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22 Sep 2021 Current Affairs in English

Important Days

World Alzheimer’s Day: 21st September

World Alzheimer’s Day is observed globally on September 21 every year. The day aims to raise awareness about the stigma that runs around Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.

World Alzheimer’s Day was launched at the opening of ADI’s annual conference in Edinburgh on 21 September 1994 to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The theme for World Alzheimer Day 2021 is “Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer’s”.

International Day of Peace: 21 September

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The UN General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, through observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. The 2021 theme for the International Day of Peace is “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”

Celebrate peace by standing up against acts of hate online and offline, and by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic, and as we recover.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA.
  • United Nations was founded on 24 October 1945.
  • Mr Antonio Guterres is the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

International Week of Deaf People 2021: September 20 to 26

Every year, the full week ending on the last Sunday of September is observed as the International Week of the Deaf (IWD). In 2021, IWD is being observed from September 20 to 26, 2021.

The last Sunday of the month of September is celebrated as the World Day of Deaf or International Day of the Deaf (September 26, 2021). The theme of 2021 IWD is “Celebrating Thriving Deaf Communities”.

It is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy to commemorate the month when the first World Congress of the WFD was held.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • World Federation of the Deaf Founded: 23 September 1951, Rome, Italy;
  • World Federation of the Deaf President: Joseph Murray.

National

Geeta Samota becomes ‘Fastest Indian’ to Summit Two Peaks

CISF official Geeta Samota became the “fastest Indian” to summit two peaks located in Africa and Russia.

 Earlier this month, Sub Inspector Geeta Samota had scaled Mount Elbrus in Russia, the highest peak in Europe. While Mt Elbrus (5,642 mts) is in Russia, the Kilimanjaro peak (5,895 mts) is located in Tanzania and is Africa’s highest peak.

International

Iran becomes 9th member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Iran was officially admitted as a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). The decision to admit Iran as a full member was declared in the 21st summit of the SCO leaders in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

At the end of the 21st Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the leaders of the eight main members of the organization agreed to change the membership of the Islamic Republic of Iran from an observer member to a full member and signed the relevant documents.

Accordingly, the technical process of Iran becoming one of the main members of the organization has begun and Iran will henceforth cooperate and interact with member countries as the main member of the important regional organization.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • SCO Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • SCO Secretary-General: Vladimir Norov
  • SCO Founded: 15 June 2001
  • SCO Permanent Members: China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan India, Pakistan and Iran

Agreements

HDFC Bank ties up with Paytm to launch co-branded credit cards

HDFC Bank has announced its partnership with leading payments company Paytm, to offer co-branded credit cards on the Visa platform to businesspersons, millennials, and merchants.

The HDFC Bank-Paytm co-branded credit cards will be launched in October during the festive season to tap into the high consumer demand for credit cards, equated monthly installments (EMIs), and buy now pay later (BNPL) options and the full suite of products will be offered by the end of December 2021.

The collaboration between HDFC Bank and Paytm is part of the strategies of the HDFC Bank to regain its lost market share in the credit card space due to the ban imposed on it by RBI for eight months as a penalty, following several outages in its digital offerings.

Useful notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of HDFC Bank: Mumbai, Maharashtra;
  • MD and CEO of HDFC Bank: Sashidhar Jagdishan;
  • The tagline of HDFC Bank: We understand your world.
  • Paytm HQ: Noida, Uttar Pradesh;
  • Paytm Founder & CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma;
  • Paytm Founded: 2009.

Ranks and Reports

India ranks 46th in Global Innovation Index 2021

India has been ranked at 46th place in the Global Innovation Index 2021 released by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). India has jumped 2 spots from last year’s ranking.

Under the Lower middle-income category group, India has been ranked at the second spot after Vietnam.

The Global Innovation Index 2021 captures the innovation ecosystem performance of 132 economies and tracks the most recent global innovation trends.

Top 5 countries in Global Innovation Index 2021 rankings:

RankCountryScore
1stSwitzerland65.5
2ndSweden63.1
3rdUnited States of America61.3
4thUnited Kingdom59.8
5thRepublic of Korea59.3
46thIndia36.4

FSSAI’s 3rd State Food Safety Index 2021 released

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mansukh Mandaviya has released the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)’s 3rd State Food Safety Index (SFSI) to measure the performance of States across five parameters of food safety.

