September 07, 2019



  1. Rs 125 crore allotted to IIT-Kharagpur for Centre’s SATHI initiative
  • An amount of Rs 125 crore has been earmarked for the SATHI (Sophisticated Analytical and Technical Help Institute) Centre at IIT-Kharagpur for three financial years starting from 2019-20.
  • IIT-Kharagpur has been selected for the SATHI Centre initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of the Indian government.
  • The initiative will be developed as a state-of-the-art shared, professionally managed science and technology infrastructure facility
  • The primary objective of the centre is to extend help to the neighbouring academic institutes, research establishments and the industries, particularly the start-ups and manufacturing units for using sophisticated instruments, which do not exist anywhere else, in a few selected areas.
  • The SATHI Centre will run 24×7 round the year.
  1. UNESCO ties up with Rajasthan to promote state’s intangible cultural heritage
  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations based in Paris, France has joined hands with Rajasthan state government to further enhance music, art and craft forms, and other intangible cultural heritage of the state.
  • According to the MoU, now UNESCO with an NGO, Contact Base will build a special tourist circuit in Jodhpur, Bikaner, Barmer and Jaisalmer for around three-and-a-half years. Under this, 10 new cultural hubs will be developed, which help promote various types of cultural heritage through hosting of events, performances, and sale of handicrafts.


  1. Gujarat Govt, Delaware State of America sign MoU for sister state
  • Gujarat Government and Delaware State of America signed MoU -Memorandum of Understanding for sister state. MoU was signed in Gandhinagar, when a delegation of Delaware State of America called on Gujarat Chief Minister Delaware’s Vijay Rupani. MoU was signed by Gujarat Chief Minister and Delaware’s Secretary of state.
  • Sectors like Biotechnology University, bio sciences, financial services, animal husbandry and dairy, port services have been short listed for future cooperation. The American delegation has also invited Gujarat Chief Minister to visit Delaware State.
  1. Delhi attracts the largest number of students from across the country
  • Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia launched his book ‘Shiksha: A Journey’.
  • The book documents his experiences as an education minister in transforming the public education system in Delhi.
  • The work done by the Delhi government to improve the quality of education being imparted has been recognised not only by our own state but has set an example for the entire country.


  1. South Africa temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria
  • South Africa’s Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, said that South Africa has temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in Nigeria following reprisal attacks by Nigerians triggered by xenophobic violence in South Africa.
  • South African government regrets all violence against foreign-owned stores or Africans from other countries who are resident in the country.
  • It was reported that businessmen of South Africa were targeted by protesters in several Nigerian cities. On the other hand, the looters said the attacks were reprisals for the killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
  1. WHO to eliminate measles & rubella by South-East Asia region sets targets 2023
  • In a bid to prevent deaths and disabilities, Member countries of WHO (World Health Organisation) South-East Asia Region have vowed to eradicate the highly infectious childhood killers diseases of measles & rubella by 2023.
  • Setting the goal of elimination of both these diseases was taken during the 72nd session of the Regional Committee of southeast Asia of WHO in New Delhi.
  • Elimination of measles and rubella has been a priority since 2014. 5 countries have successfully eliminated measles. These include Bhutan, DPR Korea, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste. On the other hand, Rubella has been taken under control by six countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste.
  1. 15th Indo-US military training exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ 2019 commenced
  • 2 Week Indo-US defence corporation’s 15th edition of biggest joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas’ 2019 between Indian and the United States(US) at Lewis McChord Joint Airforce Base,Washington(US) has commenced on september 5, 2019 and will continue till 18th September.

Key points

♦Objective: To facilitate interoperability between two nations and train at Battalion level as well as brigade level.

♦Representations: During the opening ceremony, the US side was represented by a company of 5-20 Infantry Battalion of the US Army and the Indian side was represented by The Assam Regiment. The Indian army were welcomed by Major General of US, Xavier Brunsen.

♦Yudh Abhyas conclusion: The two armies at the end of the exercise will undertake a joint exercise under a UN(United Nations) mandate where expert academic and military discussions will be held.

  1. 28th Indo-Thai CORPAT being conducted at Bangkok, Thailand
  • The 28th edition of India-Thailand Coordinated Patrol(Indo-Thai CORPAT) between India’s Indian Navy(IN) and Thailand’s Royal Thai Navy (RTN) for the year 2019 is being conducted in Bangkok, Thailand from September 05-15, 2019. Indian Naval Ship(INS) Kesari and His Majesty’s Thailand Ship(HTMS) Kraburi are participating in the CORPAT along with both navies’s Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPA).

Key points

♦The Indian navy’s ship and aircraft participates in the biennial corpat ever since 2003 with RTN.

♦Objectives: Ensuring effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS) that regulates protection and conservation of natural resources including prevention of unregulated activities.

♦The 19 seaters Dornier aircraft of the IN arrived Bangkok on September 5, 2019 for the Single planning conference in CORPAT.

