1. Defence Ministry Places ₹ 7,523 Crore Order For 118 Battle Tanks
- The state-of-the-art Main Battle Tank Mk-1A is a new variant of Arjun Tank designed to enhance fire power, mobility and survivability. Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the Mk-1 variant, the tank would ensure effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night. It has been designed and developed by DRDO.
2. SC to set up technical expert panel to probe Pegasus snooping row
- Pegasus is spyware developed by the Israeli cyberarms firm NSO Group that can be covertly installed on mobile phones running most versions of iOS and Android. The 2021 Project Pegasus revelations suggest that the current Pegasus software can exploit all recent iOS versions up to iOS 14.6.
3. Indian Army to organise cultural fest to showcase linkages with Bangladesh during the liberation War
- The Bangladesh Liberation War, also known as the Bangladesh War of Independence, or simply the Liberation War in Bangladesh, was a revolution and armed conflict sparked by the rise of the Bengali nationalist and self-determination movement in what was then East Pakistan during the 1971 Bangladesh genocide.
- The event is being organised as part of the Swarnim Vijay Varsha celebrations to commemorate the 50 years of liberation of Bangladesh and India’s victory over Pakistan in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war.
4. Union Minister Piyush Goyal Launches National Single Window System
- Ministers Responsible
Piyush Goyal, Cabinet Minister
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State
Som Parkash, Minister of State
5. PM Modi interacts with top CEOs of American companies in Washington DC
- Adobe Inc., originally called Adobe Systems Incorporated, is an American multinational computer software company.
- CEO: Shantanu Narayen
- Founded: December 1982, Mountain View, California, United States
- Headquarters: San Jose, California, United States
6. Somalia hosts first public film-screening in 30 years
- The theatre was built by Chinese engineers as a gift from China’s leader Mao Zedong in 1967. It was seen as an important driver for Somalia’s cultural development in the 1970s and 80s.
- It closed in 1991 at the start of the civil war and was used as a base for warlords fighting over the capital.
- Filmgoers paid 10 dollars to watch the two films, Hoos and Date from Hell.
7. WHO revises air quality guidelines for first time since 2005
- The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO Constitution states its main objective as “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”.
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Founded: 7 April 1948
8. UN chief appoints Nobel laureate K. Satyarthi as SDG Advocate
- Secretary general: António Guterres
- Headquarters: New York, United States
- Founded: 24 October 1945, San Francisco, California, United States
9. President Kovind to confer National Service Scheme Awards for 2019-20
- Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports confers every year the National Service Scheme Award to recognize and reward outstanding contributions towards voluntary community service made by the Universities, Colleges, 2 Councils, Senior Secondary, NSS Units or Programme Officers and NSS Volunteers, with a view to further promote NSS in the country.
- NSS is a Centrally Sector Scheme which was launched in the year 1969 with the primary objective of developing the personality and character of the student youth through voluntary community service.
10. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment celebrates Sign Language Day
- The day September 23 was chosen as the International Day of Sign Languages because the World Federation of the Deaf was established on this day, back in 1951. The WFD has since grown to an organization of around 135 national associations of deaf people.