1. International News
- Boris Johnson is to meet Emmanuel Macron later, hours after the French president seemed to downplay hopes of solving the Irish backstop problem.
- China has threatened to impose sanctions on US firms involved with the sale of F-16 fighter planes to Taiwan if Washington goes ahead with the deal.
- Migrant families who cross the southern border of the US illegally could be detained indefinitely under a new regulation announced by the Trump administration.
- Nepalese authorities have banned single-use plastics in the Everest region in a bid to cut down on waste left by climbers.
- U.S. President Donald Trump said Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats display “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” sparking accusations that he is promoting and politicizing anti-Semitism.
- INPE, as the institute is known, recorded an 84% increase in fires in Brazil between 2018 and 2019, most in the Amazon rainforest.
- Official figures show nearly 73,000 forest fires were recorded in Brazil in the first eight months of the year the highest number for any year since 2013. Most were in the Amazon.
- The Maharashtra government is appealing against the Camden council’s decision through London-based solicitors. The appeal will come up for hearing by an independent planning inquiry on September 24.
- The rule is subject to clearance by a federal judge as it seeks to replace an existing rule that was born of a court agreement years ago, called the Flores settlement, which limited custody period to 20 days.
- Venezuela ranked second with 26,453 fires and Bolivia with 16,101 fires in Amazonian rainforests under their territory.
- “India is right there, they are not fighting it, we are fighting it,” Trump told reporters, answering a question about the US plans to keep its troops in Afghanistan or withdraw them as regards the ongoing peace talks. “Pakistan is right next door.
- This is not the first time a US drone has been shot down in Yemen. In June, the US military said that Houthi rebels had shot down a US government-operated drone with assistance from Iran.
- Simon Cheng, a Chinese national working at Britain’s Hong Kong consulate was detained in China’s border city of Shenzhen for violating the law. He was traveling from Hong Kong to Shenzhen for a business trip.
- Jewish groups in the United States were outraged by Trump’s comment, but the Israeli government, which has particularly close ties with the Trump administration, appeared to hold back.
- The elite “Mountain Eagle Commando (MEC)” counter-terror group took part in a drill with military personnel from Kyrgyzstan earlier this month, following which the first-ever report on it was published in one of China’s top state-run newspapers, Cankao Xiaoxi.
- The Islamic State (IS) militant group claimed responsibility for the attack and among the 160 people wounded at the wedding blast, many are in critical condition, some not well enough to undergo surgery.
- As Venezuela’s crisis deepens, women are bearing the brunt of the nation’s upheaval. Despite promises by the socialist government to provide every woman access to family planning, recent surveys and interviews with health professionals indicate access to contraceptives remains incomprehensive.
2. National News
- The interactions will lay the groundwork for the visit of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to the U.S.
- Weeks before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval visited Moscow and held talks with his counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, who is the secretary of the Russian National Security Council.
- The Prime Minister says engagements will strengthen India’s relations with time-tested friends and help explore new areas of cooperation.
- The CBI is expected to produce former finance and home minister P Chidambaram in a special CBI court.
- The Narendra Modi government has in principle decided to corporatize the 41 ordnance factories — the oldest government entities — to increase their efficiency, sharpen their competitive edge and expand their export potential.
- Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, filed the plea before Special Judge Arvind Kumar, who has put up the matter for Friday.
- Chief minister Bhupesh Bhagel’s announcement last week to declare Lemru (in Korba district) as an elephant reserve has triggered protests with local tribals fearing displacement.
- Mandlik, who owns an 8-acre cotton farm in western India, pledged 70 grams of gold, almost all of his wife’s precious trinkets, in June in return for Rs 1,50,000.
- UIDAI said the Aadhaar Seva Kendras will have a token system where residents will have to first get a token for their Aadhaar related work and then move to a ‘verifier’ for document checking.
- The two day organized 9th session of India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee (JTC) was held on 19th – 20th August 2019 in New Delhi.
- The one-day National Conference of Tourism Ministers organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism was held in New Delhi.
