Union Minister Prakash Javadekar flags off ‘Jaldoot’ bus for water conservation initiative in Pune

The union minister for environment, forest and climate change Shri Prakash Javdekar(also Information & Broadcasting minister) flagged off a bus named “Jaldoot” in Pune, Maharashtra which showcases the importance of water conservation. This bus which is redesigned to create “Jaldoot: Travelling Exhibition on Jalshakti Abhiyan”, would travel to 8 districts of Maharashtra for 2 months and would also convey to people about the work of govt. in last 100 days, along with bold initiatives and decisions undertaken.

Javadekar inaugurates the renovated Jayakar bungalow at NFAI in Pune, Maharashtra

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Environment, Forest and Climate Change has inaugurated the renovated Jayakar bungalow (a famous heritage building of Pune) at National Film Archive of India (NFAI)in Pune, Maharashtra.
About NFAI:
i. It is India’s premier organization for film preservation, conservation, and restoration.
ii. It works under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Polish Minister Marcin Przydacz unveils memorial pillar in Valivade, Kolhapur in memory of refugee Polish families during WWII

Marcin Przydacz, the deputy foreign minister of Poland unveiled a memorial pillar in Valivade in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra in memory of the 5000 polish refugee families that settled in Valivade during World War II (WWII) 80 years ago.

Special training program for Maldivian civil servants to be run from September 16 – 28, 2019 at Mussoorie and New Delhi

India will conduct a two-week special training programme(STP) for 32-member delegation (70% of delegates are women officials) of Maldivian Civil Servants at the Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) and New Delhifrom 16 – 28 September 2019.
About Maldives:
♦ Capital: Male
♦ Currency: Maldivian rufiyaa
♦ President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
About Uttarakhand:
♦ Capital: 

♦ Governor :Baby Rani Maurya
♦ Chief Minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat

GSTN makes Aadhaar verification or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January 1, 2020

The group of ministers of Good and Service Tax Network (GSTN) headed by Sushil Kumar Modi (Bihar deputy chief minister) notified that all the new dealers will have to mandatorily make Aadhaar verification or physical verification from January 1, 2020. This move is aimed to check malpractices in GST.



Overview of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar’s visit to Poland and Belgium

EAM officially launched a direct flight services between Warsaw, Russiaand New Delhi operated by LOT Polish Airlines, scheduled for September 2019.



Myanmar hosts first ever Myanmar International Series 2019 held at National Badminton stadium in Yangon from September 10-15

The Myanmar Badminton Federation (MBF) hosted the first ever International Series badminton tournament, the “Myanmar International Series 2019” at the National Badminton Stadium in Yangon, the largest city of Myanmar from September 10-15. MBF hosted the event after obtaining permission from the Badminton World Federation(BWF) for the tournament. The total prize money of this tournament is US(United States) $10,000.

Pankaj Advani wins IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 title, becomes world champion for 22nd time

India’s top billiards and snooker player, Pankaj Advani (34) of Bangalore , Karnataka has won the 22nd world title of his career with the fourth consecutive IBSF(International Billiards & Snooker Federation) World Billiards title 2019 in the 150 up format held in Mandalay, Myanmar. This is his fifth title in the last 6 years in the short billiards format. Like 2018, this year too, Advani won the final with 6–2 scores against Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie wins maiden Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship 2019 in Nuh, Haryana ; India’s Rashid ranks second

Indonesian golfer Rory Hie won Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship 2019 and was awarded a cash prize of $300,000 and a trophy. He is also the first Indonesian to win this title. The event was held from September 12-15 at Nuh city in Haryana. Indian golfer Rashid Khan and Korea’s Byungjun Kim secured the second position.

India clinched 125 medals in Western Asia Youth and Junior Chess Championship 2019

Western Asian Youth and Junior Chess Championships 2019 was held from September 6-10, 2019 at Tivoli Grand Resort Hotel, New Delhi. It was organized by Delhi Chess Association (DCA). It was the first edition and was held in 3 formats – standard, rapid, and blitz. India won 125 medals.
Medals Tally
Top 3 countries were:


Spain wins 18th Men’s World Basketball Championship 2019 held in Beijing after 13 years 

Spain defeated Argentina to win the18th Men’s FIBA (Federation Internationale de Basketball ) World Basketball Championship 2019 in the final played Wukesong Sport Arena in Beijing, China from 31 August, 2019 to 15 September, 2019.

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup:
♦ Most valuable player
 :Ricky Rubio of Serbia

♦ Coach of the Serbian side :Sergio Scariolo
♦ Top scorer : Bogdan Bogdanović of Serbia (183 points).

