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Monthly Digest
Dear readers,
This Monthly GK Digest is a complete docket of important news and events that occurred in a month of September 2017. We
have compiled important & expected questions, which can be asked in upcoming Banking interviews and all upcoming
Banking & Insurance exams.

Banking & Financial Awareness

1. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has released the list of the 7. A partnership with Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative
Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) and Bank to offer its protection and savings products to the
identifies the bank as a D-SIB -- HDFC Bank Ltd. latters customers -- Exide Life Insurance.
Note: Now, there will be three too big to fail financial Note: PMC Bank is a multi-State scheduled urban
entities in the country including State Bank of India (SBI) cooperative bank with 127 branches. Exide Life Insurance
ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank. works with around 50 banks.
2. The country is hosting the Eastern Economic Forum - 8. The Insurance company has received in-principle approval
from the Insurance Regulatory and Development
2017-- Russia.
Authority of India (IRDAI) for its IPO -- Reliance General
Note: The EEF is considered as the biggest international
communication platform for cooperation between
Note: Currently, ICICI Prudential Life is listed on the stock
businesses leaders and senior government representatives
exchange, while Max Life insurance is indirectly listed
from Russia, the Pacific Region and ASEAN.
through holding company Max Financial Venture.
3. The country's eight infrastructure sectors grew in July
9. Country's foreign exchange reserves swells to life high of --
2017-- 2.4%. USD 394.55 billion.
Note: According to official data, coal production increased Note: The country's foreign exchange reserves swelled by
0.7 % in July this year, natural gas output grew 6.6 %, steel USD 1.148 billion to a new lifetime high of USD 394.55
production rose 9.2 %, and electricity generation climbed billion for the week ended 25th August 2017.The country's
5.4 %. reserve position with the IMF also rose by USD 3.6 million
4. The union govt. fiscal deficit at the end of July this year to USD 2.273 billion.
touched how many percentage of the budget estimate -- 10. The Indian Council for Agricultural Research(ICAR) will be
92.4%. undertaking major research works on agriculture this year
Note:The government's revenue receipts improved to 2.91 with the World Bank fund of --1100 crore rupees.
lakh crore rupees during the April to July 2017 period, Note: The funds will be allocated to ten each of the
which is 19.2% of the target for the whole year. premier agricultural and veterinary universities in the
5. Govt notifies hike in GST cess on range of cars from mid to country.
large ones to --25% 11. The black Money has been disclosed by 21 thousand
people under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna
Note: The union govt. has notified hike in GST cess on a
(PMGKY) till 31st March this year -- 4,900 crore rupees.
range of cars from mid-size to hybrid variant to luxury
Note: The Income Tax Department has collected a tax of
ones to a maximum of 25% (earlier 15%), from 2nd of
2,451 crore rupees till now from these declarations. The
September this year.With this amendment, taxation on
scheme was launched in December 2016 by the
luxury, SUV and other vehicles would be brought at par
government to enable people with black money to come
with that prevailing pre-GST rollout.
clean by paying tax and penalty of 50 per cent.
6. SBI Life Insurance has received approval from SEBI for an
12. Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bharat Sanchar Nigam
IPO (Initial Public Offering) of up to -- Rs 8,400 crore.
Limited (BSNL) join hands to roll out open mobile wallet
Note: The IPO will involve 120 million secondary shares or across 10 states in the country -- Speedpay.
12 per cent of the insurer's equity capital.


Note: Now, BSNL will expand Speed pay services in proposed law amendment to double the maximum gratuity
Punjab, Chandigarh (UT), Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, payout to private sector workers from Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs.
Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, 20 lakhs.
Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand.PNB's Speedway wallet will 19. Telecom operator has announced strategic partnership
operate like any other mobile wallet for paying bills, with South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom for
recharging phone besides its users will be able to deposit using latest technologies -- Bharti Airtel.
and withdraw money from authorized retail outlets. Note: The companies will jointly work towards building an
13. The bank has entered into an agreement with Bharat enabling ecosystem for the introduction of these
Financial Inclusion to evaluate a potential merger between technologies in the Indian context.SK Telecom is Koreas
the two companies -- IndusInd Bank. largest telecommunications company with more than 29
Note: Microfinance company Bharat Financial Inclusion million mobile subscribers, which accounts for around
(formerly known as SKS Microfinance) is on the 50% of the total market.
block.IndusInd Bank management has been authorized to 20. Who gearing up to provide its financial services through all
explore strategic opportunities for the expansion of its of 1.55 lakh post offices and 3 lakh employees by the end
business and to assess the viability of strategic of 2018-- India Post Payments Bank (IPPB).
partnership, collaboration, or restructuring opportunities. Note: It will create India's second-largest payments bank
14. State-run corporation is all set to become a Maharatna in terms of reach. The new model of banking allows mobile
company (presently Navratna firm) -- Bharat Petroleum firms, supermarket chains and others to cater to banking
Corporation (BPCL). requirements of individuals and small businesses.
Note: A firm is eligible for Maharatna status if it is already 21. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will introduce 100 rupees
a listed Navratna firm, has an average turnover, net worth, coin to mark the birth centenary of AIADMK founder,
and annual net profit after tax of at least Rs 25,000 crore, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister -- Late Dr. M G
Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore, respectively, in the Ramachandran.
last three years. Note: The Reserve Bank of India will also issue new Rs 5
15. The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority and Rs 10 coins. The new Rs. 5 coins will be 23 milli
(PFRDA) has raised the upper age limit for joining the meters in diameter and made of copper (75%), zinc (20%)
National Pension Scheme (NPS) existing 60-years to -- 65 and nickel (5%). The standard weight of Rs 100 coin will
years. be made of 35 grams while that of Rs 5 coin will be 6
Note: The scheme has the option of continuing and making grams.
contributions up to the age of 70. National Pension System 22. According commerce ministry data, India's exports have
(NPS) is a low cost, tax-efficient and flexible retirement recorded growth during August this year -- 10.29%.
savings scheme launched by the government of India Note: India exported goods worth 23.81 billion US dollars
(GoI). in August this year against 21.59 billion dollars in the same
16. The country's industrial production grew in July this year-- period last year. Trade deficit widened to 11.64 billion
1.2%. dollars in the month under review from 7.7 billion dollars
Note: According to the Central Statistics Office data, in August 2016, due to increase in gold imports.
Manufacturing output grew 0.1% in July and electricity 23. The Union govt. has saved how many crore rupees through
generation increased 6.5 %. Capital goods output Direct Benefit Transfer(DBT) in various public schemes --
contracted 1% in July. Industrial output had grown 4.5% 65 thousand crore rupees.
in July last year and contracted 0.2% in June this year. Note: Under which the money transferred directly to the
17. Head of the Newly constituted Group of Ministers (GoM) to beneficiary's bank accounts. DBT enables linking of
monitor and resolve the IT challenges faced in the Aadhar card to bank accounts and other subsidized
implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST)____Sushil services availed by citizens.It is being used to plug the
Kumar Modi. loopholes in the system due to which the government
18. The Union Cabinet has approved the release of an incurred losses.
additional how many percentage of dearness allowance 24. The union govt. has exempted import duty on sports items
(DA) to Central government employees -- 1%. and a wide range of goods for the -- Under-17 football
Note: This will benefit about 49.26 lakh Central World Cup.
government employees. The Cabinet also approved a


