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02nd-04th September, 2023

6th Rashtriya Poshan Maah, Aditya- L1’, GalaxEye, Utkela airport, Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’, One Nation One Election’, 65th Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2023, Shanta Thoutam, National Nutrition Week, World Coconut Day, Literacy Week, Zurich Diamond League 2023, Men’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup, Tharman Shanmugaratnam

  1. TheMinistry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) is celebrating the 6th Rashtriya Poshan Maah throughout September 2023.
  2. First space-based Indian mission to study the Sun, ‘Aditya- L1’, has been launched.
  3. Space start-up GalaxEye has launched a high-resolution aerial drone-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system.
  4. Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia has inaugurated the Utkela airport in Odisha.
  5. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has launched ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ invoice incentive scheme, designed to promote the practice of requesting invoices among consumers.
  6. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been granted the deemed-to-be-university status by the Ministry of Education on the 63rd Foundation Day of the apex decision-making body for school education.
  7. Law Ministry has appointed an 8-member committee for ‘One Nation One Election’.
  8. India’s GDP growth rate estimates for first quarter of 2023-24 has been released.
  9. PhonePe, an Indian digital payment platform, has entered the online stock broking business with a new trading app, Market under its subsidiary PhonePe Wealth Broking.
  10. 65th Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2023 have been announced.
  11. Telangana’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Shanta Thoutam has been presented with the World Innovation Award at the first BRICS Innovation Forum.
  12. 1-7 September: National Nutrition Week (NNW)
  13. 2 September: World Coconut Day
  14. 1- 8 September 2023: Literacy Week
  15. Zurich Diamond League 2023 has been concluded.
  16. India has won the inaugural Men’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup by defeating Pakistan.
  17. Bhubaneswar and Guwahati have been announced as the venues for India’s first two home matches of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 joint qualification second round by the All India Football Federation.
  18. Amazon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India Post to simplify cross-border logistics for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) exporters in an effort to boost their share in India’s overall exports.
  19. Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) under, Ministry of Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Genpact India Private Limitedto bring the corporate companies and Ex-Servicemen on a common platform to generate employment opportunities for the esteemed Ex-Servicemen of the Defence Services.
  20. NTPC Limitedand Oil India Limitedhave signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to explore collaboration in the areas of renewable energy, green hydrogen and its derivatives, and decarbonization initiatives including through use of geothermal energy.
  21. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a distinguished economist, has been Elected as the 9th president of Singapore.

Table of Content

National News

  1. TheMinistry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD) is celebrating the 6th Rashtriya Poshan Maah throughout September 2023.
    Key Highlights of Poshan Maah 2023

    • Objective: To raise awareness about critical life stages, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, in order to promote better nutrition across India.
    • Theme: ‘Suposhit Bharat, Sakshar Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’(Nutrition-rich India, Educated India, Empowered India)
    • This Year’s Initiatives:
      • During this month-long event, the MoWCD will lead nationwide efforts to raise awareness about nutrition, focusing on key themes such as Exclusive Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding.
      • These efforts include activities like-
        • Swasth Balak Spardha (Healthy Child Competition) to encourage healthy competition for better nutrition and overall well-being.
        • Poshan Bhi Padhai Bhi (Nutrition and Education), improving nutrition through Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment), sensitising tribal communities about nutrition, and addressing anaemia through a Test, Treat, Talk approach.
Knowledge Nuggets -
POSHAN Abhiyan
• Launched- 2018.
• Reduce stunting, undernutrition, anemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight by 2%, 2%, 3% and 2% per annum respectively.
• The government has amalgamated various programmes with similar objectives such as Supplementary Nutrition Programme and POSHAN Abhiyaan under one umbrella–Mission POSHAN 2.0—for creating synergies in operations and adopting an integrated approach in the nutrition services mechanism.
Source: NoA

  1. First space-based Indian mission to study the Sun, ‘Aditya- L1’, has been launched.
      • Launch Vehicle: PSLV-XL
      • Objective: Aditya L1 will study the Sun’s corona, Sun’s photosphere, chromosphere, solar emissions, solar winds and flares, and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and will carry out round-the-clock imaging of the Sun.
      • The mission will be launched by ISRO to the Lagrange point (L1) orbit which is about 1.5 million km from the Earth.
        • Lagrange Points are positions in space where the gravitational forces of a two-body system like the Sun and Earth produce enhanced regions of attraction and repulsion.
        • These can be used by spacecraft to reduce fuel consumption needed to remain in position.
        • A satellite placed in the halo orbit around the L1 point has the major advantage of continuously viewing the Sun without any occultation/eclipses.
  • The spacecraft is carrying 7 payloads.
    • Visible Emission Line Coronagraph (VELC)
    • Solar Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (SUIT)
    • Solar Low Energy X-ray Spectrometer (SoLEXS)
    • High Energy L1 Orbiting X-ray Spectrometer (HEL1OS)
    • Aditya Solar wind Particle Experiment (ASPEX)
    • Plasma Analyser Package For Aditya (PAPA)
    • Advanced Tri-axial High Resolution Digital Magnetometers
Other missions to SUN
NASAParker Solar Probe (2018)
Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) (2013)
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) (2010)
Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) (2006)
WIND (1994)
JAXAHinode (2006)
NASA + ESASolar Orbiter (2020)
Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) (1995)
ESA Proba -3 (2024)
Smile (2025)
Source: IE

