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Current Affairs: September 2019

  1. Ambikapur Municipal Corporation of Chhattisgarh will soon open India’s first ‘Garbage Cafe’.
  2. The Punjab Employment Generation Department (PEGD) has decided to play the role of a recruitment agency for the youth wanting to go abroad for studies and work.
  3. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has launched the first-ever ‘Terracotta Grinder’ at Sewapuri in Varanasi. This machine can be used to grind wasted and broken pottery items for re-use in pottery-making.
  4. Narendra Modi will be honoured with the prestigious ‘2019 Global Goalkeeper Award’ by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his leadership and commitment to his ambitious pet project ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.
  5. The 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification was held at Greater Noida.
  6. Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, has recently assumed Chairmanship of Association of World Election Bodies (A-WEB) for the term 2019-21.
  7. The first US-ASEAN Maritime Exercise (AUMX) officially started in Thailand.
  8. The 15th edition of the joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2019’ is being conducted between India and United States.
  9. Nobel Laureate from Bangladesh Professor Muhammad Yunus has been conferred the ‘Lamp of Peace of Saint Francis’ award by the Vatican for his contribution towards establishing peace and harmony.
  10. Leg spinner Rashid Khan (20) of Afghanistan has scripted history as he became the youngest-ever Test captain after leading his team against Bangladesh.
  11. Narendra Modi has become the first Indian premier to visit the Far East Russia in Vladivostok.
  12. Modi also attended 5th Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
  13. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have recently become the first four countries in the World Health Organization (WHO)’s South-East Asia region to have successfully controlled Hepatitis B.
  14. Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won the 2019 edition of men’s singles US Open Tennis title by defeating Daniil Medvedev of Russia.
  15. Indian Army is participating in the multi-nation war games Exercise TSENTR 2019 along with armies of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan. The exercise is being conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia.
  16. Bianca Andreescu of Canada has won the 2019 edition of women’s singles US Open Tennis title by defeating Serena Williams of USA. With this, she became the first Canadian to win a Grand Slam singles title.
  17. The Union Government has constituted a 3-member committee chaired by former defence secretary Sanjay Mitra to look into distribution of assets and liabilities of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) between Union territories of J&K and Ladakh, which will officially come into existence on October 31.
  18. The 7th edition of bilateral Maritime Exercise ‘SLINEX 2019’ between Indian & Sri Lankan Navies has recently started.
  19. Lasith Malinga from Sri Lanka became the first bowler to claim 100 wickets in Twenty20 International cricket.
  20. The Chief Editor of the Punjab Kesari Group, Vijay Kumar Chopra has been appointed the chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI).
  21. Dr. Pramod Kumar Mishra, a Gujarat cadre IAS officer belonging to the 1972 batch, has been appointed as the new Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  22. Kerala has decided to set up India’s first International Women’s Trade Centre (iWTC) in Kozhikode to accelerate women entrepreneurship and secure gender parity.
  23. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has bestowed the First Class Order of Zayed II award on Indian Ambassador Navdeep Singh Suri.
  24. India’s 2nd riverine Multi-Modal terminal (MMT) has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Sahibganj in Jharkhand. India’s first MMT was built at Varanasi.
  25. The book ‘Savarkar: Echoes from a forgotten past 1883-1924’ has been authored historian Vikram Sampath.
  26. Vietnam has recently inaugurated Southeast Asia’s largest solar power farm which has the capacity to produce 688 million kWh of electricity annually.
  27. The joint Military Exercise Maitree-2019 between India and Thailand is being conducted.
  28. IPS officer Chhaya Sharma, who led the investigation into the brutal 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape, has been chosen for the 2019 Asia Society Game Changers award along with six others for redefining the role of female police officers.
  29. MC Mary Kom from Manipur has become the first Indian woman athlete to be recommended for Padma Vibhushan by the Sports Ministry.
  30. The 7th edition of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 will be hosted by India from 2nd to 21st November 2020.
  31. The World Bank (WB) will provide Rs 3,000 crore assistance to finance, mini and mega food parks across the country.
  32. The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed every year on 16th of September to commemorate the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. The 2019 theme was ‘32 Years and Healing’.
  33. The UNESCO has decided to translate and publish an anthology of the writings of Guru Nanak Devji in world languages to mark his 550th birth anniversary.
  34. Haryana has appointed cricket legend Kapil Dev as the first Chancellor of Rai Sports University.
  35. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has been conferred the Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award 2019 in Dhaka for her vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Asia, free of tension, conflicts and terrorism.
  36. The pictorial book titled ‘Turbulence & Triumph: The Modi Years’ has been jointly authored by Rahul Agarwal and Bharathi S Pradhan.
  37. Wing Commander Anjali Singh has become the India’s first female Indian Armed Forces (IAF) Officer to be posted as a military diplomat in any of the Indian missions abroad.
  38. A dataset titled ‘International Migrant Stock 2019’ has recently released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. As per the report, India is the leading country of origin of international migrants in 2019 with a 17.5 million strong diaspora.
  39. Moti Bagh, a documentary film based on the struggle of an 83-year-old farmer ‘Vidyadutt’ in a remote Himalayan village, has been nominated for the 2019 Oscars. The film is directed by Nirmal Chander.
