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First Regional Workshop on RERA in Pune inaugurated by Shri Hardeep Puri
On September 10, 2018, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri inaugurated first regional workshop on RERA in Pune.

First Regional Workshop on RERA in Pune inaugurated by Shri Hardeep PuriObjective:
To provide positive solution to the problems of home buyers.
About Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA):
i. It was launched in 2016 is aimed at consumer protection, by creating an online system for information sharing in the real estate sector.It has been established under the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016.
ii. It allows states to set up the Regulatory Authority and the Appellate Tribunal for transparency.
iii. Few Features of RERA are:

  • Imposing clear responsibilities on consumers and developers,
  • Transparency of contractual conditions,
  • Set minimum standards of accountability, and
  • A fast-track dispute resolution mechanism.

iv. Accomplishments of RERA :

  • 28 States / UTs have notified the rules under RERA, except Jammu & Kashmir; 6 North Eastern States (because of land issues) and West Bengal.
  • 20 States / UTs have set up the Real Estate Appellate Tribunals,
  • 21 States/ UTs have set up web-portal by giving facility of online registration,
  • 31,475 Real Estate Projects and 24,000 Real Estate Agents have been registered under RERA across the country.

iii. Maharashtra is one of the first states to implement the provision of RERA.
iv. It has also established the Real Estate Regulatory Authority of Maharashtra, which is popularly known as MahaRERA.
v. It also has the highest number of Projects and Real Estate Agents registered with Authority.
Maharashtra :
♦ Capital: Mumbai.
♦ Chief Minister: Devendra Fadnavis.
♦ Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao.
♦ National Parks: Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, Chandoli National Park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Navegaon National Park.

1st edition of BIMSTEC Military Exercise MILEX-18 inaugurated; Nepal does not participate in MILEX-18
On 10th September 2018, BIMSTEC Military Exercise (MILEX-18), the first edition of Military Field Training Exercise for the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) nations, started at Aundh in Pune.

1st edition of BIMSTEC Military Exercise MILEX-18 inauguratedMILEX-18:
i. It will be held from 10 to 16 September 2018. Major General Sanjeev Sharma, General Officer Commanding, Golden Katar Division, India, was the Chief Guest for the Opening Ceremony.
ii. Aim of MILEX-18: to practice the BIMSTEC Nations in planning and conduct of counter terrorist operations.
iii. It will focus on learning best practices, team building & special tactical level operations in a counter-terrorist environment in semi urban setting.
iv. Participants: Armies of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar.
v. Nepal is not taking part in MILEX-18, owing to its policy of keeping equal distance from its neighbours, without being part of a regional bloc militarily.Thailand also send their Observers only.
About Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC):
♦ Members – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka andThailand
♦ Secretariat – Dhaka, Bangladesh

National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI): India’s first railway varsity starts operations in Vadodara
National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), the first of its kind university on the transport sector in India, started has started functioning.

National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI): India's first railway varsity starts operations in Vadodarai. At present it is functioning at the National Academy of Indian Railways, Vadodara.
ii. It is funded by Ministry of Railways. University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University are its international partners.
iii. It offers two undergraduate courses: BSc Transportation Technology and BBA Transportation Managements.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Launches Doorstep Delivery Service of 40 services in Delhi
On 10th September 2018, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the doorstep delivery of 40 services in Delhi.
Key Points:
i. To avail the services, citizens have to dial 1076 and place a request. They will be informed of the documents required.
ii. They can specify a time for a “Mobile Sahayak” to come and collect them. The services will be offered for an extra fee of Rs. 50.
iii. The services include: Passport help, caste certificates, income certificates, driving licence, ration card, marriage certificates, domicile and duplicate registration papers, water connection documents, etc.
iv. The government has involved VFS Global, a private company, to facilitate the services.
Some important stadiums in Delhi:
♦ Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
♦ Dhyan Chand National Stadium
♦ Chhatrasal Stadium

Sadarmatt anicut, Pedda Cheruvu irrigation tank of Telangana: first from India to get Heritage Irrigation Structure status
Sadarmatt Anicut and Pedda Cheruvu irrigation tank of Telangana are the first from India to secure a place in the register of World Heritage Irrigation Structures (WHIS).
Key Points:
i. WHIS is maintained by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID). These 2 were among the 14 irrigation structures added to the list at the 69th International Executive Council (IEC) of ICID, held in Saskatoon, Canada, in August 2018.
ii. Sadarmatt Anicut was constructed across the Godavari River by French engineer JJ Ottley in 1891-92. It is located in the downstream of the Sriram Sagar irrigation project in Nirmal district.
iii. Pedda Cheruvu irrigation tank was built four centuries ago by rulers of Domakonda Samsthanam. It still supplies drinking water to Kamareddy town.
About International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID):
♦ President – Felix Britz Reinders
♦ Established – 1950
♦ Type – professional network of experts from across the world in the field of irrigation, drainage, and flood management

