Top GKToday’s News Headlines – 27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Here are the top News Headlines of 27 September 2019 for all competitive examinations of India.

National Current Affairs

Recipients of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes 2019 announced on CSIR foundation day

President Ram Nath Kovind presented Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prizes 2019 in New Delhi on the occasion of the 78th Foundation Day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on September 26, 2019.

First Indigenous High Temperature Fuel Cell System developed by CSIR launched

The first Indigenous High Temperature Fuel Cell System developed by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with Indian industries under India’s flagship program named ‘New Millennium Indian Technology Leadership Initiative (NMITLI)’ launched on CSIR Foundation day on September 26.

Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) to be set up at the Central University of Jammu (CUJ)

MoU was signed on September 26, 2019 among DRDO, Ministry of Defence and Central University of Jammu (CUJ) for the establishment of Kalam Centre for Science and Technology (KCST) at CUJ.

JNU and IIT Delhi sign MoU to cooperate in research, education and technology developments

JNU signed MoU with IIT Delhi on September 26, 2019 to recognise each other’s strengths and cooperate in research, education and technology developments in the disciplines of science, engineering, management and social sciences.

Ex-Hockey player Sandeep Singh, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, Akali MLA Balkaur Singh join BJP in Haryana

Olympic medallist wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh and Akali Dal MLA Balkaur Singh joined the BJP in Haryana on September 26, 2019.

Odisha govt. and UNICEF unveil mascot named ‘Tikki Mausi’ for awareness on nutrition

With an aim to spread awareness about nutrition of children and women, Odisha government’s Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti Department in collaboration with the UNICEF unveiled a mascot named ‘Tikki Mausi’ in Bhubaneswar on September 26, 2019.

Economy & Business Current Affairs

BSE Sensex 38,989.74 (+396), NSE Nifty: 11,573.30 (+133)

30-share BSE Sensex climbed 396 points or 1.03 per cent to end at 38,989.74. 50-share index Nifty ended at 11,573.30, up 133 points or 1.22 per cent.

UNCTAD forecasts 6% growth for Indian economy in calendar year (CY) 2019

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has pegged India’s economic growth rate at a seven-year low of 6 per cent in calendar year (CY) 2019 in its Trade and Development Report 2019 released on September 25, 2019. It has cited lower-than-targeted tax collections and limited public spending as reasons for its forecast.

RBI hikes withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 for depositors of Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC)

In a major relief to the hapless customers of crippled Punjab & Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, the Reserve Bank on September 26, 2019 increased cash withdrawal limit to Rs 10,000 per account-holder from Rs 1,000 set earlier over the next six months. The RBI had on September 24 imposed a slew of restrictions on PMC Bank after finding many irregularities in its books, including massive under-reporting of NPAs. The lender is not allowed to offer new loans or accept deposits.

Infosys wins UN Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category

IT major Infosys on September 26, 2019 said it has received the United Nations Global Climate Action Award in the ‘Climate Neutral Now’ category.

International Current Affairs

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons observed on September 26

International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons was observed on September 26. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a priority.

World Maritime Day (last Thursday of September) celebrated on September 26

World Maritime Day (last Thursday of September) was celebrated on September 26 by UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) with its theme as ‘Empowering women in the maritime community’. This year’s theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality.

US tops IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 (WDCR); India ranked 44th

United States has topped the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking 2019 (WDCR). India was ranked 44th (48th in 2018). The Ranking measures the capacity and readiness of 63 nations to adopt and explore digital technologies as a key driver for economic transformation in business, government and wider society.

First ever India-CARICOM leaders’ summit held in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a USD 14-million grant for community development projects in a grouping of Caribbean nations and another USD 150 million Line of Credit for solar, renewable energy and climate-change related works as he hosted the first ever India-CARICOM leaders’ summit in New York on September 25, 2019.

Multilateral Exercise TSENTR 2019 held in Russia from September 9 to 23

Indian Army contingent returned after participating in multilateral Exercise TSENTR 2019 in Russia. The exercise was organised from September 9 to 23 and was conducted by Central Military Commission of Russia where nine nations participated.

Italian journalist Paolo Borrometi wins Peter Mackler Award at the City University of New York

Italian journalist Paolo Borrometi, 36, was presented with the Peter Mackler Award for his work at the City University of New York on September 25, 2019. He was assaulted over his coverage of mafia activity in Sicily and now living under police protection.

Former French President Jacques Chirac (1995-2007) dies at the age of 86 in Paris

Former French President Jacques Chirac (`1995-2007) died at the age of 86 in Paris on September 26, 2019. He is remembered for his defiant stand against the United States-led war in Iraq, and for shortening the presidential term from seven to five years in a referendum in 2000.

Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva (66) to take charge as new MD of IMF from October 1

Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva has been selected as the new Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 66-year-old economist, who succeeds Christine Lagarde, has been appointed for a five-year term, starting on October 1.

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