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Important Days – September 2016
Date Important Days This Year’s Theme
September 1 -7 National Nutrition Week (India)  
September 2 World Coconut Day ‘Coconut, the tree of life Sustains family wellbeing’
September 5 Teachers’ Day (India)  
September 8 International Literacy Day ‘Reading the past, writing the future’
September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day  
September 14 Hindi Divas (India)  
September 15 International Day of Democracy ‘Democracy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’
September 15 Engineers’ Day ‘Skill Development for Young Engineers to Reform the Core Sector: Vision 2025.’
September 16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer ‘Ozone and Climate: Restored by a World United’
September 21 International Day of Peace ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.’
September 21 World Alzheimer’s Day  
September 27 World Tourism Day “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”
September 28 International Right to Know Day  
September 28 World Rabies Day ‘Rabies: Educate. Vaccinate. Eliminate’



Books & Authors – September 2016
Book/Novel Author
Rekha – The Untold Story Yasser Usman
Six Machine: I Don’t Like Cricket…. I Love It Chris Gayle
Into The Hidden Valley Stuart Blackburn
Shanti Ki Talash Mein Zindagi Radhika Nagrath
Citizen and Society Vice President Hamid Ansari
Ananta Jeevanam  Prof Kolakaluri Enoch



Committees in News – September 2016
Purpose Headed By
Four member expert committee to study silt in river Ganga in Bihar A K Sinha
Parliamentary standing committee on finance to scrutinise Govt.’s proposal to merge Railway Budget with General Budget M Veerappa Moily
Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, which will decide on the tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold under the new taxation regime Union Finance Minister



