Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs – September 08-09, 2019
Free LPG Ujjwala scheme achieves 8 cr target before schedule
The government has achieved the target of distributing eight crore LPG connections under Ujjawala Yojana, seven months before the deadline according to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) was launched on May 1, 2016, with a target to give 5 crore connections to women members of poor households by March 2019. The target was later raised to 8 crore connections by March 2020. PMUY aims to provide clean cooking fuel to poor households and replace unhealthy conventional cooking fuels such as firewood, cowdung, etc.
India’s first ‘water-grid’ will come in Maharashtra
The country’s first-ever ‘water-grid’ costing Rs 3,50,000 crore will come in the parched Marathwada region of Maharashtra in the next five years as part of the Jal Jeevan Mission (JMM), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated the country’s first greenfield industrial smart city, Auric City at Shendra in Aurangabad.
Book on President’s Speech, ‘Loktantra Ke Swar’ released
Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released the books ‘Loktantra Ke Swar (Khand 2)’ and ‘The Republican Ethic (Volume 2)’. The books are a compilation of 95 speeches delivered by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind during his second year in office (July 2018 to July 2019).
Project ‘Bal Basera’ Deployed at AIIMS Rishikesh for the Welfare of Children of Construction Workers
A Cresche dubbed as “Bal Basera”, will be inaugurated at AIIMS Rishikesh for the welfare of Children of Construction Workers so that workers and their children could lead a healthy and productive life.The inauguration will take place on September 9, 2019 by President Central Public Works Department (CPWD) Officers’ Wives Association (OWA), Mrs Deepa Singh. The AIIMS Rishikesh Project is being executed by CPWD. It has signed an MoU with CPWD OWA, which shall run Bal Basera, accommodating about 35 Children.
Lata Mangeshkar to be honored with ‘Daughter of the Nation’ title on 90th birthday
The Narendra Modi government has plans to honour legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar with the ‘Daughter Of The Nation’ title when she turns 90 on September 28. Mangeshkar will be conferred the title as a tribute to her contribution to Indian film music over seven decades.
US Open 2019: Canadian Bianca Andreescu beats Serena to Win Maiden Grand Slam
Teenager Bianca Andreescu became Canada’s first Grand Slam singles champion with a rollercoaster 6-3, 7-5 win over 23-time major champion Serena Williams in the US Open final. The 19-year-old Andreescu became the youngest Grand Slam winner since Maria Sharapova at the 2006 US Open, handing Williams a fourth consecutive defeat in the final of a major to again deny her a record-equaling 24th Slam title.
Charles Leclerc wins the Italian Grand Prix 2019
Monacan based Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) has won the Formula 1, Italian Grand Prix 2019. This is his second F1 win this season and came within a week of the first win. Earlier this week, Leclerc won the Belgian Grand Prix also. Valtteri Bottas finished second, Lewis Hamilton third, Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Nico Hülkenberg fifth.
International Literacy Day: 08 September
International Literacy Day, celebrated annually on 8 September, is an opportunity for Governments, civil society and stakeholders to highlight improvements in world literacy rates, and reflect on the world’s remaining literacy challenges. It was declared by UNESCO on 26 October 1966 at 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference and the first observation was made in 1967.
2019 Theme: Literacy and Multilingualism
2019 Theme: Literacy and Multilingualism
India-Sri Lanka Maritime Fleet Exercise SLINEX 2019 Begins in Visakhapatnam
The Indian and Sri Lankan Navy began the annual Joint Indo-Lanka maritime fleet exercise SLINEX 2019 at the port of Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh on September 7, 2019. The week-long exercise will conclude on September 12. Two Sri Lankan naval ships, Sindhurala and Suranimala, arrived to Visakhapatnam to participate in ‘SLINEX 2019’.
4th Indian Ocean Conference held in Male, Maldives
The 4th Indian Ocean Conference IOC 2019 was held in Male, the Maldives from September 3-4, 2019. The vent was organized by India Foundation in association with the Government of Maldives. The theme of the event was: “Securing the Indian Ocean region: Traditional and Non-Traditional Challenges”. Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar was one of the speakers at the event and represented India.
Ram Jethmalani, Veteran Lawyer, And Former Union Minister, Dies At 95
Ram Jethmalani, one of India’s well-known lawyers and a former union minister, died this morning at his home in Delhi. He was 95. Born in Sikhapur of Sindh province on September 14, 1923, Ram Jethmalani was one of the highest-paid lawyers in the Supreme Court of India and had appeared in many high profile criminal cases. He had also served as India’s Union Law Minister was also the chairman of the president of Supreme Court Bar Association.
Former Pakistan Leg-spinner Abdul Qadir Passed Away at 63
Former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir, credited for reviving the art of leg-spin bowling in 1970s and 80s, died of a heart attack in Lahore. Qadir made his Test debut against England in 1977 and went on to play 67 Tests, taking 236 wickets with a best of 9-65 against England at the same venue in 1987. He also took 132 wickets in 104 one-day internationals, with Imran using him as an attacking weapon in the 1983 World Cup held in England.