The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an asteroid after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj. With this, Pandit Jasraj has become the first Indian maestro to have a planet named after him. The asteroid, which is located between Mars and Jupiter, was discovered by Mt. Lemmon Survey at Mount Lemmon in Arizona (United States) in November 2006.
Abhishek Singh, the 1995-batch IAS officer of Nagaland cadre, has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MyGov India, the government’s citizen-centric online platform. He succeeded tech entrepreneur Arvind Gupta. The aim of MyGov India is to empower people to connect with the government and contribute towards good governance.
‘The Gandhian Challenge’ have been launched by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog’s Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) and UNICEF India on the occasion of 150th birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This innovation challenge provides a platform for every child across India to ideate innovative solutions for a sustainable India of their dreams, using Gandhi’s principles. The problem statement for the Gandhian Challenge is: “Share your innovative solutions/ideas to create a futuristic and sustainable world of your dreams, following Gandhi’s principles”. The contest – open for every child in India from 2 October to 20 October – also celebrates 70 years of partnership between Government of India and UNICEF India to enable ‘Every Right for Every Child’.
The Coimbatore-headquartered company “Elgi Equipments” has bagged the coveted 2019 Deming Prize for Total Quality Management (TQM). ELGi is the first globally established Industrial air compressor manufacturer, outside of Japan, to win the prestigious award in over 60 years and will formally receive the prize on the 6th of November 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in association with IIT Bombay have organized the Global Student Solar Assembly (GSSA) at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi on 2nd October 2019 to commemorate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and to promote the Gandhian idea of sustainable living. The aim of GSSA is to sensitize young minds about energy sustainability and environmental care.
The State Bank of India (SBI) has opened its Melbourne office & became the first Indian bank to have a branch in the Australian state of Victoria. The Melbourne office will assist the growing trade and investment relations between Victoria and India and is the outcome of the state’s 10-year India Strategy – our shared future.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has become the first non-British official to take charge of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) as the President and he will hold the post for one year. His tenure will include two Tests at Lord’s – against West Indies and Pakistan – and the launch of The Hundred competition.
The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State-owned construction firm National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) to provide project management consultancy for development of National Sports University at Imphal, Manipur. The approximate cost of project would be Rs 400 crore. The headquarters of NBCC (India) is located in New Delhi.
Annu Rani has become the first Indian to qualify for Women’s Javelin Throw final at World Athletics Championships (WAC) in Doha. She smashed her own national record during the qualification round of the Championships with best attempt of 62.43 metres.