Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all the important current affairs of 29th and 30th September 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

National News

(1) 11-day ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ Started in Noida, UP. Earlier this year it was held in Leh-Ladakh.

Smt. Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs inaugurated 11-day ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ in Noida, UP, on 28 September 2019. Aadi Mahotsav (Tribal Festival) organized by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The festival will continue till 8th October 2019.

Earlier this year a 9 days ‘Aadi Mahotsav’ was also organised in Leh-Ladakh, which was inaugurated by Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik on 17th August 2019. The theme for Leh-Ladakh “Aadi Mahotsav” was “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce”.

(2) NFAI acquires 6-hour-long rare footage of Mahatma Gandhi.

The National Film Archive of India (NFAI) has acquired 30 reels from a ‘private source’ containing almost six-hour-long unedited footage on Mahatma Gandhi’s life. The 35mm celluloid footage comprises of rare visuals like Gandhi’s last hours, blood-stained clothes, the procession to Raj Ghat, among others.

(3) NWR started QR code-based ticket booking at 12 stations.

The Indian Railways has now enabled QR code-based paperless ticket booking at 12 stations of the North Western Railway (NWR) zone. Travellers can book unreserved tickets at the last minute using the facility. Stations, where this service enables, are:-  Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Abu Road, Udaipur City, Durgapura, Alwar, Rewari, Sanganer, Lalgarh and Gandhinagar Jaipur in the first phase.

(4) 7th World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

7th World Hindu Economic Forum (WHEF) 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The theme of (WHEF) 2019 was “Prosperous Society: Stronger Society”.

The aim of the forum was to bring together financially successful members in Hindu society such as traders, bankers, technocrats, investors, industrialists to share business knowledge, expertise, and resources with their fellow brethren. The World Hindu Economic Forum has earlier been organised in London, Chicago, Losa Angeles, Hong Kong, and Nairobi.

International News

(5) Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated an exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy at Russia.

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar inaugurated a unique exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi and Leo Tolstoy at Yasnaya Polyana, the birthplace of Tolstoy at Russia. The exhibition presented and highlighted their correspondence and their thought process in a very artistic manner.

The Minister, who is on a visit to Russia to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting also, inaugurated a special day-long seminar organised to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi as part of 150 years of celebrating the Mahatma.

(6) Bada Dashain, the biggest festival of Nepal begun.

Bada Dashain, the biggest festival of Nepal has begun. The festival starts on the first day of Navaratri with Ghatsthapana (traditional urn).

The 15-day festival is celebrated in the month of Ashwin. During Dashain, people worship goddess Durga for nine days. On the tenth day of festival, elders give golden barley shoots and put Tika on the forehead of younger members of the family and bless them for peace, progress, and prosperity in life.

(7) Nepal Rastra Bank issued commemorative coins on 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.

The Nepal Rastra Bank released three coins (100, 1000 and 2500 Nepali rupees) bearing the Sikh symbol to commemorate the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. A book titled “Sikh Heritage of Nepal” based on the Sikh heritage of Nepal was also launched in the program. This book has been published by BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation in association with the Indian Embassy in Nepal.

State News

(8) Kerala CM launched a programme to support women entrepreneurs.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday launched a capacity development programme for women-led startups. Supported by the government’s Startup India, the programme ‘WING – Women Rise Together’ aims to support aspiring and established female entrepreneurs by giving them access to incubation, workshops, and investors. It will be implemented in South India by Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM).

Banking & Finance

(9) RBI places Lakshmi Vilas Bank under Prompt Corrective Action.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has placed the private bank under its Prompt Corrective Action (PCA). RBI has taken this action owing to the high level of bad loans, insufficient capital adequacy ratio and negative return on assets for two consecutive years. Under PCA, banks are mandated to cut lending to corporates.

Defence News

(10) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched Navy’s first new stealth frigate, INS ‘Nilgiri’.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched INS ‘Nilgiri’, the first of the Navy’s seven new stealth frigates, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai.

INS Nilgiri is the first ship of Project17A. Project 17A frigates is a design derivative of the Shivalik class stealth frigates with much more advanced stealth features and indigenous weapons and sensors. These frigates are being built using integrated construction methodology. The P17A frigates incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship maneuverability.

Defence Minister also commissioned the largest dry dock of Indian Navy – The Aircraft Carrier Dock at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai. He termed it as an “edifice of modern India”.

(11) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned indigenously built submarine INS Khanderi.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commissioned the indigenously built Kalvari class diesel-electric submarine INS Khanderi possessing superior stealth and other major combat capabilities in Mumbai. Fully automated submarine INS Khanderi is built at state-run Mazgaon Dock Limited and underwent rigorous sea trials for over two and a half years.

