In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 18th September 2021 in detail.
1. In collaboration with ISRO and the CBSE, Niti Aayog has launched a ‘Space Challenge’ for school kids.
- The ATL Space Challenge 2021 was successfully launched by the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Niti Aayog, in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for all school students across the country.
- This is to ensure that kids in grades 6 through 12 have access to an open platform where they can create and empower themselves to address problems related to digital age space technology, according to the statement.
2. In Srinagar, Union Minister Devusinh Chauhan unveils a commemorative postal stamp.
- Devusinh Chauhan, Union Minister of State (MoS) for Communications, released a commemorative postal stamp in honour of Rao Jaimal Rathore on his 515th birth anniversary in Srinagar, ahead of the 75th Azadi ka Amrit Mohatsav.
- Rathore was a Rajput warrior juice general of Chittorgarh who stood firm against the enormous Mughal army during the siege of Chittorgarh in 1567-1568.
3. The government has launched a nationwide free telemedicine consultation and prescription medicines service.
- On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh launched a nationwide free Telemedicine Consultation and Drugs service.
- The Minister also stated that “JIGYASA,” the Ministry of Science and Technology’s student-scientist connect initiative, will be expanded to encompass schools in over 700 districts across India within a year. The initiative, which is run in collaboration with the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, is now functioning in 170 districts across the country.
4. The deadline for connecting PAN and Aadhaar has been extended until March 2022 by the government.
- The deadline for linking a PAN to an Aadhaar number has been extended by six months, until March of next year. Previously, the deadline was set on the 30th of this month.
- The deadline for completing penalty procedures under the IT Act has also been pushed back from the 30th of this month to March of the following year. The deadline for the Adjudicating Authority to issue a notice and pass an order under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act has also been extended until March 2022.
5. The Ministry of Power will establish district-level committees to oversee all power-related schemes.
- The Ministry of Power has planned to establish district-level committees to oversee all power-related projects. The committees will also consider the implications for people’s access to power.
- This is being done in order to ensure public participation and oversight in the power sector reform process and its implementation across the country.
6. For urban local bodies, the Centre has granted Rs 2,427 crore to 11 states.
- The Ministry of Finance’s Department of Expenditure has released a total of 2,427 crore rupees to 11 states for Urban Local Bodies. This is the first tranche of connected grants for the fiscal year 2021-22. Non-Million Plus Cities, as well as Cantonment Boards, have received these grants.
- The 15th Finance Commission classified the Urban Local Bodies into two categories in its report for the years 2021-22 to 2025-26. These are urban agglomerations/cities having populations of one million or more, as well as all other cities and towns with populations of less than one million.
7. Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has launched the “UP Matra Bhumi Yojana.”
- Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has announced the commencement of the ‘Uttar Pradesh Matra Bhumi Yojana,’ which will empower the ordinary man to directly participate in the state’s development efforts.
- The programme will help to enhance the rural economy and infrastructure.
8. The Chief Minister of Meghalaya has launched the ‘MyMeG’ programme to improve governance.
- To commemorate International Democracy Day, the state government of Meghalaya introduced the MyMeG programme, which aims to bring residents closer to governance by promoting participatory democracy.
- The initiative was created with the goal of speeding up development by involving and empowering citizens and encouraging participatory governance.
Banking & Finance News
9. HSBC India has launched a cross-border transaction service.
- HSBC India has introduced a digital offering targeted at making cross-border transactions easier.
- HSBC UniTransact is a transaction banking platform that seeks to deliver seamless integration of all areas of transaction banking while reducing manual intervention throughout the transaction journey.
- It It offers a comprehensive dashboard, real-time status throughout the life cycle of all cross-border transactions, online dispute resolution, efficient documentation management, alerts and notifications, and smooth execution, among other features.
10. UNDP, HDFC, and the Greater Noida Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding for a dry waste management facility.
- The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), HDFC Bank, and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) have signed an agreement to establish a facility to manage up to 300 metric tonnes of dry garbage per month in the city.
- The material recovery facility (MRF) in Greater Noida would be built at a cost of Rs 3 crore, with the HDFC bank funding it through its Parivartan corporate social responsibility programme.
