raw materials under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme. The revision comes into effect from 1st December 2019 till 30th November 2020.
Key points
i. Cost revision:

  • Ethanol from C type heavy molasses has been increased to Rs.43.75/litre from Rs.43.46/litre.
  • Ethanol from B type heavy molasses has been increased to Rs.54.27/litre from Rs.52.43/litre.
  • Ethanol price from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup are to be fixed at Rs.59.48/litre.
  • Goods and Service Tax(GST) and other Transportation charges will also be payable additionally and the price rate are to be fixed by Oil Marketing Companies(OMC)

ii. Priority:  Priority of ethanol by OMCs are to be given in the increasing order such as from sugarcane juice/sugar/sugar syrup, then B heavy molasses, then C heavy molasses and finally to damaged food grains/other sources.
iii. EBP availability: The programme which is extended across india except Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands with effect from 1st April, 2019 is sold by OMCs blended 10% with petrol. The decision of implementing differential price of ethanol by the government has increased the ethanol procurement by OMCs from 38crore litre(2013-14) to 200crore litre in 2018-19.
About EBP:
The programme was launched in January 2003, to promote alternative and environment friendly fuels for meeting the energy requirements. During its initial launch the OMCs were asked to supply 5% ethanol blended Petrol.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

PM Modi to get Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Goalkeeper Award 2019 ” for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi is to be honored with ‘Global Goalkeeper Award 2019’ by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for his work under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) Mission. He will be honored during his visit to United States (US) in September 2019.PM Modi to get Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Goalkeeper Award 2019 ”Key points:
i.
The Foundation will host the 4th  annual Goalkeepers ‘Global Goals Awards’ on September 24, 2019.
ii. The award is presented to leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their country /globally. The awards are based on 5 categories such as Progress, Changemaker, Campaign, Goalkeepers Voice and the Global Goalkeeper for their great efforts in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
iii. PM will also address global leaders and corporate executives at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum 2019 during his visit for the 74th high-level UN General Assembly (UNGA) session to held in New York, US.
iii.  Earlier in January 2019, Bill Gates praised Modi for the introduction of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, in which the government has set a target of providing free health services to 10 crore people.
About Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
♦ It was launched by PM Modi in 2014 after coming to power for the 1st time to improve the overall cleanliness in the country and eliminate open defecation nationwide in 5 years. This project was dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. So that it was launched on 2 October 2014. 90 million toilets have been built to eliminate open defecation by October 2, 2019, and presently 98 %of India’s villages have rural sanitation coverage as against 38 % 4 years ago.
♦ It consists of two sub-missions Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)-(SBM-G) and Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).
♦ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (“Gramin” or ‘rural’):  It runs under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation
♦ Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (‘urban’):  It operates under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
About Bill and Milinda Gates Foundation:
♦ Formation: 2000
♦ Founders:  Bill Gates Melinda Gates
♦ Headquarters: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Shri Jaideep Sarkar concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India(GoI) Shri Jaideep Sarkar, a 1987 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer has been concurrently accredited as the next High Commissioner of India to the Kingdom of Lesotho, with residence in Pretoria. He succeeds Ms. Ruchi Ghanashyam.
Key points:

i. He presently served as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of South Africa.
ii. He also worked in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul, and Bangladesh as well.
About Lesotho:
♦ Capital
: Maseru
♦ Currencies: South African rand, Lesotho loti

ENVIRONMENT

Overview of Hurricane Dorian
Hurricane Dorian has affected the Bahamas and the Southeastern United States (US). It is the first major hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. It was developed from a tropical wave on August 24, 2019 in the Central Atlantic.
Key Points:
i. Dorian had maximum sustained winds of 175 kph (110 mph).
ii. The Miami-based (United States) National Hurricane Center (NHC) notified that as of September 3, 2019, it started moving northwest, leaving Bahamas, carrying the powerful storm close to the Florida coast. It was about 70 kilometers (40 miles) north of Freeport, Grand Bahama, and nearly 170 kilometers (105 miles) east of Fort Pierce, Florida, and heading northwest at 4 kph (2 mph).
iii. In the Bahamas, it killed at least 5 people.
iv. The U.S. states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia declared a state of emergency and many coastal counties from Florida to North Carolina issued mandatory evacuation orders.
Categories of Hurricanes
Category 5: Major Hurricane; Sustained wind speed: 157 mph or higher
Category 4: Major Hurricane; Sustained wind speed: 130-156 mph
Category 3: Major Hurricane; Sustained wind speed: 111-129 mph
Category 2: Sustained wind speed: 96-110 mph
Category 1: Sustained wind speed: 74-95 mph

SPORTS

Logo for 2022 FIFA World Cup launched by Qatar
On September 3, 2019, The host city for 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar unveiled the logo for the same displaying it in public spaces in Doha and cities around the world. 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is the 22nd Edition, will be hosted by the Gulf Emirate. FIFA and the Qatari organizing committee launched the logo/emblem in Doha, capital of Qatar.Logo for 2022 FIFA World CupKey Points:
i. Design: The design is a stylised Arabic white unisex shawl with maroon patterning, which is displayed in a figure-of-eight symbolising infinity while creating a heart shape above the words “FIFA WORLD CUP Qatar 2022”. In its shape, the logo resembles the World Cup trophy.
ii. Description of the logo: The swooping curves of the emblem represent the undulations of desert dunes and the unbroken loop depicts both the number eight – a reminder of the eight astonishing stadiums that will host matches – and the infinity symbol, reflecting the interconnected nature of the event
iii .Inspiration: It was inspired by traditional woollen shawls worn during the winter months.
iv. Appearances: The emblem appeared on buildings and giant screens in New York, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Mexico City, Johannesburg, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Moscow, Mumbai, Seoul and 10 districts across Turkey.
v. Schedule: The tournament is scheduled to be held from November 21- December 18, 2022.
vi. 2026 FIFA World Cup: It will be hosted by 3 nations- Canada, Mexico and the United States (US).
About FIFA:
♦ FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Headquarters: Zurich, Switzerland
Motto: For the Game. For the World
President: Gianni Infantino

Former French footballer Eric Cantona felicitated with UEFA President’s Award 2019
Former Manchester United and France legend Eric Cantona, aged 53, was honoured with Union of European Football Association’s (UEFA) President’s Award 2019 at the Champions League draw in Monaco. He has won 5 English championships with Leeds and Manchester United in the 1990s and 2 French titles with Marseille.French footballer Eric Cantona felicitated with UEFA President’s Award 2019i. He became the third Manchester United player to receive the award after Bobby Charlton (2008) and David Beckham (2018).
ii. The previous recipients of the award include Johann Cruyff, Alfredo Di Stefano and Eusebio.
iii. He played 45 times for France between 1983 – 1998. He was best known for his role in Ken Loach’s quirky 2009 comedy drama Looking for Eric. He was also nominated for a Palme d’Or.
iv. The President’s Award recognises outstanding achievements, professional excellence and exemplary personal qualities

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza retires from international cricket 
On September 3, 2019, Zimbabwe cricket captain Hamilton Masakadza (36 years) has announced his retirement from international cricket, thus ending his international cricket career after the T20I (twenty-twenty International) tri-series match with Bangladesh and Afghanistan from September 13 to 24.Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza retiresKey points
i. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Hamilton made his debut against West Indies in 2001 and has appeared in 38 Test, 209 ODIs (One Day International) and 62 T20I representing the country scoring 9410 international runs.
ii. He set a world record in 2001 by becoming the youngest player to make a century in test debut at the age of 17 years and 354 days, against the West Indies in Harare, Zimbabwe during Clive Lloyd Trophy. He held this record for less than two months before it was broken by Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful.

BOOKS AUTHORS

Venkaiah Naidu will release books ‘Loktantra Ke Swar (Khand 2)’ & ‘The Republican Ethic (Volume 2)’ on selected speeches of President
The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu will release 2nd edition of ‘Loktantra Ke Swar (Khand 2)’ and ‘The Republican Ethic (Volume 2)’ on September 6, 2019, at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra in New Delhi. It will be released with the aim to promote and diffuse selected speeches of President Ram Nath Kovind, President of India.Venkaiah Naidu will release books 'Loktantra Ke Swar (Khand 2)' & 'The Republican Ethic (Volume 2)'Key points:
i.
Directorate of Publications Division under the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has published the book.
ii. The books are a collection of 95 of his selected speeches delivered by the President in the second year of his office from July 2018 – July 2019.
iii. They have been divided in 8 sections, viz ‘Addressing the Nation’, ‘Windows to the World’, ‘Educating India: Equipping India’, ‘Dharma of Public Service’, ‘Honouring our Sentinels’, ‘Spirit of the Constitution and Law’, ‘Acknowledging Excellence’ and ‘Mahatma Gandhi: Moral Exemplar, Guiding Light’.To mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a separate section on President’s speech related to Gandhian world-view has also been covered.
iv. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Information and Broadcasting & Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment would be the Guests of Honour on the occasion.
v.The first edition of the books was released Shri Venkaiah Naidu on 8 Dec 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

