1. International Day for South-South Cooperation celebrated on 12 September
On 12th September, International Day for South-South Cooperation is celebrated every year. South-South cooperation is a broad framework where the South Countries have colluded in various domains including political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technical domains.
South-South Cooperation works towards achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG). It aims to promote progress towards implementing the SDGs. It raises awareness about the efforts made by the United Nations to work on technical cooperation between developing countries.
The theme for the 2019 South-South Cooperation is From Commitment to Action — Follow up to Buenos Aires Plan of Action+40.
The Day was originally observed on December 19. The day of South-South Cooperation was fully adopted by the United Nations on 12 September 2011.
2. Haryana launched two insurance schemes for traders
The Haryana Govt launched two insurance schemes for registered small and medium traders. The schemes are Mukhyamantri Vyapari Kshatipurti Beema Yojana and Mukhyamantri Vyapari Samuhik Niji Durghatna Beema Yojana.
- The insurance cover ranging from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 25 lakh would be provided under the Mukhyamantri Vyapari Kshatipurti Beema Yojana. The insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would be granted under the Mukhyamantri Vyapari Samuhik Niji Durghatna Beema Yojana. The traders registered under the Haryana Goods and Service Tax (HGST) Act 2017 would be covered under these schemes.
- Under both the schemes the premiums of the people will be paid by the state government
3. IAF resurrects/revitalize/revive 17 Squadron Golden Arrows for Rafale
Indian Air Force (IAF) adopted the Air Force Station (AFS) Ambala-based 17 Squadron Golden Arrows which will determine the first squadron of Rafale fighter.
- The first batch of Rafale jets is programmed to be formally handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condition of anonymity. The jets are set to arrive in India on May 2020.
- The 17 Squadron was raised at Ambala on October 01, 1951, under the command of Flight Lieutenant D.L. Springett and initially equipped with the Harvard-II B aircraft.
4. DRDO fortunately test-fired MPATGM
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired an indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh on 9 September 2019. It was launched from a tripod launcher.
The test intends to pave the way for the Indian Army to develop the third generation MPATGM. The anti-tank missile will be practiced for army purpose. The MPATGM was successfully tested for the third series.
5. The largest flying animal of all time is Cryodrakon boreas
Cryodracon boreas, a new species of Potterosaur that was recently discovered, was unveiled by scientists. The previously unknown type of pterosaur was one of the largest flying animals that ever lived.
- Cryo Drakon boreas, which means frozen dragon of the north wind flew over North America 77 million years ago.
- The plane-sized reptile had a wingspan of 32.8 feet and it weighed 250 kilograms, researchers said in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
- The fossils of Cryodrakon were initially found 3 decades ago in Dinosaur Provincial Park, located in Alberta, Canada. However, scientists thought that the fossil belonged to Quetzalcoatlus.
6. England greats Boycott & Strauss praised with knighthoods
England cricket greats Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott has conferred with Knighthoods by Theresa May in her resignation honours list. The former cricketers have earned the honour for their services to sport after outstanding careers for England. Geoffrey Boycott played 108 tests between 1964 and 1982 for England with scoring 8,114 Test runs at an average of 47.72.
- Andrew Strauss played 100 Tests for England from 2004–12 and scored over 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91 to lead the team to two Ashes series victories.
- He served as England’s director of cricket between 2015 and 2018.
7. Indian Railways across the country is commemorating “Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada” from 11th September to 2nd October
From 11th September to 2nd October, Ministry of Railways is observing ‘Swachhta-Hi-Seva Pakhwada’ across its entire network.
- The Indian Railways also made large Shramdaan on the first day of SHS with participation from all stakeholders on plastic waste collection.
- Earlier the Minister of Railways has instructed for trains and stations starting 2nd September 2019 for 10 days cleanliness drive.
8. Ronaldo Laitonjam won the fourth gold in Track Asia Cup cycling
India’s Ronaldo Laitonjam has won his fourth gold medal in Cycling on the concluding day of Track Asia Cup competition in New Delhi.
- India developed overall champions as its players picked up three medals in the day, two gold and one bronze.
- Overall, India has topped the medals tally, with 7 bronze, 8 silver, and 10 gold as the tournament came to an end at the IGI Sports Complex.
- Uzbekistan completed second, with 3 silver and 4 gold. Malaysia obtained third place, with 1 silver and 4 gold.