Awards/Honours/Achievements – September 2016
Awardees Award
Justin Bieber Featured in Guinness World Records 2017 Edition book with an impressive set of eight record titles
Gisele Bundchen No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of top-earning models for the 15th year in a row
England Cricket Team Scored world record one-day total of 444/3 against Pakistan
Jackie Chan ‘Honorary Oscar’ by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Zaheer Khan Awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)
Dr. Hrushikesh Mallick 37th edition of prestigious Sarala Award for his outstanding poetry
Jan Sikshan Sansthan, Mallpuram UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy in recognition of its literacy-linked skill development activities among the underprivileged in rural areas
Indian Institute of Science – Bangalore Top spot among the Indian institutes in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17
Serena Williams Highest number of victories in Grand Slam matches
R S Sundar (Director of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project) Elevated to the post of Distinguished Scientist, in honour for his meritorious service
K G George JC Daniel Award 2015 – Kerala Government’s highest honor for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema
Australian Cricket Team New record score in Twenty20 international cricket – 263-3 against Sri Lanka
Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw Appointed as ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la LAgion d’Honneur’ (Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honour) for her outstanding contribution and dedication to Biosciences and Research field globally
Canara Bank ‘Dun & Bradstreet Banking Awards 2016’ for being the Best Bank under priority sector lending and Best Retail Growth performer amongst public sector banks
Sudarshan Pattnaik People’s choice prize for his sand sculpture titled “Mahatma Gandhi – World Peace” at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship 2016
Priyanka Yoshikawa (Half Indian) Miss Japan 2016
Rishi Kapoor Felicitated at the opening ceremony of First BRICS Film Festival
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Named Best Actor at First Edition of the Lonavla International Film Festival India (LIFFI)
Tannishtha Chatterjee Named Best Actress at First Edition of the Lonavla International Film Festival India (LIFFI)
Kannada film Thithi Best Film Award at 1st BRICS Film Festival
Stuart Blackburn 2016 MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction in the United Kingdom (for Novel based on Apatani tribe of Arunachal Pradesh titled Into the Hidden Valley)
Anjum Chopra First Indian woman to be awarded  honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club
Odisha 9th Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2016 in the category of Best Agriculture State-2016 in recognition of the efforts towards development of agriculture and bringing rural prosperity
Haryana Bagged ‘Best Horticulture State’ award at 9th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2016 for the concerted efforts made by the state government to increase the income of the farmers in horticulture
Mariyappan Thangavelu Gold Medal at Rio Paralympics 2016 in men’s High Jump Event
Varun Singh Bhati Bronze Medal at Rio Paralympics 2016 in men’s High Jump Event
 ‘Woman Who Left’ – Film of Filipino director, Lav Diaz Venice Film Festival’s top Golden Lion Award
China World’s longest bullet train network (20000 km of track network)
American Television Series Game of Thrones Has broken the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series
Angelique Kerber (Tennis Player) Has officially become the oldest woman to debut at No. 1 in the WTA rankings
Metropolitan Museum of Arts, New York Named World’s top museum as per Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards for the second year in a row
Deepa Malik Silver Medal at Rio Paralympics 2016 in women’s shot put event
Andhra Pradesh Has become the second state in the country after Gujarat to achieve 100 per cent electrification of households
Kunwar Bai 105-year-old woman who was felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for building toilet by selling off her goats and has been chosen as the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ mascot
Ramesh Raskar India-born innovator and scientist who has been awarded the 2016 Lemelson-MIT prize
Devendra Jhajharia Gold Medal at Rio Paralympics 2016 in men’s Javelin Throw Event
Meghna Pant Kumaon Literary Festival’s FON (Fellows of Nature) South Asia Short Story Award in Nature writing for her short story “People of the Sun”
Abraham Verghese Indian-American Physician whose work has emphasised empathy in medicine and has been selected for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal
Katrina Kaif Smita Patil Memorial Award
Dinesh Bharadia Indian origin MIT Scientist, who has been honoured with the 2016 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar Award for his research on radio waves
Lord Narendra Babubhai Patel Indian-origin British obstetrician and member of the UK Parliament who has been honoured with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ during the Asian Achievers Awards for his work in the medical profession and public life in Britain over the years
Lata Mangeshkar Banga Bibhushan by West Bengal State Govt.
Ravi Reddy Indian-origin South African who has become the first person from the African continent to head International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), headquartered in Amsterdam
Shubha Mudgal Annual ‘LalitArpan Samman’
Visaranai, the Tamil docu-drama crime thriller Has been chosen as India’s official entry to Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards to be held in 2017
Ronny Sen Photographer, who has won the Getty Images Instagram Grant this year for his work on the coal town of Jharia in Jharkhand, where underground fires have been burning for more than a hundred years
Adi Godrej 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy
University of Oxford Topped Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17
Sathiyan Ganasekaran Indian table tennis player who has won Belgian Open title and has thus won India’s first international Men’s singles titles in half a decade, since Achanta Sharath Kamal in 2012
The Hindu Silver and Bronze awards in the ‘Best Reader Engagement’ category of the South Asian Digital Media Awards at the WAN-IFRA (World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) India 2016 conference in Kolkata
Music Director Uttam Singh ‘Lata Mangeshkar Award for Lifetime Achievement’, instituted by the Maharashtra government
Mysuru Has become the first Indian city with a population of one million or more to be declared free of open defecation
Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi First carbon neutral airport in Asia-Pacific Region
Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO of Paytm ‘Best Businessman’ at the annual ‘GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016’
Devendra Jhajharia GQ Sportsman of the Year Award 2016
Annu Rani (Javelin Thrower) Smashed her own national record and in the process became the first Indian woman to cross the 60m mark at the 56th Open National Athletics Championships in Lucknow
Mary Barra (Chairperson & CEO) of General Motors Topped Fortune magazine’s list of Most Powerful Women for the second consecutive year
Flipkart The first e-commerce company in India to hit the milestone of 100-million registered users
 Prof Kolakaluri Enoch 29th Moortidevi Award 2015 for his novel Ananta Jeevanam





