#1. IIT Madras launches online program in association with Great Learning
IIT Madras & Great Learning have launched a 9-month online Advanced Certification in Software Engineering for Cloud, Blockchain & IoT. It features an industry-relevant curriculum, hands-on projects & live learning sessions from industry experts & IIT faculty. Designed to enable professionals upskill in cutting edge technologies, the program offers dedicated career support through Great Learning’s Excelerate platform.
#2. AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial pause a wake-up call: WHO
AstraZeneca’s pause of an experimental vaccine for coronavirus after the illness of a participant is a “wake-up call” but shouldn’t discourage researchers, WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said. “These things happen,” she added. “It’s a race against this virus, and it’s a race to save lives. It’s not a race between companies,” added WHO’s head of emergencies Mike Ryan.
#3. MS Dhoni asked me to not bowl yorkers: Jasprit Bumrah on ODI debut
Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has revealed then India captain MS Dhoni asked him to not bowl yorkers during his ODI debut thinking he wouldn’t be able to pull it off. “I told him, ‘In death overs…I don’t know what else to do’…Anyway, I went ahead and did my thing and he told me…’You should’ve come earlier, we would’ve won the series’.”
#4. Surprised that govt has no control over electronic media: HC
While hearing pleas related to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death case, Bombay High Court on Thursday said it was surprised to know that the government has no control over the electronic media. It directed the Centre to file a reply indicating the extent of state control that is exercised in respect of telecasting news, particularly news that “may have serious ramifications.”
#5. Expert killed by arrow from Amazon tribe he was trying to protect
A 56-year-old Brazilian expert on Amazon tribes was killed by an arrow that struck him in his chest as he approached an uncontacted indigenous group he was seeking to protect. Rieli Franciscato worked for the government’s indigenous agency. “He cried out, pulled the arrow from his chest, ran 50 metres and collapsed, lifeless,” a policeman who witnessed the incident said.
#6. Govt plans ₹1.68 lakh cr package to attract global manufacturers: Reports
The government is planning to offer incentives worth ₹1.68 lakh crore to attract companies to manufacture in India, according to reports. It will reportedly offer production-linked incentives to automobile manufacturers, solar panel makers, consumer appliance companies and textile units, among others. The government recently launched a ₹50,000-crore scheme to boost smartphone manufacturing.
#7. COVID-19 vaccine possible by year-end despite trial pause: AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca on Thursday said that a corona-virus vaccine could still be ready before the end of the year, despite a randomized clinical trial being paused. The company had announced that it had paused global late-stage trials after a participant in the UK developed an “unexplained illness”. An independent committee was drafted to review safety.
#8. Address Facebook’s bias to dangerous content: 41 NGOs to Zuckerberg
In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, 41 NGOs have asked the Facebook CEO to bar the Facebook India team from the ongoing audit on the company’s impact on human rights. It also stated that Ankhi Das, Public Policy Head of Facebook India, be put on leave and sought an investigation into alleged reports of Das perpetuating hate speech.
#9. Rajnath, Jaishankar discussed Chabahar projects during Iran visits: Govt
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh discussed Chabahar projects with their Iranian counterparts during their recent visits to Iran. Both sides agreed that cargo movement at the port is increasing, the MEA added. All issues of bilateral significance were discussed between the two sides, it further said.
#10. Kolkata Metro services to resume from September 14, no services on Sundays
The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation has said that it will resume operations on September 14 from 8 am and a total of 110 trains will run at an interval of 10 minutes. There will be no services on Sundays, however, special trains will run for NEET aspirants on September 13. Only smart card passengers will be allowed to travel.
#2. More Indians in Singapore returning home due to job losses: Envoy
More and more Indian workers are returning home as Singapore businesses cut down on workforce following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Indian High Commissioner P Kumaran has said. “On an average, about 100 Indian nationals in Singapore continue to register daily with the High Commission here for flights back home, with over 11,000 having registered so far,” he added.
