1. Former UM Jaswant Singh dies

Former Union minister Jaswant Singh passed away due to cardiac arrest.

He died at the age of 82.

He was being treated for Sepsis with Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome.
He was an officer in Indian Army but later served as external affair minister, defence minister and finance minister.

He was external affairs minister when India undertook the nuclear tests in May 1998.

2. Renowned economist Isher Judge Ahluwalia dies

Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, a renowned economist and Padma Bhushan awardee passed away at the age of 74.

She had worked extensively on issues related to urbanisation and education.

She was former chairpersonship of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)

3. Trai drops probe against Voda idea

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has decided to drop proceedings against Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) in priority plan matter.

It was done after the telco withdrew contentious claims on faster speed and modified its offering.

VIL recently dropped the faster data speed claims which formed a prominent part of its pay-more-for-priority-treatment offering and filed a revised plan Trai.

4. BCCI appoints Women’s Selection Committee

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday appointed five-member for the all-India Women’s Selection Committee.

It includes former Indian cricketers – Neetu David, Arati Vaidya, Renu Margaret, Venkatacher Kalpana and Mithu Mukherjee, Neetu David will head the five-member committee.

5. India inks pact with Denmark

India inked an MoU with Denmark to increase cooperation in the area of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Aim: To increase IP cooperation by exchanging best practices and collaborating in training programmes.

The biennial work plan will be drawn to implement MoU which will include detailed planning for carrying out cooperation activities, including the scope of action.

6. India grants USD 15 million to Sri Lanka

PM Modi announced grant assistance of 15 million dollars to Sri Lanka for the promotion of Buddhist ties between India and Sri Lanka.

This grant will assist in deepening people-to-people linkages between the two countries in the sphere of Buddhism.

Joint Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) in the External Affairs Ministry is Amit Narang.

7. Lok Adalat for BRPL consumers in Delhi

A permanent Lok Adalat for the redressal of electricity disputes was virtually inaugurated by Justice Hima Kohli of the Delhi High Court in Vikaspuri.

BRPL stands for BSES Rajdhani Power Limited.

It is the first permanent Lok Adalat exclusively for a discom in Delhi.

It will have one chairperson and two members appointed by DSLSA as per provisions of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987.

8. NRL inks pact with NALCO to supply CPC

Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) signed an MoU with PSU major National Aluminium Company Ltd (NALCO) for supplying of calcined petroleum coke (CPC) for five years.

The estimated sale of 40,000 metric tonnes annually.

Sridhar Patra is NALCO’s Chairman and Managing Director.

NRL Managing Director is SK Barua.

9. 4 lakh tele-consultations on eSanjeevani

The Out Patient Department (OPD) platform of Health Ministry e-Sanjeevani completed the landmark milestone of 4 lakh teleconsultations.

It is running 27 general OPDs and 169 speciality and super-speciality OPDs in 24 states.

The top-performing states include Tamil Nadu with over one lakh 33 thousand sessions logged in and Uttar Pradesh with over one lakh sessions.

10. Prime Minister Modi addresses 75th UNGA

Modi emphasized India’s commitment to the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic by sending essential medicines to more than 150 countries.

India will also fulfil its responsibility as a
Non-Permanent Member of the Security

Council by speaking in support of peace, security and prosperity.

Self-reliant India will also be a force multiplier for the global economy.

11. Commercial operation of Gulmarg Gondola

The Union Territory Jammu and Kashmir have decided to resume the commercial operation of Gulmarg Gondola Section-I from Gulmarg to Kongdoori.

It will start from the World Tourism Day.

The operations will be carried out only twice a week on Saturdays and Sundays by observing requisite protocols of COVID-19.

12. World Contraceptive Day: 26 September

26th September is observed as World Contraception Day every year.

It seeks to improve awareness of contraceptive methods and enable men and women to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.

It was first observed on 26th September in 2007 by ten international family planning organizations.

It is supported by 15 international NGOs.

13. Nepal’s yarn industry gets a boost

Lockdown in India has led to a rise in demand for Nepal made yarns.

This surge helped the local producers of Nepal. They are now operating at 60% of their

India imports about 60% of the total yarns made by Nepal.

14. World Bank approves loan for Bangladesh

The World Bank (WB) has approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh.

It is to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in the rural areas of the country.

This project will also provide sanitation services to over 3.6 million rural people.

The 30-year concessional credit has a five year grace period.

It comes from the World Bank’s International Development Association.

15. India’s 1st coast guard academy – Mangaluru

India’s first Coast Guard Academy will be established at Mangaluru.

The initial plan was to set up an academy in Kerala’s Azhikkal.

Around 158 acres Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land has been taken over for setting up this academy.

The project will also enable ICG to train officers from friendly nations, from which it receives a lot of demand.

16. Rajnath Singh to inaugurate two tunnels

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh wll virtually inaugurate construction of two tunnels on Indian Military Premises (IMA) in Dehradun on 28 September.

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat will also be preset at the virtual inauguration.

Rs. 45 crores have been approved for the construction of these tunnels by the central government.

17. CSIR Foundation Day: 26 September

CSIR celebrated its 79th Foundation day on the 26th of September.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted all those associated with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

He tweeted, CSIR is at the forefront of furthering scientific research and innovation in India and have also been playing a valuable role in fighting COVID-19.

18. CSIR: president – Shekhar C. Mande.

Modi holds talks with Sri Lankan counterpart.

PM Modi on 26 September held talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In the virtual bilateral summit, Modi mentioned his government’s neighbourhood-first policy and SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) doctrine.

They discussed issues like ways to further deepen overall defence and trade ties as well as the expansion of existing cooperation in several key areas.

19. Narendra Tomar inaugurates IARI in Assam

Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar inaugurated the new Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Gogamukh, Assam.

It will be named after Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.

It will give an impetus to the development of agricultural education and research in the northeastern states of the country.

20. Bihar elections to be held in three phases

Bihar elections wll be the first to be held in the pandemic.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the elections will take place in three phases starting from 28 October.

Counting of votes will be done on the 10th of November.

The number of phases has been reduced but voting time has been increased by one-hour till 6 PM.

COVID-19 patients will vote in the last hour of the day.

21. Asian football Confederation Task-Force

City-based retired Colonel Dr Girija Shanker Mungali has been appointed as one of the seven members of the Asian Football Confederation’s task force.

This task force will regulate football clubs in Asia and Australia.

He is the only Indian to be appointed in this committee and will be on the panel till 2023.

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