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Top Current Affairs 14 September 2019

Odd-Even rule to be implemented in Delhi from 4-15 November

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has re-introduced odd-even scheme in Delhi. This scheme will be implemented on Delhi’s roads from November 4 to 15. Under the odd-even scheme, cars with licence plates ending in an odd number and even number will be allowed to ply on alternate days. The scheme was implemented for the first time in 2016. However, the scheme had got into controversies over exemptions granted to various categories of vehicles.

India wins ‘Best Video’ award in UNWTO Tourism Video Competition 2019

India’s ‘Yogi of the Racetrack’ has won ‘Best Video’ award for the Asia & Pacific Region in the UNWTO Tourism Video Competition 2019. The ‘Yogi of the Racetrack’ is a short film that scripts a journey through India and its vast diversity, including the Ganges, the Himalayas through the eyes of a yogi.

Indian Railways announces incentives to boost economy

Indian Railways has announced certain freight incentives to boost the Indian economy. The Indian Railways has decided to defer the implementation of Busy Season Charge till further advice. The Railways has also decided to provide 25 percent discount in the movement of empty containers and empty flat wagons and waive off the 5 percent supplementary charges applicable on the loading on mini and two point rakes.

Kim Clijsters: Former World no.1 announces return to tennis 7 years after retirement

Kim Clijsters, former World no. 1 and four-time Grand Slam Winner has announced her return to professional tennis, seven years after her retirement. Kim Clijsters announced her comeback through a video on twitter. Clijsters, who is 36, said that she was ready to come back in 2020.

Top Current Affairs 13 September 2019

Mary Kom recommended for Padma Vibhushan, PV Sindhu for Padma Bhushan

Mary Kom has been recommended for the Padma Vibhushan Award, India’s second-highest civilian award. PV Sindhu’s name has been suggested for the Padma Bhushan Award. The Sports Ministry has also named seven other female athletes for the Padma awards, making the awards women-dominated this time.

DRDO successfully test fires indigenously developed Anti-Tank Guided Missile system

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired an indigenously-developed Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) system on September 11. This test was conducted at Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh. The Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) is an indigenous missile which is based on the fire-and-forget system.

Feroz Shah Kotla renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi was renamed as Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in the memory of former DDCA President on September 12, 2019. The DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) had decided to honour Arun Jaitley on August 27, 2019. The veteran politician breathed his last on August 24 after a prolonged illness. The renaming ceremony was held at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. The inauguration of the Arun Jaitley cricket stadium was done digitally by Home Minister Amit Shah in the presence of the late Union Finance Minister's family. Arun Jaitley had earlier served as the President of the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) as well as the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Water discovered on a potentially habitable super-Earth

Water has been found by scientists in the atmosphere of a potentially habitable super-Earth. The exoplanet, named K2-18b, is twice the size and eight times the mass of Earth. K2-18b is the first planet outside the solar system in the habitable zone of its star. The discovery was published in a paper in a scientific journal, Nature Astronomy on September 11, 2019 by researchers from University College London (UCL). The paper revealed that scientists studied the atmosphere of K2-18b, a distant super-Earth and for the first time discovered water vapor in its atmosphere and temperature that could potentially support life.

Top Current Affairs 12th September 2019

John Bolton: Trump abruptly fires national security adviser John Bolton

US President Donald Trump abruptly fired his national security adviser John Bolton on September 10, 2019. Trump himself made the announcement through his official twitter account. The US President claimed that he strongly disagreed on many of Bolton’s suggestions.

Jammu and Kashmir Bifurcation: Government forms 3-member panel to oversee bifurcation of J&K

A three-member panel has been formed by the Union Government to oversee the implementation of bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. The 3-member advisory committee will be headed by former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra and its members include retired IAS officer Arun Goyal and retired Indian Civil Accounts Service officer Giriraj Prasad.

