Top GKToday’s News Headlines – 24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 24 September 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

India Current Affairs

India and the US to hold tri-services exercise codenamed Tiger Triumph in AP

India and the United States are set to hold their first tri-services exercise codenamed Tiger Triumph at Visakhapatnam and Kakinada in November 2019.

Foundation stone of Janganana Bhawan (census building) laid in New Delhi

Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest over the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of Janganana Bhawan (census building) in New Delhi.

Families of govt. employees dying after serving less than 7 years will get enhanced pension

The families of government employees dying after serving less than seven years will get enhanced pension now with the Centre amending rules. The move is likely to benefit the widows of Central Armed Police Forces personnel.

‘UMMID’ (Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders) initiative launched

Union Health & Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched UMMID (Unique Methods of Management and treatment of Inherited Disorders) initiative in New Delhi and inaugurated NIDAN (National Inherited Diseases Administration) Kendras.

IRCTC’s Tejas Express train from Delhi to Lucknow to start from October 5

The railways announced the introduction of IRCTC’s Tejas Express train from Delhi to Lucknow which will run six days a week except Tuesdays starting October 5.

NRIs holding valid Indian passports can now apply for Aadhaar on arrival

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) with valid Indian passport can apply for Aadhaar on arrival, without the 182-day waiting period, with the government issuing a notification in this regard.

Two-thirds of deaths of children under 5 years due to malnutrition: report

Two-thirds of the 1.04 million deaths in children under five years in India are attributable to malnutrition, according to the first comprehensive estimate of disease burden due to child and maternal malnutrition. The report was published on September 18, 2019 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative.

Journalist Ravish Kumar receives the first Gauri Lankesh National Award for Journalism in Bengaluru

Journalist Ravish Kumar received the first Gauri Lankesh National Award for Journalism, conferred by the Gauri Lankesh Memorial Trust, in Bengaluru.

Economy & Corporate

BSE Sensex: 39,090.03 (+1,075), NSE Nifty: 11,603.40 (+329)

BSE Sensex rallied 1,075 points or 2.83 per cent to settle at 39,090.03. NSE Nifty ended at 11,603.40, up 329 points or 2.92 per cent.

Kharif foodgrain production estimated at 140.57 million tonnes in 2019-20

India’s Kharif foodgrain production in the 2019-20 crop year is estimated at 140.57 million tonnes, which is 8.44 million tonnes more than the average foodgrain production of the previous five years.

PM Modi pledges to more than double India’s non-fossil fuel target to 400 gigawatts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a path-breaking pledge at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York to more than double India’s non-fossil fuel target to 400 gigawatts.

National Conclave on Enhancing Energy Efficiency in MSME sector organised by BEE in New Delhi

The National Conclave on Enhancing Energy Efficiency in MSME sector is being organised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) in New Delhi on September 23-24. Knowledge Management Portal SIDHIEE was launched under the BEE’s MSME Programme. Energy Conservation Guidelines for MSMEs were also released.

3 Indian women entrepreneurs to fly to US on AIRSWEEE fellowship

Three Indian women entrepreneurs have been selected for the All India Roadshow on Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship (AIRSWEEE) to visit US to get hands-on experience on the working of globally successful firms. AIRSWEEE is a programme supported by the US Embassy in India.

KTM launches super bike 790 Duke in India priced at Rs 8.63 lakh

Austria’s sports bike maker KTM launched its super bike 790 Duke in India priced at Rs 8.63 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is powered by a four-stroke 799-cc engine with 105 BHP of power.

Students invent barcode-LED based system to locate seats in movie theatres

Students at the Lovely Professional University (LPU) have invented barcode-LED based system to locate seats in movie theatres. The system will require movie theatres to install LED strips or any other form of lights on the floor for the locator to function.

Petronet to buy 18% stake in LNG terminal of Tellurian Inc. of US in Louisiana for $2.5 billion

Petronet, a PSU liquefied natural gas (LNG) importer, announced that it will acquire 18% stake in LNG terminal of US company Tellurian Inc. in Louisiana for $2.5 billion. The deal will give India access to up to five million tonnes of LNG a year.

World

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opens Climate Action Summit in New York

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. The Summit aims to boost action to implement the Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015. Target of Paris deal is to keep global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

PM Modi inaugurates Gandhi Solar Park at the UN HQ and Gandhi Peace Garden in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Gandhi Solar Park at the UN headquarters and Gandhi Peace Garden in New York.

20 killed as fresh unrest erupts in Indonesia’s restive Papua region on New Guinea island

At least 20 people were killed as fresh unrest erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region on the western half of New Guinea island. Papua has been gripped by weeks of violent protests fuelled by demands for self-rule in the impoverished territory.

‘Game of Thrones’ is Outstanding Drama Series at Emmy Awards in Los Angeles

‘Game of Thrones’ won the award for Outstanding Drama Series for its eighth and final season at 71st Prime Time Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

International Day of Sign Languages observed on September 23

International Day of Sign Languages was observed on September 23 with its theme as ‘Sign Language Rights for All’. Objective is to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf.

International Day of Peace observed on September 21

International Day of Peace was observed on September 21 with its theme as ‘Climate Action for Peace’. UN General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

British travel group Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy, stranding tourists worldwide

British travel group Thomas Cook declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back stranded passengers.

PM Modi presented with the keys to city by its Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented with the keys to city by its Mayor Sylvester Turner on his arrival at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston (US) as a mark of respect and the long-standing ties between India and United States.

Sports

Europe defeats Team World 13-11 to win Laver Cup tennis tournament in Geneva

Europe defeated Team World 13-11 to win Laver Cup tennis tournament in Geneva. Alexander Zverev (Europe) beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 3-6, 10-4. Roger Federer (Europe) beat John Isner 6-4, 7-6(3). Dominic Thiem (Europe) lost to Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8. Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic 6-3, 7-6(1). Federer & Stefanos Tsitsipas (Europe) lost to John Isner & Jack Sock 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. Nadal & Tsitsipas (Europe) lost to Nick Kyrgios & Jack Sock 6-4, 3-6, 10-6].

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and Zee launch an 8-team league called the Zee Kushti Dangal

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd launched an eight-team league called the Zee Kushti Dangal that will start from November 3.

Former India cricketer Madhav Apte, who played 7 Tests in 1952-53, passes away at 86

Former India cricketer Madhav Apte, who made 542 runs in 7 Tests in 1952-53, passed away at the age of 86 in Mumbai. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in November 1952 in Nagpur.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka wins women’s singles title at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo

Japan’s Naomi Osaka won the women’s singles title at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo by defeating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final 6-2, 6-3.

Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova wins women’s singles title at Korea Open tennis in Seoul

Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova won the women’s singles title at Korea Open tennis in Seoul by defeating Poland’s Magda Linette 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

Koneru Humpy wins first leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series in Russia

Koneru Humpy won the first leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series at Skolkovo in Russia. She finished her campaign unbeaten with eight points. She won five and drew 3.

India’s Laxman Rawat wins men’s title at World 6-Red snooker tournament in Mandalay, Myanmar

India’s Laxman Rawat won the men’s title at World 6-Red snooker tournament in Mandalay, Myanmar on September 20, 2019. Women’s title won by Wongharuthai Nutcharat of Thailand. Rawat beat Muhammad Asif of Pakistan 6-5 in final while Nutcharat of Thailand defeated India’s Amee Kamani 4-2.

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