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October 05, 2015

Highlights of September 2015 Current Affairs (One-Liners)

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Friends, here we are giving you the Major highlights of September 2015. These one-liners cover all important International, National, Banking, Technology and Sports affairs of September month. We will try to provide the pdf version soon, but we advise you to write these on your own so that you wont forget them again. All the Best :)
  • 18 crore bank accounts have been opened under ‎Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY‬) and 15.74 crore Rupay Debit cards have been issued to the account holders so far.
  • Ace golfer Anirban Lahiri added another feather to his cap by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the prestigious President’s Cup.
  • Agriculture expert Prof Ramesh Chand has been appointed full-time member of NITI Aayog by the government.
  • Andhra Pradesh took the historic step of interlinking its two major rivers Godavari and Krishna.
  • Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence Ltd (RDL) has signed an MoU with Abu Dhabi Ship Building to set up a strategic partnership for construction of naval ships.
  • As per Forbes magazine's latest India rich list, Industrialist Mukesh Ambani was named India's Richest Man for ninth consecutive year with a net worth of USD 18.9 billion.
  • Asian Development Bank lowers its GDP growth forecast for India to 7.4% for the current fiscal, from the earlier 7.8%.
  • Assam govt sanctions Rs 850 cr to implement development schemes for the benefits of 76 lakh people.
  • Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews was on a 3 day visit to India.
  • Australian veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from international and first-class cricket.
  • Australia's veteran all-rounder Shane Watson announced his retirement from Test ‎cricket‬ .
  • Based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned the sale of Diclofenac in multidose vial. It will be sold only in single-dose vial packaging.
  • Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) officially announced that it had successfully test-fired an indigenously developed second generation, 2.8 km range, anti-tank guided missile called Amogha-1.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya passed away.
  • Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) clears  a multi-billion dollar deal for 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinook heavy-lift choppers with American aviation giant Boeing.
  • Child mortality has fallen by more than 50% since 1990, a report by the World Health Organization and UN children's agency Unicef says.
  • China has launched Long March-6, a new, smaller type of rocket from its "Long March" family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft.
  • China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the World Anti-Doping Agency in tackling illegal import and export of raw materials for performance enhancing drugs.
  • Chinese and Pakistani forces have launched joint air drill named 'Shaheen (Eagle)-4'
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping announced that the 2.3 million strong People’s Liberation Army, will be cut by three lakh troops.
  • Commodities regulator Forward Market Commission (FMC) merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).
  • Cow, which is sacred to Hindus, has been declared the National Animal of Nepal in the country's newly-unveiled secular constitution.
  • Cricketer Rahul Dravid launched former Indian opening batsman Akash Chopra's book "The Insider".
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurates 1965 War Exhibition ‘ Shauryanjali’ in New Delhi.
  • Delhi High Court allows permanent commission for women in Indian Navy.
  • Delhi High Court directs Centre and Medical Council of India (MCI) introduced a B.Sc. course in medicine for preparing health workers for rural areas in six months.
  • Eminent Hindi writer Dr Kamal Kishore Goenka was conferred with 24th Vyaas Samman for the year 2014.
  • Eminent Urdu litterateur Shamim Hanfi was conferred the Jnangarima Manad Alankaran by Bharatiya Jnanpith.
  • Ending years of wait on classified information on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his family members, the West Bengal government declassified 64 such files which were in the possession of the Kolkata police and West Bengal police.
  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel claimed victory at the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix  for the fourth time.
  • Former India Captain Sourav Ganguly has been elected as the new President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) following the demise of veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya.
  • Frank D. Gilroy, whose play about a veteran’s fraught return home, “The Subject Was Roses,” won him a Pulitzer Prize, passed away.
  • Google and Indian Railways have partnered to offer free high speed WiFi across 400 railway stations in the country through Google Fiber, as per a latest report from TelecomTalk.
  • Government accepts AP Shah panel recommendations on Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT).
  • Government has cancelled the registration of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly working against country's economic progress.
