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INDIAN AFFAIRS............................................................................................................................................................ 3
PLACES IN NEWS .........................................................................................................................................................47
FOREIGN VISITS ..........................................................................................................................................................51
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.......................................................................................................................................53
SUMMITS & CONFERENCES .....................................................................................................................................66
RANKINGS & REPORTS .............................................................................................................................................71
BANKING & FINANCE .................................................................................................................................................74
BUSINESS .......................................................................................................................................................................83
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS.....................................................................................................................................92
APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS................................................................................................................................. 106
ACQUISTIONS & MERGER...................................................................................................................................... 119
MoUs ............................................................................................................................................................................ 120
SCHEMES ..................................................................................................................................................................... 123
COMMITTEE .............................................................................................................................................................. 126
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY ...................................................................................................................................... 130
DEFENCE ..................................................................................................................................................................... 138
ENVIRONMENT ......................................................................................................................................................... 145
SPORTS ........................................................................................................................................................................ 147
OBITUARY .................................................................................................................................................................. 158
BOOKS & AUTHORS ................................................................................................................................................ 165
IMPORTANT DAYS ................................................................................................................................................... 166

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INDIAN AFFAIRS
Narendra Modi inaugurate annual conference Rajaswa Gyan Sangam in New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the annual conference Rajaswa Gyan
Sangam, 2017 in New Delhi on 1st of Sep. He addressed the tax administrators during the
conference.
i.The Conference have been jointly organised by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
and the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
ii.The objective of the Conference is to enable a two-way communication between the policy-
makers and the senior officers in the field offices.

PAN-Aadhaar linking last date extended till 31 December


The deadline for linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar has extended by
four months to 31st December announced by the government.
i.Earlier, the last date for linking PAN to Aadhaar was 31st August. The government had made
mandatory the linking of the two databases for filing ITRs.
ii.According to Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act that every person having PAN as on
1st July 2017 is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.

Youth Sports Centre to come up at Alipur, Delhi: Vijay Goel


On September 1, 2017 Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel has
announced that a new Youth Sports Centre to be built at Alipur, Delhi.He said, the project could
be used by rural youth who can avail the facility for their overall development and promotion of
sports in rural areas of the capital. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) and Sports
Authority of India (SAI) will jointly create and run this unique Youth Sports Centre.
Facilities in the centre:
It will have a 200 bed Youth Hostel and facilities for providing training for Youth
Leadership, Skill Development, Life Skills, National Integration, Cultural and Folk-Art
activities and will also have an Information facility for providing relevant information to
the youth about the Flagship Schemes of Govt. of India for their development and
welfare.
An amount of about Rs. 20 crore will be spent on the project.

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Yalla Kerala launched to attract Arab travelers


The Kerala Tourism department has launched a campaign called Yalla Kerala (Yalla
means lets go). It has been launched to target tourists from Saudi Arabia, Oman, the
United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.
i.This comes on the back of a promotional campaign launched in Dubai recently.
ii.It aimed at Arab travellers by showcasing the states backwaters and waterfalls on their city
taxis.

India gets its first Indigenous sniper rifle from West Bengal
Indias first indigenous sniper rifle was launched at the rifle factory in West Bengal.
i.Its total cost is Rs 2.5 lakh and weighing 6.7 Kg.
ii.The rifle has a shooting range of 800 meters. The factory has received orders from the CRPF
and police forces of Haryana and Rajasthan.
iii.These rifles are a must for urban police, for VIP protection, hostage situations and terror attacks.

Government plans to create Farmer Zone


With an aim to improve the condition of small and marginal farmers, the Union Ministry of
Science and Technology is planning to create Farmer Zone which is a collective open source
data platform for smart agriculture using biological research.
It was announced by Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at recently convened Smart
Agriculture Conclave in New Delhi on 30&31st of august, 2017.It was organised by Department of
Biotechnology in partnership with UKs Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research
Council (BBSRC) and Research Councils UK (RCUK) India.

Environment Ministry to Launch Prakriti Khoj An Environment Quiz on Teachers Day


Environment Ministry will launch an environment awareness initiative. Under which an
online environmental quiz competition named Prakriti Khoj an Environment Quiz to be
conducted at the national level.
i.The quiz is being launched on 5th of September on the occasion of Teachers Day.
ii.It aims to motivate them towards effective participation in other major programmes related to
conservation and protection of the Ministry.

Narendra Modi Cabinet reshuffle with 9 New Faces as Ministers


On September 3,2017, the cabinet got extended and reshuffled for the third time. Modi expanded
his council of ministers twicefirst on November 9, 2014 and then on July 5, 2016. Nine

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new Ministers of state were inducted into the Union Council of Ministers. Four Ministers of state
were elevated to the cabinet rank.
Ministers of State who got into Cabinet Rank:
The ministers promoted were Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and
Nirmala Sitharaman.
1) Nirmala Sitharaman
She is promoted to ministry of defence. She is the first full time independent women
defence minister. He will however attend an international meeting of Defence Ministers in Japan.
Commerce and Industries department which was held by Nirmala sitharaman is now transferred
to Suresh Prabhu who exits as railway minister.
2) Piyush goyal
The railway department which was held by suresh prabhu is now transferred to Piyush
Goyal. Apart from Railways, Piyush Goyal retains the ministry of coal.
3) Dharmendra Pradhan
Dharmendra Pradhan, now cabinet minister, will continue to have charge of Petroleum and
Natural Gas and will also be minister for skill development and entrepreneurship, which
Rajiv Pratap Rudy gave up two days ago.
4) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi
Minority Affairs Minister Muqtar Abbas Naqvi continues in his departments as a Cabinet
minister.
New members to the Cabinet:
1) Shiv Pratap Shukla
Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. He is a Member of
the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development.
He served as a Cabinet Minister in the Uttar Pradesh government for 8 years.
2) Ashwini Kumar Choubey
Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey is a Lok Sabha MP from Buxar, Bihar. He is member of
the Parliamentary Committee on Estimates and Standing Committee on Energy. He is also
a Member of Central Silk Board.
Ashwini Kumar Choubey has been elected for 5 consecutive terms to the Bihar Legislative
Assembly.
3) Virendra Kumar
Shri Virendra Kumar is a Lok Sabha MP from Tikamgah, Madhya Pradesh. He has
had a distinguished career in Public Service as a 6 term Lok Sabha MP.
4) Anantkumar Hegde
Shri Anantkumar Hegde is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttara Kannada, Karnataka. He is a

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Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs and Human


Resource Development.
Having been elected as an MP for the first time at the young age of 28 years, Anantkumar
Hedge is now a 5th term Lok Sabha MP.
5) Raj Kumar Singh
Shri Raj Kumar Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Arrah, Bihar. He is a Member of the
Parliamentary Standing Committees on Health and Family Welfare, Personnel, Pensions
and Public Grievances and Law & Justice.
Raj Kumar Singh is a former IAS officer of the 1975 batch, Bihar cadre.
6) Hardeep Singh Puri
Shri Hardeep Puri is a decorated former IFS officer of the 1974 batch, known for his
experience and expertise in foreign policy and national security.
Hardeep Puri is the President and Chairman of Research and Information System for
Developing Countries (RIS) think tank, and was the Vice President of International Peace
Institute, New York.
7) Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat is a Lok Sabha MP from Jodhpur, Rajasthan. He is a
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and Chairperson of the
Fellowship Committee.
8) Satya Pal Singh
Shri Satya Pal Singh is a Lok Sabha MP from Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh. He is a
Member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs and Chairperson of
the Joint Committee on Offices of Profit.
Satya Pal Singh is a distinguished former IPS officer of the 1980 batch, Maharashtra
9) Alphons Kannanthanam

Delhi LG Anil Baijal bans dumping of solid waste at Ghazipur


On September 2 ,2017 Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal banned dumping of waste at the
Ghazipur landfill site because on September 1 ,2017 a mountain of waste collapsed into a canal,
killing two people. Baijal ordered immediate halt to dumping of solid waste at the landfill
and clearing the site within two years.
i.The landfill has reached as high as 15 storey building putting peoples like at risk. A day after
torrential rain, the heaviest in three years lashed Delhi, a section of the pile in a landfill slumped
over a car and three two-wheelers, pushing the vehicles off the road and into a canal

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Karnataka to give free education to all girls till graduation


The Karnataka government has decided to make education free for all girls from Class 1 to
graduation level in all public and aided private schools and colleges from the next academic
year announced on 2nd Sept 2017.
i.Karnataka govt. is expecting around 18 lakh students whose parents income would be less than
Rs 10 lakh to opt for this scheme and are planning to earmark Rs 110 crore for this scheme.
ii.The scheme will apply to all private aided and government schools and colleges.
iii.Under this scheme, student must pay the fees first at the time of admission and later get
it reimbursed by the government.
iv.The main objective is to provide free education to underprivileged girls who generally
drop out of school after Class 10, especially in rural areas.

CIPAM-DIPP launches social media campaign to promote Geographical Indications


CIPAM, which works under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in
the ministry, has started an #LetsTalkIP initiative.
i.Cell for IPR Promotions and Management (CIPAM) has launched a social media campaign to
promote Indian Geographical Indications.
ii.It has been launched to make more people aware about the importance of intellectual
property rights (IPRs).

Ye India ka time hai event organized at NIT Raipur


Ye India ka time hai event was organized at National Institute of Technology, Raipur
Chhattisgarh on 3rd of Sept.
i.The event was held as per the directives of HRD ministry to mark Indias 70 years of
independence and 75 years of the Quit India movement.
ii.On the occasion of Ye India ka time hai event, students of NIT Raipur participated in a session
on New India Manthan.

Swiss president Doris Leuthard is on a three-day visit to India


Swiss president Doris Leuthard will begin her three day visit to India on August 6 2017. She will
be received gladly by Indias president Ram nath govind and PM Narendra Modi. These talks
will strengthen bilateral ties and it will ramp up trade and investment ties.
Issues to be discussed in the meet:
i) The visit is significant as Switzerland is the chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Groupwhere
India has been seeking membership.
ii) Both countries will sign trade agreements and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on

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railway infrastructure.
iii) India and Switzerland will try having new investment protection agreement.

President Ram Nath Kovind lays foundation stone for Link-4 of SAUNI Scheme
On 4th September 2017, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind, President of India laid the foundation for Link-
4 pipeline canal of SAUNI Scheme at Jasdan in Rajkot district of Gujarat.
SAUNI Scheme
i. Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation (SAUNI) Scheme was conceived by Mr. Narendra
Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
ii. This project aims to fill up 115 dams of 11 districts of Saurashtra by overflowing water
from Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River by a web of 1126 km long pipeline network.
Link 1: From Machhu-II dam of Morbi district to Sani Dam of Jamanagar District
Link 2: From Limbdi Bhogavo-II Dam of Surendranagar District to Raidi Dam of Amreli District
Link 3: From Dholidhaja Dam of Surendranagar District to Venu-I Dam of Rajkot District
Link 4: From Limbdi Bhogavo-II Dam of Surendranagar District to Hiran-II Irrigation scheme of
Junagadh

First batch of 1000 E-rickshaws flagged off in Gurugram


Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River
Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has flagged off a fleet of first batch of 1000 E-
rickshaws from Huda City Centre metro station in Gurugram on 3rd of Sept 2017.The E
rickshaw fleet is being operated by Treasure Vase Ventures Private Limited in partnership of Delhi
Metro, under the SmartE brand name.

Government forms task force for speedy implementation Namami Gange


The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation constituted
a task force for speedy implementation of various ongoing Namami Gange program.
i.The task force is expected to have ministers and officials from water resources, urban
development, drinking water and sanitation and rural development.
ii.Namami Gange programme is a program of Union Government aiming at integrating
various efforts to clean and protect River Ganga.

Disability pension for defence forces at par with civilians: Government


On 4th September 2017, the government has notified a new set of rules for disability
pensions for the armed forcesin New Delhi. The government has accepted the recommendations
of National Anomaly Committee (NAC) that disability pension to the defence forces will be

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granted as per regulations under the 6th Central Pay Commission (CPC) should be maintained.
Introduction of the new scheme for disabled army personnel:
i. The armed forces have been pressing to revert to the percentage-based sytem for the
disability pension and were strongly opposing the slab-based system put forth by the 7th CPC.
ii. The Ministry of Defence referred the matter to the National Anomaly Committee (NAC) to decide
the methodology for calculation of disability element of disability pension under the 7th CPC.
New scheme for the disabled army personnel:
i.The rules governed by the Sixth Central Pay Commission (6th CPC) instituted in 2006, stated
that disability pensions arising from battle injuries, or disabilities attributable to military service,
should be calculated on a percentage basis, related to the last pay drawn.
ii.Under the 7th CPC scheme, disability pensions will be calculated according to a slab
system that made the disability pension drawn by civilians greater than the one drawn by their
military counterparts

Yogi Adityanath and Rajnath Singh flagged-off Lucknow Metro


On 5th September 2017, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Home
Minister Rajnath Singhflaged off the first run of the Lucknow Metro from the Transport Nagar
Metro Station in Lucknow.

Health Ministry launches two new contraceptives


On 5th September 2017, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new
contraceptives, an injectible MPA (Medroxyprogesterone Acetate) under
the Antara programme and contraceptive pill Chhaya in New Delhi.
1. The contraceptives are said to be safe and highly effective.
2. Antara(injectable) is effective for three months and Chayya (pill) works for one
week.
3. This will help to meet the changing needs of couples, especially women, to plan and
space their pregnancies.

NITI Aayog launches National Nutrition Strategy


On 5th September 2017, Leader of the Green Revolution Dr.M.S.Swaminathan and Padma Shri
Dr.H.Sudarshan launched the National Nutrition Strategy, along with Vice Chairman of Niti
Aayog Dr.Rajiv Kumar and Member of Niti Aayog Dr.Vinod Paul.
Aim of the National Nutrition Strategy:
The National Nutrition Strategy aims to ensure that every child, adolescent girl and woman
attains optimal nutritional status by 2022.

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National Nutritional Strategy:


1. The Integrated Child Development Services Mission would be expanded to form
a National Nutrition Mission along the lines of National Health Mission under the
Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) according to the National Nutritional
Strategy.
2. A steering group would be set up for monitoring the progress of the mission. This group
will report directly toPrime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi. The steering group will be
headed by WCD Minister Ms.Maneka Gandhi. Ministers from states with high burden
districts will be made members on a rotational basis. Other members will include
secretaries of WCD, members of finance ministry, health, panchayat raj, rural
development, drinking water supply and food, state chief secretaries and five sector
experts.
3. Under the National Nutrition Strategy theNourishing India strategy proposes the use
of tracking and targeting children from birth until they are three years old, Mr.
Amitabh Kant, CEO of Niti Aayog mentioned.

Union council of ministers and Portfolios after reshuffle


On 3rd September 2017, the list of new Union Ministers after the reshuffle was announced by Prime
Minister Mr.Narendra Modi in New Delhi. The promoted ministers are Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,
Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan, Mr.Piyush Goyal and Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman. Ms.Nirmala
Sitharaman has become the second woman defence minister of Indiaafter Ms.Indira Gandhi.
The revised portfolios of ministers are as follows:
Cabinet Ministers:
1. Mr.Rajnath Singh: Minister of Home Affairs.
2. Ms.Sushma Swaraj: Minister of External Affairs.
3. Mr.Arun Jaitley: Minister of Finance; Minister of Corporate Affairs.
4. Mr.Nitin Jairam Gadkari: Minister of Road Transport and Highways; Minister of Shipping;
Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
1. Mr.Suresh Prabhu: Minister of Commerce and Industry.
2. Mr.D.V.Sadananda Gowda: Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
3. Ms.Uma Bharati: Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
4. Mr.Ramvilas Paswan: Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
5. Ms.Maneka Sanjay Gandhi: Minister of Women and Child Development.

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6. Mr.Ananthkumar: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.


7. Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad: Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Electronics and
Information Technology.
8. Mr.Jagat Prakash Nadda: Minister of Health and Family Welfare.
9. Mr.Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati: Minister of Civil Aviation.
10. Mr.Anant Geete: Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
11. Ms.Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Minister of Food Processing Industries.
12. Mr.Narendra Singh Tomar: Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj;
Minister of Mines.
13. Mr.Chaudhary Birender Singh: Minister of Steel.
14. Mr.Jual Oram: Minister of Tribal Affairs.
15. Mr.Radha Mohan Singh: Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
16. Mr.Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.
17. Ms.Smriti Zubin Irani: Minister of Textiles; Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
18. Mr.Harsh Vardhan: Minister of Science and Technology; Minister of Earth Sciences;
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
19. Mr.Prakash Javadekar: Minister of Human Resource Development.
20. Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Minister of Skill
Development and Entrepreneurship.
21. Mr.Piyush Goyal: Minister of Railways; Minister of Coal.
22. Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman: Minister of Defence.
23. Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minister of Minority Affairs.

Odisha CM inaugurates fourth Govt medical college in koraput


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated the Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical
College and Hospital (SLNMCH) in the tribal-dominated district of southern Odisha on 4th Sept.
2017.
i.With its inauguration, it became the fourth State-run medical college and hospital and the total
number of MBBS seats in the State has gone up to 850.
ii.The admission process in SLNMCH is already completed. A total number of 100 students have
been admitted to the first year MBBS course and the classes for the commencement of its first
academic session began from the day of inauguration.

Assam govt sets up DBT cell for implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer scheme
In Assam, the state govt. has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)
Cell for implementation of DBT across schemes in the Country. It helps in coordinating

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efforts at the State Level in taking the DBT initiative forward with immediate effect.
i.The Cell will Coordinate with Central Ministries & circulate the directives to the respective
Departments in States.
ii.It will closely monitor & evaluate the progress of various Departments on DBT related
indicators.

Assam to upgrade employment exchanges to Modern Career Centres


Assam government will upgrade employment exchanges to Modern Career
Centres announced on 6th of Sep. 2017
i.A pilot project of two district employment exchanges in Guwahati and Jorhat will be upgraded as
modern career centres.
ii.All modern facilities including counselling will be provided at the proposed career
centres.

The Code on Wages Bill 2017


As part of labour law reforms, the Government has undertaken the exercise of rationalisation of the
38 Labour Acts by framing 4 labour codes viz Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code
on Social Security and Code on occupational safety, health and working conditions.
On 10th August 2017, The Code on Wages Bill 2017 was introduced in Lok Sabha by Mr. Bandaru
Dattatreya, Minister of State for Labour and Employment.
It subsumes 4 existing Laws,
1. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948;
2. The Payment of Wages Act, 1936;
3. The Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; and
4. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
After the enactment of the Code on Wages, all these four Acts will get repealed. The Codification of
the Labour Laws will remove the multiplicity of definitions and authorities leading to ease of
compliance without compromising wage security and social security to the workers
Features of the Code on Wages Bill:
1. Minimum wages to one and all and timely payment of wages to all employees
2. National Minimum Wage for different geographical areas:
3. Payment of wages through cheque or digital/ electronic mode:
4. Provision of compounding of offences:
5. No amount fixed as minimum wage:

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Andhra CM Naidu announces new programme Jala Siriki Haarat to offer prayers to water
bodies
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has announced a new programme
named Jala Siriki Haarati. It is a programme offering prayers to water bodies and to create
6th
awareness among the public regarding water preservation announced on sept. 2017.
i.The programme will be held on September 6, 7 and 8 across the state.
ii.The programme is aimed at praying at all kinds of water bodies like rivers, streams, lakes,
ponds, irrigation projects, water reservoirs, check dams etc.

Home ministry gives more finance powers to chiefs of CRPF, BSF, NIA
On 6th September 2017, Home Ministry announced that Chiefs of central armed police forces like
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) and other central agencies
have been empowered to spend up to Rs.15 crore for executing major projects and Rs.1 crore for
minor works, including repairing of residential buildings.

AP signs MoU for countrys 1st Hyperloop to connect Vijayawada and Amaravati
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed a memorandum of
understanding with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) on 6th of
Sept. 2017.
i.The pact has been signed to connect Vijayawada and Amaravati, the new capital of
Andhra Pradesh in Guntur district.
ii.The project will use a public-private partnership (PPP) model with funding primarily from private
investors.
iii.The MoU will facilitate the development of HTTs hyperloop transportation system in Andhra
Pradesh.
iv.After conducting the feasibility study, in the second phase of the project, the company will
construct and build the first hyperloop in the country.

CGWB enters into MoA with IISc Bangalore for development of ground water flow models
for Karnataka
On 8th September 2017, Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Ministry of Water Resources entered
into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore for
development of ground water flow models and preparation of aquifer management plans
for Karnataka, in New Delhi.
About the MoA:
1. The MoA was signed by Dr.Dipankar Saha, Member, CGWB and Professor V.Rajarajan,

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Registrar, IISc, Bangalore.


2. The model being developed is a part of the aquifer mapping and management
programme.
3. This will give a better understanding of the existing groundwater scenarios, predict
response of groundwater system to various stress conditions and develop effective
4. management plans.

First water ATM inaugurated in Hyderabad


First water ATM has been inaugurated by Telangana State Home Minister N Narasimha
Reddy at Nalgonda X Roads on 7th of Sept. 2017.
i.A total of 200 ATMs will be set up to reach a targeted 150,000 people. In the first phase 50
water ATMs will be operationalised by 2018.
ii.The initiative is supported by USAID under the Urban WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Alliance Partnership and funded by Honeywell India.

Centre allows import of raw sugar through southern ports of India at 25% Import duty
The government has allowed import of 3 lakh tonnes of raw sugar at a concessional duty
of 25% import duty under Open General License (Tariff Rate Quota) has been allowed
through millers/refiners on 7th of Sept. 2017.
i.The import shall be open to millers/refiners who have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into
refined /white.
ii.The imports will be allowed through the ports namely Tuticorin, Karaikal, Chennai,
Mangalore, Kakinada, Gangavaram and Vishakapatnam in the South.

Gujarat, GCMMF, dairies jointly to provide nutritive foods to Anganwadies children and
women
The Women & Child Welfare Department of the Gujarat Government, Gujarat Milk
Marketing Federation and three leading dairies have signed tripartite MOU to save the
children of anginawadi from malnutrition.
i.The MoU was signed in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani in
Gandhinagar.
ii.According to the MOU, under the Take Home Ration district dairies in cooperation with the milk
marketing federation will provide nutritive foods to more than 42-lakh children of 53029
anaganwadies, pregnant-mothers, foster mothers and young girls.
iii.The GCMMF has prepared a recipe book to teach the beneficiaries about the kind of food
items that can be prepared from the Take Home Ration.

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Government introduces rules for No Fly List


On 8th September 2017, in New Delhi the Ministry of Civil Aviation introduced new rules for the
formation of a national No Fly list that bans unruly passengers from travelling in airplanes.
About the No Fly list:
The No Fly list introduced in India is unique and first of its kind in the world.
Category of unruly passengers:
1. Level I behaviour that is verbally unruly Debarment upto 3 months
2. Level II physical offensive Debarment upto 6 months
3. Level III life-threatening behaviour Debarment minimum of 2 years
How this system will be implemented:
The complaint of unruly behavior should be filed by the pilot-in-command.The complaints will be
examined by an internal committee set up by the airline.
i.The internal committee will have a retired District & Sessions Judge as Chairman and
representatives from a different scheduled airline, passengers association/consumer
association/retired officer of Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum as members.
ii.The internal committee will have to decide on the matterwithin 30 days, and also specify the
duration of ban on the passenger.
iii.During this pendency period of the enquiry the concerned airline can impose a ban on the
passenger.For every repeated offence, the ban period will be twice that of the previous ban.
iv.The airlines should share the No-Fly list with other airlines and the DGCA (Directorate General of
Civil Aviation).The list will be available on DGCA website.
v.It is not mandatory for other airlines to follow the same list.
The No Fly List will have two components:
i.Unruly passengers banned for a certain period
ii. Persons considered as national security risk by the Ministry of Home Affairs. (this part will not be
displayed on the DGCA website) Passengers banned by a particular airline can appeal against the
banwithin 60 daysof issue of the ban. Whereas persons identified as national security threat cannot
appeal.

Uninhabited Parali I island of Lakshadweep vanishes


On 7th September 2017, a new study claimed that one of the biodiversity-rich uninhabited island of
Lakshadweep Parali I has vanished due to coastal erosion.

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About the vanishing of Parali I:


i.Parali I island of Laskshadweep has been eroded completely and vanished.The island was a part
of Bangaram chain of islands, and was 0.032 square km in area in 1968.
ii.This has been discovered by a Phd researcher Mr.Hidayathulla. He was awarded PhD in July 2017
by Calicut University in Kerala for his work on Studies on Coastal Erosion in Selected Uninhabited
Islands of Lakshadweep Archipelago with Special Reference to Biodiversity Conservation.
iii.Mr.Hidayathulla did biodiversity assessment in the following five uninhabited islands of
Lakshadweep namely Bangaram, Thinnakara, Parali I, Parali II and Parali III

1st GST Council meet in Hyderabad


On 9th September 2017, the 21st meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council was held at
Hyderabad International Convention Centre, in Hyderabad.
GST Council Meet:
1. This is the first time the GST Council met after filing of GST returns.
2. The meet was headed by Finance Minister Mr.Arun Jaitley. Finance Ministers of all states
attended the meet.

Government approves cadre review policy for Army Officers; Indian Army to induct
women in military police
On 8th September 2017, in New Delhi, the Government announced that it has approved cadre
review policy for Junior Commissioned Officers & other rank-holders in the Army, and Indian Army
is to induct women in military police.
Cadre review policy:
1. Government approved the third cadre review on 1st September, 2017.
2. The policy is now in the hands of Ministry of Defence for implementation.
3. This policy will improve promotion chances, financial benefits and career
progression for the army personnel.
4. The new proposal will allow women to serve in the non-officer cadre for the first
time in India.

ICAR to undertake major research works on agriculture with World Bank fund
On 8th September 2017, Deputy Director General of the National Apex Agricultural Research
Body, Mr.Narendra Singh Rathore announced that ICAR (Indian Council for Agricultural
Research) would undertake major research works on agriculture, in Chennai.

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Assam enacts Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill 2017


On 7th September 2017, Assam passed the Industrial Disputes (Assam Amendment) Bill, 2017,
regarding lay off of employees, in Guwahati.
Industrial Disputes Assam Amendment Bill, 2017:
i.The law enables employers to lay off up to 300 employees without prior permission
from the government.
ii.The employee count has been increased from 100 to 300.

MoS Jitendra Singh to inaugurate North East Calling festival in New Delhi
Minister of State in the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra
Singh will inaugurate the North East Calling festival in New Delhi on 9th of Sept. 2017.
i.The two-day event is being organised by the Ministry of DoNER under its Destination
North East series for this year.
ii.The purpose of the event is to promote the art, culture, heritage, cuisine, handicrafts,
business and tourism of North East India.
iii.Dr Jitendra Singh has also launched North East Venture Fund, which is a joint initiative of
Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd.

West Bengal leads in new tax registration under GST regime


According to the reports, the national average is 23%; Bengal leads the pack with as high as
77% in new tax registration under the GST regime in India.
i.As per the reports, about 245,000 people in the state are tax payers while the number in the
country stands at around 8 million.
ii.States such as Gujarat and Maharashtra are behind West Bengal in GST registration.
iii.The figures were disclosed by Mr Arvind Singh, the new principal commissioner of GST & CX,
eastern region.
iv.The figures were disclosed at a session titled Democratisation of Services on the second of the
two-day ICT East organized by CII.

Centre allots Rs.60,000 crore to Interlink Rivers in Maharashtra


On 9th September 2017, Union Water Resources Minister Mr.Nitin Gadkari and Chief Minister of
Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis announced a project to link rivers in Maharashtra, in Mumbai.
The Interlinking of rivers:
1. Two major river linking projects in Maharashtra Par-Tapi-Narmada and Damanganga-
Pinjal worth Rs.20,000 crore are about to start.

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2. Central Government is to allocate funds of Rs.60,000 crore altogether for all the
river linking projects in Maharashtra for the next two years under the Pradhan
Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
3. The project would start in the next three months and endwithin two years.
4. Mr.Fadnavis has proposed four more river interlinking projects in Maharashtra worth
Rs.10,000 crore.
The four projects are as follows:
interlinking of Damanganga-Godavari, interlinking of Damanganga-Vaitarna-Godavari, interlinking
of Par-Godavari and interlinking of Nar-Par-Girna

SIM cards not linked to Aadhaar to be deactivated after Feb 2018


The Centre has issued a notice, stating that all the SIM cards have to be linked to Aadhaar
before February 2018 to avoid deactivation of the phone numbers.

India, Sri Lanka hold ministerial level talks in New Delhi


On September 9,2017, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Sri Lankan counterpart
Tilak Marapana held wide-ranging talks to deepen bilateral relationship between the two
countries. It is Marapanas first overseas visit after assuming charge as foreign minister on
15th August. Marapana also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluding the official part of his
three-day visit.

Government to launch Project Insight


On 11th September 2017, The Union Finance Ministry, has announced that is has planned to launch
Project festival started in Divar Island of Goa
The traditional Bonderam festival has started in Divar Island of Goa on 9th September 2017.

i.The word Bonderam originated from the involvement of flags. This festival starts with a
flag which is accompanied by the brass band.
ii.The festival is a memoir to the dispute and the fury of the Villagers over the Portuguese system
of resolving the disputes.
iii.Bonderam is a very popular monsoon festival in Goa and it draws huge crowds from all parts
of Goa and world over.

India-Afghanistan Second Strategic Partnership Council Meeting 2017


On September 11,2017, the second Strategic Partnership Council meeting between two
nations was held at New Delhi.As a part of the meeting, external affairs minister Sushma

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Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani held talks on wide- ranging
topics.The Strategic Partnership Council discussed a range of bilateral, regional and global issues of
mutual interest and shared understanding and convergence of views on them.
Highlights of the meeting:
i) Political & Security Consultations:
India agreed to extend assistance for the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces to fight
againstterrorism, organized crime, trafficking of narcotics and money laundering.The
Indian side reiterated its support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation
process.
ii)Trade, Commerce and Investment Cooperation:
The two sides welcomed the establishment of the Air Cargo Corridor between Kabul and
Kandahar with New Delhi in June 2017.Both sides agreed to work towards operationalisation of the
Chahbahar Port in Iran under the trilateral Agreement for Establishment of International
Transport and Transit Corridor signed in May 2016.
iii)New Development Partnership:
Both sides agreed to initiate an ambitious and forward looking next generation New
Development Partnership.
Both sides agreed to take up 116 High Impact Community Development Projects to be
implemented in 31 provinces of Afghanistan, including in the areas of education, health,
agriculture, irrigation, drinking water, renewable energy, flood control, micro-hydropower, sports
infrastructure, administrative infrastructure.
iv)Projects with the help of Indian aid
Shahtoot dam and drinking water project for Kabul that would also facilitate irrigation;
Low cost housing for returning Afghan refugees in Nangarhar Province to promote
resettlement;
Road connectivity to Band-e-Amir in Bamyan Province that would promote tourism to the
National Park and economic development;
Water supply network for Charikar city in Parwan Province;
Establishment of a Gypsum board manufacturing plant in Kabul to promote value
added industry; and
v)People to People Contacts, Culture, Education, Health, Science and Technology
Implementation of 500 scholarships for graduate studies in India for the next-of-kin of
martyrs of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces from the Academic year
2018-19 and expand the medical assistance for Afghan National Army personnel.
Establishment of ANASTU (Afghan National Agricultural Sciences and
Technology University) in Kandahar was agreed to explore further cooperation in

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strengthening of ANASTU as an agricultural university.


vi)Documents Exchanged
(a) Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal and Cargo Vehicular
Traffic;
(b) Memorandum of Understanding between the National Medicine and Healthcare
Products Regulatory Authority of Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Central
Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of
Health and Family Welfare for mutual cooperation in the field of pharmaceutical products
regulation;
(c) The Orbit Frequency Coordination Agreement between India and Afghanistan on South
Asia Satellite (SAS);
(d) Letters establishing the New Development Partnership and launching 116 High Impact
Community Development Projects.

Netaji statue unveiled at West Bengals Naval Area Headquarters


On September 10,2017, an eight-foot bronze statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was unveiled at
the Naval Area headquarters of West Bengal by Vice Admiral HCS Bisht, Flag Officer
Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command in the presence of Professor Krishna Bose,
Netajis niece-in-law and chairperson of Netaji Research Bureau. Several dignitaries
attended the statue opening ceremony including Consul-General of Japan in Kolkata Masayuki Taga

Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh launches phase one of Kashang hydel project
On September 12,2017 Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated first phase of 65 MW
Kashang Hydel Project in the tribal Kinnaur district. Kashang Project is being executed
by Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL).It is a 195 MW project (three units
of 65 MW each).

National Pension System joining age limit raised to 65 years


On September 11,2017, the PFRDA chairman Hemant Contractor announced at a conference in
Delhi that the upper age limit for joining the National Pension System (NPS) has been raised
to 65 years from the current 60. The announcement by PFRDA will allow more people to come
under the pension cover as currently only 15-16 per cent of employees in India are covered
by pension

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Cabinet Approvals on September 12 2017


On 12th September ,2017 the cabinet approved introduction of certain bills and MoUs for the socio-
economic welfare of the people residing within it.
1 The cabinet approves the introduction of the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in
the Parliament
2 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves development of six laning of
Narasannapeta-Ranastalam section of National Highway (NH) 16 in Andhra Pradesh
3 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves survey of Un-appraised Areas of
Sedimentary Basins of India.
4 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approves doubling of Daund-Manmad Railway Line
for promoting Speedy, Reliable & Safe Service
5 Cabinet approves hiving off mobile tower assets of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited into a
separate company, fully owned by BSNL
6 Cabinet approves release of additional 1% Dearness Allowance to Central Government
employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners with effect from 01.07.2017
Cabinet Approvals with Foreign Countries on September 12 2017
On September 12,2017, the union cabinet gave its approval for signing of MoUs between
Armenia, Japan and morocco with respect to multiple fields. These MoUs will enhance the
bilateral ties between nations.
1 Cabinet approves MoU between India and Morocco on cooperation in the field of health
2 Cabinet approves MoU between India and Armenia on Cooperation in the field of Disaster
Management
3 Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Japan for collaborative research in the field of
silkworm and silk industries
India, Belarus sign 10 pacts to Expand Cooperation
On September 12,2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President A.G.
Lukashenko signed 10 pacts to expand cooperation in wide range of areas and decided for a
joint collaboration in manufacturing and in defence sector under the Make in India programme.
Highlights :-
MoU between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Republic of India and the
Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus
MoU in the Field of Vocational Education and Training
Agreement on Scientific and Technical Cooperation between Indian National Science
Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
MoU for Cooperation in Agricultural Research and Education
Cooperation in the field of culture for 2018-2020

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MoU between M/o Petroleum & Natural Gas of the Republic of India and Belarusian State
Concern of Oil and Chemistry in the Oil and Gas Sector
MoU between JSC Belarusian Potash Company (BPC) and Indian Potash Ltd (IPL)

Indias first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab inaugurated in Kolkata


On 12th September 2017, The Union Minister of State for AYUSH (Department of Ayurveda,
Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Mr.Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated
Indias first State of art virology laboratory at Dr.Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research
Institute for Homoeopathy in Kolkata.
The cost for establishment of this laboratory is Rs.8 crore.

India starts producing worlds most expensive coffee


On 11th September 2017, India has started producing Civet Coffee the most expensive coffee in
the world, in Karnataka.

Dr.Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Conference on Sustainable Landscapes & Forest


Ecosystems
On 12th September 2017, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh
Vardhan inaugurated a two-day conference on Sustainable landscapes and forest ecosystems:
Theory to Practice, in New Delhi.
Conference on Sustainable Landscapes & Forest Ecosystems:
1. The Minister insisted on bringing up solutions for increasing the forest cover up to a
minimum of 33 % and for the problem of weeds.
2. He launched the Wood is Good campaign.

Six month cooling off period for granting divorce can be waived: Supreme Court
On 12th September 2017, the Supreme Court declared that the 6-month cooling off period for
granting divorce can be waived, in New Delhi.
i.The Supreme Court declared that the 6 month cooling off period under the Hindu Marriage Act for
getting divorce is not mandatory. The local judges can decide about waiving off that period.
ii.Currently, if a Hindu couple applies for divorce, the couple has to wait for 18 months to get the
divorce. Where they have to spend 12 months in separation and the next 6 months is considered as
cooling off period.

Govt launches hackathon OpenGovDataHack to promote app ideas


The Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched a nationwide

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hackathonOpenGovDataHack to support and showcase potential ideas and talent from


inner India.
i.The National Informatics Centre (NIC) and the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)
have collaborated to conduct the hackathon at Jaipur, Chennai, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Patna,
Hyderabad and Surat.
ii.The hackathon aims to enable participants develop their ideas into apps and infographics
primarily by the use of open government data.

Chennai-Vladivostok sea route: Indias effort to counter Chinas OBOR


India is planning to launch major connectivity initiative, connecting Chennai with key Russian
port Vladivostok via sea route with an aim to harness natural resources from Northeast Asia and
Western Pacific region. This effort by government of India will counter chinas OBOR project.
Importance :-
i. This shipping link would enable to transfer cargo between Chennai and Vladivostok in 24
days in comparison to over 40 days currently taken to transport goods from India to East Russia
via Europe
ii. This proposed maritime route which could be transformed into a corridor could compete
with Indo-Japan Pacific to Indian Ocean Corridor amid Beijings OBOR of which MSR is a
part virtually connecting entire SE Asia through road, shipping and rail links.

Ministry of Railways permits m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed proofs of Identity for Rail
Travel Purpose
On September 13,2017 Railway Ministry has decided to permit m-Aadhar as one of the prescribed
proofs of Identity for Rail Travel purpose in any reserved class.
m-Aadhar :-
i. Its a mobile application launched by UIDAI in which a person can download his/her Aadhar Card.
ii. It can be done only on the mobile number to which Aadhar has been linked.

UGC rolls out application process for institutes seeking status of eminence.
On September 12,2017, The University Grants Commission(UGC) announced the beginning of a
90-day application process for public and private universities to seek the status of institutions of
eminence, which will provide them freedom from the regular regulatory mechanisms. Twenty
institutions (10 public and 10 private) will be given this status with the aim of making it in par
with world-class institutions.