Note: All sports goods, sports equipment and sports befitting leadership role in development of Indias bond
requisites, fitness equipment, team uniform/clothing, market.
spares, accessories, and consumables will be exempted 31. Who has sanctioned a USD 300 million loan facility for
from the customs duty. These goods will also be exempted carrying forward fiscal reforms in West Bengal--Asian
from the integrated tax levied under GST. Development Bank (ADB).
A total of 24 countries will compete in the FIFA Note: The full effect of reforms would take at least 5 years
event which will be played in India from 6th to to materialize and a follow-on program would be needed
28th October 2017. to carry these forward
25. The GST Network (GSTN) has reopened the facility for 32. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) relaxed norms for
small taxpayers with a turnover of up to this amount to opt issuance of rupee-denominated overseas bonds -- Masala
for composition scheme -- Rs 75 lakh. bonds.
26. India's first Payment Bank launches integrated Unified Note: They will be treated as external commercial
Payments Interface (UPI) on its digital platform -- Airtel borrowings from October 3, thereby freeing up more
Payments Bank. investments by FPIs.
Note: In January 2017, Bharti Airtel launched Payments 33. Artificial intelligence banking platform has launched an AI-
Bank in India to enable transactions on digital platforms. powered chat assistant for State Bank of India (SBI) to
The initiative will allow bank customers to link their bank addresses customer enquiries-- Payjo.
accounts to Bhim app and make UPI payments. Note: The chat assistant, SBI Intelligent Assistant (SIA)
27. The Vice-President of Google has launched a new digital will help customers with everyday banking tasks just like a
payment app -- Google tez. bank representative. SIA has been set up to handle nearly
Note: The app is based on UPI platform, allows payments 10,000 enquiries per second, which is nearly 25% of the
direct from the bank accounts. The tez app is one of the queries processed by Google every day. SIA will simplify
most-simple forms of monetary transactions and available the customer's lives on multiple customer interaction
to Android as well as iOS users. platforms in partnership with Payjo
28. India signed loan deal with Japan International 34. According to Asian Development Bank, India's growth
Cooperation Agency (JICA) to upgrade Alang-Sosiya projection for the current fiscal to -- 7%.
Shipyards -- USD 76 million. Note: India's GDP growth is downgraded to 7% in
Note: The total cost of the project will be 111 million financial year 2017-18, a 0.4% point drop from the April
Dollars and executed by the Gujarat Maritime Board.The forecast.In financial year 2018-19, the forecast is adjusted
project will help the Alang-Sosia ship-recycling yards to down to 7.4%, from 7.6%.
comply with international safety and environmental 35. The State Bank of India (SBI) has lowered the minimum
regulations. average monthly balance (MAB) requirement in a savings
29. Fino Payments Bank has launched its mobile banking app account to Rs. 3,000 from -- Rs. 5,000.
to make banking easy for millions of underbanked people Note: The revised MAB requirement and charges will
in India -- BPay. become applicable from next month. The bank also
Note: The mobile banking app enables simple, paperless, decided to exempt pensioners, beneficiaries of social
and convenient banking that allows customers to make bill benefits from government and minors from the
payments, recharges, fund transfers and buy requirement of minimum balance in savings account and
insurance.BPay allows customers to seamlessly access treat the metro & urban centres in the same category.
wallet as well as savings account, with a single login and 36. The union govt. has launched a Campaign on pan-India
interface. basis in different parts of the country from Varanasi --
30. The bank has launched Indias first bond index series for Mudra Promotion Campaign.
overseas investors at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) -- Note: According to the Ministry of Finance, 50 such
State Bank of India (SBI). campaigns will be organised in different parts of the
Note: With the launch of this index alongside FTSE Russell, country where Union Ministers will take part. The Micro
SBI intention is to give people a benchmark based on Unit Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA
which they can make investment calls. The FTSE SBI Bond Scheme) was launched to fund and promote microfinance
Index Series demonstrates SBIs commitment to play institutions, which would in turn provide loans to small
and vulnerable sections of the businesses.


37. The country ranked the 40th most competitive economy 39. Around 700 new foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) has
on the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness been registered with capital market regulator SEBI in the
index--India. first four months of --2017-18.
Note: India's performance also improved in ICT Note: Foreign investors have also pumped in more than
(information and communications technologies) one lakh crore rupees into the domestic capital markets
indicators, particularly Internet bandwidth per user, during the period under review. This includes 84,000
mobile phone and broadband subscriptions, and Internet crore rupees in debt, and the rest in equities.
access in schools. 40. Who has increased foreign portfolio investors' investment
38. Who has registered National E-Governance Services limits in central and state government securities by an
Limited (NeSL) as an Information Utility (IU) under the aggregate Rs 14,200 crore for the October-December
IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 for five period --The Reserve Bank of India.
years -- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Note: Limits for investment by FPIs for the December
(IBBI). quarter have been increased by Rs 8,000 crore in Central
Note: With this NeSL has become the first IU registered by government securities and by Rs 6,200 crore in state
the IBBI. Information Utility stores financial information development loans. Foreign portfolio investment (FPI)
that helps to establish defaults as well as verify claims consists of securities and other financial assets passively
expeditiously and facilitates completion of transactions held by foreign investors.
under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code in a time
bound manner.

New Appointments

1. After latest Union cabinet reshuffle, who has become the 6. Former Information and Broadcasting Secretary will be
new Defence Minister of India -- Nirmala Sitharaman. the new the Election Commissioner of India-- Sunil
Note: She has become the Indias first woman Defence Arora.
Minister after Indira Gandhi. Now, Suresh Prabhu has Note: Achal Kumar Joti is the CEC (Chief Election
become the new Union Minister of Commerce and Commissioner of India), Om Prakash Rawat is the other
Industry. Election Commissioner. Election Commission of India is a
2. The new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India permanent Constitutional Body established under Article
-- Rajiv Mehrishi. 324 of the Constitution.
Note: Three senior bureaucrats (Ashwini Attri, Anita 7. America's foremost expert on US-India trade relations has
Pattanayak and Ranjan Kumar Ghose) have been been nominated as the U.S ambassador to India --
appointed as the Deputy Controller and Auditor General. Kenneth I. Juster.
3. Senior IAS officer took charge as the Union Home Note: The United States Ambassador to India is the chief
Secretary -- Rajiv Gauba. diplomatic representative of United States in India.
Note: Rajiv Gauba has a graduate degree and is a Gold 8. Who has been appointed as the new Union Minister of
Medallist in Physics (BSc) from Patna University. Railways -- Piyush Goyal.
4. Senior bureaucrat has been appointed Secretary in the Note:He succeeded Suresh Prabhu, who has become the
Department of Financial Services (DFS) -- Rajiv Kumar. new Union Minister of Commerce and Industry.
Note:The DFS looks after the functioning of banks, 9. Who has taken charge as Managing Director (MD)and
financial institutions, insurance companies and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vijaya Bank -- R A
national pension system. Sankara Narayanan.
5. The Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Note:He took charge from Dr Kishore Sansi, who had
Education (CBSE) -- Anita Karwal. attained Superannuation on 31st August.
Note: She has replaced Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi who 10. Bollywood actress has been appointed woman
has been moved to the National Skill Development ambassador in 'Friends of Australia' (FOA) advocacy
Agency as Director General(DG). panel -- Parineeti Chopra.
Note: She will be the first Indian woman ambassador to
be a part of the FOA advocacy panel. The 'Friends of


Australia' (FOA) program has been devised as a way of 18. Former Secretary-General of UN has been elected as Chair
fostering mutually beneficial and long-term friendship of Ethics Commission of the International Olympic
with those that Tourism Australia regards as unique Committee (IOC) -- Ban Ki-moon.
storytellers. Note: Mr. Moon was the 8th Secretary-General of the
11. Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NMDC (National United Nations (Jan 2007 - Dec 2016).
Mineral Development Corporation) -- N Baijendra 19. Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has appointed
Kumar. former Economy Minister as his new Prime Minister --
Note:The NMDC (National Mineral Development Mercedes Araoz.
Corporation) Limited is a state-controlled mineral Note: Araoz replaced Fernando Zavala. She served as
producer of the Government of India under Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006 to July
administrative control of the Ministry of Steel. 2009, after which she was appointed Peru's finance
12. Who has been unanimously elected as the Chairman of minister.
Press Trust of India (PTI) -- Viveck Goenka. 20. The Director General (DG) of the National Investigation
Note: Press Trust of India (PTI) is the news agency in Agency (NIA) -- Y.C Modi.
India,headquartered in New Delhi and is a non-profit Note: Mr. Modi will take over from Sharad Kumar after he
cooperative among more than 500 Indian newspapers. completes his tenure on 30th October this year.National
13. The union govt. has appointed interim GSTN Chairman -- Investigation Agency (NIA) is a central agency established
A.B Panday. by the Indian Government to combat terror in India.
Note:The union govt. has given Unique Identification 21. The director general (DG) of the Sashastra Seema Bal
Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO A.B. Pandey additional (SSB) -- Rajni Kant Misra.
charge of Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN). Note: He will hold the post till the date of his
14. Former speaker of Singapores parliament has been superannuation (31st August,2019). Sashastra Seema Bal
declared as the President of Singapore___ Mdm Halimah (SSB) is one of India's Central Armed Police Forces,
Yacob. currently under the administrative control of the Ministry
Note: Under section 15 of the Presidential Election Act, of Home Affairs (MHA).
declared Mdm Halimah to be elected to the office of 22. The Prime Minister has given resignation to the President
President as only one candidate stands nominated at end Gudni Th. Johannesson-- Iceland.
of nomination period. Note:The resignation paves the way for the new election
to be held on 4th November 2017.
15. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed
23. Bollywood Actor has been appointed as the Brand
the first special envoy for the oceans --Peter Thomson. Ambassador of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Uttarakhand --
Note: Peter Thomson played a leading role at the first- Akshay Kumar.
ever UN conference on oceans in June. The 193 UN Note: In August 2017, he was also appointed as the brand
member states issued an urgent call for action to reverse ambassador for the cleanliness campaign in Uttar
the decline in the health and productivity of the world's Pradesh
oceans. 24. The ambassador of Poland has been appointed as the
Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan -- Ajay Bisaria.
16. The chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of Indian
Note: He will replace Gautam Bambaware. An
Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Ltd. ambassador(diplomats) is a diplomatic representative
for five years -- Mahendra Pratap Mall. that attends international meetings, banquets and parties
Note: Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation and acts as a figurehead for their country of origin.
(IRCTC) is a subsidiary of the Indian Railways that 25. The Union government has constituted a GST Committee
handles the catering, tourism, and online ticketing on Exports headed by -- Dr Hasmukh Adhia.
operations of the Indian railways. Note: The panel is mandated to recommend to the GST
17. The chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of the Council a suitable strategy for helping the export sector in
United India Insurance Co. Ltd. for five years--M. the post-GST set-up.
Nagaraja Sarma. 26. NPCIs (National Payments Corporation of India) interim
Note: Currently, Sarma is the general manager, Oriental Chairman -- B Sambamurthy.
Insurance Co. Ltd. Note: National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is
the umbrella organisation for all retail payment systems
in India, aims to allow Indian citizens to have unrestricted
access to e-payment services.

