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MoHUA & Google launched #LooReview Campaign

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM – U) partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign.
This would encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps.

7 member GoM chaired by Bihar Dy. CM to review help for states hit by natural calamity: GST council

seven-member group of ministers with Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar as convenor was formed by the Goods and Services Tax Council to review on ‘Modalities for Revenue Mobilisation in case of Natural Calamities and Disasters’.

Finance Ministry:

Union Minister: Shri Arun Jaitley.
Minister of State: Shri Shiv Prasad Shukla, Shri P. Radhakrishnan.
Secretart of Finance: Shri Rajiv Kumar(Finance).

15% houses completed in urban areas under Centre’s flagship PMAY scheme in 3 years: Ministry of HUA

According to data provided by the Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry, over 15 per cent of the 54.95 lakh houses sanctioned in last three years under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).


♦ Scheme Name: Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) 
♦ Under Housing and Urban Affairs (HUA) Ministry.

Shri Jual Oram inaugurated “Conference on Empowerment of Women Self Help Groups & Organic Farmers Co-Operatives from Dantewada, Bastar Region”

Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs inaugurated the “Conference on Empowerment of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) & Organic Farmers Co-operatives from Dantewada, Bastar Region” in New Delhi.

Maharashtra topped the list of states with maximum average AUM: AMFI

According to Association of Mutual Funds of India’s (AMFI) statistics, Maharashtra topes the chart for state with the maximum penetration and Assets Under Management (AUM).

Association of Mutual Funds of India  (AMFI):

♦ Headquarters: Mumbai.
♦ Chairman: Mr. A. Balasubramanian.
♦ Members: 43 Asset Management Companies.

Kolkata launched India’s first flood forecast system with $1 mn assistance from ADB

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) launched a flood forecasting and early warning system (FFEWS) for Kolkata City.

It is also India’s first comprehensive city-level FFEWS.
To help city officials and citizens act decisively to minimize damage before and during disasters.


♦ Headquarters: Manila, Philippines.
♦ President: Takehiko Nakao.
♦ Established in 1966.
♦ Members: 67 (48 regional members).

West Bengal:

♦ Chief Minister: Mamata Banerjee.
♦ Governor: Kesari Nath Tripathi.
♦ National Parks: Jaldapara National Park, Sunderbans National Park, Gorumara National Park, Neora Valley National Park, Singalila National Park, Buxa Tiger Reserve, Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary.
♦ Airports: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Cooch Behar Airport,  Bagdogra Airport, Kazi Nazrul Islam Airport.

Goa, Portugal signed MoU for water, sewage management for 2 years

The Goa government inked a pact with Portugal in the field of water supply, waste water management and sanitation for a period of 2 years.

♦ Chief Minister: Manohar Parrikar.
♦ Governor: Smt. Mridula Sinha.
♦ National Parks: Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary, Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bondia Wildlife Sanctuary, Netravali Wildlifr Sanctuary, Dandeli National Park, Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park.


♦ Capital: Lisbon.
♦ Currency: Euro.

Railway Board Chairman, Ashwani Lohani launched Swacchta Hi Sewa Pakhwara at New Delhi Railway Station

Railway Board Chairman, Ashwani Lohani launched Swacchta Hi Sewa Pakhwara at New Delhi Railway Station.
It was launched by the Ministry of Railways as a part of Swachhta Hi Sewa Abhiyaan’ .

Uttarakhand House nod to declare cow ‘Rashtra Mata’

Uttarakhand state assembly declared cow as the ‘Rashtra Mata’ or the mother of the nation.
The resolution was moved by the State Animal Husbandry Minister Rekha Arya.
This was aimed as a step towards cow protection.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the three-day ‘Kalahandi Dialogue’

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched ‘Kalahandi Dialogue’ at Bhawanipatna, in Kalahandi, Odisha.

Some important National Parks in Odisha:
♦ Bhitarkanika National Park
♦ Simlipal National Park



Ministry of AYUSH sets up AYUSH Information Cell in Romania

Ministry of AYUSH has set up an AYUSH Information Cell at the Indian Embassy in Romania to present authentic information about AYUSH system of medicine and to promote Ayurveda practice in Romania.

About Ministry of AYUSH:

♦ Minister of State (Independent charge) – Shripad Yesso Naik
♦ Full form AYUSH – Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy

Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for 2019: IISc Bengaluru retained its position

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has secured number one position among Indian universities in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for 2019.


Banking & Finance

Permission to open new branches by Bandhan Bank withdrawn by RBI

RBI withdrew permission of Bandhan Bank to open new branches.
It also put a freeze on the remuneration of the MD & CEO, CS Ghosh.
This happened because of the bank’s failure to bring down shareholding of Non-Operative Financial Holding Company (NOFHC) or promoter share holding to 40 per cent as instructed by RBI.

