September, 2015

Current Events September 2015

• GOI approved to setting up an Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) in New Delhi – under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
• NLC (Neyveli Lignite Corporation) set up its first 10 MW solar power plant – ` 74.60 crore by BHEL become the first renewal energy project of the company announced by Surender Mohan, CMD .
• NASA and US Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a joint project “SERVIRMekong” to strengthen regional environmental monitoring – Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
• United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has approved the draft 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda- 17 goals.
• PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi (2nd) in Fortune’s 50 powerful women in business list
• ISRO launched India’s 1st dedicated multi wavelength space observatory satellite ASTROSAT for astronomical research from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota along with six foreign satellites(Inodonesia, Canada and USA) – Vehicle PSLV – 30.
• China launched navigation satellite BDS I2-S (plough or big dipper constellation) – featured with hydrogen atomic clock ) – 20th satellite for its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System launched by Long March3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Environment.

Current Events September 2015 – Economy

• World Economic Forum (WEF) released a new survey based report called ‘The Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2015’. Global Competitiveness Index 2014–2015 rankings is 71 out of 144 countries.
• India’s ranking slipped to 81st in Global Innovation Index 2015 – Central and Southern Asian Region (CSA) -141 economies and 79 indicators .
• G-20 (group of 20 major economies) and OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – 34 countries) issued a new corporate governance code – Host Leader,Ahmet Davutoglu.
• G20 launches W20 grouping for gender inclusive economic growth-1st Summit of W20 (Group of 20 women leaders from G20 nations) will be hosted next month in Istanbul, Turkey-Gulden Turktan,the 1st president of W20.
• India Ranks 142 in Ease of Doing Business Among 189 Economies: World Bank Singapore (1st), New Zealand (2nd) and Hong Kong SAR (China-3rd)
• Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the International Migration Outlook 2015 – India 4th.

Current Events September 2015 – Tamilnadu

• Global Investor Conference inaugurated by state chief minister J. Jayalalitha in Chennai – Rs. 2.4 Lakh Crore investment, Partner: Reliance Jio.
• TN CMJ Jayalalitha announced to set up Tamil Nadu Fibernet Corporation in order to implement the Central Government’s Bharatnet scheme to link 12524 villages through optical fibre network – ` 3000 Cr.
• TN CM Jayalalitha has announced the housing scheme of worth ` 1,700 crore- to build 2,300 flats with all facilities at Ambattur in Chennai.
• TN CM J Jayalalithaa announced an “Amma mobile phone scheme” to help women Self-Help Group (SHG) trainers supervise work as a part of “Amma” brand.
• Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa inaugurates butterfly park at at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park at Vandalur – Rs.4Cr.

Current Events September 2015 – World

• India ($31 billion) overtakes China($28 billion) and US($27 billion by grabbing the crown of FDI in the Financial Times report.
• Canada Entered 1st Technical Recession in 6 Years-GDP is 0.5% in Q2 (April & June) followed a by a contraction of 0.8% in Q1(first 3 months), PM Stephen Harper.
• Japan reopens radiation-hit town Naraha after four years – Fukushima Daiichi plant.
• United States and South Korea conduct Joint anti biochemical exercises against Republic of Korea – Able Response (AR) – 15 exercise is the fifth in the series.
• India was among 119 nations that voted in support of a UN General Assembly resolution granting the right to non-member observer States of Palestine.
8 against : Australia, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Tuvalu and the US.
• Singapore’s ruling party PAP wins 2015 General Elections – 56-year grip on power – 13th Parliament.
• Egypt’s PM Ibrahim Mahlab and his cabinet resigned amid corruption probe.
• India, Cambodia ink 2 MoU for bilateral cooperation in Tourism, Mekong Ganga Project -Vice President Hamid Ansari and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh – $ 50,000
• Cow is declared as the national animal of Nepal.
• Nigeria removed from the list of polio endemic countries – WHO.
• Indo Sri Lanka Joint Exercise MITRA SHAKTI 2015 began at Aundh Camp Pune – 14 days.
• Japan will participate in the 2015 MALABAR exercise (naval exercise of US & India).
• Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as 29th Prime Minster of Australia.
• Sherif Ismail sworn in as new Prime Minister of Egypt.
• China successfully placed 20 micro satellites into space using its latest carrier rocket from “Long March – 6” in the northern province of Shanxi.
• Microsoft launches Office 2016 with “Collaborative”, new office software provides real-time collaboration on documents – available in 40 languages.