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Rs 600-cr rail training centre for bullet train to come up in Vadodara


On september13,2017 Managing Director of National High-Speed Rail Corporation (NHSRC)
Achal Khare informed that high-speed rail training centre worth 600 crore for the first bullet train
project will be set up in Vadodara.
This centre will come up on the five hectares of land inside the National Academy of Indian
Railways (NAIR) . The training centre will have a sample track fitted with the overhead electrical
systems to enable testing of bullet trains that will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. This
centre is expected to become operational by December 2020.

Kerala to open Indias first transgender-exclusive clinics


On September 12,2017 Keralas Health minister K.K. Shylaja announced that kerla is planning
to open Indias first transgender-exclusive clinics at government medical colleges across the
state.
i. As a part of the states Transgender Policy 2015, this move has been undertaken by the
states Health and Social Justice departments, in collaboration with Legal Services Society with an
aim to make the states health sector transgender-friendly.
ii. The first clinic will be set up at the government medical college of Kottayam within the next
two months and will be one of the two clinics to provide the sex-change surgery.

Sachin Tendulkar launches Mission 24 to develop the poorest ward in Mumbai


On 12th September 2017, Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar launched Mission 24 to improve
the quality of life in one of Mumbais poorest wards, in Mumbai.
Mission-24:
i. The project is carried out by NGO Apnalaya and Mumbais Municipal body BMC (Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation).
ii. They would work for the next 24 months on M-East, Mumbais poorest ward. It has the
maximum of the slum population in Mumbai.

Karnataka Cabinet clears Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy


Karnataka Cabinet has cleared Karnataka Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy
2017 with a clear plan tomake Bengaluru the electric vehicle capital of India.
i.The policy main aim is to reduce pollution. The policy was formulated by the Major and
Medium Industries Department after consulting the stakeholders, including vehicle
manufacturing industries.
ii.The key objective of the Policy is to maintain the lead share of Karnataka as a preferred

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destination for attracting investments in manufacture of Electric Vehicle and to attract


investments of Rs 31,000 crore and create 55,000 jobs.

Government to grant citizenship to Chakma, Hajong refugees


On September 13,2017, the centre announced that will soon grant citizenship to nearly one lakh
Chakma Buddhists and Hajong Hindu refugees, who came from the erstwhile East
Pakistan(Bangladesh) five decades ago and are living in camps in the northeast.This
announcement came on the situation when centre is planning to deport Rohingya people to
Myanmar.

Government launches Operation Insaniyat to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh


On 14th September ,2017, Ministry of External affairs launched operation Insaniyat to help the
Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh. This move will enhance India-Bangladesh ties.
Operation Insaniyat:-
i. Bangladesh is facing humanitarian crisis due to mass influx of refugees from Myanmar.
Bangladesh is suffering from shortage of resources.
ii. The first tranche will be brought to Chittagong by an Indian Air Force (IAF) plane on
14th September 2017.

Home Minister launches Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign


On september 15,2017 ,The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Swachhta Hi
Sewa campaign of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), at ITBP campus, Tigri. ITBP( Indo
Tibetian Border Force) officers and jawans participated in cleanliness drive around the campus. A
Swachhta demonstration by ITBPs women personnel was presented. Theme song created and
composed by ITBP personnel on cleanliness was also presented.
i. This campaign will fulfill Prime Ministers vision of making India Open Defecation Free (ODF)
by October, 2019,toilet facility will ensure safety and dignity of women.
ii. Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign will help in improving nutrition and productivity of our
children.

NRDC, Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) ink pact for start-up
The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) has signed an MoU with the
Andhra Pradesh Innovation Society (APIS) announced on 14th of Sept. 2017.

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i.The pact has been signed to encourage start-up in the manufacturing & technology driven
sectors.
ii.The fair was organised by IIA in collaboration with APIS and International Federation of
Inverters Associations (IFIA).
iii.The APIS has created four plug & play technology business incubators in Visakhapatnam,
Tirupathi, Anantapur and Kakinada to promote innovation and start-ups.

Rajasthan announces farm loan waiver of up to Rs 50,000


After a two-week-long protest by farmers the Rajasthan government has announced a Rs
20,000 crore farm-loan waiver.
i.The government has agreed to waive loans for farmers up to Rs 50,000.
ii.The farmers were demanding waiver of all loans amounting to Rs49,500 crore but the
government was firm that as per records, the loans amounted to Rs19,700 crore.

Home Minister launches Intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal and WARB app
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched first Intelligence Wing of Sashastra Seema
Bal (SSB) and Welfare & Rehabilita tion Board (WARB) App in New Delhi authorized to
Protect the shared borders of India with Nepal and Bhutan. It has been confirmed as the Lead
Intelligence Agency (LIA) for both the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.
Nepal is sharing 1,751 km-long border with India and Bhutan is sharing 699 km-long border
with India. India has visa-free regime with both Nepal and Bhutan. So the criminals and
Kashmiri terrorists used this visa- free regime facility to return from Pakistan.
Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) App :-
Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) App implements to facilitate retired CAPFs (Central
Armed Police Forces) and Assam Rifles personnel to get their grievances redressed, then can look
for skill development training through National Skill Development Corporation under Pradhan Mantri
Kaushal Vikas Yojna, re-employment and other relevant important information.

Assam government passes PRANAM Bill Employees who dump parents will lose part
salary
On 15th September ,2017, The Assam state Assembly passed PRANAM(Parental Responsibility
And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring ) bill that makes it mandatory for state
government employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings or face a cut in their
income.
i. Assam is the first state to approve such a legislation. Finance Minister Himanta Biswa
Sarma introduced the bill. The bill was backed by all the ruling and opposition MLAs .
ii. The Bill will ensure that all government employees look after their dependents including
parents and divyangs(Persons with disability).
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Indias first Centre for Animal Law comes up at NALSAR University of Law
vOn September 15,2017 Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka
Gandhi inaugurated Indias first Centre for Animal Law that has been established at the NALSAR
University of Law in Hyderabad.
Humane Society International (HSI), India, will work with NALSAR to steer and coordinate the
activities of the centre. NG Jayasimha, Managing Director of HIS, India, has been appointed as the
director of the centre

Ayurveda Students Set Guinness Record In Jaipur


On September 15,2017 ayurveda sytudents from across the country have set a new Guinness
World Record for maximum number of people receiving nasya panchakarmatreatment at 1st
Rashtriya Ayurved Yuva Mahotsav, the national event for students of ayurveda., organised by the
National Ayurveda Student Youth Association (NASYA) in association with the Department of
AYUSH.
The event was hosted by the National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) in Jaipur. The record
was set in eight minutes. Nasya karm refers to the ayurvedic therapy that includes
instillation of herbal oils, juices or powders through the nasal route. It works specifically on
disorders of ear, nose and throat.

PM Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam to the Nation


On his 67th birthday on September 17,2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Sardar
Sarovar dam built on the Narmada river to the nation at Kevadia in the Narmada district,
Gujarat. The project was accomplished by Gujarat governments Sardar Sarovar Narmada
Nigam Ltd (SSNL).
i. This project is called as Gujarat s lifeline.
ii. This project is a boon to the countrys worst dry areas like Saurashtra, Kutch and North
Gujarat and even few districts of Rajasthan.

Government signs $76 Million loan deal with JICA to Upgrade Alang-Sosiya Shipyards
On 15th September 2017, The Government of India signed a loan deal for $76 million with Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for a project regarding upgradation of environment
management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards, in Gujarat.
i. The total cost of the project would be $ 111 million. Out of which $76 million would be
provided as loan from JICA. $25 million of taxes and fees would be borne by Government of
Gujarat. $10 million would be shared by Ministry of Shipping & Government of Gujarat.
ii. The project would be completed by 2022.

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INS Garhial carries relief material under operation Insaniyat for Rohingya refugees
India will be started operation Insaniyat by INS Garhial to help Bangladesh for the Rohingya
refugees. Indian Navy will carry around 86 thousand family packs as relief material in the ongoing
operation.
The ship will be expected to reach Chittagong on 25th of this month. The ship carries
relief material consisting of rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, biscuits and mosquito
nets will be provided to the affected people.
On 14th and 15th of September ,a C-17 Globemaster aircraft of the Indian Air Force
delivered around 107 tonnes of relief material for Rohingya Muslim refugees in
Bangladesh in two sorties to Chittagong.

Odisha passes bill for setting up first Odia language university


On September 14,2017, The Odisha government passed a bill for starting the first Odia language
university for post-graduate in literature, linguistics and epigraphy. After Karnataka, Tamil Nadu
and Andhra Pradesh, Odisha became the fourth state in country to have a special university
for development of its language and literature.

India exempts import duty on goods for FIFA U-17 World Cup
On September 17,2017, The government announced that it has exempted import duty for sports
items and a wide range of goods for the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India.
The exempted goods:-
The following goods will also be exempted from the integrated tax levied under the GST.
i. All sports goods, sports equipment and sports requisites; fitness equipment; team
uniform/clothing; spares, accessories and consumables of the same.
ii. Doping control equipment, first aid kits, satellite phones/GPS, dining/kitchen items, and office
consumables, are also among the goods that have been exempted from the import duty.

Tripura is first state to set up district family welfare committees


On September 18,2017 ,Tripura became the first state in the country to set up family welfare
district committees to deal with the issue of fake and biased complaints by women against
their husbands, in-laws and husbands relatives.These committees have been formed as per
the directives if supreme court. State Governor Tathagata Roy in the presence of Chief
Minister Manik Sarkar and other high dignitaries formally launched the family welfare committees
in all eight districts in Tripura.
i. The family welfare district committees may comprise para-legal volunteers or social workers
or retired officers or even the wives of serving officers,
ii. The panel members will not be called as witnesses if the police or magistrate decide to
investigate a particular case.

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International Yoga Festival starts in Kashmir


On Sep 18 ,2017 Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra inaugurated the second
International Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Championship 2017 in which
about 300 people from various parts of India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA and Nepal
are participating.The festival is being organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-
Kashmir International Conference Centre.

Singapore To Set Up Skill Center In Northeast: Dr Jitendra Singh


On September 19 2017, The Government of Singapore is proposed to be set up Skill Center at
Guwahati by the year 2019 and Dr Jitendra Singh ,the Ministry of DoNER will coordinate in this
initiative.
i.High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr Lim Thuan Kuan had meeting with Indias Dr Jitendra Singh,
consisted of senior officers from the Ministry of DoNER, Department of Space and Ministry of
Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, the three main areas where Singapore has expressed its
willingness to collaborate with India.
ii.The Singapore also expressed its preference to engage with India in the area of Space
Technology for collaboration in peaceful uses of Outer Space.

Indian Army takes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to Indias highest battlefield , Siachen
On September 20 2017, Siachen is Indias highest and hardest battlefield situated at an
average altitude of 18,000 ft above sea level.Our Indian Army carried Prime Minister Narendra
Modis agenda of Swachh Bharat and make Siachen stays clean.
i.It is a logistics challenge to move all types of waste out of the glacier so that these do not become
an environmental hazard. soldiers are at risk of getting frostbite if their bare skin touches any
metal object for more than 15 seconds
ii.Defence Ministry said that The prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of
Siachen glacier. Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed
and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base.

Vice President releases Commemorative Coin on Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi


On September 19 2017,Vice President Venkaiah Naidu unveiled commemorative coins of Rs
100 and Rs 10 denominations on the birth centenary musician Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi
and inaugurated an exhibition entitled Kurai Onrum Illai-MS: Life in Music nearly two-week-
long exhibition.
i.The coins were launched at an event held at New Delhis Indira Gandhi National Centre for the
Arts.Dr. Mahesh Sharma ,the Minister of State for Culture (I/C) and Environment, Forest &
Climate Change, and other notable personalities was also honored with their presence.

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ii.M S Subbulakshmi was the first musician to be awarded the Bharat Ratna to winning the Ramon
Magsaysay Award, and performing at the UN General Assembly.

India to conduct the First BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017 in October
On September 20 2017,Our Home Ministry informed that Indias National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) is going to conduct a disaster management exercise between October 10-13 in New Delhi
with BIMSTEC countries and acronymed as BIMSTEC DMEx-2017.
i.It will be conducted in two phases in Delhi and its suburbs. The main exercise will comprise of
Table Top Exercise (TTX), Field Training Exercise (FTX) and After Action Review (AAR).
ii.The BIMSTEC region is home to around 1.5 billion people, constituting around 22 per cent of the
global population with a combined GDP of US $2.7 trillion.

NBCC to develop Nauroji Nagar project as World Trade Centre


On 20th September 2017, NBCC announced that it has obtained license to develop a commercial
project as World Trade Centre at Nauroji Nagar, New Delhi.
i. NBCC has obtained license from World Trade Centre (WTC), New York to develop the
Nauroji Nagar commercial project as World Trade Centre (WTC).
ii. This project would be completed by 2020.
iii. Area of the Nauroji Nagar commercial complex is 3 million square feet.

Cabinet Approvals on 20th September 2017


The union Minister chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has made approvals for different
category on 20th Sept. 2017
1.Cabinet approves introduction of the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, as union cabinet chairman has given approval for beginning of
the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament subject to modifications of drafting or significant
nature, if any, as may be considered necessary by the Legislative Department by amending the
Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948).
Some modification in the provisions of the Dentists Act, 1948 with regard to:-
1. The Membership of the Dental Council of India under clause (f) of section 3
2. The Membership of State and Joint State Dental Councils under clause (b) of section
21 and clause (b) of section 23 of the said Act.
2.Cabinet approves revamped Khelo India programme
A revamped Khelo India scheme has been approved by union cabiner. There may be 1,000
selected athletes will receive an annual scholarship of Rs5 lakh each for eight years under this
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scheme.
The cost under this scheme will be Rs1,756 crore between 2017-18 and 2019-20, will also promote
20 universities across India as hubs of sporting excellence.
Purpose of this Scheme:-
The revamped Khelo India programme would be expected the entire sports system, including
infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for excellence, competition
structure and sports economy, according to an official statement.
Aims at mainstreaming sport :-
The program aims to cover about 200 million children in the age group of 10-18 under a massive
national physical fitness drive.
The new scheme will focus on encourage the talents and connecting rural India to global games.
3.Cabinet apprised of the progress under National Health Mission and decisions of the
Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Steering Group of NHM
The Union Cabinet has been apprised of the progress under National Health Mission (NHM). The
Cabinet was also approved the decisions of the Empowered Programme Committee (EPC) and
Mission Steering Group (MSG) of NHM. National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Urban
Health Mission (NUHM) became two sub-missions under the overarching NHM.
4.Cabinet approves Rationalization/Merger of the Government of India Press (GIPs) and
their modernization
i.Cabinet approves rationalization/merger and modernization of 17 Government of India Presses
(GIPs)/Units into 5 Government of India Presses (GIPs) at below places
1.Rashtrapati Bhavan , Minto Road and Mayapuri in New Delhi
2.Nashik in Maharashtra
3.Temple Street in Kolkata, West Bengal
5.Cabinet approves Extension of time period of the Scheme Special Industry Initiative
for J&K (Sll J&K) Udaan
i.The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home
Affairs extension of time period for Scheme Special Industry Initiative for J&K (Sll J&K)-
Udaan upto 31st December, 2018 without any modification and cost escalation from 2016-17.
6.Cabinet approved a proposal to transfer three India Tourism Development Corp. hotels
to the state governments of Rajasthan, Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley informed Cabinet approves transfer of Hotel Jaipur Ashok, Jaipur and
Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore, units of India Tourism Development Corporation Ltd
(ITDC) to Government of Rajasthan and Government of Karnataka, respectively .
7.Cabinet approves Productivity Linked Bonus for Railway Employees Payment
Union approves to pay Productivity Linked Bonus (PLB) equivalent to 78 days wages to eligible
non-gazetted railway employees (excluding RPF/RPSF personnel) before Dussehra/Puja
holidays for the financial year 2016-17.
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Law Ministry approves Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017


On 18th September 2017, Law Ministry approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017, in New
Delhi.
Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017:
i.The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017 would enable the government to seize the
property of economic offenders and defaulters who escape from India, through a new
provision.
ii.According to the law, a fugitive economic offender, means an individual against whom an arrest
warrant has been issued for an economic offence and the person has escaped from the country and
refuses to return to face criminal prosecution.
iii.Before the bill is introduced in Lok Sabha in the winter session of Parliament a Saving Clause
would be added in the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017.
Other factors of Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2017
i.Finance Minister ensured legislative changes or a new law will be made to seize the assets of
economic offenders. This law would be applicable in cases where the value of offence is
more than Rs.100 crores.
ii.This law allows the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), to file an application for seizing the economic
offenders assets.

ONGC discovers oil in Arabian Sea near Mumbai offshore


On 20th September 2017, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) made a significant oil
discovery near Mumbai High in the Arabian Sea, in Mumbai.
New oil well discovered in Mumbai High:
i.Oil was discovered in a well on the west of Mumbai High oil fields in the Arabian Sea.The
new discovery in well WO-24-3 is estimated to have around 20 million tonnes of oil in reserve.
ii.Mumbai High is Indias biggest oil field.It produces 2,05,000 barrels of oil per day and more
than 10 million tonnes of oil per year.The new oil well will contribute to increased oil
production within two years.

West Bengal gets $300 million loan from ADB for fiscal reforms
On 21st September 2017, ADB announced that it has sanctioned a $ 300 million loan to West
Bengal for carrying out fiscal reforms.
i. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $ 300 million to carry out fiscal
reforms in West Bengal to make public services more accessible, affordable, and high
quality.
ii. The reforms would be implemented in a period of 2 years.
iii. The reforms include linking medium term expenditure plans to actual budgets, strengthening
internal audit system and enhancements in the integrated financial management system (IFMS).
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Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates first Pension Adalat


Dr Jitendra Singh had inaugurated the first Pension Adalat on 20th of Sept. 2017.He
will award the Pensioners for their outstanding contribution towards Anubhav. It is a
platform for retiring employees for sharing their experience of working with Government.
i.The event is being organized by Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare, Ministry of
Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India.
ii.A workshop on Pre-Retirement Counseling (PRC) of 300 retiring Central Government employees
is also scheduled to be held.
iii.The objective of this workshop is to create awareness about the post-retirement
entitlements as well as an advance planning for life after retirement.
iv.The ANUBHAV AWARDS 2017 will be presented to 17 pensioners for their contribution
towards creating institutional memory for the departments.

Indian Army organized Operation Sadbhavana for National Integration


The Indian Army has organized Operation Sadbhavana for National Integration. These
operations are carried out by Indian Army in Jammu & Kashmir and North East states
respectively. It has been organized on 21st of Sept. 2017.
i.Under this, army undertakes various civic action programmes which aimed at winning hearts of
the people and integration of the people with the nation.
ii.The Sadbhavana tour was organised by the 109 Infantry Brigade of the Indian Army.
iii.Its main aim is to develop trust among and reignite the minds of youth towards
national integration.

Government plans lab on boat for analysing Brahmaputra River


On 20th September 2017, the Department of Biotechnology announced lab on boat project for
biological analysis of the Bramhaputra river.
Lab on boat:
i. The Department of Biotechnology has announced 3 projects for the North East India.
ii. The projects would have mobile laboratories on boat, on the Brahmaputra river and its
tributaries. They would also provide access to the local research institutions.
iii. This is the first time the Ministry of Science and Technology is dedicating boats for the research
of a river.

VASTRA 2017: An International Textile and Apparel Fair 2017


On 21st 24th September 2017, VASTRA 2017 International Textile and Apparel Fair was held at
the Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Centre in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
i. This is the 6th edition of VASTRA.
ii. VASTRA was started in 2012.
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iii. The fair was organised by Rajasthan State Industrial Development and Investment Corporation
Ltd. (RIICO) and co-organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry
(FICCI).

Mazagon Dock Ltd delivered 1st Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to Indian Navy
On 21st September 2017, Mazagon Dock Ltd delivered INS Kalvari, the first scorpene-class
submarine to Indian Navy, in Mumbai.
i. INS Kalvari, is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines.
ii. This was handed over to Indian Navy by Mazagon Dock Ltd.

Himachal Pradesh becomes first in the world to operate electric buses at an altitude of 13
thousand feet
On 21st September 2017, the Himachal Pradesh government started electric bus service for the
first time, in Rohtang Pass.
Electric bus service for Rohtang Pass:
i. Himachal Pradesh Transport Minister Mr.G.S.Bali and Kullu Deputy Commissioner Mr.Yunus
started the bus service on 21st September 2017.
ii. The bus service is between Manali and Rohtang.
iii. Also, Himachal Pradesh is the first in the world to operate electric buses at a height of
13,000 feet.

Government unveils PPP for cheap housing


On 21st September 2017, the Central Government announced a new Public-Private Partnership
(PPP) Policy to improve affordable housing.
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Policy:
i. Under the existing Housing For All policy, buyers purchasing a low-end house from a private
developer will be eligible for financial help.
ii. The Housing For All policy has been moving in a very slow rate.

NITI Aayog and IRF Geneva signs Statement of Intent in the field of Intelligent
Transportation Systems
On 21st September 2017, The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and the
International Road Federation, Geneva (IRF Geneva) signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to
cooperate in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
SoI for Intelligent Transport Systems:
i. The SoI was signed in order to create a national platform for preparing a National ITS Policy.
ii. The platform would comprise of Government of India stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies
active in intelligent transport sector, and technical experts.
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Transgenders can avail government schemes in Andhra Pradesh; Andhra Pradesh to be


declared ODF by March 2018
On 21st September 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr.Chandrababu Naidu announced that
the transgender community can avail government schemes. Also, Andhra Pradesh is to be declared
ODF by March 2018.
Government support for Trans-genders:
i. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu announced that, the trans-genders would be provided with
housing, ration cards and a pension of 1000 rupees.
ii. The Chief Minister also said that employment opportunities must be created to make them a
self-sustainable community.

Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer on the theme Nurturing the
Nurturer
Union minister Anupriya Patel has launched a nationwide health campaign to sensitise
women about the early screening and the preventive care for cancer. It has been launched on
21st of Sept. 2017.
i.The theme of the campaign is Nurturing the Nurturer and the campaign was launched
by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) in partnership with the Apollo Hospitals group.
ii.The breast and cervical cancers among women were a matter of concern. Both these type of
cancer account for nearly 32% of all cancers.

Bollywood movie Newton becomes Indias official entry for Oscars 2018
Bollywood film Newton becomes Indias official entry in the Foreign Language Film
category at the 2018 Oscars.
i.Newton has been selected as Indias official entry to the Oscars. It was unanimously chosen from
26 entries this year.
ii.Rajkummar Rao, who played the lead role in Newton. It also stars Pankaj Tripathi,
Raghubir Yadav and Anjali Patil.
iii.The film is a political satire revolving around an honest election officers attempt to conduct a
free and fair poll in a conflict-hit area of Chhattisgarh.

India to host World Congress on Adolescent Health on October


India will host the World Congress on Adolescent Health on October. It is the biggest global
event in adolescent health this year announced on 21st Sept. 2017.

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i.It will be held from October 27-29 and held once in every four years.
ii.The 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, theme is Investing in Adolescent Health the
Future is Now.

Narendra Modis visit to Varanasi, inaugurates 17 projects, lays foundation stone for six
more
On 22nd and 23rd September 2017, Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi visited Varanasi in Uttar
Pradesh and inaugurated 17 projects. He digitally laid foundation stones for 6 more projects.
Mr.Modi dedicated Deendayal Hastkala Sankul to the Nation:
i.Mr.Modi inaugurated the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a Trade Facilitation Centre, at Bada
Lalpur, Varanasi.The facility has been named after former BJP President Mr.Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
ii.The Prime Minister dedicated it to the nation.It focuses on handicrafts.
Mr.Modi flaged off Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Vadodara:
i.Mr.Modi flagged off the Vadodara-Varanasi weekly express remotely through a video link.
Mr.Modi inaugurated banking services of the Utkarsh Bank:
i.Mr.Modi inaugurated banking services of the Utkarsh Bank in Varanasi.
ii.He also laid foundation stone for the headquarters building of the bank.This bank focuses on
micro-finance.
Jal Ambulance and Jal Shav Vahini service launched:
i.Mr.Modi launched the service of four water ambulances and four coffin carrying boats remotely
through video link.
ii.They are named Jal Ambulance service, and Jal Shav Vahan respectively.
Mr.Modi released postal stamp on Ramayana:
i.Mr.Modi released a postage stamp on different aspects of Lord Rams life at the Tulsi Manas
Mandir, in Varanasi.

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief exercise Pralay Sahayam held in


Secunderabad
On 23rd September 2017, Pralay Sahayam, a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief
(HADR) exercise was held in Secunderabad.
Pralay Sahayam:
On 22nd September 2017, as a part of Pralay Sahayam a seminar on Humanitarian
Assistance and Disaster Relief was conducted at College of Defence Management in
Secunderabad Cantonment.

Odisha cabinet approved setting up of Handlooms and Handicrafts Development and


Promotion Council
On 21st September 2017, the state cabinet of Odisha approved the establishment of Handlooms

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and Handicrafts Development and Promotion Council, in Bhubaneswar.


Handlooms & Handicrafts Development & Promotion Council:
i. Aim of this council is to improve growth of handlooms and handicrafts sectors.
ii. Headquarters of the council would be at Bhubaneswar.
iii. This council would function under the Handlooms, Textiles and Handicrafts Department.
iv. Funds for Rs.20 crore have been allocated for this council for the financial year 2017-2018.

DGCA grants Aerodrome License to Shirdi Airport


On 21st September 2017, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued aerodrome
licence to Shirdi Airport, in Shirdi, Maharashtra.
Aerodrome license for Shirdi Airport:
i. DGCA has issued license to Shirdi Airport for day operations.
ii. License was issued after checking all necessary standards.
iii. Length of the runway is 2,500 m.
iv. It is capable of handling Code 3C type aircraft, including the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
v. Flight operations would start at Shirdi Airport from 1st October 2017.

Railways cuts down sleeping hours for passengers by an hour


On 17th September 2017, the Railway Board issued a circular that states that passengers can only
sleep between 10 pm and 6 am, cutting down sleeping time by 1 hour.
Sleeping hours to be cut down in trains:
i. Prior to this circular, the permissible sleeping time was from 9 pm to 6 am.
ii. The circular exempts passengers who are sick, physically challenged and pregnant.
iii. This rule is applicable for all passengers travelling in reserved coaches with sleeping
accommodation.

Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in three states on World Food Day


Zero Hunger programme will be launched in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh, Koraput of Odisha and
Thane of Maharashtra on World Food Day, 16th October 2017.
Zero Hunger Programme:
i. These three districts would act as a role model for other districts to achieve Zero hunger goal.
ii. These districts would follow an integrated approach to deal with hunger and malnutrition through
suitable agricultural and horticultural practices.
iii. More districts will be covered under this programme.
iv. This programme is executed in line with Indias Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end
hunger by 2030.

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Second State Start Up Conference in New Delhi


On 12th September 2017, The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion organised the Second
State Startup Conference in New Delhi.
Second State Startup Conference:
i. The conference was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry,
Mr.C.R.Choudhary.
ii. Higher Officials from various States and Union Territories, Incubators, Accelerators, Funding
agencies, Venture capitals, Angel investors and Startups attended the conference.
iii. The following topics were discussed:
Reforms to be made by state governments for Startups
Role of State Governments in developing incubation centres for Startups
Role of State Governments in setting up funds for Startups
Making regulations easier for Startups

NITI Aayog and Government of Assam organises workshop on health sector reforms in
Guwahati; launches SATH
On 22nd September 2017, The Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Assam
and NITI Aayog organised a health sector reforms workshop, in Guwahati.
i. SATH- Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital Programme was launched in
this occasion.
ii. This programme is a joint initiative of Government of Assam and NITI Aayog.
iii. It would identify the health priorities of people in Assam and implement required solutions.
iv. NITI Aayog selected has three states for this programme: Assam, Uttar Pradesh and
Karnataka.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurates Hunar Haat in Puducherry


On 24th September 2017, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mr.Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and
Puducherry Chief Minister Mr.V.Narayanasamy inaugurated Hunar Haat at Puducherry.
Inauguration of Hunar Haat:
i. The Hunar Haat is organised by Ministry of Minority Affairs at Craft Bazaar, Gandhi
Thidal Beach, Goubert Avenue in Puducherry, from 24th to 30th September, 2017.
ii. This provides an opportunity for artisans to display and sell their products.
iii. Master artisans from 16 states showcase their traditional talent in Hunar Haat.

Final event of Multi-Agency Exercise Pralay Sahayam Held in Hyderabad


On 23rd September 2017, final event of Pralay Sahayam, a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster
Relief (HADR) exercise was held in Hyderabad.:

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i. The final event of Pralay Sahayam was a multi-agency exercise.


ii. It was conducted on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake in Hyderabad.

Google honours Indian chemist Asima Chatterjee on 100th birthday


Google Doodle celebrates 100th birthday of a renowned Indian chemist, Asima
Chatterjee, who was also thefirst female Doctorate of Science in India from an Indian
University.
i.As per Google Asima Chatterjees research contributed to the development of drugs that
treated epilepsy and malaria. Her most noted contribution to the field was her work on
vinca alkaloids.
ii.Alkaloids are compounds made from plants, often to treat medical ailments and Vinca
alkaloids, which come from the Madagascar periwinkle plant, are used in chemotherapy
treatment because they help slow down or stall the multiplying of cancer cells.

TRIFED organised National Workshop on Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest
Produce
On 25th September 2017, TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India)
organised a National Workshop on Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce (MFP),
in New Delhi.
National Workshop on Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Procedure:
i. Minister of Tribal Affairs Mr.Jual Oram inaugurated the workshop.
ii. The workshop was conducted in order to expand the Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest
Procedure scheme throughout India.
iii. Currently, this scheme is carried out in 9 states.
TRIFED Signs MoU with Amazon for online sale of tribal products:
i. TRIFED has signed an MOU with Amazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd for sale of tribal products
through e-commerce venture www.amazon.in.

India third in nuclear power installations: World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017
India has been ranked third in the world with respect to number of nuclear reactors being installed,
by the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, which was released in September 2017.
World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017:
i. The lead authors of the report are energy consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggart.
ii. India occupies 3rd position in the list with 6 nuclear reactors being installed.

India, US, Afghanistan join hands for 1st trade show in Delhi
On 27th to 29th September 2017, India, US and Afghanistan will conduct a joint trade and
investment show for the first time, in Delhi.
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Joint Trade & Investment Show:


i. The event will be inaugurated by Afghanistan CEO Dr.Abdullah.
ii. He will visit India between 27th and 29th September 2017.
iii. He will meet Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi, President Mr.Ram Nath Kovind, Foreign Minister
Ms.Sushma Swaraj and few others.
iv. He will be accompanied by a delegation of 50 members.

2nd India-Indonesia Biennial Trade Ministers Forum Meeting held in New Delhi
On 25th September 2017, the 2nd India-Indonesia Biennial Trade Ministers Forum Meeting was
held in New Delhi.
2nd India-Indonesia Biennial Trade Ministers Forum:
i. Mr.Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry of India, and Mr.Enggartiasto Lukita,
Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia participated in the meet.
ii. Both the Ministers decided on arranging meeting of the Working Group on Trade & Investment,
the Working Group on Trade Facilitation & Remedies and Meeting of Regulators.

Karnataka government launches Vision-2025 project


On 25th September 2017, Karnataka government launched Vision-2025 project, in Karnataka.
Vision-2025 project:
i. This project aims at developing a draft policy for development of Karnataka in the next 7
years based on the opinion of the public.
ii. Executive officer of the project is Ms.Renuka Chidambaram.
iii. Karnataka Chief Minister Mr.Siddaramaiah launched the website www.navakarnataka2025.in in
connection with the project.

Andhra Chief Minister declares 2017 as e-pragati year


On 21st September 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr.N.Chandrababu Naidu declared 2017
as e-pragati year, at Vijayawada.
i. Mr.N.Chandrababu Naidu declared 2017 as e-pragati year while inaugurating a training
programme for government officials at Vijayawada.
ii. The e-pragati training programme is for government officials to familiarise and update
new technologies.

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Hyderabad Airport Becomes First in India to Provide Wheelchair Lift


Hyderabads Rajiv Gandhi International Airport became the first airport in the country to
introduce a wheelchair lift or Verti-lift on 24th of Sept. 2017.
i.The lift was installed as part of the Accessible India Campaign.
ii.The new facility has been made available to domestic arrival passengers under the
GHIALs signature programme Passenger is Prime.

Cabinet Approvals on September 27 2017


Cabinet approves Inter-bank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement & Co-operation
Memorandum relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank:
i. The Cabinet has approved signing of the Interbank Local Currency Credit Line Agreement & Co-
operation Memorandum Relating to Credit Ratings by Exim Bank with participating member banks
under BRICS Interbank Co-operation Mechanism.
ii. The Board of Directors of Exim Bank has been authorized to negotiate and conclude any
individual contracts and commitments within their framework.
Cabinet approves Umbrella Scheme of Modernisation of Police Forces:
i. The Cabinet approved the implementation of Umbrella Scheme of Modernisation of Police Forces
(MPF) for years 2017-18 to 2019-20.
ii. The estimated cost of the scheme is Rs.25,060 crore.
Cabinet approves Enhancement of age of superannuation of doctors other than Central
Health Service doctors to 65 years:
i. The Cabinet approved the enhancement the superannuation age to 65 years for doctors
Cabinet approves revision of policy for providing Defence land to Communication
Operators:
i. The Cabinet has approved a proposal for revision of policy of Ministry of Defence for providing
Defence land to Communication Operators for construction of Shared Communication Towers and
allied Infrastructure.
ii. Issue of clearance, for installation of Mobile Towers will be done based on experience in
implementing the policy and guidelines issued by Department of Telecommunications (DoT).

Cabinet Approvals with Foreign Countries on September 27


1 Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus in the oil & gas sector and Bilateral
Investment Treaty
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MoU) with Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed on 12th
September 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.
Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of
iii.The MoU will serve for three years from the day of its signing.
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2 Cabinet approves Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Information,


Communication and Media between India and Ethiopia
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of an agreement with Ethiopia to increase
cooperation in the field of information, communication and media.
i.The agreement would provide an opportunity to both the nations to share best practices and
innovations in the field of information, communication and media.
ii.It will also help enhance people-to-people contact through exchange programmes and encourage
cooperation between mass media tools such as radio, print, television, and social media.

3 Cabinet approves bilateral MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical


Cooperation on Police Training and Development
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for signing of
a bilateral MoU between India and Afghanistan for technical cooperation in police
training and development.
i.The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improving the
security apparatus in the region.
ii.The cabinets approval will be effective for a period of five years from the date of signing.

Government launches Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt System


On 26th September 2017, Mr.Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and
Public Distribution launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority
(WDRA) and Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System, in New Delhi.
i. WDRA has simplified the Warehouse Registration Rules by digitizing the entire process of
registration, monitoring and surveillance.
ii. It has also digitized the creation and management of Negotiable Warehouse Receipts
(NWRs) through e-NWR.

Israel to boost White Revolution in Haryana


On 25th September 2017, Mr.Uri Ariel, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Israel,
announced that Israel will provide increased support to Haryanas White Revolution, in Israel.
Israel to support Haryanas White Revolution:
i. Haryanas Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr.Om Prakash Dhankar, met Israels
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr.Uri Ariel.
ii. Both the Ministers agreed on further co-operation in the fields of horticulture, dairy and
exchange of research among students and specialists in universities of agriculture, horticulture and
animal sciences.

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Vice President inaugurates Crusade for Toilets in Karnataka


On 26th September 2017, Vice President, and Mr.M.Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the
Shouchalayakkagi Samara (A Crusade for Toilets) Programme, in Karnataka.
Crusade for Toilets:
i. Vice President Mr.M.Venkaiah Naidu presided as the Chief Guest in a public event at Hubli.
ii. Later, he addressed a Shouchalayakkagi Samara public gathering at the local high school, in
Janata Colony, Konnur Village, in Naragund Taluk of Gadag District.

Worlds tallest bamboo Maa Durga idol


On 26th September 2017, Artists constructed a 100 feet bamboo idol of Goddess Durga, worlds
tallest bamboo idol, in Guwahati, Assam.
i. The idol has been constructed for the Durga Puja festival that is observed from 26th to 30th
September 2017.
ii. It aims to break the Guinness World Records for the tallest bamboo sculpture.

Government sets up special fund for developing Dairy sector


As per Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan singh the government has set up the Dairy
Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DPIDF) worth Rs 10,881 crore to boost
the dairy sector announced on 26thof Sept. 2017.
i.Through Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DPIDF) 95 lakh
farmers from about 50,000 villages will be benefited.
ii.On this occassion the minister presented National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) dairy
excellence awards to the best dairy cooperatives.
iii.The National Dairy Project (NDP) is aimed to increase the productivity of milch animals,
which will lead to increase in milk production for meeting the growing demand.

CARA launches monthly Jan Sampark Program to facilitate adoption


On 27th September 2017, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) started a monthly Jan
Sampark program to enable the public to obtain information related to Adoption, in New
Delhi.
i. This programme is the first of its kind, regarding adoption.
ii. Around 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), Adoptive Parents and representatives of
agencies participated in the session.

Karnataka Cabinet approves Bio-Tech Policy and Anti-Superstition Bill


On 27th September 2017, Karnataka Cabinet approved the state Bio-Technology Policy 2017-22
and Anti-Superstition Bill, in Bengaluru.
i. Bio-Tech Policy for 2017-22 will enable further development in the Biotechnology sector in
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Karnataka.
ii. The main focus of this policy is to encourage Research and Development in emerging
technology areas like synthetic biology, anti-microbial resistance, rare diseases, orphan drug,
stem cells, regenerative medicines and medical devices.

Bathukamma festival celebrated in Telangana


On 20th 28th September 2017, Bathukamma, one of the major festivals of Telangana and some
parts of Andhra Pradesh was celebrated.
i. This festival is celebrated for nine days days during the Durga Navaratri celebrations
before Dussehra.
ii. People worship Goddess Bathukamma, who is also known as Goddes Gauri for nine days.