Ayushman Bharat Call Centre was inaugurated In Bengaluru by CEO of Ayuyshman Bharat
On September 10, 2018, CEO  of Ayushman Bharat Dr. Indu Bhushan inaugurated Ayushman Bharat call centre in Bengaluru.
i. It is the second one in the country as one more such call centre is functioning in Hyderabad
ii. It has been operational since  August 25.
iii. It is a 24×7 functioning national call centre working in collaboration with Medi assistant.
iv. It presently gives information in English and Hindi and 9 more regional languages will be added later.

Bengaluru International Airport first in country to roll out facial recognition facility from 2019
On September 10, 2018, Bengaluru International Airport announced that roll out facial recognition facility for the passengers of some select airlines from 2019.
This makes BIAL the first aerodrome in the country to implement paperless air travel.
i. It has inked a pact with the Lisbon-based digital and biometric solutions services provider Vision-Box to implement the technology.
ii. This is a part of the DIgiYatra project to make boarding process paperless.
iii. Under this, for airport entry and boarding flights the passenger’s Aadhaar number and mobile phone will be used.
iv. The first few airlines involved with this are:  Jet Airways, Air Asia and SpiceJet .

National Green Tribunal (NGT) appointed three committees to monitor disposal of garbage
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed 3 committees: apex monitoring Committee, Regional Monitoring Committees and state level committees to look over implementation of directions given by NGT and other rules.
Key Points:
i. NGT has mandated every state to follow Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.
ii. Apex monitoring committee: will be headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice D K Jain. Other members: Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Forests and Joint Secretary & Mission Director of Swachh Bharat Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
iii. It will formulate guidelines for Regional Monitoring Committees and the States/Union Territories.
iv. Regional Monitoring Committee: will look over effective implementation of the rules. It will prevent mixing of bio-medical waste with municipal solid waste and ensure that bio- medical waste are processed as per The Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016.
v. State level committees: will be headed by Secretary of the Urban Development Department with Secretary of the Environment Department as members.
About National Green Tribunal (NGT):
♦ Chairperson – Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel
♦ Location – New Delhi


President Kovind’s maiden 8-day 3-nation visit to Cyprus, Bulgaria & Czech Republic
i. On September 9, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind returned from his 8 day 3 nation tour to Cyprus, Bulgaria and Czech Republic that commenced from 2nd of September.
ii. On September 2, 2018, President Kovind reached Cyprus and started his 2 day tour till September 4, 2018 at the invitation of the President of Cyprus, His Excellency Mr. Nicos Anastasiades.

  • Signed agreements on money laundering and on cooperation in the field of environment,
  • MoU between Financial Intelligence Unit, India and Unit for Combating Money Laundering of Cyprus. 
  • On September 4, 2018, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, delivered an address at the University of Cyprus. The theme of the address was “Youth, Technology and Ideas: Shaping the Contours of the 21st Century”.

iii. On September 5, 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind visited the Saint Alexander Nevski Square where he was received by President of Bulgaria Rumen Radev. They held bilateral discussions on political relations and building an economic partnership.
iv. On September 7, 2018, President addressed members of the India-Czech Republic Business Forum in Prague…………………………………..Click here to Read more


‘Sandbox’ method to be implemented for untested insurance products: IRDAI
On September 10, 2018, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) announced the guidelines for ‘Sandbox’ method to enable testing of new innovative insurance products.
i.This was announced at the 11th Global Insurance Summit, organised by Assocham in Mumbai.
ii.The sandbox method would allow insurers or a set of few policyholders to test products in a particular geography before they are available in the market.
iii.This will allow further innovation of the insurance companies in insurance products.
iv.It also directed insurance firms to come out with long-term health insurance policies which are already implemented only in the two wheeler and four wheeler insurance segments.
♦ Headquarters: Hyderabad.
♦ Chairman: SC Khuntia.


Bibek Debroy conferred “Honoris Causa” by UEM in Kolkata
On 7th September 2018, Bibek Debroy, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, was conferred ‘Honoris Causa’ by the University of Engineering & Management (UEM) in Kolkata.