Banking & Finance

  1. Banks start approving retail loan proposals on ‘PSB Loans in 59 Minutes’ portal
  • Public sector banks (PSBs) have started giving in-principle approval of home and personal loan applications on the ‘PSB Loans in 59 Minutes’ web portal, launched last year to facilitate quick loans for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
  • Applicants can now get in-principle approvals from 19 PSBs, including the State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Union Bank of India.
  • “59 Minutes” scheme uses advanced algorithms to analyse data points from several sources such as income tax returns and bank statements.
  1. NDB to provide Rs 6,000 crore loan to Andhra Pradesh for social infrastructure projects
  • New Development Bank (NDB) will provide a loan of Rs 6,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh for various social infrastructure projects in the state.
  • The amount will be utilised for road development and other infrastructure projects in rural areas. Out of the total Rs 6,000 crore, 30 per cent has to be borne by the State government and the loan has to be repaid in 32 years
  • The New Development Bank was set up in 2015 by BRICS nations. The Shanghai-based Bank has lent over Rs 75,000 crore to various project till date all over the world and Rs 25,000 crores in India alone.


  1. Anupama Swain wins bronze in World Martial Arts Mastership, qualifies for Asian Games
  • Woman athlete Anupama Swain who qualified for 2022 Asian Games by winning a bronze medal in the recently concluded World Martial Arts Mastership.
  • Jiu-Jitsu 2019 which was held at the Konkuk University Glocal Campus in Chungju, South Korea. With this, she qualified for the 2022 Asian Games. She was trained by HariprasadPatnayak.
  • Jiu-Jitsu is a form of martial art and combat sport and it puts the entire focus on grappling with particular emphasis on ground fighting.
  1. Bob Carter appointed head coach of New Zealand women’s cricket team
  • New Zealand cricket have named Bob Carter as the head coach of the senior national women’s team
  • Carter, who has previously worked as the assistant coach of the men’s team, will take over the role from HaideeTiffen
  • Carter’s first assignement with the White Ferns will be three-match ODI series and five-match T20I series against South Africa
  • He will remain as the coach of the team until the end of ICC Women’s World Cup 2021

Appointment & Resignation

  1. Alka Lamba quits AAP
  • Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Alka Lamba quit the party today with a tweet saying it was “time to say goodbye”.
  • She was with the Congress for 20 years before she joined Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP in 2013. She won the Delhi election from Chandni Chowk.
  • She also urged party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to “accept her resignation” on Twitter.
  1. B. Bala Bhaskar is the next newly appointed Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Norway
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of the Government of India, appointed Dr. B. Bala Bhaskar as the next Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Norway.
  • He is the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1993 batch. He succeeds Mr. Krishan Kumar.

About the Kingdom of Norway:

♦ Capital: Oslo

♦ Currency: Norwegian krone

Award & Honors

  1. OSDMA bags IT Excellence Award for SATARK app
  • Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) won the IT Excellence Award-2019 for its innovative conception in the field of disaster management.
  • OSDMA’s SATARK (System for Assessing, Tracking and Alerting Disaster Risk Information based on Dynamic Risk Knowledge) application has been chosen for the prestigious award.
  • The application, both in web and mobile phone, has been developed to provide real time watch, alert and warning information for different hazards like heat wave, lightning, drought, flood monitoring, ocean state information, tsunami risk, earthquake monitoring, cyclone/storm surge, road accident and snakebite monitoring.
  • It uses different level of warnings and issues corresponding advisories based on the event scenario. It is available in bilingual form both in Odia and English languages.
  1. HRD Ministry awards Institution of Eminence (IoE) status to five public institutes
  • The Human Resource Development Ministry has awarded the status of Institute of Eminence to the IIT-Madras, the IIT-Kharagpur, Delhi University, Benares Hindu University and the University of Hyderabad
  • Four private universities – the Vellore Institute of Technology, Amrita VishwaVidyapeetham, JamiaHamdard University and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology — were issued Letters of Intent to grant them the status
  • Each university will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry, laying out its plan to achieve the objective of becoming a world-class institution.
  • The public institutions on the list will then be eligible for a government grant of 1,000 crore.
  1. President Ram Nath Kovind addresses Swachh Mahotsav 2019 held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi
  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has addressed the special function ‘Swachh Mahotsav 2019’, organized by the Union Ministry of Jal Shakti held in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
  • He also received the Swachh Bharat Mission’s book on Behavior Change Communication from Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who formally released the book.
  • The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, a religious pilgrimage atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) has been named country’s ‘Best Swachh Iconic Place 2019’ in the country & the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB) has received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind.


  1. Book titled “Phoolpur: Indian Flowers, Their Myths, Traditions and Usage” written by Jhelum Biswas Bose set to release
  • A new book, “Phoolpur: Indian Flowers, Their Myths, Traditions and Usage” written by Jhelum Biswas Bose is set to be released on September 8, 2019. It is published by Penguin India. The book’s foreword is written by actor Lisa Ray.
  • The book explains the subtle power and meaning of different Indian flowers.
  • It teaches the ways to use them in living spaces, food, beauty and healing treatments.

Science, Space & Technology

  1. Breakthrough Prize For team behind world’s first Black Hole image
  • The team of scientists who collectively produced the world’s first image of a black hole were honoured with the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.
  • They were able to achieve an unprecedented resolution and observe the black hole’s silhouette for the first time in history, confirming theoretical predictions about these celestial objects.
  • The team of 347 scientists has won USD 3 million dollars for what is known as the “Oscars of science.”


  1. Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe passed away
  • Former President (2nd) and first prime minister of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore due to old age related ailments

 Key points

♦Born in Rhodesia, Zimbabwe in 1924, Mugabe served as the president for 37 year since 1987 until he was ousted from power in a military coup(forcible transition of power). He was a former guerrilla chief and took over as president after the end of white minority rule.


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