CURRENT AFFAIRS 21ST SEPTEMBER

Public Sector Banks to organise ‘loan melas’ in 400 districts

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that Public Sector Banks will organise ‘loan melas’ or “Shamiana meetings” in 400 districts. The meetings will be organised to provide loans to NBFCs and retail borrowers, including homebuyers and farmers.

PSBs will focus on giving loans to the ‘RAM‘ category: retail, agriculture and MSMEs. The open house public meetings will be held in two tranches. The first will be held between October 3 and 7 in 200 districts, while the remaining 200 will be covered October 11 onwards.

She also announced that no MSME stressed loan would be classified as an NPA until March 31, 2020.

National Geoscience Awards 2018

Twenty-two scientists across the country were awarded the National Geoscience Awards for the year 2018. They were awarded for their outstanding contributions in the field of geosciences, mining and allied areas. The award was conferred by the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi.

Prof. Syed Wajih Ahmad Naqvi, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), received the Award for Excellence for his significant global contributions in the field of aquatic biogeochemical research. Dr Sohini Ganguly, of Goa University, was conferred with the Young Scientist Award-2018 for her significant work in the fields of petrology, volcanology and geochemistry.

The National Geoscience Awards were given in ten disciplines covering Mineral exploration, Groundwater exploration, Mining technology, Mineral beneficiation, Sustainable mineral development, Basic and applied geosciences, Geo-environmental studies and Natural hazards investigation.

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank launches WAWE Summit 2019

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has launched Waste Management Accelerator for Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs (WAWE) summit. It will be jointly organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Institute of Waste Management (IIWM) at Jaipur.

This initiative stating that it will empower women and encourage entrepreneurship among youngsters. WAWE Summit 2019 is a great initiative for women who have skills in their hands and it will further empower and motivate them.

Sri Lankan bowler Akila Dananjaya banned from bowling for 1 year

The International Cricket Council has banned Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya from bowling in international matches for 1 year. Tha ban was imposed after his bowling action was found to be illegal after. He will be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action after the expiry of this one-year period.

The umpires questioned his bowling action in the first Test against New Zealand at Galle, held in August 2019.

 

NOTES:

ICC Chairman: Shashank Manohar;

Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The 13th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup will be held in India from February 9 to March 26, 2023.

India’s first central police university to come up in Greater Noida

The country’s first central police university will be set up by the Union home ministry off the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida. The Centre had given in-principle approval for the university and a 100-acre plot has been identified in Sector Techzone.

The government wants to set up an institution to tackle modern-day policing challenges. The national university for policing will help in improving police personnel training, skills, research and also policymaking with regard to policing in India.

 

NOTES:

Union Minister of Home Affairs: Amit Shah.

Uttar Pradesh CM: Yogi Adityanath;

Governor: Anandiben Patel.

Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting sets up startup venture fund

Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting has launched “Wipro Consumer Care–Ventures”, a startup venture fund to invest in startups in the consumer brands space. The venture will focus on companies with a differentiated approach where both parties can learn by leveraging their strengths and add value to each other.

Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting is a $1 billion plus arm of Wipro Enterprises, and is among the fastest growing fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) businesses in India.

Telangana to celebrate 2020 as Year of AI

The Telangana government has decided to declare 2020 as Artificial Intelligence year by organising various activities related to the emerging technology. A lot of hackathons and meetings will happen and the government agencies will give challenges and make available data sets on which you (companies) can run algorithms.

 

NOTES:

CM of Telangana: K Chandrashekhar Rao;

Capital of Telangana: Hyderabad.

Governor of Telangana: Tamilisai Soundararajan.

The book titled “The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow...

The book titled “The Cousins Thackeray: Uddhav, Raj and the Shadow of their Senas” written by the journalist Dhaval Kulkarni was released. It is published by Penguin Random House. The book depicts the political journey of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.

India Slip to 104th spot in Latest FIFA ranking

The Indian football team slipped a place to 104th position in the latest FIFA rankings released. Indian Football Team in recent times playing under the leadership of new coach Igor Stimac. Belgium managed to hold on to the top position, while France has surpassed Brazil to reach the second spot.

 

NOTES:

President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino;

Headquarters of FIFA: Zurich, Switzerland.

Tunisia’s former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali passes away

Tunisia’s former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali passed away. He came to power in 1987, ousting Habib Bourguiba to become Tunisia’s second-ever president. Ben Ali led the country for 23 years and was credited with delivering stability and some economic prosperity.

 

NOTES:

Capital of Tunisia: Tunis;

Currency of Tunisia: Tunisian Dinar


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