1. Person in News

BSNL CMD P K Purwar to take additional charge of MTNL

P. K. Purwar have been given the additional charge as CMD of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL)

He is also the chairman and managing director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)

Quick facts: Headquarters of both MTNL and BSNL are in New Delhi

2. Sports

“Feifei” the bird to be mascot for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games

“Feifei” the bird will be the mascot for Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games, China

The design of ‘Feifei’ is inspired by the motif of the ‘Divine Bird’ in the Liangzhu Culture

4th Asian Para Games are going to be held from October 9-15 2022

Quick facts: Taekwondo and Para-Canoe will make their debuts at the 4th Asian Para Games

3. History, Art & Culture

National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India launched

Ministry of Culture has launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage

The list will increase awareness about intangible cultural heritages of India

Some elements are derived from UNESCO’s Representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Quick facts: Intanglible culture includes non-physical intellectual property such as beliefs, folklore, traditions, customs and language.

4. International Affairs

44th session of World Heritage Committee of UNESCO postponed

The session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, to be held in China’s Fujian Province, has been postponed

The committee is responsible for implementation of the World Heritage Convention, has the final say on whether a property is inscribed on the World Heritage List and overlooks their management

Quick facts: The committee was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Paris

5. Science and Technology

CeNS develops a compact solid-state sensor to detect the heavy metal ions in water

Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) has developed the sensor

It is a portable device which can help onsite detection in remote areas.

Heavy metal ions harm living beings as they accumulate in the body and cannot be destabilised easily

Quick facts: Heavy metals include lead, mercury and cadmium

6. Person in News

Algerian Author Abdelouahab Aissaoui Wins Top Arab Fiction Prize

Algerian author Abdelouahab Aissaoui has won the 13th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

The award has been awarded for his book “The Spartan Court”

Quick facts: One major aim of the prize, started in Abu Dhabi in 2007, is to promote translation of Arabic literature into English

7. Environment

Renewable Energy Parks to be set up in India

Ministry of Renewable Energy is setting up renewable energy parks in India.

The aim is to manufacture components and materials for renewable energy production.

This will reduce dependence on imports and also meet global demands

8. Economy

India attends Development Committee Meeting of IMF-World Bank

Finance Minister Smt Nirmala Sitaraman participated in the 101st meeting of the development committee

The meeting was held to discuss responses to COVID-19 emergency and COVID-19 debt initiatives

The major debt initiative is the International Call for Action in Support of IDA countries.

Quick facts: IDA was established in 1960 with an aim to reduce poverty.