Current Affairs- 22nd September

National

Dept. of Animal Husbandry and Dairying signs MoU with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dept. of Animal Husbandry and Dairying signs MoU with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying on Wednesday signed Memorandum of Understanding with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support India’s livestock sector.
  • Both will work together on sustainably improving India’s livestock sector to support the nation’s food and nutritional security, and protect the economic wellbeing of small-scale livestock producers.
  • The event was organized in New Delhi today as a part of ongoing celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a commemoration of 75th year of India’s Independence.

INS Tabar undertakes 12 maritime partnership exercises with foreign navies at sea

  • Indian Naval Ship INS Tabar was mission-deployed in international waters for over three months from 13th June this year. During the deployment, she made eleven port calls in nine countries of Europe and Africa, traversing nearly 20 thousand nautical miles. The ship received a warm reception in all countries from local officials and was visited by several local dignitaries.
  • The ship’s port visits saw various social and professional interactions conducted with the host countries. The ship also undertook twelve maritime partnership exercises with foreign navies at sea. These also included prominent bilateral exercises such as Exercise Indra-Navy 21 with the Russian Navy.

Anurag Thakur to inaugurate five day Himalayan Film Festival at Leh

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister, Anurag Thakur will inaugurate a five day Himalayan Film Festival at Leh, Ladakh on 24th of this month. The inaugural of this first festival will witness the presence of makers and cast of the super hit movie Shershah, including Director Vishnuvardhan and the lead actor Siddharth Malhotra.
  • Shershah is also the opening feature film of the festival. The festival will comprise of various segments to enthrall the audience and film buffs. They include the screening of popular films. workshops, master classes, in-conversation sessions and competition sections.

International

76th Session of UN General Assembly gets underway in New York

  • The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly got underway in New York last night. Over 100 global leaders are attending the deliberations. These include US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British premier Boris Johnson. This session coincides with the current UN Secretary General Antonio Gueterres set for another five years term at the helms of affairs of the world body.
  • US President Joe Biden was the first speaker as per the tradition. In his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr Biden urged the nations to forge a global unity against common threats like COVID-19 pandemic, technological threats and autocratic nations.

SAARC Foreign Ministers' meeting slated for Saturday in New York cancelled

  • The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) foreign ministers’ meeting slated to be held on Saturday in New York has been cancelled. It was to be held in-person on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. However, the Nepalese Foreign Ministry issued a communiqué saying that the meet stands cancelled owing to “lack of concurrence from all Member States. Nepal was the host of the meet.
  • The SAARC is the regional intergovernmental organization of eight countries of South Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

UN releases emergency funds to prevent Afghanistan’s healthcare system from collapsing

  • The United Nations aid chief said on Wednesday that he has released 45 million Dollar in emergency funds to help prevent Afghanistan’s battered healthcare system from collapsing.
  • Martin Griffiths, the UN’s Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, warned in a statement that medicines, medical supplies and fuel are running out in Afghanistan. Cold chains are compromised. Essential health-care workers are not being paid, he said.
  • Afghanistan’s healthcare system was plunged into crisis after the Taliban swept into power last month, complicating aid deliveries and leaving many health facilities understaffed.

Sports

Gukesh clinches Norway Open 2021 Masters

Gukesh clinches Norway Open 2021 Masters
  • GM D Gukesh won his second consecutive tournament of this month, Norway Chess Open 2021 Masters section. He scored 8.5/10, remained undefeated, performed at 2743 and gained 17.5 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2621. He won 60000 NOK (approx. ₹509000).
  • His compatriot, GM Iniyan P scored 7.5/10 to finish at second position. He performed at 2550, increased his rating by 6.7 points and won 40000 NOK (approx. ₹339000). Gukesh’s next event is European Club Cup where Carlsen, Grischuk, Harikrishna, Sasikiran and others are going to play. Since both Carlsen and Gukesh are on the first board of their respective teams, there is a good chance we may get to see Carlsen vs. Gukesh soon.

Beijing 2022 Games: 'Together for a Shared Future' unveiled as motto

  • The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics unveiled its official motto, “Together for a Shared Future”, during a ceremony at the city’s Capital Museum on Friday.
  • Chen Ning, director general of Beijing 2022’s Culture and Ceremonies Department, said that the slogan was a commitment towards overcoming global challenges as a community with a shared future for mankind.
  • The motto was chosen after a lengthy process that included a total of 79 different proposals.
  • The Games will be held from February 4-20, with Beijing set to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Awards and Honours

Bangladeshi Fairooz Faizah Beether gets 2021 Changemaker Award

Bangladeshi Fairooz Faizah Beether gets 2021 Changemaker Award
  • Fairooz Faizah Beether of Bangladesh has been chosen for the 2021 Changemaker Award for her work promoting good health and well-being by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Award celebrates an individual who has inspired change using personal experience or from a position of leadership.
  • Fairooz Faizah is co-founder of Moner School which is an anonymous online platform active in the field of mental health. It works with youth to educate them about the importance of mental health care through training, workshops, and a 24/7 online mental health first aid service in Bangladesh.

Days and Dates

World Rhino Day: 22nd September

  • Today is World Rhino Day. Indian Oil has made arrangements to celebrate the day in all the petrol bunks and other outlets. The Organisation has made the Indian Rhino as its mascot to protect the endangered wildlife found in Assam and WestBengal.
  • The greater one horned Rhino or the Indian Rhino, is the largest of Rhino species found in North Indian States and Nepal. Assam has nearly three quarters of Rhinos in the world found in Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Orang National park.

Other Important Affairs

  • Government has accepted RN Ravi’s resignation as interlocutor for the Naga peace process with immediate effect. The resignation was submitted by him on Wednesday.
  • Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment will celebrate ‘Sign Language Day’ tomorrow. Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr. Virendra Kumar will be the Chief Guest at the event organised in New Delhi.
  • India hosted the first India-United Kingdom Consular Dialogue through video conferencing on Wednesday. The Indian delegation was led by Devesh Uttam, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and the UK side was led by Jennifer Anderson, Director Consular Services, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
  • The Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government has cleared a proposal to develop an ‘Electronic Park’, along the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) area, near Noida, to promote the electronics industry. The park is proposed to be developed in an area of 250 acres of the YEIDA near Jewar Airport
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