Himachal Pradesh raises paid maternity leave to 180 days


The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has raised paid maternity leaves for women
employees from 135 days to 180 days announced on 27th of Sept. 2017. The meeting was
chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
i.He has also approved framing of policy for special educators under the school management
committees (SMC) at par with junior basic trained (JBT) teachers appointed on contract basis.
ii.With a view to reduce judicial proceeding and saving avoidable costs on unproductive litigation,
the Cabinet decided to establish a three-tier dispute resolution process in the Irrigation and
Public Health Department.

ADB approves USD 80 mn loan for modernisation of TVET in Himachal Pradesh


The Asian Development Banks (ADB) board of directors has approved the loan to modernize
TVET institutions and programmes to enhance job prospects of the states youth announced
on 28th of Sept. 2017.
i.The project will align Himachal Pradeshs TVET programmes to national skills certification
standards.
ii.By this it will help in improving the employability and employment prospects of nearly
65,000 youth from 2017 to 2022.

PFC sanctioned 4,009 cr loan to Telangana to set up Yadadri thermal plant


Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC) has sanctioned a term loan of Rs 4,009 crore to the
Telangana Power Generation Corporation Lt (TSGENCO) for setting up a 4000 MW Yadadri
thermal power plant announced on 27th Sept. 2017.
i.The Yadadri plant would generate approximately 29,784 million units of energy to meet
the future power requirement of Telangana.

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ii.PFC would lend the amount to TSGENCO for the 5X800 MW coal-based Yadadri Thermal Power
Plant using super-critical technology in Nalgonda district of Telangana.

Government finalising Electoral Bonds Scheme: Arun Jaitley


On 28th September 2017, Finance Minister Mr.Arun Jaitley said that, the government is finalising
the Electoral Bonds Scheme, in New Delhi.
i. Mr.Arun Jaitley announced this at a book release, named India@70 Modi@3.5.
ii. This is being done in a move to monitor political funding.

Directorate General of Quality Assurance Celebrates its Diamond Jubilee


On 28th September 2017, Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) celebrated Diamond
Jubilee to mark 60 years of its existence.
i. Diamond Jubilee was celebrated to mark the completion of 60 years by DGQA, at DRDO
Bhawan, in New Delhi.
ii. Minister of State for Defence, Dr.Subhash Bhamare was present on the occasion.

Indian Railways to launch 100 new suburban rail services in Mumbai


On 29th September 2017, Indian Railways launched 100 new local train services on its Mumbai
suburban network of Western Railway and Central Railway zones.
100 new local train services in Mumbai:
i. Out of the 100 new services, 32 will be introduced on Western Railway and 68 train
services will be introduced on Central Railway portion of Mumbai local.
ii. New services in Western Railway will start from 1st October 2017.

Railways working with ISRO to devise safety mechanisms to make train travel safer
On 28th September 2017, Union minister for Railways, Mr.Piyush Goyal said that, Indian Railways
is working with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to employ safety mechanisms in trains,
in New Delhi.
i. Indian Railways and RailTel are working together with ISRO to explore the use of space
technology for safety in railways.
ii. There have been several train derailment incidents in the recent times.

VVPAT to be Used in all Booths of Gujarat Assembly Elections,first time with EVMs
Gujarat will become the second state after Goa to use the new VVPAT system for the Assembly
elections in the entire state.
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i.It is the first time to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) equipped with Voter
Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT).
ii.The VVPATs will cover all 50,128 polling booths during 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections
about 70,182 VVPAT machines will be used during elections.

India International Science Festival 2017-Science for New India will be held in Chennai
The third India International Science Festival will be held in Chennai next month announced
on 28th Sept. 2017.
i.Prominent scientists from the government are expected to participate in the four-day festival
which will be held from October 13-16 at IIT-Chennai.
ii.The festival is being organised by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Ministry of Science and
Technology and Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA), an organisation linked to the RSS.

Environment Ministry notifies New Wetland Rules


On 26th September 2017, the Union Environment Ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation
and Management) Rules 2017, in New Delhi.
Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017:
i. The new rules will replace the 2010 version of the Wetland rules.
ii. Wetlands are lands mid-way between terrestrial and aquatic eco-systems. The water table is
usually near the surface or the land is covered by shallow water.
iii. There are 115 wetlands that are officially identified by the central government. Out of these,
26 are identified as wetlands of international importance under Ramsar Convention.
iv. Ramsar Covention is an international intergovernmental treaty for conservation of wetlands.

India registers significant decline in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR)


On 29th September 2017, Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin was released, which stated
that Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) of India has declined by three points (8%).
Decline in IMR:
i. IMR has reduced to 34 per 1000 live births in 2016, compared to the 37 per 1000 live
births in 2015.
ii. India has registered 90,000 fewer infant deaths in 2016 compared to 2015.

Indias first Mobile Congress held in New Delhi


On 27th 29th September 2017, Indias first Mobile Congress, India Mobile Congress 2017, was
held at New Delhi.
i. More than 300 exhibitors, and hundreds of startups from India participated in the India Mobile
Congress.

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ii. Main focus of the Mobile Congress was the idea of Digital India through privatisation and
the advent of 5G.

Defence Minister inaugurates Pratham-Shyok Bridge in Leh


On 30th September 2017, Defence Minister Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Pratham-Shyok
Bridge that links Leh to Karakoram, in Jammu and Kashmir.
i. The Pratham-Shyok Brigde provides connectivity to the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Olde
axis, for military transport.
ii. This advanced bridge is a major development on the Shyok Gong river.
iii. This will improve travel of locals and Army in this region.

Dr.Jitendra Singh inaugurates ISRO exhibition at Surat


On 29th September 2017, an exhibition highlighting the achievements of Indian Space Research
Organization (ISRO) was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Department of Atomic
Energy and Department of Space, Dr.Jitendra Singh, at Surat.
i. The exhibition was conducted with the support of Municipal School Board.
ii. A large number of school children participated in the exhibition.

Govt to procure 10,000 e-vehicles from Tata Motors


Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) will procure 10,000 electric vehicles from Tata
Motors Limited announced on 29th Sept. 2017.
i.The company was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased
participation.
ii.Three leading manufacturers Tata Motors Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan
participated in the tender.

PLACES IN NEWS

Assam for first time extends AFSPA orders on its own.


On September 1,2017,Assam Government has extended term of Armed Forces Special Powers
Act (AFSPA), 1958 and declared entire state a Disturbed Area for six more months under section
3 of AFSPA act.This is for first time state government has extended AFSPA and Disturbed Area
provision on its own. In the past, AFSPA provisions in state were always extended by the centre.
A notification issued by the state home department said that while the law and order situation had
continued to be a matter of concern due to violent incidents carried out by the underground groups,
as many as 16 incidents involving these groups had taken place between May and July. These

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incidents had resulted in deaths of two civilians, one security personnel and four militants. The
whole state was in unrest.

Australia, East Timor agree on maritime boundary


Australia and East Timor have agreed on key elements of a maritime boundary and
revenue sharing from anatural gas field beneath the seabed between the two
countries announced on 2nd Sep 2017.
i.Australia and Timor-Leste have resolved their bitter and long-running dispute over
maritime boundaries in the Timor Sea. It is being described as a landmark day in the
relationship between the two nations.
ii.The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague has announced the parties reached an
agreement over the disputed territory, which contains large oil and gas deposits worth an
estimated $40 billion.

Worlds tallest sandcastle built in Germany


On September 1 ,2017, An international team of sand artists has built the worlds tallest
sandcastle in Duisburg, in the Ruhr region, Germanyafter the citys attempt failed last year.It
was 54.5ft (16.68 meters) high and its theme is tourism.It is the new Guinness World Record
for tallest sandcastle. It was carved by Lucas Brueggemann. The previous record holder
was built 14.8m tall in Puri, on Indias east coast by the Sudarsan Sand Institute.

West Bengal cabinet approves changing states name to Bangla


On September 8,2017, The West Bengal government cleared a proposal to rename the state as
Bangla and sent a proposal to the Centre for approval. The Mamata Banerjee government
had earlier too sent a proposal for the change of name, but it was rejected by the central
government.
i. The earlier proposal had three different names for the state Bangla in Bengali, Bangal in Hindi
and Bengal in English.
ii. In order to avoid the confusion the government decided to send another proposal to
change it to only Bangla in all three languages including Hindi, English and Bengali.

Venkaiah Naidu lays foundation for first Greenfield smart city project in Ranchi
On September 9,2017 Vice president M.Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone for the first and
only greenfield smart city project, in Ranchi coming up on the HEC land.
i. It is his maiden visit to Jharkhand after becoming vice president.
ii. He also laid the foundation stone for an urban civic centre, a convention centre and an urban
planning and management institute.
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Rajnath Singh inaugurated the new HQs building of Bureau of Police Research and
Development
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the new HQs building of Bureau
of Police Research and Development (BPR&D), Ministry of Home Affairs on 8th of Sept.
2017 in New Delhi.
i.The Union Home Minister has awarded the Union Home Ministers Medal for best Police
Trainer to Shri Sulkhan Singh, DGP, UP.
ii.The new headquarters building has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 100 crore approx.

Shripad Naik inaugurated Regional Research Institute of Homeopathy in Agartala


On September 12,2017 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shripad
Naik has inaugurated the Regional Research Institute of Homoeopathy (RRI) in Agartala, Tripura,
as part of the governments plan to strengthen health services and propagate traditional systems of
medicine in North-Eastern states.
1. This is the 3rd homoeopathic regional research institute in the North Eastern
region and the first with own land and building.
2. RRI is among the nine institutes functioning under the Central Council for Research in
Homoeopathy (CCRH). The institute is spread over an area of 2.05 acres and offers
facilities like general OPD, research OPD, pathological investigations, and a 30-bedded
IPD.

Vice President of India lays foundation stone for the first Regional Vocational Training
Institute (RVTI) in Hyderabad
On 16th September 2017, Vice President Mr.M.Venkaiah Naidu laid foundation stone for Regional
Vocational Training Institute, in Hyderabad.
i. This Regional Vocational Training Institute for women is the first of its kind in
Telangana.
ii. This would increase skill development opportunities for women and provide them with job
opportunities.

Tunisia lifts ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims


Tunisia has abolished a ban on Muslim women marrying non-Muslims on the recommendation
of the president. He seeks to secure equal rights for the countrys female population.
i. The announcement came a month after President Beji Caid Essebsi called for the government to
lift the ban dating back to 1973.
ii. He created a commission led by a woman lawyer and rights activists aimed at drafting
revised rules.

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First e-court of Jammu & Kashmir inaugurated in Srinagar


On 21st September 2017, Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Justice Badar Durrez
inaugurated the first e-court of Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar.
i. The first paperless e-court of Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar will function from next
week.
ii. It will use digitised case records.

China opens dual-use highway to Nepal through Tibet


On 15th September 2017, China opened a dual use highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which
could be used for civilian and defence purposes, in China.
i. The highway is 40.4 km long and 25 m wide.
ii. It has 4 double lanes. It is classified a first-tier highway.
iii. It connects Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre in Tibet.

Indias First Lithium-Ion Battery Unit in Gujarat


To set up Indias first lithium-ion battery facility in Gujarat. Suzuki Motor has invested more
than Rs 1,150 crore along with Japanese partners Toshiba and Denso.
i.Maruti Suzuki is a major boost to the governments ambitious vehicle electrification and Make in
India initiatives.
ii.It will hold half the stake and meanwhile, Toshiba will own 40% and Denso the remaining 10%.
iii.The proposed plant to be located in the suppliers park at Suzukis Hansalpur plant in Gujarat
is expected to be operational from 2020.

SBI opens new branch in Singapore


On 25th September 2017, State Bank of India (SBI) opened its sixth branch in Singapore.
SBIs 6th branch in Singapore:
i. SBI launched its 6th branch in Ang Mo Kio area of Singapore.
ii. This area is popular for housing estates.

SBI launches Management Institute in Kolkata


On 23rd September 2017, SBI (State Bank of India) launched its Management Institute in Kolkata.
SBIs Management Institute in Kolkata:
i. SBI (State Bank of India) launched its 6th Management Training Institute in Kolkata.
ii. It is named as State Bank Institute of Management (SBIM).

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iii. It was launched by SBI Chairman Ms.Arundhati Bhattacharya.

Kandla Port in Gujarat renamed as Deendayal Port


The Ministry of Shipping has renamed Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect
from 25th of September 2017.
i.The Ministry of Shipping issued the required notification on the closing of the yearlong centenary
celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
ii.Kandla Port, located on the Gulf of Kutch in Gujarat, is one of the twelve major ports in
the country.

FOREIGN VISITS
Arun Jaitley visit to Japan 2017
On 4th September 2017, Mr.Arun Jaitley left to Japan for a two day visit. This is his last visit to
Japan as a defence minister as Ms.Nirmala Sitharaman has been appointed as the new defence
minister of India. The new defence minister should have gone for the visit but due to logistical
constraints Mr.Arun Jaitley went for it.
Arun Jaitleys meeting with Japanese Defence minister:

1. Mr.Arun Jaitley met Japanese Defence minister Mr.Itsunori Onodera as a part of the
India-Japan annual defence ministerial dialogue in Tokyo.
2. A range of bilateral and regional issues relating to security and defence were discussed in
the meeting.
3. During the meeting issues relating to the US-2 amphibious aircraft were also figured
out.
4. The two sides also agreed to commence technical discussions for research collaboration in
the areas of Unmanned Ground Vehicles and Robotics.
5. India plans to buy the US-2 ShinMaywa aircraft from Japan for its navy. Last year,
China had reacted angrily to reports that Japan plans to sell weapons to India at cheaper
prices, saying that such a move is disgraceful.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe visit to India 2017


On September 13,2017, Prime minister of japan Shinzo Abe came to India on a two day visit to
attend the 12th Indo-Japan annual submit meeting held at Ahmedabad. Various agreements
and MoUs were signed that would strengthen India-japan bilateral ties
Immediately after the welcome ceremony, Abe, his wife, and PM Modi set-off on an 8-km
roadshow in an open-roof jeep for the famous Sabarmati Ashram, where Mahatma Gandhi
spent a considerable time of his life.
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Modi gifted a marble statuette of Mahatma Gandhis Three Wise Monkeys to his Japanese
counterpart Shinzo Abe . The monkeys are a symbol of the proverb see no evil, hear no evil, speak
no evil, believed to have its origin in Japan.
Highlights of the visit:-
I) PM Modi and Japanese PM Abe lay foundation stone for Indias first High Speed Rail
project
On September 14,2017 Prime Minister Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jointly laid the
foundation stone for Indias first high speed bullet train project between Mumbai and
Ahmedabad.
II) 12TH Indo-Japan submit.
During this 12th Indo -japan submit 15 key agreements and MoUs were signed between India
and Japan. Two countries vowed to increase mutual cooperation in the areas of manufacturing, civil
aviation, science & technology, connectivity and skill development.
Agreements and MoUs
i. In the field of disaster risk reduction and disaster prevention.
ii. Japanese language education in India as a part of skill training .
iii. To enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in the North Eastern Region of
India
III) India, Japan sign $76 mn loan deal
On 15th September India signed a loan deal worth $76 million with Japan International
Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a project to upgrade the environment management
plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards in Gujarat.
The total cost of the project will be $111 million, out of which $76 million will be provided
as soft loan from JICA. Out of the remaining amount, $25 million as taxes and fees will be borne
by the Gujarat government and the balance $10 million will be shared by the Shipping Ministry and
the state government
IV) India-Japan open sky agreement.
On September 14,2017 India and Japan signed Open sky agreement that will allow their airlines to
operate unlimited number of flights between the two countries without any restrictions.
This agreement was signed during japan PMs Shinzo Abes visit to India, Earlier India and Japan
exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation with respect to open
sky.
Background of the pact :-
The open sky agreement was signed as a part of (NACP)National Civil Aviation Policy, 2016.
The NACP allows government to enter into open sky air services agreement on reciprocal basis
with SAARC nations as well as countries with territory located entirely beyond a 5,000
kilometre radius from New Delhi.
So far, India signed open sky agreement
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1. Greece 5. Finland
2. Jamaica 6. Spain
3. Guyana 7. Sri Lanka
4. Czech Republic 8 .US(2005) and ASEAN(2003)
V) India, Japan ink MoU set up India-Japan Act East Forum.
On September 14,2017 ,India and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to
set up India Japan Act East Forum. It is one of the 15 agreements signedduring Shinzo Abes
visit to India .
i. The forum will enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in Indias
Northeast region in an efficient and effective manner.
ii. The purpose of forum is to converge Indias Act East Policy with Japans Free and Open
Asia-Pacific strategy in the backdrop of Chinas One Belt One Road initiative.
iii. It can complement Indias connectivity initiatives in Bangladesh, Myanmar and beyond,
besides BBIN (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal) and BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-
Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Motor Vehicle Agreements.
VI) Japan and North East
Japan will extend a loan of Rs 2,239 crore to India for North East Road Network Connectivity
Improvement Project to improve the National Highway 40 (NH-40) and construct a bypass
on NH-54 in the Northeast. The project is expected to contribute to the improvement of the intra-
regional and international connectivity through regional economic development.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia


Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of
India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State
of Melaka, Malaysia on 6th of Sept. 2017.
i.The Scheme was launched by Chief Minister of Melaka Idris Haron.
ii.UJALAs impact in Malaysia will bring about clean energy, contribute to climate change
targets and save the already dwindling energy resources.

Lebanon gets first law to protect animals


Lebanese President Michel Aoun has officially signed an animal welfare and protection law.
It guarantees that domestic and wild animals will be legally protected from abuse in the country
announced on 30th Aug 2017.
i.The law passed by parliament on 16th August. It outlines requirements for keeping domestic
pets, regulations for zoos and pet shops, and penalties for violations with fines and upto
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4 years in prison.
ii.The importance of this law is that it can cover all institutions that care for and maintain animals.
iii.Now, Lebanon has a strong and comprehensive law to give animals the legal protection they
need and to punish those who abuse them.

Joint Proposal by India & China in WTO on Aggregate Measurement of Support (AMS)

Recently on 18 July 2017 India and China jointly submitted a proposal to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) calling for the elimination of farm subsidies by developed countries. In WTO
context, this trade distorting farm subsidies is calledAggregate Measurement of Support (AMS)
or Amber Box. It is a prerequisite for consideration of other reforms in domestic support
negotiations.
This is an important proposal by India and China in view of ongoing negotiations for the
upcoming 11th Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Buenos Aires in
December 2017.

Worlds biggest and powerful X-ray laser gun unveiled in Germany


The worlds largest and powerful X-ray laser- European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL)
presented in Hamburg, Germany.
i.The XEFL is series of 3.4-kilometer tunnels up to 38 meters underground near the city of
Hamburg.
ii.It took 8 years to build 1.5-billion-euro ($1.7 billion) facility.

North Koreas 6th nuke test 9.8 times powerful than 5th: S Korea
The artificial quake in North Korea thought to be its sixth nuclear test was five to six
times more powerful than the fifth nuclear test.
i.As per the Souths Yonhap news agency reported it was 9.8 times more powerful than the
tremor from Pyongyangs fifth test.
ii.Japan said the explosion was ten times the strength of Pyongyangs test last September, while
reports in South Korea said it was up to five times more powerful than the Nagasaki bomb in 1945.

Tajikistan bans women from wearing veils


The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and Tajikistan
government has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to stick to traditional
national clothes and culture.
i.The new legislation does not introduce a penalty for breaking the rule, but some have claimed
that fines could be introduced at a later date.
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government offices.

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson to return home after 288 days in space
According to the US space agency NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is set to depart the
International Space Station (ISS) and return to Earth after completing a 288-day long
mission.
i.Whitson is completing a 288-day mission that began in November 2016, spanning 122.2
million miles and 4,623 orbits of Earth her third long-duration stay on the outpost.
ii.Whitson set multiple other records while in orbit such as:
(a) Worlds oldest spacewoman, at age 57, and most experienced female spacewalker.
(b) She also became the first woman to command the space station twice following her
launch last November.

Five banks of Brics nations sign pact for credit lines


On September 2,2017, five banks of the BRICS Bank Cooperation Mechanism have agreed to
establish credit lines in the national currencies and cooperate on credit ratings.
i.The agreement was signed ahead of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)
summit in Chinas Xiamen city on September 3rd in which leaders of the five countries, including
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part.
ii.Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), Vnesheconombank, Export-Import Bank of
India, China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)have signed
an agreement to establish credit lines in the national currencies, as well as a memorandum of
cooperation on credit ratings, Russian news agency TASS reported.
iii.The New Development Bank (NDB) of the five nations has approved $1.4 billion loans for
sustainable development projects in China, India and Russia.

Nepal signs UN development assistance plan


Nepal has signed UN assistance package for a USD 635 million for 2018-2022. The UNDAF
lays out the development strategy for the UN Country Team for the next five years.
i.The package will involve 26 individual UN agencies, spans interventions and it also aimed
at assisting in four broad areas:
(a) Inclusive economic growth
(b) Social development

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(c) Resilience, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction


(d) Governance, rule of law and human rights
ii.The National Planning Commission, apex advisory body of the Government of Nepal, and the
United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Nepal signed the United Nations Development Assistance
Framework (UNDAF) on 2nd of Sept 2017.
iii.The strong alignment of the UNDAF with the national plans, international conventions, and the
Constitution of Nepal help in supporting the Government of Nepals efforts in ensuring that no one
is left behind as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Seychelles ratifies international solar alliance framework pact


Seychelles ratifies the ISA Framework Agreement and became the ninth member of ISA
framework agreement announced on 3rd sep 2017.
i.The ISA will need the ratification of just six more countries to become a recognized inter-
governmental body.
ii.The ISA aims to get at least six more countries on board before October-end.

Nepal enacts law that end practice of banishing women for menstruating
Nepals government has enacted a new law which aimed at stopping the practice of forcing a
woman who is menstruating, or has just given birth, to sleep outside their home, in a hut or shed.
According to the law, any family member who forces a woman to practice chaupadi the
Nepali term used for menstrual isolation can be punished with a jail sentence of 3
months or a fine of 3,000 rupees (about $30).

Nepal Parliament endorses laws barring criminals, corrupt from contesting polls
Nepals Parliament has endorsed an electoral law for upcoming elections to the federal and
provincial council which bars people involved in corruption and criminal offences to stand as
candidates.The bill was endorsed by holding three rounds of meetings.

Cuba begins 5-month political transition


On 5th September 2017, Cuba began a five-month political transition expected to end with
Raul Castros departure from the Presidency, due to his familys dominance in the countrys
political system for nearly sixty years.
1. Over the rest of this month, Cubans will meet in small groups to nominate municipal
representatives. Cuban officials say that 12,515 block-level districts will nominate
candidates for city council elections on 22nd October, 2017.
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organisations will pick all the candidates for elections to provincial assemblies
and Cubas national assembly.

India refuses to sign Bali Declaration over Rohingya issue


According to the reports, an Indian parliamentary delegation, led by Speaker Lok Sabha
Sumitra Mahajan,refused to be a part of the Bali Declaration adopted at the World
Parliamentary Forum on Sustainable Development held at Nusa Dua in Indonesia.
i.India has refused to be a part of the Bali Declaration to show of solidarity with Myanmar.
ii.This was in view of the fact that the declaration, which was to be adopted at the conclusion of the
Forum, was not in line with the agreed global principles of sustainable development.

Pakistans Habib Bank kicked out of US over terror financing charge


The Department of Financial Services has fined USD 225 million to Pakistans Habib Bank
and its New York branch announced on 8th Sept. 2017.
i.The bank has failed to comply with laws and regulations designed to combat money
laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit financial transactions.
ii.Habib Bank, Pakistans largest private lender, has been ordered by the US banking regulators to
shut down its New York office after nearly 40 years of operation.

Engineless glider Perlan 2 soars at 52,000 ft sets new world record


The Airbus Perlan 2 aircraft has set a new altitude world record for a glider, climbing to
52,172 feet on 3rdSept. in El Calafate, Argentina.
i.The Perlan 2 is a composite-intensive, engineless glider designed to fly at the edge of
space using stratospheric mountain waves.
ii.The aircraft soared to an incredible 52,000 feet over the Patagonia region of Argentina, without
the support of an engine.

Jordan launches project to grow crops from seawater


On 8th September 2017, Jordan launched a project to grow crops from seawater, in Aqaba,
port city of Jordan.
1. Jordans King Mr.Abdullah II and Norways Crown Prince Mr.Haakon inaugurated the
project.
2. They have contributed a major amount of $3.7 million to the project.

Asian Development Bank to provide $152 million to Nepal to enhance power transmission
On 10th September 2017, Asian Development Bank announced that it would provide $152 million
loan to Nepal, to enhance power transmission, in Kathmandu.
i. The loan agreement was signed between Nepals Finance Secretary Mr.Shanta Raj Subedi and
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Officer-in-charge of the ADBs Nepal Resident Mission Mr.Sharad Bhandari, in Kathmandu.


ii. The loan amount would be utilized to implement the Power Transmission and Distribution
Efficiency Enhancement Project (PTDEEP).

Second Indian Workers Resource centre inaugurated in UAE


On 10th September ,2017 , Indian Ambassador in UAE Navdeep Singh Suri inaugurated its
second Indian Workers Resource Centre (IWRC) in Sharjah ,UAE to provide support and
counselling to Indians particularly blue collar workers in distress on legal, personal and financial
matters, free of cost.
70 per cent of Indians in UAE are blue collared workers, who are at times faced with issues
involving salaries, fake employment visas or job offers or even matters pertaining to registration of
marriages etc.

Pakistan PM inaugurates China-backed fifth nuclear power plant


On September 8,2017 Pakistans Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the
China-backed 340 MegaWatt (MW) nuclear power plant in its Punjab province. The fifth nuclear C-4
plant is located at Chashma in Mianwali district of the Punjab province.
i. This nuclear power plant will address the issue of power shortage and it is also a source of cheap
energy. Abbasi already promised that there would be no power shortage after November.
ii. Chashma already has three nuclear power plants known as C-1, C-2 and C-3 which are
contributing to the national grid along with a similar plant in Karachi.

Adopt tailored solutions to eliminate TB by 2030: WHO


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given the message to the South East Asian
countries toassimilate their national plans and mobilise and utilise resources efficiently to
reach the Tuberculosis elimination target of 2030.
i.The five-day 70th Regional Committee Session of WHO South East Asia Region
concluded in Male on 10thof Sept. 2017.
ii.The WHO South East Asia Region includes India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, Indonesia,
Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste.

Hurricane Irma Worlds longest storm to bear 185 mph winds in 30 years
Hurricane Irma has become the first storm in the world to sustain winds of 185 miles per
hour for more than 24 hours. Its the longest storm to sustain this speed since the 1970s.
i.The hurricane, which has already devastated several islands in the Caribbean, is headed
toward south Florida, where the National Hurricane Center has issued evacuation orders.
ii.It has thrashed several smaller islands with tree-snapping winds, drenching rains and pounding

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surf on a collision course with Florida.

UN imposes tough sanctions on North Korea


On 12th September 2017, The UN Security Council imposed strong sanctions on North Korea, to ban
its textile exports and reduce fuel provided to it, in Washington.
1. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to declare sanctions on North Korea
to ban its textile exports and reduce 30 % of oil supplied to it.
2. This sanction was declared as a result of North Koreas sixth and largest nuclear test on
September 2017.
3. UN member states are now ordered to block imports of textiles from North Korea.
4. Fuel supply to North Korea has been reduced by 2 million barrels a year.
5. The only way for North Korea to escape from this political isolation is to stop destructive
nuclear testing.

2017 Global least and most stressful cities: Stuttgart, Germany at the top, Bangalore
130th
On 13th September 2017, Global ranking for the least and most stressful cities of the world was
released, by a firm called Zipjet, in London. Stuttgart,Germany is at the top ,Bangalore
130th and, New Delhi 142nd.
i.Global ranking for stressful cities and stress-free cities 2017:
ii.The ranking was done based on the following factors:
Density, Green Spaces, Public Transport, Traffic, Perception of Security, Sunshine Hours,Air
Pollution ,Noise Pollution, Light Pollution, Unemployment ,Debt per Capita ,Social Security ,
ii.Family Purchase Power ,Mental Health ,Physical Health ,Gender Equality ,Race Equality.
Top 5 most stress-free cities in the world are as follows:
1.Stuttgart, Germany 2.Luxembourg 3.Hanover, Germany 4.Bern, Switzerland 5.Munich, Germany
iii.Stuttgarts lush greenery helped it move to the top of the list. It has a strong economy too. It is
home for worlds great companies like Porsche, Bosch and Mercedes-Benz.
iv.People of Singapore and Taipei have a very satisfactory public transport system.
v.Abu Dhabi is considered to be worlds safest place by its citizens.
vi.Indian cities, Bangalore in the 130th position and Delhi in the 142nd position managed to
get a place at the bottom of the list.
vii.Delhi ranks number 8 in the most stressful cities list.
Top 5 worlds most stressful cities are as follows:
1.Baghdad, Iraq 2.Kabul, Afghanistan 3.Lagos, Nigeria 4.Dakar, Senegal 5.Cairo, Egypt

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China displays its first unmanned attack helicopter


On 15th September 2017, China displayed its first unmanned combat helicopter AV500W for
foreign buyers in the northeastern Tianjin city, China.
Chinas first unmanned helicopter:
i. Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), state-owned aircraft manufacturer, displayed the military
observation cum combat helicopter at the fourth China Helicopter Expo, in China.
ii. This has been done in a move to enlarge its market of military drones abroad.

German Nationality Ranked Highest in the World


According to the Henley & Partners Kochenov Quality of Nationality Index (QNI)
Germanys quality of nationality is ranked first in the world. It was launched in London on
13th of Sept. 2017.
i.Germany scored 82.7% out of a possible 100% on the index while Afghanistan sitting at the
bottom of the index with a score of 14.6%.
ii.India was ranked 101 among 159 countries.
iii.The index takes into account various factors including the countrys economic growth and level of
human development.
iv.Behind Germany are France and Denmark who secured second place on the index with a
score of 82.4%.
v.Iceland ranks third overall at 81.3% and the US ranked only 29th on the QNI with a score of
68.8%.

Russia, Iraq restore air travel after 13-years


Russia and Iraq restored scheduled commercial airline services on 17th of Sept. for the first time
since 2004.
i.According to the Russias civil aviation authority the first commercial flight arrives on 17th of
sept.
ii.As per the the Russian airports online departure and arrival timetables an Iraqi Airways plane left
Baghdad at10.31 am (0731 GMT) and was expected to arrive at Moscows Vnukovo airport at 2.19
pm (1119 GMT).

Japan releases postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts


On 17th September 2017, Japanese postal department released postage stamps on Yoga Expert
Mr.Bishnu Charan Ghosh and his family members, in Kolkata.

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Postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts:


i. Japan has released postage stamps on Indian Yoga experts Mr.Bishnu Charan Ghosh,
his son Mr.Biswanath Ghosh, daughter Ms.Karuna Ghosh and Karunas father in law
Mr.Asutosh Ghosh.
ii. This is to honour their contribution in spreading awareness about Yoga.

China issues stamp commemorating worlds largest radio telescope


China has issued a commemorative stamp in honour of the worlds largest radio telescope
located in Guizhou province on 18th of Sept. 2017.
i.According to the Xinhua news agency the State Post Bureau (SPB) has issued a set of five
stamps.
ii.It includes one commemorating the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio
Telescope priced at 1.2 yuan.
iii.The other four stamps include:

India Japan US Trilateral Foreign Ministerial Meeting held in New York


The Foreign Ministerial meeting among India Foreign Minister, US Secretary of State Tillerson
and Japanese FM Kono held in New York.
i.The Ministers emphasized the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for
international law and peaceful resolution of disputes.

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on WhatsApp, Skype & other internet calling apps
On 20th September 2017, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on internet calling applications like WhatsApp,
Skype etc.
Lift of ban on internet calling apps:
i. The lift of ban on internet calling apps have been done in a move to lower online
restrictions. Since, Saudi Arabia has been criticised heavily over censorship.
ii. The Government has said that access to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) would reduce
operational costs.

Russia unveils monument to designer of iconic AK-47 rifle


On September 19 2017, Russia unveiled a statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, inventor of the AK-47
assault rifle that became the most lethal weapon ever made and the best known Russian brand
abroad.
i.This weapon is Russias defense. Its one of Russias symbols. Perched atop a pedestal in a tiny
square on Moscows busy Garden Ring thoroughfare, the statue of Kalashnikov, who died in 2013,
has him dressed in a bomber jacket and clutching an AK-47 in both hands.

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ii.The AK-47, the small-arms mainstay of Russias armed forces for over 60 years, is also featured
on the national emblems of several African nations and on that of East Timor.

World running out of antibiotics: WHO in its Antibacterial agents in clinical


development Report
On 20th September 2017, a report released by World Health Organization (WHO) states that the
world is in lack of new antibiotics.
i. A report named Antibacterial agents in clinical development an analysis of the
antibacterial clinical development pipeline, including tuberculosis was released on 20th
September 2017, by the WHO.
ii. The report stated that out of the 51 antibiotic drugs that are in developing stage, only
8 can be considered as totally new drugs

Dr.Sekhar Basu attended 61st IAEA General Conference in Vienna, Austria


Dr.Sekhar Basu, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of Department of Atomic
Energy attended the 61st IAEA General Conference held in Vienna, Austria.
61st IAEA General Conference:
i.The 61st Annual IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) General Conference is
conducted from 18th 22nd September 2017 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna,
Austria.
ii.Representatives of IAEA Member States discuss various issues in the Conference.
Scientific Forums and Exhibitions are also conducted.
India Collaborates with Russia for nuclear power plant in Bangladesh:
i.On 20th September 2017, Dr.Sekhar Basu announced that India is collaborating with Russia to
build the Roppur power plant in Bangladesh, at the IAEA General Conference.This is the first time
India and Russia are making a joint deal for an atomic energy project in a third country.Also this
is Indias first atomic energy plant abroad.
ii.The Roppur Atomic energy project would be Bangladeshs first atomic energy project.

China launches worlds fastest bullet train running between Beijing and Shanghai
China has launched worlds fastest bullet train on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed
railway line to 350 kilometres per hour announced on 21st Sept. 2017.
i.The speed was reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after a major accident in July 2011 that killed
40 people.
ii.The train called Fuxing, or rejuvenation in Chinese, offers features such as power outlets,
USB ports, and free WiFi.

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Chinese developer Hui Ka Yan becomes Asias richest man


According to the Forbes Real-Time Billionaires List, Hui Ka Yan, the chairman of Chinese real
estate giant Evergrande Group, has become Asias richest man, with a net worth of $41.1
billion.
i.Hui Ka Yan ranks No. 15 globally.
ii.The Asias second and third richest persons are Tencent Holdings Chairman Ma Huateng ($39.1
billion), Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma ($38.9 billion) respectively.

US, EU sign deal to streamline insurance regulation


The United States and the European Union have signed an agreement for smooth
regulations on international insurance and reinsurance companies and free up capital for
investment announced on 23rd Sept. 2017.
i.The agreement with the EU is a positive sign for the United States, its insurance industry, and US
policyholders.
ii.The deal will facilitate exchange of information among supervisors, which will help boost
consumer protection.

7th ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting held in Seoul, South Korea


On 21st and 22nd September 2017, the 7th ASEM (AsiaEurope Meeting) Economic Ministers
Meeting was held in Seoul, South Korea.
7th ASEM Economic Ministers Meeting:
i. Theme for this years meeting was Innovative Partnership for Inclusive Prosperity.
ii. The meeting was conducted under the Chairmanship of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Energy of the Republic of Korea.

Saudi Arabia allows women into sports stadium for the first time
On 23rd September 2017, Saudi Arabian women were allowed to attend celebrations at a sports
stadium in Riyadh, for the first time in its history.
Women allowed in sports stadium for the first time:
i. Women were allowed to enter a sports stadium for the first time in Saudi Arabias history to
attend Saudi Arabias national day celebrations.
ii. Generally, women are not allowed to enter any of the sports arenas in Saudi Arabia as per rule.

Incredible India campaign launched in Cairo


India has launched a campaign on 24th Sept. 2017 to attract Egyptian travellers and make
them aware of alluring holiday options in the country.
i.The campaign will run on five routes in East, Middle, North, South and Giza parts of Cairo
Metropolitan area.
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iii.It was flagged off jointly by Indias Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Governor of
Cairo Governorate Eng Atef Abdel Hamid and officials from Cairo Transport Authority.

72nd session of United Nations General Assembly


On 12th to 25th September 2017, the 72nd Regular Session of UN (United Nations) General Assembly
(UNGA 72) was held at UN Headquarters, in New York.

72nd session of UN General Assembly:


i.The President of the 72nd session of the UNGA is Mr.Miroslav Lajcak.
ii.On 19th September 2017, a general debate on the theme Focusing on People: Striving
for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet was conducted.
iii.On 23rd September 2017, External Affairs Minister of India Ms.Sushma Swaraj addressed the
72nd session of United Nations General Assembly.
50 nations signed UN Nuclear Ban Treaty:
i.On 20th September 2017, 50 countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Brazil was the
first country to sign the treaty.
ii.The countries that have signed the treaty would be banned from developing, testing, producing,
manufacturing, acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
iii.More than 120 countries approved the new nuclear weapons ban treaty.Whereas, the U.S.,
Britain and France said that the ban wouldnt work and would end up disarming their nations while
the nations that did not sign the treaty would strengthen up.
Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs for International Relations in New York:
i.On 21st September 2017, BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs for International Relations held their
annual meeting.
ii.The meeting was led by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South
Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.The Ministers appreciated China for having successfully
conducted the 9th BRICS Summit from 4th 5th September 2017 in Xiamen, China.
iii.They confirmed to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

WADA suspends French anti-doping lab


The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has announced that it had provisionally suspended
the WADA accreditation of the laboratory of the National Anti-Doping Organisation of
France (AFLD) announced on 26th Sept. 2017.
i.The main reason of provisionally suspended the WADA is because of analytical issues.
ii.As per the WADA the provisional suspension came into effect on 24th of Sept. and prohibits the
Paris Laboratory from carrying out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of urine and
blood.