  • Government unveils Green Highways (Plantation, Transplantation, Beautification and Maintenance) Policy 2015 to create clean, green and pollution free India.
  • Govt has anounced Prime Minister Mining Area Welfare Scheme for the benifit of tribal and underdeveloped section of society
  • Haryana govt has completely banned the manufacturing, storage, distribution & sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco for one year from September 3, 2015 in the interest of public health.
  • Haryana has bagged the Skoch Order-of-Merit national award for implementation of six e-Governance and IT initiatives in the state.
  • In it's 4th bi-monthly monetary policy, the Reserve Bank cuts interest rate by 0.5% to 4-year low of 6.75%.
  • In Sri Lanka, the Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan has been elected unopposed as the leader of opposition in Parliament.
  • India and Belarus have set a trade target of $1 billion to achieved by 2018.
  • India and Cambodia signed Two MoUs, One relating to Tourism and another an umbrella project under Mekong Ganga Cooperation initiative.
  • India and Indonesia have signed a pact for repatriation of each other's wanted prisoners and cooperate in all criminal matters, including gathering evidence.
  • India and UAE signed 5 MoUs in various fields. Two of them are in the field of Telecommunication. Remaining MoUs are in the field of Tourism, Higher Education and Scientific Research, for Specifications and Measures.
  • India has announced a cash assistance of $ 500,000 to Jordan to meet enormous impact of Syrian refugee crisis.
  • India has joined the UN-based 'Better Than Cash Alliance', which promotes transition from cash to digital payments to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth.
  • India has made its debut in the top 200 of the Quacquarelli Symonds' (QS) World University rankings 2015/16 with IISc Bangalore.
  • India has observed National Nutrition Week from 1st of September to 7th of September 2015.
  • India has won the top UNESCO prize 'Award of Excellence' 2015 for the remarkable conservation efforts of the majestic Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala.
  • India hosted the 10th World Hindi Conference in Bhopal from 10th to 12th September 2015 (Theme : Hindi Jagat - Vistaar aur Sambhavnaye).
  • India overtakes US and China as top destination for Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first half of 2015; Moves up 16 positions to rank 55th on a global index of the world's most competitive economies.
  • Indian Badminton player Ajay Jayaram has won silver medal in Korea Open Badminton tournament 2015 in the Men’s singles category.
  • Indian Boxer Vikas Krishan gets Silver Medal in Asian Championships in Bangkok.
  • Indian government releases a new and improved version of the Operating System (OS), named as BOSS to replace Microsoft Windows and all other OSs in future.
  • Indian shooter Apurvi Chandela wins silver in Women's 10m Air Rifle event at ISSF World Cup in Munich.
  • Indian weightlifter Deepak Lather wins Gold Medal in fifth Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia.
  • Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal.
  • Indian-origin British author Sunjeev Sahota is among six writers shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for 2015.
  • India's latest communication satellite GSAT-6 has been successfully positioned in its orbital slot.
  • India's most modern missile destroyer INS Kochi inducted into the Navy.
  • India's most successful cueist Pankaj Advani added another feather to his cap by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship 2015 by outplaying Singapore's Peter Gilchrist.
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley has launched the electronic version of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (CWMG), which document the leader's life from 1884 till his demise on January 30, 1948.
  • J. Manjula has been named DRDO's first woman Director General and has taken charge of the Electronics & Communication Systems cluster.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a second consecutive term as president of the ruling Liberal Democrats' Party (LDP).
  • Japan's parliament has voted to allow the military to fight overseas for the first time since the end of 2nd World War 70 years ago.
  • Left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Greece after his Syriza party beat its conservative rivals in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins Japanese Grand Prix 2015.
  • Lewis Hamilton wins the Italian Grand Prix 2015.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan visited New York to attend the 10th annual meeting of Women Speakers of Parliament and the fourth world conference of Speakers of Parliament.
  • Maharashtra government has issued an order saying from November 1 only Marathi-speaking people would get permit for new autorickshaws in the state.
  • Malcolm Turnbull was sworn-in as Australia's new Prime Minister, becoming the country's fifth premier in 8 years after an internal revolt in the ruling Liberal Party forced Tony Abbott to quit.
  • Marathi film "Court" selected as India's official entry to the Oscars next year.
  • Mathematician Jacob Tsimerman of the University of Toronto, Canada was honored with SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for the year 2015.
  • Metro Man' E Sreedharan has been invited to serve in the United Nations' High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport (HLAG-ST) for three years.
  • Mumbai won the Buchi Babu Memorial Trophy in the All India invitation cricket tournament.
  • Music director Aadesh Shrivastava passed away.
  • Nepal has adopted its First democratic Constitution, nearly a decade after the country ended a long-running civil war.
  • NTPC’s Director (Technical) A K Jha took additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director of the company as an interim measure.
  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi is the sole Indian-origin executive in Fortune's list of 50 most powerful women in business, which has been topped by General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
  • PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi and Hindustan Times Group chairperson Shobhana Bharatia have been presented with the 2015 Global Leadership Award of the US India Business Council.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC).
  • President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • Prime Minister has announced that Bihar will get three lakh seventy four thousand crore rupees in next five years through 14th Finance Commission.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hosted a special high-powered summit called G4 Summit in New York.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the much-awaited Badarpur-Faridabad Metro which is to run on Solar Power.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rs. 45,000 crore nationwide Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) at Varanasi.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a Commemorative coin (Rs 125) and a Circulation coin (Rs. 10) in honour of former President of India Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan on his 125th birthday.
  • Prime Minister of Bangladesh,  Sheikh Hasina has been announced as one of the winners of the United Nations Champions of the Earth award in recognition of her country’s initiatives to address climate change.
  • Queen Elizabeth II reached a major milestone by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britain's history by passing Queen Victoria, who served for 63 years and seven months.
  • Renowned water policy expert Ramaswamy R. Iyer passed away.
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 'Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information' with the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB).
  • Sania Mirza‬ of India and ‎Martina Hingis‬ of Switzerland won the Women's doubles title of US Open 2015 by beating Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
  • Senior IAS officer Raghav Chandra has taken over as the Chairman of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). 
  • Seven Indians feature in Forbes Asia's ninth Heroes of Philanthropy list. Topped by Kerala-born entrepreneur Sunny Varkey.
  • Singapore's governing People's Action Party (PAP) has won a decisive victory in the general election (Leader of People’s Action Party (PAP) : Lee Hsien Loong).
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on his first official overseas tour to India.
  • State-run telecom service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has announced the upgradation of landline broadband speed to minimum 2 Mbps at no additional cost for all the broadband customers on pan-India basis from 1st October 2015.
  • Switzerland has proposed amending its laws to share information with foreign countries probing tax crimes on the basis of ‘stolen data’.
  • Tamil Nadu's first Global Investors Meet (TNGIM 2015) was officially inaugurated by Chief Minister J Jayalalitha.
  • Telecom service provider Uninor announced it has rebranded itself as Telenor in India.
  • The 55th National Open Athletics Championships began at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex, Kolkata.
  • The Cabinet approved Gold Bond and Gold Monetisation schemes to reduce the metal's demand in physical form and fish out idle gold lying with households and other entities.
  • The Cabinet permitted 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) under the automatic route for white label ATM operations.
  • The capital city of Zhejiang Province Hangzhou in East China was chosen by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to host the 2022 Asian Games. 
  • The Centre decided to provide additional 50 days of work in drought-hit areas under the MGNREGA scheme to provide relief to farmers in view of deficit monsoon in various parts of the country.
  • The Centre launches the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) for the welfare of areas and people affected by Mining related operations, using the funds generated by District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
  • The Egypt government has resigned amid corruption inquiry. Sharif Ismail, the country's oil minister formed a new cabinet.
  • The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) has received the SKOCH Award for smart governance.
  • The first ever bilateral maritime exercise between Australia and India — AUSINDEX-15 — commenced in Vizag (Andhra Pradesh).