27. Who has been appointed the chairman-cum-managing a neutral viewpoint.The Economic Advisory Council to
director (CMD) of National Hydroelectric Power the Prime Minister (PMEAC) is a non-constitutional, non-
Corporation (NHPC) Ltd.-- Balraj Joshi. permanent and independent body constituted to give
Note: NHPC Limited is an Indian Hydropower generation economic advice to the Government of India, specifically
company that was incorporated in the year 1975 with an the Prime Minister.
objective to plan, promote and organize an integrated and 31. New President of Southern African country Angola--
efficient development of hydroelectric power in all Joao Lourenco.
aspects. Note: He took over the position from Jose Eduardo dos
28. The CMD of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Ltd. for a Santos. Lourenco will be Angola's first head of state to be
period of five years -- P. Alli Rani. constitutionally limited to serving two five-year terms.
Note: Currently, she is director (finance) in Container 32. The new Governor of Bihar -- Satya Pal Malik.
Corporation of India Limited.
33. Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit will now be the
29. The Chairman and Managing Director of ONGC (Oil and
Natural Gas Corporation) -- Shashi Shanker. new Governor -- Tamil Nadu.
Note: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) is 34. The new Governor of Assam -- Prof Jagdish Mukhi.
a Public-Sector Undertaking (PSU) of the Government of 35. The Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar--
India, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi.
Petroleum and Natural Gas. It produces around 77% of 36. The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh_-- Brigadier (Retd)
India's crude oil (equivalent to around 30% of the B D Mishra.
country's total demand) and around 62% of its natural
37. The Governor of Meghalaya -- Ganga Prasad.
30. Noted economist has been appointed as the first 38. The first woman Chief Proctor of Banaras Hindu
University (BHU) -- Professor Royana Singh.
Chairman of the five-member Economic Advisory Council
Note: Professor Singh is a professor in the Anatomy
(EAC- PM)--Bibek Debroy. department of the Institute of Medical Sciences and the
Note: The council serves to highlight key economic chairman of the Women's Grievance Cell of the BHU.
issues facing the country to the government of India from

Important News India

1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 4. The ministry has approved constitution of a 13-member
annual conference of Rajaswa Gyan Sangam, 2017 in -- Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) to shape and
New Delhi. influence India's preparation for multi- disciplinary
Note: The objective of the Conference is to enable a two- events -- Sports Ministry.
way communication between the policy-makers and the Note: The Steering Committee will have the mandate to
senior officers in the field offices with a view to increase work till 31st December 2020 with clearly defined terms
revenue collection and facilitate effective implementation and references. These include review of the core probable
of law and policies in key result areas. list of each High Priority and Priority disciplines for the
2. Sumitra Mahajan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi inaugurated Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and Olympic
an exhibition Naya Bharat-Hum Karke Rahenge to aware Games.
the youth in -- New Delhi. 5. The city has been formally accorded the status of Indias
Note: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has organised the first World Heritage City by UNESCO -- Ahmedabad.
event in coordination with DAVP. It is being organized at Note: Earlier, in July the UN agency had inscribed
39 places across the county to commemorate the 75 years Ahmedabad as India's first World Heritage City at a
of Quit India Movement and forthcoming 75 years of meeting held in Poland.
Independence in 2022. 6. The formation of an inter-ministerial task force to
3. The union Govt. has extended the deadline for linking of expedite implementation of the Centres Namami Gange
Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar till -- mission -- Nitin Gadkari.
31st Dec 2017. Note:The ministry will come out with a detailed schedule
Note: Earlier, the govt. has granted a similar extension on achieving various targets under the mission in a time-
for furnishing of Aadhaar for availing the benefits of bound and transparent manner.
various social welfare schemes.


7. The Environment Ministry has launched an environment Note: The delegates from all 7 nations of the BIMSTEC
awareness initiative on the occasion of --Teachers Day. grouping (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri
Note: Under the initiative, an online environmental quiz Lanka and Thailand) will participate in the event.
competition will be conducted at the national level to 14. The union minister has inaugurated the new head quarter
generate interest among school children about the building of Bureau of Police Research and Development
science related to environment.This will help in (BPR&D) in New Delhi -- Rajnath Singh.
sensitizing the children on the issues related to Note: BPR&D was set up in 1970 to identify the needs
environment and development. and problems of the police in the country. The Bureau
8. India-Nepal joint military exercise Surya Kiran XII was undertake research projects and studies, and suggest
held at -- Saljhandi, Nepal. modalities to overcome problems and challenges and
Note: It is largest exercise in terms of troops meet the needs and requirements of the police.
participation in series of military training exercises 15. The union govt. allowed import of 3 lakh metric tonnes of
undertaken by India with various countries. Surya Kiran raw sugar at concessional duty of -- 25%.
series of exercises are held alternately in India and Nepal. Note: The import shall be open to millers and refiners
9. Who has constituted an Expert Task Force to provide a who have their own capacity to convert raw sugar into
major thrust to job creation by enhancing Indias exports refined.
-- NITI Aayog. 16. According to the govt. report, the Pradhan Mantri MUDRA
Note: The panel will give recommendations on sector- Yojana (PMMY) has helped in creating jobs -- 5.5 crore.
specific policy interventions in key employment sectors Note: Around Rs 3.42 lakh crore loan has been disbursed
and measures to enhance trade in services with high to over 8 crore people under the scheme (mostly small
employment potential. An urgent and sustained entrepreneurs). MUDRA loan is available for non-
expansion of the organized sector is essential to address agricultural activities (like dairy, poultry, bee-keeping)
Indias unemployment and under-employment issue. for up to Rs 10 lakh.
10. The union govt. has been constituted under the 17. Who has successfully test fired 3rd generation Anti-Tank
Chairmanship of former apex court judge to identify key Guided Missile (ATGM) 'Nag' -- Defence Research and
data protection issues in India -- Justice BN Srikrishna. Development Organisation (DRDO).
Note: The committee will study various issues and make Note: The first successful flight test of NAG missile was
specific suggestions for consideration of the government carried out in June 2017. Nag is one of five missile
on the principles to be considered for data protection. systems developed by the Defence Research and
11. Indian Ambassador to Nepal laid the foundation stone for Development Organisation (DRDO) under the Integrated
the proposed Pension Paying Office (PPO) at Butwal Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).
Nepal-- Manjeev Singh Puri. 18. An eight feet bronze statue of Indian freedom struggle
Note: It will benefit approximate 45000 Indian Army leader was unveiled at the naval base INS Netaji Subhas at
Gorkha pensioners and family pensioners in the Kolkata -- Subhas Chandra Bose.
region.This bond with the Ex-Servicemen contributes Note: The Statute has been unveiled by Mr. Krishna Bose
immensely to warmth and strength of India-Nepal (Niece-in-law of Netaji) and Vice Admiral H.C.S. Bisht
relationship. (Eastern Naval Command Chief) by cutting the ribbon
12. India and Sri Lankan joint maritime naval 7th Edition together.
exercise has begun at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh -- 19. The city will host the fifth edition of the Coastal Shipping
SLINEX 2017. and Inland Water Transportation Business Summit 2017
Note: The exercise will be concluded on 14th September at Hotel Crowne Plaza -- Kochi.
this year. The exercises were held in both Harbour Phase Note: The summit will create a platform to discuss
(professional, cultural, and social interactions) and Sea various topics such as Indian Coastal Shipping & Inland
Phase (anti-piracy exercises, cross-deck helicopter Water Transport (Policies, Current Updates & Vision).
operations, gun firings and anti-surface exercises). 20. The law board will constitute a committee to advise the
13. The first BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017 method and process for undertaking large scale
will be conducted by the National Disaster Response community reform program within the Islamic Shariah --
Force (NDRF) as the lead agency in -- Delhi. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).