Current Events September 2015 – Awards

• UNESCO prize ‘Award of Excellence’ 2015- Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Cultural Heritage Conservation to Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple, Thrissur.
• UNESCO’s “Award of Merit” to Sino-Portuguese former residence of a Thai aristocrat.
• National Literacy Award is given to three districts for implementation of the Total Literacy Campaign (TLC), Post Literacy Programme (PLP) and Continuing Education Programme (CEP) – Bastar, Chhattisgarh, Haveri in Karnataka, Dharampuri in Tamil Nadu and the Gram Panchayat of Girod.
• 15 year-old prodigy K Vilasini is a holder of 5 world records, including the highest IQ and IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
• A nine-year-old, Indian-origin Anirudh Kathirvel, crowned champion of “The Great Australian Spelling Bee Contest”.
• Marathi film ‘Court’ selected as India’s official entry under Best Foreign Film Category to the 88th Academy Awards, 2016.

Current Events September 2015 – India

• Manipur assembly passes Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015: 2 amendment bills, Shops and Establishments (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2015 and Land Revenue and Land Reforms (7th Amendment) Bill, 2015.
• Law Commission of India submitted its report on Death Penalty after 53 years -272 page draft report.
• India host the World Hindi Conference after a gap of 32 years in Bopal , MP-organised by Ministry of External Affairs – Theme: “Hindi Jagat: Vistar evam Sambhavnai”.
• Railway launches 3 IT initiatives developed by Centre For Railway Information Systems (CRIS) Paperless unreserved ticket, ATVMs (Automatic Ticket Vending Machines) and ‘Parichalaan’ mobile application for freight operations.
• Western Central Railway – HQ in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh -1st to close all the unmanned railway crossings.
• India and Belarus agreed to increase the trade target from present level of USD 400 million to an ambitious USD 1 Billion by 2018 at 7th session of the India-Belarus Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation.
• First-ever Census on India’s Leopard presented – 12,000 to 14,000.
• Centre decided to provide additional 50 days of work in drought-hit areas under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme – presently 100 days.
• Indian Railways tie up with Google and RailTel to provide free Wi-Fi services under Project Nilgiri – 400 railway stations across the country.
• Andhra Pradesh accomplished country’s first river linking project Godavari and Krishna – agreement between Maharashtra, MP and AP.
• Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues Aadhaar cards shifted to the administrative control of the ministry of communication and information technology from NITI Aayog.
• Delhi, Mumbai among world’s cheapest cities to live in : Swiss Bank UBS – Ukrainian capital Kyiv the cheapest city in the world.
• India’s first National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Prakasham district in AP.
• Rajasthan 5th State to pass Vexatious Litigation (Prevention) Bill 2015, other bills – Prisons (Amendment) Bill, Rajasthan Police (Amendment) Bill.
• Haryana govt. will develop Gurgaon as a Smart City with its own resources – ` 500 cr for 5 years – (Faridabad and Karnal)
• Telangana gov entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Chhattisgarh for supply of 1000 MW Power for 12 years.
• Suresh Prabhu Launches Indian Railway Knowledge Portal : “One Stop” Hub – interface through e-Granthalaya by NIC.
• Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu adopts Siddhapuram village.
• Myawaddy – Thinggan Nyenaung-Kawkareik section (25.6 km long) of the Asian Highway No.1, which links India to Thailand via Myanmar, bus-service between Imphal & Mandalay started.
• India announced a cash assistance of USD 500,000 to Jordan to meet the enormous impact of Syrian refugee crisis – Indian Ambassador to Jordan Anil Trigunayat.
• Indian bankers Chanda Kochhar (1st ) and Arundhati Bhattacharya (2nd) ranked as top two in a list of most powerful women in Asia-Pacific prepared by the global magazine Fortune.
• Pentagon established a first-ever country special cell, India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC), to speed up its defence ties with India(only) – IRRC is headed by Keith Webster.
• Indian diaspora in the US launched “Mission 2022” in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
• India to invest ` 1, 00,000 crore in Iran to supply natural gas at $2.95 per mmbtu for urea plant that will set up at Chabahar port on the Persian Gulf.
• PM Modi second Indian PM to visit Ireland – Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956.
1. Ireland support for India’s membership of UN Security council
2. Science and technology and education Cooperation
3. Direct flight between the two countries
4. Irish Prime Minister – Enda Kenny, President – Michael D. Higgins
• Mukesh Ambani India’s richest for 9th consecutive year: Forbes
• Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Imple-mentation has released the estimates of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first quarter (April-June) Q1, of 2015-16. Q1 of 2015-16 is estimated at ` 27.13 lakh Cr, growth rate of 7.0%.
• Bombay Stock Exchange(BSE) has the highest number of listed companies in the world by World Federation of Exchanges (WEF) report – 5689 companies.
• Telecom operator, Uninor renamed as Telenor (Vivek Sood) and tagline changed from ‘Sabse Sasta’ to ‘Ab life full paisa vasool’.
• JK Tyre Industries, India’s third largest tyre manufacturer to buy Haridwar manufacturing unit of Kesoram Industries for 2200 crore –JK Chairman Raghupati Singhania.
• India signed an agreement to launch 23 foreign satellites as per Antrix Cooperation and to launch 6 Singapore satellites , Antrix Corporation signed pact with US to launch 9 small satellites.