Business & Economy News
11. Amazon has launched the Kisan Store, which caters to farmers. In India, Amazon has launched the Kisan (farmer) shop, which will make agri-inputs like seeds, farm tools, and accessories available to buyers at reasonable costs with the added convenience of delivery to their home.
- Farmers can use any of the five Indian languages, including Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam, to shop for thousands of agri-input products from over 20 brands on Amazon.in.
12. In Andhra Pradesh, Vodafone Idea and Celltick have teamed up to deploy a public alert and warning system.
- Vodafone Idea (Vi) has partnered with Celltick, a developer of cell broadcast-based products and public warning systems, to deploy an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) for the State Disaster Management Authority of Andhra Pradesh (APSDMA).
- During any natural or man-made calamities, the IPAWS will broadcast real-time geo-targeted warning notifications in more than 10 Indian languages to Vi subscribers in the Andhra Pradesh circles, as well as domestic/international roaming consumers on Vi’s AP network.
13. After the IT share touched a new high, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) became the second listed company and the first information technology (IT) firm to cross the Rs 13 lakh crore market valuation.
- Reliance Industries, led by Mukesh Ambani, was the top-ranked firm in terms of market capitalization in trade, with a market cap of Rs 13.71 lakh crore.
14. Kriti Sanon has been named as Fossil’s India brand ambassador.
- Fossil, an American watch and accessory company, has named Kriti Sanon, an Indian Bollywood actress, as its newest celebrity brand ambassador in India.
- Fossil’s commitment to authenticity and creative energy, according to the firm, is closely linked with the actor’s optimism and organic take on fashion.
Awards & Honours News
15. A 12-year-old Mumbai boy has been named the International Young Eco-Hero of the Year for his project to save Powai Lake in 2021.
- In appreciation of his efforts to overcome difficult environmental challenges, a 12-year-old environmental activist from Mumbai has been awarded a 2021 International Young Eco-Hero.
- For his initiative Conservation and Rehabilitation of Powai Lake, Ayaan Shankta took third place in the 8-14 age category.
16. Manipur’s famous Sirarakhong Chilli and Tamenglong Orange have been given a GI tag.
- The iconic Sirarakhong Chilli and Tamenglong Orange have finally obtained the Geographical Index (GI) marking, according to Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. He made the statement while addressing at the State Forest Department’s inauguration function for the Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK) Mela, 2021.
- Prior to the fair’s opening, the Chief Minister also opened a VDVK Outlet and Extension Centre at the Forest Department Head Office in Sanjenthong, where products made by the state’s many Vandhan Kendras are shown and sold.
Books & Authors News
17. Jhumpa Lahiri’s book “Translating Myself and Others”
- Jhumpa Lahiri, the Pulitzer Prize-winning famous fiction writer, is poised to release her new book, ‘Translating Myself and Others,’ which will focus on her work as a translator. The new book is set to be released in the spring of 2022.
- It will be a collection of essays that reflect Lahiri’s thoughts on translation, translating her own work, and writing in other languages.
18. Subramanian Swamy’s book “Human Rights and Terrorism in India”
- Subramanian Swamy, a BJP MP, recently published a book titled “Human Rights and Terrorism in India.”
- The book shows how terrorism can be combated while respecting human and fundamental rights, as long as acceptable limitations are imposed by the Constitution and maintained by the Supreme Court.
19. The 18th of September is World Bamboo Day.
- Every year on September 18, World Bamboo Day is commemorated to increase awareness of the benefits of bamboo and to encourage its use in everyday items.
- The World Bamboo Organization formally declared WBD on September 18, 2009, at the 8th World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok.
20. 18 September is International Equal Pay Day.
- The 18th of September is International Equal Pay Day. The first commemoration of the day took place in the year 2020.
- The goal of the day is to achieve equal compensation for equal labour and to break down barriers to discrimination in all forms, especially prejudice against women and girls.
21. The 18th of September is World Water Monitoring Day.
- Since 2003, the World Water Monitoring Day has been commemorated annually on September 18 to raise public knowledge and participation in water monitoring and protection around the world.
- The day was created in 2003 by the America’s Clean Water Foundation (ACWF) as a global educational outreach initiative that encourages citizens to do basic water quality monitoring in their communities.
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