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Monday, September 23, 2019


1.       SITMEX- Trilateral Maritime exercise
ü  5 days maiden trilateral exercise of Singapore, India and Thailand named SITMEX (Singapore-India-Thailand Maritime Exercise) was commenced at Port Blair.
2.       SCO exercise “Tsentr (centre) 2019”
ü  Opening ceremony of exercise “TSENTR 2019” which forms part of the Russian Armed Forces’ annual training cycle, under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation(SCO) and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), was conducted at the DONGUZ ranges  near Orenburg, Russia. 8 SCO member countries are participating .

3.       Indian banks’ 2018-19 report
ü  According to the Handbook of Statistics on the Indian Economy 2018-19 released by the RBI the aggregate savings deposits in the Indian private and public sector banks (PSBs) reached Rs 39.72 lakh crore as on March 31, 2019. The foreign banks had a share of Rs 58,630 crore.
4.       RBI allows recurring bill payments through BBPS
ü  RBI has extended the use of the Bharat Bill Payment System(BBPS) for all recurring(repetitive) payments such as school fees, insurance premiums and municipal taxes, Equated Monthly Installments (EMI) on a voluntary basis except for prepaid recharges to extend the scope and coverage of BBPS.
5.       Government exempts 2% TDS on cash payments through APMCs
ü  Finance Minister of India Smt Nirmala Sitharaman notified that 2% Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) on cash payments above Rs 1 crore made through Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) will be exempted and it is set to be effective from October 1, 2019.
6.       Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award 2019
ü  Bangladesh PM Sheik Hasina was awarded Dr Kalam Smriti International Excellence Award for her contribution in holding a healthy relation between India and Bangladesh,International peace and cooperation.
7.       India’s first female military diplomat
ü  Wing Commander Anjali Singh became India’s first female military diplomat posted on an Indian mission abroad after joining the Indian Embassy in Russia as Deputy Air Attache.
8.       Astra Missile successfully flight tested
ü  Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully flight-tested air-to-air missile Astra from Su-30 MKI as a part of user trials from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha. It is India’s first air-to-air missile which is engaged accurately with the live aerial target demonstrating its capability.
9.       Mukhya Mantri SevaSankalp Helpline
ü  Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur launched the “Mukhya Mantri Seva Sankalp Helpline ‘1100’ for redressal of public grievances in a speedy and time bound manner.



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