#3. US defence firm names its new spacecraft after Kalpana Chawla
American defence contractor Northrop Grumman named its NG-14 Cygnus spacecraft ‘S.S. Kalpana Chawla’ after the late astronaut. “It’s (our) tradition to name each Cygnus after an individual who has played pivotal role in human spaceflight. Chawla was selected in honour of her prominent place in history as the first woman of Indian descent to go to space,” Northrop Grumman said.
#4. Economy can’t be shut for eternity: Delhi govt rules out lockdown
Delhi government has ruled out the possibility of another lockdown in the national capital on Wednesday. Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the economy “cannot be kept shut for eternity” as the livelihoods of millions depend on it. Delhi recorded more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic on Wednesday.
#5. 20-yr-old unable to afford smartphone for online classes dies by suicide in WB
A 20-year-old daughter of a daily wager died by suicide in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri as she was upset for not being able to afford a smartphone for online classes, police said on Wednesday. The BA first-year student hung herself in her house. “Had I known that she would do something like this, I would have borrowed money,” her father said.
#6. India, France, Aus hold first joint talks with focus on Indo-Pacific
India, Australia and France on Wednesday held the first trilateral dialogue with focus on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, the Ministry of External Affairs said. The three sides also discussed response to COVID-19, cooperation on marine global commons and potential areas for practical partnership including through regional organisations like ASEAN and Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA).
#7. Ensure death penalty for rapists of minor, 90-yr-old: DCW chief to Delhi LG
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal has asked Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to ensure that police file chargesheets in two rape cases within three days. A 12-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in August while a 90-year-old woman was raped on Monday. Maliwal urged Baijal to ensure exemplary punishment of death penalty to the culprits in a fast-tracked manner.
#8. Delhi Metro resumes services on Blue & Pink line from 7-11 am & 4-8 pm
Delhi Metro’s Blue and Pink lines resumed operations on Wednesday as part of the graded reopening of metro services with the operating hours from 7-11 am and 4-8 pm This comes two days after the Yellow line was reopened after over five months. “Slowly and steadily, Delhi Metro will be back to take you places!” DMRC tweeted.
#9. Aadhaar card, ICMR form must for COVID-19 testing in Delhi: HC
Delhi High Court on Tuesday ruled that a doctor’s prescription is not needed for asymptomatic patients to undergo COVID-19 testing in Delhi. Aadhaar card for Delhi address proof and an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) form will be mandatory, HC stated. HC has asked private laboratories to conduct 2,000 COVID-19 tests per day without doctor’s prescriptions.
#10. Supreme Court refuses to entertain pleas seeking NEET postponement
Supreme Court has dismissed pleas seeking postponement of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2020. The pleas had also sought an increase in the number of exam centers, to hold the exam in five to six shifts and conduct a re-exam. The court said that authorities would take all necessary steps for conducting the exam amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
#1. Ex-ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband arrested in ICICI-Videocon loan case
Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar has been arrested by ED for alleged money laundering in ICICI-Videocon loan case. It is alleged that Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal Dhoot invested in Deepak Kochhar’s company NuPower through his firm Supreme Energy. Dhoot is said to have benefitted by loans cleared by ICICI Bank after Chanda Kochhar became the CEO.
#2. Adityanath inaugurates 320-bed COVID-19 hospital in Lucknow’s KGMU
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday inaugurated a 320-bed COVID-19 hospital at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow. “When the first case of corona came up in the state, we did not have a single bed for treatment, nor had the facility of testing. Yesterday, we did 1 lakh 55 thousand tests in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
#3. Speed 6 times the speed of sound: PM Modi on DRDO’s hypersonic tech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successful flight of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV). PM Modi wrote on Twitter, “The scramjet engine developed by our scientists helped the flight achieve a speed 6 times the speed of sound! Very few countries have such capability today.”
#4. Health inspector rapes Kerala woman who had come to collect COVID-19 negetive certificate
A junior health inspector allegedly raped a 44-year-old woman who had come to his house in Barathanoor to collect her COVID-19 negative certificate. The woman in her complaint stated she was sexually attacked after being tied up and was allowed to leave only the next day. The accused was arrested on Monday.