  • The Foreign Minister of UAE, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited India.
  • The government announced a Special assistance of Rs 1,000 crore during the current financial year for development of Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Government announced the One Rank One Pension scheme for the Ex-Servicemen.
  • The government banned Naga militant outfit NSCN-K for five years.
  • The Government of India signed a loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for US $ 123.51 million for tranche 3 of the Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism to continue upgrading tourism infrastructure and services in Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched "Astrosat", India's first dedicated satellite for astronomy research from Sriharikota along with six small foreign satellites.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned sale of Ambuja Cements in the state after a probe found underweight bags and irrational product prices.
  • The Jharkhand Government has implemented the Food Security Act that aims at providing subsidised food grains to around 80 percent of the state's population.
  • The logo for 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games has been scrapped after allegations that it was plagiarised.
  • The Manipur Assembly has unanimously passed Three Bills (one original and two amendments) to protect the indigenous people of the state.
  • The Pentagon (headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) has established a first-ever country special cell to speed up its defence ties with India and accelerate the process of co-development and co-production of hi-tech military equipment in the country.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted an in-principle nod to 10 applicants for small finance banks.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it is implementing a new numbering system and seven new security features in all currency notes, especially in high denomination Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, in order to check the menace of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN). 
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued Rs 5 coins to commemorate Golden jubilee of Indo-Pak War 1965.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has cancelled the certificate of registration of Sahara India Financial Corporation, a non-banking finance company, with effect from September 3.
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), London has conferred G Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister, with the Society's 2015 Silver Medal for work contributing to major advances or contributions in aerospace.
  • The Sixth joint military training exercise, 'EKUVRIN 2015', between the Indian Army and the Maldives National Defence Forces (MNDF) began.
  • The South African city of Durban has been selected as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • The Sports Ministry has recognized 'Yoga' as a sports discipline and placed it in the 'Priority' category.
  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) proposes compensation to consumers for ‎callsdrops‬.
  • The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to increase Dearness allowance (DA) by 6%, for central government employees and pensioners.
  • The Union Cabinet gave its approval for the National Offshore Wind Energy policy.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
  • The Union government approved the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission, worth Rs 5,142 crore.
  • The Union Government has announced that it is going to Develop Bodhgaya as Spiritual Capital.
  • The union government has released Rs.2,000 crore to the Employees' Pension Scheme as its contribution for the year 2015-16.
  • The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR has named Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi its 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner.
  • The US central bank has decided not to raise interest rates, keeping them at the same level they have been at since December 2008.
  • The US space agency NASA has announced that liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has announced that it is going to implement the Food Security Act in three phases.
  • The West-Central Railway Zone has become the first zone in Indian Railways to eliminate all unmanned level crossings from its system.
  • The world number one team of Sania Mirza (India) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland) lift Women's double title of Guangzhou Open 2015  by beating  Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi.
  • To overcome water scarcity and to carry out remedial measures Perumanna Grama Panchayat in Kozhikode district of Kerala has become the First Panchayat in the State, to declare a water policy on the lines of the State government’ s water policy declared in 2008
  • Troubled car maker Volkswagen which is caught in an emission cheating scandal named Matthias Mueller,  head of the group's Porsche unit, to be the new CEO
  • Two Indian Coast Guard Ships Apoorva and C-421 are commissioned at Naval Dock. 
  • Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launches a week long credit campaign under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) to provide credit to small scale entrepreneurs.
  • Union Health Ministry released the National Health Profile 2015, which provides comprehensive information related to health sector.
  • Union power minister Piyush Goyal kick starts Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna in Uttar Pradesh by inaugurating it in Basti district of the state.
  • Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes and his Swiss partner Martina Hingis lifts Mixed Double's trophy in US Open 2015.
  • World's 20 largest economies, including India, launched W20, an engagement grouping of women leaders, to push for gender inclusive global economic growth (President Gulden Turktan.)
  • Wrestler Narsingh Pancham Yadav bags bronze medal in the 74kg Freestyle category at the World Wrestling Championship.
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