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Russia completes Chemical Weapons Destruction


On 27th September 2017, Russia completely destroyed its chemical military weapons, in the
southwest of Russia.
i. Mikhail Babich, Chairman of the State Commission on Chemical Disarmament, stated that the
chemical weapons elimination process was completed.
ii. Experts said that all those chemical weapons could destroy all life on earth several
times.

India launches Access India Programme (AIP) to attract UK investments


On 27th September 2017, India launched the Access India Programme (AIP) to attract investments
from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, in London.
i. Access India Programme (AIP) was launched by the Indian High Commission in the UK along with
knowledge partner UK India Business Council (UKIBC), at India House in London.
ii. This will work as a market entry support system for smaller companies with a potential
to expand into the Indian market.

Palestine joins Interpol as full member


The International Police Organization or Interpol, as it is commonly known,
has decided to accept the state of Palestine as a new member announced on 86th Interpol
General Assembly in Beijing on 27th of Sept. 2017.
i.Some 75 countries voted in favor, with 24 voting against and 34 abstaining. The State of
Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now INTERPOL member countries.
ii.Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah praised the decision as a victory for the Palestinian
people.

China operationalises its first radar-evading stealth fighter J-20


On 28th September 2017, China announced the commissioning of its first radar-evading J-20
stealth fighter jets into military service, in Beijing.
Stealth fighter J-20:
i. The Chengdu J-20 is Chinas fourth-generation medium and long-range fighter jet.
ii. It is a twin-engine, single seat stealth fighter.

Team India wins Enactus World Cup 2017


On 29th September 2017, Team India won the Enactus World Cup 2017, in London.

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i. Enactus is an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspire students to take


entrepreneurial action to improve the lives of others.
ii. The Enactus World Cup showcases, the best social innovation projects created by college teams
from 36 countries.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES


9th BRICS summit @ Xiamen, China
The ninth BRCIS Summit is held from 3-5 September, 2017 in Xiamen, China. The
participating countries are the five member nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South
Africa. The summit is hosted by China for the second time after the 2011 Summit.
Logo and Theme of 2017 BRICS Summit:

1. The theme of the 2017 BRICS Summit isBRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter
Future.
2. Thelogoof the 2017 BRICS Summit resembles both full sails and a rotating earth,
painted in 5 colors representing the 5 BRICS countries. The symbolism is two-fold: BRICS
countries breaking the waves in the same boat towards a brighter future; and BRICS
playing an important role in the global political and economic affairs. The Logo brings out
the theme of the Summit BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future, and brims
with the distinct marine culture of the host city Xiamen.
At the bottom are the English words BRICS 2017 CHINA and a red seal reading China,
highlighting Chinas BRICS Chairmanship for 2017. The seal is engraved in Big Seal Script or
Dazhuan, an ancient Chinese calligraphic style, giving the logo a specific touch of the traditional
Chinese culture.
China announced $80 million funding plan for BRICS:
On 4thSeptember, 2017 Chinese President Xi JinPing announced that China will give 500 million
yuan ($76.4 million) for BRICS economic and technology cooperation plan, and another $4 million
for projects at the BRICS countries New Development Bank.
Implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; Building Broader Partnerships for
Development PM Modi:
On 5th September 2017, Indian Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi suggested the following ten
BRICS leaders sign four agreements on mutual cooperation:
On 4th September 2017, leaders of the BRICS countries signed four agreements on mutual
cooperation. They are as follows:
1. BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation
2. BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Co-operation (2017-2020)
3. Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation
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4. Memorandum of Understanding between the BRICS Business Council and the New
Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation

International Hindu Conference held in Nepal


The three-day International Hindu Conference began on 31st Aug 2017. Its aim is to
reinstitute Kathmandu as the global capital of Hinduism.
i.The theme of the conference is Emerging spiritualism: Renaissance of Hinduism.
ii.Hindu scholars, religious leaders, Hindu activists and officials from different countries including
India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the US and the UK are attending the conference.
iii.The aim of the conference is to make Kathmandu the global capital of Hinduism.

Sushma Swaraj attended Indian Ocean Conference held in Colombo


On august 31,2017 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj travelled to Colombo to participate in
the two-day Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo, Srilanka
Theme of the conference is peace, progress and prosperity. It will see participation from
around 35 countries including USA, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Germany, Kenya, South
Korea and Afghanistan.
Issues discussed:
Sri Lanka is expected to discuss strategies of combating drug smuggling and the
conference will give a broad view on peace, progress and prosperity.

Ms.Sushma Swaraj attended Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia


On 5th September 2017, External Affairs Minister Ms.Sushma Swaraj arrived at Vladivostok, in
Russia on a three day visit till 8th September, 2017.
Eastern Economic Forum:
i. The Eastern Economic Forum is considered as the biggest international communication platform
for co operation between businesses leaders and senior government representatives from
Russia, the Pacific Region and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
ii. Ms.Sushma Swaraj visited Russia at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential
Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Mr.Yury Trutnev.

Anupriya Patel inaugurates 10th Medical Technology Conference in New Delhi


Anupriya Patel was inaugurating the 10th Medical Technology Conference organized by
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi on 7th of Sept. 2017.
i.The Government is committed to support the industry which help in providing affordable
healthcare to masses and also help India to become a major manufacturing hub.
ii.The Commerce Ministry is also supporting the Health Ministry is setting up medical devices
manufacturing units.
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iii.In the medical technology manufacturing sector 100% FDI is allowed and the new
medical devices parks anticipated in States like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu etc would augment the
production.

Fifth EAS Economic Ministers Meeting held in Philippines


On 9th September 2017, 5th East Asia Summit Economic Ministers Meeting was held in Pasay City,
Philippines.
Highlights of the Fifth EAS Economic Ministers Meeting:
1. Chairperson:Mr.Ramon M. Lopez, Secretary of Trade and Industry of Philippines
2. Participants:Economic Ministers from all ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
Member States (AMS), Australia, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand,
the Russian Federation and the United States
3. Members of ASEAN were congratulated on the 50th Founding Anniversary of ASEAN, by
other EAS ministers.

First National Canine Seminar organised by NSG in Haryana


The first National Canine Seminar organized by National Security Guard (NSG) in NSG
Campus, Manesar (Gurugram), Haryana on 7th of Sept. 2017.
i.The NSG, popularly known as The Black Cats of the country is organizing this two-day seminar.
ii.The theme of the two days National Canine Seminar is Canine as Tactical Weapon in Fight
against Terrorism.
iii.Its main objective is to discuss and deliberate on the techniques of dog training and
strategies of deploying the dogs in Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency scenario..

Kochi to host summit on coastal shipping and waterways


Kochi will host the 5th edition of the Coastal Shipping and Inland Water Transportation
Business Summit 2017 on 22nd of September at Hotel Crowne Plaza announced on 10th of
Sept. 2017.
i.Kerala Governor P Sathasivam will present the India Seatrade Award for Excellence in
Coastal Shipping & Inland Water Transportation.
ii.The summit will be an initiative to explore the potential of coastal shipping and waterways.

World Congress of Optometry begins in Hyderabad


On September 11,2017, the second World Congress of Optometry began in Hyderabad. It
was inaugurated by State Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy.It was organised in partnership
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theme of the conference is Accessible, quality vision and eye health


About the congress:
1. The aim of the congress is to give unique opportunity for anyone in the eye health sector
including community and hospital practitioners, researchers, academics and students.
2. In Hyderabad congress theyll discuss the latest research in optometry. While cataract
remains the leading cause of blindness in developing countries, refractive errors
are leading to preventable blindness. The talks will focus on the future of Optometry,
upgrading Optometrists skills, as well as developing clinical and professional knowledge
and skills.
3. The congress is in line with WHOs Universal eye health: A global action plan 2014-
2019 which aims to reduce the avoidable visual impairment by 25 per cent by
2019.

Commerce & Industry Ministry organised State Startup Conference in New Delhi
On 12th September 2017, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized the
2nd States Startup Conference at Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
State Startup Conference:
1. Participants:Venture Capitalists (VCs), Incubators, Accelerators, Banks, etc. and over
100 Startups from all over India.
2. Issues regarding incubation facilities in India, role of State Government in
arranging funds and making regulations easier for Startups were discussed.

Kiren Rijiju inaugurates first National Conference on Uniformed Women in Prison


Administration in NewDelhi
On September 14,2017, The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the
Conference. Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson, National Commission for Women
(NCW) addressed the Valedictory Session. She insisted on improving the prison
infrastructure and 50% reservation for women in recruitment in prison and correctional
services.
Details discussed in the conference:-
1. Bangkok Rules and Role of Woman Prison Officers( The United Nations Rules for the
Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders are
called Bangkok rules)
2. Role of Woman Prison Officers in Rehabilitation of Prisoners.
3. Gender Neutrality among Prison Officers -A Womans Perspective
4. Prisoners with Special Needs (Juvenile, Transgender and Senior Citizen):

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Two-Day Regional Conference on Good Governance and Replication of Best Practices


begins in Goa
On September 14th, 2017 the two-day Regional Conference on Good Governance and
Replication of Best Practices began in Goa. It was organised Department of Administrative
Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances &
Pensions, Government of India. It was presided over by dignitaries from 25 states and UTs .

The two-day Conference is an effort to create a common platform to share experiences in the
formulation and implementation of citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery
through e-Governance, transparent, accountable and citizen friendly effective administration.
i. Good governance is an aid to ensure speedy delivery of services to the people. So
bureaucracy must change its mindset for effective good governance.
ii. To encourage the works of bureaucrats civil service day is celebrated that gives recognition to
best bureaucrats in the country .

Third meeting of IndiaKuwait Joint Ministerial Commission for Trade, Economic,


Scientific and Technological Cooperation held in Kuwait
From 18th September to 20th September 2017, the Third Meeting of IndiaKuwait Joint Ministerial
Commission for Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, would be held in
Kuwait.
i. Mr.M.J.Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs would lead an Indian delegation for the
Meeting in Kuwait.
ii. This is his first official visit to Kuwait.

First National Conference on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition held in New Delhi
On 19th September 2017, the First National Conference on Mission Mode to address Under-
Nutrition was held in New Delhi.
National Conference on Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition:
i. The conference was inaugurated by the Minster of Women & Child Development,
Ms.Maneka Gandhi.
ii. The focus of the conference was Mission Malnutrition Free India-2022.

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RANKINGS & REPORTS


CSIR ranked 9th Public Research Institution of the World
On august 31,2017 Indias largest autonomous public research and development
organisation Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been ranked ninth best
government organisation in the world. The institute has been ranked ninth amongst a total of
1,207 government institutions, according to the Scimago Institutions ranking World Report
2017.
The ranking is based on many indicators such research performance, innovation outputs and
societal impact measured by their web visibility, so as to reflect scientific, economic and social
characteristics of institutions.
Ranking list:
1)Chinese Academy of Sciences. 9)CSIR, India.
In overall global ranking, CSIR stands at 75th position amongst 5250 institutions world-wide. It is
the only Indian organisation which has found place amongst the Top 100 Global Institutions.

India is the most corrupt country in Asia


On September 2 ,2017, Forbes an American bi-weeklybusiness magazine published a report
stating that India remains the most corrupt country in the Asia Pacific region. The report was based
on a study by Transparency International.
Transparency International, a Berlin based NGO working against corruption, spoke to
nearly 22,000 people across 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific to understand the levels of corruption
in the region. While India remains the most corrupt country in this region, with 69 per cent bribery
rates, Japan came out as the least corrupt nation, with a 0.2 per cent bribery rate, the report said.
Highlights :
1.India: 69% bribery rate
In five of the six public servicesschools, hospitals, ID documents, police, and utility
servicesmore than half the respondents have had to pay a bribe.The report also showed how
poor sections of the society are more affected by the menace of corruption.The study showed that
people in India are speaking up against corruption now, as according to the report, 63 per cent
Indians felt most empowered to fight against corruption.
2.Vietnam: 65% bribery rate.
Vietnamese view corruption as endemic. Of all 16 countries surveyed, people in Vietnam (and
Malaysia) were the most negative about the situation in their country. About 60% felt their
government is doing a poor job of combatting corruption.

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India ranked 103 on Global Human Capital Index 2017, Norway on top by WEF
India has been ranked 103 on Global Human Capital Index 2017 released by World Economic
Forum (WEF). India has scored the least among the BRICS countries.
Global Human Capital Index
i.The Global Human Capital Index is prepared by WEF (World Economic Forum) for 130 countries
based on the knowledge and skills people possess that would find value in the global economic
system.
ii.The rankings are based on four criteria capacity, deployment, development, and know-how.
iii.The rankings are classified under five age groups namely 0-14 years, 15-24 years, 25-54
years, 55-64 years, and 65 years and above.
vi.In the overall ranking, India is in rank 103, which is the least among BRICS countries.
v.Ranks obtained by India in the four categories are as follows:
Capacity 101, Deployment 118, Development 65 and Know how 79
The worst part is that, India has bagged the last rank in the world, in employment gender
gap.

London retains top in 2017 Global Financial Centres Index;Mumbai ranked at 60th
position
On 11th September 2017, Global Financial Centres Index 2017 was released, in which London has
retained its 1 rank despite major issues regarding Brexit. Mumbai has managed to get 60th rank
in the list.
Global Financial Centres Index 2017:
The Global Financial Centres Index is compiled by China Development Institute (CDI) in Shenzhen
and Z/Yen Partners in London.London is followed by New York in the second position and
Hong Kong in the third.

HDFC Bank retains its No. 1 position in BrandZ India Top 50 for the fourth time
HDFC Bank has retained its No.1 position in the BrandZ India Top 50 report of the year 2017.
i.According to the reports, the bank is stated to have doubled its brand value from $9.4 billion to
$18 billion since 2014.
ii.The report stated that Airtel, State Bank of India, Asian Paints, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank,
Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Auto, Hero MotoCorp and Axis Bank comprise the rest of the top 10 brands
report.
iii.The 2017 Best Countries Report states that India stands out for its history, cultural influence,
distinction and reputation for entrepreneurship.
iv.The valuation behind the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands was conducted by
Kantar Millward Brown which specialized in brand equity research and brand valuation.

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Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings 2017: IOC 7th, ONGC 11th, RIL 3rd
largest energy firm
On 25th September 2017, Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings was released, with
RIL,ONGC and IOC in the top rankings.
Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings:
i.The Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings is published by S&P Global Platts
annually.The companies are ranked based on financial performance depending on four important
factors namely asset worth, revenues, profits, and return on invested capital.
1strank was secured by Russian gas firm Gazrpom.
2ndrank was bagged by German utility E.ON.
3rdrank was obtained by Indian energy producer, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL).
RIL has the worlds biggest refinery complex.
4thposition was occupied by South Koreas, Korea Electric Power.
5thrank is held by China Petroleum & Chemical.
ii.Other Indian firms in the top of the list are Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) in 7th position and Oil
and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in 11th position..

Patanjalis Acharya Balkrishna among Top 10 Richest Indians


Acharya Balkrishna, the associate of Baba Ramdev-run FMCG company
Patanjali and Radhakishan Damani of D-Mart are among the top 10 rich people in the
country.
i.Balkrishna has ranked eighth in the Hurun India rich list 2017. His position rose to 8th
position from 25th last year after seeing his wealth grow by 173%.
ii.He is now worth Rs 70,000 Cr. Patanjali, with a turnover of INR 10,561 crore in 2016-2017
has been a close competition to major international brands.
iii.Business Tycoon, Mukesh Ambani, with net worth of INR 257,900 crore is ranked first in the
list for the sixth consecutive year.

WEF released Global Competitiveness Report 2017 Switzerland at 1st, India at 40th
position
On 27th September 2017, World Economic Forum (WEF) released the Global Competitiveness
Report, in Switzerland.
Global Competitiveness Report:
The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) is prepared on the basis of country-level data under 12
categories of competitiveness.
137 countries were ranked in the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).
1.Switzerland occupies the 1st position in the list.
2.US occupies the 2nd position and Singapore the 3rd.
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3.India has bagged the 40th rank.India was in the 39th position in 2016.

India jumps to 14th rank as best country for expats: HSBC


As per HSBC survey India jumps the global rankings by 12 places to take the 14th spot in
terms of best country for expats to live and work in announced on 28th Sept. 2017.
i.The list is topped by Singapore, is part of HSBCs latest expat explorer survey.
ii.It covered 27,587 expats from 159 countries and territories in March and April 2017.
iii.At the same time, the country has emerged among the top 10 countries among expats for
professional development.

Bengaluru ranked worlds most affordable tech hub, Gurugram bags 2nd spot
According to a study conducted by a realty consultancy firm Bengaluru is the worlds most
affordable technology hub on 30th Sept. 2017.
i.Among the top 29 global technology hubs covered by the
study, Bengaluru emerged the cheapest in office rentals. Gurugram, another Indian city,
comes second.
ii.Bengaluru is the most affordable technology district, with a rent of $9.65 (Rs 632) per sq feet.
iii.Whereas, with a rent of $20.40 (Rs 1,335) per sq feet, Gurugram is the only other Indian tech
hub featured on the list.

BANKING & FINANCE

99% of demonetized notes back in system: RBI report


As per the data released by the RBI, old notes worth Rs 15.44 lakh crore were there in the
market out of which 15.28 lakh crore have been received by the bank.
i.It means all but 1.4% of the old Rs 1,000 notes have come back into the banking system.
ii.As per the RBI report about 89 million units of the demonetised Rs 1,000 notes, worth Rs
8,900 crore, had not come back into the system.
iii.RBI said there were as many 588.2 crore of Rs 500 notes, both old and new in circulation as of
March 31, 2017.

First project of BRICS development bank starts operation


On September 2,2017, the first project funded by The New Development Bank, set up by
India and other members of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies, has started operation
in Shanghai. The $76 million loan with a maturity length of 17 years was granted to Shanghai
Lingang Distributed Solar Power Project, under an agreement signed in December 2016.

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DBS becomes second bank to get in-principle nod to operate as wholly-owned unit
On September 4,2017, Singapore based bank DBS has got final approval to operate as a wholly-
owned subsidiary (WOS) in India.Diesel
DBS was the first foreign lender to apply for the new operating WOS model two years ago and
its approval was delayed due to lack of precedent. The application has been pending with the
finance ministry. Now as the problems got sorted out DBS is the second bank after State Bank
of Mauritius to receive the nod for its operation in India .

RBI lists HDFC Bank as D-SIB or too big to fail


RBI has included HDFC Bank in the list of too big to fail lenders, referred to as D-SIB or
domestic systemically important bank announced on 4th of Sept. 2017.
i.Indias largest lender SBI and private sector major ICICI Bank was classified as D-SIBs in 2015.
ii.SIBs are subjected to higher levels of supervision so as to prevent disruption in financial services
in the event of any failure.
iii.There are two types of SIBs: Global SIBs, identified by BASEL committee on banking
supervision and Domestic SIBs; identified by RBI.

SBI Launches SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA) Chatbot For Customer Care
i.State Bank of India (SBI) is the latest to get smitten by the Artificial Intelligence and Automation.
They have launched their first ever chatbot called SBI Intelligent Assistant or SIA, which would
be powered by AI, and designed to assist customers.
ii.After ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank adopted automation in banking, SBIs move towards AI is seen
as a major leap for Indian banking.

Banks without Aadhaar enrolment centres face Rs.20,000 fine from October
On 5th September 2017, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Mr.Ajay
Bhushan Pandey said that the UIDAI has given banks one more month to open Aadhaar
enrolment centres in a stipulated 10 per cent of branches and will impose Rs.20,000 as fine per
uncovered branch after 30th September 2017.

IIM-Lucknow, Yes Bank tie up for climate Awareness


Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) and Yes Bank has tied up with the purpose
of spreading climatic awareness announced on 5th of Sept. 2017.

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i.The main aim of the collaboration will be to enhance the Climate Literacy amongst
people.
ii.IIM Lucknow also aims to achieve sustainable development with the cooperation of Yes Bank.

PNB, BSNL join hands for mobile wallet Speedpay rollout


Punjab National Bank and BSNL has joined hands to roll out open mobile wallet Speedpay
across 10 states in the country announced on 8th Sept. 2017.
i.PNBs Speedway wallet will operate like any other mobile wallet for paying bills, recharging
phone. Its users will be able to deposit and withdraw money from authorized retail outlets.
ii.Under the agreement, BSNL will expand Speedpay services in Punjab, Chandigarh (UT), Haryana,
Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand and
Uttarakhand.

PACL, 4 directors fined Rs 2423 crore, highest ever Sebi penalty on a defaulter
Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) had imposed Rs 2,423 crore fine on PACL
Ltd and its four directors for illegal fund mobilisation through various schemes.
i.PACL group, which had collected money in the name of real estate projects among other schemes,
was asked by SEBI nearly three years ago to refund Rs. 49,100 crore to the investors.
ii.According to the SEBI Rs 49,100 crore was mobilised by PACL over 15 years through
unregistered collective investment schemes in violation of the Securities and Exchange
Board of India Act, 1992, and SEBI (Collective Investment Schemes) Regulations, 1992.

Exide Life Insurance partners with PMC Bank to offer protection, savings products
Exide Life Insurance has announced a partnership with Punjab & Maharashtra Co-
operative Bank (PMC Bank) to offer its protection and savings products to the existing
customers.
i.Exide Life Insurance works with around 50 banks.
ii.PMC Bank is a multi-State scheduled urban co-operative bank with 127 branches spread across
Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

ICICI Lombard, SBI life Insurance gets SEBI approval for IPO
ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company and SBI Life Insurance gets SEBI approval for Initial
Public Offering.
i.SBI Life Insurance has received approval from the Securities and Exchange Board of India
for an IPO of up to Rs 8,400 crore ($1.3 billion), with launch targeted for the September 20-22
period.

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ii.The IPO will involve 120 million secondary shares, or 12% of the insurers equity capital.

IRDAI allows one-time password for opening online insurance account


On 10th September 2017, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) announced
usage of OTP (One Time Password) for opening e-Insurance Account (eIA) as an
alternative to electronic signature, in New Delhi.
i.IRDAI said that in order to facilitate the opening of e-Insurance Account (eIA) through online or
electronic means, the authority has permitted validation by One Time Password (OTP).
ii. Now, e-signature of the e- insurance account (eIA) holder on the application form for opening
the account is considered as a valid authentication.

Bharat Financial Inclusion signs pact with IndusInd Bank to explore merger
On 11th September 2017, the board of directors of IndusInd Bank signed an agreement with Bharat
Financial Inclusion to analyse a potential merger between the two companies.
About the agreement:
1. IndusInd Bank and Bharat Financial Inclusion have signed an exclusive agreement.
2. The agreement is about discussion of merger between both the companies.
3. The agreement states that the information of the discussion would be confidential and
terms conditions would be finalized for the proposed merger.

RBI to introduce Rs 100 Coin to mark MG Ramachandran birth centenary


RBI will introduce Rs 100 coins to mark the birth centenary of MG Ramachandran. He was
the AIADMK founder and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
i.The Rs 100 coin will be 44 millimeter in diameter, with a metal composition of silver (50%),
copper (40%), nickel (5%) and zinc (5%).
ii.The standard weight of Rs 100 coin will be 35 grams while that of Rs 5 coin will be 6
grams.
iii.The obverse of the Rs 100 coin will bear Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre, with
the legend Satyamev Jayate inscribed below in Devnagari.

Paytm Payments Bank partners with NPCI for RuPay digital card
Paytm Payments Bank (PPB) has partnered with the National Payments Corporation of
India (NPCI) tolaunch a RuPay-powered digital debit card announced on 12th of Sept. 2017.
i.Through the PPB Digital debit card customers will now be able to transact at all merchants
who accept credit and debit cards.
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the case of death or permanent total disability.

Indias GDP growth for Fiscal Year 2018 is likely at 7.1%: Nomura
On 13th September 2017, a report by Japanese financial services company Nomurasaid that
Indias GDP growth is expected to be around 7.1 % this fiscal year (2017 2018).
i. India is predicted to have a 7.1 % GDP growth this fiscal year (2017 2018) and that would be
followed by a pickup in industrial production.
ii. This has been predicted since firms would start restocking after GST (Goods & Services Tax) and
festive season is also ahead.

Indias GDP growth likely to slip below 7 % this fiscal year: DBS
On 15th September 2017, a report by DBS, a multinational banking and financial services
corporation, said that Indias GDP growth is likely to reduce below 7 % this financial year.
Predicted fall in Indias GDP:
i. According to DBS, two main reasons for the downfall are demonetisation in November 2016 and
GST implementation in July 2017. These added to the already slow growth in manufacturing and
investment sectors.
ii. Also note ban reduced cash availability, affecting heavily the cash sensitive businesses like
construction, logistics, and small and medium size enterprises.

IndusInd Bank partners with ADB to provide loans to rural women


On 15th September 2017, ADB (Asian Development Bank) announced that it signed a deal with
IndusInd Bank to provide loans for low income women in rural areas, in India.
i. Total amount of loan allotted is $200 million.
ii. Atleast 95 % of the loan would be allotted to women borrowers.
iii. Atleast 70 % of the loans will be issued in less developed states of India.

SEBI allows REITs, InvITs to issue bonds


On 18th September 2017, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) allowed Infrastructure
Investment Trusts (InvITs) and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to raise funds by issuing
debt securities, in Mumbai.
i. InvITs and REITs enable investors to invest on infrastructure projects and real estate properties
respectively.
ii. Earlier, these trusts were allowed to raise funds only through equity.
iii. Now they are allowed to raise funds by issuing debt securities.

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RBI classifies P2P platform as NBFC business


On 20th September 2017, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that peer-to-peer (P2P) lending
platforms would be treated as Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFC).
i. Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) platforms have been regulated by RBI by treating them as Non-
Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs).
ii. P2P lending is a form of crowd-funding. It uses online platform to connect lenders and
borrowers. It provides unsecured loans. Loans are paid back with interest.

SBI Card to offer pre-approved cards to SBI customers


SBI card is all set to offer pre-approved cards to customers of its parent State Bank of
India announced on 21st Sept. 2017.
i.It has entered into a tripartite agreement with SBI and Indias first credit bureau TransUnion
CIBIL to offer pre-approved cards to eligible customers.
ii.The agreement will allow the credit bureau to check the credentials of SBI customers
and SBI Card to leverage the data.

Indian economy to grow 6.7% in 2017-18 OECD


On 21st September 2017, OECD, a Paris based think tank, announced that Indian economy is
expected to grow at a lower than expected rate of 6.7 % in 2017-2018.
Lower growth rate in 2017-2018:
i. OECD has said that Indian economy is expected to grow at a lower than expected rate of 6.7%
in this fiscal year 2017-2018.
ii. The reasons are mapped to demonetisation and the goods and services tax (GST)
implementation.

NABARD sanctions Rs.119 crore loan for Haryana


On 22nd September 2017, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
sanctioned a loan of Rs.119 crore for Haryana.
i. NABARD has sanctioned a loan of Rs.119 crore to construct seven bridges and
improvement of one rural road project in five districts of Haryana.
ii. Construction of seven bridges and one road would be done in Ambala, Panchkula, Sonepat,
Yamunanagar and Panipat districts of Haryana.
iii. This has been allocated a RIDF (Rural Infrastructure Development Fund) loan of Rs.28.25 crore.

SBI launches Indias first bond index series in UK


On 22nd September 2017, State Bank of India (SBI) launched Indias first bond index series for
overseas investors at the London Stock Exchange (LSE), in United Kingdom.
i. SBI launched the FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) SBI Bond Index Series in
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alliance with FTSE Russell at the London Stock Exchange (LSE).


ii. Russell, is one of the top three fixed income index providers in the world.
iii. This is the first transparent benchmark for investors in international markets to analyse Indias
government bond market.

Infosys Finacle Partners with ToneTag to Offer Sound-Based Contactless Payments


Solution
IT major Infosys has announced partnership with software services provider
ToneTag announced on 22 Sept. 2017.
i.The partnership has been signed to offer sound-based payment solution to bank customers
using its financial product Finacle.
ii.The banks will be able to allow their customers to authenticate transactions at their
branches, ATMs and retail outlets..

Masala bonds to be treated as ECB: RBI


On 22nd September 2017, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that Masala bonds will be
treated as External Commercial Borrowings (ECB) from 3rd October 2017.
i. Masala bonds are rupee-denominated overseas bonds.
ii. Considering Masala bonds as ECBs will free up more investments by FPIs (Foreign
Portfolio Investors).
iii. Currently, the limit for investment by FPIs in corporate bonds is Rs.2,44,323 crore.

Interest Subsidy Scheme on home loans for MIG extended to March 2019
Under the Centres affordable housing scheme, the interest subsidy of up to Rs 2.60 lakh on
home loans will now be available to middle income group (MIG) beneficiaries for 15 more
months till March 2019.
i.By this decision MIG beneficiaries will get more time to avail interest subsidy under the Pradhan
Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).
ii.Under CLSS, MIG beneficiaries with annual income of above Rs 6 lakh and up to Rs 12
lakh would get an interest subsidy of 4% on a 20-year loan component of Rs 9 lakh.
iii.Those with annual income exceeding Rs 12 lakh and up to Rs 18 lakh would get interest
subsidy of 3%.

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ADB lowers Indias growth outlook to 7% for 2017-18


On 26th September 2017, ADB (Asian Development Bank) lowered Indias growth projection to 7%
for the current financial year and 7.4 % for the next financial year.
i. ADB has stated in its Asian Development Outlook 2017 update that Indias GDP growth is lowered
to 7% for the financial year 2017-18.
ii. This is a 0.4 % drop from the April 2017 forecast.
iii. In 2018-19, the GDP is predicted as 7.4%.

ICICI plans payday-type loans in pact with e-tailers


ICICI Bank will partner with e-commerce firms to provide automated payday loan-type
credit to customers at the bottom of the digital pyramid.
i.The digital credit planned by the bank will be available to non-customers and new-to-credit
borrowers.
ii.The bank will announce partnerships with e-commerce firms, following which buyers on the site
will get a pay later option.
iii.The pay later facility will be available to even those who have not availed of any loan in
the past and for small amounts of up to Rs 20,000.

IDBI Bank launches Project Nishchay to improve financial performance


On 26th September 2017, IDBI Bank launched Project Nishchay in partnership with Boston
Consulting Group (BCG) to improve its turnaround programme and financial performance.
i. This project will be led by senior management of IDBI Bank and BCG.
ii. IDBI Bank has the highest ratio of bad loans among listed banks with a gross NPA ratio of over
24 %.
iii. The bank had made a net loss of Rs.853 crore at the end of the first quarter in 2017.
iv. Also, the bank is under the Reserve Bank of Indias (RBI) prompt corrective action framework.
v. BCG will help IDBI to identify areas for cost containment and revenue maximisation
leading to profitability.

Standard Chartered, Citibank become shareholders in Swift India


SWIFT India has announced that Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank have joined the
Indian services as shareholders on 26th of Sept. 2017.
i.Standard Chartered and Citibank become the first foreign lenders to invest in the
platform.
ii.Both Standard Chartered Bank as well as Citi linked the investment to their respective efforts to
promote digitization. This is its second round of capital raising.

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Indias GDP growth to fall to 6.7 % in the financial year 2017-18: India Ratings
On 27th September 2017, India Ratings lowered the growth forecast for the current financial year
to 6.7 % from 7.4 % estimated earlier.
i. India Ratings has pointed out the reasons for this downfall as demonetisation and GST (Goods &
Services Tax) implementation.
ii. It said that, reaching the earlier predicted GDP of 7.4 % will not be possible for India in this
financial year 2017-2018.

SEBI bans Jeevan Suraksha Energy and Industries from markets


SEBI has barred Jeevan Suraksha Energy and Industries Ltd (JSEIL) from the capital
markets for not complying with public issue norms on 27th of Sept. 2017.
i.The step has been taken after SEBI received a complaint against the company about
alleged fund mobilisation by way of issuance of Redeemable Preference Shares (RPS) and
inability to recover investments and promised returns.
ii.It has been found that the company allotted redeemable preference shares worth about Rs
25.82 lakh to 125 persons during 2012-13.

Karnataka Bank opened its first Aadhaar centre at Sanjaynagar branch in Bengaluru
Karnataka Bank has opened its first Aadhar Enrollment and Updation Centre at
Sanjaynagar Branch Bengaluru announced on 26th Sept. 2017.The Bank will be coming out with
eighty such Aadhar Enrollment cum modification centres across India in a phased manner.

Small savings interest rate unchanged for October-December quarter


On 29th September 2017, the Government has kept unchanged the interest rates on small savings
schemes like PPF, Kisan Vikas Patra and Sukanya Samriddhi for October-December quarter.
Interest rates unchanged for small savings schemes:
i. The Reserve Bank of India would undertake monetary policy review on 4th October 2017.
ii. The interest rates have been kept unchanged for the following schemes:
Public Provident Fund (PPF) 7.8 % annually
Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) 7.5 % matures in 115 months
Sukanya Samriddhi Account 8.3 % annually

Ireda becomes first Indian financial agency to raise funds overseas


The state-owned Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (Ireda) became the first
Indian financial institution to raise funds overseas announced on 30th Sept. 2017.
These funds are termed as green masala bonds.
i.The five-year dated bond raised approximately $300 million (Rs19.5 billion), with a coupon of
7.125%.
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ii.It became the first Green Masala Bond to be listed on the International Securities Market
(ISM).
iii.Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) will help in achieving Indian
Governments vision of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022.

BUSINESS
India-ETFA to hold FTA talks
India and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) will meet this month in order to
conclude their long pending negotiations on FTA (Free Trade Agreement). Nirmala Sitharaman
said that India would look into every concern of foreign investors on intellectual property
rights (IPR) and investment protection.

India despatches First Diesel Consignment to Myanmar


The first consignment of 30 MT of High Speed Diesel was sent on 4th of Sept from India to
Myanmar by land route.
i.Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL), which has been supplying HSD to Bangladesh, despatched the
first diesel consignment through NH 37 across the Moreh Custom Check Point on the Indian side
and Tamu Custom Check Point on the Myanmar side.
ii.It is to enhance hydrocarbon synergy with neighbouring countries as well as promoting
Indias Act East Policy.

CBDT signs 4 more Advance Pricing Agreements


Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into four more Advance Pricing
Agreements (APAs)related to sectors like telecom, banking, manufacturing and
education announced on 4th of Sept. 2017.
i.Out of these four agreements, three are unilateral and one is a bilateral.
ii.This is the 8th bilateral APA with the United Kingdom and 13th overall. The other five
bilateral APAs are with Japan.

NHAI awards first international project in Myanmar to Punj Lloyd-Varaha


On 6th September 2017, the National Highway Authority of India awarded its first international
project in Myanmar to a joint venture of Punj Lloyd-Varaha.
Project details:
Purpose This project is for the upgradation of the YagyiKalewa section in Myanmar to
two lanes with earthern shoulder in the engineering, procurement, and construction mode.
Project length 120 km

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Estimated cost Rs.1,177.02 crore


Estimated completion time 36 months

Airtel Business launches Airtel GST Advantage


On 7th September 2017, Airtel Business an arm of the Bharti Airtel telecom launched Airtel GST
Advantage to enable small businesses and start-ups file their GST (Goods & Services Tax)
returns with ease, in New Delhi.

Nestle sets up first food safety institute in India at Manesar


The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has inaugurated Indias first ever
food safety institute set up by Nestle India in Manesar.
i.It is inaugurated by the CEO of Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Pawan Kumar
Agarwal.
ii.The institute aims to train and guide its students in food safety including nutrition check
and keeping the ingredients in the food items within the limit among others.

India imposes Countervailing Duty for a period of 5 years on some Chinese steel products
On 8th September 2017, Government announced that a Countervailing Duty (CVD) for a period of
five years is levied on certain Chinese flat steel products, in New Delhi.
1. This is the first time Countervailing Duty (CVD) has been imposed on any steel product in
India.
2. The commerce ministrys investigation arm Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and
Allied Duties (DGAD)recommended this Countervailing Duty (CVD). Finance Ministry
approved it.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) set to get Maharatna status


On 8th September 2017, it was officially announced that Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Limited (BPCL) would be granted Maharatna Status soon, in New Delhi.

Amazon India opens largest fulfilment centre in Hyderabad


Amazon has opened its largest fulfilment centre (FC) at the GMR-led Rajiv Gandhi
International Airport in Hyderabad announced on 8th of Sept 2017.
i.The new facility has a carpet area of around 4 lakh square feet, along with a storage
space of close to 2.1 million cubic feet.
ii.The retail major plans to facilitate faster deliveries in the region.

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Mother Dairy ties up with Maharashtra Government for processing plant


On 11th September 2017, The Maharashtra government and Mother Dairy Fruit and Vegetable
Private Limited, a subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), announced the signing
of a MoU, in Mumbai.

Karnataka & Finland in innovation tie up for start-up incubation


On 11th September 2017, Karnataka Department of Information Technology (IT) and Biotechnology
(BT) signed a MoU with the Embassy of Finland, in Bengaluru.The innovation co operation
between Karnataka and Finland is calledKarnatakaFinland Innovation Corridor.

Bharti Airtel, SK Telecom of Korea ties up for advanced telecom network in India
Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has announced a partnership with South Korean
telecom operator SK Telecom to build the most advanced telecom network in India announced on
13th of Sept. 2017.
i.The companies will work towards building an enabling ecosystem for the introduction of
these technologies.
ii.Under the partnership, both the companies will work across several areas including developing
bespoke software to improve network experience, leveraging advanced digital tools and building
customized tools to improve network planning based on every customers device experience..

Force Motors ties up with Rolls Royce to set up engine plant


Commercial vehicle maker Force Motors has tied up with Rolls Royce Power
Systems announced on 13th of Sept. 2017. It is a joint Venture to produce engines for
multiple applications like railways and power generation.
i.Rolls Royce Power Systems has decided to partner with Force Motors for manufacture of
engines for their rail and power generation systems.
ii.Under the partnership, the Pune-based firm will set up a manufacturing facility which will meet
the standards and specifications laid down by Rolls Royce at Chakan near Pune.