  40. Sri Lanka has recently unveiled South Asia’s tallest tower ‘Lotus tower’ in Colombo.
  41. The Airtel Payments Bank has launched the Bharosa Savings Account.
  42. First-ever trilateral naval exercise titled ‘SITMEX’ involving the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN), Royal Thailand Navy (RTN) and Indian Navy (IN) commenced.
  43. The ISRO has signed MoU with DRDO for development of human centric systems specific to the Human Space Mission (HSM) under the Gaganyaan project.
  44. Telangana has decided to declare 2020 as Year of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  45. Renowned Indian photographer Raghu Rai has been chosen as the first recipient of the first edition of the prestigious French Award of the Acadmie des beaux-arts Photography Award – William Klein.
  46. The Indian Air Force has recently inaugurated resurfaced runway at India’s Easternmost Village-Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  47. Narendra Modi and visiting Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga have jointly unveiled a golden statue of Lord Buddha at Gandan Tegchenling Monastery in Ulaanbaatar through video-conferencing.
  48. The book titled ‘Being Gandhi’ has been authored by award-winning author Paro Anand.
  49. Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria has been appointed the new Chief of the Indian Air Force.
  50. The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to set-up a world-class National Police University (NPU) in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  51. The Union Government has entered into an allotment agreement with West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL) for Deocha Pachami Dewanganj-Harinsingha coal block of Birbhum District. It is the world’s second largest block.
  52. The Kerala High Court has recently ruled that the right to have access to the Internet is part of the fundamental Right to Education (RTE) & also the Right to Privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution.
  53. Narendra Modi has recently addressed the 74th Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
  54. Director Zoya Akhtar’s musical drama film ‘Gully Boy’ has been named as India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category to the 92nd Academy Awards (Oscars 2020).
  55. Film star Govinda has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Madhya Pradesh to promote the state’s traditions and tourist places.
  56. The UK government has launched its biggest peacetime repatriation – Operation Matterhorn – in its history, after British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on 23rd September 2019.
  57. India and the United States are set to hold their first trilateral-service military exercise codenamed ‘Tiger Triumph’.
  58. Senior journalist Ravish Kumar has recently received the first Gauri Lankesh National Award for Journalism.
  59. On 24th September 2019, the Gandhi Solar Park and the ‘Gandhi Peace Garden’ have inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with others world leaders at UN headquarters.
  60. Amitabh Bachchan has been named for the prestigious Dada Sahab Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
  61. The Union Government has instituted the highest civilian award in the field of contribution to the unity and integrity of India, in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
  62. The 17-year old Payal Jangid from Rajasthan has become the first Indian to win the Goalkeepers Global Goals Changemaker Award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York. She was recognised for her campaign to end child labour and child marriage.
  63. The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has been honoured as one of four winners of the 2019 Rights Livelihood awards for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.
  64. Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva has been named as the new Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  65. Infosys has won the prestigious United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category.
  66. The National Film Archive of India has recently discovered 30 reels of unedited footage on Mahatma Gandhi that amounts to almost 6 hours of duration.
  67. The West Bengal government has decided to set up a museum at the north Kolkata house of 19th century social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar where he had spent the last few years of his life.
  68. The 4th edition of Indo-Kazakhstan joint military exercise ‘KAZIND – 2019’ will be conducted.
  69. NASA has successfully launched the RamanSat 2 miniature satellite designed by 17-year-old Indian student Aabhaas Sikka.
  70. Madhya Pradesh government has announced that the name of the metro of its capital Bhopal will be ‘Bhoja Metro’ after the late king Raja Bhoj.
  71. A memorial pillar in Valivade in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has been unveiled in memory of the 5000 polish refugee families that settled in Valivade during World War II (WWII) 80 years ago.
  72. Maharashtra has decided to set up ‘Swachh Bharat World University’ to mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.
  73. West Bengal assembly passes (Prevention of Lynching) Bill, 2019 to prevent and punish mob assaults and lynching.
  74. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) inaugurated India’s first National Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Hub in Kolkata, West Bengal.
  75. Midnapore railway station of West Bengal became the 5000th railway station to be enabled with Wi-fi.
  76. The first-ever ‘digital census’ will be in 2021. It will be a transformation from paper census to digital census as mobile app will be used to collect data.
  77. RBI has prohibited Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank Limited (PMC) on business transactions of any kind for the next 6 months following the detection of alleged irregularities.
  78. RBI has put the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) Framework against Lakshmi Vilas Bank after an inquiry against the directors of the bank over the alleged fraud.
  79. India announces $1 mn disaster relief aid for Bahamas as it is affected by Hurricane Dorian.
  80. RBI superseded the Board of crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank Ltd. Mumbai and appointed Jai Bhagwan Bhoria as the administrator of the bank.
  81. Anand Kumar has been awarded with Education Excellence Award 2019 by the Foundation For Excellence (FFE).
  82. Greta Thunberg won Amnesty International’s ‘Ambassadors of Conscience’ award for the year 2019.
  83. India’s Lost Frontier the Story of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan’ book by Raghvendra Singh.
  84. Rethinking Good Governance’ book by Vinod Rai.

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