Current Affairs- 29th September

Science and Technology

North Korea tested newly developed hypersonic missile

  • North Korea tested a newly developed hypersonic missile today, state news media KCNA reported. South Korea’s military said that North Korea fired the missile towards the sea off its east coast. Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their “double standards” on weapons programmes to restart diplomatic talks. The development of the weapon system increases North Korea’s defence capabilities, KCNA said, describing the hypersonic missile as a “strategic weapon”.
  • It said the missile, called Hwasong-8, performed to its technical targets “including the guiding manoeuvrability and the gliding flight characteristics of the detached hypersonic gliding warhead.

National

PM Modi chairs 38th PRAGATI meeting

PM Modi chairs 38th PRAGATI meeting
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the 38th PRAGATI meeting, the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Centre and State governments.
  • During the meeting, eight projects were reviewed. Four of these projects were from the Ministry of Railways, two from the Ministry of Power and one each from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • Having a cumulative cost of around 50 thousand crore rupees, the projects pertain to the states of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana.

SEBI approves frameworks for Gold and Social Stock Exchanges

  • Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has approved the frameworks for gold exchange and Social Stock Exchange. The market regulator SEBI also approved amendments to delisting framework for equity shares at the board meeting held in Mumbai yesterday. A gold exchange is being set up to trade the yellow metal in the form of electronic gold receipts, which will help in having a transparent domestic spot price discovery mechanism.
  • The instrument representing gold is to be called Electronic Gold Receipt (EGR), and will be having trading, clearing and settlement features akin to other securities.

Aveek Sarkar re-elected as PTI Chairman

Aveek Sarkar re-elected as PTI Chairman
  • Aveek Sarkar, the Editor Emeritus and Vice Chairman of the Ananda Bazar Group of Publications, was re-elected Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI), the country’s premier news agency.
  • Sarkar’s re-election for a two-year-term was ratified by PTI’s Board of Directors at their meeting.
  • K N Shanth Kumar, Director of The Printers (Mysore) Pvt. Ltd. which brings out Deccan Herald and Kannada language daily Prajavani, was elected as the Vice-Chairman.

International

India, US sign two MoUs for cooperation in Health and Biomedical Sciences

  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya addressed the closing session of the 4th Indo-US Health Dialogue being hosted by India. The two-day Dialogue was leveraged as a platform to deliberate upon multiple ongoing collaborations in the health sector between the two countries. Two MoUs were also signed at the concluding session.
  • One MoU was signed concerning cooperation in the field of Health and Biomedical sciences. The other MoU was signed for cooperation with International Centre for Excellence in Research (ICER).

Taliban asks US to stop operating drones in Afghan airspace

Taliban asks US to stop operating drones in Afghan airspace
  • In Afghanistan, the Taliban have asked the United States to stop operating drones in Afghan airspace, Terming the US move a breach of national security, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid asked all the nations to act in accordance with mutual obligations to prevent consequences. According to a statement issued by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan IEA yesterday, all countries are the sole owners of the territorial and air sovereignty of their states under international law.
  • These violations must be rectified and prevented. Mujahid called on all countries, especially the United States, to act in accordance with mutual obligations to prevent any negative consequences.

Japan: Fumio Kishida wins governing party leadership election, set to be next PM

Japan: Fumio Kishida wins governing party leadership election, set to be next PM
  • Japan’s former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has won the governing party leadership election and is set to be the next prime minister. Kishida replaces outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year since taking office last September.
  • As new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Kishida is certain to be elected the next prime minister on Monday in parliament, where his party and coalition partner control the house. Kishida beat Taro Kono, the vaccinations minister, in a runoff after moving ahead of two female candidates Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda in the first round.

At least 12 groups designated as Foreign Terrorist Organisations by America are based in Pakistan

  • A US Congress report says at least 12 groups designated as “foreign terrorist organizations” by the US are based in Pakistan. They include five that are India-centric, according to the latest Congressional report on terrorism.
  • The report, ‘Terrorist and Other Militant Groups in Pakistan’, released by the research wing of the US Congress, said the Pakistan-based groups could be broadly categorized into five types – globally oriented, Afghanistan-oriented, India and Kashmir-oriented, domestically oriented and sectarian (anti-Shia). The prominent India-centric groups include Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harakat-ul Jihad Islami and Hizb-ul Mujahideen.

Sports

ICC launched official anthem ahead of 2021 T20 World Cup

  • The official anthem for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from October 17 to November 14, was launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in collaboration with its broadcast partners Star Sports.
  • Composed by Indian music director Amit Trivedi, the video features young cricket fans from across the world as well as animated versions of India captain Virat Kohli, West Indies’ Kieron Pollard, Australia’s Glenn Maxwell and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.

Days and Dates

World Heart Day: 29th September

World Heart Day: 29th September
  • To increase public awareness of cardiovascular diseases, their prevention and their global impact, World Heart Day is being observed and celebrated annually on September 29.
  • As per the World Heart Federation, cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the world’s number one killer, resulting in 18.6 million deaths a year.
  • This year, the theme of World Heart Day is “Use Heart to Connect”. The idea is to find different and innovative ways to connect people to heart health, especially in lower resource areas and communities.

Other Important Affairs

  • The Primary and Secondary Education minister of Karnataka B C Nagesh informed media in Bengaluru today that ISRO will be consulted to include their achievements in the school curriculum. The minister met ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan and other scientists in the city today.
  • International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste is celebrated on September 29, since 2020, to promote and implement global efforts to resolve the issue of food wastage.
  • Chairman & managing director CavinKare Pvt Ltd, CK Ranganathan has been appointed president of All India Management Association (AIMA) for a period of one year till the National Management Convention is held in September 2022.
  • In Ladakh, as part of the National Celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, CEC LAHDC Kargil Feroz Ahmad Khan inaugurated the 1st LG Horse Polo Cup at Goshan Horse Polo Ground Drass.