Swacchta hi Seva 2019

Swacchta hi Seva 2019: Swachhta hi Seva 2019 was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mathura on September 11, 2019. The Swachhta hi Sewa 2019 theme is ‘plastic waste awareness and management’. Swachhta hi Seva is a massive nationwide awareness and mobilization campaign on Swachhta. The Swachhta hi Seva 2019 is being organized from September 11 till October 2, 2019. PM Modi had set the goal of making India ODF by October 2, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

Top Current Affairs 11th September 2019

Jack Ma retirement: Jack Ma to step down as Chairman of Alibaba

Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma will step down from his position on September 10, 2019. Jack Ma’s retirement will mark the end of an era for Alibaba and mark a new beginning. Daniel Zhang, Alibaba's CEO, will replace Jack Ma as Executive Chairman of the group. Jack Ma, had co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and under his leadership, the company grew up to become one of Asia’s most valuable listed company. The current market capitalization of Alibaba is around $460 billion. Jack Ma had announced his decision to retire from the Chairman position in September 2018. He had handpicked Daniel Zhang as his successor. It is rare for a founder of such a big tech firm to retire so early. Jack Ma planned to retire on his 55th birthday.

PM Modi inaugurates first cross-border pipeline in South Asia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the India-Nepal cross-border petroleum pipeline along with Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli through video conferencing on September 10, 2019. The India-Nepal cross-border petroleum pipeline is South Asia’s first cross-border pipeline. The PMO called the project a symbol of India's close relations with Nepal.

PM Modi crosses 50 million followers, becomes third most followed leader

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has crossed the mark of 50 million followers on his twitter account, becoming the third most followed world leader after Donald Trump and Barack Obama. PM Modi is the most followed Indian on Twitter, even ahead of Bollywood superstars like Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan and Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Among the world leaders, Modi is close behind US President Donald Trump, who has 64 million followers.

Gujarat Reduces Traffic Violation Fines under New Motor Vehicles Act

The Gujarat government has reduced the challan amounts imposed under the new Motor Vehicles Act (MVA) for breaking traffic rules. BJP-ruled Gujarat is the first state to do so. The new rules will come into effect from September 16 onwards. The Delhi government is also considering reducing certain penalties. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced that the fines laid down in the new act were the maximum suggested and his government had reduced them after detailed deliberations. According to the various reports, the Gujarat government reduced fines on traffic violations up to 50 per cent.

Top Current Affairs 10th September 2019

ISRO’s Vikram lander found unbroken but in a tilted position on the Moon

Vikram lander of Chandrayaan-2 has been found in a tilted position and in a single piece on the surface of the Moon. Vikram has been found in a single piece that means it has not broken despite a hard landing. ISRO is trying its best efforts to re-establish communication with Vikram lander.

World reaction to Chandrayaan 2: “Space is hard, we commend ISRO’s attempt to land Chandrayaan 2 mission," NASA

World reaction to Chandrayaan 2: Chandrayaan-2’s lander module, Vikram lander was scheduled to make its historic moon landing near the Moon’s South Pole in the early hours, between 1.30-2.30 am of September 7. Few seconds before the final touchdown, ISRO's Mission Control Centre lost contact with the Vikram Lander. Despite the setback, world leaders and foreign space agencies including NASA applauded ISRO for its Chandrayaan 2 mission achievements.

100 Days of Modi Government 2.0: "First 100 days marked by development, trust and big changes," says PM Modi

The first 100 days of Modi Government 2.0 have been of “development, trust and big changes” in the country, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a big rally in Rohtak, Haryana on September 8, 2019.

Trump-Taliban talks cancelled

US President Donald Trump revealed on September 8, 2019 that he has called off his planned secret meeting with top Taliban leaders after they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed a US soldier and 11 others. Trump tweeted saying, “Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday.”

PM Modi to launch Kisan Man Dhan Yojana on September 12

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Kisan Man Dhan Yojana (KMDY) scheme on September 12, 2019 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The scheme aims to secure the lives of 5 crore small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension worth Rs 3000 each month, to those who attain 60 years of age. The government has earmarked funds worth Rs 10,774 Crores for the scheme for the next three years. All small and marginal farmers, who are currently between the age of 18-40 years, can apply for the scheme. The farmer’s monthly contribution can be made from the installments of PM-KISAN or through CSCs.

Top Current Affairs 8th September 2019

Ram Jethmalani, Former Law Minister and Eminent Lawyer, Passes Away at 95

Ram Jethmalani: Senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani passed away on September 8, 2019. He was 95. Jethmalani was a former minister for Law and Urban Development in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Cabinet. He also served as the chairman of the Bar Council of India. Jethmalani, a criminal lawyer par excellence, fought several high-profile cases. In his early career, he fought a famous case KM Nanavati Vs State of Maharashtra in 1959. Later, in 2011 he fought multi-crore 2G scam cases. Among the famous cases that he fought are Hawala Scam, Arun Jaitely defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal, Fodder Scam case, Sahara-SEBI case, etc.

Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir dies

Veteran leg-spinner of Pakistan’s cricket team Abdul Qadir passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest in Lahore on September 6, 2019. He was 63. According to the media reports, he was rushed to the hospital but doctors could not save his life. Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his condolences, he wrote, “Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP,” Abdul Qadir was always an important player in the India-Pakistan contests. The Pakistan Cricket Board mourned the death of Abdul Qadir and tweeted that they are shocked at the death of Abdul Qadir.

Top Current Affairs 7th September 2019

Vikram and Pragyan: Meet India’s first moon lander and rover

Vikram Lander is named after former ISRO Chairperson, Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, the Father of the Indian Space Programme. Vikram Lander is designed to function for one lunar day, which is equal to around 14 Earth Days. Vikram Lander, which is carrying three scientific payloads to conduct surface and subsurface science experiments, is scheduled to begin its powered descent between 1-2am September 7, followed by touchdown between 1.30-2.30 am.

Robert Mugabe: Former Zimbabwe President passes away

Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe President passed away at the age of 95 on September 6, 2019. Robert Mugabe had ruled Zimbabwe for almost four decades before he was ousted from power in a military coup two years ago.

ISRO Chandrayaan-2 Setback will give a new hope: PM Modi to ISRO scientists

ISRO Chandrayaan 2 landing: It was a huge disappointment for the entire nation as communication with lander Vikram was lost in the last minute. ISRO chief K Sivan released a message to the media that Vikram lander descent was going as planned. Normal performance was observed up to 2.1 km. Subsequently, communication was lost. All the collected data is being analysed. He also called off the planned press conference. However, the encouraging words came from PM Modi who said that the best is yet to come in our space programme. India is with you. ISRO confirmed that it lost contact seconds before the ship was expected to land.

Top Current Affairs 6th September 2019

P Chidambaram sent to Tihar jail till September 19

P Chidambaram has been sent to Tihar jail till September 19, 2019. The order was given by Rouse Avenue Court in Delhi where the CBI's case against the former Finance Minister in relation to INX Media corruption case was being heard. Following the ruling, P Chidambaram filed an application before the Delhi court seeking directions for the jail authorities to provide him a separate cell with adequate security.

India pledges 1 billion USD for development of Russian Far East

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 5th Eastern Economic Forum at Vladivostok, Russia as its Chief Guest at the special invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum, the Prime Minister made a landmark announcement. The Prime Minister announced that India would be giving 1 billion dollar worth 'Line of Credit' for the development of the Far East. This is the first time that India would be giving line of credit to an area of another country.

Investigation into crimes ‘prerogative’ of police, courts should not interfere: SC

The Supreme Court ruled on September 5, 2019 that investigation into crimes is a "prerogative" of the police and the courts should not interfere in its every stage. The top court said that a court’s interference at each stage would affect the normal course of the investigation. The ruling was delivered by an SC bench comprising Justices R Banumathi and A S Bopanna while denying anticipatory bail to former Union Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case. The top court said that the investigation agency should be the one deciding the course of the probe and the judiciary should be kept out of it, except in rare cases.

Chandrayaan 2 landing

Chandrayaan 2 landing: Chandrayaan 2 will make its historic moon landing on Saturday early morning between 1.30 and 2.30 am. The last 15 minutes of 'Vikram' lander’s descent on to the Moon will be terrifying, according to ISRO Chairman K Sivan. Chandrayaan 2 is scheduled to begin its final descent on the lunar surface today. The Indian Space Research Organisation has described the last phase of descent as terrifying, as it would be a completely new area for ISRO. Chandrayaan’s successful landing will make India the fourth nation in the world to achieve a soft landing on Moon, after developed nations such as the United States, Russia and China. India will be, however, the first nation to land on the darker side of the moon, near its south pole.

