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30th September, 2022

Varha sculpture, Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY), redevelopment of three major railway stations, Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill, Duare Ration Scheme, Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya, Chipi greenfield airport, shoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Ranipur Tiger Reserve, International Solar Alliance, World Green Economy Summit, UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022, Tiago.ev, Open Network for Digital Commerce, Go Digit Life Insurance, ‘AmazeWIT Circles’, UAE-based Lulu International Exchange, Mastercard Carbon Calculator, Visa Signature and Visa Infinite, Khushiyon ka Tyohaar campaign, Quarterly Employment Survey, All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES), Skill Council for People with Disabilities, chief of defence staff, International Day for Universal Access to Information, World Heart Day, World Maritime Day, Time’s 100 Next 2022 list

  1. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Jabalpur circle, has found more than 100 remains including largest Varha sculpture of 2nd century to 15th century in the core area of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district.
  2. The central govt has extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for another three months (October 2022-December 2022).
  3. Union Cabinet has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for the redevelopment of three major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 crores
  4. Karnataka govt has introduced the Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill in the state’s Legislative Assembly to provide Kannada-speaking people reservations in jobs and education in the state.
  5. Calcutta High Court has pronounced Duare Ration Scheme as ultra vires to the National Food Security Act, 2013. Therefore, it is declared void by the court.
  6. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya on her 93rd birth anniversary (28 September 1929).
  7. The Maharashtra government has decided to name the Chipi greenfield airport in Sindhudurg district after the late barrister Nath Pai, a freedom fighter and socialist.
  8. The district administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, in collaboration Bengaluru-based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), is implementing the TamiraSES project to restore the Thamirabarani river.
  9. Uttar Pradesh cabinet has announced to create Ranipur Tiger Reserve in the Bundelkhand region, which it shares with neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.
  10. Coromandel International, Chambal Fertilisers and Indian Potash Limited have signed an MOU with Canpotex, Canada (one of the largest Potash suppliers globally) to supply up to 15 LMT of potash annually for three years.
  11. International Civil Aviation Organization has signed an MOU with International Solar Alliance to curb the carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
  12. Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier Telecom R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, and the IIT-Delhi have signed an MoU for cooperation in various areas of Telecom spanning IoT/M2M, AI/ML, Cyber Security and 5G & Beyond technologies.
  13. The 8th edition of the World Green Economy Summit was organized at the Dubai World Trade Centre by the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO), in collaboration with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
  14. UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be held in Mexico.
  15. Tata Motors has launched ev (electric version of its Tiago cars).
  16. Bank of India has acquired over 5.5% stake in Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) for Rs 10 crore.
  17. Axis Bank will acquire up to 9.94% stake in Fairfax-backed Go Digit Life Insurance through an investment of about ₹50-70 crore.
  18. Amazon India has launched ‘AmazeWIT Circles’, a dedicated networking virtual event to educate women and prepare them for careers in technology.
  19. Muthoot Finance has signed an MoU with UAE-based Lulu International Exchange to work as its collection partner.
  20. Mastercard, in collaboration with Swedish fintech Doconomy, has developed the Mastercard Carbon Calculator to provide access to insights and data about carbon impact and enables people to easily contribute to preserving the environment.
  21. Samsung India and Axis Bank have partnered to launch an exclusive co-branded credit card in two variants – Visa Signature and Visa Infinite – in India, powered by Visa.
  22. Bank of Baroda has launched Khushiyon ka Tyohaar campaign for offering favourable interest rates on home loans and car loans.
  23. Yubi (earlier, CredAvenue) has partnered with the State Bank of India for co-lending to the priority sector.
  24. Labour Bureau has conducted the Quarterly Employment Survey under the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES).
  25. Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities (DEPwD) has signed an agreement with Amazon India and the Skill Council for People with Disabilities to jointly provide skill training and employment opportunities in the e-commerce sector.
  26. The central government has appointed Lt-General Anil Chauhan as the country’s next chief of defence staff (CDS).
  27. International Day for Universal Access to Information; Theme – “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information”
  28. World Heart Day; Theme – Use Heart for Every Heart
  29. World Maritime Day; Theme – ‘New technologies for greener shipping’
  30. Time’s 100 Next 2022 list –