Note: The Board reiterated that Talaq-e-biddat or triple 27. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Talaq in one-sitting, is sinful but valid. (TRAI) report, India's telecom subscriber base dipped
21. The food regulator has launched a nationwide online marginally in July this year by 1.3 lakh to -- 121.07 crore.
platform to bring in transparency in food safety Note: The landline or fixed line customer base declined to
inspection and sampling -- Food Safety and Standards 2.39 crore from 2.4 crore.
Authority of India(FSSAI). 28. The Tribunal has refused to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel
Note: The food regulator asked the state govt. to adopt vehicles in the Delhi-National Capital Region -- National
this system as it would help eliminate discrepancy and Green Tribunal (NGT).
make food safety officers accountable.The system will Note: The NGT has also dismissed the Centre's plea
ease out the process of sample collection, make it seeking modification of its ban order on diesel vehicles.
transparent and traceable and controls the quality of According to the NGT, one diesel vehicle causes pollution
compliances. equal to 24 petrol vehicles and 40 CNG vehicles.
22. Telecom company has launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) 29. PM Modi dedicated to the nation the Dam on Narmada
services in Mumbai -- Bharti Airtel. river at Kevadia in Gujarat -- Sardar Sarovar Dam.
Note: VoLTE (works over 4G) will offer High Definition Note: The project will irrigate 2,46,000 hectares of land
(HD) voice calls along with faster call set up time.Voice in the strategically important desert districts of Barmer
over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is a standard for high- and Jalore in Rajasthan and 37,500 hectares in the tribal
speed wireless communication for mobile phones and hilly tract of Maharashtra. The storage capacity also rose
data terminals. to 4.73 million cubic metres, MCM (earlier,1.27 MCM).
23. The online facility has been launched by the Union The foundation stone of the project was laid out by Prime
government to resolve foreign trade issues -- Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on 5th April,1961.
Contact@DGFT. 30. The Minister of State for Culture, EF & CC Dr. Mahesh
Note: The Union government has set up an online service Sharma has inaugurated the Aizawl Circle of
facility that can be used by importers and exporters to Archeaological Survey of India (ASI) in -- Mizoram.
resolve all foreign trade-related issues. Traders can raise Note: The Aizawl Circle of ASI will cover Mizoram,
all matters related to the directorate or other agencies of Manipur & Tripura. The Archaeological Survey of India
the Centre and States through this facility activated at the (ASI) is the premier organization for the archaeological
DGFT website. researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the
24. Indias first Hyperloop project will come up in the state -- nation.
Andhra Pradesh. 31. The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made
Note: The Hyperloop Technology is a brainchild idea of operational the New Intelligence Set-up of -- Sashastra
Tesla founder Elon Musk, who dubs it as the 5th mode of Seema Bal.
transportation. Note: This new unit will gather information along the
25. The Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has borders with Bhutan and Nepal.
launched BSF Half Marathon online registration portal at 32. The 38th meeting of Transport Development Council is
a function in New Delhi -- www.marathon.bsf.gov.in. scheduled to be held in this city --Vadodara.
Note: The marathon will be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Note: The Council meeting has given an opportunity to
Stadium in Delhi on 22nd October.It will be dedicated to the state Transport Ministers to get an exposure on the
martyrs and BSF will facilitate their family members on new and upcoming reforms in the transport sector. A
the occasion. discussion on the subject of Public Transport Reforms
26. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese and way forward to Bus Ports.
counterpart Shinzo Abe jointly laid the foundation stone 33. Indias first State of art virology laboratory at Dr Anjali
for the high-speed bullet train project between -- Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy
Ahmedabad and Mumbai. in --Kolkata.
Note: The high-speed bullet train project expected to be Note:The laboratory will also be used to create new
completed by 2022. The train will cover distance of 508- drugs and technologies in treating these viral diseases.
km in around two hours, cost an estimated Rs.1,10,000 34. The city hosted the first-ever National Conference on
crore Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition -- New Delhi.


Note: The conference has been organized by the Ministry November) while the fourth round (4th to 6th of
of Women & Child Development in collaboration with December) and fifth round (18th to 20th December).
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Ministry of 41. The Minister of Communication Shri Manoj Sinha has
Health & Family Welfare. launched the Internet and Technology event in India at
35. The Union Cabinet has approved increase of cost norms Pragati Maidan, New Delhi -- India Mobile Congress
for supplementary nutrition provided in Anganwadis and 2017.
for out of school adolescent girls under-- Integrated Note: The India Mobile Congress is being organised by
Child Development Services (ICDS). Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
Note: It will involve an additional investment of 12 42. The 6th edition of the four-day international textile and
thousand crore rupees over the next three years. Now, apparel fair in Jaipur, Rajasthan -- VASTRA 2017.
the revised cost norms for children up to 6 years will be Note: VASTRA 2017 is an all-encompassing trade fair and
Rs. 8 eight, for adolescent girls, pregnant women, and conference on Textiles and Apparel presenting a fusion of
lactating mothers, it will be Rs. 9.50 and for severely the finest and the latest in textiles products. More than 50
malnourished category Rs. 12 will be given. countries and 13 Indian States are participating in
36. Who has released a Commemorative Coin on Dr. MS VASTRA 2017.
Subbulakshmi on the occasion of her birth Centenary 43. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the
Commemoration -- M Venkaiah Naidu. 'Power for all' scheme in New Delhi -- Saubhagya
Note: Dr. Subbulakshmi was the first musician ever to be Note: The scheme Saubhagya will provide subsidy on
awarded the Bharat Ratna (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay equipment like transformers, meters, and wires and
award (1974). expected to cover all rural families after expected
37. The union Govt. will introduce a curated food experience electrification of all villages by the end of 2017.
zone 'Food Street' at the global food fair in -- New Delhi. 44. The Union Minister of State has released the book titled
Note: It will provide a platform to investors to taste the Bhartiya Kala Mein Salil Kridayen Evam Sadyahsnata
foods and then take a call on investing in India under the Nayika at a function in National Museum -- Dr. Mahesh
make in India programme. This will bring together Sharma.
culinary practices, flavours, fragrances form cuisines Note: This book authored by Dr. Kshetrapal Gangwar &
across the world. Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh, based on original research,
38. The Ship has been Commissioned into the Indian Navy at written to highlight the Indian Art.
Naval Dockyard, Mumbai ---TARASA. 45. The union Minister has launched the Web Portal of
Note: INS Tarasa (T94) is a patrol vessel of the Car Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority
Nicobar-class of Indian Navy and the last ship in the (WDRA) and Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-
series of four Water Jet Fast Attack Craft. The ship is NWR) System in New Delhi -- Ram Vilas Paswan.
designed for a maximum speed of 35 knots, with an Note: The e-NWRs would be immune from any
endurance of nearly 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots. tempering, mutilation, fudging, loss or damage and with
39. A web portal has been launched for effective no possibility of any multiple financing. These NWRs will
implementation of National Child Labour Project (NCLP)- not only facilitate an easy pledge financing by banks and
- PENCIL (Platform for Effective Enforcement for No other financial institutions but also smooth trading on
Child Labour). various trading centres like commodity exchanges,
Note: PENCIL portal has five components (Child Tracking electronic National Agriculture Markets (e-NAM) and
System, Complaint Corner, State Government, National other electronic platforms.
Child Labour Project, and Convergence) and developed by 46. The 13th Formation Day of the National Disaster
the Labour Ministry. Management Authority (NDMA) in New Delhi -- Rajnath
40. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Singh.
will hold a quiz on environment throughout the country_- Note: National Disaster Management Authority(NDMA) is
-Prakriti Khoj. an agency of the Ministry of Home Affairs whose primary
Note: The quiz is planned in five rounds, the qualifying purpose is to coordinate response to natural or man-
round (first round) will begin on 25th Sep and continue made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster
till 29th of this month.The second round (30th October to resiliency and crisis response.
3rd of November), the third round (20th to 24 of

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47. The ministry has decided to set up a review committee to Note: The book titled A to Z of Financial Management in
look into regulatory issues being faced by the industry -- Autonomous Institutions is authored by Dr. Rajat
Commerce and Industry ministry. Bhargava and Shri Deenanath Pathak. This book covers
Note: Earlier, the industry has raised issues related to almost all aspects of financial management in
certain laws, processes and the Goods and Services Tax. Autonomous Institutions and offers an insightful
48. The Union Cabinet has approved the enhancement of age perspective on the challenges of managing public money.
of superannuation of doctors other than Central Health 51. The third India International Science Festival will be held
Service (CHS) doctors to -- 65 years. from 13-16 October at -- IIT-Chennai.
Note: The decision would help in better patient care, Note: The festival is being organised by the Ministry of
proper academic activities in Medical colleges as also in Earth Sciences and Ministry of Science and Technology.
effective implementation of National Health Programmes The first two were held at IIT-Delhi and National Physical
for delivery of health care services. The retirement age of Laboratory, Delhi.
doctors in some departments is 60 years and others 62. 52. Energy Efficiency Services Limited will procure ten
49. A monthly Jan Sampark program to enable the public to thousand electric vehicles from -- Tata Motors.
interact with its officials for seeking information related Note: These cars will be used to replace the petrol and
to adoption as well as flagging their concerns -- Central diesel cars used by government and its agencies over a 3 -
Adoption Resource Authority (CARA). 4 years period. The total number of vehicles used by the
Note: Around 150 Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs), government and its agencies is estimated to be 5 lakhs.
Adoptive Parents and representatives of agencies 53. The Kandla Port has been renamed as -- Deendayal
participated in the session.The event will now be a Port.
regular feature every month apart from the quarterly Note: The Ministry of Shipping issued the required
Facebook live chat by CEO CARA. notification on the occasion of the closing of the yearlong
50. The Union Minister for Finance Minister Shri Arun centenary celebrations of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
Jaitley has released a book on financial management in Kandla Port is the largest sea port of India (by volume of
New Delhi -- A to Z of Financial Management in cargo handled) located in Kutch District of Gujarat.
Autonomous Institutions.