STATE NEWS

Cabinet of Delhi included OBC, general category students in ‘Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana’
On September 4, 2019, The cabinet of Delhi decided to include Other Backward Class (OBC) and General category students in its ‘Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana’ which was initially meant for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category students who were provided financial assistance of Rs 40,000.
Key Points:
i. It hiked the financial assistance from Rs 40,000 to Rs 1 lakh for coaching for various competitive exams.
ii. A civil service aspirant will be provided Rs 1 lakh financial assistance for 12-month coaching and Rs 50,000 will be given for coaching for the entrance examination for other professional courses like MBA (Master of Business Administration), CLAT (Common Law Admission Test), etc.
iii. 11-month coaching will be provided with the financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh for the entrance examination for professional courses for students with science stream like engineering, NDA (National Defence Academy) and CDS (Combined Defence Service).
iv. Delhi students belonging to SC, ST (Scheduled Tribe), OBC and EWS (Economically Weaker section) categories with total family income less than Rs 8 lakh per annum will be eligible for the scheme.
About New Delhi
Chief Minister: Arvind Kejriwal (Aam Aadmi Party)
Lt Governor: Anil Baijal

Haryana Govt waived interest and penalty of Rs 4,750 crore on crop loans taken from cooperative banks
On September 2, 2019, the Haryana govt headed by its Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has waived interest and penalty of Rs 4,750 crore on crop loans taken from cooperative banks, Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies (PACS), District Cooperative Central Banks (DCCB), Land Mortgage Bank (LMB)  and Haryana Land Reforms and Development Bank. This will benefit around 10 lakh farmers of the state.
Key points:
i.
With this announcement, the bank accounts of the farmers, which declared Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) by these banks, will now allowed to change the cycle of loan accounts of their crops.
ii.PACS:  The accounts of over 8 lakh had turned into NPAs, out of 13 lakh farmers who taken a loan from PACS.5% fine imposed on farmers who failed to repay loans borrowed from PACS will now be completely waived off in the state.The farmers will benefit by around Rs 2,500 crore with this move.
iii. DCCB: The accounts of 32,000 farmers involving an amount of 800 crore rupees have turned NPAs out of 85,000 farmers, who had borrowed loans worth 3,000 crore rupees from DCCB. Farmers will only have to pay 2% interest for loans less than Rs 5 lakh, 5% for loans from Rs 5 lakh – Rs 10 lakh and 10 % for larger loans. The DCCB borrowers will gain by Rs 1,800 crore with this decision.
iv. LMB: A total of 1.10 lakh indebted farmers of Haryana Land Reforms and Development Bank (Land Mortgage Bank). Out of this, accounts of 70,000  have been declared NPAs. The basic loan amount of these farmers is Rs 750 crore and Rs 1,400 crore interest and penalty. The entire interest of the farmers of these banks has been waived off. Farmers will only have to pay 50 % of the general interest, the state government will bear the remaining 50%. Farmers of this bank will get a benefit of Rs 450 crore from this scheme.
About Haryana:
Capital
: Chandigarh
Governor: Satyadev Narayan Arya
National Park : Kalesar National Park ,Sultanpur National Park
Wildlife Sanctuaries: Bhindawas Wildlife Sanctuary, Bir Shikargarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhilchila Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalesar Wildlife Sanctuary, Khaparwas Wildlife Sanctuary.

“C-plan” app to aid community policing by UP police launched 
On September 3, 2019, the Uttar Pradesh(UP) police have launched a new app name “C-app” in its new police headquarters at Lucknow, UP to aid community policing throughout the state whereby the police would be involved in tracking anti-social elements in time. This app helps at being informed about communal tensions and also in verifying the received information.
Key points
i. Aim: To bring down the crime rate and enhance police-public relationship with the help of technology.
ii. Trial run: The project that involved 10 members known as Sambhrant-10 in each village to inform about disputes through the app, was run on a pilot basis during the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The information was monitored from old Director General of Police(DGP) headquarters(Lucknow). The app which now covers entire UP having 1.6lakh villages has selected 10lakh people to be engaged in the project.
iii. App integration: The “C-app” is to be integrated with UP dial 100 service and the Sambhrant-10 will also have the facility to connect with police personnel in Police Response Vehicles(PRV).
About UP:
♦ Capital-  Lucknow.
♦ Chief Minister- Yogi Adityanath.
♦ Governor-Anandiben Patel.
♦ Wildlife sanctuary(WLS)- Bakhira WLS, Dr. BhimraoAmbedkar Bird WLS, Hastinapur WLS, Jai Prakash Narayan (Surhatal) Bird WLS.

Former Kalahandi king of Odisha Udit Pratap Deo passed away
Udit Pratap Deo, the Former king of Kalahandi which was a princely state of Odisha, but now a district, has passed away in a private hospital at the age of 71 on September 2, 2019.
Key points
i. The former king was coronated as the 32nd king of Kalahandi in 2001. He served as a lawmaker in the Odisha assembly from Junagarh while serving the Swatantra party in 1974 and later joined BJP(Bharatiya Janata Party) along with his wife, queen Padma Manjari Devi.

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