Kohli holds on to 2nd spot with  Smith retaining the  first position in the latest ICC Test Rankings

The International Cricket Council(ICC) Test Rankings for batsmen released on September 16, 2019 has ranked Indian cricket captain Virat Kolhi at second place with 903 points, which is 34 points behind first positioned Australian cricketer Steve Smith having 937 points. Australia’s Pat Cummins ranked first in the ICC test bowler rankings followed by South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada and India’s Jasprit Bumrah in the second and third place respectively.

Afghanistan breaks own record of most Consecutive T20I Victories and Equals Australia’s Top Record at Dhaka, Bangladesh

Afghanistan cricket team created new record of most consecutive T20I (twenty twenty International) victories after their 12th successive win in T20 held at Dhaka, Bangladesh. Afghanistan broke their own previous record of most consecutive wins(11 wins in T20I) from 2016 to 2017 and now equals Australia with 12 consecutive victories.

Mayank Vaid becomes 1st Indian to complete Enduroman triathlon in 2019, breaks world record for shortest completion time held between London and Paris

Mayan Vaid became the first Indian and the 44th person to complete Enduroman,a triathlon from England to France which is considered as toughest endurance competition in the world. The event started in Marble Arch,London and ended in Arc de Triomphe,Paris, France. He also broke the world record for the shortest completion time in the ‘Enduroman – Arch to Arc’ triathlon in 50 hours and 24 minutes.

Kenya’s Kamworor creates world record at the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2019

Kenya‘s Geoffrey Kamworor, aged 26, finished the Copenhagen Half Marathon 2019 in men’s category at 58min 01sec, 17 seconds earlier than the record held by Abraham Kiptum (58:18) of Kenya in the Valencia Half Marathon in Valencia, Spain on 28 October 2018 and created a new world record.

Overview of YONEX Belgian International 2019

The YONEX Belgian International 2019, an annual badminton tournament, was held at SportoaseLeuven, Belgium from September 11-14, 2019. The total prize money of the tournament was $25,000.
i. Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen, aged 18, defeated second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark and clinched the men’s singles title by 21-14 21-15 .
List of winners:

Men’s SinglesLakshya Sen (India)Victor Svendsen (Denmark)
Women’s SinglesLine Christophersen (Denmark)Neslihan Yiğit (Turkey)
Men’s DoublesBen Lane & Sean Vendy (England)Bjarne Geiss & Jan Colin Volker (Germany)
Women’s DoublesGabriela Stoeva &  Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria)Rachel Honderich & Kristen Tsai (Canada)
Mixed DoublesBen Lane & Jessica Pugh (England)Mikkel Mikkel & Amalie Magelund (Denmark)

About Belgian International:
 First held: 1958

Overview of YONEX-SUNRISE Vietnam Open 2019 

The 2019 Vietnam Open, officially the YONEX-SUNRISE Vietnam Open 2019, an annual badminton tournament, was held at Nguyen Du Cultural Sports Club in Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam from September 10-15, 2019.i. It was the seventh Super 100 tournament of the 2019 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour and a part of the Vietnam Open championships.
ii. It was organized by the Ho Chi Minh City Badminton Association and was sanctioned by the BWF.
iii. The total prize money of the tournament was $75,000.
List of winners:

Men’s SinglesSourabh Verma (India)Sun Fei Xiang (China)
Women’s SinglesZhang Yi Man (China)Asuka Takahashi (Japan)
Men’s DoublesChoi SolGyu & Seo Seung Jae (South Korea)NA Sung Seung & Wang Chan (Korea)
Women’s DoublesDella Destiara Haris & Rizki Amelia Pradipta (Indonesia)Huang Jia & Zhang Shu Xian (China)
Mixed DoublesGuo Xin Wa & Zhang Shu Xian (China)Lee Jhe-Huei & Hsu Ya Ching (Taiwan)

About BWF:
♦ Formation: 1934
♦ Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
♦ President: Poul-Erik Høyer



IPS officer Chhaya Sharma to be honored with 2019 Asia Society Game Changers Award by Asia Society

The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Chhaya Sharma who led the investigation of the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape was selected for the 2019 Asia Society Game Changers Award along with six others by Asia Society, which is a leading educational organization. She has been awarded for redefining the role of female police officers.

Bangladesh school project, ‘Arcadia Education Project’ wins Aga Khan Architecture Award 2019 at Kajan, republic of Tatarstan, Russia

The Arcadia Education Project in South Kanarchor of Bangladesh has won the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Award 2019 in Kajan, the republic of Tatarstan, Russia.The novel project is about the construction of floating school in an area which is underwater during monsoon for the welfare of marginalised children in Bangladesh.
About Bangladesh:
♦ Capital
: Dhaka

♦ Currency: Bangladeshi taka
♦ Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina

Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ became the only Indian film in “The Guardian” list of 100 Best Films of the 21st century

The Indian filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s film ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ released in 2012 featuring Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra and Richa Chadha, became the only Indian film in British daily “The Guardian” list of the 100 Best Films of the 21st century. It claimed the 59th position.

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