#5. Planning to hire 14,000 employees this year: SBI
India’s largest public sector lender SBI on Monday said that it is planning to hire more than 14,000 employees this year. The bank further clarified that its new voluntary retirement scheme is not intended as a cost-cutting measure for the bank. The bank has reportedly planned a voluntary retirement scheme under which about 30,190 employees are eligible.
#6. RBI’s KV Kamath committee names 26 sectors for loan restructuring
The RBI on Monday released the report by KV Kamath Committee, a five-member committee that the central bank formed under the chairmanship of former ICICI Bank CEO KV Kamath for recommending parameters for loan restructuring. The committee made recommendations for 26 sectors that could be factored by lending institutions while finalizing loan resolution plans.
#7. Djokovic loses ₹1.83 cr prize money he won at US Open for hitting lineswoman
World number one men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open following his disqualification from the tournament over ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’. He also has been fined the prize money he won at the tournament, which totalled to $250,000 (₹1.83 crore). Djokovic had hit a lineswoman in the throat with the ball.
#8. Rare species of hedgehog found in Gujarat residential area
A hedgehog has been rescued from a residential area in Gujarat’s Vadodara by Wildlife Rescue Trust, a non-governmental organisation. “This is a rare species and was last caught in Vadodara in 2007,” the trust’s president Arvind Pawar said. Some pictures also surfaced online, showing the hedgehog sitting on a stool after being rescued.
#9. Which states/UTs have the best and worst literacy rate in India?
Kerala has emerged as the most literate state in India with a literacy rate of 96.2%, as per the National Statistical Office. Kerala is followed by Delhi (88.7%), Uttarakhand (87.6%), Himachal Pradesh (86.6%) and Assam (85.9%). States with worst literacy rate include Andhra Pradesh (66.4%), Rajasthan (69.7%) and Bihar (70.9%). The overall literacy rate in India is 77.7%.
#10. Buttler to miss 3rd T20I vs Australia for personal reasons
Chairman NK Singh and the members of 15th Finance Commission will hold a day long meeting with the Economic Advisory Council of the Commission on Friday, an official statement said. It added that the topic of the meeting is ‘Final discussion on GDP growth, tax buoyancy of the Center and the States, GST compensation, revenue deficit grant and fiscal consolidation’.
#1. 15th finance commission to submit its report by October end, panel might treat FY21 as zero year: NK Singh
Chairman NK Singh and the members of 15th Finance Commission will hold a day long meeting with the Economic Advisory Council of the Commission on Friday, an official statement said. It added that the topic of the meeting is ‘Final discussion on GDP growth, tax buoyancy of the Centre and the States, GST compensation, revenue deficit grant and fiscal consolidation’.
#2. 1,00,000-kg blue whale, largest animal on Earth, spotted off Sydney coast
A blue whale was spotted off the coast of Sydney in Australia for possibly only the third time in almost 100 years, wildlife authorities said. The officials said the sea creature may have been more than 82 feet in length and weighed more than 1,00,000 kg. “I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot,” the photographer who captured the picture said.
#3. Railways to conduct computer-based exams for 1.4 lakh jobs from Dec 15
Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav has said that the computer-based tests to fill a total of over 1.4 lakh vacancies under three different categories will be conducted from December 15. The Railways had announced 35,208 vacancies for Non Technical Popular Categories (NTPC), 1,663 for Isolated and Ministerial categories and 1,03,769 for Level 1 or Group D categories.
#4. Coronavirus: Tests ‘could be picking up dead virus
The main test used to diagnose coronavirus is so sensitive it could be picking up fragments of dead virus from old infections, scientists say. Prof Carl Heneghan, one of the study’s authors, said instead of giving a “yes/no” result based on whether any virus is detected, tests should have a cut-off point so that very small amounts of virus do not trigger a positive result.
He believes the detection of traces of old virus could partly explain why the number of cases is rising while hospital admissions remain stable.
#5. Malan delivers every single time, incredibly consistent: Nasser Hussain
Talking about England batsman Dawid Malan’s performance in T20Is, ex-England skipper Nasser Hussain said that the 33-year-old “delivers every single time”. “T20 is not that easy to be consistent…[but] Malan has been incredibly consistent,” he added. Dawid has slammed a ton and seven fifties in the 14 T20Is he has featured in so far.