Bandhan Bank:

♦ Headquarters: Kolkata.
♦ Chiarman: Mr. Harun Rashid Khan.
♦ Tagline: Aapka Bhala, Sabki Bhalai.

India’s external debt declined 2.8 per cent $514.4 billion at end-June: RBI

According to data of the Reserve Bank of India, India’s external debt for the quarter ended June 2018 declined on a year-on-year basis by 2.8 per cent to $514.4 billion.


The largest component of India’s external debt was US dollar denominated debt with a share of 50.1 per cent at end-June 2018, followed by the Indian rupee (35.4 per cent), SDR (5.4 per cent), Japanese yen (4.7 per cent) and euro (3.3 per cent).

Rs 5 crore penalty slapped on Karur Vysya Bank by RBI

The Reserve Bank of India fined Karur Vysya Bank a total of Rs. 5 crore for non-compliance of its directives.

Karur Vysya Bank
♦ Headquarters: Karur , Tamil Nadu.
♦ MD & CEO: PR Seshadri.
♦ Tagline: Smart way to Bank.

BoB, Vijaya Bank approved merger proposal with Dena Bank to create second largest PSU lender

The boards of state-run Bank of Baroda (BoB) and Vijaya Bank gave their assent for their amalgamation with Dena Bank to form the second-largest entity in the PSU banking space.

Bank Of Baroda:
♦ Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat.
♦ CEO: P.S. Jayakumar.
♦ Tagline: India’s International Bank.


♦ Headquarters : Mumbai.
♦ CEO: Shri Ashwani Kumar.
♦ Tagline : Trusted Family Bank

Vijaya Bank:

♦ Headquarters: Bengaluru.
♦ CEO: R. A. Sankara Narayana.
♦ Tagline: A Friend you can Bank upon.

BSE, PTC, ICICI to set up India’s 3rd electricity exchange

BSE, PTC India Ltd and ICICI Bank have come together to form India’s third electricity exchange.
They have filed a petition with the power market regulator, CERC (Central Electricity Regulatory Commission) for grant of licence for setting up a new power exchange.

 has two operating power exchanges—Power Exchange of India (PXIL) and India Energy Exchange (IEX).

World Bank-ADB report estimated Rs 25,050 crore for rebuilding Kerala

The World Bank (WB) – Asian Development Bank (ADB) team jointly conducted Rapid Damage Assessment and Need Analysis (RDNA).



Neymar Appointed Permanent Captain Of Brazilian Football Team

Neymar has been appointed as the permanent captain of Brazil’s national football team.
Neymar is a striker of the Paris Sain-Germain team. Brazil’s head football coach Tite has removed the captaincy rotation policy of the team to give Neymar the permanent captain position.



Jayant Mammen Mathew elected president of Indian Newspaper Society

Jayant Mammen Mathew was elected president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) for 2018-19.Jayant Mammen Mathew is the Executive Editor of Malayala Manorama. He replaces Akila Urankar.

Indian Ports Association appoints Managed Service Provider for Port Enterprise Business System for 5 Major Ports

Indian Ports Association (IPA) has appointed M/s Tech Mahindra as the Managed Service Provider for 5 major ports: Mumbai Port Trust, Kolkata Port Trust, Chennai Port Trust, Deendayal Port Trust and Paradip Port Trust.

Afghanistan Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali resigns

Afghanistan Ambassador to India Shaida Abdali resigned from his position.
Shaida Abdali became Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India in July 2012. He has cited that he is returning to Afghanistan to serve his people and country.

About Afghanistan:

♦ Capital – Kabul
♦ Currency – Afghani
♦ Official languages – Dari, Pashto
♦ President – Ashraf Ghani


Fossil of earliest known animal Dickinsonia discovered

Scientists have discovered an ancient fossil of Dickinsonia, the earliest animal on geological record.
Dickinsonia is an oval shaped creature that lived 558 million years ago. It grew up to 1.4 m in length. It was part of the Ediacara Biota that lived 20 million years before the ‘Cambrian explosion’ of modern animal life.
The fossil was discovered by researchers from Australian National University (ANU) near the White Sea in Russia.

Books & Authors

Urdu version of PM Modi’s book ‘Exam Warriors’ released

The Urdu version of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book ‘Exam Warriors’ was released in New Delhi.
The book was released by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar along with other union ministers. The launch event was organised by the India Islamic Cultural Centre.

Important Days

International Translation Day – September 30

On 30th September 2018, International Translation Day was celebrated throughout the world.

International Translation Day:

i. When: In 2017, the United Nations General Assembly, declared September 30 as International Translation Day. 30 September celebrates the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator.
ii. Why: This day offers an opportunity to pay tribute to translators and highlights their importance.
iii. Theme: for International Translation Day 2018 is “Translation: promoting cultural heritage in changing times”.

About International Federation of Translators (FIT):

♦ President – Kevin Quirk
♦ Location – Paris, France

Thought of the Day

“There is no elevator to success,
You have to take stairs..!!!”

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