Bibek Debroy conferred "Honoris Causa" by UEM in Kolkatai. Bibek Debroy is also the Member of NITI Aayog.  Apart from Bibek Debroy two other corporate leaders were also conferred Honoris Causa.


Aegon Life Insurance appoints Ahmed Zackaria as Chief Distribution Officer
On 10th September 2018, Aegon Life Insurance appointed Ahmed Zackaria as the Chief Distribution Officer.
i. As the Chief Distribution Officer, he will manage all the sales channels for the company. Earlier, he has worked with IndusInd Bank and ICICI Bank.
ii. Vineet Arora is the MD and CEO Aegon Life Insurance.

Alok Amitabh Dimri : the next Ambassador of India to the Kyrgyz Republic
On September 10, 2018, Alok Amitabh Dimri was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Kyrgyz Republic.
i. He is presently the Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Kyrgyz Republic/ Kyrgyzstan:
♦ Capital: Bishkek.
♦ Currency: Kyrgyzstani som.
♦ Launguages spoken: Kyrgyz, Russian.
♦ President: Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

Vanlalvawna:  the next Ambassabor of India to the Republic of Azerbaijan
On September 10, 2018, Shri B. Vanlalvawna (IFS:1998), was appointed as the next Ambassabor of India to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
i. He is presently the Consul General, Consulate General of India, Sydney.
Republic of Azerbaijan:
♦ Capital: Baku.
♦ Currency: Azerbaijani manat.
♦ President:  Ilham Aliyev.

Hima Das named as the Sports Ambassador of Assam
On 7th September 2018, sprinter Hima Das was named the sports ambassador of Assam.

Hima Das named as the Sports Ambassador of AssamHima Das – Sports Ambassador of Assam:
i. Hima Das has been made the sports ambassador of Assam, with a two-year contract of Rs 16 lakh per annum. This announcement was made at a function held to felicitate her recent achievements.
ii. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also offered her a position of officer-level in the Sports and Youth Welfare directorate.
iii. Hima Das is 18 years old and hails from Assam.  She is the only Indian athlete to win a gold at any track event in the international level.
iv. She was handed cash award of Rs 1.6 crore for winning 2 gold medals one at the Asian Games 2018 and another at the IAAF World U-20 Championship 2018.
Some National Parks in Assam:
♦ Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
♦ Kaziranga National Park
♦ Nameri National Park


US Open (tennis) 2018
From 27th August to 9th September 2018, US Open (tennis) 2018 was held at outdoor hard courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, United States.

US openi. This was the 138th edition of tennis’ US Open and the 4th and final Grand Slam event of 2018.
Winners of US Open (tennis) 2018:

Men’s SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Juan Martín del Potro (Argentina)Novak Djokovic has leveled with Pete Sampras’s mark of 14 Grand Slams. Also, this is 3rd US Open title
Women’s SinglesNaomi Osaka (Japan)Serena Williams (United States)Naomi Osaka has become Japan’s 1st Grand Slam singles champion
Men’s DoublesMike Bryan (United States), Jack Sock (United States)Łukasz Kubot (Poland), Marcelo Melo (Brazil)Mike Bryan won record 18th Slam doubles title with Jack Sock
Women’s DoublesAshleigh Barty (Australia), CoCo Vandeweghe (United States)Tímea Babos (Hungary), Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Mixed DoublesBethanie Mattek-Sands (United States), Jamie Murray (United Kingdom)Alicja Rosolska (Poland), Nikola Mektić (Croatia)This is Jamie Murray’s 4th Grand Slam mixed doubles title and his 6th title overall. It is Mattek-Sands’ 8th  Slam title


Forbes-nominated author Preeti Shenoy pens new book: ‘The Rule Breakers’
On 7th September 2018, Preeti Shenoy announced the launch of her new book named “The Rule Breakers”.
Forbes-nominated author Preeti Shenoy pens new book: 'The Rule Breakers'i. This book covers complex themes of women’s equality, gender, inclusion etc. It is published by Westland Books.


World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) – September 10
On 10th September 2018, World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) was observed all over the world.
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD):
i. World Suicide Prevention Day is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). WHO (World Health Organisation) is co-sponsor of the day.
ii. This day aims to create awareness that suicide can be prevented throughout the world.
iii. Theme for World Suicide Prevention Day 2018: ‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide.’
About International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP):
♦ Established – 1960
♦ President – Prof. Murad Khan