The Minister felicitated nine leading States/UTs based on the ranking for the year 2020-21 for their impressive performance.

Here is the list of nine leading States/UTs in the Index:

Larger States:

  • Gujarat
  • Kerala
  • Tamil Nadu

Smaller States:

  • Goa
  • Meghalaya
  • Manipur

Among UTs:

  • Jammu and Kashmir,
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • New Delhi

Awards News

73rd Emmy award 2021 announced

The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony was held on September 19, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

The award honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2020, until May 31, 2021, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The 73rd edition of the Television Academy’s top honors is being hosted by Cedric the Entertainer on CBS.

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry. It is presented at numerous annual events held throughout the calendar year, each honoring one of the various sectors of the television industry.

Here are the winners for the 2021 Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Drama Series: The Crown
  • Outstanding Comedy Series: Ted Lasso
  • Outstanding Variety Talk Show: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Outstanding Limited Series: The Queen’s Gambit
  • Outstanding Actor–Comedy: Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
  • Outstanding Actor–Drama: Josh O’Connor
  • Outstanding Actor–Limited Series or Movie: Ewan McGregor (Halston)
  • Outstanding Actress–Comedy: Jean Smart (Hacks)
  • Outstanding Actress–Drama: Olivia Colman (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Actress–Limited Series or Movie: Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor–Comedy: Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor–Drama: Tobias Menzies (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor–Limited Series or Movie: Evan Peters (Mare of Easttown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress–Comedy: Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress–Drama: Gillian Anderson (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress–Limited Series or Movie: Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown)
  • Outstanding Director–Comedy: Lucia Aniello (Hacks)
  • Outstanding Director–Drama: Jessica Hobbs (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Director–Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special: Scott Frank (The Queen’s Gambit)
  • Outstanding Writing–Comedy: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs and Jen Statsky (Hacks)
  • Outstanding Writing–Drama: Peter Morgan (The Crown)
  • Outstanding Writing–Limited Series, Movie Or Dramatic Special: Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)

About Emmy Award:

An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, is an American award that recognizes excellence in the television industry. It is presented at numerous annual events held throughout the calendar year, each honoring one of the various sectors of the television industry.

Defense

Indian & Indonesian Navy participate in 3rd edition of ‘Samudra Shakti’

The 3rd edition of Bilateral Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ is scheduled from September 20 to Sep 22. Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Kadmatt had already arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia in the preparedness of this one-of-a-kind exercise aimed at improving bilateral ties between India and Indonesia.

The Indian navy will be participating in Samudra Shakti with the Indonesian navy to enhance mutual understanding and interoperability in maritime operations between the two navies.

Books and Authors

Book title “The Three Khans: And the Emergence of New India” by Kaveree Bamzai

A book has titled “The Three Khans: And the Emergence of New India” authored by Kaveree Bamzai.

In the book, senior journalist, Kaveree Bamzai has juxtaposed the careers of the 3 Khans, Aamir, Shah Rukh, & Salman, with the most tumultuous times in the history of the republic.

Art often responds to social and political dimensions,& in a country short of role models, film stars often play double roles.

Obituaries

Former England Footballer Jimmy Greaves passes away

Jimmy Greaves, one of England’s most prolific strikers and Tottenham Hotspur’s record goalscorer, passed away.

He scored 266 goals for Tottenham between 1961-1970 & his 37 league goals in the 1962-63 season remain a club record. He began his career with Chelsea and netted 124 league goals for the London club(1957-61).

Renowned Padma Shri awardee astrophysicist Thanu Padmanabhan passes away

Renowned Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Professor Thanu Padmanabhan passed away. He was a distinguished professor at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA).

He had authored over 300 research papers and several books, with important contributions in areas of gravitation, quantum gravity, and structure and formation of the universe.

Akhara Parishad chief Narendra Giri passes away

President of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri has passed away. It was in 2016 that Giri first took over as chief of the Akhara Parishad.

It was during his tenure that the Parishad released a list of allegedly “fake saints”. In 2019, Giri was elected chief of the Parishad for a second time.


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