1.Sports

Dominic Theim (Austria) won the Men’s Single title at US Open 

Dominic Theim defeated Alexander Zverev (Germany) in a nail biting 5 set match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows.

This is his maiden Grand Slam Victory

This was for the first time that a player recovered after losing the first two sets and went ahead to win the title.

 This was also the first time that the settlement of the final had to be done via a Tie-breaker.

Quick Fact:The United States Open Tennis Championships is a hard court tennis tournament and the modern version of one of the oldest tennis championships, the U.S. National Championship.

2.International Affairs

Resumption of  Clinical Trials of AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID Vaccine.

The COVID vaccine that was developed by AstraZeneka-Oxford University had hit an unexpected safety pause due to the emergence of a single event of an unexplained illness.

The phase III clinical trial resumed in the United Kingdom after the Medicine Health Regulatory Authority deemed the trials as safe.

The trials in India, that are conducted by the Serum Institute of India, haven’t resumed yet.

The Serum Institute of India said that they are awaiting instructions from the apex drug authority in India to restart the trials.

Quick Fact: The president of Serum Institute of India is Adar Poonawala

3.Polity and Governance 

Monsoon Session of the Parliament starts amid COVID 19

The monsoon session of the parliament began on 14th September with a lot of changes in the way the sessions were conducted earlier.

Some of the major changes are:

  • The parliament will work in two shifts: 9 am-1 pm: Rajya Sabha and3 pm- 7pm: Lok Sabha
  • There would be no Question Hour in this session of the parliament.
  • Members are to register their attendance via a specially designed mobile app.
  • Standard Operating Protocol regarding COVID 19 is to be strictly followed

The session is to take up 47 items in its duration of 18 sittings, till 1st October.

11 bills, replacing the ordinances, are to be taken up during this session. Notable are: Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Quick Fact: Question Hour is the first hour of the Lok Sabha in which the members can raise a question regarding any aspect of the administration and the respective minister is obliged to answer it, either verbally or in written form, according to the question asked

4.National Affairs

Kiren Rijiju lays down the foundation stone for sports facilities in Leh.

Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju, laid the foundation stone for various sports facilities in Leh, Ladakh.

The sports facilities are to cost over 12 crore rupees.

The foundation stone was laid for a Synthetic track and Astroturf for football at Leh Open stadium and the construction of a Gymnasium hall at NDS Indoor Stadium was also approved.

Quick Fact: R.K.Mathur is the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh.

5.Miscellaneous

Observation of Hindi Divas across the country

14th September is celebrated across the country as Hindi Divas

On this day in 1949, Hindi (written in Devanagari) was adopted by the constituent assembly as the official language of the country.

It is among one of the widely used languages in the world.

Government has taken a lot of steps to promote Rajbhasha (Hindi) on national and international platforms.

Quick Fact: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first Indian leader to  address the UN General Assembly in Hindi.

6.International Affairs

Yoshihide Suga elected by Japan’s ruling party to succeed Shinzo Abe

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Japan’s ruling party elected Yoshihide Suga to succeed PM Shinzo Abe

Suga received 377 votes in the party election

He was the chief cabinet secretary in Abe’s government.

Shinzo Abe had resigned last month owing to health problems.

Quick Fact: In Japan, the Emperor is the Head of State and the Prime Minister is the Head of Government

7.Person in News

Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as the deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha

JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected as the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha.

He was elected through voice vote and was opposed by Manoj Jha of RJD.

Quick Fact: Rajya Sabha is chaired by the Vice President of India, currently, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu.

8.Person in News

Subhash Kamath is appointed the new chairman of ASCI

Subhash Kamath has been elected as the new chairman of the board of governors of the Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI)

He will succeed Rohit Gupta who is the president of Sony Pictures Networks.

NS Rajan and Shashidhar Sinha have been elected as vice chairman and honorary treasurer respectively.

Quick Fact: Advertising Standard Council of India was (ASCI) was founded in 1985 and has its headquarters  in Mumbai, Maharashtra.