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Current Affairs 24th and 25th September 2019

♦ President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Service Scheme, NSS Awards for 2017-18 to universities, NSS units and NSS volunteers at Rashtrapati Bhavan

♦ President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated 6th India Water Week 2019, the theme of this edition of India Water Week is Water Cooperation- Coping with 21st Century Challenges

♦ Narendra Singh Tomar launched two mobile Apps, CHC Farm Machinery App and Krishi Kisan App for Geo-Tagging in New Delhi

CHC Farm Machinery App, farmers can select and order required machinery at feasible rates from the Custom Hiring Centers located in the radius of 50 Kms. About 40,000 custom hiring service centers have registered on this mobile app for renting over 1,20,000 agricultural machinery and equipment.

Krishi Kisan App, farmers can find the information on the best demonstration of high-yielding crops and seeds in their nearby area. The App will also help in geo-tagging and geo-fencing of crop and give weather forecast messages to farmers

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare: Narendra Singh Tomar

♦ Jitendra Singh inaugurated the Cane and Bamboo Technology Park-cum-Office Premises of Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre, CBTC at Burnihat, Assam

Secretary of North Eastern Council and Chairman, CBTC: Ram Muivah

Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER): Jitendra Singh

Note: More than 50% of India’s bamboo is found in North-East India

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, CDRI at the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, New York City, USA

The United Nations Secretary hosted the Climate Action Summit in New York ahead of the UN General Assembly.

The event addressed by eminent world leaders and dignitaries, including  Prime Minister of Fiji, India’s Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Secretary of State for International Development, UK

United Nations Secretary-General: António Guterres

Fiji Prime Minister: Frank Bainimarama

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change: Prakash Javadekar

UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction (Special Representative): Mami Mizutori

Secretary of State for International Development, UK: Alok Sharma

♦ Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 16th Global SME Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi, the theme for this year is Making Indian MSMEs Globally Competitive

Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Road Transport & Highways: Nitin Gadkari

♦ India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019, the 5th edition to be held in Kolkata from 5th to 8th November 2019, the theme for this year’s festival has RISEN India, Research, Innovation, and Science  Empowering the Nation.

IISF 2019: Kolkata

IISF 2018:Lucknow

First Edition IISF 2015: New Delhi

India International Science 2019 Festival is an annual event organized jointly by science & technology Ministries and Vijnana Bharati (Vibha)

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Charles Michel in the 74th Session of the UNGA in New York on 25th September 2019, congratulated on his election as the President of the European Council

Prime Minister Belgium: Charles Michel

President of the European Council: Donald Tusk (Present)

President of the European Council: Charles Michel (From 1st Dec 2019)

♦ Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Global Goalkeeper Award 2019 for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ceremony took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York

♦ An Indian Air Force MiG-21 Type-69 Trainer aircraft crashed near Gwalior on 25 Sep 19 at a distance of  6 NM while on approach for landing

♦ Trilateral Maritime Exercise MALABAR, 23rd edition between the navies of India, Japan, and the USA to commence from 26 Sep to 04 Oct 2019 off the coast of Japan.

MALABAR 2019 Trilateral Exercise India – Japan – US Naval cooperation

♦ Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the new TB Harega Desh Jeetega  Campaign, along with the National TB Prevalence Survey  and also released the TB India Report (2019)

♦ Indian Government instituted the highest civilian award, Sardar Patel National Unity Award in the field of contribution to the unity and integrity of India

This award to be announced on National Unity Day, 31st October, is to recognize notable and inspiring contributions to promote national unity and integrity and united India.

The highest civilian award, Sardar Patel National Unity Award

  • Award Committee Members:
    1. Cabinet Secretary
    2. Principal Secretary to the PM
    3. Secretary to the President
    4. Home Secretary
    5. Three or Four eminent persons selected by the PM
  • Award will consist of a medal and citation, No monetary grant or cash
  • Not more than 3 Awards would be given in a year.
  • No posthumous award, except in very rare

Sardar Patel National Unity Award 2019Sardar Patel National Unity Award 2019

Note: Birth anniversary of Sardar Patel: 31st October

♦ Union Minister Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat presented National Water Mission Awards 2019, which is to recognize excellence in water conservation, efficient water use and sustainable water management practices

Category 1A, Comprehensive Water DataBase in Public Domain Winner

Water Resources Department, Govt of Andhra Pradesh for its APWRIMS

Category 1B, Assessment of the impact of Climate Change on Water Resource

Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO), Department of Environment, Bhopal for CCVA Study of Madhya Pradesh

Category 2: Promotion of citizen and state action for water conservation, augmentation, and preservation

Water Resources Department, Govt of Rajasthan for Water Conservation, Augmentation and Preservation at Narmada Canal Project, Sanchore

Category 3: Focused attention to vulnerable areas including over-exploited areas

Shivganga Samagra Gramvikas Priashad for its efforts on Water conservation in water-stressed tribal district Jhabua

Category 4A: Increasing water use efficiency by 20% – (Local Individuals / Farmers / Citizens)

Bapu Bhausaheb Salunke, Aurangabad for doing Water Management at farm level

Category 4B: Increasing water use efficiency by 20% (WUA, SHGs, RWAs)

Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan for Water Conservation and Augmentation work in Sumerpur block of Hamirpur district, Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh

Category 4C: Increasing water use efficiency by 20% (Public Agencies – ULBs / Cities, Govt  Organisations, etc.)

Department of Telangana Rural Water Supply & Sanitation, Govt of Telangana for its Mission Bhagiratha

Category 4D: Increasing water use efficiency by 20% (Industries / Corporate)

Hindustan Coca Cola beverages Pvt Ltd, Guntur for Optimising water usage through focused water stewardship efforts in bottling plant

Category 5: Promotion of basin level integrated water resources management

Water Resources Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh for Integrated Water Resources Management in all the basins present in the State of Andhra Pradesh

APWRIMS: Andhra Pradesh Water Resources Information and Management System

CCVA: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

♦ The government reconstituted the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister for a period of 2 years with effect from 26th September 2019.

Dr. Bibek Debroy: Chairman

Ratan P. Watal: Member Secretary

2 Full-Time Members, 

2 Part-Time Members. (Ashima Goel and Sajjid Chinoy)

EAC-PM: Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister

SASTRA Ramanujan Prize 2019 awarded to mathematician Adam Harper, Assistant Professor University of Warwick, England. Cash prize $10,000

SASTRA Ramanujan Prize is an annual prize awarded by SASTRA University, Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu, on Ramanujan’s birth anniversary, December 22

Dadasaheb Phalke award, India’s highest film honor, conferred to Amitabh Bachchan for the year 2019 for outstanding contribution for the growth and development of Indian cinema

Amitabh Bachchan made debut in 1969 with Khwaja Ahmad Abbas’ Saat Hindustani. Dadasaheb Phalke award is to commemorate the father of Indian cinema, Dadasaheb Phalke who directed Raja Harishchandra, 1913

Dadasaheb Phalke award comprises a Swarna Kamal, shawl and cash prize ₹10,00,000

♦ Winners of a Right Livelihood Award 2019, which is also known as Alternative Nobel

Greta Thunberg, Sweden, young 16 years old girl, Swedish climate activist

Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara

Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Brazil

Guo Jianmei, China

♦ Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta won over the Thai team in World champions in the IBSF World snooker team event 2019

♦ The International Astronomical Union, IAU named an asteroid after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj, an asteroid discovered in 2006

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