First global Digital Pumpkin innovation hub:


i. After the success of Digital Pumpkin in Bengaluru Mindtree has set up its first global Digital
Pumpkin in US.
ii. The Digital Pumpkin provides solutions for Internet of Things, artificial Intelligence, cognitive

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solutions, virtual and augmented reality, machine learning, conversational cloud and big data.

Hindustan Shipyard Ltd, Hyundai to join hands in ship building


Hindustan Shipyard Ltd will ink a partnership with Hyundai Heavy Industries Co Ltd of South
Korea for construction of fleet support ships (FSS) for the Navy in both the countries.
i.An MoU is likely to be signed next year on this. At present, talks are in progress between the
Ministry of Defence and South Korea.
ii.The first ship was expected to roll out in October, 2022, from the Hyundai facility in South
Korea.

India & China unlikely to be growth poles for global economy: UNCTAD Report
On 14th September 2017, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) Trade &
Development report 2017 stated that growth in India and China is slow and they could not
contribute to be growth poles for the global economy.
Reduced growth rates in India & China:
1. The report was titled Beyond austerity towards a global new deal.
2. It said that in developed countries recovery was not strong and in developing countries
inconsistency in global capital flow caused reduced growth rates.
3. About the world economy the report stated that growth is expected to reach 2.6 % this
year. This little higher than 2016, but much lower than the 3.2 % average before financial
crisis.
4. Indias growth issues are contributed mainly by new reforms in the banking sector such
as demonetisation, GST (Goods & Services Tax) etc., along with large value of non-
performing assets.
5. Chinas downfall is also related to its debt dependencies.

IFC to invest Rs 320 cr in Mahindra Lifespace industrial parks


The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has announced to invest USD 50 million (about
Rs 320 crore) in realty firm Mahindra Lifespace Developers industrial park projects.
i.Mahindra Lifespace and IFC announced a partnership for the development of multiple industrial
parks across Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
ii.Development of these parks will attract private investments and provide a boost to several
flagship initiatives of the Government of India and create jobs.

Amazon ties up with Bank of Baroda to offer micro loans to sellers


On 15th September 2017, Amazon, Indias leading e-commerce venture announced that it has
joined hands with Bank of Baroda to offer micro loans to its sellers, in India.
i. The Indian unit of Amazon has planned to provide unsecured micro loans for its sellers.
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ii. The loans would be provided for amounts ranging from Rs.1 lakh to Rs.25 lakh with Interest
rates would be low around 10.45 % 11 %.

Air India launches first direct flight to Denmark


Air India has launched its direct flight from New Delhi to Copenhagen. It is the eleventh
destination for the airline in Europe and described as connecting Maharaja with the Mermaid.
Denmark is Air Indias 44th international destination and 11th European non-stop
destination.

Airtel launches Office-in-a-Box connectivity solutions for Karnataka start-ups


Airtel has launched Office-In-a-Box for start-ups which is registered under the Karnataka
governments Start-Up Cell initiative.
i.Airtel has been included in top priority as the preferred partner for the state
governments initiative.
ii.Airtels Office-In-a-Box offers a range of services to support the business requirements of
start-ups.

GSTN reopens composition scheme window for small traders


The GST Network (GSTN) has reopened the facility till 30th September for small taxpayers with a
turnover of up to Rs 75 lakh to select for composition scheme. The taxpayers who opt this scheme
could file returns on a quarterly basis unlike the others who have to file returns on a monthly basis.
i.Earlier this scheme was ended in August 16 but around 11 lakh taxpayers, out of total 85 lakh
opted for the scheme. Those who sign up before 30 September will get the benefit of the scheme
from 1 October, until which they will be treated as normal assessees.
ii.GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar said that the composition scheme is created to simplify and reduce
the burden of smaller taxpayers.
iii.To opt for the scheme, the taxpayer needs to log into his account at the GST Portal
www.gst.gov.in and select the Application to opt for the composition schemeunder the
Services menu.

Ola ties up with Karnataka Tourism Department to launch tourism campaign


On September 16 2017, Due to the United Nations theme for this years World Tourism Day, Ola
and the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation initiated a campaign to promote and
raise awareness about responsible tourism named GhoomoResponsibly.
i.Tourism and IT-BT Minister Priyank M. Kharge flagged off this campaign in Bangalore. Ola
aims to raise awareness about being a responsible tourist, respecting local culture and promoting
environmentally-conscious tourism in Karnataka.

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Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford team up to explore collaboration on electric vehicles


On 18th September 2017, Mahindra & Mahindra and Ford Motor Company signed a MoU that
ensures an alliance to explore electric vehicles, for three years.
Alliance between Mahindra & Mahindra and Ford:
i. This collaboration would give a global reach for the Indian automotive company Mahindra &
Mahindra and a better reach in India for Ford Motor Company.

Anti-dumping duty on import of bus and truck tyres from China for five years
On 19th September 2017, The Finance Ministry imposed anti-dumping duty on Chinese tyres used
in buses and trucks.
i. The anti-dumping duty has been imposed on new or unused pneumatic radial tyres with or
without tube, having rim diameter above 16 inches.
ii. This anti-dumping duty will be valid for a period of five years.
iii. This was announced by a notification issued by the Central Board Excise and Customs (CBEC).

Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp sign MoU, will become second largest European steelmaker
On 20th September 2017, Tata Steel and German steel company ThyssenKrupp signed a MoU to
combine their European steel operations in a 50-50 joint venture, in Frankfurt.
i. The merger would combine Tatas steel plants in the UK and the Netherlands and ThyssenKrupps
plants in Germany.
ii. The joint enterprise would have its headquarters at Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Norways Sovereign Wealth Fund hits $1 trillion value for the first time
On 19th September 2017, The Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund officially reached $1 trillion for
the first time, in Oslo, Norway.
i. This is the worlds largest Sovereign Wealth Fund.
ii. It has reached $1 trillion on 19th September 2017, for the first time.

State-run PSUs sign MoU to form Khanij Bidesh India Ltd


On 19th September 2017, 3 state run PSUs National Aluminium Company (NALCO), Hindustan
Copper (HCL) and Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), signed a MoU to form a joint
venture named Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (Kabil).
i. Mr.Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD of NALCO, Mr.Santosh Sharma, CMD of HCL and Mr.Gopal Dhawan,
CMD of MECL signed the MoU in Bhubaneswar.
ii. Khanij Bidesh India Ltd will identify, explore, acquire, develop and process minerals
overseas for commercial use and to meet domestic supply needs.

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TRAI cuts Mobile Termination Charges by 57% to 6 paise per minute


On 19th September 2017, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) cut mobile termination
charges (MTC) by 57% to 6 paise per minute with effect from October 1, 2017.
i. Mobile Termination Charges (MTC) would be completely cut by January 1, 2020.
ii. MTC is currently 14 paise per minute.

India Gets Its First High Horse Power Locomotive from France
India gets its first High Power Locomotive from France soon. The arrival of the first
bodyshell of 12000 HP loco from Alstom France at Kolkata port on 20th of Sept. 2017.
i.The bodyshell for the fleet of the twin-section electric locomotives which Alstom is to supply to
Indian Railways.
ii.It was unloaded at Haldia and ready for delivery to the factory at Madhepura where it will
be assembled.
iii.It is the first high-power electric locomotive will be used to haul freight trains at twice the
existing speed by 2018.

World trade likely to grow at 3.6% in 2017: WTO


On 21st September 2017, the revised estimates of World Trade Organisation (WTO) stated that the
world trade in goods is estimated to grow at a rate of 3.6 % in 2017.
i. Growth in world trade for 2017 was earlier predicted as 2.4 % by WTO.
ii. Now it has been revised to 3.6 %.
iii. The reasons for the improved growth rate are stated as Asian trade flows and recovery of
import demand in North America.

Uber loses licence to operate in London


Transport for London (TfL) took the decision to cancel the Uber license in London City. Uber
would lose its licence to operate its cab in the London city from September-end.
i.Uber transport apps license expires on September 30 2017. TfL concluded Uber was not fit
and will not be issued a new private hire licence Uber, Some 3.5 million passengers and 40,000
drivers use the Uber app in London.
ii.TfL has made this decision on the basis of public safety and security implications. TfLs concerns
include Ubers approach to carrying out background checks on drivers and reporting serious
criminal offences.

Aditya Birla Group to shut down e-commerce site Abof.com


Abof.com the e-commerce site owned by Aditya Birla Group will be shut down by the end of this
year due to the strong competition from leading sector Amazon and Flipkart.
i.Aditya Birla Online Fashion(Abof) has inimated their 240 employees December 31 would be the
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last day of its operations .


ii.Santrupt Misra, HR director at Aditya Birla Group, informed that their exit from online retail
space and also he added that all the 240 employees of Abof will be given four and-a-half months
salary as compensation, in case they wish to quit the company.

M&M to buy Turkeys Erkunt Traktor, foundry


Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) has signed with Turkeys Armagan family for acquiring 100%
of Erkunt Traktor Sanayii A.S., the fourth-largest tractor manufacturer in Turkey.
i.Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (M&M) also agreed to acquire 80%-100% equity in Erkunt
Sanayii A.S, a foundry unit belonging to the same Turkish group.
ii.Erkunt Traktor firm has a venture value of $76 million (479 crore), the unit of value foundry
has been estimated at $51 million (321 crore). The final transaction value would be estimated at
the close of the deal, expected in about two and half months.

Flipkart introduces anti-theft packaging


Flipkart, the online e-commerce sector has developed Indias first anti-theft packaging to
prevent goods from in-transit theft and damage.
i.This exclusive pilferage protection box specially designed for electronic goods and high-end
mobiles. Now it is awaiting for patent grant and incorporates special security features in shipment.
ii.This pilferage protection packaging box comes with many protective features to ensure that
customers do not receive stolen or damaged shipments.

Etihad Airways launches Fly Now Pay Later scheme


On 23rd September 2017, Etihad Airways has launched a Fly Now and Pay Later scheme, in Abu
Dhabi.
i. This scheme provides an option for paying the ticket fare in monthly instalments.
ii. Etihad Airways is the first airlines in the Gulf region to offer fully automated online instalment
plans.

Dabur India, Amazon tie up to launch ayurveda e-marketplace


FMCG major Dabur India has tied up with e-commerce major Amazon for an online
ayurveda marketplaceannounced on 24th Sept. 2017.
i.It will house all ayurvedic brands and products available in the country.
ii.The main objective is to service all health and personal care related needs of patients.

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Maharashtra secures top position in manufacturing: ASSOCHAM


On 26th September 2017, Maharashtra secured the 1st position in manufacturing
emergence in India, according to a study conducted by the non-governmental industry body
ASSOCHAM.
Maharashtra tops manufacturing:
i. Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) conducted a study titled
Manufacturing excellence and emergence in India: The State-level analysis.
ii. ASSOCHAM considered the following factors to prepare the ranking: number of
factories, output value, working capital, net fixed capital formation, fixed capital, finished
goods, capital invested and total inputs.
iii. Maharashtra has topped the ranking, with the highest growth in entrepreneurs.

NeSL gets final nod to become Indias first Information Utility


On 27th September 2017, National e-Governance Services Ltd. (NeSL) received the final approval
to become Indias first Information Utility (IU).
i. It had received an in-principle approval in June for establishing an information utility (IU).
ii. IUs will be a one-step repository for all information related to lending and borrowing
activities of financial institutions.

Air India ties up with PNB, IndusInd Bank for Rs.3,250 crore loan
On 27th September 2017, Air India tied up with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and IndusInd Bank to
secure loans of Rs.3,250 crore.
i. Air India has tied up with PNB and IndusInd bank, in order to avail a loan of Rs.3,250
crore.
ii. The PNB and IndusInd bank would provide the loan amount in a weeks time.

Amazon India launches Amazon Business for SMBs


Amazon has launched its Business marketplace in India. Amazon Business will help in the
procurement needs of small and medium businesses in the country.
i.The new B2B marketplace, called Amazon Business, will feature additional convenience and
value offering by providing business-only pricing, discounts on bulk quantity purchase,
and GST invoices to SMB buyers to claim GST credit.
ii.It will provide its business sellers with easy access to over 10 crore (100 million) products in a
range of categories including laptops, network storage solutions, electronics, office supplies among
others.

ADB plans to raise lending up to $4 billion to India


Asian Development Bank (ADB) plans to raise its annual lending to India to a maximum
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of USD 4 billion tosupport the country to accelerate inclusive economic transformation


toward upper middle-income statusannounced on 27th Sept. 2017.
i.The proposal was endorsed at new ADB Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for 2018-
2022.
ii.The India programme will focus on boosting economic competitiveness to create more and
well-paid jobs, improved access to infrastructure and services, and addressing climate change and
improving climate resilience over these five years.

BSNL and ZTE signed MoU for 5G Technology


On 27th September 2017, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Chinese firm, ZTE, at India Mobile Congress (IMC), in New Delhi.
i. BSNL and ZTE would work together on technologies like Pre5G and 5G wireless
systems, in order to make a virtual network architecture of a 5G eco system, for research
and commercialization in India.
ii. Department of Telecom (DoT) expects that 5G will help the digital transformation of E-
governance, education, finance, smart city and many other sectors.

LG Mukhi inaugurates first ever industry established by a tribal youth in Andaman and
Nicobar Islands
Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Prof. Jagdish Mukhi inaugurated an
industry at Kinyuka village in Car Nicobar Island.
i.This is the first ever industry established by a tribal youth in Car Nicobar.
ii.Prof Mukhi also interacted with people and heard their grievances and assured them of their
speedy resolution.

Government extends deadline to clear unsold pre-GST goods


The Union Government has extended the last date of using (Maximum Retail Price) MRP
labelled pre-Goods and Services Tax (GST) stock to December 31.
i.Through this step, it will be a relief for the traders, who were reportedly stuck with old
stocks.
ii.The Finance Ministry has given a nod to the extension of date and the Consumer
Affairs Ministry will issue the notification.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

Samurai Tete first woman from Jharkhand to win Dhyan Chand Award
On the occasion of National Sports Day on 29th August Former India Womens Hockey
captain Sumurai Tete was awarded Dhyan Chand Award 2017 by the President Ramnath
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Kovind at a function held at Rasthrapati Bhawan in New Delhi.


i.Sumurai has become the first woman from Jharkhand to bag the prestigious national
award.
ii.She received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5,00,000 each for her achievements
and contribution to Field hockey in India.

Maneka Gandhi gives national level awards to Anganwadi Workers


Minister of Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi has given National Level
Awards to anganwadi workers at New Delhi on 31st Aug 2017.
i.The awards have been given for the purpose to recognize their exemplary voluntary service in
the field of child development and related areas under the ICDS Scheme.
ii.The Awards for the year 2016-17 were given to 51 awardees and these awards are given
annually.

UNESCO declares winners of 2017 International Literacy PrizesThe UN


Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the winners of the
2017 International Literacy Prizes on the occasion of International Literacy Day,
celebrated on 8 September.
i.It has been given to honors excellence and innovation in the field of global literacy.
ii.The awards will be handed out to five laureates from Canada, Colombia, Jordan,
Pakistan and South Africa.
iii.The prize-giving ceremony will be organized at UNESCO Headquarters and has pledged to ensure
inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all.
iv.This years Literacy Prizes and celebration will focus on literacy in a digital world.
v.The prizes are divided into two categories, namely the UNESCO Confucius Prize for
Literacy sponsored by China and the King Sejong Literacy Prize sponsored by South
Korea.
vi.Confucius Prize, which rewards projects that benefit rural populations and out-of-school youth,
particularly girls and women is given to the AdulTICoProgram from Columbia, The Citizens
Foundation from Pakistan, and the FunDza project from South Africa.
vii.The King Sejong prize, dedicated to mother-tongue literacy education and is shared by the
Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance from Canada and the We Love Reading
programme from Jordan.

Reliance Foundation awarded Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar


The Reliance Foundation was awarded with the prestigious Rashtriya Khel Protsahan

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Award at Rashtrapati Bhawan.


i.Chairperson of the foundation, Nita Ambani collected the award from President Ram Nath Kovind
in New Delhi.
ii.She is also the first Indian woman to become a member of the International Olympic
Committee.

Hyderabad airport bags energy efficiency award


Hyderabad International Airport Ltd has bagged the National Award for Excellence in
Energy Management at a conference hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
i.The event focused on recognizing companies that are engaged in energy efficiency
initiatives and displaying commitment towards energy conservation.
ii.It also deployed eco-friendly vehicles such as electricity powered buggys, ground handler
vehicles, trolley movers, and have even commissioned e-cars.

Karnataka Bank bags IDRBT award


Karnataka Bank has bagged the best bank award among small banks for the use of
technology for financial inclusion announced on 3rd Sept 21017.
i.It is the 13th IDRBT Banking Technology Excellence Awards 2016-17.
ii.Mahabaleshwara MS, MD & CEO of the bank had received the award from Sudarshan Sen,
Executive Director of RBI, in Hyderabad.
iii.Mahabaleshwara said in his speech that this recognition will further motivate the bank in
implementing its IT strategies more effectively in promoting financial inclusion.

CBDT gets govt-honour for resolving public grievances


On 5th September 2017, The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) was honoured by Minister
of State for Personnel, Mr.Jitendra Singh for successfully resolving public grievances.
Departments honoured:
1. The CBDT is the apex policy making body for the Income Tax department.
2. Five departments including the CBDT have been awardedunder three categories of
organisations, divided on the basis of volume of grievances received and disposed by
them.
3. The Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievancesand Ministry of
Development of North Eastern Region have been awarded in the category of
ministries or departments receiving upto 300 grievances in a quarter.

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N R Narayana Murthy and Mumbai-born scientist Veena Sahajwalla receives PLuS


Alliance Prize
Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy and Mumbai-born Scientist Veena
Sahajwalla has granted the PLuS Alliance Prize. It is a prestigious honour that recognises
Research Innovation, Education Innovation, Global Leadership and Global Innovation.
i.The Prize of USD 50,000 was awarded in two categories; Education Innovation and
Research Innovation.
ii.They were recognised for the development and implementation of innovative solutions to
significant global issues.

Mother Teresa named as co-patron of Kolkata archdiocese


To mark the first anniversary of Mother Teresas canonization, the Archdiocese of Kolkata
will declare the saint a co-patroness of the local Church announced on 6th of sept.
i.Sister Prema inaugurated a two-day exhibition of paintings and sculptures on Mother
Teresa organised by the Indian National Forum of Art and Culture in association with the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
ii.The exposition by upcoming artists will be taken to different cities across India.

GIFT City wins ASSOCHAM Services Excellence Awards


On 6th September 2017, Indias first operational Smart City, Gujarat International Finance-Tec
City (GIFT City), has won the prestigious Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry
of India (ASSOCHAM) Services Excellence Award in New Delhi.
About the ASSOCHAM Award winning:
1. At a summit held in New Delhi, GIFT SEZ (Special Economic Zone) was honoured with the
Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) Services
Excellence Award for its contribution to the growth of the International Financial Services
and Technology Hub in India.
2. The Awards were presented in the categories of Tourism and Hospitality, International
Financial Services and Technology Hub, Banking and Financial Services, Insurance etc.

Oxford and Cambridge named the best universities in the world; IISc, Bangalore tops
Indian universities
On 6th September 2017, The World University Rankings 2018 was published by the Times

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Higher Education (THE).Oxford University and Cambridge University have topped the world
rankings. IISc, Bangalore has been named the top university in India.
University Rankings for 2018:
Thousand universities from 77 countries were ranked by The Times Higher Education (THE). Of
which the US universities have topped the list. This year Chinese universities have made it to the
top 30 for the first time.
Top 5 Global Universities:
Oxford University, Cambridge University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Top 5 Indian Universities:
IISc Bangalore, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi,IIT-Kanpur and IIT-Kharagpur

Tahir Mahmood bags N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher Award


Tahir Mahmood has received the prestigious Prof N R Madhava Menon Best Law Teacher
Award as part of the Law Teachers Day celebrations.
i.The function was organised by the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF) and Menon
Institute of Legal Advocacy Training (MILAT).
ii.Prof N R Madhava Menon and SILF President Lalit Bhasin has given the awards to the recipients.

Sikkim CM Pawan Chamling honoured at international event for work in organic farming
During a ceremony at Germanys Lagau on the occasion of the One World Festival Sikkim
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling was honoured for his pioneering work in the field of organic
farming.
i.Chamling was conferred the Grand Prix Award during the One World Award ceremony on
8th September.
ii.The award was given by Gerd Muller, the Federal Minister of Bavaria, and Joseph Wilhelm,
German Organic Pioneer and Managing Director of Rupenzel.

Prince Charles Becomes the longest-serving Prince of Wales


On 9th September 2017, Prince Charles became the longest-serving Prince of Wales in history.
i. Prince Charles has broken the record of Edward VII who held the title for more than 59 years
before becoming king.
ii. Prince Charles was designated the Prince of Wales when he was nine years old, on 26 July 1958.
iii. Prince Charles is the 21st Prince of Wales in the current line.

Prakash Padukone to receive BAIs first Lifetime Achievement Award


On 11th September 2017, Badminton Association of India (BAI) announced that it would award
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its first Lifetime Achievement Award to Prakash Padukone, in Kochi.


The announcement was made by BAI president Dr.Himanta Bishwa Sarma during BWF World
Senior Championships, in Kochi.He would be awarded a cash prize of Rs.10 lakh and a
citation.

TCS makes it to Fortune 50 List of Companies That Changed the World


On 11th September 2017, TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) appeared in Fortunes annual list of
the Top 50 companies that are changing the world.
About TCS in the top 50:
1. TCS is the only Indian Company that made to the list.
2. TCS is ranked number 30 on the list.
3. TCSs mKRISHI App is one of the important reasons that got TCS into the list.
4. mKRISHI is a mobile app.

Indian economist Bina Agarwal wins prestigious Balzan Prize


On 12th September 2017, Indian economist Ms.Bina Agarwal was announced the Balzan Prize,
which is to be awarded in Bern, Switzerland, in November 2017.
Balzan Prizes 2017:
1. Indian economist Ms.Bina Agarwal, has been announced as Balzan Prize winner in the
gender studies category for her heroic work studying womens contributions to
agriculture in India.
2. She is a professor at the University of Manchester, United States of America.

74th Venice Film Festival Awards 2017


The 74th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 30 August to 9 September 2017.
The most important award is the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale and considered one of the
most prestigious film awards, like the Golden Palm in Cannes and the Golden Bear of Berlin.
Details of the awards :
1 Golden Lion The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro
2 Grand Jury Prize -Foxtrot, directed by Samuel Maoz
3 Silver Lion Best Director Xavier Legrand, Jusqu la Garde
4 Volpi Cup Best Actress Charlotte Rampling, Hannah
5 Volpi Cup Best Actor Kamel El Basha, the Insult
6 Best Screenplay -Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards outside Ebbing,Missouri
VENICE HORIZONS
1 Best Film Nico, 1988, directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
2 Best Director -Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature
3 Special Jury Prize Caniba, directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Vrna Paravel
4 Best Actress Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux
5 Best Actor Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature
6 Best Screenplay Los Versos Del Olvido, directed by Alireza Khatami
7 Best Short Film -Gros Chagrin, directed by Cline Devaux

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8 Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentiis Venice Award for a Debut Film - Jusqu la Garde,
directed by Xavier Legrand
VENICE CLASSICS
1 Best Restoration Idi I Smotri, directed by Elem Klimov
2 Best Documentary on Cinema -The Prince and the Dybbuk, directed by
ElwiraNiewiera and Piotr Rosolowski
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
1 Best VR -Ardens Wake (Expanded), directed by Eugene YK Chung
2 Best VR Experience La Camera Insabbiata, directed by Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien
Huang
3 Best VR Story -Bloodless, directed by Gina Kim

Raghunandan Money honoured with Krishi Pragati Award 2017 by NCDEX


On 7th September 2017, Raghunandan Industries Private Limited was awarded Krishi
Pragati Award 2017, by National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited (NCDEX), in
New Delhi.

HDFC Bank becomes the second most valuable company on BSE


On 12th September 2017, HDFC Bank became the second most valuable company in BSE
(Bombay Stock Exchange), in India, in terms of market capitalisation.
HDFC as the second most valuable company:
1. Reliance Industries is in the 1st place currently.
2. HDFC has replaced TCS in the 2nd position now.
3. HDFC and TCS were in close competition. During the close of trade on 12th September
2017, HDFCs share had higher value than TCS.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) wins Container Terminal of the Year
Award 2017
On 13th September 2017, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded
Container Terminal of the Year Award, in Mumbai.
Container Terminal of the Year:
1. JNPCT was given the award in The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai.
2. This is the 10th edition of the Gateway Awards.
3. The award was received by Mr.Neeraj Bansal, Deputy Chairman of JNPCT.

Vijaya Bank bags Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar award


On 14th September 2017, Vijaya Bank was awarded the first prize under the Rajbhasha
Kirti Puraskar (Region C) for the year 2016-2017.
Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar:
i. Vijaya Bank was given this award to honour its work in implementing Hindi as a language in its
day-to-day activities.

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ii. President Mr.Ram Nath Kovind handed the award to the Managing Director and Chief Executive
Officer of Vijaya Bank, Mr.R.A.Sankara Narayanan.

Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha gets top UN peace prize


A Nigerian lawyer Zannah Mustapha was awarded with UNHCR top UN peace prize on
19th Sept. 2017.
i.He worked for the rights of displaced children growing up amid violence in north-eastern
Nigeria.
ii.He helped in the release of more than 100 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

MPEDA bags Rajbhasha Keerti Award for third consecutive year


On 15th September 2017, The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) was
awarded National level Rajbhasha Keerti Award.
Rajbhasha Keerti Award:
i. President of India Mr.Ramnath Kovind handed the award to MPEDA Chairman
Mr.A.Jayathilak on 14th September 2017, at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
ii. MPEDA bags the award for the third consecutive year.

Salman Khan honoured with Global Diversity Award in London


On 15th September 2017, Salman Khan was awarded Global Diversity Award at Britains House of
Commons, in London.
i. The award was given to Salman Khan by Keith Vaz, the longest serving Indian-origin
MP in British Parliament.
ii. The award was given for his contribution to the Indian film industry as an actor, producer,
television personality, singer and philanthropist.
iii. Keith Vaz said that Salman Khan is a role model and a hero to millions of people worldwide.

The Hindu wins the Best News Website award at WAN-IFRA awards
On 13th September 2017, The Hindu Group was awarded two gold and one silver at the South
Asian Digital Media Awards at the WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News
Publishers) India 2017 conference, in Chennai.

Presidents medal for former DIG D Roopa who exposed alleged jail irregularities
On 16th September 2017, Former DIG D Roopa, who revealed alleged irregularities at the central
jail in Bengaluru, was awarded the Presidents medal, in Bengaluru.
Former DIG Roopa awarded Presidents medal:
i. Former DIG Roopa was awarded the medal by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony at
Raj Bhavan in the presence of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister

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Ramalinga Reddy.
ii. The award was given to Roopa for her meritorious service.

9th Primetime Emmy Awards 2017


On 17th September 2017, the 69th Annual PrimeTime Emmy Awards ceremony took place at
the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Emmy Awards 2017:
i.The 69th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held on 9th September
10th September 2017.

The Handmaids Tale becomes first online series to win Outstanding Drama Series Award:
i.The Handmaids tale produced by Hulu (online video streaming network) won the Outstanding
Drama Series Award.
ii.This is the first time in Emmy Awards history a series from an online streaming network wins the
Outstanding Drama Series Award among television series.
iii.The Handmaids tale is based on Margaret Atwoods novel.
Television programs were awarded under the following categories:
Outstanding Comedy Series Veep (HBO)
Outstanding Drama Series The Handmaids Tale (Hulu)
Outstanding Variety Talk Series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Outstanding Limited Series Big Little Lies (HBO)
Outstanding Television Movie Black Mirror: San Junipero (Netflix)
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program The Voice
Leading actors were awarded under the following categories:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Donald Glover
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Sterling K. Brown
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Elisabeth Moss
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Riz Ahmed
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Nicole Kidman
Supporting actors were awarded under the following categories:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Alec Baldwin
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Kate McKinnon
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series John Lithgow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Ann Dowd

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Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Alexander Skarsgard


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Laura Dern
Directors and writers were also awarded under the following categories:
Outstanding Directing/Writing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing/Writing for a Drama
Series, Outstanding Directing/Writing for a Variety Series, Outstanding Directing/Writing for a
Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.

Pune NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) for women farmers wins UN Equator Prize
On 18th September 2017, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), a Pune-based non-governmental
organisation (NGO) working for women farmers, won 2017 UN Equator Prize.
SSP wins 2017 UN Equator Prize:
i. On 18th September 2017, women farmers Ms.Godavari Dange and Ms.Kamal Kumbhar
from Osmanabad district, received the 2017 UN Equator Prize, on behalf of SSP, at the
UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust wins Rajbhasha Kirti Award for 11th consecutive time
On September 18,2017 Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) was awarded the Rajbhasha
Kirti Puraskar for the 11th consecutive time . It won in the category of B region for
autonomous bodies and boards, for its excellent implementation of the Official Language.
Deputy Chairman of JNPT, Shri Neeraj Bansal accepted the award from President of India, Shri
Ramnath Kovind. The award was presented at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on the
occasion of Hindi Divas celebration on September 14, 2017.

S S Rajamouli receives ANR award


SS Rajamouli has received the ANR National Award from Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu on 17th of
Sept. 2017.
i.He has received the award for his contribution to the Telugu film industry in Hyderabad.
ii.Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was also present at the function.

3 Indians on Forbes 100 Greatest Living Business Minds list


On 20th September 2017, three Indians were listed in Forbes 100 Greatest Living Business Minds
list.
Indians on 100 Greatest Living Business Minds list:
i. Three Indians Lakshmi Mittal, Ratan Tata and Vinod Khosla were listed in Forbes
special list of the worlds 100 Greatest Living Business Minds.

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MS Dhoni nominated for Padma Bhushan Award by BCCI


On 20th September 2017, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nominated Mahendra
Singh Dhoni for the Padma Bhushan award.
MS Dhonis nomination:
i. BCCI has nominated only Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Padma Bushan award this year.
ii. Padma Bushan is the countrys 3rd highest civilian award.
iii. MS Dhoni has been nominated owing to his contribution to cricket.

ISKCONs Govardhan Eco village in Mumbai wins Spirit of Humanity award


On September 20 2017, ISKCONs Govardhan Eco village has received the spirit of
humanityaward, instituted by AmeriCares, a non-profit organisation working for disaster relief
and global health, in the livelihood category.The Govardhan Eco Village, set up by the
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Palghar district in Mumbai.The village,
at Wada taluka, is located 108 kms north of Mumbai at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains.

Indian start-up Kheyti wins prestigious award in Israel


An Indian, Kheyti, a Hyderabad-based startup has won a prestigious award and a cash prize of USD
42,000 in Israel on September 17,2017 for developing an affordable modular
greenhouse that aims to give farmers a steady and dependable income.
i.Kheyti provides technology solutions for small farmers. It has developed a greenhouse-in-a-box,
an affordable, modular greenhouse bundled with full stack services that, as per claims, uses 90 per
cent less water, grows seven times more food and gives farmers a steady dependable income.

Riz Ahmed becomes first Asian man to win an acting 69th Emmy Award
Riz Ahmed has become the first man of Asian t to win an acting award at the 69th Emmy Award.He
is a British actor of Pakistani descent.
i.Riz won in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie category for his role in The
Night Of. He plays Nasir Naz Khan, a Pakistani/Iranian-American college student accused of
murdering a young woman
ii.The two actors of Asian descent who have won at the Emmys earlier are British-Indian Archie
Panjabi in 2010 for The Good Wife and Iranian-American actress Shohreh Aghdashloo in 2009 for
House of Saddam.

Scientist CNR Rao ,First Asian chosen for international honour for materials research
Professor C.N.R Rao, has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel
Award for his contribution in materials research.
i. The award is the US-based Materials Research Societys (MRS) highest honour.
ii. Mr. Rao will be honoured by his immense work on novel functional materials, including
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nanomaterials (having particles of nanoscale dimensions), graphene (the strongest and thinnest
material) and 2D materials, superconductivity, and colossal magnetoresistance (change in electrical
resistance of a material in a magnetic field).

Rajkummar Rao bags GQ Actor of the Year Award


On 22nd September 2017, Rajkummar Rao was awarded the GQ Actor of the Year Award, in
Mumbai.
i. GQ (Gentlemens Quarterly) magazine conducted the GQ Men of the Year Awards for
2017, in Mumbai.
ii. Rajkummar Rao is a 33 year old actor. He is also a National Award winner.
iii. Woman of The Year award was won by Anushka Sharma.
iv. Entertainer of the Year award was won by Ranveer Singh.
v. Designer of the Year award was won by Manish Malhotra.
vi. Producer of the Year award was bagged by Karan Johar.
vii. Awards were given in few other categories also.

Banaj Devi to receive Sarala award for Kathapua


Banaj Devi, famous Odia poet and short story writer is to be awarded Sarala award for her short
story compilation Kathapua on 26th October 2017.
i. The annual Sarala Puraskar award is one of the prestigious literary awards of Odisha.
ii. Cash award of Rs.5 lakh is given to the recipients.

Two Indians on the list of most powerful women in International Business


The two Indian women have features on Fortunes list of most powerful women in business
outside the US announced on 26th if Sept. 2017.
i.Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank Chanda Kochhar was ranked 5th and Managing
Director and CEO of Axis Bank Sikha Sharma was ranked at 21st position.
ii.Group Executive Chairman of Spains banco Santander Ana Botin topped the list while
at second position hails by Emma Walmsley of UK and third placed has grabbed by
Isabelle Kocher from France.

Mahtab Bamji selected for living legend award of International Union of Nutritional
Sciences (IUNS).
A noted scientist, Mahtab Bamji has been selected for the Living Legend Award of the
International Union of Nutritional Sciences ((IUNS).
i.The award will be presented at its General Assembly to be held at the IUNS-ICN in Buenos Aires,
Argentina on 18th October.
ii.The IUNS Council presents Living Legend Awards to individual members of Adhering Bodies in
good standing who are eighty (80) years or above.
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iii.The award is a recognition for those who have significantly contributed to the work of
national nutrition society or regional organization.

Classical singer Manik Bhide chosen for Bhimsen Joshi award


On 26th September 2017, famous vocalist Manik Bhide was chosen for the prestigious Bharatratna
Pandit Bhimsen Joshi award for the year 2017-18, for her contribution to the field of music.
Bhimen Joshi Award:
i. The Bhimen Joshi Award is given by the Maharashtra government.
ii. It is the highest award in the category of performing arts.

Indian lawyer Colin Gonsalves wins prestigious Swedish rights award


Colin Gonsalves, a senior Indian advocate was selected for a prestigious rights award in
Sweden announced on 26th Sept. 2017.
i.He has been selected for his innovative use of public interest litigation in securing
fundamental human rights for Indias most marginalised and vulnerable citizens.
ii.He will share the award and the prize money worth over USD 300,000 (SEK 3 million) with two
other laureates Khadija Ismayilova from Azerbaijan and Robert Bilott from the US.

CISF wins best airport security award for Mumbai airport


The security cover provided by the CISF at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International
Airport has bagged the best airport security award from the World Quality Congress
(WQC) announced on 26th of Sept. 2017.
i.The awards are considered as recognition of excellence demonstrated by agencies in the
commerce and industry space of the country and based on the independent evaluation by the WQC
Jury.

Priyanka ranks 8th on Worlds Highest-Paid TV Actresses list


According to the worlds highest-paid TV actresses 2017 list Priyanka Chopra is 8th among
the worlds 10 highest paid television actresses announced on 27th of Sept. 2017.
i.It will be Priyankas second year on the list and this time also she is the 8th highest paid TV
actress.
ii.Colombian actress Sofia Vergara tops the list again. She stars in the hit sitcom Modern
Family.

Apple Named Worlds Most Valuable Brand for Fifth Consecutive Year
i.Apple became the worlds most valuable brand in Interbrands 2017 best Global Brands
ranking .It was Apples fifth consecutive year in the position.
ii.Apples brand value was measured as $184,15 billion, which was grew 3 percent from the
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year 2016.
iiii.Google is in second place with $141.7B which grew 6 percent in brand value over the past
year and followed by Microsoft ($80B), Coca-Cola ($69.7B), Amazon ($64.8B), and Samsung
($59.3B).

10 young scientists selected for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award 2017


On 26th September 2017, ten scientists were awarded Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, at a function
held at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in New Delhi.The event was
conducted by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).President Mr.Ram Nath
Kovind presided over the function.
The winners of this years Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award are listed below:
Biological Sciences Deepak Nair, Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad &
Sanjeev Das, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi
Chemical Sciences Naresh Patwari, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Earth Sciences Suresh Babu, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
Engineering Services Aloke Paul and Neelesh Mehta, Indian Institute of Science,
Bengaluru
Medical Sciences Amit Dutt, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai & Deepak Gaur, Jawaharlal
Nehru University, New Delhi
Physical Sciences Nissim Kanekar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune &
Vinay Gupta, National Physical Laboratory, Delhi
There were no awards this year for the mathematical sciences.

Gujarat bags comprehensive development of tourism award


Gujarat was named the best state for Comprehensive Development of Tourism at the
National Tourism Awards presented by President Ram Nath Kovind on 27th Sept. 2017.
i.The Hall of Fame Awards were introduced in 2017 and given to states, organisations and agencies
which have won the National Tourism Award in the same category for three consecutive years.
ii.The award in the Hall of Fame category was received by Gujarats Minister of Tourism
Ganpat Singh Vasava and Principal Secretary S J Haider at a function at Vigyan Bhavan.
iii.Madhya Pradesh also bagged best state for Comprehensive Development of Tourism at
the National Tourism Awards.
iv.The other states which have made it to the awards list for their contribution to tourism are
Kerala, Rajasthan, Goa and Andhra Pradesh.

