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15 September 2021 Current Affairs

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Current Affairs in Short: 15 September 2021

EU will increase humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan by USD118 million

  • Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stated on September 15, 2021 that the bloc would increase its humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan by an additional 100 million euros (USD118 million). This is to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and major famine.
  • The additional USD 118million is part of a larger Afghan Support Package. Josep Borrell, EU Foreign Policy Chief, stated that the EU has no other choice than to engage with Taliban in Afghanistan if it wants to influence the events in the country.
  • The United Nations (UN), has appealed for countries that pledged USD1.2 billion to Afghanistan relief to immediately release these funds.

NITIAayog launches report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India

  • NITI Aayog will launch a report titled Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity, India on September 16, 2021. In the presence Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, the Report will be launched on September 16, 2021 by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
  • The Report on Reforms in Urban Planning Capacity in India contains a number of recommendations on different aspects of urban planning, including optimal utilization of urban land, interventions to plan healthy cities, strengthening local leadership, strengthening urban governance and ramping up human-resource capacity, improving the urban planning education system, as well as increasing the role of private sector.
  • NITI Aayog established an Advisory Committee on Reforms in Urban Planning Education In India’ in October 2020. It has been included in the Report.

India and UK will launch negotiations for free trade agreements by November 1,

  • India and the UK have set a goal to start negotiations on Free Trade Agreements by November 1, 2021. During discussions between Piyush Goyal, Commerce Industry Minister, and Elizabeth Truss, his British Counterpart Secretary to State Elizabeth Truss discussed the launch plan.
  • Commerce Industry Minister Goyal stated that the FTA between India and the UK will create jobs and provide extraordinary business opportunities. Both the Indian and British business communities are very interested in the FTA.
  • Goyal stated that significant work had been done and that extensive stakeholder consultations were held between the industry, export promotion councils, business associations, and buyers and sellers associations. For wider participation, the consultation paper on FTA was also published.https://gkduniya.in/

NMDC in Steel Ministry receives the prestigious ‘Rajbhashakeerthi Puraskar’ award

  • The Rajbhasha Diwas Samaroh, held in New Delhi on September 14th 2021, awarded the highest and most prestigious ‘Rajbhasha Keerthi Puraskar’ award to National Mineral Development Ltd.
  • NMDC won the 3 rd award in the category of Undertakings located in the ‘C” region in 2019-20. For the last three years, NMDC has won the Rajbhasha Kehrthi Puraskar Award. This award recognizes the efforts made towards Hindi becoming an official language.
  • Dr. Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant received the Rajbhashakeerthi Puraskar (first price) for effective implementation of Hindi in 2020-21.
  • The Hindi Diwas Samaroh was presided over by Amit Shah, Home Minister. The awards were presented by Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for Interior Affairs, at the National Hindi Day celebrations held in New Delhi on September 14, 2021.

India and the US sign a MoU to expand export potential for Ayurvedic products from India to the US

  • The Ayush Minister, Government of India has signed an MOU with the USA to improve the quality of Ayurvedic products and other traditional Indian medicine products worldwide and to expand their export potential to America.
  • The Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy and American Herbal Pharmacopeia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase the US export potential for Ayurvedic and Indian medical product.
  • The MoU is intended to promote and develop standards in Ayurveda, and other Indian traditional systems for medicine, between India and the US on a basis of equality and mutual benefits.

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