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  • Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan has been nominated as a member of a Group of Ministers (GoM). The GoM is constituted by the GST Council to look into the system reforms.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 35 crop varieties with special traits to the nation. o The new crop varieties aim to help tackle the larger problem of climate change and malnutrition.
  • MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd announced the launch of India’s first gender- neutral human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine - Gardasil 9.This will help to reduce the disease burden and cancers caused by the HPV types contained in the vaccine.
  • San Marino voted to legalise abortion in a historic referendum. The referendum is historic as San Marino is one of the last European countries that completely forbids abortions under any circumstances.
  • The National anti-drug addiction day is celebrated in India on 2 October every year. This is in order to raise awareness about drug addiction and drug abuse in India.
  • The World Bank has approved about a $150 million program to support Chennai’s Sustainable Urban Services.
  • This is to turn it into a “world-class city”.
  • This programme will fulfil Tamil Nadu’s vision of making Chennai into a city that is more green, liveable, and resilient towards climate change.
  • It will bring significant improvements in the quality of four key urban services: Water supply and sewerage, Mobility, Health and Solid Waste Management.
  • Apart from the programme in Tamil Nadu, World Bank has also approved a $40 million project that will improve the quality of health services in the state of Meghalaya.
  • The State police initiated a 48-hour State-wide storming operation on 23rd September.
  • The Director-General of Police C Sylendra Babu ordered the storming operation.
  • The steps have been taken to ensure that there is no place for rowdies.
  • The state government announced Kalaignar M Karunanidhi Semmozhi Tamil awards presented by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil Research.
  • It is presented for the years 2010 to 2019.
  • Professor VS Rajam receives this award for the year 2010.
  • Professor Pon Kothandaraman for the year 2011.
  • Professor E Sundaramoorthy and Professor P Marudhanayagam for 2012 and 2013, respectively.
  • Professor K Mohanarasu and Professor Maraimalai Ilakkuvanaar for the years 2014 and 2015.
  • Professor K Rajan and Professor Ulrich Nicholas for 2016 and 2017.
  • Poet Erode Tamilanban and Professor K Sivamani for 2018 and 2019.
  • The Union government has tasked a group of ministers (GoM) to propose a rationalisation of tax rates and consider the merger of different tax slabs within two months.
  • It is headed by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj S. Bommai.
  • Presently, the GST regime has five broad tax rate slabs viz., zero, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.
  • The 8th Edition of the “India Sri Lanka bilateral joint Exercise” will be conducted from October 4 to October 15, 2021.
  • It will be conducted at Combat Training School, Ampara in Sri Lanka.
  • The exercise is called Mitra Shakti.
  • In the joint exercise, all arms contingent of 120 personnel from the Indian Army will participate along with the battalion of the Sri Lankan Army.
  • 7th Edition of Exercise Mitra Shakti was conducted in the year 2019 at Foreign Training Node (FTN), Pune, Maharashtra.
  • The Labour and Employment Minister Shri Bhupender Yadav released the report of the first quarter of the Quarterly Employment Survey part (April to June 2021),
  • The report is the part of All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES).
  • It was prepared by the Labour Bureau.
  • The most impressive growth of 152 per cent has been recorded in the IT/BPO sector.
  • The growth rate in, Health is 77 %, Education is 39 %, Manufacturing is 22 %, Transport is 68 %, Construction is 42 %,
  • The Employment in Trade came down by 25 per cent.
  • Accommodation & Restaurant the decline was by 13 per cent.
  • Financial services saw a growth rate in employment of 48 per cent.
  • The world's largest national flag made of Khadi was inaugurated in Leh in the union territory of Ladakh on October 2, 2021.
  • Ladakh's Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur inaugurated the national flag on the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Monumental Khadi National Flag was prepared by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • It is about 225 feet long and 150 feet wide and weighs over 1,400 kg.
  • The Ashok Chakra in the national flag measures a diameter of 30 feet.
  • It took 70 Khadi artisans 49 days to prepare the national flag.
  • The Kingdom of Bahrain launched the fastest regional multi-modal logistics hub in the region.
  • These gains translate to a 50% reduction in average lead time compared to pure sea freight.