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Swiss professor Maryna Viazovska to get 2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize


Maryna Viazovska of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne,
Switzerland has been selected for the 2017 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize announced on 28th of
Sept. 2017.
i.The prize also recognizes her outstanding PhD thesis of 2013 at the University of Bonn in
which she resolved significant cases of the Gross-Zagier Conjecture and her work prior to her PhD
with A.
ii.She is awarded the Prize for her resolution of the celebrated sphere packing problem in
dimension 8, the proof of which appeared in her paper in the Annals of Mathematics (2017).

Srinagar and Raipur Airports awarded as Best Airports under National Tourism Awards
2015-16
On 27th September 2017, Srinagar International Airport, Jammu & Kashmir and Swami
Vivekananda Airport, Raipur, Chhattisgarh were jointly awarded the National Tourism Awards 2015-
16, in New Delhi.
Best Airports under National Tourism Awards 2015-16:
i. President Mr.Ram Nath Kovind, gave away the award for Best Airport under rest of India
category.
ii. The event was held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the World Tourism Day on 27th September,
2017.

IPS Officer Aparna Kumar becomes the first Indian woman to scale Mt Manaslu
Indian Police Service (IPS) Officer of Uttar Pradesh Cadre, Aparna Kumar has become the
first Indian woman to scale Mount Manaslu announced on 28th Sept. 2017.
i.Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain peak in the world.
ii.On September 25, Kumar took up a mission to climb Mount Manaslu in the west-central part
of Nepal.
iii.She is a 2002 batch IPS officer, has already successfully scaled the highest peaks of six
continents out of seven continents.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS


Sunil Arora appointed as Election Commissioner
Former IAS Officer Sunil Arora was appointed as the Election Commissioner on 31st of Aug
2017.
i.While Achal Kumar Joti is the Chief Election Commissioner and Om Prakash Rawat is
the other Election Commissioner.
ii.Before taking charge he was the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the
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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi appointed as Comptroller and Auditor General of
India
Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi has appointed the next Comptroller and Auditor
General (CAG) of Indiaannounced on 31st of Aug 2017Shashi Kant Sharma completes his term as
the CAG of India by September-end.

Rajiv kumar takes charge as NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman


Rajiv Kumar has taken over as the vice-chairman of government think tank Niti Aayog.
i.Kumar replaced Arvind Panagariya, an Indian-American economist.
ii.Kumar was a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR).

Indian-origin civil servant J Y Pillai appointed Singapores acting president


Indian-origin veteran civil servant JY Pillay has appointed Singapores acting President on
1st of Sept 2017. He has appointed until a new head of the state is elected.Pillay took
over from Tony Tan Keng Yam who completed a six-year term.

Rajiv Kumar assumes charge as DFS Secretary


Rajiv Kumar has appointed as the new Secretary, Department of Financial Services,
Ministry of Finance on 1st sept. 2017.Kumar was posted as Joint Secretary and then Additional
Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance from March 19th, 2012 to March 12th,
2015.

IGCAR nuclear scientist U. Kamachi Mudali appointed Heavy Water Board chief
Nuclear scientist U Kamachi Mudali was appointed the chief executive of the Heavy Water
Boardannounced on 31st of Aug 2017. It is one of the industrial units under the Department of
Atomic Energy.
i.The appointment was announced by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research
(IGCAR).
ii.Mudali assumed the charge of the board on 1st Sep 2017.

Anita Karwal replaces RK Chaturvedi as CBSE chairperson


IAS officer Anita Karwal was appointed as the new Chairperson of Central Board of
Secondary Education, CBSE announced on 1st of sept. 2017.
i.She is currently serving as additional secretary in HRD Ministry.

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ii.She was the Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer during the Lok Sabha election in 2014.

Nirmala Sitharaman becomes Indias first women new Defence Minister


Nirmala Sitharaman was named the first independent woman Defence Minister of
India announced on 3rd of Sept 2017.The post of the defence minister fell vacant after Manohar
Parrikar joined Goa state politics to become the chief minister of the state. Following this, Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley took over.

Kenneth I. Juster named U.S ambassador to India


The United States has announced on 3rd of Sept. the name of economic policy maker and expert
on India, Kenneth I Juster, as the next US ambassador to India.
i.The position of ambassador to India, has been lying vacant since January 20, when Trump was
sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
ii.Juster has previously served as Under Secretary of Commerce from 2001-2005, Counselor
(acting) of the State Department from 1992-1993, and deputy and senior adviser to the Deputy
Secretary of State from 1989-1992.

Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was appointed the new sports minister


Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has appointed as the countrys Youth Affairs and Sports
Minister announced on 3rd of sept. 2017.He has succeeded Vijay Goyal as the Sports
Minister and is the first sportsperson to become the head of the Sports Ministry.

Hockey India sacks chief coach Oltmans


Hockey India fired national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at
the international level on 2nd of Sept 2017.
i.Currently, Director David John will be taken charge in the interim, including the upcoming Asia
Cup next month.

KV Rama Moorthy appointed as MD & CEO of TMB


K V Rama Moorthy has appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Ltd announced on 4th Sept. 2017.
i.Prior to this, he was working as Executive Director of United Bank of India since 2015 and earlier
he was with Bank of Baroda.
ii.According to the approval of RBI Moorthy will serve for a period of 3 years.

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Novartis names Indian-origin Vasant Narasimhan as new CEO


Vasant Narasimhan will be named as chief executive of Novartis announced on 4th of Sept.
2017.
i.Current chief executive Joseph Jimenez will retire next year so Vasant Narasimhan will
serve from 1st Feb 2018.
ii.Narasimhan is currently the global head of drug development and chief medical officer with the
Swiss drug company.He joined Novartis in 2005 and has held numerous leadership positions in
development and commercial functions.

Sankara Narayanan takes charge as MD and CEO of Vijaya Bank


R A Sankara Narayanan appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of
Vijaya Bank announced on 6th sept. 2017.He has replaced Kishore Sansi, who retireCoal Indiad
on 31st August 2017.

Gopal Singh is new CMD of Coal India


The Ministry of Coal has appointed Gopal Singh as CMD, Central Coalfields Ltd (CCL),
additional charge as CMD of Coal India Ltd.
i.Singh has taken charge effective from 1st September 2017.
ii.He has replaced Sutirtha Bhattacharya on attaining superannuation effective August 31, 2017.

Parineeti becomes 1st Indian woman ambassador for Tourism Australia


Parineeti Chopra has appointed as the first Indian woman ambassador in Friends of
Australia (FOA) advocacy panel by Tourism Australia.
i.According to Tourism Australia (TA) statement she was presented the Friend of Australia (FOA)
recognition by Australian Consul General Tony Huber for her contribution to promote Australia
recently.

MakeMyTrip president Ashish Kashyap resigns


Online travel firm MakeMyTrip has announced the resignation of Co-Founder and President
Ashish Kashyap.His resignation will come into effect from September 30.

Viveck Goenka elected as new PTI Chairman, N. Ravi is Vice Chairman


Viveck Goenka, Chairman and Managing Director of the Express Group elected as a
Chairman of Press Trust of India and N. Ravi, a former Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu daily
is elected as a Vice-Chairman.
i.Goenka succeeds Riyad Mathew, who is Senior Assistant Editor and a member of the

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Manorama management and Ravi succeeds Goenka as Vice Chairman.

DHFL appoints Harshil Mehta as Joint MD and CEO


On 30th August 2017, DHFL, a leading housing finance company, has elevated Mr.Harshil Mehta
as Joint Managing Director & CEO of the company with effect from September 2017. Prior to
this elevation, Mr.Mehta was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company.

Baijendra Kumar assumes charge as NMDC chief


Baijendra Kumar has assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of NMDC
Ltd announced on 6thof Sept. He is an IAS officer of 1985 batch of Chhattisgarh cadre.Prior to this
post, he was holding the post of Additional Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh, as
well as Commerce & Industries and Energy Departments in the Chhattisgarh government.

Sjoerd Mrijne named India mens hockey team coach, Harendra Singh given charge of
womens team
Hockey India has named Sjoerd Mrijne as the new chief coach of the India mens senior
hockey team announced on 8th of Sept. 2017.
i.The current coach of the senior womens team Mrijne will take the position of Roelant Oltmans
who was fired by Hockey India recently.
ii.Junior World Cup winning coach Harendra Singh will take the charge of the womens team
as the High Performance Specialist.

Halimah Yacob declared as the first female President of Singapore


On 13th September 2017, Ms.Halima Yacob was declared as the first ever female President of
Singapore, in Singapore.Ms. Halimah Yacob was selected as the President without election.
i.Ms. Halimah Yacob will take power as Singapores 8th President on 14th September
2017.
ii.She is 63 year old. She was the first female Speaker of Parliament in 2013, in Singapore.

UIDAI Head A.B. Pandey Given Additional Charge as GSTN Chairman


Ajay Bhushan Pandey, the chief executive of the Unique Identification Authority of
India will take over as the chairman of the Goods and Services Tax Network from
immediate effect. Unique Identification Authority of India is the body that administers Aadhaar.

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He has been heading UIDAI since its inception in 2010.

Abhay Firodia takes over as SIAM president


Force Motors Chairman Abhay Firodia has been elected as the new president of the
automobile industry body Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
i.Mahindra & Mahindras President-Automotive Sector Rajan Wadhera has been elected as the
new vice-president of the organization.
ii.Maruti Suzuki India Managing Director & CEO Kenichi Ayukawa has taken over as Treasurer for
the year 2017-18.

Pat Hickey resigns from International Olympic Committee Board after ticket-selling
scandal
On 10th September 2017, Mr.Pat Hickey resigned from the International Olympic Committee Board.
i. Mr.Pat Hickey has resigned from his member position in the International Olympic
Committee Executive Board after he was accused in a ticket selling scandal in Rio Olympics
2016, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Raj Shah appointed as Principal Deputy Press Secretary in US


US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American Raj Shah as Principal Deputy
Press Secretary in US announced on 13th Sept. 2017.Shah has served as Deputy Assistant to
the President and Deputy Communications Director.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton Leaves Company to start a non-profit venture


Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp has announced to resign from the company to
start a non-profit venture of his own.Acton spent eight years with WhatsApp, which Facebook
bought in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.

Mahendra Pratap Mall appointed as CMD of IRCTC


Mahendra Pratap Mall has appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Indian
Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) announced on 12th Sept. 2017.
i.He is currently Director (Finance) in the same organisation.
ii.He will serve for a period of 5 years an order issued by Department of Personnel and Training
(DoPT).

Nagaraja Sharma appointed new CMD of United India Insurance


The Union Government has appointed M Nagaraja Sharma as the Chairman and Managing

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director of United India Insurance (UII) announced on 13th of Sept. 2017.


i.Sharma is currently the director and general manager of UII.
ii.The post of chairman and MD was vacant after the retirement of Milind Kharat a few months
ago.

UN chief appoints Peter Thomson as first UN envoy for oceans


On September 13,2017 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed the outgoing
president of the General Assembly Peter Thomson as the first special envoy for the
oceans. This action will stimulate the efforts to protect worlds oceans.
i. Peter Thomson played a lead role at the first-ever UN conference on oceans in June.

Harsh Kumar Jain appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Slovak Republic
On 14th September 2017, Mr.Harsh Kumar Jain was appointed as the next Ambassador of India to
the Slovak Republic, in New Delhi.Mr.Harsh Kumar Jain, Indian Foreign Service, of batch 1993 is
currently the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

IOC elects former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to head its Ethics
Commission
On 14th September 2017, IOC (International Olympic Committee) elected former United Nations
General Secretary Mr.Ban Ki-moon as the head of its Ethics Commission, in Lima, Peru.
i. Mr.Ban Ki-moon has been elected as the head of IOCs Ethics Commission for a term of 4 years.

Indias first foreign coach for women boxers Stephane Cottalorda resigns
On 14th September 2017, Indias first foreign coach for women boxers Mr.Stephane
Cottalorda resigned from his position within 1 month of joining. Mr.Stephane Cottalorda has
stated delay in salary and other payments as a reason for his resignation.

Suresh Chitturi appointed as Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission


On 15th September 2017, Mr.Suresh Chitturi, Managing Director of Srinivasa Farms, was appointed
as Vice-Chairman of International Egg Commission, in Belgium.
i. The appointment was made at a meeting in Bruges, Belgium.
ii. Mr.Suresh Citturi would hold this position for the next two years.

Advertising Club appoints Vikram Sakhuja as President


On 14th September 2017, the Advertising Club elected Mr.Vikram Sakhuja, Group Chief
Executive Officer Media and OOH, Madison Communications as its President.
i. Mr.Vikram Sakhuja would replace Mr.Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, as the President of Adevertising

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Club.
ii. Mr.Raj Nayak was the President of Advertising Club for two Consecutive terms.
iii. Mr.Vikram Sakhuja said that his aim is to develop the existing leadership forums into large and
global platforms.

Abanti Sankaranarayanan elected as chairperson of ASCI


On 14th September 2017, Ms.Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Chief Strategy and Corporate Affairs
Officer, Diageo India, has been elected as the chairperson of the board of The Advertising
Standards Council of India (ASCI).
i. Ms.Abanti Sankaranarayanan was unanimously elected as the chairperson of the board of The
Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).

Iceland PM resigns after coalition collapses


On 16th September 2017, Iceland Prime Minister Mr.Bjarni Benediktsson resigned from his position,
in Reykjavik, Iceland.The Prime Minister resigned from his position after one party from its
alliance quit and the other asked for a new election.

Sekhar Basu Gets 1 Year Extension as Atomic Energy Secretary


On 16th September 2017, scientist Dr.Sekhar Basu was given one-year extension as Atomic Energy
Secretary, till 19thSeptember 2018.
1. Dr.Sekhar Basus has been given extension for the second time.
2. He was appointed as the Atomic Energy Secretary in October 2015. His period was to end
in September 2016.

Y C Modi appointed as Director General of NIA


Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Y C Modi is appointed as the new director general of
the National Investigation Agency (NIA) announced on 18th of Sept. 2017.Modi will replace
Sharad Kumar, who will retire on 30th October.

Economist Mercedes Araoz sworn in as Perus new Prime Minister


On 18th September 2017, Vice President Ms.Mercedes Araoz was appointed as new Prime
Minister of Peru by President Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, in Lima.
i. President of Peru, Mr.Pedro Pablo Kuczynski reshuffled the cabinet after the Congress passed a
no-confidence vote on the existing Prime Minister Mr. Fernando Zavala on 15th Sepetember
2017.
ii. This was a consequence of a dispute regarding teachers strike and the governments education
policies that stressed gender equality in the school curriculum.

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Akshay Kumar appointed as Brand Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in


Uttarakhand
On 18th September 2017, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr.Trivendra Singh Rawat announced the
appointment of Bollywood actor Mr.Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh
Bharat Mission in Uttarakhand.

Raquel Dodge became first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil


On 18th September 2017, Ms.Raquel Dodge became the first woman General Prosecutor of Brazil,
in Brasilia.
i. Ms.Raquel Dodge has replaced Mr.Rodrigo Janot as the first woman General Prosecutor of
Brazil.
ii. Mr.Rodrigo Janot held the position for four years.

India-born Sriram Krishnan appointed as Senior Director of Twitter


Twitter a Micro-blogging website has appointed Indian-born Sriram Krishnan as Senior
Director of Productannounced on 19th Sept. 2017.
i.Krishnan has previously worked with Facebook and Snapchat.
ii.In Facebook he worked in building the companys ad network, Audience Network while at
Snapchat he helped build out the companys ads API.

Ajay Bisaria appointed as new High Commissioner to Pakistan


On 17th September 2017, Indian Government appointed Mr.Ajay Bisaria as Indian High
Commissioner to Pakistan.
i. Mr.Ajay Bisaria is the current ambassador to Poland.
ii. He will replace Mr. Gautam Bambawale as the High Commissioner to Pakistan.
iii. Mr. Gautam Bambawale will be appointed as ambassador to China.

India TV Chairman Rajat Sharma elected as NBA President


On 19th September 2017, India TV Chairman and Editor-In-Chief Rajat Sharma was elected as the
new President of the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) for 2017-18.
i. Rajat Sharma has been appointed as President of NBA.
ii. M.V.Shreyams Kumar, Joint MD of Mathrubhumi Printing & Publishing Co Ltd was elected as the
Vice President.

B Sambamurthy appointed as NPCI interim Board chairman


The Board of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has appointed of B
Sambamurthy as interim Chairman of the Board announced on 21st Sept. 2017.

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i.NPCI is an umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems in the country. Sambamurthy has
replaced Balachandran M.

Vani Sarraju Rao declared as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Estonia


Ms. Vani Sarraju Rao presently Ambassador of lndia to Finland, has been appointed as the next
Ambassador of lndia to the Republic of Estonia.
i.It has been announced on 21st Sept. 2017. She is expected to take up the assignment shortly.

Jaideep Mazumdar declared as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau
Jaideep Mazumdar presently Ambassador of India to the Republic of the Philippines has appointed
as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Palau.
i.It was announced on 20th Sept. 2017. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.

Umesh Chand Asawa elected to IBA management committee


Umesh Chand Asawa has been elected to member of the managing committee of the Indian
Banks Association (IBA), Mumbai. He is currently the Managing Director & CEO, A.P. Mahesh Co-
operative Urban Bank Ltd.Asawa has been working with the Mahesh Bank for more than three
decades and had served in various capacities.

Balraj Joshi appointed as new NHPC chairman


Balraj Joshi is appointed the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of NHPC Ltd.
announced on 22nd of Sept. 2017.
i.As per the order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) he will serve
till December 31, 2019.
ii.At present Balraj Joshi is Technical Director in the organisation.

Cisco appoints Chuck Robbins as executive chairman


Global IT and networking major Cisco has appointed Chuck Robbins as the Executive
Chairman of the company announced on 19th Sept. 2017.
i.The announcement came after John Chambers, the present Executive Chairman, notified the
Board of Directors that he will not stand for re-election.

Bambawale is new envoy to China


Indias high commissioner to Pak Gautam Bambawale has been appointed as the

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ambassador to China on 17th of Sept. 2017.


i.He has served as joint secretary of East Asia division where he handled both China &
Japan.
ii.Indias current ambassador to China Vijay Gokhale was appointed as Secretary (Economic
Relations) in MEA.

Bandhan Bank appoints five lead managers for its IPO


Bandhan Banks Board has decided to appoint Goldman Sachs Group, JPMorgan Chase, Axis
Bank, JM Financial and Kotak Mahindra Bankas lead managers to manage its proposed initial
public offering (IPO).

Ram Jethmalani retires as advocate at 94


Senior advocate and former union minister Ram Jethmalani announced his retirement
from legal practiceat the age of 94.
i.He announced his retirement from over seven-decade-long career as an advocate.
ii.He called the present state of the government a calamity.

West Bengal govt revives Gorkha Territorial Administration with Binay Tamang as
chairman
The West Bengal government has appointed Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Binay
Tamang as the chairman of a new board of administrators to run the Darjeeling hills.
i.The board chaired by Binay Tamang will govern the area that falls under the Gorkhaland
Territorial Administration.

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian gets one-year extension


The government has extended the term of Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian by
one year till October 2018 announced on 23rd of Sept. 2017.
i.His term was for three years, which was to end on 16th October.

Chawngthu becomes Mizorams first woman minister in 30 yrs


Vanlalawmpuii Chawngthu became the second woman in Mizoram to be inducted in the
states council of ministers after a gap of 30 years.
i.Chawngthu was sworn in as a minister by Mizoram governor Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma (Rtd)
during a searing-in-ceremony held at Raj Bhavan.
ii.She is the second woman in Mizoram to hold ministerial post after Lalhlimpuii Hmar, who was
made a minister in 1987.

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Rajni Kant Mishra appointed new DG of SSB


Rajnikant Mishra will be the new Chief of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).Mishra, a 1984 batch
Uttar Pradesh Cadre IPS officer, will succeed Archana Ramasundaram who is set to retire on
30th September.

Angela Merkel wins 4th term as Chancellor of Germany


Angela Merkel won a fourth term as chancellor in Germany elections that lifted the far-right
party Alternative for Germany into parliament for the first time since the immediate aftermath
World War II.
i.Her nearest rivals, the Social Democrats, and their candidate Martin Schulz came in the second
position with a post-war record low 20.8%.
ii.Merkels party Christian Democrat-led picked up 32.5% of the votes to defeat Martin
Schulzs Social Democrats.

Industrialist Rajinder Gupta elected as PCA president


Leading industrialist Rajinder Gupta was elected as the president of the Punjab Cricket
Association on 23rd of Sept. 2017.
i.Singla, Rakesh Rathour, Prof S M Verma and Amarinder Bindra were elected as the vice
presidents of the PCA.
ii.Arun Sharma and Dr A G S Bawa were elected to the post of honorary joint secretary and
Ajay Tyagi was elected as the treasurer.

Shashi Shanker appointed as ONGC Chairman


Shashi Shanker has been appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Indias biggest oil
and gas producer, ONGC, till March 2021.
i.Shanker, who is currently Director (Technical and Field Services) at ONGC, as CMD till his
superannuation, as against an initial one-year term proposed by the Oil Ministry.
ii.Shanker will take charge from 1st October when the incumbent Dinesh K Sarraf retires and will
have a three-and- a-half-year term until March 31, 2021.

Bilal Dar,an 18 year old from Srinagar becomes an ambassador for Swachhata Hi Seva
Bilal Ahmad Dar a boy from Srinagar has become the brand ambassador for Swachhata Hi
Seva from Srinagar Municipal Corporation announced on 25th of Sept. 2017.
i.Dar has been contributing to the Swachhta Abhiyan since the age of 12.
ii.Swachhta Hi Sewa campaign has turned out to be monetarily beneficial for residents and scrap
buyers/dealers, besides helping in enhancing preventive measures against vector-borne diseases.

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Joao Lourenco sworn in as Angolas first new president in 38 years


Joao Lourenco has been sworn in as president of Angola, becoming the first new leader in the
oil-rich southern African nation in almost four decades.
i.The ruling MPLA won 61% of the vote in last months election.
ii.He served as governor in several provinces of Angola, and between 1992 and 1997 he
was responsible for propaganda in the MPLAs Politburo.

David Harquail appointed Chairman of World Gold Council


The World Gold Council has appointed President and Chief Executive of Franco-Nevada
Corporation David Harquail as its new Chairman announced on 26th Sept. 2017.
i.Harquail has succeeded Randall Oliphant, who served as the Chairman for the past four
years.

Mridul Kumar appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Malaysia


Shri Mridul Kumar an IFS of 1992 batch presently Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External
Affairs has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Malaysia.

Rajiv Sabharwal appointed as Tata Capital CEO


Tata Capital has announced the appointment of Rajiv Sabharwal as CEO & Managing
Director, Designate of Tata Capital Limited on 28th Sept. 2017.
i.Sabharwal will be joining Tata Capital in January 2018. He would be succeeding Managing
Director & CEO Praveen P Kadle who will be assuming other responsibilities in the Tata Group
effective April 1, 2018.

BHU appoints first woman chief proctor


The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has appointed Royana Singh as the first woman as
its chief proctor of the institution on 28th of Sept. 2017.
i.Royana would be succeeding O.N. Singh, who resigned on 26 September. The appointment
was approved by Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi.

Etihad Airways appoints Tony Douglas as Group CEO


Etihad has announced the appointment of Tony Douglas on 28th Sept. 2017 as the chief
executive officer of the Etihad Aviation Group, parent company of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad,
which owns 24% in Jet Airways.
i.Tony Douglas as Group Chief Executive Officer, who will join the company in January 2018.

President Ram Nath Kovind appoints five new Governors


On 30th September 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed governors for the states of Bihar,
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Tamil Nadu, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh.


Appointment of new Governors:
i. Governors appointed for the 5 states are as follows:
Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit
Arunachal Pradesh Brigadier (Retd.) BD Mishra
Bihar Satya Pal Malik
Assam Jagdish Mukhi
Meghalaya Ganga Prasad
ii. Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor for Andaman
and Nicobar Islands.

Russias Rosneft elects former German chancellor Schroeder as Chairman


On 29th September 2017, Former German Chancellor Mr.Gerhard Schroeder was elected as
Chairman of Russias biggest oil producer Rosneft, in Russia.
Gerhard Schroeder elected as Rosnefts Chairman:
i. The Russian government nominated Mr.Schroeder in August 2017, to join the board of Rosneft.

ACQUISTIONS & MERGER

HCL acquires UK-based data management platform Datawave


On 5th September 2017, HCL Technologies announced the acquisition of automationdriven
data management platform Datawave to accelerate data integration and migration for their
clients.HCL Technologies did not provide any financial details of the acquisition.

BSNL, Coriant ties up for industrial 5G applications


On 6th September 2017, State-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) partnered with
Coriant, a US-based packet optical and mobile routing solutions company to study and deploy 5G-
based industrial internet applications for enterprise customers in New Delhi.

Tierra Agrotech buys Monsanto cotton seed business


On 8th September 2017, Tierra Agrotech Private Limited, a Hyderabad based company
acquired Monsanto Holdings, a US based cotton seed company, in New Delhi.

Infosys acquired London-based product design firm Brilliant Basics


On 11th September 2017, Infosys announced that it has acquired London-based product design firm
Brilliant Basics.Infosys has acquired Brilliant Basics for 7.5-million pounds (approx Rs 63 crore) in
an all-cash deal.
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Zomato acquires Runnr


On 13th September 2017, restaurant discovery and food delivery firm Zomato acquired logistics
startup Runnr. The amount for which Runnr was acquired has not been disclosed.

Google buys engineers from HTC in $1.1-billion deal


Google has acquired a part of electronics company HTC Corporations engineering and
design teams for $1.1 billion announced on 21st Sept. 2017.The deal, which includes
employees that have worked on the Pixel smartphone, also comes with a non-exclusive
licensing agreement for HTC intellectual property.

Swiss Firm ABB to buy GEs Industrial Solutions Business


On 25th September 2017, Swiss Engineering Firm ABB announced that it would buy GEs Industrial
Solutions Business.ABB would buy GEs Industrial Solutions Business for $2.6 billion.

Flipkart acquires F1 Info Solutions


Flipkart has acquired F1 Info Solutions, a mobile and IT repair services company with a
pan-India presence of owned and franchised centres.t will expand Flipkarts offerings to the
entire lifecycle of mobiles, IT products and consumer electronics, from sales to after sales and
repair services.

MoUs
MOU signed between the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and CBDT for Automatic and
Regular Exchange of Information
On September 14,2017 a MOU between the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Central Board of
Direct Taxes (CBDT) for Automatic and Regular Exchange of Information to curb the menace of
shell companies, money laundering and black money in the country and prevent misuse of
corporate structure by shell companies for various illegal purposes.

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute Signs MoU with Bonn to promote coloured
wheat
An autonomous body of Ministry of Science and Technology, National Agri-Food Biotechnology
Institute has signed MoU with Ludhiana based Bonn Food Industries on 14th of Sept. 2017.
i.The MoU has been signed to promote coloured wheat with antioxidant qualities beneficial

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for control of diabetes, cholesterol and obesity.


ii.The yield of coloured wheat compared to normal varieties would rise to 17 quintals per acre
against normal 20 quintals per acre.

India & Sri Lanka sign MoU to upgrade Thondaman Vocational Training Centre in Srilanka
On 20th September 2017, India and Sri Lanka signed a MoU to upgrade Thondaman Vocational
Training Centre in Sri Lanka.
i. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka and
Mrs. R. Nadarasapillai, Secretary, Ministry of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and
Community Development.
ii. The Thondaman Vocational Training Centre (TVTC), is located in Nuwara Eliya district of Sri
Lanka.

Infosys Foundation signs pact with Visakha jilla samithi for water supply systems
Visakhapatnam tribal villages
On September 19,2017 Infosys Foundation has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Visakha Jilla Nava Nirman Samithi (VJNNS) an NGO to construct 100 gravity fed
water supply systems in the tribal villages of Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.i. The
endowment of Rs. 5.92 crore will be used to promote good sanitation practicesand
create efficient water management systems in all the villages.
ii. It aims at making potable drinking water available to remote tribal villages in the districts
of Visakhapatnam and Srikakulam.

Australias Deakin University signs MoU with NSDC for skills ecosystem
On 22nd September 2017, Deakin University of Australia said that it has signed a MoU with the
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for projects in skills ecosystem.
i. The MoU is for a period of five years.
ii. The alliance will work on projects to conduct data analytics and impact evaluation studies in the
skills ecosystem.

India MoU with Norway & collaborates with US and Japan


Government of India has collaborated with US, Japan and Norway in the fields of health security,
rail safety and health co-operation respectively.
i.Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ii.This Letter of Intent aims to extend the co-operation in health sector through the Norway
India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of 3 years, starting from 2018.

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India and United States renew Commitment on Health security:


i.India and United States renewed their commitment to work together in the healthcare sector.
ii.This would provide better solutions to the health challenges faced by the people of both the
countries.
India and Japan Co-operation in Rail Safety:
i.Indian Ministry of Railways had requested Japans Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and
Tourism (MLIT) for technical co-operation in Rail Safety.
ii.This co-operation will enable exchange of information and visit of experts from both sides.

Tamil Nadu inks pact with German firm for land use planning project
On 27th September 2017, Tamil Nadu signed a joint technical co-operation agreement with
Germany-based GIZ, to carry out land use planning and management project, in Tamil Nadu.
i. According to this agreement, India would carry out land use planning and management
projects with the support of German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University signs MoU for Academic Collaboration
Indian Army and Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU), New Delhi has signed MoU for
Academic Collaboration, technical advancement and progression of Army
Personnel announced on 29th Sept. 2017.
i.The MoU has signed between Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar, Adjutant General, IHQ of MoD (Army)
& Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMIU).
ii.The University agreed to recognize the in-service courses run by the Army. With new
collaboration, soldiers can avail diploma and degree while being in service.

Maharashtra signs MoU with South Korea for Infrastructure Projects


On 26th September 2017, The Maharashtra Government signed a MoU with South Korea for
increased co-operation in infrastructure projects like development of smart cities, roads, airports
and metros.
i. Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr.Devendra Fadnavis is on a three day visit to South Korea and
Singapore.
ii. This MoU would help with implementation strategy, legal systems, policies, technologies
and information in infrastructure development.

Gujarat government signed MoU with Google for Digital Gujarat


The Gujarat government has signed a MoU with Google India for Digital Gujarat movement
under Digital India.
i.Under the MoU Google will train small and medium scale entrepreneurs the use of digital
platform for business development under the Digital Unlocked programme.

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ii.The MoU was signed in presence of the chief minister, Gujarats chief secretary J N Singh,
and Google India Public Policy Director Chetan Krishnaswamy.
iii.It will provide cloud facility up to $20,000 to recognized startups.

Assam govt signs MoU with Google to increase digital literacy


Assam government has signed a MoU with Google India Pvt. Ltd. to increase digital
literacy and takeInternet connectivity to the remotest part of the north-eastern state.
i.Under this MoU the government would work to provide Internet connections to 26,000
villages and 1,500 tea garden areas in Assam.
ii.Information Technology Secretary Nitin Khare and Google India Country Head (Policy) Chetan
Krishnaswami has signed the Memorandum of Understanding.

USTDA signs MoU with AAI to develop Kolkata, Lucknow airports


The US Trade and Development Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Airports Authority of India announced on 13th of Sept. 2017.
i.The MoU has been signed to support a 20-year master plan aimed at expansion of
operational capacities of the Kolkata and Lucknow international airports.
ii.Airports Authority of India (AAI) has selected Cincinnati-based Landrum & Brown (L&B)
company to conduct the master planning.

Infosys Foundation signs MoU with IISc to enhance infrastructure and broaden research
activities
On 25th September 2017, Infosys Foundation signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Science
(IISc), Bangalore.
i. The MoU between Infosys Foundation and Indian Institute of Science aims to improve
infrastructure and broaden research activities at the Centre for Infectious Diseases Research
(CIDR).
ii. Funds for Rs.5 crore has been allotted for the research.

SCHEMES
Prime Minister launches Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Saubhagya
On 25th September 2017, Prime Minister Mr.Narendra Modi launched a new scheme, Pradhan Mantri
Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana Saubhagya, to carry out electrification of all households in India.
i.The total budget for this project is Rs.16,320 crore. Gross Budgetary Support (GBS)
provided is Rs.12,320 crore.
ii.The budget allocated for the rural households is Rs.14,025 crore. For which, GBS is Rs.10,587.50
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crore.
iii.Budget allocated for urban households is Rs.2,295 crore. For which, GBS is Rs.1,732.50 crore.
iv.All the States and Union Territories should complete household electrification by
31st December 2018.

Dr.Harshvardhan launches Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana
On 22nd September 2017, The Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences & Environment,
Forest & Climate Change, Dr.Harshvardhan launched Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram
Sankul Pariyojana in Uttarakhand.
Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana:
i.This project has been inspired by teachings and ideals of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhayay.
ii.Department of Science and Technology (DST) has planned to adopt a few clusters of villages in
Uttarakhand and make them self-sustainable using the tools of Science and Technology.
iii.The main idea of this project is to acquire local resources and skill sets and transform
them using science and technology. So the value addition is imparted to the local products and
services, which would develop the rural community.

Karnataka launches unified health scheme Arogya Bhagya


Karnataka government will merge the existing seven health schemes to launch a unified
health scheme- Arogya Bhagya. It will cover all 1.4 crore households of the state.
i.The main theme of the Arogya Bhagya scheme is Treatment Firstand Payment Next.
ii.All the health facilities will be provided through Aadhaar linked Universal Health Card.
iii.The State Cabinet had given administrative sanction for the unified schemes and it will come to
effect from 1stof November.

Government extends FAME India Scheme by six-month


Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete mentioned that
the government wasconsidering the extension of a scheme to promote electric and hybrid
vehicles by another six months.
i.The schemes phase-I was introduced from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2017.The phase was
subsequently extended by six months till September end.
ii.The scheme extends incentives for purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles in particular
areas.

Government to launch School Chalo Abhiyan scheme to enroll 80 lakh kids


On 8th September 2017, Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr.Prakash Javadekar
announced that Government would implement School Chalo Abhiyan scheme in 2018, in New

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Delhi.
i. The School Chalo Abhiyan scheme was announced during a seminar on Literacy Day.
ii. This scheme has been introduced in order to enroll students who have dropped out from school.

Cabinet approves implementation of the scheme Dairy Processing & Infrastructure


Development Fund
On September 12,2017, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) approved a Dairy
Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) with an outlay of Rs10,881
crore during the period from 2017-18 to 2028-29.This fund will give new impetus to the dairy
industry and to people relying on it.The project will be implemented by National Dairy
Development Board (NDDB) and National Dairy Development Cooperation (NCDC).
i)Building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up of cold storage infrastructure.
ii)Installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment.
iii)Creation/modernization/expansion of processing infrastructure and manufacturing
faculties for Value Added Products for the Milk Unions/ Milk Producer Companies.

Jharkhand Government launches Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana


On September 17,2017 Jharkhand Government launched the Shaheed Gram Vikas Yojana at
Ulihatu Village ,Khunti district of Jharkhand. BJP President Amit Shah along with Jharkhand
Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched the initiative.The scheme aims at developing the villages
of freedom fighters in the state . Ulihatu Village is the birth place of freedom fighter and
Jharkhands tribal icon, Birsa Munda.

Government launches Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat to boost PMUY


on 23rd September 2017, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan
launched the Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat in Mota Ishanpur village of Gujarat.
i.On this occasion, Mr.Dharmendra Pradhan handed over free LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
connection to a beneficiary of PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana) scheme.Gujarat Chief Minister
Mr.Vijay Rupani was also present in the occasion.
ii.Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat will focus on spreading awareness among LPG users about
the proper use and benefits of LPG.

Odisha Government launched Sampurna Yojana


On 24th September 2017, Odisha Government launched Sampurna (Sishu Abond Matru
Mrityuhara Purna Nirakaran Abhijan) Yojna scheme for pregnant women, in Odisha.

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i. Under the Sampurna Yojana scheme Odisha government will provide Rs.1,000 as transport
cost for pregnant women to travel to the hospital from inaccessible areas arranging their
own vehicles.
ii. This schemes covers villages where 102, 108 ambulances or four-wheeler vehicles cannot reach.
iii. The Odisha Government has planned to spend Rs.6 crore per year on this scheme.

Haryana government scraps Dadupur Nalvi canal scheme


The Haryana Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a
proposal of Irrigation and Water Resources Department to announce 1,019.2994 acres of
land acquired for construction of Dadupur Nalvi Irrigation Scheme.
i.The scheme was meant to provide water to even those areas which fall under the category of
dark zone because of low level of underground water.
ii.This project was launched after long pending demand of the farmers. The primary objective of
the project of providing canal irrigation could not be fulfilled.

Gujarat government launches Gyankunj Project in schools


Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has launched Gyakunj e-class project from Shahpur primary
school in Gandhinagar announced on 4th Sept 2017.
i.Under this initiative, interactive e-class will be launched with smart board.
ii.In the first phase, 550 schools will be covered under the Gyankunj Project and
gradually standard 5th to 9th of every schools of the state will cover under the project.
iii.Gyankunj Project covers under total worth of Rs. 35.85 crore.
iv.The objective of the project is to produce world-class students. The project is launched at
expenditure of Rs. 222,000/- per school.

COMMITTEE

PM Narendra Modi forms Economic Advisory Council under Bibek Debroy


On 25th September 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reconstituted the Economic Advisory
Council (EAC) under the Chairmanship of Bibek Debroy.
i. Bibek Debroy is an economist and member of NITI Aayog.
ii. NITI Aayogs Principal Advisor and former Finance Secretary Ratan Watal has been made
member-secretary of EAC.
iii. Members of EAC are Economist Surjit Bhalla, National Institute of Public Finance, Policy director
Rathin Roy and Professor Ashima Goyal, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research.

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Sports Ministry approves constitution of 13- Empowered Steering Committee (ESC)


On September 1,2017,Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the constitution of
an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) on the basis of the recommendations of the interim
report of the8-member Task Force headed by AbinavBindra.It will increase Indias medal
prospects in forthcoming Olympic games including 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.
Terms of Reference of the Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) :
(i) The committee will review the core probable list of each High Priority and Priority disciplines for
Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympic Games and make recommendations with respect
to additions or deletions.
(ii) Review the Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTCs) approved by the
Government in consultation with the National Sports Federation (NSF) concerned and make
specific recommendations with respect to any additional or supplementary requirements.