The submarine ‘KHANDERI’ is named after the wide Sword Tooth Fish, a deadly sea predator of the great Indian Ocean. Khanderi is also name of an island fort built by great Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

The first Submarine Khanderi was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 06th December 1968 and decommissioned on 18th October 1989 after more than 20 years of yeoman service to the nation.

Science & Technology

(12) India has the second-highest monthly internet users, after China.

India has the second-highest number of active monthly internet users at 451 million after China, as per a report by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). As on March 31, around 385 million users were aged 12 years or above, while 66 million were aged 5-11 years. Among Indian cities, Mumbai topped the list with 11.7 million internet users.

Important Days

(13) 28 September observed as World Rabies Day & International Day for Universal Access to Information (theme 2019: – Leaving no one Behind)

World Rabies Day: – The World Health Organization observes World Rabies Day on 28 September every year. The day is celebrated annually to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease. The day also marks the anniversary of Louis Pasteur’s death, the French chemist and microbiologist, who developed the first rabies vaccine.

International Day for Universal Access to Information: -United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) observes International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September every year.

The theme of this year’s celebration: Leaving No One Behind!

(14) World Heart Day 2019 observed on September 29. Theme for 2019 is “My Heart, Your Heart”.

World Heart Day (WHD) was observed annually on 29 September across the world. The day which is celebrated annually creates awareness of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including heart disease & stroke and highlights the preventive and control measures. It was launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event. The theme for the World Heart Day 2019 is “My Heart, Your Heart”.

(15) 30 September will be observed as International Translation Day.

The United Nations observes International Translation Day on 30 September every year. International Translation Day is meant as an opportunity to pay tribute to the work of language professionals, which plays an important role in bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to the development and strengthening world peace and security.

Awards

(16) Documentary on Srinagar-based football club Real Kashmir FC nominated for BAFTA awards.

A documentary on Srinagar-based football club Real Kashmir FC has nominated in the prestigious British Academy Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards. The documentary, aired by BBC Scotland earlier this year on the journey of former Rangers ace David Robertson at the helm of Real Kashmir FC, has been nominated in two categories. Its director Greg Clark has picked up a nod for the ‘Director Factual’ category, while the show will battle it out in the ‘Single Documentary’ category.

(17) Thanu Padmanabhan got MP Birla Memorial Award.

Physicist Thanu Padmanabhan received the M P Birla Memorial Award 2019 for his contributions to the world of cosmology. He is a professor of Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune. The award was introduced in 1993 in recognition to the excellence in research in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Science and related areas.

 

Ranks

(18) India among 20 improved countries on Ease of Doing Business survey.

India is among the top 20 countries that have improved the most on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 report. The detailed report will be published on October 24. India made it easier to do business in four areas measured by the bank’s annual survey such as starting a business, resolving insolvency, trading across borders and construction permits.

Sports

(19) India lifted SAFF Under-18 Football Championship 2019.

India has lifted SAFF Under-18 Football Championship 2019. India defeated Bangladesh 2-1 in the final in Kathmandu this evening. India’s Ninthoinganba Meetei was declared Most Valuable Player of the championship. This is India’s maiden SAFF U-18 trophy. India remained runners up in 2015 and finished third in 2017.

Host Nepal had lifted earlier two editions of the Championship but could not qualify for semi-finals this time.

(20) Ganguly re-elected President of Bengal Cricket Association unopposed.

Sourav Ganguly has been re-elected as the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), unopposed. The 47-year-old, who first became the president in 2015, will remain as the President only till July 2020 before entering a ‘cooling-off period’ as per BCCI constitution.

(21) Christian Coleman won men’s 100m gold at World Championship in 9.76 seconds.

US’ 23-year-old sprinter Christian Coleman won the 100m final at the World Championships in Qatar’s Doha after clocking 9.76 seconds, making him the sixth-fastest man in history.

(22) Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix, registers his ninth win this year.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, his ninth Grand Prix win this year. His win also broke the three-race winning run that Ferrari had set.

(23) Aryna Sabalenka won WTA Wuhan Open.

Aryna Sabalenka has won the WTA Wuhan Open held in Wuhan, China. She became the first player to claim back-to-back titles in Wuhan. She defeated American Alison Riske.

Obituaries

(24) 6-time Grammy-nominated Mexican singer José José passed away.

Mexican singer and six-time Grammy Award nominee José José passed away. Since the beginning of his career, the singer became one of the most beloved voices in Mexico.