Table of Content 

National News

  1. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Jabalpur circle, has found more than 100 remains including largest Varha sculpture of 2nd century to 15th century in the core area of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserves in Madhya Pradesh’s Umaria district.
      • Twenty-six caves of the 2nd Century CE to the 5th century CE were found.
  2. The central govt has extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) for another three months (October 2022-December 2022).
      • Under the scheme, free grains at 5 kg per person per month for all the beneficiaries of NFSA continue till December 2022.
      • This is the 7th phase of the PMGKAY scheme, with an estimated corpus of Rs. 44,762 Crores. The total outgo of foodgrains in Phase VII is expected to be 122 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT).
      • The govt has spent Rs 3.45 lakh crore, so far, in six phases. Now, the overall expenditure of PMGKAY will be about 3.91 lakh crores for all of the seven phases.
      • The total allocation of food grain for phases I- VII is about 1121 LMT.
      • Phases of the PMGKAY –
        • Phase I and II (8 months): April’20 to Nov.’20
        • Phase-III to V (11 months): May’21 to March’22
        • Phase-VI (6 months): April’22 to Sept.’22
  3. Union Cabinet has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for the redevelopment of three major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 crores
      • New Delhi Railway Station;
      • Ahmedabad Railway Station; and
      • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Mumbai

State News

  1. Karnataka govt has introduced the Kannada Language Comprehensive Development Bill in the state’s Legislative Assembly to provide Kannada-speaking people reservations in jobs and education in the state.
  2. Calcutta High Court has pronounced Duare Ration Scheme as ultra vires to the National Food Security Act, 2013. Therefore, it is declared void by the court.
      • The scheme was launched in 2021 to deliver the ration at the doorstep of the beneficiaries.
      • The court observed that “the state has transgressed the limit of delegation by obliging the fair price shop dealers to distribute ration to the beneficiaries at their doorstep in the absence of any authority to that effect in the enabling act, i.e., the National Food Security Act.”
  3. PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk in Ayodhya on her 93rd birth anniversary (28 September 1929).
      • A towering 40 feet long and 12 feet high sculpture of a veena engraved with a picture of Goddess Saraswati has been installed at the chowk.
      • Noted playback singers Kumar Sanu and Shailendra Singh and music-composer duo Anand-Milind were conferred with the National Lata Mangeshkar Award given by the Madhya Pradesh govt on this day.
  4. The Maharashtra government has decided to name the Chipi greenfield airport in Sindhudurg district after the late barrister Nath Pai, a freedom fighter and socialist.
      • 2022 is the birth centenary year of Nath Pai.
      • Pai, who hailed from Vengurla, had represented the Rajapur Lok Sabha constituency from 1957 to 1967 as Praja Socialist Party leader.
  5. The district administration of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, in collaboration Bengaluru-based non-profit Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), is implementing the TamiraSES project to restore the Thamirabarani river.
      • Thamirabarani or Tamraparni or Porunai is a perennial river that originates from the Pothigai hills of the Western Ghats and flows through Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi districts of the Tamil Nadu into the Gulf of Mannar.
TamiraSES project
  1. Uttar Pradesh cabinet has announced to create Ranipur Tiger Reserve in the Bundelkhand region, which it shares with neighbouring Madhya Pradesh.
      • It will be the first tiger reserve in the region and the fourth in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
      • It will be the fourth in UP, after Dudhwa, Pilibhit and Amangarh (buffer of Corbett Tiger Reserve).
      • The tiger reserve will be established inside the reserve in the Ranipur Wildlife Sanctuary (RWS) in the Chitrakoot district.

Memorandum of Understanding

  1. Coromandel International, Chambal Fertilisers and Indian Potash Limited have signed an MOU with Canpotex, Canada (one of the largest Potash suppliers globally) to supply up to 15 LMT of potash annually for three years.
      • Potash, which is a source of potassium, is used both for direct application as MOP as well as in combination with ‘N’ and ‘P’ nutrients in the NPK fertilisers. India meets 100% of its potash requirement through imports.
      • India imports approximately 40 LMT MOP annually.
      • Department of Fertiliser has included PDM (Potash derived from Molasses) in the Nutrient Based Subsidy Scheme (NBS) scheme to support indigenous sources of Potash.
  2. International Civil Aviation Organization has signed an MOU with International Solar Alliance to curb the carbon emissions in the aviation industry.
      • The MOU was signed during the 42nd session of ICAO’s Assembly in Montreal, Canada.
  3. Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT), the premier Telecom R&D centre of the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, and the IIT-Delhi have signed an MoU for cooperation in various areas of Telecom spanning IoT/M2M, AI/ML, Cyber Security and 5G & Beyond technologies.