(iii)Recommend specific plans / packages for TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme)
beneficiaries selected by the TOPS committee.
(iv) Provide advisory support for setting up of Centre of Excellence for Para Sports at
Gandhinagar (Gujarat).
(v) Develop Key Result Areas for High Priority sports disciplines.

Punjab government forms steering committee to monitor drug de-addiction


Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has constituted a steering
committee to monitor and coordinate the states drug de-addiction and rehabilitation
programme announced on 26th of Sept. 2017.
i.The decision to set up the committee, headed by the state chief secretary, was taken by
the chief minister at a meeting of the State Board of Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation.
ii.He also mentioned the importance of the need for implementing a post- rehabilitation
phase for the victims of drug addiction that would include skill training.
About Punjab

TK Viswanathan headed committee to deal with hate speech on internet


On 28th September 2017, a committee headed by Mr.T.K.Viswanathan, submitted a report to the
Home Ministry, regarding new laws or amendments to deal with hate speech on the internet, in
New Delhi.
i. This committee was formed after the Supreme Court ruled out section 66A of the Information
Technology (IT) Act.
ii. The committee has suggested that section 78 of the IT Act needs to be substituted and
Section 153 & 505A of the Indian Penal Code needs to be amended.

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iii. The committee has recommended that each state should have a State Cyber Crime Coordinator,
which should be an officer not below the rank of Inspector General of Police.

IRDAI panel headed by Dilip C Chakraborty helps to move risk-based capital norms in 3
years
Insurance regulator IRDAI has formed a ten-member committee to help in implementing
the new risk-based capital (RBC) regime and it will also enhance protection to policyholders.
i.The RBC Committee headed by Dilip C Chakraborty. He suggested that the industry should move
ahead with RBC to ensure that capital held by a company will take into account its overall risk
profile.
ii.The ten-member committee work is to ensure smooth and timely implementation of RBC
regime from existing solvency capital regime and ensure completion of the project as per
target.
iii.The committee will be headed by IRDAI Member (Actuary), Pournima Gupte.

NITI Aayog constitutes Expert Task Force on Employment & Exports under Dr.Rajiv
Kumar
On 6th September 2017, an Expert Task Force was constituted with the NITI Aayog Vice
Chairman, Dr.Rajiv Kumar, as its Chairperson to provide a major thrust to job creation by
enhancing Indias exports.The Expert Task Force will submit its report by November 2017.
Constitution of the Expert Task Force:
1. Chairperson Dr.Rajiv Kumar,Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
2. Covenor Mr.Dhiraj Nayyar, Officer on Special Duty,NITI Aayog
Other members of the Task force include CEO of NITI Aayog, Secretary of Department of
Commerce, Secretary of Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Secretary of Department of
Economic Affairs, Secretary of Ministry of Textiles, leading economists and industry experts.

Government constitutes Group of Ministers under Sushil kumar Modi & Hasmukh Adhia to
resolve IT challenges faced in GST implementation
On September 12,2017 Ministry of finance has constituted a 5 member Group of Ministers (GoM)
and a Committee on Exports to look into the difficulties faced on the implementation of GST.
The Group of Ministers (GoM) :-
Purpose : To monitor and resolve IT challenges faced in implementation of Goods and Services Tax
(GST). The GoM will be assisted in its work by the Chairman, Goods and Services Tax Network
(GSTN) and the Chief Executive Officer, GSTN.
i. It Chaired by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi.
ii. The Members of the GoM are
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-Shri Amar Agarwal, Minister for Commercial Taxes, Government of Chhatisgarh


Shri Krishna Byregowda, Minister for Agriculture, Government of Karnataka
Dr. T.M. Thomas Isaac, Finance Minister, Government of Kerala
-Shri Etela Rajendar, Finance Minister, Government of Telengana.
Committee on Exports:
Purpose: To look at the issues of export sector and to recommend to the GST Councilsuitable
strategy for helping the export sector in the post-GST scenario.It will be chaired by the Revenue
Secretary, Hasmukh Adhia
Its members are
-CBEC member (customs).-Director General, DGFT;-Additional Secretary, GST Council;-Director
General, DG Export Promotion from the Central Government and -Commissioners of Commercial
Taxes from the States of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Union Government reorganises six Committees of Cabinet


After the recent ministry reshuffle On September 11,2017 the Union Government has reorganised
six Committees of the Cabinet.
i.Defence minister Nirmala sitharaman and Railway ministerPiyush whose portfolios was
recently elevated were inducted in Cabinet Committee on Political affairs(CCPA).
ii. Nirmala sitharaman , Piyush ,Minister for Petroleum and Natural GasDharmendra Pradhan were
also included as permanent members of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
The six Committees of the Cabinet:
i)Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC): It is responsible for all appointments of
higher ranks in the Central Secretariat, Public Enterprises, Public Enterprises and Financial
Institutions. It is headed by Prime minister.
ii)Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA): It is responsible for the allotment of
accommodation for various top positions in the Government of India. It is headed by Home
minister
iii)Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA): It deals with the activities pertaining to the
economics of the country. It is headed by Prime Minister.
iv)Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA): looks after the progress of
government business in the Parliament of India. It is headed by Home minister
v)Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA): It is responsible for all issues related to
domestic and foreign affairs. It is most powerful cabinet committee. It is often referred as super
cabinet. It is headed by Prime minister
vi)Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS): It is one of the most important committees in India, it
looks into the matters of defence expenditures and National security. It is headed by Prime

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Minister

Joint Parliamentary Committee under Bhupender Yadav on the Financial Resolution and
Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017
On 8th September 2017, a Joint Parliamentary Committee has been formed to examine and
present a report on the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017, in New
Delhi.
About the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017:
The Bill claims to provide:
Resolution to certain categories of financial service providers in distress
Deposit insurance to consumers of certain categories of financial services
Designation of important financial institutions
Establishment of a Resolution Corporation for protection of consumers of specified service
providers for ensuring stability
Recovery of the financial system

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY


ISROs IRNSS-1H navigation satellite launch was unsuccessful
On august 31,2017, Indias ISRO failed in its attempt to launch its eighth regional navigation
satellite (IRNSS-1H) from Sriharikota at 7pm. ISRO chief A.S. Kiran Kumar told, There was
no problem in any of the stages. But the heat shield has to separate. And once that happens the
satellite gets into the orbit. It got separated internally. But its enclosed within the heat shield in
the fourth stage. As a result, the satellite got stuck in the fourth stage of the Polar Satellite Launch
VehiclePSLV-C39.
1. IRNSS-1H was sent to space to back up and replace the functions of Indias first
navigation satellite IRNSS-1A which was launched four years back.
2. Indian Space Research Organisation had to quickly get two back-ups ready when all three
rubidium atomic clocks on 1A failed around mid-2016.

AMD launches Ryzen Pro processors for business PCs


Chipmaker AMD has presented a new line of microprocessor chips called Ryzen Pro for
commercial desktop workstations to be available in India and other countries by end of
2017.
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i.At the global launch of Ryzen Pro leading PC makers HP, Dell and Lenovo introduced a new high-
end workstations using Ryzen Pro to meet the demand of present scenario toughest computing-
tasks.
ii.HPs Elitedesk 705 G3, Dells Optiplex 5055 and Lenovos ThinkCentre M715/Thinkpad A 275 and
A475 are presented for global launch later this month.

Applying for LDR and Accident claim documents made online in Tamilnadu
Tamil Nadu Police has launched of new online services. Under the online services petitioners
seeking documents to file accident claims can now download all necessary documents via the
Internet on payment of a minimum charge.
i.The online services has launched in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu.
ii.The petitioners could download 15 documents needed for filing the Motor Accident Claim Petition
in court for compensation.
iii.Payment could be made through net banking. To ensure safety, the petitioner would get a one-
time password (OTP) to their registered mobile phone for downloading the documents.

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar launches grievance redressal portal


On September 1,2017 Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar launched an online portal for redressal
of public grievances aimed at addressing complaints within 30 days. The
portal www.goaonline.gov.in can be accessed after providing basic information like name,
address, mobile number, Aadhaar number, date of birth, email id, etc.

FDA approves First gene-altering leukemia treatment


The Food and Drug Administration has approved its first gene therapy drug in the United
States that will treat childhood leukemia.
i.Novartis drug Kymriah works by genetically modifying pediatric and young adult patients blood
cells to attack cancer cells in blood and bone marrow.
ii. It will be used in patients under the age of 25 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who were
unresponsive to initial treatment.
iii.Kymriah is a cell-based gene therapy. The therapy is a genetically-modified autologous
T-cell immunotherapy.

Government issues alert on spread of Locky Ransomware


The government has issued an alert on spread of new malware Locky Ransomware that
can lock computers and demand ransom for unlocking them.
i.Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding

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ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh.
ii.A new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky
Ransomware.

Intel unveils AI-focused Movidius Myriad X processing unit


Intel has introduced a new vision processing unit (VPU) called Movidius Myriad X. The new
Intel VPUis aimed at providing end-to-end artificial intelligence (AI)solutions to a wide
range of product categories such as smart cameras, virtual reality (VR) devices, robotics
and even drones.
i.Myriad X is the worlds first system-on-chip (SOC) shipping with a dedicated
neural compute engine for accelerating deep learning inferences at the edge.
ii.The Myriad X architecture is capable of 1 Trillion operations per second (TOPS) of compute
performance on deep neural network inferences.

TRAPPIST-1 planets likely to have water


Astronomers had discovered seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a relatively nearby dwarf
star. The system is called TRAPPIST-1. It is especially appealing because it has three planets
in the habitable zone it means that these worlds could potentially support liquid water
and perhaps even life announced on 1st sept 2017.
i.TRAPPIST-1 has become one of the most studied exo-systems in the relatively short
history of exoplanets.
ii.An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to estimate
whether there might be water on the seven planets orbiting in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 planetary

Breakthrough Listen Project detects 15 radio bursts from dwarf galaxy


Breakthrough Listen project detected 15 Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) coming from a dwarf
galaxy about 3 million light years away from earth.
i.The new detection was made with help of Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia.
ii.FRBs are radio signals from somewhere in deep space that last for just milliseconds and a bright
pulse of radio emission from distant galaxies.

Whatsapp launches new tool for business-whatsapp business


WhatsApp is launching a new app to help businesses communicate with their
customers announced on 6thsept 2017.
i.WhatsApp Business gives users a verified green checkmark badge next to their names.
ii.Secondly, businesses will be able to create a company profile with information such as address,

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business hours, description of product or service offered.


iii.Thirdly, WhatsApp Business will help to manage consumer chats.

APEDA develops mobile app for farm registration, certification


According to the Commerce Ministry, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development
Authority(APEDA) has developed a mobile app Hortinet for farmers to facilitate
registration, testing and certification of certain fruits and vegetables.
i.The app Hortinet is an integrated traceability system developed by APEDA for providing
internet-based services to the stakeholders.
ii.The app will facilitate farm registration, testing and certification of grape, pomegranate and
vegetables for export from India to the European Union in compliance with standards.

Government launches DIKSHA portal to teachers


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has launched national teachers portal diksha.gov.in on
5th of Sept. 2017. DIKSHA Portal is created to provide digital and advance technology to the
teachers.
i.The main purpose of the Diksha portal is to focus the whole life cycle of the teacher, from the
point they are student teachers till their retirement.

Second-Fastest-Spinning Pulsar Discovered by Astronomers


Astronomers have discovered a pulsar spinning at more than 42,000 revolutions per
minute. It is thesecond-fastest Spinning Pulsar identified so far.
i.The new object, named PSR J0952-0607 or J0952 for short is classified as a millisecond
pulsar and is located between 3,200 and 5,700 light-years away in the constellation
Sextans.
ii.A pulsar is the core of a massive star that exploded as a supernova.

Government sets up online service for importers, exporters to resolve all foreign trade-
related issues
On 8th September 2017, the Government set up an online service facility to help importers
and exporters resolve all foreign trade-related issues, in New Delhi.
1. The online system has been named Contact @DGFT.
2. DGFT Directorate General of Foreign Trade. This comes under commerce ministry.
3. This system has been as a single point of contact for all foreign trade-related issues.

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CSIR scientists develops artificial leaf creates fuel from sunlight, water
Scientists have developed an artificial leaf that absorbs sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel
from water. It is an advance technology that may provide clean energy for powering eco-
friendly cars in the future.
i.The ultra-thin wireless device mimics plant leaves to produce energy using water and sunlight.
ii.The device consists of semiconductors stacked in a manner to simulate the natural leaf system.

NASAs Cassini spacecraft ends 20-year-long epic journey


On September 15,2017 NASAs Cassini spacecraft ended its 20-year-long epic journey with a
fiery plunge into the Saturns crushing atmosphere, while sending back never- before-seen
images of the ringed planet and its moons.
Cassini :-
i. The CassiniHuygens (commonly called Cassini) mission was a collaboration
between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Italian Space Agency (ASI)to send a
probe to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites. It is the
first spacecraft to enter into the orbit of Saturn and to study its moons , Enceladus in particular.
ii. The craft were named after astronomers Giovanni Cassini and Christiaan Huygens.

Airtel Payments Bank First payments bank in India to integrate the UPI on its digital
platform.
Airtel Payments Bank has become the first payments bank in India to integrate the
Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform announced on 17th of Sept. 2017.
i.It will help in making instant money transfers to any bank account in India and will add to
customer choice and convenience for making secure digital payments to online and offline
merchants.

Google launches digital payment app Tez in India


Google has launched its Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based digital payment service
by the name Tez in India announced on 18th of Sept. 2017.
i. Google has become the latest international giant to enter the fast growing digital payments
industry in India. Tez means fast in Hindi.
ii. Tez was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at an event in New Delhi.
iii. The new Google payment App TeZ is powered by UPI. It is a payments protocol built by the
Government-backed National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

HP unveils secure, enhanced POS system ElitePOS


On 19th September 2017, HP Inc India launched its new, all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) system HP
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ElitePOS at the India Retail Forum 2017 event, in Mumbai.


i. Elite POS is priced at Rs.59,999.
ii. It will be available with all HP authorised sellers from October 2017.

Fino Payments Bank launches mobile banking app BPay


On 20th September 2017, Fino Payments Bank launched its mobile banking app called BPay in
India.
i. BPay is an extension of its already existing wallet in the same name that was launched
in December 2016.
ii. The upgraded BPay app is available on Android currently.

Bandhan Tod: App to fight child marriage launched in Bihar


The Bandhan Tod app is launched by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on 18th of
Sept. 2017. It is a unique initiative, Gender Alliance Bihar, a collective effort of over 270 civil
society organisations.
i.Bandhan Tod is part of Gender Alliances strategy to support the state governments efforts
to end child marriage and dowry.
ii.A mobile app has come up to fight the rampant social evil of child marriage in the state.

University of Manchester in UK created Worlds first molecular robot


Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the worlds first molecular robot.
This robot iscapable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.
i.The robots operate by carrying out chemical reactions in special solutions which can then be
controlled and programmed by scientists to perform the basic tasks.

Scientists discovered first brainless creature that sleeps


Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have found that jellyfish go into a sleep-like state,
making them thefirst animals without a brain or central nervous system to do so.
i.The study was published in the journal Current Biology.
ii.Researchers studied Cassiopea, a mostly stationary jellyfish native to mudflats, mangrove
swamps, and other warm, shallow waters. The jellfish were kept in tanks with artificial
seawater in labs.

Osiris-Rex: NASAs asteroid-bound spacecraft swings by Earth


On 22nd September 2017, NASAs asteroid-chasing spacecraft Osiris-Rex swung by Earth on its

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way to an asteroid.
i. Osiris-Rex spacecraft was launched in 2016 within 17,237 km of Earth above Antarctica by
NASA.
ii. Osiris-Rex was launched to collect samples form asteroid Bennu.

SBI launches Chabot to help customers in banking activities


On 25th September 2017, SBI (State bank of India) launched a Chatbot (chat assistant) to respond
and answer customer enquiries.
i. The chat assistant is named as SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA).
ii. It uses Artificial Intelligence technology.

Worlds Smallest Squirrel discovered in Indonesia


On 25th September 2017, Indonesia announced that the worlds smallest squirrel was discovered
by Indonesian scientists in Borneo rain forest, Indonesia.
i. The Bormean pigmy squirrel or exilisciurus exilis was found in Meratus mountain of South
Kalimantan province of Indonesia.
ii. It is 73 mm long and 17 g in weight.

Union Home Minister launches PENCIL Platform for Effective Enforcement of No Child
Labour Project
On 26th September 2017, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the PENCIL Platform for
Effective Enforcement of No Child Labour Project (NCLP), in the National Conference on Child
Labour, in New Delhi.
PENCIL:- http://pencil.gov.in/
i. PENCIL (Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour) is an electronic
platform for no child labour.
ii. It was developed by the Labour Ministry.

Intel unveils 8th-Gen processor family for gaming, desktops


Intel has announced the roll out of the 8th generation of the Intel Core desktop
processor family which begin from 5th October. It is built for gamers and content creators for
heavy duty tasks.
i.The new processor family introduces the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop
processor and 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor.
ii.The top of the stack is Intel Core i7-8700K which is boosted as the companys best gaming
desktop processor.

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Bharat Dynamics Ltd signs contract for supply of medium range surface to air missiles to
Indian Army
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed contract with Research Centre Imarat
(RCI) for supply of Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missiles (MRSAM) to Indian
Army announced on 25th Sept. 2017.
i.The contract was signed to facilitate production, deliveries and product support of MRSAM system
for the Indian Army.
ii.The strategic contract was signed at RCI in Hyderabad.

Thaawarchand Gehlot launches Divyang Sarathi Mobile App


On 26th September 2017, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot launched
the Mobile App Divyang Sarathi for the differently abled.
Divyang Sarathi:
i. This mobile application would empower the Divyangjans (differently abled) by providing
easy access of information regarding schemes, scholarships, statutes, institutional
support systems etc.
ii. This application was developed by the two assistant secretaries Anunaya Jha and B Susheela in
the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

NASA and Russia Partner Up for Crewed Deep-Space Missions


NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos have announced a new partnership for
human exploration of the moon and deep space on 27th Sept. 2017.
i.Both agencies signed a joint statement on cooperation at the 68th International
Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
ii.NASA has partnered with Russia to flesh out ideas for its deep-space gateway concept,
a mission architecture designed to send astronauts into cislunar space or lunar orbit by
the 2020s.

Scientists detect Gravitational waves for the 4th time


On 28th September 2017, scientists announced that Gravitational waves have been detected for
the fourth time.
i. Scientists have detected the gravitational waves for the fourth time, in the form of ripples, in the
fabric of space and time.
ii. The gravitational wave signal was formed by the collision of two massive black holes, located
about 1.8 billion light-years away.

cientists discover new species of aquatic snake in North Western Ghats


Researchers have discovered a new snake species named Aquatic Rhabdops in the north of
Western Ghats.
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i. The new species of burrowing snakes belongs to genus Rhabdops.


ii. It is found in Koyna, Chandoli, Barki and Amboli regions of Maharashtra.

BSNL, Aeris Communications partner for IoT solutions


State-run telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd has announced agreement with IoT
solutions provider Aeris Communications to jointly tap the Internet of Things market in
India on 29th Sept. 2017.
i.Under the agreement, both the companies will offer packaged IoT solutions and services to
enterprises, small and medium businesses and public-sector undertakings, among other segments
in India.
ii.The partnership will ensure faster permeation of IoT across India and help businesses
and PSUs gain remarkable advantages.

DEFENCE
India hands over off-shore patrol vessel Varuna to Sri Lanka
On 5th September 2017, India handed over an off-shore patrol vessel, Varuna, to Sri Lanka as
a part of stepping up co-operation between the two coast guards.
Handing over of the off-shore patrol vessel:
1. The ship (Varuna) was decommissionedwith traditional honours on August 23 to
facilitate the handing over at Kochi.
2. The ship has been allocated pennant number SLCG-60 by Sri Lanka Coast Guard and
will be commanded by Captain Neville Amara Ubayasiri.

India and Sri Lanka begin Joint Naval Exercise SLINEX 2017 at Visakhapatnam
On 7th September 2017, the seventh edition of India-Sri Lanka joint maritime naval exercise
SLINEX 2017 started near Vishakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh in India on the Bay of
Bengal. It will last till 14th September 2017.
SLINEX 2017:
1. SLINEX 2017 focuses on fleet work, seamanship, communication, replenishment at sea,
Visit Board Search and Seize (VBSS) operations and helicopter operations.
2. Sri Lanka Navys offshore patrol vessels,SLNS Sayura and Sagara participate in this
edition of biennial exercise.

Joint India-Nepal army exercise begins in Saljhandi, Nepal


Nepal India Joint Military Exercise Surya Kiran has launched and it is to be held
from September 3 to 16. This is the 12th edition of the exercise.
i.Joint military exercise, Surya Kiran Nepal Army Battle School at Saljhandi.
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ii.It will have around 350 troops from each side, focusing on counterinsurgency and counter-terror
operations.

Ashok Leyland, ELCOM ink defence pact with Russian firm


Ashok Leyland Defence Systems (ALDS), Russias Rosoboronexport and ELCOM
Group have signed a cooperation agreement in defence business announced on 6th of Sept.
2017.The MoU has signed on the sidelines of the International Military Technical Forum Army, held
at Kubinka, near Moscow.

Swedish defence giant Saab, Adani join hands for defence manufacturing
Swedish defence giant Saab and Indian conglomerate Adani group has announced a
collaboration in defence manufacturing announced on 1st sept 2017.
i.The project would encompass design, development and production of Gripen jets for
India in line with the Make in India initiative.
ii.The collaboration would include projects, programmes and sharing of technologies of national
importance with India.

First global map of water on Moon created


On September 14,2017 scientists from Brown University have created the first map of water
and its chemical building blocks trapped in the uppermost portion of the Moons soil.The research
was funded by the NASA Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research Program. The
study was published in Science Advances journal.

i. It is built on the initial discovery in 2009 of water and a related molecule hydroxyl, which consists
of one atom each of hydrogen and oxygen in the lunar soil.
ii. It also used a new calibration of data taken from NASAs Moon Mineralogy Mapper,which flew
abroad Indias Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.

Uttar Pradesh tax department launches webpage for GST related complaints
On September 14,2017 ,The Uttar Pradesh tax department has launched a web page to allow
traders and others to submit their complaints and feedback related to the GST.
i. It facilitates uploading of supporting documents for any complaint and will help the tax
department to address GST related issues.
ii. Traders can raise queries related to migration, registration, return, payment/challan,
composition scheme, backend issue, connectivity, eway Bill.

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Scientists make cheap and clean fuel from air


On 7th September 2017, scientists of Cardiff University, successfully created a fuel methanol
from methane and oxygen obtained from the free air, in the United Kingdom.
Now methanol is made from methane and oxygen, freely available in the air at low temperatures
through a process calledsimple catalysis.

DRDO successfully flight tested Anti Tank Guided Missile NAG


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested
Indias indigenously developed third generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) Nag.
i.The missile was tested in a desert in the western sector of Rajasthan on 9th Sept. 2017.

SpaceX launches US Air Forces super-secret mini-shuttle


SpaceX has launched the US Air Forces super-secret space shuttle announced on 7th Sept. 2017
& a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit.
i.According to a SpaceX launch controller The Falcon has safely landed.
ii.An unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Floridas Kennedy Space Center.

Elon Musk shows off SpaceX first full body spacesuit


On 8th September 2017, CEO of SpaceX Billionaire Elon Musk shared a picture of his space
exploration startup SpaceXs first full-body spacesuit on Instagram.
1. The spacesuit is designed to protect astronauts when they are in the space capsule
and while moving over to other vehicles like the International Space Station
(ISS) under pressurised conditions.
2. It is a pressure suit, to be worn by astronauts while riding inside the Crew Dragon
spacecraft.

Reliance Energy launched digital assistance robot-ELEKTRA


Reliance Energy has launched a digital assistance robot named ELEKTRA. This system
provides automated responses to customers for their queries and requests.
i.It is powered by Artificial Intelligence.This robot comes into action whenever a customer logs in to
Reliance Energys Facebook page or website.
ii.This digital assistance robot takes help of SCADA and GIS systems to provide real-time
responses to the customers.

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FSSAI launches online platform FoSCoRIS for food inspection & sampling
On 11th September 2017, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched an online
platform named FoSCoRIS, in New Delhi.FoSCoRIS is an online web-based platform where data
related to inspection, sampling and test result data would be shared by all the officials.

PayU partners with IRCTC, provides online payment services to IRCTC users
On 11th September 2017, Payment gateway provider PayU announced its collaboration with the
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), in New Delhi.

Eastern Fleet Ships departed for Overseas Deployment to East and South-East Asia
In accordance with the Indias Act East Policy, two Indian Naval Ships departed for
deployment to East and South-East Asia.
i.INS Satpura and INS Kadmatt departed from Visakhapatnam on 8th of Sept. 2017 to visit 12
ports.
ii.The deployment aims to strengthen existing bonds between India and the regional
countries.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam flags off INSV Tarini at INS Mandovi
The Indian Navys woman team has embarked on a circumnavigation of the globe, with
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 10th of Sept. 2017.
i.The Indian Navy calls it a historic day for the country.
ii.Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were also present on the
occasion.
iii.The minister flagged off the first such expedition by the Indian Navy, Navika Sagar
Parikrama, at a ceremony at the INS Mandovi naval training base, Panaji Goa.
iv.The six-member women crew will circumnavigate the globe on an India-built sail boat, INSV
Tarini, which is being captained by Lt Commander Vartika Joshi.

Sweden hosts huge war games exercise Aurora with NATO


Sweden hosts huge war games exercise with NATO. It is biggest military exercise in more
than 20 years with support from NATO countries.
i.Sweden is not a member of NATO but the exercise, called Aurora, involves 19,000
troops and will replicate an attack from the east on the Baltic island of Gotland, near the Swedish
mainland.
ii.Around 1,500 of the military personnel are from the United States, France, Norway and
other NATO allies.

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China, Pakistan air forces launch joint exercise


The air forces of China and Pakistan has begun a joint training exercise and deployed their
latest fighter jets and AWACS aircraft.
i.The exercise will run until September 27 in China.
ii.China has dispatched J-11 fighters, JH-7 fighter-bombers, KJ-200 AWACS aircraft and ground
forces including surface-to-air missile and radar troops.

IAF completes development trials of Astra air-to-air missile


On September 15,2017 the final Development Flight Trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air
to Air Missile (BVRAAM) were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal, Off the Coast of
Chandipur, Odisha .A total of seven trials were conducted against Pilotless Target Aircrafts
(PTA) successfully.
i. The Astra (throwing weapon)is an active radar homing beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile
(BVRAAM) developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and
IAF (Indian air force)

Indigenous artillery gun ATAGS sets new record in range 48KM


On September 15,2017, An indigenous artillery gun Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System
(ATAGS), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the
private sector has set a new world record in range by hitting targets at a distance of 48 km.
i. ATAGS is a 155mm, 52 calibre towed artillery gun being developed in mission mode by DRDO as
a part of the Armys artillery modernisation programme.
ii. The development is being done through a consortium based model, similar to that adopted for
the Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launch system.
iii. It was designed by DRDOs Armament Research and Development Establishment
(ARDE) in Pune.

Indian Naval units of Western Naval Command on Long Range Deployment


On September 20 2017, two Navy ships, a submarine and two Long Range Maritime
Reconnaissance Aircraft of the Western Naval Command (WNC) are presently on deployment to
the Western Arabian Sea and the southern Indian Ocean.
i. After conducting a series of exercises en-route Indian Naval Ship Mumbai and submarine
Shishumar entered Duqm, Oman as part of this deployment.
ii.The Naval units are on a month long deployment for surveillance and cooperation with the
Arabian Sea rim nations. Another ship, INS Kochi which is also a part of this deployment, is
proceeding to the southern Indian Ocean.

IDF, US Army inaugurates first American military base in Israel


The US Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) inaugurated a permanent base In Israel.

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i. This is the first time that a permanent American base has been opened in the Middle Eastern
country.
ii. The base represents the long-standing partnership, the strategic commitment between the
armies and the militaries of the United States of America and Israel.

India & US armies begin Yudh Abhyas 2017 military exercise in Joint Base Lewis
McChord, Washington
On 14th September 2017, The Indian and U.S. armies started the 13th edition of their Yudh
Abhyas series of joint military exercises.
i. The exercise began on 14th September 2017, at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington,
United States.
ii. The exercise will be continued till 27th September 2017.

Iron Union 5: Joint military exercise of US and UAE started in Abu Dhabi
On 16th September 2017, The US and UAEs joint military exercise began in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
i. The joint military exercise is named as Iron Union 5.
ii. It is carried out in order to maintain bilateral relations and exchange training and military
expertise between the two countries.

Joint Sea-2017: China, Russia joint naval drills in Russian port city, Vladivostok
On 18th September 2017, China and Russia started the second stage of their Joint Sea-2017
naval exercises in Vladivostok, Russia.
i. The exercises took place in Sea of Japan and the Okhotsk Sea.
ii. For the first time Naval forces from both countries conducted joint submarine rescue
exercises and joint anti-submarine exercises.
iii. The Chinese fleet has missile destroyer Shijiazhuang, missile frigate Daqing, comprehensive
supply ship Dongpinghu, submarine rescue ship Changdao, a deep submersible rescue vehicle,
two ship-borne helicopters and marines.

Exercise Panda-Kangaroo 2017: Chinese, Australian conducted 1st joint drills in China
As per the defence ministry the small training maneuvers Exercise Panda-Kangaroo
2017 were the first joint drills between China and Australia held in China.
i.Chinese and Australian soldiers have ended a series of military exercises in the
mountainous terrain of southwestern China.
ii.According to the official Xinhua news agency ten soldiers from each countrys army participated in
the exercise, which lasted 10 days.

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Turkey hosts NATO naval exercise Dynamic Monarch


Turkey was holding naval exercises with NATO members at a time of crisis in relations with
several alliance states and controversy over Ankaras plan to purchase weapons from Russia.
i.The NATO exercises, focused on submarine rescue operations and called Dynamic
Monarch.
ii.It will take place in Turkish waters in the Mediterranean Sea off the resort city of Marmaris.

Indian Navy commissions INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft at Mumbai
On 26th September 2017, INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) was commissioned
into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western
Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, in Mumbai.
i.INS Tarasa is 50 m long.It is powered by three water jets, with speed more than 35 knots (65
km/hr).It is equipped with a 30 mm main gun and several light, medium and heavy machine guns.
ii.INS Tarasa was built by the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE), Kolkata.This
is the last Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FAC) built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and
Engineers (GRSE).
iii.The first voyage of INS Tarasa was from Kolkata to Mumbai.In spite of rough weather, the ship
performed well.The commissioning Commanding Officer of INS Tarasa is Lieutenant Commander
Praveen Kumar.

New interceptor boat V-409 launched


A new interceptor boat (V-409) which is built by Bharathi Defence and Infrastructure
Limited (BDIL) waslaunched at a function held at the Mangaluru Coast Guard yard on
24th Sept. 2017.
i.Pavitran Alokkan, President and Head, BDIL, Mangaluru, said that by launching the new
interceptor boat the company had a live order book of various defence vessels.
ii.It includes interceptor boats for Indian Coast Guard and auxiliary vessels for the Indian Navy.
iii.The 28-metre long, V-409 interceptor boat has aluminium hull and fitted with new
generation of Arneson Surface Drive (ASD) which is drive by two powerful diesel engines of
1650 KW each

DRUZBA 2017: Pak, Russia holds joint military drill in Minralney Vody, Russia
Pakistan and Russia will hold a two-week long military exercise which mainly focuses on
counter-terrorism operations. It enhances defence ties between the two countries.
i.The joint exercise DRUZBA 2017 between special forces of Pakistan and Russia Armies started
in Minralney Vody, Russia.
ii.The joint exercise will focus on counter-terrorism operations, hostage and rescue, cordon and
search operation.
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Pakistani Navy successfully tests anti-ship missile


On 23rd September 2017, Pakistan Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile from a
helicopter in the northern Arabian Sea.
i. The anti-ship missile was fired from Pakistan Navy helicopter Sea King into the open
sea.
ii. The missile hit its target placed in the sea successfully.

Coast Guard commissions 2 high speed interceptor boats


On 20th September 2017, The Indian Coast Guard commissioned two high-speed interceptor boats
fitted with 12.7 mm machine gun at the Dighi Port, in Mumbai.
i. The high speed interceptor boats C-433 and C-434 boats were built by L&T Shipbuilding
in Chennai.
ii. The length of the ships is 27.42 m and their displacement is 136 tons.

ENVIRONMENT
Ancient Buddhist site from 1st century discovered in Andhra Pradesh
On august 28,2017 , Archaeologists in Andhra Pradesh have discovered an ancient Buddhist site
that dates back to 1st century AD , in Guntur district, in Putlagudem village of Achampet
mandal.
i. Dr E Sivanagi Reddy , CEO of Culture Centre of Vijayawada and Amaravati (CCVA) found
the site. The site had six limestone pillars with half lotus medallions and depicted animals and
patterns. He informed that these structures dates back to satavahana rule.
ii. Just last week, one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots in the state in Ghantasala village
in Krishna district, was all set to receive a boost, with a Rs 1,500 crore project.

New species of edible fish named as Labeo filiferus found in Pampa river
The new species of edible freshwater fish has been discovered in Pampa River in
Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.
i.The two researchers, Mathews Plamoottil, Assistant Professor, Government College, Chavara,
Kollam, and Primoz Zupancic from the Dinaric Research Institute, Slovenia, Europe, have reported
the discovery in the latest issue of research journal Bioscience Discovery.
ii.It is named as Labeo filiferus and it belongs to Labeo genus.

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3,500-Year-Old Royal Tomb Discovered in Egypt


On 9th September 2017, Egypt announced the discovery of a tomb belonging to a royal goldsmith
who lived more than 3,500 years ago, in Luxor, Egypt.
i. The tomb was discovered by Egyptian archaeologists.
ii. The tomb is located on the west bank of the river Nile in Draa Abul-Naga

Mouse deer reintroduced into Amrabad Tiger Reserve


On 13th September 2017, a few mouse deer were released into Amrabad Tiger Reserve, near
Mannanur, in Mahbubnagar district of Telengana.
1. Eight mouse deer (spotted Chevrotain) were bred at the Nehru Zoological Park, in
Hyderabad, by Telengana government.

Zoological Survey of India releases first compendium of animal species in Indian


Sundarbans
On 13th September 2017, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has released its first compendium
named Fauna of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve in Indian Sundarbans.The compendium has been
released in a motive to improve research and exploration activities in Sunderbans.

Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to vulnerable status


On 14th September 2017, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced that
the snow leopard which was considered to be a long endangered species has been upgraded to
vulnerable status.
i. Snow leopards were listed as endangered species in 1972.
ii. A 3 year assessment made by scientists inferred that there are more than 2500 mature
snow leopards.

Denmark launches global alliance for action on climate change


On 20th September 2017, Denmark launched a US based global alliance to manage Climate
change, in Copenhagen.
i. Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) is supported by the
following members China, Indonesia and C40.
ii. C40 is a group of more than 90 large cities of the world. It represents 25% of the global
economy. They work together for climate change.
iii. 12 of the C40 cities are in the US.

Octlantis Underwater city built by Octopuses discovered


On 19th September 2017, scientists have discovered an underwater city built by octopuses and
named it as Octlantis, in Australia.

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India at third position in GHG emissions in 2016: Netherlands Environmental Assessment


Agency
On 28th September 2017, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published its new
report on global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in Netherlands.
India 3rd in GHG emissions in 2016:
i. India ranked 3rd in the GHG emissions with an increase of 4.7 % in GHG emissions.
ii. India has faced an alarming increase in carbon emissions.
iii. Except India, other major carbon emitting countries have seen a reduction in carbon emissions.
iv. Chinas carbon emissions reduced by 0.3 %, USs reduced by 2 %, Russias reduced by 2.1 %
and Japans reduced by 1.3 %.
v. India has the largest number of cattle in the world. Cattle farts contain methane.
Methane is one of the most important greenhouse gases.

SPORTS
Bharadwaj finishes runners-up at India Junior GP
Young Indian shuttler Rahul Bharadwaj is defeated by top seed Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn in
the mens singles. He finish runners-up at the India Junior International Grand Prix on 3rd Sept
2017.
i.In a 33 minute contest Bharadwaj blew a 6-2 lead in the first game to eventually go down 16-21
11-21 to the Thailand shuttler.

MS Dhoni has become the first wicketkeeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket
MS Dhoni reached a record of 100 stumpings in One-Day Internationals during his 301st
match, as India played Sri Lanka in the fifth ODI of the five-match series at Colombo.
i.Dhoni surpassed former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, who had 99
stumpings in 404 matches.

Indias Divya Deshmukh wins gold at the Under-12 Chess Cadet Championships in Brazil
Nagpur-based Divya Deshmukh clinched the gold medal in the the girls U-12 category at
the World Cadets Chess Championship at Pocos de Caldas, Brazil.
i.She scored a total of 9.5 points to give India its only medal in the championship this year.

Amritpal Singh becomes first Indian to sign up for Australias National Basketball League
The captain of the Indian basketball team, Amritpal Singh created history by becoming the first
Indian-born player to play professional basketball in the National Basketball League

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(NBL).
i.He had earlier been a part of the four-member Indian contingent of Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder
Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, who had been a part of the National Basketball League (NBL)
Draft Combine in Melbourne, Australia.

Konsam Ormila Devi bags gold at Commonwealth Youth weightlifting Cship


Indias Konsam Ormila Devi bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category on the opening
day of theCommonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting championships.
i.Commonwealth Youth weightlifting Championship was held at Gold Coast, Australia.
ii.Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on
the top of the podium.