  1. Space start-up GalaxEye has launched a high-resolution aerial drone-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) system.
      • The drone-based SAR system is said to be the first such technology developed by a private company in India.
      • GalaxEye’s in-house developed ‘data fusion technology’ will deliver detailed insights and data from space, empowering satellite constellations to conduct all-weather imaging without facing atmospheric hindrances are currently witnessed in current single-sensor satellites.
      • This technology will generate highly detailed images through a compact satellite constellation, which will achieve global coverage within a 12-hour time frame when fully operational.
        Source: BS
  2. Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M Scindia has inaugurated the Utkela airport in Odisha.
      • It has been developed as a regional airport under the Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme.
      • The new Utkela-Bhubaneswar-Utkela flight route is set to enhance regional air connectivity, playing a crucial role in promoting economic growth in the area.
        Source: ET

  3. Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has launched ‘Mera Bill Mera Adhikar’ invoice incentive scheme, designed to promote the practice of requesting invoices among consumers.
      • Purpose:  To encourage the culture of generating GST bills and will benefit all stakeholders in the ecosystem.
      • A corpus of ₹30 crore has been made available towards the fund under this initiative on an annual basis.
      • Every quarter, there will be two awards for consumers, worth ₹1 crore each, and these will be given to the winners through a draw of lots.
        • Every month, there will be 10 awards of ₹1 lakh each, and 80 awards of ₹10,000 each.
          Source: HT


  4. National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has been granted the deemed-to-be-university status by the Ministry of Education on the 63rd Foundation Day of the apex decision-making body for school education.
      • With the status of a deemed university, NCERT will offer its own graduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About NCERT
• The NCERT is an autonomous organisation set up in 1961 by the Government of India, under the Societies Registration Act 1860.
• It was set up with the primary purpose to assist and advise the Central and State Governments on policies and programmes for qualitative improvement in school education.
About UGC
• Universities in India are recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), which draws its power from the UGC Act, 1956.
• A deemed university or deemed-to-be-university is an accreditation granted to higher educational institutions (HEIs) in India.
• According to the Ministry of Education, a HEI (other than universities) that works at a very high standard in a specific field of study might be designated as a 'Deemed-to-be-university' by the Central Government on the advice of the UGC.
Source: ET

  1. Law Ministry has appointed an 8-member committee for ‘One Nation One Election’.
      • Chairman: Former President of India Ram Nath Kovind
      • Seven other members are – Home Minister Amit Shah, Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ghulam Nabi Azad, NK Singh, Subhash C. Kashyap, Harish Salve and Sanjay Kothari.
      • One nation one electionrefers to the idea of holding simultaneous polls for State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha instead of separate and continuous elections.
        Source: LM
  2. Fourth G20 Sherpa meeting is being conducted in Nuh district of Haryana from 3rd September to 7th of September.
    Source: NoA

Banking and Economy

  1. India’s GDP growth rate estimates for first quarter of 2023-24 has been released.
      • Released by- National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
      • Highlights:
        • Real GDP or GDP at Constant (2011-12) Prices in Q1 2023-24 is estimated to attain a level of ₹ 40.37 lakh crore, showing a growth of 7.8% y-o-y.
        • Nominal GDP or GDP at Current Prices in Q1 2023-24 is estimated at ₹ 70.67 lakh crore, showing a growth of 8.0% y-o-y.
        • The growth of 8 key infrastructure sectors has increased to 8% in July 2023, up from 4.8% in the same month last year.
        • During the Q1 2023-24, India’s fiscal deficit has reached Rs 6.06 lakh crore, widening 33.9% of the fiscal year 2024 target.
          • Fiscal deficit is the difference between the total expenditure and revenue of the government.
          • It is an indication of the total borrowings that are needed by the government.
  • Various rating agencies have revised their estimates for GDP growth in India which is driven by robust expansion in services and capital expenditures.
Source: PIB

  1. PhonePe, an Indian digital payment platform, has entered the online stock broking business with a new trading app, Market under its subsidiary PhonePe Wealth Broking.
      • The app can be used to invest in stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds or Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs).
      • It will provide a spectrum of investment products allowing investors across different demographics to build a balanced portfolio.
      • PhonePe was already distributing mutual funds to users on its main app, with 1 million active system investment plans (SIPs) created on the platform.
        Source: ET