#6. Rajnath meets his Chinese counterpart Wei at SCO Defence Ministers’ conclave; they agree to resolve border differences through dialogue
In the first signal of thawing of tension between two countries, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met his Chinese counterpart Wei Fenghe on Friday in Moscow on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Defense Ministers’ conclave. The two leaders held talks on the issue of the ongoing situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and agreed to resolve the differences through dialogue at all levels. After S.C.O next high profile exchange between India and China scheduled on September 10.
All schools in Delhi will continue to remain closed till September 30 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Directorate of Education said. However, students from classes 9-12 can visit their schools voluntarily for taking guidance from their teachers from September 21. Up to 50% of staff can be called to schools outside COVID-19 containment zones, the order added.
#3 Lionel Messi says he will remain at Barcelona
Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will remain at Barcelona for another season having previously stated his intention to leave the club. In an interview with Goal.com, Messi said, “I wasn’t happy and wanted to leave. I haven’t been allowed this in any way and I will stay at the club so as not to get into a legal dispute.”
#2 Central Railways to run trains on 23 routes for NDA, NA exam aspirants
Central Railways (CR) will run fully reserved special trains from September 4 to September 6 for students taking National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) exams. In a release, CR urged passengers to adhere to all norms and SOPs related to COVID-19 while boarding and during the travel. The trains will run on 23 routes on the three days.
#4 B’luru airport launches tech-enabled passenger flow management system
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has launched a tech-enabled queue management system at Kempegowda International Airport to reduce waiting time, enhance operational efficiency and manage passenger flow during peak hours. According to BIAL, the Xovis PTS will display live waiting time on the screens at processing points, leading to lowered levels of stress for passengers.
#5 Chandrayaan-1 orbiter data shows Moon rusting at poles
ISRO’s Chandrayaan-1 orbiter data review has given the evidence of the Moon having rust at its poles. Scientists suggested Earth’s magnetotail has a mediating effect on the hydrogen, which prevents rust from occurring, being delivered by the solar wind on the Moon. The magnetotail also helps carry Earth’s upper atmosphere oxygen to the Moon that helps the formation of rust.
#6 Nawaz Sharif’s daughter charged with terrorism in NAB office clash case
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz and 300 party workers have been booked under terrorism charges for allegedly attacking law enforcers and hooliganism. Police included Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997 in an FIR filed against the daughter of former PM Nawaz Sharif and others following a clash outside the National Accountability Bureau office last month.
#7 Don’t think we misjudged the lockdown: NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said that he doesn’t think India “misjudged” the lockdown as it was in a “learning process” at that point of time and measures were taken to protect lives. Lockdown is no longer the solution and hyper-localised strategies must be adopted instead, he added. Further, Kant said he hopes to see a “V-shaped recovery” in India.
#8 Shahid Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed to play in Lankan Premier League
Former Pakistan skippers Shahid Afridi and Sarfaraz Ahmed will play in the upcoming Lankan Premier League (LPL) for Galle Gladiators, a team bought by the owner of Pakistan Super League franchise Quetta Gladiators. The LPL, which was originally slated to begin in late August but was postponed amid COVID-19, has now been rescheduled between November 14 and December 6.
#9 Air pollution makes flower odours unattractive to moths: Studys
Researchers said high ozone air pollution causes tobacco hawkmoths to lose attraction to the scent of their preferred flowers which has been altered by ozone. “We were surprised…that the innate attraction…was completely lost in the presence of increased ozone levels,” a researcher said. However, hawkmoths quickly learn that an unpleasantly polluted scent may lead to nutritious nectar.
#10 Serbia, Kosovo to normalise economic ties after over a decade: Trump
US President Donald Trump has said that Serbia and Kosovo have agreed to normalise economic relations as part of US-brokered talks and described it as a “major breakthrough”. The two countries signed an agreement on Friday. The normalisation comes over a decade after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Serbia has also committed to moving its embassy to Jerusalem.