Hello readers, we bring you the latest happenings from around the world on this day, 14th September 2023. Let's dive straight into the current affairs without any further ado.
India G20 Summit (9th - 10th September 2023)
- The 18th G20 Leaders' Summit took place at the Bharat Mandapam International Exhibition and Convention Centre, New Delhi.
- This is the first G20 Summit hosted by India.
- The theme of the summit was "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam" which translates to "One Earth – One Family – One Future", inspired by the Maha Upanishad.
- The theme also emphasizes "LiFE" (Lifestyle for Environment).
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NABARD and UNDP India
- Aimed to boost data-driven innovations in agriculture.
- Focuses on supporting smallholder farmers and promoting sustainable agriculture.
- Signed by Sanjeev Rohilla (NABARD) and Isabelle Tschan (UNDP).
Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) Collaborations
- MoLE signed MoUs with various private job portals and employers to integrate with the National Career Service (NCS) portal.
- The collaboration will expand employment opportunities for registered jobseekers on the NCS platform.
- Benefits over 30 lakh eShram registered workers in the unorganized sector.
12th India-UK Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD)
- Announced the launch of the UK-India Infrastructure Financing Bridge to secure long-term investment for vital infrastructure sectors in India.
- A collaborative initiative to unlock substantial infrastructure investment opportunities in India.
- Union Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated 90 infrastructure projects worth over Rs 2900 crore by the Border Road Organisation (BRO).
- The projects enhance the operational preparedness of the Armed Forces and have been constructed in 11 border states and union territories of India.
Educational Initiatives in Uttarakhand
- Inauguration of Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK) and laying of foundation stone for 141 Pradhan Mantri Schools for Rising India (PM SHRI Schools) and a residential school in Uttarakhand.
- Aims to provide quality education to underprivileged children and serve as models for existing schools to achieve excellence.
Banking & Finance
In the financial sector, several significant developments have taken place. Here are the highlights:
Cashfree Payments Collaboration with NPCI
- Launched a customer onboarding feature named "AutoPay on QR".
- Enables customer onboarding through a 2-step process involving QR code scanning and e-mandate approval via UPI apps.
- Aims to streamline the subscription process for businesses and enhance the customer onboarding experience.
Mastercard, Invest India, and Tourism Ministry Initiative
- Launched an enhanced version of Priceless.com to explore India's rich history and culture.
- Supports the "Dekho Apna Desh" initiative of the Tourism Ministry.
- Offers exclusive experiences and privileges to Mastercard cardholders globally, promoting India's diverse heritage.
Economy & Business
The economy and business sector have also witnessed some notable collaborations and launches. Here are the details:
Hindalco and Italy's Metra Partnership
- Collaboration to manufacture high-precision extruded products for high-speed aluminium rail coaches in India.
- Hindalco plans to invest Rs. 2000 crore in this initiative, aiming to provide cutting-edge technology for the manufacturing of Vande Bharat train coaches.
Air India's Project Abhinandan
- Launched to offer an enhanced on-ground experience to passengers.
- Involves the deployment of specially trained Service Assurance Officers at 16 major airports in India to assist Air India guests.
- Aims to provide personalized and hassle-free ground experience, addressing issues like missed flights and delayed baggage delivery.
Science & Technology
In the realm of science and technology, several groundbreaking developments have been noted. Here are the details:
GSITI and ISRO Collaboration
- A 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
- Part of the National Natural Resources Management System (NNRMS) program.
- Aims at capacity building in the sectors of mineral resources and disaster management.
ISRO's 'Nabhmitra' Device
- Developed at the ISRO-Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
- Successfully tested at Neendakara in Kollam, Kerala.
- Enhances the safety of fishermen during sea expeditions by facilitating two-way satellite-based communication between sea and shore.
The sports sector has also seen some thrilling achievements. Here are the highlights:
Indonesia Masters 2023 Badminton
- India's Kiran George clinched the men's singles title.
- This victory marks his second BWF Super 100 title, propelling him to a career-best BWF 39th rank in men's singles.
- The event witnessed several other remarkable performances in various categories, showcasing the prowess of athletes from around the world.
World Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Day (7th September 2023)
- Aims to raise awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder affecting muscles.
- The 2023 theme is "Duchenne: Breaking Barriers", focusing on improving the lives of individuals living with Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy.
- Marked the 10th observance of the World Duchenne Awareness Day.
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