International News

  1. The 8th edition of the World Green Economy Summit was organized at the Dubai World Trade Centre by the World Green Economy Organization (WGEO), in collaboration with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
      • Theme – ‘Climate Action Leadership through Collaboration: The Roadmap to Net-Zero’
      • Egypt will host the COP-27 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Sharm El-Sheikh city in November 2022.
      • UAE will host COP-28 of the UNFCCC.
      • UAE has pledged to become a Net Zero country by
  2. UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development – MONDIACULT 2022 will be held in Mexico.
      • Union Minister of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal will represent India at an international conference.
      • So far, only three such conferences have been conducted. The first edition was held in Mexico City in 1982 and the second edition was held in Stockholm in 1998.
      • Purpose of the conference – to strengthen cultural ties along with sustainable development and promote solidarity, peace, and security

Banking and Economy

  1. Tata Motors has launched ev (electric version of its Tiago cars).
      • The Tata Tiago EV has joined Tata’s electric fleet comprising Nexon EV, Tigor EV, Nexon EV Max and Nexon EV Prime.
  2. Bank of India has acquired over 5.5% stake in Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) for Rs 10 crore.
  3. Axis Bank will acquire up to 9.94% stake in Fairfax-backed Go Digit Life Insurance through an investment of about ₹50-70 crore.
  4. Amazon India has launched ‘AmazeWIT Circles’, a dedicated networking virtual event to educate women and prepare them for careers in technology.
      • The ‘AmazeWIT Circles’ is designed for seasoned software development engineers.
      • AmazeWIT Circles is a cohort-based connection that helps women to hone their skills and address the challenges faced by working women.
  5. Muthoot Finance has signed an MoU with UAE-based Lulu International Exchange to work as its collection partner.
      • Through this partnership, Muthoot Finance will facilitate money transfers for over 4 lakh NRIs in UAE whose relatives have availed gold loans in India.
      • India is one of the world’s largest recipients of remittances, with the share of remittances from GCC countries to Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka historically being high.
      • Muthoot Finance has recently expanded its doorstep service of gold loan@home across South India to make credit even more accessible and easy to avail.
  6. Mastercard, in collaboration with Swedish fintech Doconomy, has developed the Mastercard Carbon Calculator to provide access to insights and data about carbon impact and enables people to easily contribute to preserving the environment.
      • The Mastercard Carbon Calculator informs consumers about the carbon footprint of their purchases, so that they can make more mindful spending decisions and contribute to forest restoration.
      • It also enables consumers to receive a snapshot of the carbon emissions generated by their purchases across spending categories.
  7. Samsung India and Axis Bank have partnered to launch an exclusive co-branded credit card in two variants – Visa Signature and Visa Infinite – in India, powered by Visa.
  8. Bank of Baroda has launched Khushiyon ka Tyohaar campaign for offering favourable interest rates on home loans and car loans.
      • There are no processing fees and a competitive interest rate starting at 95% p.a. for Bank of Baroda home loans.
      • Car loans are available at a cheaper rate starting at 95% annually.
      • The Bank launched a Digital Lending campaign with a selection of digital loans to choose from in order to allow customers to make the most of the festive season.
  9. Yubi (earlier, CredAvenue) has partnered with the State Bank of India for co-lending to the priority sector.
      • Yubi is a unified credit platform with a comprehensive product suite catering to all stages of the debt lifecycle.
  10. Labour Bureau has conducted the Quarterly Employment Survey under the All-India Quarterly Establishment-based Employment Survey (AQEES).
      • AQEES assesses nine sectors Manufacturing, Construction, Trade, Transport, Education, Health, Accommodation & Restaurants, IT/BPOs and Financial Services.
  11. Department of Empowerment of People with Disabilities (DEPwD) has signed an agreement with Amazon India and the Skill Council for People with Disabilities to jointly provide skill training and employment opportunities in the e-commerce sector.

Appointments

  1. The central government has appointed Lt-General Anil Chauhan as the country’s next chief of defence staff (CDS).
      • He is a known China expert who retired as the Eastern Army Command chief in May last year.
      • Prior to this appointment, Chauhan was serving as the military advisor to national security advisor Ajit Doval and the National Security Council Secretariat.
      • This is the first time, a retired three-star officer (Lt-Gen, Air Marshal, Vice Admiral) will return to active service as a four-star officer like the Army, Navy and IAF chiefs.

Important Days

  1. September 28
      • International Day for Universal Access to Information; Theme – “Artificial Intelligence, e-Governance and Access to Information”
        • A global conference based on this theme will be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
      • World Rabies Day; Theme – “One Health, Zero Death”
  2. September 29
      • World Heart Day; Theme – Use Heart for Every Heart
      • World Maritime Day; Theme – ‘New technologies for greener shipping’

Awards

  1. Time’s 100 Next 2022 list –
CategoryWinner India
ArtistsSZA (American singer) -
PhenomsSydney Sweeney (American actress) -
InnovatorsKeke Palmer (American actress, singer, and television personality) -
LeadersFarwiza Farhan (Indonesian environmental activist) Akash Ambani
AdvocatesJoel Kim Booster (American actor) -
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Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 5 years of experience in the field of Education.

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