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A)
3 September 2023
B)
4 September 2023
C)
5 September 2023
D)
6 September 2023

Correct Answer :   3 September 2023


Former Indian umpire Piloo Reporter, a pioneer who was among the first neutral umpires to officiate in Test cricket, passed away (3 September 2023) in Mumbai at the age of 84, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

Piloo Reporter had been battling Cerebral Contusion disease, and he was under the loving care of his wife and two daughters during his illness.


An Illustrious Umpiring Career :

Reporter's illustrious umpiring career spanned 28 years, during which he presided over 14 Tests and 22 one-day internationals. Notably, he officiated in the 1992 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to international matches, Reporter also had a role in 13 first-class matches, where he served as a match referee in two instances.

Piloo Reporter embarked on his umpiring journey with the Delhi Test between India and England in December 1984. His remarkable career culminated with his last appearance in the Mumbai Test between the same teams in February 1993.

In the realm of One-Day Internationals (ODIs), Reporter's journey began with the India-Australia clash in Delhi in September 1984. He concluded his ODI umpiring career in Rajkot, presiding over the match between India and Sri Lanka in February 1994.

Born : 24 September 1938, Mumbai

Died : 3 September 2023, Mumbai.


Source : Free Press Journal

Published On : September 6, 2023
A)
Karnataka
B)
Gujarat
C)
Maharashtra
D)
Telangana

Correct Answer :   Telangana


US-based multinational technology company "Corning" has announced plans to set up a $113m Gorilla Glass manufacturing facility in the Indian state of Telangana.

The announcement follows a meeting between Telangana’s Minister for IT, electronics and communication, KT Rama Rao, global operations executive Ravi Kumar and Sarah Cartmell, director of government affairs at Corning.

The proposed facility in Telangana is expected to generate 800 new jobs. Telangana accounts for 6% of the electronic production in India, with more than 250 companies employing over 50,000 people across different industry sub-segments there.

“Happy to share that Corning, one of the world’s leaders in material sciences, has decided to invest in Telangana to set up a manufacturing plant to make Gorilla Glass for smartphones, for the first time in India,” Rao said in a post on Facebook.

“The investment size of ₹934 Crore will employ 800 people but more importantly [it is] a strategic investment in manufacturing for smartphones and other electronic devices.”

News about the factory comes amid a difficult period for Corning, with the company reporting $303m in net income during the second quarter of 2023, down 48% from the same period in 2022 ($584m).

However, business sales grew by 3% in the second quarter, prompting the company’s executive vice-president and chief financial office, Ed Schlesinger, to comment: “Looking ahead, we will continue improving profitability and cash generation in the second half of 2023 despite our current sales outlook. Overall, we remain well positioned to capture upside, and as sales grow, we’ll drive strong operating leverage."

Corning is a tech company with more than 51,000 employees and 18 research and development labs across North America, Europe and Asia. In September 2022, it opened an optical fibre factory in Mszczonów, Poland, in response to the growing demand for high-speed connectivity in Europe. The investment in Mszczonów will create jobs for around 250 people.

Corning to build $113m Gorilla Glass plant in India was originally created and published by Investment Monitor, a GlobalData owned brand..

Source : MSN

Published On : September 6, 2023
A)
Jai Ram Thakur
B)
Shiv Pratap Shukla
C)
Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
D)
Bhupendrabhai Patel

Correct Answer :   Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu


Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Monday (4 September 2023) launched the Mukhya Mantri Sporting Abilities, Rebuilding Aspirations and Livelihood Scheme (SABAL) from his home assembly segment Nadaun in this district.

The chief minister also announced to set up a ‘Rajya Chayan Aayog’ in place of the now-dissolved Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission in Hamirpur within the next two months to ensure fairness in the selection criteria of candidates.

The SABAL scheme intends to take care of specially-abled children in around 400 schools across Hamirpur, Solan and Shimla districts.

CM Sukhu said the SABAL Yojana is aimed at improving the lives of specially-abled children in the state. The initiative focuses on providing essential facilities and opportunities for them, a statement issued here said.

He said the state government has made a provision of two per cent reservation in government jobs for specially-abled individuals and the recruitment process for this, was set to commence on a mission mode shortly.

Simultaneously, CM Sukhu launched ‘Abhyas Himachal’ and ‘Shikshak Sahayata’ chatbots, accessible via the Swift Chat app, offering ease similar to WhatsApp and powered by conversational Artificial Intelligence (AI)..

Source : Swachh India

Published On : September 6, 2023
A)
Smriti Irani
B)
Manoj Sinha
C)
Amit Shah
D)
Anurag Thakur

Correct Answer :   Manoj Sinha


In Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha will inaugurate a community radio, a first of its kind in the Union Territory, at Jammu University on its 54th foundation day on Tuesday (5th Sep 2023).

The radio shall act as a medium to promote, propagate and disseminate the poly-vocal and poly-lingual voices of the various stakeholders of the university and act as a site of exchange for various ideas culminating in motivating people to participate in the national endeavour for integrated development of the country.

Vice Chancellor of Jammu University, Umesh Rai said the recent nomination of the varsity by the UGC as the nodal University to lead the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 in the UT has helped the institute ”indisputably” claim a high status in academic leadership.

Source : AIR

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
Kapil Dev
B)
Abhinav Bindra
C)
Abhishek Sinha
D)
Lokesh Suji

Correct Answer :   Lokesh Suji


The General Body of the International Esports Federation (IESF) has elected "Lokesh Suji", Director of the Esports Federation of India (ESFI) and Vice-President of the Asian Esports Federation (AESF), to its esteemed Membership Committee on a three-year term.

This election marks the first time that an Indian has become a part of the membership committee of the International Esports Federation.

The IESF is a global Esports organization working towards promoting Esports as a true sport beyond language, race, and culture barriers. Its Membership Committee is instrumental in upholding consistency, fairness, and excellence among its members.

They enforce the federation’s rules, promote integrity, and nurture unity within the Esports community. The committee also carefully assesses new member applications to maintain high standards and advance the global Esports mission.

The elections for Suji’s appointment were conducted during the recent Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) of the IESF on August 28 in Iasi, Romania, where out of the 70 voting and present members, a majority of 42 member countries voted in favour of his selection. As part of the membership committee, he will now leverage his vast experience and expertise to ensure a seamless execution of the process, contributing to a bright future for Esports within the IESF.

Vlad Marinescu, President of the IESF expressed his elation on Mr. Suji’s election by saying, “We are thrilled to introduce Mr. Lokesh Suji as the newest addition to the IESF Membership Committee. Drawing from our extensive collaboration over the past few years, I possess unwavering confidence in his passion, capabilities, and commitment to advancing the global Esports community.

Under Lokesh’s leadership, ESFI has not only significantly contributed to raising Esports to a multi-sport status in India, but the nation has also achieved remarkable milestones on the global stage. His vision for promoting democratic and transparent processes seamlessly aligns with ours, making him an invaluable asset for propelling the growth of the IESF family..

Source : Khelnow

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
Meta
B)
Apple
C)
Google
D)
Microsoft

Correct Answer :   Meta


Union Minister for Education Dharmendra Pradhan launched (4th Sep 2023) a 3-year partnership of his Ministry with Meta to provide Digital and marketing skills to students, educators, and entrepreneurs in New Delhi.

* Three Letters of Intent (LoI) were exchanged between Meta and NIESBUD, AICTE and CBSE. Speaking at the event, Dharmendra Pradhan said that the initiative launched today (4th Sep 2023) is in furtherance to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of making India a skilled capital of the world and empowering our Amrit Peedhi.

* He further said that the ‘Education to Entrepreneurship’ partnership is a game-changer, which will take Digital Skilling to the grassroots.
 


* The Minister also said this will build capacities of the talent pool, and seamlessly connect students, youth, workforce, and micro-entrepreneurs, with futuristic technologies.  Minister of State for Education Annpurna Devi and Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajeev Chandrasekhar also graced the occasion.
 
* In a video message Meta President, Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, thanked Dharmendra Pradhan for his support in bringing the partnership together between the two most important sectors of the workforce, education and skilling. He said that India’s talent base and rapid digital adoption make it the perfect place for them to invest in emerging technologies.

* Under the partnership with NIESBUD, five lakh entrepreneurs will get access to digital marketing skills by Meta over the next three years..

Source : AIR

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
Bharti Airtel
B)
Jio
C)
Flipkart
D)
Paytm

Correct Answer :   Bharti Airtel


Bharti Airtel has announced its commitment to purchase 23,000 MWh of renewable energy by Q4 FY 23–24 to power its data centre subsidiary, Nxtra. Airtel will acquire stakes in renewable energy project companies Continuum Green India Pvt. Ltd. and Vibrant Energy Holdings Pte. Ltd. to facilitate this endeavour.

This initiative is aligned with Airtel’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint and promote sustainability. Through an open access route, Airtel will acquire stakes in Continuum Green’s project company, which will supply green power from solar and wind projects to six Nxtra Edge data centres located in Madhya Pradesh.

Additionally, Airtel has entered into a similar agreement with Vibrant Energy to source solar power for its Edge data centre in Vijayawada. These additions will expand Nxtra’s total contracted renewable energy capacity to over 274,000 MWh. This move is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 16,370 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent annually..

Source : The Hindu Businessline

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
Karnataka
B)
Maharashtra
C)
Gujarat
D)
West Bengal

Correct Answer :   Gujarat


World Health Organization (WHO) has released the outcome document of first WHO Traditional Medicine Global Summit 2023 in form of “Gujarat Declaration”.

It is worth noting that first global summit on Traditional Medicine was organised by the WHO and co-hosted by the Ministry of Ayush, from August 17-18, 2023, at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The action points are based on the evidence, discussions and outcomes presented at the Summit. Deliberation were done on varied topics like Health and well-being of people and the planet, research and evidence, universal health coverage, primary health care and health systems, Data & routine information systems, digital health frontiers, biodiversity and sustainability, human rights, equity and ethics.

The declaration reaffirmed global commitments towards indigenous knowledges, biodiversity and traditional, complementary and integrative medicine.


WHO underlined that the application of rigorous scientific methods is needed to better understand, assess and, where appropriate, apply more holistic, context-specific, complex and personalized approaches for health and well-being for all.

Union Minister of Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal highlighted that Gujarat declaration is testimony of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to promote our ancient knowledge of Traditional Medicine system. Through collaborative efforts and sustainable practices, we can ensure a healthier future for generations to come.

Gujarat declaration talks about scaling up efforts to further implement evidence-based TCIM (Traditional complimentary integrative medicine) interventions and approaches in support of the goal of universal health coverage (UHC) and all health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It states the role of multi-regional, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborations demonstrated at the Global.

The highlight of summit was how to enable the appropriate development and application of digital health technologies, and artificial intelligence (AI) in particular, to advance digital health resources on TCIM for people’s health and well-being..

Source : AIR

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
AG-312S
B)
AG-365S
C)
AG-427S
D)
AG-475S

Correct Answer :   AG-365S


AG-365S kisan drone is India’s first Multi-utility Agriculture small Category Drone to receive the prestigious DGCA approved type certificate.

AG-365S has highest endurance of 22 minutes, equipped with high end sensors for smooth operations and tested extensively for best quality.

Marut Drones already boasts a Multipurpose Medium category agricultural drone and multiple RPTOs in partnership with prestigious institutions across India.”

Mumbai : India’s leading drone manufacturer “Marut Drones” has become the first player to have DGCA type certification in both small and medium category battery operated drones. Marut Drones received the Type Certification approvals from the Director General of Civil Aviation for their extensively tested and robustly designed multi-utility agricultural drone in small category (less than 25kg) AG-365S. As per UAS Rules-2021, Drones with UIN numbers are only allowed to fly in Indian Airspace.

DGCA certification is provided based on quality checks and is issued after a rigorous testing process of unmanned aerial vehicles in various NABL accredited testing labs.

This makes UAV go through a series of material, environmental, operational tests for safe, secured and reliable operations. The certification enables the Hyderabad-based firm to bring the users their agricultural drone technology which can revolutionize Indian Agriculture.

Marut Drones Founder, Mr Prem Kumar Vislawath, said, “Marut Drones has been taking steps in line with its vision of Advancing Agriculture. Manual spraying in agriculture have caused huge negative health impact on operators. And a mindless repetition of these sprays is inhumane exposing the operator to chemicals and leading to cancers. With both type certification and RTPO approvals by DGCA for small category drones, the manual inhumane operations can be easily performed by drones making it safe to the operator. This also creates new job opportunities in rural areas. A drone entrepreneur using this drone can earn anywhere between Rs.40000 to Rs.90000 enabling him to work at comfort of his home making a positive impact on farmers”.

AG-365S is designed and developed for Indian conditions and can be used for multiple purposes giving a higher RoI to the user. AG-365S drone is compact in size yet delivers, with 22-minute endurance ensuring users maximum returns. AG-365S is equipped with advanced obstacle and terrain sensors which enables safe and smooth operations even in rough and patchy terrains.

AG-365S is equipped with multiple payloads and one AG-365S can be used for spraying pesticides, granular spreader and also for running RPTO drone training academies. AG-365S is extensively tested for more than 1.5 lakhs acres and optimized for performance to be used in agriculture. Further, extensive research is undergone with AG-365S for development of crop specific drone spraying SOPs in collaboration with prestigious agriculture universities and research institutes.

Having been awarded type certificate for AG-365S model, Drone is now eligible for ₹ 10 lakh unsecured loans from the Agri Infrastructure Fund at a minimal 5-6% interest. Further, AG 365S is covered by comprehensive insurance protecting the customers from any unforeseen incidents giving them peace of mind.

Marut Drones have been accorded RPTO approvals which enables training and capacity building of drone pilots focused on safe agriculture operations, repair and maintenance. Marut Drones has trained more than 800 pilots through its academies and tying up with major universities and establishing training academies to enable drone pilots with highest quality training and with this, it sees a vision of development of 5 lakh drone entrepreneurs in countryside.

Published On : September 5, 2023
A)
Nagaland
B)
Meghalaya
C)
Uttarakhand
D)
Maharashtra

Correct Answer :   Meghalaya


Meghalaya has adopted Artificial Intelligence enabled robotic technology to keep it's beautiful tourist hotspot Umiam lake clean, as the lake at an altitude of about 4,900 feet is also a major hub for water sports and boating in hill town Shillong.

The AI-integrated robotic boat is able to collect huge quantities of garbage in reasonable time from Umiam Lake, that was formed when a dam was built over the Umiam river in the early sixties as part of a hydel power project.

Under the Meghalaya government's Smart Village initiative, the AI- enabled robotic boat was recently deployed in collaboration with a global non-profit organisation called Smart Village Movement (SVM), and Hong Kong-based technology firm Clearbot after a week-long demonstration.

Tulenam Laloo, Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, and Director of Operations for the initiative in Meghalaya, highlighted that "this technology was first tested in Bali (Indonesia) and tried to transfer such capabilities to Meghalaya, a growing tourist destination today, to solve waste collection in a famous..

Source : Economic Times

Published On : September 5, 2023