Current affair of 21st September 2019

ISRO to prioritize Gaganyaan mission

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chief K Sivan has announced that the Chandrayaan-2 mission has achieved 98% of its objectives. Despite tracing the location of the lander Vikram, communication could not be established. The Space Agency confirmed that the lander is intact as a single-piece and not broken into pieces...read more

Former Dutch football player Fernando Ricksen passed away

Former Rangers and Netherlands football player Fernando Ricksen passed away at the age of 43. He earned 12 caps for the Netherlands between 2000 and 2003. Around six years (2000-2006) with the club of Rangers Glasgow.  Scotland won 2 Scottish Premier League titles, 2 Scottish Cups and 3 Scottish League Cups...read more

Reserve of Bank of India tightens norms for banks up penalties

 Reserve Bank of India prescribed a turnaround time (TAT) for banks to settle failed transactions for customers and also notified compensations payable for various types of customer complaints. The financial compensation should be done suo motu by the bank, without waiting for a complaint or a claim by a customer...read more

India to leverage its Strategic Energy Partnership with USA

India and USA plan to further strengthen their Strategic Energy Partnership launched in New Delhi in It includes larger energy imports from the US by the world’s third-largest oil importer state-run firms such as Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL). Petronet LNG Ltd may ink a deal with US liquefied natural gas (LNG) developer Tellurian Inc for around $2 billion in the proposed Driftwood project in Louisiana...read more

Public Sector Banks to organise loan melas in 400 districts

Public-sector banks (PSBs) hold public meetings with borrowers for distributing loans in 400 districts of the country to boost demand ahead of the festive season. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the banks will take help from non-banking financial companies (NBFCs). This will come as a major boost to the sector with its 65 million firms employing around 120 million workers the biggest job creation after the agriculture sector...read more

US sanctions Iran's central bank in highest ever sanctions on a nation

Donald Trump announced a new round of sanctions against Iran's central bank, calling the new penalties the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country. His remarks came days after he ordered to substantially increase sanctions on Iran. The sanctions come after the US blamed Iran for the drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities last week...read more

Transport Ministry issues SOP for transport-related information presented in e-form

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued detailed Standard Operating Procedure-SOP for acceptance of Driving License, Registration Certificate and other transport related information presented in electronic form...read more

SEBI sets up panel to create SSE

Capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) set up a high-level panel to suggest possible structures and regulations create Social Stock Exchanges (SSE). The move comes after the budget announcement of the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in July about setting up such exchanges to take the capital markets closer to the masses and meet various social welfare objectives...read more

Minister of HRD launched several initiatives of AICTE

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) launched several initiatives of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in New Delhi. It was launched by the Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank. The initiatives include facilitation through Margadarshan and Margadarshak, Model Curriculum for diploma courses..read more

IIT Bombay ranks among top institutes in QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Three Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Delhi University have ranked among the top 200 in QS World Graduate Employability Rankings. The 2020 QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employability included revaluation of 758 institutions that comprises a 15% increase in the number of institutions on previous year's edition...read more

World Alzheimers Day is observed on 21 September

World Alzheimer's Day is observed on 21 September every day. The month of September is dedicated to bringing awareness about Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions. Per 2018 World Alzheimer Report, over 50 million people worldwide suffer from the disease. The number that will almost double every 20 years, reaching 131.5 million in 2050...read more

Ola drivers to get healthcare benefits under Ayushman Bharat

Ola and Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) announced a partnership to facilitate comprehensive health insurance for Ola’s 2 million driver-partners.
Vijay Ghadge, Vice President-Operations, Ola signed an MoU with Praveen Gedam, Deputy CEO of AB-PMJAY and National Health Authority to extend the benefits of the Centre-sponsored healthcare scheme to provide secondary and tertiary care...read more

Bajrang Punia won a bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships

Bajrang Punia bagged the bronze medal in the World Wrestling Championships.
He defeated Mongolia's Tulga Tumur Ochir 8-7 to clinch the medal in the 65 kg weight category.
The wrestler was trailing to win in the match. The 25-year-old had secured a spot for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an impressive 8-1 win over North Korea's Jong Son in the tournament...read more

International Day of Peace is observed on 21 September

United Nations International Day of Peace is observed on September 21. The theme focuses on the need of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. The climate change causes clear threats to international peace and security. Due to natural disasters millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek safety. The food security is hampering by the salinization of water and crops...read more

Amazon announced The Climate Pledge

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos have announced The Climate Pledge. The pledge is a commitment to meet Paris Agreement's goal 10 years early by achieving net-zero carbon across businesses by 2040. As a part of its pledge, the company has partnered with American startup Rivian and ordered 1 lakh electric vans (EVs) for deliveries starting 2021....read more

Book titled Turbulence and Triumph The Modi Years jointly authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan

Book titled Turbulence and Triumph: The Modi Years authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan is set to release on October 2019. It depicts the journey of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from this young days to becoming 14th prime minister of India. The book, expected to hit stores next month, also has photographs sourced from public and private archives...read more

Centre reduces corporate tax

Government has announced a huge rate cut in the corporate tax rates from 30% to 22%. The announcement was made by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at 37th GST council meeting in Goa. For this, the Ministry of Finance has brought in the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019 to make certain amendments in the Income-tax Act 1961 and the Finance (No. 2) Act 2019...read more

Centre to set up National Police University

Centre has announced its plan to set-up state-of-the-art National Police University (NPU) at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The proposal was initiated by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The aim is to establish a world-class NPU with a dynamic learning and working environment that is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of education....read more

India and Mongolia signed MoUs on space cooperation

India and Mongolia signed MoUs on space cooperation and disaster management during the visit of the Mongolian President in India. The aim of the MoU is to provide a new dimension to the India-Mongolia strategic partnership. The agreements will allow India to lend its support to Mongolia in resource management and satellite communication...read more

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