  • It also reflects a 40% reduction in cost compared to pure air freight.
  • The UN Food Systems Summit will serve as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems.
  • This is to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get us back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
  • In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit.
  • The four West African countries have signed a joint declaration to advance transboundary cooperation in the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB).
  • The four countries are Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal.
  • They have agreed to establish a legal and institutional framework for cooperation on SMAB.
  • This would be the first such mechanism in West Africa and pave the way for strengthened collaboration on shared groundwater resources worldwide.
  • Senegal, upon accession to the UNECE Water Convention in 2018, had requested this declaration.
  • The Union Education Minister and Skill Development Minister Dharmendra Pradhan virtually presented Kaushalacharya Awards 2021.
  • The awards were given to 41 skill trainers for their exemplary contribution to the skill ecosystem.
  • These 41 trainers are from several initiatives and training programmes of Skill India like Directorate General of Training (DGT), Apprenticeship, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) and Entrepreneurship.
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  • Nata-Sankirtana festival was started at the Mandap of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal. It is a three-day festival of Dance and Music.
  • The Taliban announced that they plan to temporarily enact provisions from the 1964 Constitution of Afghanistan that are not in conflict with Sharia or Islamic law. o The adoption of this constitution could grant women the right to vote.
  • Kīlauea volcano erupted on Hawaii's Big Island on September 30, 2021. It is one of the most active volcanos on Earth.
  • India signed the implementing arrangement on the joint development of a small satellite for Bhutan. The agreement was inked between the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Department of Information Technology and Telecom, Bhutan.
  • Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in India to administer 10 crore Covid- 19 vaccine doses.
  • The Medical Devices Park is to come up at Oragadam, Kanchipuram district.
  • It is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 10,000 people.
  • The park would manufacture ventilators, blood pressure monitors, pacemakers, equipment for surgeons and other requirements of the medical fraternity.
  • India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism, and Investment Dan Tehan have formally launched the resumption of negotiations on the India-Australia Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).
  • This happened during the 17th India-Australia Joint Ministerial Commission.
  • Both India and Australia reiterated their commitment to sign CECA by the end of 2022.
  • E-commerce major Amazon India has announced the launch of the 'Amazon Future Engineer programme' in India.
  • It is a global computer science education programme
  • The programme will enable access to quality computer science education and career opportunities for students from underrepresented and underserved communities.
  • According to Agriculture Minister Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, India is the world's fourth-largest producer of agrochemicals.
  • He said this while speaking at the 41st AGM of CropLife India.
  • CropLife India is an apex organisation of 15 Crop science companies.
  • The Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launched a month-long Clean India drive on October 1, 2021, from Prayagraj.
  • This Nationwide Clean India Programme aims at getting rid of single-use plastic and other waste.
  • The Clean India Programme is being organised in 6 villages of 744 districts across India.
  • It is organised through the networks of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan - NYKS affiliated Youth Clubs and the National Service Scheme- affiliated institutions.
  • The Central government on October 1, 2021 extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh by another six months.
  • The government declared the three districts of Changlang, Longding, and Tirap in Arunachal Pradesh along with the areas that fall under the jurisdiction of Mahadevpur and Namsai police stations bordering Assam as disturbed areas.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the first-ever global strategy to defeat meningitis.
  • The roadmap includes three visionary goals : Eliminate epidemics of bacterial meningitis, Reduce cases of vaccine-preventable bacterial meningitis by 50% and deaths by 70%, Reduce disability and improve quality of life after meningitis of any cause.
  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published this report recently.
  • In its report, UNCTAD noted the Philippines as one among six countries that allow free flow of data across borders.
  • Free flow of data is required to boost the digital economy.
  • Other five countries allowing free-flow of data across borders include- Canada, Australia, Mexico, Singapore and the United States.
  • These countries use a “light-touch approach” for data flow.
  • India follows the “restrictive” or “guarded” approach for cross-border data flow.
  • Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to a one-year jail term by a French court.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy has been accused of spending almost twice the maximum legal amount during his 2012 re-election bid.
  • The court will allow Sarkozy to serve the one-year sentence at home by wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.
  • India's external debt stood at $571.3 billion at the end of June.
  • It recorded an increase of $1.6 billion over its level at the end of March 2021.