Official song of FIFA U-17 World Cup launched


The official song for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup football tournament was launched by
the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) on 4th of
Sept 2017.
i.The official song called Kar Ke Dikhla De Goaland the song has been written by lyricist
Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Pritam.
ii.The song features a host of well-known music artists that include Sunidhi Chauhan, Neeti Mohan,
Babul Supriyo, Shaan, Papon, Mika along with a rap performance by actor Abhishek Bachchan.

Star India wins IPL media rights for next five years
Star India bagged the IPL media rights for TV and digital broadcast for a consolidated
sum of Rs.16, 347.5 crore ($ 2.55 billion) for a period of five years.
i.It will start from the 11th edition of IPL 2018 for five years. It pipped Sony to acquire the rights
from 2018 to 2022.
ii.Total of 24 companies had picked up the Invitation To Tender (ITT) to bid for the
broadcast and digital rights.

Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix, takes lead title from Sebastian Vettel
Lewis Hamilton has won the Italian Grand Prix 2017 to take lead in Formula-1 title race
announced on 3rd sept. 2017.
i.Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
ii.Sebastian Vettel came third in his Ferrari, more than half a minute behind.

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AIBA world boxing championships 2017


On 25th August 2017, the 2017 edition of AIBA world boxing championships started. This
event was hosted byHamburg, Germany. The event lasted till 2nd September 2017. The best 280
boxers in world competed for one of the most decorated boxing titles in the word.
Gaurav Bidhuri Clinches Bronze Medal at World Boxing Championships:
Amit Phangal (49kg) and Kavinder Bisht (56kg) had bowed out in the quarterfinal stage:
Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar out in first round AIBA:
Ukraines Oleksandr Khyzhniak wins Best Boxer, Cuba win Best team and USAs Billy
Walsh wins Best Coach:
1. Best Boxer Oleksandr Khyzhniak (UKR)
2. Best Team Cuba:.
3. Best Coach Billy Walsh (USA):

India to host Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in 2019


India has been selected to host the 2019 edition of the Commonwealth (Youth, Junior and
Senior) Weightlifting Championships.
i.The current edition of the tournament is being held at the Gold Coast Australia.
ii.Indias Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and K Sanjita Chanu has bagged a gold medal in
Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships.

Hyderabad girl Tejasvi Duduka wins U.S. Open womens singles title
Tejasvi Duduka from Hyderabad won the womens singles of U.S. Open Grand Slam
Carrom tournament.
i.Earlier, she had won the Telangana State Womens singles title in Nizamabad.
ii.In the mens singles, Vemuri Anil Kumar of India finished runner up for the second year
in the U.S Open.
iii.The U.S. Open Carrom tournament was won by former National Champion Radhakrishnan.

Ankur Mittal, Ahvar Rizvi won silver medals at ISSF Shotgun World Championships 2017
Indias Ankur Mittal has won the silver medal in the mens double trap event at the ISSF
Shotgun World Championships held in Moscow.
i.Russias Vitaly Fokeev has won the gold medal at ISSF Shotgun World Championships.
ii.In the junior category, Ahvar Rizvi also won a silver medal in the same event.
iii.Sangram Dahiya ended in 20th place with 135, while Md. Asab came in 23rd with 133 hits in the
qualifying round.
iv.In the junior mens double trap team event, India won the gold with a combined score of
401. Italy won silver with 389 and China won bronze with 387.
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v.Italy is on top of the medal table with 6 Gold medals and a total of 11 medals. India is
in fourth spot withone Gold and two Silver medals.

Indias Sonam Malik bags Gold in Cadet World Wrestling Championship; Neelam settles
for bronze.
Young Indian wrestler Sonam Malik bagged a gold medal at the World Cadet Wrestling
Championship. It is held in Athens, Greece.
i.Sonam Malik is competing in the 56kg category and she defeated Japanese Sena Nagamoto by 3-
1 points in the final.
ii.Neelam bagged a bronze medal and competing in the 43kg category.

Tottenham Hotspur will have worlds first dividing retractable pitch


Tottenham have announced plans for the worlds first dividing retractable football pitch
at their new stadium on 7th of Sept. 2017
i.The clubs new ground will boast separate playing surfaces for NFL and football.
ii.The fully retractable grass surface will be used for football matches while the artificial
pitch will be used for NFL matches.

Sandhu wins Malaysian squash meet to make it 21st consecutive international victory
this year
Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the Malaysian Squash Tour. This is his 21st consecutive
international match to win in a row.
i.He beat Malaysias Mohammed Syafiq Kamal to win the final match.
ii.The tournament was held in in Kuala Lumpur.

India wins 2nd SABA U-16 Championship


On 9th September 2017, India won the Second South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under 16
Championship, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
1. The championship was held at Dashrath Rangshala Stadium, in Kathmandu.
2. India won all its 4 matches and obtained a total of 8 points.
3. In its last match India defeated Bhutan by 131 50 points.
4. India was followed by Bangladesh in the 2ndposition and Nepal in the 3rd.

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Joyciline Jepkosgei smashes 10 km road world record


On 9th September 2017, Joycilline Jepkosgei of Kenya broke her own 10 km road world record,
in Prague, Czech Republic.
i. She has become the first woman to run 10 km distance under 30 minutes on road.
ii. She ran for 29 minutes 43 seconds at the Birell Prague Grand Prix and broke her previous
record of 30 minutes 4 seconds.

BWF World Senior Badminton Championships begins in Kochi


Kochi is all set to host the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships from September 11
to 17 2017. The championship will be held in India for the first time. The week-long
tournament will see a total of 665 players from 40 countries battle it out in eight different age
groups plus-35, plus- 40, plus-45, plus-50, plus-55, plus-60, plus-65 and plus-70 and will be
played in all the five categories.

US Open Tennis 2017


The 2017 US Open Tennis was held from 22nd August 2017 to 10th September 2017, on hard
courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York. It was the 137th
edition of the US Open Tennis and the 4th and final Grand Slam event of 2017. It was run by
the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Mens singles: Rafael Nadal won the title
Women singles: Sloane Stephens of US won the title
Mens doubles: Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau won the title
Women Doubles: Chan Yung-Jan and Martina Hingis won the title
Mixed Doubles: Martina Hingis and Jamie Murray won the title

Sumit Nagal wins ITF Futures tournament


On 9th September 2017, Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal won the ITF Futures tournament, in
Chennai.
1. S R Subramaniam Memorial ITF Futures tournament was held on 9thSeptember 2017, in
Chennai.
2. Indian tennis player Sumit Nagal and Netherland tennis player Colin van Beem met in
the finals.

Asian Games gold medalist Priyanka Panwar banned for eight years
On 12th September 2017, Asian Games gold medalist Priyanka Panwar was suspended for eight
years after she tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug, in New Delhi.

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1. Priyanka Panwar a 29 year old Indian athlete won gold medal in 4x400m womens relay
at the 2014 Asian Games.
2. She had tested positive for a banned stimulant during a national inter-state
athletics competition in 2016.

Goa to host 36th National Games


On 13th September 2017, Goas Sports Minister Mr.Manohar Ajgaonkar said that Goa would
host the 36th National Games, in Goa.

Maharashtra wins Chief Ministers cup at National kickboxing championship


Maharashtra has won the Chief Ministers cup at National kickboxing championship. It
has 45 gold medals.
i.The National kickboxing championship is being held in Raipur.
ii.Chhattisgarh secured second position with 27 gold and Haryana secured third
position with 15 gold medals.

14 year old Indian Rishabh Shah wins two bronze medals at Western Asia Youth Chess
Championship
On 13th September 2017, Rishabh Shah of Mumbai, bagged two bronze medals in the Under-14
Rapid and Blitz formats of the 2nd Western Asia Youth Chess Championship in Sri Lanka.
Bronze medal winner:
i. The 2nd Western Asia Youth Chess Championship was held from 4th September 2017 to
11th September 2017 in Sri Lanka.
ii. Rishabh Shah, 14 year old chess player from Mumbai, with rank 3, scored 5 points and 4.5
points respectively in Rapid format and Blitz format and won two Bronze medals in the under 14
category.

Devendra Fadnavis launches Maharashtra Mission 1 Million


On 15th September 2017, Maharashtra Chief Minister Mr.Devendra Fadnavis launched
the Maharashtra Mission 1 Million initiative through which 10 lakh (1 million) students
across the state would play football, in Mumbai.
i. The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 is to happen for the first time in India and in Maharashtra.
ii. In a move to support it, Mission 1 Million was planned by Maharashtra Sports Minister Mr.Vinod
Tawde.

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Duminy announces retirement from Test Cricket


On 16th September 2017, South African all-rounder JP Duminy announced his retirement
from test cricket, in South Africa.
i. JP Duminy was removed from test cricket team in July, 2017.
ii. He has now decided to concentrate on limited over cricket matches.

PV Sindhu beats Japans Okuhara to clinch Korea Open title


On 17th September 2017, Indian badminton player PV Sindhu won the womens singles title at
the Korean Open Super Series 2017 by defeating Japanese player Nozomi Okuhara, in Seoul,
South Korea.
i. PV Sindhu defeated Nozomi Okuhara by 22-20, 11-21, 20-18 in the womens singles finals of
Korean Open Super Series.
ii. Sindhu has become the first Indian to win the Korea Open Super Series title.

Sri Lanka Cricket bans Chamara Silva for 2 years on fixing charges
Former Sri Lanka batsman Chamara Silva has banned for two-year from cricket-related
activities and for breaching the spirit of the game during a Tier-B first class match.
i.Silva, who had led Panadura, has been banned for two years from playing, coaching and
administrating. He played in 11 Tests and 75 ODIs between 1999 and 2011.
ii.Sri Lanka Crickets announcement came after a seven-month inquiry into events of the third day
of the Panadura Cricket Club v Kalutara Physical Culture Club match played from January 23 to 25.

Virat Kohli remains on top, Bumrah climbs up to second in ICC T20 rankings
In the latest ICC T20 rankings of batsmen Indian captain Virat Kohli has remained on top
spot with 826 points.
i.The list is released on 17th of Sept. 2017.
ii.In the bowlers list, Imad Wasim of Pakistan leads the table with 742 points and
Indias Ravichandran Ashwin is at the 10th placed with 626 points.
iii.The Indian skipper leads Australias Aaron Finch by 39 points, who is in second place.
iv.In the bowlers table Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah moved up to second place with 737
points as he overtook South Africas Imran Tahir.

Pakistan beat World XI, clinch historic T20 series


Pakistan beat World XI to clinch the final Twenty20 match and the series at Lahores Gaddafi
Stadium on 15thof Sept. 2017.
i.Pakistan claimed the series by 2-1.
ii.Pakistans victory, though, was set up by Ahmed Shehzad and Babar Azam.

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Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix 2017


On 17th September 2017, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton won the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, in
Singapore.
i. Lewis Hamilton finished the race first and won the Singapore Grand Prix.
ii. He was followed by Red Bulls Daniel Ricciardo in the 2nd position and Mercedes Valtteri Bottas
in the 3rd.

Chris Gayle becomes first batsman to hit 100 sixes in T20Is


West Indies legend Chris Gayle has become the first batsman to hit 100 sixes in the
shortest format of the game during their Twenty20 International match.
i.The match was played against hosts England at Chester-le-Street on 17th of Sept. 2017.

Ana Carrasco of Spain becomes 1st female biker to win a World Championship race
On 17th September 2017, Ana Carrasco of Spain became the first female to win an
individual World Championship motorbike race, in Portugal.
1st female biker to win World Championship race:
i. Ana Carrasco won the 1st place in the Supersport 300 World Championships round 10 in
Portugal.
ii. She has become the first female to win an Individual Championship motorbike race.

British cyclist Mark Beaumont sets world record by cycling around the world in 79 days
On 18th September 2017, British cyclist Mark Beaumont set a new world record by cycling
around the world in 79 days, in Paris.
i. Mark Beaumont travelled around the world in 79 days. He beat the previous record of 123 days.
ii. He has finished it one day ahead of his schedule.

FIFA bans Caribbean soccer leader Gordon Derrick for 6 years


On 20th September 2017, FIFAs Ethics Committee banned Caribbean soccer leader Gordon
Derrick for six years due to financial offenses.
i. FIFA said that Gordon Derrick was accused on alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting
gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty.
ii. FIFA also said that he broke the rules by failing to co-operate for investigation.

Khalid Latif banned for five years for role in PSL spot-fixing
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has imposed a five-year ban and a fine of one million
rupees on batsmanKhalid Latif for his involvement in spot-fixing during the PSL.
i.The three-member Tribunal of PCB headed by a former High Court judge Asghar
Haider found Khalid guilty on all six breaches of the Cricket Boards anti-corruption code.
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Official emblem and slogan for FIFA Womens World Cup 2019 unveiled
The official emblem and slogan for FIFA Womens World Cup France 2019 were unveiled
in Paris, France.
i.The slogan of the tournament Dare To Shine reflects the development of football, especially
womens football.

LA gets official go-ahead to host 2028 Olympics


Los Angeles has received its official go-ahead to host the 2028 Olympics from the
International Olympic Committees evaluation commission.
i.IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles.
ii.Los Angeles had originally bid for 2024, but because of the new date, it had to make changes to
its host contract.

Kuldeep becomes first Indian spinner to take ODI hat-trick


Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has become the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in
ODI cricket during the second match of the ongoing series against Australia at Eden
Gardens, Kolkata on 22nd Sept. 2017.
i.He became only the third Indian after Kapil Dev (1991) and Chetan Sharma (1987) to take a hat-
trick in an ODI.

PV Sindhu becomes world number 2 in latest rankings


Indian professional badminton player, Rio Olympic silver medalist PUSARLA V.
Sindhu has jumped two places to the second spot in the BWF (Badminton World
Federation) womens singles ranking.
i.TAI Tzu Ying of Taiwan ranks first in BWF womens singles.

Mary Kom 1st Indian to represent world boxing at IOC Forum


Mary Kom has become the first Indian to be selected as the International Boxing Associations
(AIBA) representative for the IOC Athletes Forum to be held in November, 2017.
i. The IOC (International Olympic Committee) Athletes Forum is to be held from 11th
November to 13th November 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland.
ii. This forum is held once in every 2 years.

ICC launches anti-corruption investigation into Sri Lanka cricket


The ICC has confirmed that it has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka into corruption
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allegations announced on 24th Sept. 2017.


i.According to Cricinfo, over 40 top cricketers had petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket to launch an inquiry
into alleged corruption in the sport in the country.
ii.As per the ACUs General Manager Alex Marshall there is currently an ICC (ACU) investigation
underway in Sri Lanka.

Sasi Kumar Mukund clinches his fifth Futures title


Sasi Kumar Mukund of India had won his second straight Futures title. He defeated Arjun
Khade by 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final of the LMW ITF Mens Futures tennis tournament on
24th Sept. 2017.
i.Mukund, ranked 501 in the ATP list currently. Khade had beaten Colin Van Beem of the
Netherlands in the quarter-final.

East Bengal wins 8th consecutive Calcutta Football League Title


On 24th September 2017, East Bengal won the Calcutta Football League (CFL) title for the 8th
consecutive time at the Kanchenjunga Stadium, in Siliguri, West Bengal.
i. East Bengal has created a new record by winning the Calcutta Football League (CFL) title
for the 8th consecutive time.
ii. It has won all the CFL titles since 2010.

Vaishnavi clinches Belgian Junior Open; Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok win in
Ethiopia
Indian shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy clinched up the womens singles U-19 title at the Belgian
Junior Open.Reddy defeated Vivien Sandorhazi in a three-game final at Herstal, Belgium on
24th of Sept. 2017.
i.At Ethiopia, International in Mens doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok won
21-6 21-19 against Jordanian pair of Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik and Mohd Naser
Mansour in the finals at the Ethiopian Youth Academy Gymnasium Hall to clinch the title.
ii.In Indian womens doubles combination of Maneesha K and Arathi Sara Sunil suffered a
19-21 22-24 loss from English pair of Jenny Moore and Victoria Williams in the finals to
settle for silver at the Polish International at Bierun, Poland.

India become World No. 1 in both ODIs and Tests


India beat Australia by 5 wickets in the third ODI played between the two sides at
Indore. Now India is the no. 1 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-Day
International (ODI) rankings.
i.This is Indias ninth consecutive ODI win while it is Australia 11ts successive defeat.
ii.The three Top three teams in ODI are India, South Africa, and Australia.

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iii.Australia, on the other hand, are six rating points behind India on third.

Japan Open 2017 Badminton Championship


On 19th to 24th September 2017, Japan Open Badminton Championship was held at Tokyo
Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won Mens singles:
Carolina Marin of Spain won Womens singles:
Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo won Mens doubles:
Misaki Matsutomoto and Ayaka Takahashi won Womens doubles:
Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping won Mixed doubles:

Moeen Ali hits fastest ODI ton on English Soil


Englands Moeen Ali scored 61 runs off 14 balls including 8 sixes and 2 fours to record the
fastest ODI hundred against Windies on 24th Sept. 2017.
i.He took only 12 balls to score the second half of his century & reaching his century off 53
balls and become fastest in the international cricket.
ii.This was the second fastest ODI century for England after Jos Buttlers 46-ball hundred.

India to host South Asian boxing Championship in Guwahati


The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) has presented its 2017-18 calendar which includes the
prestigious South Asian Championship to be held in Guwahati from December 6-
10 announced on 26th of Sept. 2017.
i.It is the first time India will host the South Asian Championship. The tournament will witness the
participation from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine among other top boxing nations.

Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017 held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
On 17th 27th September 2017, the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017, was held at
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. This is the 5th edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.
India secured 11th place in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017. Indians won a total
of 40 medals.This consists of 9 gold, 12 silver and 19 bronze medals.India was represented by
more than 200 athletes in 15 disciplines.

1st -Turkmenistan topped the games with 89 gold, 70 silver and 86 bronze medals.
2nd China with 42 gold, 32 silver and 23 bronze medals.
3rd Iran with 36 gold, 23 bronze and 59 bronze medals.
ii.Gold medal winners:-
Purnima Hembram bagged gold medal in the womens pentathlon event
Govindan Lakshmanan won gold in mens 5000m race:
Ajay Kumar Saroj won the gold in mens 1500m race:

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PU Chitra clinched Gold in womens 1500m race:


Wrestler Bajrang Punia won gold in mens freestyle 65kg event:
Arpinder Singh won gold medal in the mens Triple Jump event:
Sumit Nagal clinched Gold in mens tennis:
iii.Silver medal winners
Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and Sanjivani Jadhav won silver medals:
Womens track cycling duo of Deborah Herold and Alena Reji won silver in team sprint:
vi.Bronze medal winners
Neena Varakil, Dharmender, Neha Solanki, Jyoti and Keduovilie Zumu won bronze:
About Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2017:
Host Country Turkmenistan
Motto Health, Inspiration, Friendship
Participants 4012 athletes from 63 nations

Five Indians in top-20 of mens badminton rankings for 1st time, PV Sindhu No.2 in the
world
Indian shuttler P V Sindhu has jumped two places to second spot in the Badminton World
Federation womens singles rankings after her Korea Open Super Series title.
i.This is the second time in her career that Sindhu, the Olympics silver medallist, occupied the
second spot.
ii.Chinese Taipeis Tai Tzu Ying retained her top spot. London Olympics bronze winner Saina
Nehwal was static at the 12th spot.
iii.Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain also remained at fifth while world champion
Nozomi Okuhara of Japan moved up one place to eighth.
iv.In the mens singles rankings, K Srikanth remained unchanged at eighth while B Sai Praneeth
and H S Prannoy dropped one place each to be at 17th and 19th respectively.
v.Ajay Jayaram also lost three places to be at 20th spot.

Official Ball called Krasava for FIFA U-17 World Cup Unveiled
FIFA has launched the official ball for Under-17 football World Cup and it will be called
Krasava, a word generally used by Russian sports fans to describe a striking performance.
i.The ball is manufactured by Adidas and the pattern on it features a striking red design with
jagged lines running through it.

OBITUARY
Sumiteru Taniguchi, Nagasaki Survivor and Nuclear Arms Foe, Dies at 88
A Japanese man Sumiteru Taniguchi who survived the Nagasaki atomic bomb in August
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1945 has died of cancer at the age of 88.


i.He became a prominent activist against nuclear weapons and was once considered as a front-
runner for the Nobel Peace Prize.

US poet John Ashbery dies at 90


Pulitzer-prize winning poet John Ashbery, a post-modern American trailblazer, has died at
age 90 in Hudson, New York.
i. Ashbery received the National Humanities Medal in 2011 by President Barack Obama.
ii.Ashbery, who was first associated with the New York school of poetry in the 1950s and
1960s, won the Pulitzer Prize for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror in 1976.

Marathi poet, activist Shirish Pai passes away


Noted poet and activist Shirish Pai had passed away on 2nd sept 2017. She was 88.
i.She started writing Haiku in 1975. She studied Japanese Haiku, its origin and nature and
published five Marathi Haiku books.
ii.She was born in 1929; Pai was the daughter of noted writer-journalist Acharya Pralhad Keshav
Atre

TMC MP Sultan Ahmed passes away at 64


Former Union minister and Trinamool Congress MP Sultan Ahmed had passed away on 4th of
Sept. 2017. He was 64.
i.He was elected to the Lok Sabha from Uluberia constituency on a TMC ticket.
ii.Ahmed had served as the Union Minister of State for Tourism in the UPA government.

Arunachal Pradesh Health Minister Jomde Kena passes away


Arunachal Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Jomde Kena had passed away on
5th Sept. 2017.
i.He was a resident of Gensi village in Lower Siang district in Guwahati.
ii.He represented Likabali constituency and was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in
2004.

Veteran kannada actor R.N. Sudarshan passed away


Veteran Kannada actor RN Sudarshan had passed away in Bengaluru. He was 78.
i.He was suffering from kidney-related ailments.
ii.RN Sudarshan, has acted in many Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi films.

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Former Odisha Health Minister Syed Mustafiz Ahmed passes away


On September 11,2017, Former Odisha Health Minister Syed Mustafiz Ahmed (76) passed
away today following a prolonged illness. A popular leader, Ahmed had served as health
minister between 1990 and 1995 when Biju Patnaik was the chief minister. Patnaik described
Ahmed as a simple man who stood by the people through thick and thin. He was an able
organiser and social worker. He had played a significant role for the development of Cuttack.
LGBT rights activist Edith Windsor passed away
Gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose same-sex marriage fight led to a landmark US ruling,
passed away on 12 September 2017. She was 88.
It was Windsors efforts that Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013,
granting same-sex married couples federal recognition for the first time.

Constitutional law expert and Senior Advocate PP Rao passed away


On September 13,2017, Senior Supreme Court Lawyer and Constitutional expert PP Rao
passed away at New Delhi due to cardiac arrest.
He was awarded the Padma Bhushan.
In 2014, President of India Pranab Mukherjee approved Raos selection as jurist member
of the selection committee of the Lokpal.
He was enrolled as an Advocate with Bar Council of Delhi in 1967 and shifted his
practice to the Supreme Court. He was designated as a Senior Advocate in 1976.
He was elected the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association in 1991, and in 2006.

Veteran actor and Sopranos mobster Frank Vincent dies at 80


On 13th September 2017, Frank Vincent, an American actor died in New Jersey, United States.
i. American veteran actor Frank Vincent died peacefully at the age of 80 on 13th September 2017,
in New Jersey.
ii. He has played numerous roles throughout his career. Out of which, many were tough guy
characters.

Worlds Oldest Person Dies At 117 In Jamaica


Violet Mosse Brown had passed away in Jamaica 6th Sept. 2017. She was born on 10th March
1900.
i. The oldest person in the world who was the last living subject of Queen Victoria and worked for
masters on a Caribbean sugar plantation has died at the age of 117.

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ii. She became the worlds oldest person on 15th April this year at 117.

Marshal of the IAF and 1965 war hero Arjan Singh dies at 98
On 16th September 2017, Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965
India-Pakistan war, died.
i. Arjan Singh suffered a cardiac arrest and was admitted at the Armys R&Rhospital.
ii. 98 year old Arjan Singh died at 7:47pm on 16th September 2017.
iii. Arjan Singh was the IAF chief from 1964-1969.

BJP MP Mr.Mahant Chandnath dies of cancer at 61


On 17th September 2017, BJP MP, Mr.Mahant Chandnath, from Alwar, passed away at a hospital
in Delhi.
i. Mr.Mahanth Chandnath won the Alwar seat in Rajasthan in 2014 parliamentary elections by
defeating Congress candidate and former Union Minister Mr.Jitendra Singh.

Father of nephrology in India Dr.K.S.Chugh dies of cancer at 85


On 17th September 2017, Dr.K.S.Chugh, the father of nephrology in India, died at the
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
i. Dr.K.S.Chugh was suffering from blood cancer for the past two years.
ii. He was admitted at the PGIMER a few days ago.

RJD leader and former Union minister Mohammed Taslimuddin passed away
On September 17 2017,Former Union minister and senior Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Mohammed
Taslimuddin,74 died in a Chennai Appollo hospital. He had visited to Chennai for a parliamentary
committee meeting.
i.Taslimuddin was a prominent Muslim leader.He hailed from Seemanchal area in Bihar, was a
seven-time MLA and five-time MP. He was the Union minister of state for home in the UPA I
government at the Centre.

Ex-Karnataka minister Qamarul Islam passes away


Veteran Congress lawmaker and former Karnataka Minister Qamarul Islam had passed
away on 18th of Sept. 2017. He was 69.
i.He was a six-term legislator and a one-term Lok Sabha member from Kalaburgi in the states
northern region.
ii.He was appointed in-charge of the partys affairs in Kerala in July.
iii.He joined the Congress in 1980. He was also a minister in the S.M. Krishna government from
1999 to 2004.

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Stanislav Petrov, who prevented possible nuclear war, dies at 77


Stanislav Petrov,a former Soviet military officer credited with preventing a possible nuclear
disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77.He died at his home in Moscow in
May but his death has only now been made public.
i.Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers
wrongly detected incoming missiles from the US. He took the decision that they were a false alarm
and did not report them to his superiors.
His actions, which came to light years later, possibly prevented nuclear war.
ii.He was known in the West as the man who saved the world.

Liliane Bettencourt, worlds richest woman passed away at 94.


Liliane Bettencourt, the LOral heiress and the worlds richest woman, had passed
away at the age of 94 on 21st of Sept. 2017.
i.Mrs Bettencourt was ranked the richest woman in the world with a total worth of $39.5
billion by Forbes magazine in 2016, making her the worlds 14th richest person.
ii.LOral chairman and C.E.O. is Jean-Paul Agon.

Boxing legend Jake LaMotta passed away aged 95


LaMotta had passed away due to complications from pneumonia on 19th of Sept. 2017. He
was 95. He was from U.S.A.
i.The boxing legends life story was told in the movie Raging Bull where he was played by Robert
De Niro who paid tribute to him, saying Rest in peace, champ.
ii.He was fighter competed in 106 pro fights and won a world middleweight championship, after he
was rejected from serving in the military.

Babuji Dheere Chalna actress Shakila passes away aged 82


Shakila died of cardiac arrest on 20th September at the age of 82. She was born as Badshah
Begum on 1stJanuary 1935.
i.Shakila has acted in films such as Guru Dutt s Aar Paar (1956) and CID (1956).
ii.She earned the tag of fairy queen of Indian movies.

Renowned Marathi writer, journalist Arun Sadhu passes away at 76 in Mumbai


Renowned Marathi author and senior journalist, Arun Sadhu (76) passed away on Sep 25 2017.
Sadhu is survived by his wife Aruna, a social activist, and two daughters, Suvarna and Shefali.
i. He was known for his work Mumbai Dinank, Kakasaheb Gadgil, Simhasan and many more novels
in Hindi, English and Marathi.
ii. He won the Sahitya Academy award.
iii. He has written on rise of Shiv Sena, Vietnam War and Chinese revolution and also written

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several short stories.

Legendary soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68


Charles Bradley, the legendary soul singer and a late-in-life headliner, died on 23rd Sept.
in Brooklyn New York. He was 68.
i.He was diagnosed with stomach cancer in the fall of 2016 and underwent treatment.
ii.He started his solo career relatively late in life when he was signed to Daptone Records in 2002
after being spotted as Black Velvet.
iii.He released three albums, No Time for Dreaming, Victim of Love, and Changes.

Former worlds heaviest woman Eman Abd El Aty dies


Eman Ahmed, the worlds heaviest woman who made news when she arrived in Mumbai earlier
this year for aweight-loss surgery, passed away in Abu Dhabi on 25th Sept. 2017.
i.She had lost more than 300kg (660lb) of her 500kg but had died from complications
from other health conditions.
ii.By 2016, Ahmed weighed about 500kg and was diagnosed with severe lymphedema and water
retention, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and hypothyroidism.

Veteran Bengali actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay passed away


On 27th September 2017, Veteran Bengali actor Dwijen Bandyopadhyay passed away, at his
residence, in Kolkata.
i. Dwijen Bandyopadhyay died of massive cardiac arrest at his residence, at 2 am on 27th
September 2017.
ii. He had acted in films like Chander Bari, Jekhane Bhooter Bhoy, Phoring, Autograph etc.

Former Speaker and sitting MLA of Nagaland Kiyanilie Peseyie dies


On 27th September 2017, Former Speaker of the Nagaland Assembly and sitting MLA Kiyanilie
Peseyie died at a private hospital, in Dimapur, Nagaland.
i. Kiyanilie Peseyie was 69 years old.
ii. He is survived by his wife, two sons and seven daughters.

Former National womens hockey coach Antony passes away


P P Antony, former national womens hockey coach, who also trained and taught coaches at
the SAI, Bengaluru campus passed away on 27th Sept. 2017.
i.He passed away in Thrissur at the age of 68.
ii.Under Antony, the Indian junior women had won the four- nation tournament in 1999 and a
bronze medal at the Junior Asia Cup. He took over the senior team as coach in 2001.

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Veteran freedom fighter Suryamani Panda dies


Veteran freedom fighter Suryamani Panda had passed away at the age of 96 on 26th of Sept.
2017.
i.Panda, who participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942, was suffering from old age-related
problem and from August 22 his condition became serious.
ii.Panda was vice-president of All India Freedom Fighters Samity and working president of
the State Freedom Fighters Samity.

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner dead at 91


Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Enterprises, has passed away at the age of 91 on
27th Sept. 2017
i.Playboy Enterprises was born in Chicago on April 9th, 1926, he was the son of Methodists, served
as a noncombatant in World War II.
ii.He earned a bachelors degree in psychology at the University of Illinois. Hefner published the
very first issue of Playboy in December of 1953.

Congress Veteran leader Makhan Lal Fotedar dies


On 28th September 2017, Makhan Lal Fotedar, a veteran Congress leader, died at the age of 85, in
Delhi.
i. Makhan Lal Fotedar died at 1.30 pm at Medanta hospital in Gurugram, Delhi.
ii. Fotedar was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and respiratory infection.

Veteran actor Tom Alter passed away at 67


Veteran theatre, television and film actor Tom Alter, best known for his performances in Shatranj
Ke Khilari, Junoon and Kranti, passed away at the age of 67 on 30th Sept. 2017.
i.The actor was suffering from squamous cell carcinoma (a type of skin cancer).
ii.Tom was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2008 for his services to the field of arts
and cinema.

Veteran journalist, Dainik Asam editor RM Bhagawati dies at 84


Radhika Mohan Bhagawati, veteran Guwahati-based journalist and editor of Dainik Asam,
oldest Assamese daily newspaper had passed away. He was 84.
i.He was born at Jamugurihat in Sonitpur district on January 19, 1933.
ii.Bhagawati had started his career as a journalist in 1958 as a sub-editor in the now defunct
Assamese daily Natun Asamiya and later rose to be its editor.
iii.Bhagawati was also chairman of Media Trust, successor to the Committee for
Celebration of 150 Years of Journalism in Assam.

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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Immortal India book by Amish Tripathi


Amish, a best selling writer who has entertained readers with his mythological series on Lord
Shiva and Lord Rama, has announced to launch his new book Immortal India in non-fiction
category.
i.It was published by Westland and Tranquebar Press.

Shyam Sarans How India Sees the World book launched


The book of Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran named How India Sees the World:
Kautilya to the 21st Century launched by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh .
i.The book records the crucial meeting of the CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) on the eve of
India-Pakistan Defence Secretary-level talks in May 2006.

BCCI releases players handbook of 100 things every professional cricketer must know
The BCCI players handbook is titled 100 things every professional cricketer must know.
i.The handbook document will be the official handbook for all the cricketers registered with the
BCCI.
ii.The book has been released by Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Announces His First Book Hit Refresh
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has launched his first book named Hit Refresh. The book
includes the inside story of the companys continuing transformation, Nadellas own personal
journey, Vision for the coming wave of intelligent technologies.
i.The book goes on sale globally on 26th September and is available for pre-order.

Unstoppable: My Life So Far, Book by Maria Sharapova


The book titled Unstoppable: My Life So Far is authored by tennis star Maria Sharapova was
launched in September 2017.
i. The book describes Sharapovas rise of tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.
ii. The book talks about how a seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova became popular by
defeating the two-time defending champion Serena Williams to win the prestigious
Wimbledon.

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Dr. Mahesh Sharma releases the book Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam
Sadyahsnata Nayika
On September 20 2017, Dr.Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for
Culture released the book entitled Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata Nayika
at a function in National Museum at New Delhi.
i.It was written by Dr. Kshetrapal Gangwar and Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh. Shri Santosh
Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent charge) for Labour and Employment was also
attended the function.

The Shershah of Kargil- The biography of Captain Vikram Batra authored by Deepak
Surana
The book titled The Shershah of Kargil is a biography of Kargil war hero Late Captain
Vikram Batra, who was posthumously awarded Param veer Chakra (PVC) the highest gallantry
award of India.
i.The book written by Deepak Surana is an inspiring story of the young captain Vikram
Batra, which defines the various dimensions of Captain Batras life.
ii.The Sher Shah of Kargil: Biography of Kargil War Hero Vikram Batra is a motivational story of
young Captain Vikram Batra who was killed in the Kargil war by Deepak Surana.

Union Finance Minister releases A to Z of Financial Management in Autonomous


Institutions, a book on Financial Management
The book titled A to Z of Financial Management in Autonomous Institutions is authored
by Dr. Rajat Bhargava and Shri Deenanath Pathak. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu has released the book A to Z of Financial Management in Autonomous
Institutions, written by senior IAS officer Rajat Bhargava.
ii.The book covers almost all aspects of financial management in Autonomous
Institutions and offers an insightful perspective on the challenges of managing public money.

IMPORTANT DAYS
September 2 2017
Remember Day: World Coconut Day
Purpose :World Coconut Day has been observed to make people understand that this crop is a
vital source in reduction of poverty
Theme : coconut, the diet of the whole family, the basis of health and happinessprosperity.
Organization: Coconut Development Board

September 1 to 7 2017
Remember Day: National Nutrition Week

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Purpose :To make the people get every knowledge about the nutrition and its importance for
human body.
Theme :Optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding Practices: Better Child Health

September 5 2017
Remember Day: National Teachers Day
Purpose : Teachers Day is celebrated to mark in honour of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
Organization: GOI

Remember Day: International Day of Charity


Purpose : to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over
the world
Organization: UNGA

September 8 2017
Remember Day: International Literacy Day
Purpose : On this day, public awareness is created to eradicate illiteracy and spread the
importance of adult education programmes
Organization: UNESCO

September 9 2017
Remember Day: HimalayanDay
Purpose : Himalayan Day will be observed across the country on 9th September and the main
programme will be held in Dehradun.
Theme :Contribution of Himalayas and Our Responsibility

September 10 2017
Remember Day:World Suicide Prevention Day
Purpose : Awareness to prevent suicide
Theme : Take a minute, change a life
Organization:International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and World Health
Organization (WHO)

September 12 2017
Remember Day:United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
Purpose : To celebrate the economic, social and political developments made in recent years by
regions and countries in the South.
Theme :South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental

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Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action
(BAPA+40).
Organization:UN

September 14 2017
Remember Day: Hindi Diwas (Day)
Purpose : In order to promote the use of Hindi Indian Prime Minister Mr.Jawaharlal Nehru declared
14th September as the Hindi Diwas.
Organization: GOI

September 15 2017
Remember Day: International day on democracy
Purpose : To set an international standard to guide governments, parliaments and citizens
through todays many challenges to democracy around the world.
Theme: In defence of democracy: The 20th anniversary of IPUs Universal Declaration on
Democracy
Organization: Inter-Parliamentary Union of UN

Remember Day: Engineers day


Purpose : It is celebrated as a tribute to the greatest Indian Engineer Bharat Ratna
Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya
Theme: Role of Engineers in a devolping India
Organization: GOI

September 16 2017
Remember Day: World Ozone Day
Purpose : To raise awareness on depletion of Ozone Layer
Theme: Caring for all life under Sun
Remember Day:The International Coastal Cleanup day
Purpose : People all over the world remove trash from the shores and document what they find.
Organization: UNEP &South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)

September 21 2017
Remember Day: International Day of Peace
Purpose : The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of
peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
Organization: UN

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September 25 2017
Remember Day: Antyodaya Diwas
Purpose : To mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Ministry of Rural
Development conducted an event named Bharat ke Kaushalzaade
Organization:Ministry of Rural Development

September 27 2017
Remember Day: World Tourism Day
Purpose : The purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the
importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
Theme: Sustainable Tourism a Tool for Development.
Organization: UNGA

September 28 2017
Remember Day: World Rabies Day
Purpose : To raise awareness about rabies prevention.
Theme : Rabies: Zero by 30.

Remember Day: World Maritime Day


Purpose : The main aim is to do so by focusing on helping International Maritime
Organization (IMO) member states to develop and implement maritime strategies to invest in a
joined-up, interagency approach.
Theme : Connecting Ships, Ports and People
Organization : International Maritime Organization (IMO)

September 29 2017
Remember Day: World Heart Day
Purpose : To raise awareness on Cardiovascular diseases (CVD)
Theme: share the power.
Organization:World Heart Federation (WHF)

September 30 2017
Remember Day: International Translation Day
Purpose : The Day was celebrated with an aim to pay tribute to the work of language
professionals.
Theme: Translation and Diversity
Organization:UNGA

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