States News

1. Who has launched a scheme that provides for physical River.Three phases of SAUNI yojana already dedicated to
aids and assisted-living devices for senior citizens the people following completion of the work.
belonging to the BPL category in Gujarat -- 4. The state govt. will provide free education to girls up to
Thaawarchand Gehlot. graduation -- Karnataka.
Note: This ambitious scheme, is expected to benefit Note: The state govt. will provide free education for girls
5,20,000 senior citizens over a period of three across the state from Class 1 up to graduation in all public
years.Under the scheme, devices were distributed to and aided private schools and colleges, excluding
senior citizens free of cost. professional institutions.
2. Coast Guard launched an aviation infrastructure including 5. The Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik has
a multi-mission maritime aircraft hanger, MMMA in -- inaugurated the fourth Government Medical College in --
Bhubaneswar. Koraput.
Note: This is part of the ongoing effort by the Coast Guard Note: The Medical College has been named after Saheed
to strengthen the maritime and coastal security. The Laxman Naik (freedom fighter of Koraput).
newly launched aviation infrastructure would provide a 6. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has launched a
fillip towards futuristic expansion plan of Coast Guard's project at Shahpur primary school -- Gyankunj e-class
air arm. project.
3. Who laid the foundation stone for link - 4 of Saurashtra Note: The entire project will work on pilot basis with
Narmada Avataran Irrigation Scheme (SAUNI) Yojana in Interactive e-class room and smart boards have been
Rajkot, Gujarat -- Ramnath Kovind. provided under this initiative. 1609 government primary
Note: Earlier, SAUNI project had been launched by Mr. schools have been provided laptop, projector, infrared
Modi to fill up 115 major dams by diverting overflow of camera, smart board, speaker and WiFi router facilities
water from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada for 3,173 class rooms of standard 7 and 8.

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7. Ye India ka time hai event has been organized at from 6000 rupees to 6500 rupees with retrospective
National Institute of Technology at -- Raipur, effect from the 15th August.
Chattisgarh. 14. The state govt. will start implementing Direct Benefit
Note: Students of NIT Raipur participated in a Transfer (DBT) under MGNREGA to ensure transparency
brainstorming session on 'New India Manthan' and and check corruption at all levels -- Nagaland govt.
discussed their views on what kind of India do they Note: Wages of the MGNREGA workers will be directly
imagine for the year 2022. credited to the individual accounts of the job card holders
8. The Gujarat state Govt. have signed the Memorandum of through National Electronic Fund Management System or
Understanding(MoU) to save the children of Anganwadi Public Financial Management System.
from malnutrition -- Amul (Gujarat Milk Marketing 15. The state govt. has announced 1 lakh Rupees cash reward
Federation). to those providing information about the administrators
Note: Under the Take Home Ration, district dairies in and curators of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge --
cooperation with the Gujarat milk marketing federation Gujarat govt.
will provide nutritive foods to more than 42-lakh children Note: The cyber cell of the Gujarat police has launched a
of more than 53 thousand Anganwadis , pregnant- helpline number (079-22871917) for anyone seeking
mothers, lactating mothers and young girls. information on the online game.
9. The state govt. will upgrade employment exchanges to 16. The state govt. will provide skill development training to
Modern Career Centres -- Assam. 30 thousand surrendered militants -- Assam govt.
Note: Note: Another 24 thousand youths in Assam will be
As a pilot project two district employment trained under the Prime Minister Kaushal Vikash Yojna.
exchanges in Guwahati and Jorhat will be The Assam Skill Development Mission will provide skill
upgraded as modern career centres. training in 40 sectors.
All modern facilities including counselling will be 17. The state govt. and Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt.
provided at the proposed career centres. Ltd have signed a lease agreement to set up a state of the
10. The state has set up a Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Cell art milk and milk products processing plant --
for the implementation of DBT across schemes in the Maharashtra Govt.
country___ Assam govt. Note: As per the MoU, a dairy development initiative will
Note: The purpose of the cell is to coordinate efforts at begin in Vidarbha and Marathwada regions in the state to
the state level in taking the DBT initiative forward with provide access to milk producers to markets in Nagpur
immediate effect. The Chairman of the cell will be the and Mumbai.
Chief Secretary of Assam. 18. The Maharashtra govt. will provide assistance, including
11. The state govt. has signed a Memorandum of funds, for a coordinated approach to improve The state
Understanding (MoU) with Google India to take Internet govt. has declared 96 tehsils of 21 districts across the
connectivity to the remotest part of the state-- Assam state as drought-hit in view of deficient rainfall --
govt. Chhattisgarh govt.
Note: Through the MoU with Google, Assam govt. would Note: These tehsils would not have sufficient crop yield
work to provide Internet connection to 26,000 villages as per 'Aanawari', which is a measure of crop yield in
and 1,500 tea garden areas to increase digital literacy.The farms. As per the provisions of revenue book circular,
MoU would be used as a launch pad to materialise the compensation will be distributed to farmers of the
state government's vision of women empowerment, skill drought-hit areas.
development and universal education. 19. The state assembly has passed a bill seeking to deduct
12. The state govt. has signed a memorandum of a fraction of the salary of state govt. employees for the
understanding (MoU) with the US-based Hyperloop benefit of their parents -- Assam.
Transportation Technologies (HTT) to build India's first Note: The Assam Employees Parents Responsibility
Hyperloop system -- Andhra Pradesh govt.
Note: Hyperloop will cover 35 km distance between
and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring Bill-
Vijayawada and Amaravati only in five 2017 is aimed at ensuring that employees do not
minutes.Hyperloop is a transportation system which neglect their loved ones in times of need. The bill has
proposes to propel a pod-like vehicle through a near- provisions for deducting 10% of an employees pay
vacuum tube at more than airline speed. Hyperloop is and transferring it to the account of the relative
faster than fastest high-speed rail and claimed to have concerned.
speeds even greater than commercial air travel. 20. The state govt. has fixed a target of constructing 5 lakhs
13. The state govt. has hiked the Freedom Fighters pension 39 thousand houses in the next 15 months for the urban
from 12-thousand rupees to thirteen thousand rupees per poor in the state -- Andhra Pradesh.
month -- Tamil Nadu govt. Note: Construction of one lakh and 30 thousand houses is
Note: According to an order by the Public Department, underway and the remaining houses will be grounded
family pension to their eligible heirs would be enhanced soon.AP Township and Infrastructure Development
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Corporation is chosen as the nodal agency for Standing Committee which will examine the prima facie
construction of these houses. evidence within two months.
21. Who has launched the Maharashtra Mission 1 Million 28. The first Indian state to launch electric bus service --
initiative to support the FIFA U17 World Cup -- Himachal Pradesh.
Devendra Fadnavis. Note: The state govt. has launched the first electric bus
Note: Under the initiative, the state govt. aims to ensure service on 51km ecologically fragile between Manali and
that children come out in open spaces and play Rohtang Pass.The move was made amidst concern over
football.The state govt. also distributed 1 lakh footballs in increasing environmental degradation in the Rohtang
more than 30000 schools.
Pass area due to plying of diesel taxis.
22. A well-equipped skill city with a capacity of 10 thousand
29. The Union Minister has launched 'Pt Deen Dayal
training seats will be set up at block levels in -- Assam.
Note: A Singapore based premier institute will support Upadhayay Vigyan Gram Sankul Pariyojana' in
the state govt. in this regard and it will take 4 to 5 years to Uttarakhand-- Dr. Harshvardhan.
complete.A temporary complex with 400 capacities is Note: It will experiment and endeavour to formulate and
being set up in Guwahati. implement appropriate S&T Interventions for Sustainable
23. The state govt. has inaugurated the second International Development through cluster approach in
Yoga Festival and International Yoga Sports Uttarakhand.This project has been inspired by teachings
Championship 2017 in -- Kashmir. and ideals of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay whose birth
Note: Around 300 participants from various parts of centenary is being celebrated this year.
India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada, Bulgaria, USA, and Nepal 30. Odisha state Govt. has launched a scheme for pregnant
are participating in the festival. The festival is being women, in Odisha-- Sampurna Yojna.
organized by the Yoga Society of Kashmir at the Sher-i-
Note: The main objective of this scheme is to reduce the
Kashmir International Conference Centre.
death ration of the new born child and mother mortality
24. The states high court has ordered the state government
to grant books and uniform instead of cash to the Below rate.
Poverty Line students -- Chhattisgarh. 31. The state govt has launched 'Vision-2025' project across
25. The state government has launched Shaheed Gram Vikas the state__ Karnataka.
Yojana to provide houses to freedom fighters -- Note: The project aimed at evolving a draft policy for
Jharkhand. development of the state for the year 2025 by seeking the
Note: Under the scheme, villages of many tribal freedom opinion of the general public.
fighters will be developed and their habitants will be 32. The union govt. has approved 221 rural roads projects
provided with basic amenities.
and bridges involving an expenditure of 782.24 crore
26. The first Indian state to set up family welfare district
committees to examine the complaints of women against rupees under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
their husbands and in-laws and find an amicable solution (PMGSY)-- Himachal Pradesh.
-- Tripura. Note: The projects would be funded in the ratio of 90:10
Note: Now, Tripura High Court is the first high court by the central and state governments. The approval
among 24 high courts of the country that has constituted includes 11 bridges at different locations in the state.
the family welfare district committees.
33. The sovereign ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah bin
27. The state govt. has constituted a Screening Committee on
Muhammad Al- Qasimi is on a five-day visit to--Kerala.
anti-profiteering -- Haryana.
Note: It is mandatory (under section 171 of GST Act.) to Note: Sultan Qasimis visit comes as a response to the
pass on benefit to the customer. If a person is not getting invitation extended to the Sultan by Chief Minister
the benefit of reduction in tax, he/she can send the Pinarayi Vijayan in December 2016.He is accompanied in
grievance to the steering committee. The Steering this visit by his wife, Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al
Committee would send the consumer complaints to the Qasimi, Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family

Important Day

1. The state is celebrating the biggest cultural festival across the globe irrespective of religious differences is
Thiruonam (the 10th day) and the most auspicious day of celebrating the festival in full vigour.
Onam -- Kerala. 2. Teachers' Day is being celebrated throughout the country
Note: The harvest festival of kerala Onam falls in the on -- 5th September.
first month of Malayalm calendar, chingam. Keralites Note: On Teacher's Day, students across the nation
honour the teachers and gurus in their lives.