Meetings/Conferences/Summit – September 2016
Event Venue
BRICS Convention on Tourism Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
14th ASEAN-India Summit Vientiane, Laos
11th East Asia Summit Vientiane, Laos
Inaugural edition of the Indian Ocean conference 2016 Singapore
India’s first International Conference on Cooking Gas Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Annual La Tomatina Festival Bunol, Spain
First BRICS Film Festival New Delhi
World Coin and Currency exhibition-cum-auction Siliguri, West Bengal
United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial Meeting London, UK
First-ever Nomad Film Festival Delhi
G20 Summit 2016 Hangzhou, China
Incredible India Investors Summit New Delhi
BRICS Wellness Workshop Bengaluru
65th All India Police Athletics Championship Hyderabad
69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia Colombo, Sri Lanka
First edition of ‘IoT (Internet of Things) India Congress, 2016’ Bengaluru
2nd Edition of the Indo-Africa ICT Expo Nairobi, Kenya
9th Global Agriculture Leadership Summit 2016 New Delhi
Indo-US Economic Summit New Delhi
National Fair on comprehensive Indian Medicine system (AROGYA) Bengaluru
Third edition of BRICS Urbanisation Forum Meet Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
17th Summit of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Venezuela
Fourth edition of the Naropa festival Ladakh
Regional Conference on ‘Path Breaking and High Impact Initiatives in Citizen Centric Services Delivery System’ Guwahati
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s 2016 World Conservation Congress Hawaii, United States
2-day National Conference on Labour Bhubaneswar, Odisha
United Nations first-ever Summit for Refugees and Migrants New York, United States
4th Annual South Asia Bio Safety Conference Hyderabad
5th Asian Beach Games Vietnam
Sixth BRICS meeting on Agriculture and Agrarian Development New Delhi
20th India International Seafood Show 2016 Visakhapatnam
A first-of-its-kind exhibition on childhood cancer awareness Premises of Taj Mahal
2nd SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism New Delhi
Four day Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Unnati Mela – 2016 Mathura
INDOSAN, India Sanitation Conference New Delhi



Appointments – September 2016
Person Designation/Post
Ashok Chawla New chancellor of TERI University
Ali Bongo Re-elected as President of Gabon
Aishwarya Dhanush United Nations Women’s Advocate for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in India
Michel Temer New President of Brazil
K K Aggarwal National President of the Indian Medical Association for the year 2016-17
Punit Goenka President of Indian Broadcasting Foundation
Sakshi Malik Appointed as Wrestling Director at Maharshi Dayanand University in Rohtak
John Abraham Brand ambassador of Arunachal Pradesh Tourism
J Satyanarayana Part-time chairperson of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
C K Asnani Chairman-cum-Managing Director of state-run Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL)
Sanjay Kumar Srivastava Chairperson of National Authority for Chemicals Weapons Convention
Bakytzhan Sagintayev Prime Minister of Kazakhstan
Vidya Balan Brand ambassador of the Samajwadi Pension Yojana by Uttar Pradesh Government
Nawazuddin Siddiqui Brand ambassador of Uttar Pradesh Govt.’s ‘Samajwadi Kisan Beema Yojana’
Alka Sirohi Chairperson of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Nadia Murad UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking
Aleksander Caferin President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
BHVS Narayana Murthy


Expert in Avionics who has been appointed as Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), Hyderabad
MSK Prasad Appointed as India’s Chief Selector by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Ajay Shirke Re-elected as Secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
Anup Kumar Captain of Indian team for Kabaddi World Cup 2016
Sudhir Pratap Singh Director General of National Security Guard (NSG)
Vijay Kelkar President of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
O P Singh Director General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
R K Pachnanda Director General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)
Ajay Singh President of Boxing Federation of India (BFI)
Virat Kohli Brand Ambassador of Punjab National Bank
Madhusudan Sahoo Chairperson of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India
Junaid Ahmad World Bank’s new Country Director for India
V K Sharma Chairman of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC)
Riyadh Mathew Chairman of Press Trust of India



Obituary (Deaths) – September 2016
Person Associated with Field/Area of Work
Kashmiri Lal Zakir Poet, Novelist, Short Story Writer
Nalini Dhar Bhattacharya Poet From Assam
Sharad Rao Trade Union Leader
Islam Karimov First President of Uzbekistan
Richard Neville Australian Writer
Jon Polito American Actor
Vera Caslavaska Czech Gymnast
Isabelle Dinoire First face transplant patient
Curtis Hanson American Film Director
Reoti Saran Sharma Playwright
Shimon Peres Former President of Israel
Syed Shamsul Haq Poet, lyricist and writer from Bangaldesh
S K Mahahan Chairman of Film Certification Appllate Tribunal (FCAT)