  • However, the external debt to GDP ratio declined to 20.2 per cent at June-end 2021 from 21.1 per cent as of March 31.
  • India's Mars Orbiter spacecraft has completed seven years in its orbit.
  • This is well beyond its designed mission life of six months.
  • Mars Orbiter Mission is the maiden interplanetary mission of ISRO.
  • Launched on November 5, 2013, the probe was successfully inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation stone of four new medical colleges in Rajasthan.
  • The medical colleges are based in Banswara, Sirohi, Hanumangarh and Dausa.
  • He also inaugurated the Institute of Petrochemicals Technology (IPT) located in Sitapura, Jaipur.
  • The day is celebrated every year across the country.
  • This is to raise awareness about Blood donation and promote voluntary blood donation in the country.
  • The theme for this year’s Blood donation event is “Give Blood and keep the world-beating”.
  • The day is observed on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The United Nations General Assembly adopted this day on June 15, 2007.
  • This day is observed across the world to give the message of non-violence.
  • The Farm animals are indeed playing a significant role in providing food for humans.
  • World Farm Animals Day is observed to bring in some form of improvements to their lives.
  • The first Wildlife Week was observed in 1957.
  • Wildlife Week 2021 marks the 67th Wildlife Week.
  • Theme for this year is 'Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet'
  • A novel titled “Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth” authored by Wole Soyinka has been released.
  • Wole Soyinka is Africa’s first Nobel laureate in Literature.
  • He wrote his last novel “Season of Anomy” in 1973.
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  • The Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the Vayoshreshtha Samman National Award to senior geriatrician V.S. Natarajan. o The recipient of the award has been taking various initiatives through his enterprise (Dr V S Natarajan Geriatric Foundation) for the healthy welfare of the elders.
  • The first pink-ball day and night Test match between India and the Australian women team was held at the Carrara Oval in Queensland, Australia. o The Indian team was led by Mithali Raj.
  • According to US Fish and Wildlife Services, the American bumblebee population has decreased by 89% in the past 20 years. It could be declared as an “endangered species”.
  • NITI Aayog released its “State Nutrition Profile” report. In the report, nineteen States and Union Territories received their nutrition profiles.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will provide loan assistance of USD 356.67 million (~Rs.2.65 lakh Crore) for the expansion of the Chennai Metro Rail system.
  • With this Investment, AIIB has invested a total of USD 6.7 billion making India its largest beneficiary.
  • This will promote integrated economic and transport sector growth in Chennai.
  • The metro project will span from Lighthouse in the east to Poonamallee Bypass in the west.
  • The station will be equipped with rooftop solar panels, which promotes green economic growth in the city.
  • The union minister for Panchayati Raj & Rural Development, Giriraj Singh, launched “People’s Plan Campaign 2021- Sabki Yojana Sabka Vikas”.
  • He also launched a Vibrant Gram Sabha Dashboard.
  • The Minister also launched the 10th issue of Gramoday Sankalp Magazine.
  • It was launched by the Union Labour and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav.
  • This digital skills programme was launched with the objective to enhance the employability of youth by improving their digital skills.
  • Digi Saksham is a joint initiative of Microsoft India and the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
  • The programme will be implemented in the field by “Aga Khan Rural Support Programme India (AKRSP-I)”.
  • On October 1, 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 (SBM-U 2.0) along with the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation 2.0 (AMTUT 2.0).
  • These schemes were launched at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
  • These schemes are designed to realize the aspiration of making all cities Garbage Free and Water Secure.
  • A district hospital in India has 24 beds per 1 lakh population, on average.
  • This is according to the “Assessment report of District Hospitals” by NITI Aayog.
  • Bihar is having the lowest average of six beds per 1 lakh population.
  • Puducherry is having the highest number of 222 beds per one lakh population.
  • According to Indian Public Health Standards (IPHS) 2012 guidelines, there should be at least 22 beds per one lakh population in district hospitals.
  • All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), under the AYUSH ministry, has developed “Bal Raksha Kit”.
  • It is an immunity-boosting kit.
  • This kit has been developed with the aim of amplifying the immunity of children.
