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PM Modi to inaugurate Sikkim’s first airport  at Pakyong

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first airport in Sikkim at Pakyong.  It will improve connectivity in the area and massively benefit the people of the state.

The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about 2 km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level.

The airport was constructed by the Airports Authority of India and at present, the nearest airport from Sikkim is located 124 km away in Bagdogra in West Bengal.

India Successfully Test Fires Prithvi Defence Vehicle

India conducted a successful test of its indigenously designed ballistic missile defense system off the coast of Odisha.

The mission, named Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission, aimed to engage targets in the exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50km of the earth’s atmosphere.

The test was conducted from Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island of the Integrated Test Range (ITR).

With the test, India achieved a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system.

According to DRDO sources, both the PDV interceptor and the targetmissile were successfully engaged. In an automated operation, radar-baseddetection and tracking system detected and tracked the enemy’s ballisticmissile.

BSNL Signs Deal With SoftBank, NTT To Roll Out 5G In India

The State-run telecom firm BSNL has inked a pact with Japan’s Softbank and NTT Communications to roll out 5G and internet of things (IoT) technology in India.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has recommended the auction of about 8,644 MHz of telecom frequencies at an estimated base price of ₹ 4.9 lakh crore. The government is yet to finalise details of allocation of spectrum for 5G services.

Under the agreement with Softbank, BSNL will collaborate with the Japanese firm for its satellite constellation which will have around 900 satellites to provide high speed internet services across the globe.

BSNL has signed an agreement with Nokia and Cisco as well for developing 5G ecosystem.

BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava.

PM Modi Launches World’s Largest Healthcare Scheme

Indian government has launched one of the world’s largest publicly funded health insurance scheme, set to cover some 500 million poor people.

The programme, which was first announced as part of the yearly budget in February, is expected to cost the central and 29 state governments $1.6bn a year in total.

Expenditures will be shared by the central and state governments at a 60 to 40 ratio in most states and funding will be increased gradually according to the demand.

Under the flagship programme, nearly 10 crore economically backward families will be entitles to Rs. 5 lakh each.  The government is aiming is set up 50,000 wellness centres across the country over the next four years.

India spends just 1.5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on healthcare compared to a global average of six percent.

RBI shortlists 5 IT firms for implementation of Centralised information and  Management System

The Reserve Bank has shortlisted five IT firms including Infosys and TCS for implementation of a centralised information and management system (CIMS) for seamless data collection and validations.

The central bank had invited expression of interest (EOI) for identification of solution provider for implementation of CIMS by overhauling the Data Warehouse (DW) of the apex bank. The CIMS would also include centralised analytics platform to facilitate creation of RBI Data Sciences Lab.

The vendors are: Capgemini Technology Services India, IBM India, Infosys, Larsen & Toubro Infotech and Tata Consultancy Services. The five vendors are selected for issuance of ‘Request for Proposal’ (RFP) for selection of vendor for CIMS development and implementation.


Israel, India to commemorate Centenary of the Battle of Haifa

Th centenary celebrations are to commemorate hundred years of liberation of Haifa in Israel by the Indian troops in 1918 culminates with a grand function in New Delhi

The Indian Army commemorates September 23 every year as Haifa Day to pay its respects to the two brave Indian Cavalry Regiments, Mysore and Jodhpur Lancers, that helped liberate the city Haifa following a dashing cavalry action by the 15th Imperial Service Cavalry Brigade.

The Battle of Haifa is being commemorated in Israel, Delhi and Jaipur.

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Won Presidential Election In Maldives

The opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives’ presidential election. He defeated the current President Abdulla Yameen. Mohamed Solih  blongs to Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP).

Solih had secured 58.3 percent of the popular vote.


Capital: Malé

Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa

Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface

The Japanese space agency JAXA made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data.

The rovers are collectively known as MINERVA-II1. The space agency reported that MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first mobile exploration robot to land on the surface of an asteroid.

The Hayabusa2(spacecraft) began its approach to Ryugu from an orbiting altitude of around 20 kilometers (12.4 miles).

A third rover called MASCOT will be launched from Hayabusa2 in early October.


$525 Million Loan approved for Infra Projects in Madhya Pradesh by NDB

The New Development Bank (NDB) of the BRICS countries has approved a $525-million loan to Madhya Pradesh for infrastructure projects.

The Board of Directors of the NDB has approved a $350-million loan for the Major District Roads Project II of Madhya Pradesh and $175 million for building and upgrading 350 bridges.