Top Current Affairs 4th September 2019

PM Modi’s Russia visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Vladivostok, the far-east region of Russia. The Prime Minister landed in Vladivostok on September 4, as a part of his two-day visit to Russia from September 4-6, 2019. PM Modi was greeted by Vladimir Putin at Vladivostok and the Russian President, in a special gesture, also accompanied Modi to the Zvezda shipyard in Vladivostok. Following the shipyard visit, both the leaders participated in the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit. While addressing the press after the summit, PM Modi said that both India and Russia are against outside influence in the internal matters of any nation.

ICC Test Rankings: Virat Kohli loses top rank to Steve Smith

Virat Kohli has lost his number 1 ICC Test ranking to Steve Smith. The former Australian captain reclaimed the top spot, toppling the Indian skipper after Kohli scored a duck in the second innings of the second test match against West Indies in Jamaica.Virat Kohli had scored 76 runs in the first innings of the second test. Kohli has not yet made a century this year.

Qatar 2022, FIFA World Cup logo unveiled

The official logo of Qatar 2022 FIFA world cup has been unveiled in the capital Doha recently. FIFA world cup 2022 will be hosted by the Gulf emirate and preparations are in full swing. Qatar celebrated the release of the 2022 world cup logo by displaying in its public space in Doha and cities around the world.

Union Cabinet approves infusion of capital by Government in IDBI Bank

The Union Cabinet has approved infusion of capital worth Rs 4,557 crore by the central government in IDBI Bank. The Union Cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The decision to infuse capital in IDBI Bank is expected to help in completing the process of IDBI Bank’s turnaround and enable its return to profitability.

Top Current Affairs 3rd September 2019

Vikram lander successfully separates from Chandrayaan-2 orbiter

Chandrayaan-2: The Vikram Lander successfully separated from Chandrayaan-2 Orbiter at 1.15 pm IST on September 2, 2019. The Vikram Lander is currently located in an orbit of 119 km x 127 km. The Lander will now begin de-orbiting on September 3 to begin its preparations for the historic moon landing. Chandrayaan-2 is just a week away from its much-awaited landing on the darker side of the moon.

India accepts Pakistan’s offer of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav

India has accepted Pakistan’s offer of consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The meeting is expected to be held on September 2, 2019. Pakistan’s surprise offer to India comes at a time when tensions are high between the two countries over the Kashmir issue.

Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa on his last sortie

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the recipient of Vir Chakra, flew with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa on his last sortie aboard MiG-21 fighter aircraft on September 2, 2019. Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan took off in MiG-21 trainer from the Pathankot Airbase in Punjab and flew for 30 minutes.

PM Modi to be conferred an award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honoured with an award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his work in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. PM Modi will be receiving the award in the United States.Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is one of the ambitious projects that was introduced during PM Modi’s first term as the Prime Minister of India. The project was launched on October 2, 2014, on the occasion of Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters inducted into IAF

Eight Boeing AH-64 Apache combat helicopters were inducted into the Indian Air Force on September 3, 2019. The US-made Apache helicopters will provide a major boost to IAF's combat capabilities. The induction ceremony of the Apache AH-64E helicopters took place at the Pathankot Air Force station. IAF Chief BS Dhanoa will be the chief guest of the induction ceremony.

Top Current Affairs 1st September 2019

Five new governors appointed: Tamilisai Soundararajan appointed as Telangana Governor, Arif M Khan gets Kerala

Five new state Governors were appointed by the Union Government on September 1, 2019. Himachal Pradesh Governor Kalraj Mishra was transferred to Rajasthan and former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya was appointed in his place as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. Kalraj Mishra will be replacing Kalyan Singh in Rajasthan. Former civil aviation minister Arif Mohammed Khan was appointed as the Governor of Kerala. Khan replaces former CJI P Sathasivam, whose five-year term came to an end. Senior BJP leader Bhagat Singh Koshyari was appointed as the new Governor of Maharashtra. Koshyari would be succeeding Vidya Sagar Rao, whose five-year term came to an end recently.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi confers Yoga Awards 2019

National Yoga Awards 2019 were conferred by PM Narendra Modi. Awards were given away for outstanding contribution for promotion and development of Yoga. However, names of winners were announced during the International Day of Yoga, 2019. Apart from this, PM Modi has also launched 10 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres in Haryana. Ministry of Ayush has promised to construct 12,500 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres across the country.