  • This is developed in order to help them fight against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
  • It was manufactured by Indian Medicines Pharmaceutical Corporation Limited in Uttarakhand.
  • The Reliance Industries Chairman, Mukesh Ambani has topped the Wealth Hurun India Rich List for the 10th consecutive year.
  • Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani is in the second spot.
  • Shiv Nadar & the family of HCL technologies is third on the list.
  • The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) has constituted an Expert Committee.
  • It is to recommend an approach towards the development of the Sustainable Finance Hub at International Financial Services Centres.
  • The expert committee will be chaired by C.K. Mishra.
  • C.K. Mishra is the Former Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change.
  • The committee consists of a total of 10 members including the chairperson and the member secretary.
  • The Scientists have, for the first time, developed a large-scale reactor that produces a substantial amount of hydrogen using sustainable sources like sunlight and water.
  • This is a cost-effective and sustainable process.
  • They have used earth-abundant chemical called carbon nitrides as a catalyst for the purpose.
  • NASA will launch its first spacecraft, Lucy, on an Atlas V rocket to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids.
  • This is to collect insights into the solar system's formation.
  • The mission is named ‘Lucy’ after an ancient fossil that provided insights into the evolution of the human species.
  • New species of blind freshwater eel has been by four scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).
  • Eel species was discovered from a well in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • As per scientists, the eel is a blind freshwater hypogean.
  • This is the first such discovered species from Maharashtra and Northern western Ghats.
  • The species has been named ‘Rakthamichtys mumba’ to pay tribute to the city it was found in.
  • This is the 5th species from Rakthamicthys genus to have originated from India.
  • The Indian men’s table tennis team has won a bronze medal at the Asian Table Tennis Championship.
  • Indian team won bronze after losing to South Korea by 0-3 in the semi-finals.
  • The team was assured of winning a medal after beating Iran by 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
  • Both the semi-finalists won a bronze medal.
  • The day aims to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly.
  • It also appreciates the contributions that older people make to society.
  • The theme for this year is 'Digital Equity for All Ages'.
  • The day is to celebrate and promote the use of coffee.
  • The hard work and efforts of these workers and people who are associated with the coffee industry are also recognized on this day.
  • For the first time, International Coffee Day was celebrated back in 2015.
  • The day is globally observed to raise awareness about the ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
  • The full week between October 1–7 is observed as the International Vegetarian Week (IVW).
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  • The Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh launched the “Amrit Grand Challenge Program” titled “JANCARE”. o The Grand Challenge aims to identify 75 Start-Up and entrepreneurs, who come out with Innovative Ideas and Solutions for India’s healthcare challenges.
  • India has emerged as Dubai's second biggest trading partner after China. o U.S. is at third position.
  • A humanitarian organization from Yemen has been declared as the winner of the 2021 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award. o The organisation named “Jeel Albena Association for Humanitarian Development” was founded in 2017 by Ameen Jubran.
  • North Korea successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8. o Hypersonic missiles fly at lower altitudes compared to ballistic weapon systems.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) has named Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh as its brand ambassador for India.
  • The Speaker of Lok Sabha, Om Birla has inaugurated the NIDHI 2.0 (National Integrated Database of Hospitality Industry) scheme.
  • This was launched on 2021 World Tourism Day (September 27).
  • The NIDHI scheme was launched by the Ministry of Tourism.
  • It is to facilitate the digitalization of the tourism sector and promote ease of doing business for the hospitality & tourism sector.
  • India and Australia participated in the 4th iteration of the biennial maritime series AUSINDEX in Australian waters.
  • AUSINDEX began as a bilateral maritime exercise in 2015.
  • The 3rd iteration of AUSINDEX was held in 2019 in the Bay of Bengal.
  • This 3rd iteration included anti-submarine drills for the first time.
  • The Government has aimed to increase India’s share of renewable energy to 60% in Major ports through solar and wind power.
  • Presently, renewable energy accounts for less than 10% of power demand at the ports.
  • The Government also targets to electrify 50% of port equipment by 2030.
  • The Ports aim to reduce carbon emissions/ton by 30% by 2030.
  • The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, launched “Ease of Logistic Portal”.
  • It is a trade facilitation portal, developed by Federation of Indian Export Organisations.