Indian States and UTs News – September 2016
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has inaugurated Asia’s biggest digital library dedicated to the memory of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam in Silchar
  • With an aim to boost regional air connectivity by developing small airports and airstrips in the state, the Gujarat government has signed an MoU with the Ministry of Civil Aviation under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)
  • Gumthala Garhu has become the first Wifi hotspot village in Haryana
  • Haryana State Govt. has decided to develop 340 villages as Horticulture Villages at a cost of 93 crore rupees during the Golden Jubilee year of the State
  • With a view to engage youth of Jammu & Kashmir in constructive sporting activities, a special package of Rs. 200 crore has been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Ankasamudra tank in Karnataka was recently declared as a bird conservation reserve
  • Kerala State Govt. has decided to enter into joint venture agreement with Railways for rail projects in the state under the 51:49 equity partnership arrangements
  • ‘Biju Kanya Ratna Yojna’ has been launched by Odisha to improve Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) and Child Sex Ratio (CSR) in Ganjam, Dhenkanal and Angul districts
  • Lt Governor of Puducherry, Ms Kiran Bedi launched the Shramdaan Movement as part of the Swachh Bharat and Swachh Puducherry initiatives
  • Rajasthan’s state education department has partnered with US-based technology firm Cisco to promote digital learning across the state using virtual digital room solutions
  • Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has announced that maternity leave for women government employees will be increased from the present six months to nine months, fulfilling the ruling party’s electoral promise
  • The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (CSMC) for the Swadesh Darshan Scheme in Ministry of Tourism has approved projects to the tune of Rs. 450 Crore for development of Heritage circuit in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, RamayanaCircuit in Uttar Pradesh, North East Circuit in Sikkim and Coastal Circuit of Tamil Nadu
  • Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister has launched ‘CM Scooty Scheme’ for college-going girls from weaker sections
  • The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) project that has been given the in-principle approval by the Union Cabinet may come up in Hingoli district of Maharashtra
  • Odisha state government has launched pension scheme for construction workers which will benefit 25 lakh beneficiaries in phases
  • Himachal Pradesh State Govt. has signed a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Govt. of Singapore for developing a smart integrated township in Jathiadevi near Shimla airport
  • Telangana State Govt. has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with theGoa to help the latter in information technology (IT) development
  • Transport Minister of Haryana has announced free bus rides for girl school students in the State
  • Charkhi Dadri has become the 22nd district of Haryana
  • Madhya Pradesh State Govt. has started smart virtual classrooms, for students of classes 6, 7, and 8 in 224 government schools
  • Telangana State Govt. has signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to get bandwidth to telecast programmes for students appearing for various competitive examinations to get government jobs
  • Tamil Nadu State Govt. has allotted Rs 204 crorefor ‘Thaaliku Thangam’ (Gold for Mangalsutra) scheme for the year 2016-17 to benefit 12,500 women



Govt. Schemes/Yojanas/Initiatives – September 2016
  • The Union Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Amar Chitra Katha to publish and distribute comic book on Swachh Bharat Mission
  • The Home Ministery has recently cleared the file for use of Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide (PAVA) also called Nonivamide as an alternative to the pellet guns
  • #Gas4India campaign has been launched by Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra to promote the use of gas in the country
  • ‘Urja Mitra’ helpline has been launched by Department of Telecom with an aim to improve power problems in India, wherein consumers can dial 14401 to get updates and required information about power outages
  • Union Government has notified the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme that would offer financial incentives to employers
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the biggest Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC) in the country on 5th September 2016 across 149 districts of 19 states/UTs
  • The Central government has approved six proposals to set up centres of excellence to promote and fund start-ups under the National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovation (NIDHI), a programme steered by the Department of Science and Technology
  • Indian has launched toll free number 1924 to register postal complaints
  • In an initiative to improve the railway travel experience of elderly, differently-abled and ailing passengers, the Ministry of Railways has announced the launch of Yatri Mitra Sewa to simplify access to wheelchairs, battery operated cars and porter services
  • Mission Parivar Vikas will be launched by Union Health Ministry to improve family planning services in seven states where the combined total fertility rate (TFR), or the number of children a woman has in her lifetime) constitutes 44% of the country’s population