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3. The International Literacy Day (ILD) is being observe on - 9. The International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone
- 8th September. Layer is observed every year on -- 16th September.
Note: The day raise public awareness to eradicate Note: The Ozone layer is a fragile shield of gas which
illiteracy and create environment in favour of adult protects the Earth from the harmful ultraviolet radiation
education programmes. The International Literacy Day of the sun and thus helping preserve life on the planet.
(51st) is being celebrated at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi This year, the theme for the Day is 'Caring for all life
(India). under the sun'.
4. The traditional Bonderam festival has started in Divar 10. The International Day of Peace is observed across the
Island of Goa on -- 9th September. world annually on -- 21st September.
Note: The word Bonderam originated from the Note: The theme for 2017 is Together for Peace:
involvement of flags. Respect, Safety and Dignity for All.
5. The International Day for South-South Cooperation has 11. The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed
been observed on -- 12th September. annually on -- 27th September.
Note: The day celebrates the economic, social and Note: The theme of this year is 'International Year of
political developments made in recent years by regions Sustainable Tourism for Development.
and countries in the south. The Global South-South 12. The World Rabies Day is observed across the world to
Development Expo 2017 will be hosted by Turkey. raise awareness about the rabies disease and its
6. The Cauvery Maha Pushkaram has been celebrated from preventable measures - 28th September.
today on the banks of river Cauvery in --Tamil Nadu. Note: The theme for World Rabies Day-2017 is Rabies:
Note: The celestial transit of planet Jupiter from zodiac Zero by 30.
sign Virgo to Libra is said to be the Maha Pushkaram 13. The World Maritime Day is being observed across the
period. Cauvery Maha Pushkaram is celebrated from 12 world on -- 28th September (last Thursday of
September and is considered auspicious as the September).
configuration of stars happen only once in 144 years. Note: 2017 Theme: Connecting Ships, Ports, and People
7. The National Hindi Divas is being observed every year This year's theme was chosen to provide an opportunity
across the country on -- 14th September. to focus on the many diverse actors involved in the
Note: In 1949, on this day the Constituent Assembly shipping and logistic areas.
adopted Hindi written in Devanagari script as the official 14. International Translation Day is celebrated every year on
language of the country. -- 30th September.
8. The National Engineers Day (NED) 2017 is celebrated in Note: This year, the United Nations celebrates for the first
India -- 15th September. time International Translation Day. The celebrations have
Note: This year's theme of democracy and conflict been promoted by FIT (the International Federation of
prevention focuses on the critical need to strengthen Translators) ever since it was set up in 1953.
democratic institutions to promote peace and stability.

Honors & Award

1. The states CM has announced a reward of one crore 3. The Airport has bagged the National Award for
rupees to Arjuna awardee archer Vennam Jyoti Surekha -- Excellence in Energy Management -- Rajiv Gandhi
Andhra Pradesh. International Airport.
Note: He also announced a 500- sq yd house site in 4. Indian personality has won the PLuS Alliance Prize for
Vijayawada and a government job for her. The Chief Global Leadership -- N R Narayana Murthy.
Minister also announced 10 lakh rupees reward for Note: Narayana Murthy for Global Leadership and Veena
Devisri Prasad (10-year) of Tirupati on setting the Sahajwalla for Research Innovation for her project 'The
Guinness World Record in skating. new science of green manufacturing.
2. Who has been honoured by Minister of State for 5. Indian Badminton legend will receive Badminton
Personnel Dr. Jitendra Singh for successfully resolving Association of Indias (BAI)first lifetime achievement
public grievances -- Central Board of Direct Taxes award for his contribution to Badminton -- Prakash
(CBDT). Padukone.
Note: The awards given to the CBDT was based on the Note: Padukone had won the 1980 All England, besides
theme of appreciation to the Ministries or Departments. bagging a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in
Five departments including the apex policy making body Copenhagen and a gold medal at the 1978
for the Income Tax Department have been awarded on Commonwealth Games.
their performance in the Centralized Public Grievance 6. According the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) World
Redress and Monitoring System. university ranking, Indian university has been names the
top university in India -- IISc-Bangalore.
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Note: The University of Oxford has retained its first place 14. An extremely powerful tropical cyclone affecting the
in the rankings, followed by University of Cambridge, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico, and threatening Cuba
California Institute of Technology and Stanford and the South-eastern United States -- Hurricane Irma.
University. 15. India has started operation to provided assistance to
7. The states CM has announced cash incentives for Bangladesh in response to the humanitarian crisis being
meritorious differently-abled sportspersons in the 7th faced due to the large influx of Rohingya refugees into
World Dwarf Games in Canada -- Edappadi K that country from Myanmar -- Operation Insaniyat.
Palaniswamy. Note: Under it, relief material consisting of items
Note: They will be given cash awards of five lakh rupees including rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, biscuits and
each for every gold medal, three lakh rupees each for mosquito nets will be provided to the affected people.
every silver and two lakh each for every bronze. 16. The National Institute of Ayurveda has entered the
8. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the 2,500-years- Guinness Book for 'Most people receiving Nasya Panch
old Temple located at the west of the Royal Lake in Kararma simultaneously' -- Jaipur.
Yangon -- Shwedagon pagoda. Note: 733 Ayurvedic practitioners performed Nasya
Note: Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with hundreds of Karma, which has been registered in the Guinness Book of
gold plates and the top of the stupa is encrusted with records.
4,531 diamonds, the largest of which is a 72-carat 17. The Bollywood star has received the Global Diversity
diamond. Shwedagon Pagoda is considered to be the most Award at Britains House of Commons -- Salman Khan.
sacred and impressive Buddhist site for the Myanmarese Note: The Global Diversity Award is given to people of
people. immense stature in terms of what they have done for
9. A joint military training exercise between India and US diversity in the world.
will be conducted at Joint Base Lewis McChord, 18. The prestigious A Nageswara Rao (ANR) National Award
Washington (USA) from 14 to 27th Sep this year -- Yudh for his contribution to the Telugu film industry -- S S
Abhyas -2017. Rajamouli.
Note: The exercise Yudh Abhyas will provide an Note: The ANR National Award was instituted by the
opportunity to the armed forces of both countries to train Akkineni International foundation in the honor of
in an integrated manner at Battalion level with joint Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
planning at Brigade level. 19. The television series has won the Outstanding Drama
10. President of Belarus arrived on a two day visit to India -- Series award at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Award
AG Lukashenko. -- The Handmaid's Tale.
Note: The two sides are expected to discuss bilateral 20. The best actor in drama series at the 69th Prime time
cooperation in defence and security, trade and Emmy Awards-2017 -- Sterling K Brown.
investment, science and technology and people to people Note: Sterling K Brown has become the first African-
exchanges. American to win the best actor drama Emmy awards in
11. The Sahara Forest Project signs deal to realize facility in the past 19 years, for his performance as Randall on
-- Jordan. NBCs This Is Us.
Note: With funding from the Norwegian Ministry of 21. A Nigerian lawyer teacher & peacemaker has won the
Climate and Environment and Grieg Foundation the 2017 UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) --
Sahara Forest Project starts building in Aqaba (Aqaba is a Zannah Mustapha.
Jordanian port city on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba). The Note: Mustapha founded a school 10 years ago in
facility, part of the Sahara Forest Project (SFP), produces Maiduguri (the capital of Borno State) which is the
energy, freshwater and food and all this in an arid desert. epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.
12. The South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) 22. The film will be Indias official entry for the Best Foreign
has organized the two days Across Barriers- Film category at the Oscars 2018 -- Newton.
International Business Womens Summit at -- Note: Newton is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language black
Kathmandu, Nepal. comedy film directed by Amit V Masurkar and Produced
Note: The event aims to encourage partnerships between by Drishyam Films.
women entrepreneurs from the SAARC and ASEAN 23. Eminent scientist has chosen for the prestigious Von
member countries and China. Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials
13. The President of the country has signed the Gazette research-- Professor C.N.R Rao.
notification to operationalize the Office on Missing Note: The award citation noted Mr. Raos immense work
Persons (OMP) -- Maithripala Sirisena (Sri Lanka). on novel functional materials, including nanomaterials,
Note: Earlier, United Nations Human Rights Council graphene and 2D materials, superconductivity, and
(UNHRC) has urged Sri Lankan govt. to swiftly colossal magnetoresistance.
operationalize the OMP, meant for probing into 24. The Sports ministry has recommended Olympic silver
disappearances of thousands of people during and after medallist shuttler for the prestigious Padma Bhushan -- P
LTTE war. V Sindhu.
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Note: Sindhu has become the first Indian to win a silver at Rio Games last year.