Current Events September 2015 – BANK

• Union Cabinet allowed 100% FDI in White Label ATM operations -more than 1.82 lakhs ATMs operated in the country by 54 banks. Rs100 cr, Payment and Settlement Systems (PSS) Act 2007, Tata Communications Payment Solutions Limited(Indi Cash), India’s first White Label ATM “Indicash” at Chandrapada in Thane, Maharashtra.
• RBI to issue ` 5 coin on golden jubilee of 1965 Indo-Pak war-Coinage Act 2011
• Bank of Maharashtra Launch of Soil & Water Health Card in Mumbai and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) in Delhi Zone – Mr. R.K.Gupta, Executive Director
• Paytm to launch India’s first payments bank – ` 10,000 crore in deposits
• RBI Names 10 Companies to Set Up Microfinance Banks
1. Au Financiers (India) Limited, Jaipur
2. Capital Local Area Bank Limited, Jalandhar
3. Disha Microfin Private Limited, Ahmedabad
4. Equitas Holdings P Limited, Chennai
5. ESAF Microfinance and Investments Private Limited, Chennai
6. Janalakshmi Financial Services Private Limited, Bengaluru
7. RGVN (North East) Microfinance Limited, Guwahati
8. Suryoday Micro Finance Private Limited, Navi Mumbai
9. Ujjivan Financial Services Private Limited, Bengaluru
10. Utkarsh Micro Finance Private Limited, Varanasi.
• RBI cuts Repo Rate from 7.25 Percent to 6.75 Percent, Reverse Repo Rate – 5.75%, CRR – 4% and SLR – 21.5%.

Current Events September 2015 – Sports

• Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma and Hollywood actors Matt Le Blanc and Salma Hayek joined a antipoaching campaign to save the wild animals of Africa.
• Oxigen Services, digital payment solution appointed Sachin as brand ambassador
• Sourav Ganguly appointed President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), as a successor of Jagmohan Dalmiya.
• Mumbai won Buchi Babu Memorial Trophy of Cricket defeated Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Districts (TNCA) in Chennai.
• 2022 Commonwealth Games to be held in Durban, South Africa. 2018 Games to be held in Gold Coast, Australia.
• Indian football team secured 155th rank in the recent FIFA rankings,Coach, Mr. Stephen Constantine. Argentina (1st), Belgium (2nd), Germany (3rd), Colombia (4th) and Brazil (5th).
• Indian boxer Vikas Krishan wins silver medal in 75 kg category in Asia Championships in Bangkok, Uzbekistan’s Bektemir Melikuziev – Gold medal.
• US Open Tennis Championships 2015:
1. Men’s Singles: Serbian Novak Djokovic defeated Feliciano Lopez
2. Women’s Singles : Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated Roberta Vinci
3. Men’s Doubles: French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won by defeating Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and John Peers (Australia).
4. Women’s Doubles: India’s Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis won the women’s Doubles trophy by defeating Casey Dellacqua (Australia) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
5. Mixed Doubles: India’s Leander Paes and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis pair won the Mixed Doubles trophy of Final Grand Slam of the US Open by defeating American pair of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sam Querrey.
• India ranks 5th in commonwealth Youth Games 2015 at Samoa in Apia. Australia – 63 medals, South Africa – 35, England – 40, Malaysia – 17, India – 19 (9 gold, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze)
1. Prachi Singh (women) Archery Gold
2. Prachi Singh – Pantelides Thomas (Mixed) Archery Gold
3. Sasi Kumar Mukund (Men single’s) Tennis Gold
4. Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal (Women single’s) Tennis Gold
5. Sasi kumar Mukund – Dhruthi Tatachar (Mixed) Tennis Gold
6. Deepak Lather Weightlifting Gold
7. Jamjang Deru Weightlifting Gold
8. Tejaswin Shankar (High Jump-Men) Athletics Gold
9. Mohd Hadeesh (Javelin Throw-Men) Athletics Gold
• Ravi Shastri retained as Team Director till T20 World Cup 2016
• Indian tennis player Yuki Bhambri won Shanghai Challenger by defeating local player Di Wu.
• India bagged bronze in Archery World Cup – India’s second team finished its campaign with bronze medal in the men’s compound team event at Archery World Cup Stage 4.
• Sourav Ganguly will train Under-16 and Under-19 teams of Tripura. Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) secretary, Sourav Dasgupta.
• Lewis Hamilton wins the Japanese Grand Prix 2015 in Suzuka city, Japan.
• India’s billiard player Pankaj Advani bagged his 14th world title when he won the IBSF World Billiards Championship Demolishin Singapore’s Peter Gilchrist in Adelaide, Australia.