The NDB was set up by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations to promote green and infrastructure projects in the member countries.


Headquarters: Shanghai, China

President: K. V. Kamath


Indian actress Jaya Prada appointed goodwill ambassador for Nepal tourism

Former Member of Parliament and Bollywood actress Jaya Prada has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Nepal tourism.

The appointment of Jaya Prada is expected to further strengthen the age-old cultural ties between the two neighbours and help in promoting Nepal’s tourism in India. The appointment is for a period of four years.

The Nepal government has also decided to observe the year 2020 as the ‘Visit Nepal Year’ and has set a target of attracting two million international visitors.

Anil Kumar Chaudhary appointed as new SAIL chairman

Anil Kumar Chaudhary took charge as chairman of state-owned Steel Authority of IndiaLimited (SAIL)

Chaudhary’s tenure as CMD of SAIL is likely to be for a little over 2 years.

SAIL is the largest steel-making company in India and one of the seven Maharatnas of the country’s Central Public Sector Enterprises.

An associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI) and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Chaudhary is an alumni of the Faculty of Law Studies (FLS), from where he completed his bachelor’s degree in law.


Belgium joins France in number 1 spot in FIFA rankings

Belgium have joined world champions France as the joint leaders in the FIFA rankings.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium collected two wins, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland earlier this month, to bring them level with France on 1729 points.

The top five rankings are

Top 10 rankings: (previous positions in brackets)

  1. France
  2. Belgium (2)
  3. Brazil
  4. Croatia
  5. Uruguay

Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship

Tiger Woods has capped one of the most remarkable individual comebacks in sporting history with a victory at the Tour Championship, his 80th PGA Tour title.

Tiger Woods took a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy into the last day at East Lake. It is the first victory worldwide for Woods since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone.

The Englishman Billy Horschel  takes home £7.6m ($10m) as the Fedex Cup winner while Woods, who finished third overall, claims an additional £2.29m ($3m) in prize money.

India Won Silver In Asian Team Snooker Championship

India settled for the silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship.

India’s Pankaj Advani lost to Babar Masih but he beat Muhammad Asif  in second singles. Totally Pakistan beat India by 3-2 in other categories.

Deepak Punia settles for silver medal at junior world wrestling championship

Deepak Punia settled for a silver after losing the 86kg free style final to Turkey’s Arif Ozen. Deepak, who won junior Asian gold in New Delhi, lost 1-2 to Ozen, scoring the only point with just three seconds to go.

India ended the championship with seven medals, including four silvers and three bronze medals. Greco Roman grapplers delivered three medals while the women won two bronze.

In Greco Roman, Vijay (60kg) and Sajan (77kg) won a silver each while Vijay (55kg) won a bronze. In the women’s events, Mansi (57kg) and Anshu Malik (59) won a bronze each.

Deepak Punia and Naveen Sihag won a silver each in free style.

China Open: Indonesia’s Sinisuka win Men’s singles title

In Badminton, Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting beat Japan’s Kento Momota to take the Men’s singles China Open title in Changzhou.

Spain’s Carolina Marin beat China’s Chen Yufei 21-18, 21-13  to take the women’s singles title.

The men’s doubles was won by the Danish duo of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. They  beat Chinese duo Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong 21-13, 17-21, 21-14.

An all-Japanese women’s doubles final saw Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi defeat newly-crowned world champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.


Former BCCI President Biswanath Dutt Passes Away

The former BCCI president Biswanath Dutt, best known in Indian cricket fraternity as Jagmohan Dalmiya’s mentor, passed away.

Dutt was the BCCI president in 1989 after a six-year stint as the vice-president of the parent body from 1982-88.

Having served IFA in different capacities in his tenure from 1963-1975, Dutt began his career in cricket administration as CAB secretary in 1977 and became president in 1982, a post he held till 1986.

Renowned Filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi Passed Away

The renowned filmmaker Kalpana Lajmi has passed away.   Lajmi, a director, producer and screenwriter, was known for working on real subjects. She was known for her women-oriented films like “Rudaali”, “Daman”, “Darmiyaan”.

Lajmi’s last movie as a director was Chingaari in 2006, based on a novel The Prostitute and the Postman by Bhupen Hazarika.


International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) – September 23

International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL) is celebrated annually on the 23rd September as part of the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf).

Theme: ‘With Sign Language, Everyone is Included!’

It promotes deaf people as unique in having both perspectives of disability and linguistic minority and that sign language and deaf culture strengthens multilingualism.