Awards

  1. 65th Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2023 have been announced.
      • Dr R Ravi Kannan, a surgical oncologist from Assam, has been honored with the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2023.
      • Other awardees are-
Knowledge Nuggets -
About the award (Asian Nobel Prize)
• It was established in 1957 and is considered Asia's premier prize and highest honour.
• Named after Ramon Magsaysay, the 3rd president of the Republic of the Philippines.
• Given out every year on August 31, on Magsaysay’s birth anniversary to individuals and organizations in Asia who have made significant contributions to their communities.
• Till 2009, awards were traditionally given in five categories:
• Government service; public service; community leadership; journalism, literature and creative communication arts; and peace and international understanding.
• However, post 2009, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation annually selects the awardees for the field of Emergent Leadership.
Source:

  1. Telangana’s Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) Shanta Thoutam has been presented with the World Innovation Award at the first BRICS Innovation Forum.
      • The award is given for outstanding contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal-4 that ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong opportunities for all.
Knowledge Nuggets -
About the award
• The World Innovation Award, organized by World Organisation for Development, an international NGO with Special Consultative Status with United Nations Economic & Social Council, honours leaders from the developing world that have made an outstanding personal contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals through a systematic effort to implement innovative solutions.

Source: DC

Important Days

  1. 1-7 September: National Nutrition Week (NNW)
      • Purpose: To raise awareness among people about the vital role of nutrition and health in human lives, and to promote healthy and hygienic eating habits.
      • History:
        • In India, NNW was initiated in 1982 as a Mass Awareness Campaign by the Food and Nutrition Board (FNB), under the purview of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) of the Government of India (GoI).
        • The FNB is a technical support wing under the Child Development Bureau of the MWCD that provides technical support to the government on matters related to nutrition.
        • The first NWW was observed from 1st to 7th September 1982.
          Source: IE


    • 2 September: World Coconut Day
        • Theme: Sustaining Coconut Sector for the Present and Future Generation.
        • History:
          • The day was first celebrated in 2009 by the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC), which is an intergovernmental organisation functioning under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
          • APCC comprises 19 coconut producing countries in the Asia Pacific region.
          • The date of September 2 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the establishment of the APCC in 1969.
            Source: HT

    • 1- 8 September 2023: Literacy Week
        • Purpose: To generate awareness among all the stakeholders/ beneficiaries/ citizens about the ULLAS- Nav Bharat Saaksharta Karyakram.

Knowledge Nuggets -
• The ULLAS (Understanding Lifelong Learning for All in Society) is a transformative initiative launched by the Indian government to promote lifelong learning and bridge the gaps in basic literacy and critical life skills among citizens aged 15 and above.
• The program aims to empower individuals with essential knowledge and skills for personal and national development.

Source: PIB

Sports

  1. Zurich Diamond League 2023 has been concluded.
      • Winners of Men’s Javelin Throw-
        • Jakub Vadlejch (Czech Republic) – 85.86m
        • Neeraj Chopra (India) – 85.71m
        • Julian Weber (Germany) – 85.04m
      • Sreeshankar (India) has secured fifth position in men’s long jump with a jump of 7.99m.
      • The 2023 Diamond League is the 14th season of the annual series of outdoor track and field meetings, organised by World Athletics.
        Source: Sportstar
  2. India has won the inaugural Men’s Hockey 5s Asia Cup by defeating Pakistan
      • With the win, has India qualified for the FIH Men’s Hockey5s World Cup 2024 to be held in Oman.
        Source: NoA
  3. Bhubaneswar and Guwahati have been announced as the venues for India’s first two home matches of the FIFA World Cup 2026 and AFC Asian Cup 2027 joint qualification second round by the All India Football Federation.
    Source: ToI

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Amazon has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India Post to simplify cross-border logistics for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) exporters in an effort to boost their share in India’s overall exports.
      • The MoU was signed during the fourth edition of Amazon Smbhav Summit 2023 held on 31st August 2023 in New Delhi, Delhi.
      • During the event, Amazon introduced “Amazon सह-AI (Amazon Sah-AI)”, a generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) -based personal digital assistant.
      • Under this MoU, Indian exporters on Amazon’s Global Selling program will be enabled to book their shipments, print shipping labels and pay for shipping directly from their Seller Central account.
        Source: BW


  2. Directorate General Resettlement (DGR) under, Ministry of Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Genpact India Private Limitedto bring the corporate companies and Ex-Servicemen on a common platform to generate employment opportunities for the esteemed Ex-Servicemen of the Defence Services.
    Source: PIB
  3. NTPC Limited and Oil India Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, to explore collaboration in the areas of renewable energy, green hydrogen and its derivatives, and decarbonization initiatives including through use of geothermal energy.
      • The MoU will facilitate sharing of knowledge and experience on upcoming decarbonisation technologies such as carbon sequestration.
        Source: PIB

Appointments

  1. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, a distinguished economist, has been Elected as the 9th president of Singapore.
      • He has become the third Indian-origin person to head the city-state for the next six years.
        Source: IE


Miscellaneous

  1. Jan Jongbloed, the Netherlands goalkeeper who was a runner-up in two World Cup finals, has passed away.
    Source: Sportstar
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