Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all the important current affairs of 13th September 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

(1) The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will be the first train that will not be operated by the Railways.

The Ministry of Railways plans to allow private players to operate certain trains, and as part of its 100-day agenda, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has been asked to run two trains. The first one is “The Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express” and the second one is, the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Expess, is likely to start operations this December.

Passengers travelling on IRCTC’s Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will get a free rail travel insurance of ₹25 lakh each. This train will start probably from first week of October 2019.

(2) PM Narendra Modi launched three pension schemes, ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana’,  “Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan Dhan Yojana” and “Swarojgar pension Scheme”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, launched ambitious pension schemes for farmers, shopkeepers and self-employed persons from Jharkhand.

The ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana’ will help small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of ₹3,000 per month, on attaining the age of 60. Farmers who are currently between 18 and 40 years of age can apply for the scheme.

The Pradhan Mantri Laghu Vyapari Maan-dhan Yojana is a pension scheme for shopkeeper’s/ retail traders and self-employed persons for providing monthly minimum assured pension of Rs 3000/- for the entry age group of 18-40 years. It is a voluntary and contribution-based central sector scheme.

‘Swarojgar’ pension scheme rolled out for self-employed persons. Under both the schemes, beneficiaries between 18 and 40 years will get ₹3,000 per month after completing 60 years of age.

(3) Prime Minister inaugurated India’s first paperless Assembly building and a multi-modal cargo terminal.

Mr. Modi also inaugurated a newly constructed building of Jharkhand Assembly at Kute gram. The three-storey building has been constructed at a cost of ₹465 crore. It is dubbed as the first paperless Assembly in the country.

The cargo terminal, which was inaugurated online by the Prime Minister, has been built by Inland Waterways Authority of India on River Ganga at Sahibganj. It has a cargo storing capacity of 30 lakh tonne per year, a stockyard and parking and berthing space for two vessels.

(4) Central Govt to set up 462 Eklavya schools for tribal students in remote areas.

The central government has given its nod to setup 462 Eklavya Residential Schools across the country under the Eklavya School Scheme. This move is dedicated to educate the tribal students. The newly conceptualised Eklavya Schools will be setup on the lines of Navodaya schools.

A total of Rs 10,000 crores has been sanctioned by the Central Government for Eklavya Schools Scheme. PM Narendra Modi laid the Foundation of the project online in Jharkhand.

 (5) Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (Codissia) to conduct ‘Raw Mat India-2019’ from September 18.

In an effort to make the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) more competitive in, the District Small Industries Association (Codissia) will organise ‘Raw Mat India-2019’ at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex from September 18-20. The expo will showcase resources such as raw materials, inputs, consumables and services. Two Central government institutions — MSME Technology Development Centre, Process and Product Development Centre (PPDC), Agra and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) — would support the expo.

(6) The 16th edition of the Yarnex – India International Yarn Exhibition began in Tiruppur.

The 16th edition of the Yarnex – India International Yarn Exhibition and the 9th edition of the TexIndia – Textile Sourcing Fair began in Tiruppur.

The three-day textile fair, which is open only to traders, saw the participation of over 130 Indian and overseas companies displaying their products. Both the exhibitions saw participants from Mumbai, Surat, Ludhiana, Amritsar and the western districts in Tamil Nadu.

(7) Karnataka Bank chief becomes IBA committee member.

Mahabaleshwara MS, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka Bank, has been inducted to the managing committee of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). He was elected unopposed from the Private Sector Member Banks’ category.

(8) Vietnam inaugurated Southeast Asia’s largest solar power farm.

Vietnam has inaugurated Southeast Asia’s largest solar power farm which has the capacity to produce 688 million kWh of electricity annually. The Dau Tieng Solar Power Complex, a joint venture with the Thai industrial group B.Grimm Power Public Company, occupies 540 hectares in Tay Ninh province, Vietnam.

The complex was constructed on the Dau Tieng Reservoir the largest artificial lake in Vietnam and is expected to generate 10 per cent of the country’s solar energy to guarantee supply to 320,000 homes. It will also prevent the emission of 595,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.

(9) DRDO hands over second ‘Netra’ (AEWC) aircraft to IAF.

The Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO) has handed over the second airborne warning plane, Netra, to the Indian Air Force. The Netra, an Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEWC) aircraft, it is useful for surveillance, tracking, identification and classification of airborne and sea surface targets and is useful in detecting incoming ballistic missile threats.

(10) Indo-Thailand Joint Military Exercise Maitree will be held from 16- 29 September 2019 at Umroi, Meghalaya.

Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 between India and Thailand will be conducted at Foreign Training Node, Umroi (Meghalaya) from 16-29 Sep 2019. Indian and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) comprising 50 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter terrorism operations in their respective countries.

(11) India has joined the Global Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Hub.

India has joined the Global Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Research and Development (R&D) Hub as a new member, Announced by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology. This expands the global partnership working to address challenges and improve coordination and collaboration in global AMR R&D to 16 countries, the European Commission, two philanthropic foundations and four international organisations.

 (12) Ferozeshah Kotla renamed Arun Jaitley Stadium.

The late Arun Jaitley was paid rich tributes at a glittering event organised by the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. And also renamed the stadium from Ferozeshah Kotla to Arun Jaitley Stadium.

(13) Australia’s Megan Schutt has become 1st woman to take two international hat-tricks.

Australia fast bowler Megan Schutt has become the first woman to claim two hat-tricks in international cricket. Schutt achieved the feat by dismissing West Indies’ last three players off the final three deliveries in the final ODI of the three-match series. She had taken her first international hat-trick in a T20I against India last year.

(14) Tongan PM & pro-democracy campaigner Pohiva passed away.

Tongan PM Akilisi Pohiva, a pro-democracy and climate change campaigner, passed away aged 78 in New Zealand. Pohiva was credited with helping bring democratic reforms to Tonga and reduce the influence of the monarchy.

(15) Indonesia’s ex-President BJ Habibie, passed away.

Indonesia’s ex-President BJ Habibie, who served during the country’s transition to democracy in 1998, passed away. Habibie oversaw economic and democratic reforms during 17 months in office, after ex-President Suharto stepped down after 32 years.