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Kailash Satyarthi appointed as SDG Advocate


  • Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate.
  • Along with Satyarthi, STEM activist Valentina Munoz Rabanal, Microsoft President Brad Smith and K-pop superstars BLACKPINK were also appointed as new SDG Advocates.
  • Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner from India, will focus on protecting and promoting the rights of children around the world. Satyarthi has fought tirelessly for decades against child labour, slavery and trafficking.
  • Climate action, bridging the digital divide, gender equality and the promotion of the rights of children are key issues to be championed by the new SDG Advocates.
  • The SDG Advocates use their considerable spheres of influence to reach new constituencies to act now and keep the promise of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for people and for the planet.

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Foundation Stone Laid for Development of Parshuram Kund


  • On 23 September 2021, the foundation stone was laid for the development of Parshuram Kund located at Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Parshuram Kund is a Hindu pilgrimage site is dedicated to sage Parshuram.
  • Devotees and sadhus take a holy dip in its water each year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in the month of January.
  • The project is sanctioned under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.
  • The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) is a Central Sector Scheme with complete financial assistance by the Government of India.

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Teesta-V Power Station, Sikkim conferred with ‘Blue Planet Prize’


  • NHPC’s 510 MW Teesta-V Power Station located in the Himalayan State of Sikkim has been conferred with the prestigious Blue Planet Prize by International Hydropower Association (IHA), a London based non-profit membership association operating in 120 countries.
  • The power station has been built, owned and being operated by NHPC.
  • The award for Teesta-V Power Station was announced on 23rd September 2021 during the World Hydropower Congress, 2021.
  • The award had been conferred to Teesta-V Power Station based on its sustainability assessment undertaken by a team of accredited lead assessors of IHA in 2019 using the Operation Stage tool of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) of IHA.
  • The IHA Blue Planet Prize is awarded to hydropower projects that demonstrate excellence in sustainable development.
  • The Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP) is the leading international tool for measuring the sustainability of hydropower projects.

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2021 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards


  • The Goalkeepers Global Goals Award Winners are an annual recognition of remarkable individuals taking action to help achieve the Global Goals by 2030.
  • The awards are given by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Award

Awardee

Description

Global Goalkeeper Award

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

(South Africa)

She is the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Phumzile is a global champion for gender equality, human rights, and social justice.

Progress Award

Jenifer Colpas (Colombia)

For her work which centres around improving access to clean water and sanitation.

Campaign Award

Satta Sheriff (Liberia)

For her work promoting gender equality.

Changemaker Award

Fairooz Faizah (Bangladesh)

She is co-founder of Moner School - an anonymous online platform that works with youth to educate them about the importance of mental health care through training, workshops, and a 24/7 online mental health first aid service.

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GeM wins CIPS Award 2021


India’s Government e Marketplace (GeM) has won the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021 (CIPS Awards) in the "Best Use of Digital Technology" category.

About the Award

  • The CIPS Awards are one of the leading recognitions around procurement globally, which is conducted under the aegis of The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), London.

About CIPS

  • CIPS is a global not-for-profit organisation and professional body dedicated to promotinggood practices in procurement and supply management, with a community across 150 countries.

About GeM

  • Government e Marketplace is a 100% Government owned Section 8 Company setup under the aegis of Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industry for procurement of goods and services by Central and State Government organizations.
  • GeM offers a cashless, contactless, and paperless experience for sellers and buyers, and serves as an end-to-end solution for procurement of common use goods and services by Government buyers.

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6Reds Snooker World Cup 2021


  • Pankaj Advani beat Babar Masih of Pakistan to win the IBSF 6-Red Snooker World Cup 2021 title, held in Doha, Qatar. This is the 24th world title.
  • It is also his second major International championships win in a week. He won Asian Snooker Championship 2021 by defeating Amir Sarkhosh of Iran at the same venue.

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Former Arunachal Pradesh Governor YS Dadwal Passes Away


  • Former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Commissioner of Delhi Police, Yudhvir Singh Dadwal, has passed away on 23 September 2021.
  • He became the Delhi Police Commissioner in 2007 and was transferred to Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) as its Director General in 2010. He retired from the SSB in 2011.
  • Dadwal was the Delhi Police chief when the Batla House encounter took place in which Special Cell Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed.
  • In 2016, Dadwal was appointed as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Taiwan Applies to Join CPTPP


  • Taiwan has formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) less than a week after China too had submitted an application.
  • Taiwan is excluded from many international bodies because of China's insistence that it is part of "one-China" rather than a separate country. China views Taiwan as its own territory.
  • Most recently, China sent 19 aircraft towards Taiwan on 23rd September amid rising tensions across the straits, in the latest messaging from Beijing to both Taipei and Washington on its posture on the Taiwan issue.
  • Still, Taiwan is a member of the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping.

About CPTPP

  • The original 12-member agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was seen as an important economic counterweight to China's growing influence.
  • But the TPP was thrown into limbo in early 2017 when then-U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact.
  • The grouping, which was renamed the CPTPP, currently links Canada, Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.
  • Britain is also keen to join the trans-Pacific trade deal and recently began negotiations.