Triple Talaq bill gets President's assent

The Triple Talaq Bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 received President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent on July 31, 2019. The bill has now become a law. The Triple Talaq bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on July 30 through ballot voting with 99 votes in favour and 84 against.

One nation one ration card scheme implemented in four States 2019

One nation one ration card scheme was launched on Thursday on a pilot basis in four states- Gujarat, Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The scheme will provide a major boost to the national food security government.

Delhi Government to provide free electricity to households consuming up to 200 units of power

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has announced that all Delhi households consuming 200 units of power or less will now get a zero bill every month. However, existing electricity rates will apply is a household is using more than 200 units. According to the Delhi Government, the decision will encourage people to consume less power and conserve more energy.

Top Current Affairs 30 August 2019

Assam NRC Final List on 1st September 2019

The NRC for Assam or National Register of Citizens for Assam will be published on August 31, 2019. The Assam government has said it will provide free legal assistance to needy people whose names do not figure in the NRC. Apart from the government, the state's ruling BJP and opposition Congress have also extended their help to the needy people left out of NRC.

Environment Ministry releases Rs 47,436 crore for afforestation to various states

The Union Ministry of Environment has released Rs 47,436 crore of CAMPA funds to various states for afforestation projects. The transferred funds will not affect the state budget for forests, it will be an additional fund. The funds were handed over by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar. The Environment Ministry has released the additional fund to the states to give a boost to forestry activities to achieve the objectives of the Nationally-Determined Contributions (NDCs) of increasing forest and tree cover. The increase in forest and tree cover will create an additional carbon sink equivalent to 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by the year 2030.

Top Current Affairs 29 August 2019

Article 370: 5-judge constitution bench to hear Article 370 petitions in October; SC sends notice to centre

The Supreme Court has referred cases challenging the scrapping of Article 370 to a five-judge constitution bench. Article 370 petitions will now be heard in the first week of October. The Supreme Court also issued notices to the centre on all petitions related to the scrapping of Article 370 and the restrictions imposed on the media in the state and has sought reply within 7 days.

IPS officer Aparna Kumar to be conferred Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018

IPS Officer Aparna Kumar will be honoured with the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018 in the ‘Land adventure’ category. Aparna Kumar is a 2002 batch IPS officer from the Uttar Pradesh Cadre. She is currently posted as DIG in the Indo Tibetan Police Force at Dehradun. Aparna Kumar is the first IPS officer to be honoured with the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award 2018.

Government sets up 5-member GoM for Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh

The Union Government has constituted a 5-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into issues concerning the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The GoM will look into the development, economic and social issues of the two UTs and suggest ways to improve the situation. The two UTs will come into existence on October 31.

National Sports Day 2019 (29 August): List of Government Schemes & Initiatives to promote Sports in India"

National Sports Day 2019 (Rashtriya Khel Divas) will be observed tomorrow on 29 August across India. The Day marks the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the legendary hockey player who was born on August 29 in the year 1905. The Day is observed every year to spread awareness about the importance of sports and games in the life of every individual.

Top Current Affairs 28 August 2019

Feroz Shah Kotla to be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium

Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi will be renamed as Arun Jaitley Stadium in the memory of former DDCA President. The decision was announced by the DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) on August 27, 2019.

Sumit Nagal becomes first Indian to beat Roger Federer in a set

Sumit Nagal has become the first-ever Indian tennis player to win a set against tennis giant Roger Federer. The Indian achieved this feat on August 26, 2019 during his first-round match against Federer in the ongoing US Open.

RBI accepts Bimal Jalan Committee recommendations, approves Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to Govt

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to transfer a sum of Rs. 1,76,051 crore to the Government of India as per the recommendations made by Bimal Jalan Committee. The surplus money includes a sum of Rs. 1,23,414 crore for the year 2018-19 and Rs. 52,637 crore of excess provisions identified as per the revised Economic Capital Framework (ECF) adopted at the meeting of the Central Board.

Brazil rejects G7 aid to fight Amazon rainforest fire, says "reforest Europe"

Brazil has rejected the $22 million aid pledged by the G7 nations to fight the Amazon rainforest fire. Brazil's Chief of staff to President, Onyx Lorenzoni said, "We appreciate the offer but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe." The G7 had decided to send a fire-fighting aircraft to fight the fire at Amazon rainforest, which is the world’s biggest rainforest.