1. Gurpreet and Sanju declared winners of AIFF

Indian men’s team goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and women’s squad midfielder Sanju were declared the winners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Footballer of the Year awards for the 2019-20 season.

This is the first time Gurpreet has received the award, and in the process he became the second goalkeeper after Subrata Paul in 2009 to be named the AIFF Player of the Year.

2. ADB gives loan for MP Urban Services Project

The Asian Development Bank has approved Rs 1,988 crore loan for the construction of water supply and integrated storm water and sewage management infrastructure in Madhya Pradesh.

The loan is an additional financing intended
to scale up the scope of the Madhya Pradesh urban services improvement project.

The project will receive support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

3. World Risk Index 2020

According to the World Risk Index (WRI) 2020, India was ‘poorly prepared to deal with ‘climate reality, due to which it was more vulnerable to extreme natural disasters.

India ranked 89th among 181 countries on the WRI 2020.

The country was fourth-most-at- risk in south Asia on the index, after Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

4. Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passes away

Singer-actor SP Balasubrahmanyam passed away in September 2020 due to severe COVID-19 pneumonia.

He held Guinness World Record for highest number of songs by a singer.

He won six National Awards – in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988, 1995, and in 1996.

He also won two civilian awards Padma Shri in 2001, Padma Bhushan in 2011.

5. Kerala Tourism bags PATA Grand Award

Kerala Tourism’s internationally acclaimed ‘Human by Nature’ campaign has bagged the prestigious PATA Grand Award 2020 for marketing.

The award, one of the three PATA grand awards, will give a stimulus to the tourism industry in the State that is in a crisis for over six months due to the pandemic.

The awards were announced at a virtual presentation ceremony in Beijing,

6. Watch on adequate supply of oxygen to patients

Drug Control Organisation has appointed Drug Control Officers to keep a watch on oxygen manufacturing firms and companies in Jaipur district to ensure an adequate supply of oxygen to coronavirus infected patients in the state.

It was done on the directions of Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma.

The Health Minister said that serious patients suffering from COVID-19 need more medical oxygen gas.

7. Researchers at IIT-M develop microprocessor

Researchers at the IIT Madras have indigenously developed microprocessor ‘MOUSHIK

It aims at serving the Internet of Things devices, under the Centre’s Digital India ‘smart cities’ initiative.

The project is funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

The uses of the microprocessor include smart cards, electronic voting machines and office
management systems.

8. GMR Infra sells entire stake in Kakinada SEZ

GMR Infrastructure announced signing of agreements for sale of entire 51% equity owned by its wholly-owned subsidiary GMR SEZ and Port Holding in Kakinada SEZ to Aurobindo Realty and Infrastructure.

100% equity stake of Kakinada Gateway Port held by KSEZ will be transferred to Aurobindo Realty.

Total consideration for the sale of equity stake as well as sub-debt in KSEZ is Rs 2,610 crore.

9. Gandhi appointed as new life trustee of IIC

Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has been appointed as a new life trustee of the India International Centre (IIC).

Gandhi was appointed a life trustee of the centre following the vacancy caused by the passing away of scholar Kapila Vatsyayan.

Gandhi is a retired Indian diplomat and also served as West Bengal governor from 2004 till 2009.

10. WB Cabinet clears scheme for Brahmin priests

West Bengal Cabinet gave its nod to the ‘Rajya Purohit Kalyan Prokolpo’ scheme.

In this scheme, a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 and free housing would be allotted to each of around 8,000 Sanatan Brahmin priests.

The Cabinet also approved a plan to form a development authority for converting Birsingha – the birthplace of polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar – into an “educational tourist hub”.

11. S&P predicts GDP to contract 9% in FY21

India’s GDP will experience a record contraction in FY21 due to the COVID crisis, according to S&P Global Ratings.

S&P expects the economy to contract 9% in FY21 though there will be a sharp pick up to 10% growth in FY22 due to the base effect.

S&P pegged the combined central and state fiscal deficit at 12.5% of GDP along with public debt at 90% this fiscal year.

12. India and Israel to co-develop weapon systems

India and Israel will now co-develop and co-produce projects of high-tech weapon systems and export them to other friendly countries.

A new sub-group to promote such joint projects, headed by Indian defence secretary and his Israeli counterpart, has been set up.

The main focus of the sub-working group (SWG) on defence industrial cooperation will be on transfer of technology, Al, etc.

13. Infosys analytics business is worth $3 bn

Infosys data and analytics (DNA) practice, which started five years ago, has grown into a nearly $3 billion service line, employing over 20,000 employees.

The revenue is almost a quarter of the company’s total business.

DNA has a classic (legacy) and super niches (digital) as part of its portfolio.

14. ADB approves $300 million loan to Rajasthan

The Asian Development Bank has approved a 300 mn dollar loan to finance inclusive water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services in secondary towns of Rajasthan.

The project is expected to build citywide access for improved water supply services for about 5.7 lakh people.

ADB will help ensure that the project incorporates practical lessons and innovations.

15. ‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ inaugurated

Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has inaugurated the new ‘Cable Stayed Bridge constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake along with four-lane elevated corridor in Hyderabad.

The bridge is 426 metre long, including the approaches on both ends, and 25.8 metre wide, with a total of 52 stay cables.
The bridge is one of longest in the country constructed at a cost of over 334 crore rupees.

16. Faceless Income Tax Appeals launched

The Income Tax Department has launched Faceless Income tax Appeals.

Under it, all income tax appeals will be finalised in a faceless manner with the exception of appeals relating to serious frauds, major tax evasion, sensitive and search matters, International tax and Black Money Act.

There will be no physical interface between the taxpayers or their counsel and the Income Tax Department.

17. KVIC appoints Sunil Sethi, as Advisor

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has appointed Sunil Sethi, a leading personality in the Indian fashion industry, as its advisor.

Sethi will advise the Commission on latest design interventions in the readymade garments segment as well as the promotion of Khadi in India and abroad.

Earlier, fashion designer Ritu Beri served as an advisor to KVIC whose term expired recently.

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