1. Journalist Ajay Kumar Singh is appointed as new Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind
Ajay Kumar Singh has been appointed as Press Secretary to President Ram Nath Kovind who is currently associated with the Firstpost as a contributor.
- He replaced Ashok Malik and worked in Times of India in 1985, Economic Times and the Telegraph. He later joined the Pioneer in Delhi.
- He was the editor of the Governance Now magazine before joining the Firstpost as Executive Editor and served in the Business Standard, Star News, and News X.
2. Allahabad Bank board approved a merger with Indian Bank
Allahabad Bank has approved the merger proposal with Indian Bank. Its main objective is to merge the seventh-largest public sector lender group in the country.
- Consolidation of 10 state-run banks into four large lenders. In a meeting, the Board of Directors considered and gave in-principle approval for the amalgamation of Allahabad Bank with Indian Bank. Allahabad Bank employees and officials demonstrated in front of their headquarters here to protest against the merger.
- This amalgamation is being opposed as Allahabad Bank has higher levels of CASA – Current Account and Savings Account with greater staff strength and larger volume of business than other lenders.
3. Union Government launched steel import monitoring system
The Central Government has introduced a Steel Import Monitoring System (SIMS) to provide advance information about steel imports to various stakeholders, including producers and importers, to make effective policy interventions.
- Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and his junior colleague Hardeep Singh Puri have launched the system developed in consultation with the Ministry of Steel on the lines of the US Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system.
- Information about steel imports provided by importers on SIMS will be monitored by the Ministry of Steel.
4. Anjali Singh became India’s first female military diplomat
Anjali Singh has become India’s first female military diplomat to be posted in any of the Indian missions abroad.
- She joined the Indian Embassy in Russia as the Deputy Air Attache and is trained on MiG-29 fighter aircraft, joined her new assignment on September 10.
- She is the first woman Indian Armed Forces officer to be deployed as a military diplomat in any Indian mission abroad.
5. Ozone hole may be the smallest in three decades
The ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest seen in three decades. High gas deficiency in the atmosphere suggests that it will not open in 2019.
- The European Union’s Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) is currently seen in half the region well into mid-September. The UK is forecasting a steady or modest rise in ozone in the coming days.
- China confirmed CFC as a source of ozone increase: Earth’s protective shield is repairing.
6. Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao resigned
Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao, who became the President of ADB on April 28, 2013, has announced his resignation which will be effective from January 16.
- The new president will be named in accordance with an open, transparent and merit-based procedure.
- Resignation with a deep sense of satisfaction and gratitude. With the support of staff, board members and member governments.
Asian Development Bank
- Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
- President: Takehiko Nakao
- Founded: 19 December 1966
- Membership: 68 countries
7. Himachal Pradesh CM launched helpline for the speedy redressal of public grievances
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched the Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline 1100 for speedy and time-bound redressal of public grievances.
The main focus of the present state government was from the day it was ensured that the issues, problems and grievances of the general public are resolved at the earliest and in a timely manner.
The helpline will work six days a week (Monday-Saturday) from 7 am to 10 pm.
8. Microsoft Bill Gates honor PM Modi with Annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award
Microsoft Bill Gates honored Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in Jammu and Kashmir following the repeal of Article 370 which gave the state its special status.
- A dozen people, along with the Justice for All Coalition, wearing Free Kashmir T-shirts, signed a 100,000 petition at the Seattle headquarters of the Gates Foundation. It is the world’s largest private non-profit organization not honoring Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission, a sanitation initiative that improves toilet access.
- The Gates Foundation said in a statement that it respects the views of the petitioners, but Modi will receive his annual Goalkeeper Global Goals Award for providing safe sanitation to 500 million people in India.