Current Events September 2015 – Political

• Government planned India’s longest 600 km (5-6 hours) expressway to connect Delhi and Katran (J & K) – INR 15,000 Cr.
• Arun Jaitely announced that the govt. has accepted the recommendations of the Justice A.P. Shah Committee on MAT(indirect tax)- under Section 115JA pay a MAT @ 18.5%.
• PM Narendra Modi(3rd PM) participated in the concluding ceremony of the 3-day International Buddhist Conclave concluding ceremony at Bodh Gaya-Delegates from 47 countries.
• Haryana govt. passed Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and fixes minimum educational qualification relating to eligibility criteria for elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) – second state after Rajasthan.
• PM released ` 125 and ` 10 coins to honour of former President Dr. S Radhakrishnan on Teachers’ day.
• Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh announced 33% reservation to women in all para-military forces. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will recruit women under 33% reservations.
• Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani launched national web portal at New Delhi for promotion of a national apprenticeship scheme for Graduates, Diploma holders and 10+2 pass-outs- Logo and a Slogan – “Sashakt Yuva, Samarth Bharat”.
• E-Tourist Visa scheme extended to 37 more countries to attract maximum foreign tourists by Tourism ministry at Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO).
• West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee release 64 files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose – display at Kolkata Police Museum.
• Kerala CM Chandrababu Naidu launched the ‘New Tourism Policy-2015-20 to develop AP as one of the most preferred tourist destinations – ` 10,000 crore.
• Supreme court seek review of ban on CMs’ photos in ads – Exception: Prime Minister, President and Chief Justice of India.
• Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal approves “Victim Compensation Scheme” :
• Union Minister of State for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge), Shri Bandaru Dattatraya launched three new mobile based services for Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) members Mobile Application(app in, SMS based UAN Activation (SMS to 7738299899) and Missed Call service (01122901406)
• PM launches financial inclusion initiative in Varanasi 101-rickshaws, 501 pedal rickshaws and bank accounts and RuPay cards under (PMJDY).
• Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the new symbol for the “None of The Above” (NOTA) designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
• Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar adopted Barauliya village in Amethi under Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna.
• Narendra Modi addressed the India-US Startup Konnect and share his vision on “Start up India, Stand up India” as part of his US visit organized by IT industry NASSCOM
• PM Modi visit to US :
1. Meeting With Ceos Of Fortune 500 : Theme of “Media, Technology And Communications – Growth Story For India”.
2. Modi Addressed UN Sustainable Development Summit – 17 goals – New framework – “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
3. PM Modi hosted a G-4 Summit with leaders of G-4 nations Brazil, Germany and Japan in New York.
4. Visit to Silicon Valley & San Jose – Google to provide India a set up base for free Wi-Fi at 500 railway stations.
5. Startup Konnect was held by NASSCOM in partnership with TiE Silicon Valley and IIM Ahmedabad’s CIIE India
6. MoU between Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and Lester Centre for Entrepreneurship of the Haas Business School of the University of California,CIIE and Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator,CIIE and Google, CIIE and Tata Trust.
7. $2.5-billion helicopter deal of Chinook and Apache was signed.