Banking/Economy/Finance/Corporate News – September 2016
  • ICICI Bank has become the first bank in India to deploy ‘software robots, that emulate human action, in its over 200 business processes, thereby reducing the response time to customers by up to 60 per cent
  • ‘m-Gullak’ mobile wallet platform has been launched by digital payments platform MobiKwik and Samagra, an NGO serving urban poor, to promote the habit of savings among urban poor
  • Nigeria (one of the top economies of Africa) has officially slid into recession recently, owing to low oil prices
  • Acer has recently launched world’s first curved-screen laptop
  • British Colombia, Canada has become the first foreign government issuer of masala bonds, by successfully raising Rs.5 billion through a rupee-denominated bond on the London Stock Exchange
  • NABARD will raise about 6,000 crore (through private placement) and then on lend it to the Central Government for the funding of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY)
  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has become India’sfirst insurer to float an Initial Public Offer (IPO)
  • Tancent Holdings the Chinese Tech Giant which has become the most valuable company in Asia
  • Equitas Small Finance Bank commenced operations in Chennai on 6th September 2016 with three branches, almost a year after receiving the “in-principle” approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
  • Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani announced the full-scale launch of its telecom venture ‘Reliance Jio’, during the company’s 42nd annual general meeting
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed working with the government to introduce interest-free banking to tackle financial exclusion for religious reasons, potentially opening Islamic finance to the largest Muslim minority population in the world
  • The Goods & Services Tax (GST) Council has decided that businesses in the North Eastern and hill states with annual turnover below Rs. 10 lakh would be out of the GST net, while the threshold for the exemption in the rest of India would be an annual turnover of Rs.20 lakh
  • Axis Bank has tied-up with Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to offer specialised banking courses
  • Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has partnered withTwitter to provide live updates
  • Asian Development Bank has approved a $631-million loan for construction of industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai, part of India’s first coastal industrial corridor running from West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu
  • Karnataka Bank launched ‘KBL – Loan Junction’, an onlineretail loan web portal
  • Alibaba, the online marketing giant is planning to launch the world’s firste-commerce satellite next year to provide people with the best vegetables after analysing agricultural cultivation and harvesting data
  • The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Ministry of Finance has appointed ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company as the asset management company for the creation and launch of a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)
  • J P Morgan Chase has become ‘Most Valuable Bank’ in United States
  • Gionee, the smart phone manufacturer has signed an MoU with the Haryana State Govt. to set up its phone manufacturing hub with an initial investment of Rs 500 crore which, later on, would be increased to Rs 1,500 crore
  • ‘Project SAKSHAM’ is the new Indirect Tax Network (Systems Integration) of theCentral Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) which has been recently approved by Union Cabinet



Reports/Index/Study/Research – September 2016
  • According to a readers poll conducted by Condé Nast Traveller Lake Palace, Udaipur has been voted as the best hotel in Asia
  • As per com’s 2016 Aviation Price Index, India has ranked number 1, by being the best value location for international and domestic flights worldwide
  • According to wealth research firm New World Wealth,India is the second most ‘unequal’ nation in the world where millionaires, or those with net assets of $1 million or more, control over half of its total wealth
  • According to a UNICEF Report, children now make up more than half of the world’s refugees, despite the fact they account for less than a third of the global population
  • The Cost of Air Pollution: Strengthening the economic case for action,a joint study of the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) has revealed that air pollution has emerged as the deadliest form of pollution and the fourth leading risk factor for premature deaths worldwide
  • Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed gross domestic product (GDP) grew 7.1% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year (2016-17), against 7.9% in the preceding three months, the fourth quarter of 2015-16
  • As per a survey carried out by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Sikkim has been adjudged as the cleanest State on the condition of sanitation in rural areas
  • Mandi in Himachal Pradesh and Sindhudurg in Maharashtra have emerged as the cleanest districts in India according to a recent report released by Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
  • According to Airports Council International, Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International remained the world’s busiest airport for 2015
  • As per KPMG, India is set to become the third largest construction market in the world by 2025 with a size of $1 trillion
  • According to a newglobal rankings released by Dutch building consultants Arcadis, Zurich in Switzerland has emerged as World’s Most Sustainable City
  • According to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report, India ranked 112th out of 159 countries and territories
  • According to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report, Switzerland has the highest level of economic freedom worldwide
  • As per Financial Times Global Masters in Management 2016 rankings, Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore is the Only management school in India to have 28% women in two-year PG Programme, 21% women faculty and 25% women on the advisory board
  • According to a report released by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think-tank, and Nathan Associates, Sikkim has the best working conditions for women
  • As per an assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly, India ranked 143rd among 188 countries
  • Iceland has topped the assessment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) health performance published in the Lancet and launched at a special event at the UN General Assembly
  • According to the latest Global Destination Cities Index produced byMastercard, Bangkok has overtaken London as the most visited destination for international travellers
  • According to Census 2011 data, compiled by Bengaluru-based think tank Takshashila Institution, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have the lowest median ages — or youngest populations
  • According to Census 2011 data, compiled by Bengaluru-based think tank Takshashila Institution, Kerala and Tamil Nadu have the highest median ages — or oldest populations
  • India has ranked 39th out of 138 countries on the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 prepared by World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Switzerland has topped the Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17 prepared by World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • According to analysis by the WorldHealth Organisation (WHO), China is the world’s deadliest country for outdoor air pollution
  • According to New World Wealth Report, Mumbai is the wealthiest city in India



