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Garcha won bronze in the 52nd ISSF World Championships in Korea

Gurnihal Singh Garcha won bronze in junior men’s shooting and qualified in the sixth place at the 52nd ISSF World Championships in Changwon, South Korea. Gurnihal, the 19-year old,  was defeated by Elia Sdruccioli of Italy.  In total India won 22 medals, including seven gold and eight silver, and secured the fourth spot in the medals table behind China, Russia and Korea.
Indian American scientist awarded USD 6.5 million for cancer biomarkers
Arul Chinnaiyan, an Indian-American scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, has been awarded an “Outstanding Investigator Award” along with a grant of $6.5 million by the U.S. National Cancer Institute.  This grant is aimed at identifying cancer biomarkers which may improve diagnosis and help develop new targeted therapies for the deadly disease. The award is designed to support the very best researchers who have a track record of innovation and success.
Hima Das appointed as first ever Sports Ambassador of Assam
India’s ace sprinter Hima Das, who recently became the first Indian woman to win gold in track 400 m event at IAAF World U-20 Athletics Chamipionships in France, was appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam by the state Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. She is nicknamed ‘Dhing Express’ after her village in Assam.
ONGC discovers Oil and gas reserves in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has found gas deposits in a block in Vindhyan basin in Madhya Pradesh and also in Ashok Nagar of 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. India has 26 sedimentary basins, of which only seven category-I basins have commercial production of oil and gas. ONGC had made a significant natural gas discovery in the Gulf of Kutch off the west coast a few months back, which it plans to bring to production in 2-3 years.
Haryana govt signs MoU with Indian Oil to set up Ethanol plant
An ethanol plant will be set up in Bohali village, Panipat with an outlay of over Rs 900 crore. The MoU will be valid for one year. The proposed capacity of this ethanol plant will be of producing 100 kilolitres of ethanol per day. Paddy and Sugarcane crop residues will be supplied as raw material for this plant in cyclic manner. Purpose:- Bioethanol can be easily blended with petrol or diesel, thus making it sustainable transport fuel. It also reduces air pollution.
SC orders to demolish structures that threatens the Aravallis
The Supreme Court ordered to demolish the structures built illegally by a prominent builder in the protected forests of the Aravallis. The order said that the colonizers have caused irreversible ecological damage to the ancient hills.  A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta ordered to demolish all the structures that were built after August 18, 1992, in the area known as ‘Kant Enclave’ at Anangpur in Faridabad district of Haryana. The Court instructed to raze down the structures by December 31, 2018. The Bench accused the State town and country planning department for supporting the illegalities and completely vitiating the efforts of the forest department as well as the orders of the Supreme Court. Aravallis Range: ♦ The Aravalli Range is the oldest range of fold mountains in India ♦ It was formed when the Indian Plate was separated from the Eurasian Plate by an ocean ♦ It is a range of mountains that runs approximately 692 km in the in a southwest direction ♦ It passes through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat
Jhulan Goswami 1st player to pick 300 international wickets in Women’s Cricket
Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami achieved this feet after reaching the landmark figure in India’s nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka on September 11. Another Indian Cricketer Mithali Raj went past England’s Charlotte Edwards (117) as the most-capped captain in women’s ODIs with her 118th appearance.
Vostok 2018 the largest exercise held in Russia
Vostok 2018 – Russian military practice massive airstrikes and measures against cruise missiles. As many as 300,000 Russian troops are expected to take part in large-scale military drills as part of “Vostok 2018,”
AAI dropped water aerodrome project in Chilika Lake
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) cancelled the proposed water aerodrome project at Chilika Lake in Odisha. Environmentalists and  Chilika Development Authority (CDA) strictly opposed the project planned by AAI as it would have a negative impact on the ecosystem and the surrounding human population at the world’s second largest brackish water lake.  The operation of seaplane and water aerodrome at Chilika might cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem and livelihood of people dependent on it. It will jeopardise the habitat of Chilika’s as nearly one million avian visitors from the Arctic and Eurasian regions.
UN Security Council holds first-ever meeting on corruption
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that corruption is linked to illicit trafficking of arms, drugs and people as well as terrorism. As per the estimates by the World Economic Forum, the global cost of corruption is at least $2.6 trillion, or 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). According to the World Bank, businesses and individuals pay more than $1 trillion in bribes every year.
Goa prepares draft employment policy aims to ensure zero employment
The draft is been formulated by Minister for Employment Rohan Khaunte. 
IPPB tied Up With FSS To Create Payments Network For Unorganized Retail
Financial Software and Systems (FSS) is a payments technology company to ensure that micro-merchants are able to accept payments over any channel – online, unified payments interface (UPI), quick-response (QR) codes, Aadhaar and IPPB accounts.
Forbes Nominated author Preeti Shenoy Pens New Book, ‘The Rule Breakers
The novel set in the ’90s is the story of Veda who harbours big dreams but finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage and realizes that her opinions in real life don’t matter.
Indias first missile tracking ship to undergo sea trial by HSL
Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) is all set to undertake India’s first missile tracking ship for trials. The sea trials would be carried out either by September-end or the first week of October. Once the ship is tested successfully, the vessel will be confidently handed over to the Indian Navy by the year-end.         The ship has the capacity to carry 300-strong crew with hi-tech gadgets and communication equipment, powered by two diesel engines, and a large deck capable of the helicopter landing. It is expected that this would put India in the elite of club of a few countries that have such a sophisticated ocean surveillance ship. The ship is being built for the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), the technical intelligence agency working directly under the supervision of the Prime Minister’s Office and the National Security Adviser. The keel of the ship was laid on June 30, 2014, and the project costs about ₹750 crore. HSL has successfully completed the basin trials on the ship.
Health Ministry implemented HIV AIDS Act 2017
According to the implemented law, every HIV infected or affected person below the age of 18 has the right to live in a shared household and enjoy its facilities. The act criminalises any kind of discrimination against people suffering from AIDS in terms of treatment, employment and workplace.  Those violating the act could be jailed for up to two years or fined up to Rs 1 lakh or both.   

 

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