  • It was launched in order to bring exporters and logistics service providers on a single platform.
  • While launching the portal, the minister noted that the ‘Rules of Business’ have to be the same for all stakeholders.
  • This Portal was launched during ‘Vanijya Saptah Samapan Samaroh’.
  • It was recently launched by NASA.
  • It is an Earth monitoring satellite.
  • It is a joint mission of NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Together with Landsat 8, it will collect images of Earth’s surface.
  • It takes 8 days to capture the whole Earth.
  • The instruments aboard Landsat 9 are the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2).
  • The Reserve Bank of India has announced the removal of Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) restrictions on Indian Overseas Bank (IOB).
  • This is done after its financial and credit profile improved.
  • This decision provides lender more freedom to lend, especially to corporations and grow the network.
  • IOB was placed under PCA in October 2015 because of high Net-Performing Assets and negative Return on Assets.
  • It was stopped from increasing risk-weighted assets.
  • The National Payments Corporation of India has partnered with private sector lender YES Bank.
  • This is to launch first-of-its-kind ‘RuPay On-the-Go’ contactless payments solutions.
  • It is launched to enable customers to make small and large value transactions from accessories that they wear every day.
  • It has been launched in association with fintech infrastructure partner Neokred and manufacturing partner Seshaasai.
  • The union minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala released the “National Action Plan for Dog Mediated Rabies Elimination by 2030 (NAPRE)”.
  • This was launched on the occasion of “World Rabies Day” on September 28, 2021.
  • This action plan was introduced as a roadmap to eliminate rabies by 2030.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of PM POSHAN scheme in Schools.
  • PM POSHAN is a Centrally Sponsored National Scheme.
  • PM POSHAN scheme would run for five more years.
  • It will run from 2021-2022 to 2025-26.
  • This Scheme will cover all school children who are studying in Classes 1st to 8th in government schools as well in government-Aided Schools.
  • The Indian Institute of technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) developed a hydrogel from discarded corneas.
  • This can be used as an alternative to Corneal transplantation.
  • The Research team was led by Dr Falguni Pati, an Associate Professor at Department of Bio-medical Engineering at IIT-H.
  • Professor Eric A. Hanushek and Dr Rukmini Banerji have been awarded the 2021 Yidan Prize.
  • This prize is considered as the world’s highest education accolade.
  • This was awarded in recognition of their ground-breaking work addressing the 'improving quality of education and outcomes for learners at scale'.
  • The award honours and supports people in solving global problems.
  • The Right Livelihood Award 2021 was conferred to Delhi-based environmental organisation “Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE)”.
  • This award is also known as “Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize”.
  • LIFE has received the award for its “grassroots approach to empower vulnerable communities in protecting their livelihoods and claiming their right for a clean environment.”
  • Other awardees include: Marthe Wandou, Vladimir Slivyak and Freda Huson.
  • The Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the country's first "Sports Arbitration Centre of India" in Gujarat.
  • This will serve as an independent body to fast track disputes in the sports sector.
  • The SACI is promoted by Ahmedabad-based SE TransStadia Pvt Ltd.
  • In her book, My Life in Full: Work, Family and our Future, Indra Nooyi focuses on the importance that organisational support plays in working women’s lives.
  • The book was published by Hachette India.
  • A book titled “The Fractured Himalaya: How the Past Shadows the Present in India-China Relations”, authored by Nirupama Rao.
  • The book traces how the origins of the dispute between India and China form part of a living history that shapes their fractious relationship today.
  • Nirupama Rao is a former Foreign Secretary.
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  • The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched India’s First Pan- India helpline for Senior Citizens, called “Elder Line”. o The Toll-Free Number for this line is 14567.
  • Sojat Mehndi (Henna) from Rajasthan, has been awarded the geographical indication (GI) tag. o Sojat Mehendi, originating from Mehendi leaves grown in Sojat, is naturally cultivated using the rainwater.
  • The Tamil Nadu police museum is set up in the old commissioner's office, Egmore, Chennai. o The building was the headquarters of the first Police Commissioner of Madras, Lieutenant-Colonel John Carne Boulderson in 1856.
