1.Person in News

US Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg passes away at the age of 87

Joan Ruth Bader Ginsberg passed away at the age of 87.

She died due to complications from pancreatic cancer.

She was the second woman as the US Supreme Court justice.

She was a champion of women’s’ and minority rights and was sometimes regarded as ‘Notorious RBG’ by her admirers and the media.

Quick Fact: She was nominated to the Supreme Court of the US by President Bill Clinton in the year 1993

2.Polity and Governance

National Generic Document Registration system launched in Jammu and Kashmir

The National Generic Document Registration system was launched in Jammu and Kashmir by Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha.

The system serves as an online registration system for transactions in the purchase or sale of land in the region.

This registration system was developed under the Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme.

This system enables access to the information from anywhere and the data would be available to both the Enforcement Agencies and to the common man.
Quick Fact: The system is generated by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

3.India and the World

Eight beaches of India recommended for the ‘Blue Flag’ International eco-label

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar announced that eight beaches of the country have been recommended for the ‘Blue Flag’ international eco-label.

The announcement was made on the eve of ‘International Coastal Clean-Up Day’ 

‘Beach Environment and Aesthetics Management Services’ (BEAMS) was announced as India’s own eco-label under its Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) project.

The eight recommended beaches are: Shivrajpur in Gujarat, Ghoghla in Daman and Diu, Kasarkod and Padubidri in Karnataka, Kappad in Kerala, Rushikonda in Andhra Pradesh, Golden in Odisha and Radhanagar in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Quick Fact: The Blue Flag Certification is awarded by a Denmark based non-profit organization called the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE).

4.Person in News

Udit Singhal named in the 2020 Class of Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals

 18-year-old Udit Singhal has been named by the United Nations in the list of 2020 Class of Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

He has been selected because of his Glass2Sand initiative which is a zero waste ecosystem that converts glass to sand.

The initiative addresses the growing problem of glass in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).

Quick Fact: The Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goal initiative is a biennially organized initiative by the United Nations. It is the highest profile recognition opportunity for young people who raise their voices and make efforts to combat the most challenging issues in the world.

5.Summits and Conferences

VAIBHAV: Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik Summit 2020 to be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 2nd October.

The virtual Vaishvik Bharatiya Vaigyanik (VAIBHAV) Summit 2020 will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on 2nd October.

The summit is to be followed by a month-long discussion session virtually from 3rd October to 25th October 2020. 

VAIBHAV aims at bringing out the comprehensive roadmap to enable the expertise and knowledge of global Indian researchers for solving the emerging and ongoing challenges.

Quick Fact: VAIBHAV is an initiative by S&T and Academic Organizations of India.

6.Polity and Governance

Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha

Epidemic Disease (Amendment) Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha which amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

The bill now includes protection for healthcare service personnel who are combating epidemic diseases.

It also expands the powers of the central government to prevent the spread of such diseases.

Quick Fact: The bill was presented by Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

7.National Affairs 

Al-Qaeda terrorists arrested from West Bengal and Kerala by the National Investigation Agency (NIA)

The NIA has arrested nine Al-Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal and Kerala.

The terrorists were associated with Pakistan sponsored module of Al-Qaeda.

Six terrorists were arrested from Murshidabad, West-Bengal and three terrorists from Ernakulam, Kerala. 
Quick Fact: The current NIA chief is Yogesh Chander Modi.

8.Polity & Governance

Rajya Sabha passes the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Second Amendment) Bill

The Rajya Sabha has passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy code (second Amendment) Bill 2020.

According to the amendment, fresh insolvency proceedings will not be started for the next six months taking the Covid-19 pandemic into account.

It amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 which is the bankruptcy law of India. It consolidates all the existing framework by creating a single law for insolvency and bankruptcy. 
Quick Fact: The bill was presented by Union Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman