HM Amit Shah inaugurates ‘Destination North East-2020’ event

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1.World Environmental Health Day: 26 September

World Environmental Health Day is observed globally on 26th September every year.The day is celebrated to shed the light on important work of environmental health around the world.2020 theme: Environmental health, a key public health intervention in disease pandemic prevention.

2.World Tourism Day: 27 September

The World Tourism Day is observed worldwide on September 27.The day aims to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.This date was chosen by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as on that day in 1970, the Statutes of the UNWTO were adopted.2020 theme: “Tourism and Rural Development”.

3.US moves to restrict stay of Chinese journalists to 90 days

The Trump Administration is seeking to restrict the stay of Chinese journalists in the US to just 90 days as against the 240 days general limit to foreign journalists.A federal notification issued said there will be provision for extension for a similar duration.The proposal of the Department of Homeland Security is part of the fixed time limit on visas of students, researchers and foreign journalists in the US.Foreign journalists and their dependents would have to leave the country immediately on expiry of their ‘I’ visa or denial of their extension application.Previously, foreign journalists were admitted in the US for the duration of their employment.Four Chinese State-run media outlets — Xinhua News Agency, China Global Television Network, China Radio International and China Daily- were asked to reduce their total staff of 160 Chinese nationals to 100.

4.World Bank approves 200 million dollar loan for safe water & sanitation in Bangladesh

The World Bank (WB) has approved a 200 million dollar loan for Bangladesh to improve access to safe water and sanitation services in the rural areas of the country.The Bangladesh Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project will help 6 lakh people to have access to clean water through piped water schemes in rural areas.The project will help prevent diseases and protect from pandemics like COVID 19 by providing better access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities at homes and in public places.The project will also help in setting up more than 2500 handwashing stations in public places with overhead tanks for running water and sanitation facilities.

5.Vice President pays tributes to social reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on his Jayanti

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has paid tributes to great social reformer and educationist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on his Jayanti.Born as Ishwar Chandra Bandyopadhyay on 26th September, 1820 in West Bengal, he was bestowed the title of Vidyasagar in 1839 for his mastery over Sanskrit and philosophy.He was one of the pillars of Bengal renaissance who managed to continue the social reforms movement that was started by Raja Rammohan Roy in the early 1800s.He spent his life’s energies trying to ensure an end to the practice of child marriage and initiate widow remarriage.Alongside the campaign for widow remarriage, he campaigned against polygamy.He introduced the study of modern Western thought in the Sanskrit college.He started the first school for girl’s education in Calcutta in 1849.

6.V Prez congratulates CSIR on its Foundation Day

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has congratulated Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR on its Foundation Day.It was established on 26 September 1942CSIR has a pan-India presence and has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units.The research and development activities of CSIR include aerospace engineering, structural engineering, ocean sciences, life sciences, metallurgy, chemicals, mining, food, petroleum, leather, and environmental science.Its parent institution is the Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.

7.IIT Madras Develops ‘MOUSHIK’ Microprocessor For IoT Devices

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras Researchers have made ‘MOUSHIK,’ an indigenously-made Microprocessor, that can cater to the rapidly-growing IoT devices, an integral part of Smart Cities of a Digital India.MOUSHIK is a processor cum ‘system on chip’ which has been conceptualized, designed and developed at the Pratap Subrahmanyam Centre for Digital Intelligence and Secure Hardware Architecture (PS-CDISHA) of the RISE Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Madras.The Project is funded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.

8.HM Amit Shah inaugurates ‘Destination North East-2020’ event

Home Minister Amit Shah virtually inaugurated the ‘Destination North East-2020’ event.It is a four-day event to highlight the Northeast region’s various potentials like eco-tourism, culture, heritage and business.The ‘Destination North East-2020’ is a calendar event of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region conceptualised with the objective of taking the northeastern region to other parts of the country and bringing them closer together in order to strengthen national integration.For ‘Destination North East 2020’, the theme is ‘The Emerging Delightful Destinations’, which speaks of the tourism destinations emerging stronger and more attractive when the sector picks up momentum.The programme focuses mostly on tourism and coincides with World Tourism Day.

9.Various tourism activities restarts in A&N Islands

In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, various tourism activities will restarted after a gap of six months.The beaches located in South Andaman district open for the general. However, timings have been fixed from 10 AM to 5 PM.Light and sound show at Cellular Jail and Museums will also be restarted.Tourism activities including water sports, boat rides outside containment zones will be conducted as per the government SOPs.Boats will be allowed to carry only 50 per cent passengers of their total capacity.

10.‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake inaugurated

Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy inaugurated the new ‘Cable Stayed Bridge’ constructed across Durgam Cheruvu Lake near Hyderabad, Telangana.He also inaugurated a four-lane elevated corridor connecting it with Jubilee Hills in Hyderabad.The bridge is 426 metre long, including the approaches on both ends, and 25.8 metre wide.The bridge is one of longest in the country constructed at a cost of over 334 crore rupees.

11.IRDAI identifies LIC, GIC, New India Assurance systemically important insurers

Regulator IRDAI has identified LIC, GIC and New India Assurance as domestic systemically important insurers (D-SIIs) and subsequently decided to subject them to enhanced regulatory supervision.The three insurers have also been asked to raise the level of corporate governance, identify all relevant risks and promote a sound risk management culture.D-SIIs refer to insurers of such size, market importance and domestic and global interconnectedness whose distress or failure would cause a significant dislocation in the domestic financial system.Therefore, the continued functioning of D-SIIs is critical for the uninterrupted availability of insurance services to the national economy.

12.Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passes away

Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh passed away in New Delhi.One of the founding members of BJP Jaswant Singh served as Minister of Defence, External Affairs and Finance and also Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.He was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and to Rajya Sabha five times and served as Leader of Opposition in the Upper House.He was NDA’s nominee in the Vice Presidential election in 2012.