1. Pulitzer-prize winning poet passed away in Hudson, New has challenged the Allahabad High Court verdict of 2010
York -- John Ashbery. in the Supreme Court claiming ownership of Akhara over
Note: His 1975 collection, "Self-Portrait in a Convex entire campus of disputed structure.
Mirror," was the rare winner of the book world's 9. IAF Marshal passed away recently, who led the Indian Air
unofficial triple crown: the Pulitzer Prize, the National Force in the 1965 India-Pakistan War -- Arjan Singh.
Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle prize. Note: Mr. Singh served as the IAF's Chief of Staff during
2. Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP passed away after the 1965 India-Pakistan war.Mr. Singh also served the
suffering a cardiac arrest -- Sultan Ahmed. nation as an ambassador to Switzerland (in 1971), as
Note: Mr. Ahmed was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from High Commissioner to Kenya (in 1974) and became the
Uluberia (Lok Sabha constituency) on a Trinamool Lt. Governor of Delhi (in 1989).
Congress ticket. He also served as the Union Minister of 10. The father of nephrology in India has passed away in
State for Tourism in the Manmohan Singh government. Chandigarh -- Dr K S Chugh.
3. Arunachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister Note: Dr Chugh was emeritus professor and former head
passed away at a private hospital in Guwahati -- Jomde of department of nephrology at the Postgraduate Institute
Kena. of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),
Note: He was a resident of Gensi village in Lower Siang Chandigarh.
district. Kena was elected as the deputy speaker during 11. Noted BJP politician and religious leader, has passed
the Nabam Tuki government and served as a away at a Delhi -- Mahant Chand Nath.
parliamentary secretary under the Dorjee Khandu and Note: He had won the Alwar seat in the 2014
Jarbom Gamlin ministries. parliamentary elections after defeating Congress
4. The renowned Marathi poet and activist has passed away candidate and former Union minister Jitendra Singh.
in Mumbai, Maharashtra -- Shirish Pai. 12. Bollywood actress passed away due to heart attack at her
Note: Pai was the daughter of noted writer-journalist residence in Mumbai -- Shakila.
Acharya Pralhad Keshav Atre. Note: She best known for her roles in Guru Dutt's films,
5. Noted journalist and activists was shot dead at her Aar Paar (1954) and C.I.D. (1956).
Rajarajeshwari Nagar's residence in Bengaluru -- Gauri 13. Veteran American actor, musician, and singer has passed
Lankesh. away in Los Angeles, United States ____Harry Dean
Note: She was the editor of popular Kannada tabloid Stanton.
Lankesh Patrike founded by her father P Lankesh(writer). 14. French businesswoman, world's richest woman passed
6. The veteran Kannada actor, producer and singer who away in Paris -- Liliane Bettencourt.
passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka -- Rattihalli Note: In 2016, Bettencourt was ranked as the richest
Nagendra Sudarshan. woman in the world with a fortune of USD 39.5bn by
Note: In his five-decade film career he acted in Tamil, Forbes magazine. Bettencourt was the only child of
Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, and Malayalam films. Louise Madelaine Berthe and Eugene Schueller (founded
7. Veteran actor passed away during open heart surgery in LOreal).
New Jersey -- Frank Vincent. 15. Former World Middleweight Champion and stand-up
Note: He is known for his role in films like The comedian passed away in Miami -- Jake LaMotta.
Sopranos and Goodfellas.Vincent most notably Note:The boxing legend's life story was told in the movie
appeared as Tony Sopranos arch nemesis, Phil Leotardo Raging Bull where he was played by Robert De Niro who
in the The Sopranos starting in season five and until the paid tribute to him
series conclusion in 2007. 16. Veteran Marathi writer and journalist passed away in
8. The major litigant in Ayodhya's disputed structure case Mumbai -- Arun Sadhu.
passed away due to cardiac arrest -- Swami Bhaskar Note: He is better known for his novel in Marathi
Das. "Simhasan" and "Mumbai Dinank". As a journalist, he has
Note: He was the Chief of Nirmohi Akhara and main won several awards including Sahitya Academy award,
priest of Hanumangarhi temple in Ayodhya. Swami Jee
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Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad, NC Kelkar and Acharya Atre Note: He made his big screen debut in 1976 with a small
award. role in Dharmendra-starrer Charas and later went on to
17. An American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine work in films like Shatranj Ke Khiladi, Gandhi, Kranti,
Playboy founder has passed away at his home -- Hugh Bose: The Forgotten Hero and Veer Zara.
Hefner. 19. A veteran Congress leader passed away at a hospital in
Note: In 1953, Playboy magazine was founded by Hugh Gurugram -- Makhan Lal Fotedar
Hefner and his associates in Chicago. Hefner built a brand Note: Fotedar was ushered into politics by Jawaharlal
that defined the sexual culture of the second half of the Nehru in early 1950s and he gradually strengthened his
20th century. position in the Congress to become one of the most
18. The Indian actor of American descent passed away at his powerful persons in the party.
residence in Mumbai -- Tom Alter.

World News

1. Swedish defence giant and Adani group have announced a 9. International organisation WHO has granted USD
collaboration in defence manufacturing entailing billions 175,000 for healthcare of Rohingya refugees in Coxs
of dollars of investment -- Saab. Bazar of -- Bangladesh.
Note: They mainly eyeing a contract for single-engine Note: The WHO grant will support 20 mobile medical
fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. The project will teams to provide essential services for at least two
encompass design, development, and production of months.
Gripen jets for India in line with the Make in India 10. The country will lift its ban on internet calling
initiative. applications, easing restrictions online as the
2. The 9th BRICS summit has begun in the Chinese city with conservative kingdom faces new criticism over
theme BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future censorship-- Saudi Arabia.
-- Xiamen. Note: Now, Voice and video calling apps such as
Note: In a joint declaration, Brazil, Russia, India, China, WhatsApp and Skype will be widely available to users.
and South Africa (BRICS) condemned all terror attacks The move is aimed at improving business confidence as
worldwide, including those attacks in the member states, the kingdom transitions into a post-oil era, access to VoIP
stressing that there can be no justification whatsoever for (Voice over Internet Protocol) will reduce operational
any such act. costs and spur digital entrepreneurship.
3. The worlds highest sandcastle has built in the country -- 11. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI
Germany. Aayog) and the federation have signed a Statement of
Note: According to the Guinness World Records, the Intent (SoI) to cooperate in the field of Intelligent
world's highest sandcastle is now standing 16.68 meters Transportation Systems (ITS) -- International Road
tall in the German city of Duisburg. Federation, Geneva (IRF Geneva).
4. Astronaut returned to Earth, wrapping up a record- Note: The objectives of this national ITS Policy will be to
breaking flight that catapulted her to first place for U.S. contribute to reducing urban traffic congestion,
space endurance -- Peggy Whitson. improving the situation around parking of vehicles in
Note: Whitsons 665 days off the planet 288 days on this cities, improving road safety, and improving the security
mission alone exceeds that of any other American and any of passenger and goods traffic.
other woman worldwide. 12. The countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear
5. Nepal has signed how much amount of United Nations weapons, a pact that the worlds nuclear powers spurned
Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless
next five years -- USD 635 million. Fifty countries.
6. The book titled Unstoppable: My Life So Far authored by Note:They would be barred from developing, testing,
a tennis star -- Maria Sharapova. producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring,
Note: The book talks about Sharapovas rise from possessing, or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any
nowhere to tennis stardom and the unending fight to stay circumstances.
on top. 13. Who will limit oil exports to North Korea under UN
7. The species who has moved from Endangered to sanctions over its nuclear and missile development --
Vulnerable category in the IUCN Red List -- Snow China
Leopard. Note: China accounts for some 90% of the North's trade,
8. The United States of America is considering closing its making its cooperation critical to any efforts to derail
embassy located in the country -- Cuba.
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Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and long- Note: Pakistan and Russia are holding a two-week long
range missiles. military exercise focussing on counter- terrorism
14. Iran has tested a new ballistic missile that can carry operations to enhance defence ties between the two
multiple warheads and has a range of 2,000km- countries.
Khorramshahr. 17. Twitter has announced a test project allowing tweets to
Note: The Khorramshahr missile has become smaller in be expanded to -- 280 characters.
size and more tactical. Iran unveiled the ballistic missile Note: Twitter is an online news and social networking
as its president stepped up pressure on the United States service where users post and interact with messages
by defending its right to strengthen military defenses. (tweets). Registered users can post tweets, but those who
15. The US Defence Secretary arrived in New Delhi on a two are unregistered can only read them.
day visit to India -- Jim Mattis 18. Who has provisionally suspended the WADA
Note: He has discussed the joint efforts to advance accreditation of the laboratory of the National Anti-
common goals through a broader strategic exchange of Doping Organisation of France due to analytical issues --
views.Mr. Mattis is the first Cabinet Minister of the Trump World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA).
Administration to visit India. Note: The provisional suspension came into effect on
16. The joint exercise between special forces of Pakistan and Sunday and prohibits the Paris Laboratory from carrying
Russia Armies started in Minralney Vody, Russia -- out any anti-doping activities, including all analyses of
DRUZBA 2017. urine and blood samples.

