Current Affairs- 11th & 12th September

Science and Technology

'Medicines from the Sky' project launched

'Medicines from the Sky' project launched
  • Union Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia has launched the Medicines from the Sky project to send medicines to Primary Health Care Centres using drones.
  • The project was launched at Vikarabad in Telangana. Drones carry a payload of vaccines and other medicines to Public Health Centers under the project.
  • The first sortie was carried out by a drone built by SkyAir Mobility for its Consortium partner Blue Dart Express and delivered a five-kg box of vaccines to a community Health Care Center located 3 kms away.

NPCI and Fiserv launch RuPay credit card stack for fintechs and banks

  • The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Fiserv Inc, a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology, have entered into an agreement to launch the plug-and-play RuPay credit card stack, nFiNi.
  • This BaaS (banking-as-a-service) programme provides a ready stack of services required for fintechs and banks to issue RuPay credit cards, as per a statement.
  • Under the nFiNi programme, NPCI and Fiserv will expand the market base by enabling fintechs and banks on credit cards. Once on-boarded, fintechs who largely cater to new-to-bank-and-credit customers will be able to issue credit to this segment through the nFiNi platform.

National

Bhupendra Patel to be next CM of Gujarat

  • Bhupendra Rajnikant Patel will be the next Chief Minister of Gujarat.
  • Outgoing Chief Minister Vijay Rupani proposed the name of Bhupendra Patel in the legislature party meeting which was unanimously accepted.
  • BJP’s central observer Narendra Singh Tomar has officially declared Mr Patel – MLA from Ghatlodiya seat of Ahmedabad as the new leader of BJP legislature party.
  • Chief Minister elect Bhupendra Patel met Governor Acharya Devvrat at Rajbhavan in Gandhinagar this evening and handed over a letter of his election as the leader of state legislature party.

Major indigenous project for 6 powerful 'eyes in the sky' AWACS gets govt approval

  • A deal of close to Rs 11,000 crore has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security.
  • In December 2020, it came in news that India plans to launch a major Rs 10,500 crore project to indigenously developed six airborne warning and control system (AWACS).
  • The IAF also has three larger, A-50 EI aircraft bought from Russia which are mounted with Israel-made EL/W-2090 ‘Phalcon’ radar system.
  • AESA is a computer-controlled radar array in which radio beams can be electronically steered to point in different directions without moving the antenna.

International

UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi all set for talks in Iran

UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi all set for talks in Iran
  • U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi is all set for talks in Iran today in order to ease a standoff between Tehran and the West. The meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will take place next week. Grossi arrived in Tehran last night, Iranian state media said. The IAEA and Iran’s envoy to the agency said he would meet the new head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami.
  • Grossi is expected to hold a news conference at Vienna airport this evening after returning later, the IAEA said.

FBI releases newly declassified record on 9/11 attacks

FBI releases newly declassified record on 9/11 attacks
  • In the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a newly declassified document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
  • The document details contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the US but does not provide proof that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the plot.
  • Released on the 20th anniversary of the attacks, the document is the first investigative record to be disclosed since President Joe Biden ordered a declassification review of materials that for years have remained out of public view.

Najib Mikati chosen as Lebanon's new Prime Minister

Najib Mikati chosen as Lebanon's new Prime Minister
  • A new government has been announced in Lebanon over a year after the previous administration quit following the devastating Beirut port explosion.
  • Najib Mikati – Lebanon’s richest man – becomes Prime Minister, a position he has held twice before. His appointment, along with the naming of a new cabinet, ends months of political paralysis. It comes as Lebanon grapples with some of the severest domestic crises it has faced in its history.
  • The value of the currency has collapsed, unemployment and inflation have soared, electricity, fuel and medicines are in short supply and the country has been rocked by nearly two years of protests calling for wholesale political reforms.

Sports

British teenager Emma Raducanu clinches Women's Singles title in US Open 2021

British teenager Emma Raducanu clinches Women's Singles title in US Open 2021
  • Rising British sensation Emma Raducanu beat Leylah Fernandez of Canada to win Women’s Singles title at US Open Tennis. The 18-year-old Emma Raducanu defeated her Canadian opponent in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the summit clash held at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York last night. She has become the first British woman to win the title in 53 years. Raducanu has also become the first British woman in 44 years to win a Grand Slam singles title.
  • Britain’s Queen Elizabeth congratulated Raducanu on her success and said it is a testament to her hard work and dedication.

Awards and Honours

Susanna Clarke’s ‘Piranesi’ wins Women’s Prize for Fiction

Susanna Clarke’s ‘Piranesi’ wins Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • British writer Susanna Clarke won the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction for her mind-tweaking fantasy novel “Piranesi” — a book that chronic illness made her fear she would never get to write.
  • Clarke, 61, was awarded the 30,000 pound ($41,000) prize for her second novel, which was published 16 years after her first, “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” became a global best-seller.
  • Clarke’s first novel, an epic magical saga, was published to acclaim in 2004, sold more than 4 million copies and was adapted for television by the BBC. Clarke has said that work on the follow-up was slowed by illness, as she struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Days and Dates

Ministry of Food Processing Industries celebrates Food Processing Week from Sep 6th to 12th

  • To commemorate 75 years of India’s Independence, the Union Government is celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. As a part of the celebration, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is celebrating Food Processing Week from 6th to 12th September under which the Ministry is organizing various programmes.
  • As part of the week-long campaign of the Ministry, over 43 lakh rupees Seed Capital amount was transferred today to District Project Management Units of State Rural Livelihoods Mission, SRLM for 135 SHG members in Uttar Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises, PMFME Scheme.

Other Important Affairs

  • Iran has agreed to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, potentially averting a diplomatic showdown this week.
  • King Mohammed VI of Morocco has appointed Aziz Akhannouch of the liberal National Rally of Independents (RNI) party as Prime Minister and asked him to form a government.
  • The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, GC Murmu was elected as the chairman of the assembly of the Asian Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (ASOSAI) for a period of three years from 2024 to 2027.
  • Madhya Pradesh has become the first state of the country to implement cyber crisis management plan developed by M.P. state load dispatch centre Jabalpur. Sunil Tiwari, MD, Madhya Pradesh Power Transmission Company (MPPTCL) said that on the instructions of the Central Government, the engineers of State Load Dispatch Centre of the Transmission Company prepared this Cyber Crisis Management Plan in-house without taking the help of expert consultants and implemented after approval by Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-India).