1.Sports

Italian Open 2020 winners

Novak Djokovic (Serbia) won the Men’s Single title.

Simona Halep (Romania) won the Women’s Single title.

Men’s double title was bagged by Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina).

Hsieh Su-wei (Taiwan) and Barbora Strýcová (Czech Republic) bagged the Men’s double title.

Quick Fact: The venue for Italian Open 2020 was Foro Italico in Rome, Italy.

2.International Affairs

UN marks its 75th Anniversary amid the COVID pandemic

The United Nations marked its 75th anniversary on 21st September.

A special UNGA event will kick-start the high-level General Assembly session.

Heads of State and Government and Ministers will deliver their speeches through pre-recorded video statements for the week long General Debate.

 On this occasion the UN Secretary-General appealed to preserve the longest period in modern history, without a military confrontation, between the world’s most powerful nations.
Quick Fact: The current UN Secretary-General is Antonio Guterres

3.Polity and Governance

The Parliament passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020

The Parliament passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) Laws (Amendment) Bill 2020 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha.

It seeks to give five IIITs (in Public Private Partnership mode) a tag of Institutions of National importance.

The five IIITs are in Bhopal, Agartala, Surat, Bhagalpur and Raichur.
Quick Fact: A total of 25 IIIT (including the 5 new ones) will now hold the tag of Institute of National Importance

4.India and the World

First Direct Cargo Ferry Service launched between India and Maldives.

The cargo service is to help in boosting the business and trade relations between India and Maldives.

The service will operate by connecting the Tuticorin and Cochin ports of India with Male and Kulhudhuffushi ports of Maldives.

The link is to be operated by the Shipping Corporation of India.

The transport of cargo between the countries will be done by Cargo Vessel MCP Linz.
Quick Fact: The service was launched by the Minister of State for Shipping of India, Mansukh Mandaviya.

5.Environment

National Conservation Strategy launched for Indian One-Horned Rhino

On the occasion of World Rhino Day, the government launched the National Conservation Strategy for Indian One-Horned Rhino.

World Rhino Day is celebrated on September 22 by the World Wildlife Fund to create awareness about the threats that Rhinoceros face  in Asia and Africa region.

Theme for World Rhino Day 2020 is Five Rhino Species Forever.
Quick Fact: First World Rhino Day was announced by the World Wildlife Fund in 2010.

6.Defence and Security

Successful flight test of ABHYAS conducted by the DRDO

The successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target was conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

The flight test was conducted at the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.

Abhyas is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO.
Quick Fact: The Current chairman of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is Dr G. Satheesh Reddy.

7.Science and Technology

21 Neutrino Observatory to be set up in the country

Indian Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project was launched with an aim to build a world-class underground laboratory having a rock cover around it in order to conduct basic research on neutrinos.

The nodal agency for the implementation of the project is Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.

 The Observatory would not only provide information about the properties of Neutrino particles but also study about the neutrino particles from the Sun and from the earth’s atmosphere.
Quick Fact: Neutrino is a  tiny elementary particle which is not a part of the atom. It has a tiny mass and no charge.

8.Environment

Three concepts for the Hydrogen Aircraft launched by Airbus.

The Hydrogen aircraft or the zero emission commercial aircraft is said to be operational by 2035.

The aircraft is to be designed and produced by Airbus and will be the first commercial hydrogen powered aircraft.

The three concepts for zero emission have been introduced under the codename ZEROe. The concepts include: Turbofan design, Blended wing body design and Turboprop design.

Hydrogen was chosen as it is the lightest element and hence can lift the aircrafts easily and is a clean fuel, although it is more expensive than the other fossil fuels.
Quick Fact: World’s largest hydrogen production Centre is at the Fukushima hydrogen energy research field, Japan.