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India as the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW) member
- India has been chosen as a member of the United Nation’s Commission on Status of Women (UNCSW). UNCSW is known as a body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and functions in order to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
- India becomes a member for the period of 4 years between 2021 and 2025. India, China and Afghanistan participated in the elections and India and Afghanistan were selected to UNCSW but, China could not win the elections.
- Apart from this, TS Tirumurti who is serving as permanent representative of India to the United Nations, he shared this information.
Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme extension for 6 months
- The Indian Govt has decided to extend Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package for the period of six months. The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package is for health workers who are playing an important role in combating COVID-19. this scheme will continue till March 2021.
- Center makes its 2nd extension to this scheme. the main purpose of it is to offer insurance that will cover 50 lakh rupees and will give benefits to more than 22 lakh public healthcare providers.
- On 30th March 2020, The Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance Scheme was begun for three months and was ended in June 2020.
- Later, it got an extension of three months and continue to be running till 25th Sept 2020.
AIIMS will be set up at Darbhanga, Bihar
- The Cabinet has taken the decision to approve for building a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Darbhanga, Bihar. the Cabinet was headed by PM Modi. The Establishment of AIIMS will be done under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
- The project will be worth of 1264 crore rupees and will be completed in the period of 48 months. also, Cabinet approves the Director post for AIIMS at Darbhanga, Bihar.
PM Modi introduced seven urban infrastructure projects in bihar
- On 15th September 2020, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Ji has made inauguration of seven projects. these projects are associated with urban infrastructure in Bihar state. The Centre will spend 541 crore rupees to implement these projects.
- Four projects are associated with water supply, tow projects for sewerage treatment and One will be for riverfront development. The projects have been begun under ‘Namami Gange’ Yojana and ‘AMRUT’ Yojana.
ADB: India GDP may contract 9 per cent in FY21
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has predicted that The GDP of India will be 9 per cent contraction. ADB has reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the county within three months. In June month, ADB estimated 4 per cent contraction in the GDP of India.
About Asian Development Bank (ADB) –
Headquarters – Mandaluyong, Philippines
President – Masatsugu Asakawa
Founded – 19 December 1966
Members – 68 countries
Purpose – Economic development
ADB elects Takeo Konishi as Country Director for India
- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has made the announcement to appoint Takeo Konishi as new Country Director for India. Konishi is going to take place of Kenichi Yokoyama. recently, Kenichi Yokoyama has assumed the post of Director-General of ADB’s South Asia Department.
- India is holding 4th biggest shareholder of ADB and is the largest borrower since 2010.
Harivansh reappoints as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha
- Harivansh Narayan Singh is chosen as the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha again. he finished his tenure in 2020. M Venkaiah Naidu is serving as the present Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for Paytm First Games
- Paytm has chosen Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as its brand ambassador. he will work for PayTm’s subsidiary Paytm First Games (PFG). Paytm First Games (PFG) is a digital financial service platform.
- Sachin will work for promoting the gaming platform PFG and sports such as cricket, kabaddi, football, and basketball.
About Paytm –
Founder – Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Founded – August 2010, Noida
CEO – Vijay Shekhar Sharma
Headquarters – Noida, UP
Amazon appoints Amitabh Bachchan for Alexa voice assistant
- Amazon has made an announcement to sign Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan for Alexa voice assistant. Users could use Amitabh Bachchan’s voice on Alexa assistant but, they will have to buy the Amitabh Bachchan voice experience first to use it.
- Amitabh Bachchan becomes the 1st Indian actor to lend his voice to Alexa.
Vi begins integrated 4G network GIGAnet
- On 15th Sept 2020, VI (Vodafone Idea) has begun GIGAnet network. GIGAnet network is an integrated 4G network. The main objective of this is to succeed the loss of customers and this service will attract more new users from Bharti Airtel and Reliance Jio.
What Does GIGAnet offer?
- GIGAnet will offer faster downloads & uploads.
- there will be low latency and real-time connectivity.
- GIGAnet follows the principles of 5G architecture that may enhance a superior network experience.
Thomas And Uber Cup postponed to next year
- The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has taken the decision to cancel Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup. prior to this, Thomas Cup and the Uber Cup were fixed to organize between 3rd October 2020 and 11th October 2020 in Denmark. but BWF decided to postpone them for the next year due to Covid-19. However, the news dates have not been announced by BWF yet.
About Badminton World Federation (BWF) –
Founded – 5 July 1934
President: Poul-Erik Høyer Larsen
Headquarters – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Formation – 1934
86 years old Cricketer Sadashiv Patil dies
- 86 years old Cricketer Sadashiv Patil dies. he was from Maharashtra and was a medium-pacer. he played Only One Test match for India and in the first-class career, he played 36 games between 1952 and 1964.
- In cricket, he debuted for Maharashtra team in 1952-53 season and at the international level, he made test debut against New Zealand at the Brabourne Stadium in the year 1955.
80 years old Swami Agnivesh passed away
- 80 years old Swami Agnivesh passed away due to the failure of multiple organs. he was known as Social activist and he worked against slavery and bonded labour. along with it, he also served as Arya Samaj leader.
- In the year 1977, he was chosen as Haryana Legislative Assembly’s member and in 1979, has served as a cabinet Minister for Education.
International Day of Democracy
- Every year, The International Day of Democracy is observed on 15th Sept across the world. this day aims to promote and uphold democracy policies. in 2007, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to observed this day.
- International Day of Democracy Theme 2020 – “COVID-19: A Spotlight on Democracy.”
World Lymphoma Awareness Day
- Every year, The World Lymphoma Awareness Day (WLAD) is observed on 15th Sept across the world. this day aims to create awareness among lymphoma disease. lymphoma is known as a common form of cancer.
- In the year 2004. Lymphoma Coalition (LC) organisation started an initiative from 52 countries at the global level.
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
- Every year, The International Day for the preservation for Ozone layer (World Ozone Day) is observed on 16th Sept across the world. this day aims to create awareness about the Ozone Layer Depletion. it also reminds us to find the best solutions to preserve it.
- The World Ozone Day theme 2020: ‘Ozone for life: 35 years of ozone layer protection’.
- In 2000, The United Nations General Assembly decided to sign a Montreal Protocol on Substances. it commemorates Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987.
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Q.1 When International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is observed?
Every year, The International Day for the preservation for Ozone layer (World Ozone Day) is observed on 16th Sept across the world.
Q.2 What Does GIGAnet offer?
GIGAnet will offer faster downloads & uploads. there will be low latency and real-time connectivity. GIGAnet follows the principles of 5G architecture that may enhance a superior network experience.