Defence News – September 2016
  • The Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) has handed over ‘Tihayu’, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) to the Indian Navy
  • Troops of Indian & Kazakhstan Army engaged in a joint exercise ‘PRABAL DOSTYK – 16’ in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan
  • Indian Coast Guard Ship ‘Sarathi’,third ship in the series of six Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) was commissioned by the Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at Goa
  • ‘Yudh Abyas 2016’ joint exercise between armies of India and United States was conducted in Uttarakhand
  • Indian Navy recently launched Guided Missile Destroyer – ‘Mormugao’
  • ‘Joint Sea 2016’ was a joint naval exercise conducted between Russia and China
  • India has successfully test-fired the Barak-8 long-range surface-to-air nuclear-capable ballistic missile
  • India has signed a deal with France to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets
  • The eight edition of India-Russia Joint Military Exercise ‘INDRA 2016’ was held in September 2016 in the Ussiriysk District in Vladivostok, Russia
  • Iran has recently announced the commencement of production of its state-of-the-art ballistic missile ‘Zolfaqar’
  • ‘Friendship – 2016’ joint military exercise was conducted between armies of Pakistan and Russia
  • India army conducted surgical strikes along LoC targeting terror launch pads from where terrorists had plans to infiltrate on the Indian side



Science & Technology News – September 2016
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) crossed an important milestone with thesuccessful launch of weather satellite INSAT-3DR using a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle equipped with the indigenous cryogenic upper stage
  • Doctors from United Kingdom have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye
  • ‘PRATHAM’ is the name of Satellite developed by students of IIT-Bombay, which will be launched by ISRO this year
  • Super Computer ‘PARAM ISHAN’ was inaugurated in September 2016 at IIT – Guwahati by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
  • India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), launched the 371 kg SCATSAT-1 for weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO)



Sports Bits – September 2016
  • Nico Rosberg has won Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix
  • Tennis: Fifth seed Sriram Balaji subdued top seed Seong Chan Hong of Korea for the title in the $10,000 ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament held in Thailand. In a similar tournament in Jakarta, Sasi Kumar Mukund won the title outplaying eighth seed Masato Shiga of Japan
  • Young Indian racer Shahan Ali Mohsin created history by becoming the first Indian racer to win the Asian Karting Champion
  • The Indian wushu team won four silver and five bronze medals in the 6th Asian Championship held in Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • Badminton: Pranav Chopra and his mixed doubles partner Sikki Reddy have won the Brazil Grand Prix
  • Minakshi (CISF) has created anew record in the Women’s Hammer Throw at the 65th All India Police Athletics Championship in Hyderabad
  • CRPF emerged Champion at 65th All India Police Athletics Championship, Hyderabad
  • Pankaj Advani became the first Indian cueist to win a medal at Sangsom 6 Red Snooker World Championship
  • Nico Rosberg has won Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix
  • RituparnaDas has clinched the Polish Open title (Badminton) after defeating fellow Indian Rasika Raje in the women’s singles final
  • India bagged their first gold medal at the 5thAsian Beach Games with the women’s beach kabaddi team winning the title for the record fifth time in succession
  • Sania Mirza-Barbora Strycova clinched their second title together by winning the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in women’s doubles event


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