Sports News

1. India's boxer has won the bronze medal at the 2017 World with a whooping bid of Rs. 16,347.50 crores on 4th
Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany -- Gaurav September 2017.
Bidhuri. 7. Indian sportsperson has won silver in senior mens double
Note: He lost his semi-final bantamweight (56kg) category trap at 2017 ISSF World Shotgun Championship in
clash to Duke Ragan (America). Moscow -- Ankur Mittal.
2. Indian sportsperson has won gold in the girls Under-12 8. The 2017 Italian Formula One Grand Prix tournament --
category at the World Cadets Chess Lewis Hamilton.
Championship____Divya Deshmukh. Note: British racing driver Lewis Hamilton has won the
Note: It is Divyas second world title after her victory in 2017 Italian Formula One Grand Prix tournament at the
the under-10 World Youth Chess Championship-2014 in Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy.
Durban. 9. The country will host the 2019 edition of the
3. Former India captain has become the first wicketkeeper in Commonwealth (Youth, Junior and Senior) Weightlifting
world cricket to effect 100 stumpings in One Day Championships -- India.
Internationals(ODI) -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Note: The Executive Board of Commonwealth
Note: Mr. Dhoni achieved the feat in his 301st ODI in Weightlifting Federation met at Gold Coast, Australia and
Colombo (Sri Lanka), when he whipped off the bails to decided to allot the 2019 edition of the competitions to
remove batsman Akila Dananjaya (Sri Lankan) off leg- India.
spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's bowling. 10. Indian weightlifters Rahul have qualified for next year's
4. Who bagged a gold medal in 44kg weight category at Commonwealth Games after winning a gold medal each
Commonwealth Youth (boys & girls) weightlifting in their respective weight divisions -- Sivalingam
championships in Australia -- Konsam Ormila Devi. Sathish Kumar and Ragala Venkat.
Note: Ormila lifted 57kg in snatch and 76kg in clean and Note: Rahul created new records en-route to his
jerk for an overall effort of 133kg, to finish on the top of standout total lift of 351 kilogram (156kg in snatch
the podium. and195 kilograms in clean & jerk).
5. Indian pair has won the mixed doubles title at 2017 Hellas 11. Who has released its first ever players handbook '100
Open International Badminton Series -- Rohan Kapoor things every professional cricketer must know' in New
and Kuhoo Garg. Delhi -- Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Note: They defeated compatriots Karishma Wadkar and Note: The book was released by the Committee of
Utkarsh Arora by 21-19 21-19 in the final. Administrators (COA) and is in line with the
6. The company has won the coveted Indian Premier League recommendations of the Lodha panel.
(IPL) media rights for 2018-23 -- Star India. 12. A Spanish professional tennis player has defeated Kevin
Note: Star India acquired digital as well as media rights for Anderson (South Africa) to claim US Open tennis
Indian Premier League for a term of five years 2018-2023 tournament-2017 in New York -- Rafael Nadal

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Note: It is Nadal's second Grand Slam title of the year Prix is a motor race on the calendar of the FIA Formula
and 16th overall. One World Championship.
13. American tennis player defeated Madison Keys to win 24. The World Cup 2019 will be played from 30th May to
2017 US Open Women's Singles title -- Sloane Stephens. 15th July in 2019 in -- United Kingdom (UK).
Note: The US Open is owned and organized by a not-for- 25. The player has won the 2017 BWF Korean Open Super
profit organization United States Tennis Association Series Womens Singles title -- PV Sindhu.
(USTA). Note: With this, Sindhu has become the first Indian to
14. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Senior win the Korea Super Series crown.
Badminton Championship has begun at -- Kochi 26. Indian athlete bagged Gold in women's pentathlon event
Note: A total of 665 players (175-Indian players) from at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in
forty countries in eight different groups are participating Turkmenistan -- Purnima Hembram.
in the week-long Championship. It is for the first time the Note: Hembram broke the Indian record by scoring
Championship is being held in India. 4,062 points and won the event by more than 100 points.
15. India finishes in medals tally with one gold and two silver India also got two silvers, through Sanjivani Jadhav in
medals at Moscow Shotgun World Championships -- womens 3000m (9:26.34s) and Tejinder Singh Toor in
fifth. mens shot put (19.26m), and a bronze V. Neena in
Note: Italy topped the tally with nine gold medals for a womens long jump (6.04m).
total of 17 medals in all and USA (12 medals) -2nd. 27. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has
16. Who has lead Indian challenge at Korea Super Series, in nominated Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the
Seoul, South Korea -- P V Sindhu. game -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
17. The state has won the Chief Minister's cup with 45 gold Note: Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Rajiv
medals at the National kickboxing championship being Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri award.
held in Raipur -- Maharashtra. 28. Who has won the 2017 Kalpathi AGS Buchi Babu All-
Note: Chhattisgarh secured second position with 27 gold India Invitation cricket tournament -- Hyderabad
and Haryana third with 15 gold medals. Around two Note:The Hyderabad team have won the 2017 Kalpathi
thousand players from 27 states participated in the four- AGS Buchi Babu All-India Invitation cricket
day event. tournament.
18. The country to host Junior Asian Wrestling 29. Cricket team has qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup
Championship (JAWC)- 2018 -- India. 2019 after West Indies lost the first ODI against England
Note: India will host the Junior Asian Wrestling at Old Trafford-- Sri Lanka.
Championship (JAWC)- 2018, which is scheduled to be 30. Indian cyclist bagged two more Silver medals in the 5th
held from 19 to 22 July 2018, in New Delhi. Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games at Ashgabat,
19. The new chief coach of the Indian Senior Men Hockey Turkmenistan -- Deborah Herold.
Team -- Sjoerd Marijne. 31. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an
Note: Currently, Marijne is the chief coach of Indian anti-corruption investigation in -- Sri Lanka.
Senior Women Hockey Team. He will succeed Roelant Note: According to the Sri Lanka Cricket, forty of its
Oltmans. contracted players called for an immediate inquiry into
20. The four-day annual Border Security Force (BSF) sports the allegations made by Pramodya Wickremasinghe
meet has begun in -- Jammu. (former player and selector) insinuating unnatural and
Note: The Inter-Frontier Sports Competition of the mysterious match patterns.
Border Security Force is aimed at preparing the Jawans 32. The 57th National Open Athletics Championships 2017
for national and international-level championships. has begun at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in --
21. According to the evaluation commission of International Chennai.
Olympic Committee (IOC), who will host the 2028 Note: Around 1200 athletes from various states and
Olympics -- Los Angeles (USA). departments & public-sector undertakings would be
Note: The full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris taking part in the four-day meet.
and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles. 33. Indian Shuttler has clinched the women's singles Under-
22. India lose Davis Cup Tennis World Group Play-offs tie 19 title at the Belgian Junior Open badminton
against -- Canada. tournament at Herstal, Belgium --Vaishnavi Reddy.
Note: India has lost the World Group Play-off tie of Davis Note: She defeated Vivien Sandorhazi (top seed,
Cup Tennis Tournament to the host Canada 2-3. Hungary) in a three-game final (21-19, 17-21, 21-12) in
23. British racing driver has won the Singapore Grand Prix -- summit clash at the Hall Omnisport La Prealle.
Lewis Hamilton. 34. The Indian duo claimed gold in the doubles event of
Note: Hamilton has built a 28-point cushion, courtesy a Slovenia Open Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis
no show from main championship rival Vettel (235 championship --Manav Thakkar and Manush Shah.
points) and Hamilton (263 points).The Singapore Grand

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Note: Indian duo beat the top-seeded Chinese Taipei pair Note: She has been invited to attend the 8th
of Feng I-Hsin and Tai Ming-Wei 11-7, 11-6, 17-15 at International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes'
Otocec, Slovenia. Forum in Lausanne from 11th to 13th November this
35. Who will host the South Asian boxing Championship year.
(SABC) for the first time from 6th to 10th December this 37. The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has suspended
year -- India. coach for an objectionable social media post -- Kripa
Note:Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Shanker Patel.
SARCC countries and countries like Uzbekistan, Note: He will remain suspended till the disciplinary
Kazakhstan, and Ukraine among other top boxing nations committee takes the final call on the write-up.
participating in the Championship.The country will also 38. Indian football team qualified for the AFC Under 16
host the 'India International Open tournament' in New Championship to be held next year in -- Malaysia.
Delhi in the third week of January. Note: India qualified as one of the six best second-placed
36. Olympic bronze-medallist has become the first Indian to teams from the group matches of qualifying round.
be picked as the International Boxing Association's Besides India, the other five best second-placed teams to
representative for the IOC Athletes' Forum -- MC Mary qualify for the Championships are Oman, Thailand,
Kom. Vietnam, and Afghanistan.


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