30 September: International Translation Day

  • The International Translation Day was on 30 September 2016 observed across the world with the theme Translation and Interpreting: Connecting Worlds.
  • It is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators.
  • This is the annual event for the translation community and event is marked with a series of dedicated events, seminars and symposiums across the world.

Acquisition Council clears proposals worth Rs 1,900 crore

  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared proposals worth 1,900 crore rupees (close to $3 billion).
  • All these approved proposals will be executed under ‘Buy India’ by Indian contractors.
  • Decision in this regard was taken by DAC meeting chaired by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in New Delhi.
  • Proposals cleared by DAC are Weapons repair facility at Port Blair at a cost of Rs 450 crore.
  • Anti-tank guided missiles for training purpose of the army. It is worth of 405 crore rupees.
  • Electronic warfare system for low intensity conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. It is worth of 330 crore rupees.
  • Mumbai based Defence shipyard Mazagon Dock will get a repair facility for Scorpene submarines at cost of Rs 725 crore.

2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet held in New Delhi

  • The 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Meet was held in New Delhi from September 27- 28, 2016 to deliberate on issues including job creation and social security for workers.
  • The two day meeting saw the participation of the five major emerging BRICS economies viz. Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
  • The meeting had dedicated sessions on employment generation, social security, inclusive development and formalization.
  • The BRICS Labour and Employment Ministerial Declaration was also adopted at the end of these discussions.
  • Member countries proposed strong interventions and actions in areas concerning social security, employment generation and formalization of labour markets leading to inclusive and sustainable development.

West Bengal govt decides to install Monorail

  • West Bengal govt has decided to install monorail from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas to Ruby Connector in Kolkata.
  • This was informed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 29 September 2016.
  • The 14-kilometre-long monorail route will connect Budge Budge to Ruby via Taratala, New Alipore and Prince Anwar Shah Road and will come up at a cost of 4216 crore rupees.
  • This new service will also connect commuters to the proposed metro rail network between New Garia to Kolkata airport.
  • For execution of the monorail project, the state transport department will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Burn Standard Company Limited.
  • Burn Standard Company Limited will be funding the project and the state government will provide land for the purpose.

Americas Region Declared Free of Endemic Measles

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Region of the Americas as Measles free.
  • The declaration came during the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
  • With this, the Americas became the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death.
  • This achievement marked culmination of a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.
  • Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas, after eradication of smallpox in 1971, poliomyelitis in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015.

US & Vietnam navies begin 7th annual NEA in Da Nang

  • The US and Vietnamese navies have begun the 7th annual Naval Engagement Activity NEA, Vietnam 2016 at Tien Sa Port in Da Nang.
  • The exercise will focus on non-combatant events and include seminars in military medicine and maritime law as well as subject matter expert exchanges in navigation, shipboard medicine and damage control.
  • The exercise will also include Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea and search and rescue scenarios.

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft on one AI platform

  • In a major boost to artificial intelligence (AI) research, five top-notch tech companies — Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft — have joined hands to announce a historic partnership on AI and machine learning.
  • It means that these companies will discuss advancements and conduct research in AI and how to develop best products and services powered by machine learning.
  • Initial financial help will come from these companies and as other stakeholders join the group, the finances are expected to increase.

R Subramania Kumar appointed Executive Director of Indian Overseas Bank

  • The Union Govt appointed R Subramania Kumar as Executive Director (ED) of state-owned Indian Overseas Bank.
  • Kumar is currently serving as the Executive Director of Indian Bank.ndian Overseas Bank (IOB) is a major public sector bank based in Chennai.

Shakti Sinha appointed as Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

  • Retired IAS officer Shakti Sinha was appointed as the Director of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).
  • His appointment was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).
  • Sinha, who served in the Prime Minister’s Office during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, was also Director in India Foundation, a think tank aligned to the RSS.
  • The post of Director of NMML was vacant since the resignation of its previous Director Mahesh Rangarajan in the year 2015.

Myntra appoints Dipanjan Basu as Chief Financial Officer

  • Online fashion portal Myntra announced the appointment of Dipanjan Basu as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • Basu’s appointment will be effective from 17 October 2016.
  • Myntra is an Indian e-commerce company of fashion and casual lifestyle products. It is headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

Tirupati Airport awarded Best Tourist Friendly Airport

  • Airports Authority of India’s Tirupati Airport was awarded the Best Tourist Friendly Airport under the category for State Annual Excellence Awards for the year 2015-16 by Andhra Pradesh Tourism.
  • The award was presented on the eve of World Tourism Day by the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandra Babu Naidu at Bhawani Islands, Vijayawada.

Telugu writer Kalakaluri Enoch conferred with Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith

  • Noted Dalit voice, poet and Telugu writer Prof.Kalakaluri Enoch was conferred with the prestigious Moortidevi Award of Bharatiya Jnanpith for the year 2015.
  • The prestigious literary award was bestowed upon him for his novel Anantajivanam by Veteren art historian Dr Kapila Vatsyayana function in New Delhi.
  • His novel Ananta Jeevanam depicts the struggle of the downtrodden, weak and the common man in Rayalaseema to preserve the historical and cultural inheritance of the region during a devastating cyclone.
  • The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India.
  • It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organization for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture.
  • The award carries a shawl, Saraswati Statue, Citation and a cheque of four lakh rupees.

Indian women’s kabaddi team wins gold medal in Asian Beach Games

  • Indian women’s beach kabaddi team has won the gold medal at the 5th Asian Beach Games held in Danang, Vietnam.
  • In the final match, Indian team defeated Thailand by 41-31 score.
  • With this, Indian women’s kabaddi team has won the title for the record fifth time in succession.
  • For Thailand, it was the fifth time in a row they had lost to India in a final.
  • The Indian women’s kabaddi team won the gold medal since the inception of the biennial Games in 2008.

Renowned Bangla writer Syed Shamsul Haq passes away

  • Syed Shamsul Haq, one of Bangladesh’s best known writers passed away 27 September 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was 81 and was suffering from lung cancer.
  • Mr. Haq’s literary life and career spread across genres and was known for equal mastery over novels, poetry, essays and plays. He was also vocal against religious fundamentalism.
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