  • The NASA probe (InSight) has detected an earthquake on Mars measuring a magnitude 4.2 that shook the ground for nearly an hour and a half. This is the biggest and longest-lasting quake on Mars.
  • For the first time, a Tamil Nadu-based Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) has clinched a deal with the largest aerospace firm Boeing.
  • Aerospace Engineers Private Limited, located in Salem, won a long-term contract from Boeing.
  • Now it will manufacture and supply critical aviation components and parts for the global aerospace company’s products.
  • Aveek Sarkar, the Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, was re-elected Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI),
  • It is the country’s largest premier news agency.
  • K N Shanth Kumar was elected as the Vice-Chairman.
  • He is the Director of The Printers (Mysore) Pvt. Ltd. which brings out Deccan Herald and Kannada language daily Prajavani.
  • The government of India has started work for the development of ‘Parshuram Kund’.
  • It is a Hindu pilgrimage site on the Brahmaputra plateau in the lower reaches of the Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The project was sanctioned under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism.
  • The Centre has appointed Saumitra Kumar Haldar as the full-time chairman of the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA).
  • The government has appointed a full-time chairman, more than three years after the establishment of the CWMA.
  • Presently, Haldar is serving as the chairman of the Central Water Commission.
  • The Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched ‘Amul Honey’.
  • Amul Honey is a product of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd.
  • This product was launched under cooperation with the ‘National Bee Board (NBB)’.
  • The Defence Ministry has issued an order to dissolve the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) in effect from October 1, 2021.
  • This order will abolish OFB, an establishment which was accepted by the British in 1775.
  • After October 1, its assets, employees and management will be transferred to seven newly constituted Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs).
  • Japan’s former Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida has won the ruling party’s leadership election, virtually ensuring that he will become the country’s next prime minister.
  • Kishida won 257 votes in a runoff to defeat Taro Kono.
  • Fumio Kishida replaces outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
  • The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Accra (Ghana) as UNESCO World Book Capital for 2023.
  • After Guadalajara (Mexico) in 2022, the city of Accra was selected for its strong focus on young people and their potential to contribute to the culture and wealth of Ghana.
  • The Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading for all ages and population groups.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on September 27, 2021.
  • This mission was launched under the pilot project National Digital Health Mission.
  • The flagship digital initiative involves, Creation of a unique health ID for every citizen, and Creation of a digital healthcare professionals and facilities registry.
  • The nationwide rollout of the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission coincides with the third anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
  • The Reserve bank of India has set the limit for Ways and Means Advances (WMA) for the second half of the financial year 2021-22 i.e. October 2021 to March 2022.
  • It is Rs. 50,000 crores.
  • The Reserve Bank may trigger fresh floatation of market loans when the Government of India utilises 75 per cent of the WMA limit.
  • The Reserve Bank retains the flexibility to revise the limit at any time, in consultation with the Government of India, taking into consideration the prevailing circumstances.
  • The 2021 IHA Blue Planet Prize for excellence in sustainable hydropower development has been awarded to the 510-MW Teesta-V hydropower project in India.
  • The project is operated by NHPC Limited.
  • The prize was awarded by the International Hydropower Association (IHA) at the biennial World Hydropower Congress.
  • The Teesta-V project is located on the Teesta River in Sikkim.
  • It was announced during the 80th foundation day of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
  • Every year, CSIR presents this award to scientists below 45 years of age for their contributions in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, medicine, engineering and earth, atmosphere, ocean and planetary sciences.
  • The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
  • He has taken charge as the 34th Director-General of the National Cadet Corps (NCC).
  • He succeeds Lt Gen Tarun Kumar Aich.
  • He was commissioned into the PARACHUTE REGIMENT in 1987.
  • The International Cricket Council has launched the official anthem of the upcoming T20 World Cup.
  • It was launched along with a campaign film featuring ‘avatars’ of Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli and West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard.
  • The song is composed by Bollywood music director Amit Trivedi.
  • The tournament will begin on October 17 in Oman and UAE, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.
  • Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to notch up 10,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket.
  • This was achieved during his side Royal Challengers Bangalore's (RCB) game against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai.
  • He is also the second man after West Indies' Chris Gayle to reach the landmark in both T20 and one-day international cricket.



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