- President of India, Shri Ram NathKovind planted Maulsari sapling in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate(New Delhi) and launched a plantation drive. It was done as part of the ‘Van Mahotsav’ celebrations.
- Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the central government is committed to achieving its target of providing ‘Housing for all’ under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in two years before the deadline by 2020.
- The World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) will organize 2-day India Economic Summit 2019 scheduled to be held in New Delhi from October 3 – 4, 2019 with the aim of promoting strong collaboration between South Asia and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations ) nations.
- A High-Level Meeting (HLM) was held between India and Srilanka at the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) headquarters in New Delhi.
3. Education News
- The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the schedule of Examinations to be conducted by the agency during December 2019 to June 2020.
- The committee will use innovative methods to engross students in the subject and generate interest in mathematics among them.
- No student can enter university premises without an identity card from Thursday. Police have also been deployed on the main gates of the varsity to ensure discipline.
- The state-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Bhubaneswar has introduced four smart trades with Internet of Things (IoT) based curriculum, an official said.
- Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test (TNTET) Result 2019 Paper 2: Tamil Nadu Teachers Recruitment Board (TNTRB) has declared the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test (TNTET) Paper II examination results on its official website.
- Bihar Police Recruitment 2019: BPSSChas issued a notification for recruitment of Sub Inspector, Sergeant, Assistant Superintendent Jail and Assistant Superintendent Jail in Home Department (Police) and Home Department (Jail).
4. Banking and Economy
- Rural NBFC (Non Banking Financial Company) Mahindra & Mahindra Financial Services Ltd has signed a joint venture (JV) with Ideal Finance Ltd (IFL)
- There are about 14 million merchants using Paytm services and it plans to increase the base to 24 million by the end of this fiscal. Currently, Paytm sees 800-900 million transactions a month.
- While all six members of the monetary policy committee (MPC) were on the same page on cutting the policy repo rate to deal with economic slowdown, they differed on the quantum, with four recommending an aggressive 35 basis points (bps) cut and two pushing for a calibrated 25 bps cut.
- BookMyForex.com, a marketplace for foreign exchange and remittances, has partnered with YES Bank to launch a co-branded multi-currency forex travel card for Indian overseas travellers.
- Retirement fund manager EPFO approved appointment of UTI AMC and SBI Mutual Fund as its fund managers for three years, according to a source.
- Sebi relaxed the buyback norms for listed firms that own NBFCs and housing finance companies subsidiaries. In commodity markets, spot gold was steady at $1,502.53.
- A win in the opening Test will be the 27th for Kohli as skipper and will put him on even keel with his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
- Indian para-swimming team of 6 members comprising Para swimmer Satendra Singh Lohia from Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) has created history by becoming the 1st Asian swimmer team to cross the Catalina Channel (42 km )of US(United States) in just 11 hours 34 minutes.
- Russell Domingo was on Saturday appointed as the head coach of Bangladesh, replacing Steve Rhodes(English cricket coach and former cricketer) by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
- Anjum Moudgil became the first Indian shooter to secure am Olympic quota for India after she won a silver medal in Women’s 10m air rifle event at ISSF World Championships in South Korea.
- From the throngs of young fans who idolize her to the tennis experts desperately seeking the sport’s “next big thing”, there is no shortage of expectations on the shoulders of 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff.
- Novak Djokovic was all set to cruise into the U.S. Open as the hot favorite but a semi-final defeat at the Cincinnati Masters last week has at least given hope to his challengers that the world number one is not invincible.
6. Awards and Honors
- Ankita Gulati, founder of Touch Vision which is an Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi(IIT-D) incubated startup, won the 2019 NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Award.
7. Appointments and Resignations
- Ajay Kumar appointed as Secretary Defence; Subhash Chandra is Secretary, Defence Production and Brij Kumar Agarwal is Secretary, Lokpal.
8. Scinece and Technology
- NASA has confirmed that it will send a spacecraft to Europa, one of the 79 known moons orbiting gas giant Jupiter.