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News Compendium: September 2016

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September 2016:

  1. Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix held in Monza.
  2. India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Saturday morning by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal in the same event (being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016).
  3. Reliance launched JIO.
  4. Quikr acquires Stepni.
  5. BSE first Stock Exchange to issue an IPO.
  6. GST bill passed, President signs the bill.
  7. Urjit singh sworn in as the 25th RBI Governor on 5th September 2016.
  8. Navjot Singh Sindhu enlists new party “Avaaz E Punjab”.
  9. Mother Teresa: Pope Francis canonised her at a ceremony on 4 September 2016 in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
  10. Dell buys EMC Corporation $67 billion.
  11. US OPEN
    • The US Open is the last tournament in the Grand Slams [Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open]
    • Played in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
    • 136th edition : August 29 – September 11
    • Total prize-money compensation for the 2016 US Open will be $46.3 million.
    • $1,000,000 was given to the Winners.
    • MENS SINGLES RESULT: Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) defeated Novak Djokovic (Serbia).
    • WOMENS SINGLES RESULT: Angelique Kerber (Germany) defeated Karolína Plíšková (Czech Republic)
  12. PARALYMPICS 2016: RIO [7 September to 18 September]
    • The fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games.
    • Deepa Mallick – 1st Woman Paralympic won Silver in Shot Put.
  14. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhova removed as Arunachal Pradesh Governor
    • Listings website Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has acquired on-demand home beauty services provider StayGlad for an undisclosed sum after the start-up failed to attract new investors and ran out of cash, two people aware of the development said.
    • This is Quikr’s third acquisition in the on-demand home beauty services space. In May, Quikr acquired Gurgaon-based home beauty services provider Salosa for an undisclosed amount to bolster its presence in the segment. In July, Quikr rebranded Salosa as AtHomeDiva and launched a separate home beauty service under the QuikrServices vertical. In August, the company acquired another home beauty service provider
    • State Bank of India CAP Trustee Company Limited has set Rs 85 crore as the minimum cost for the auction of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Villa in Goa.
    • The e-auction will take place for 60 mins between 11 am to 12 noon on October 19.
    • The property has been put on block under Section 13(4) of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002.
  20. Jallikattu back in Tamil Nadu
    • Jallikattu, the bull taming sport, was conducted in several districts in Tamil Nadu on Sunday amid protests in various places. Protesters continued to swell in numbers across the state, including Chennai’s Marina Beach, the epicentre of the stir for the last six days.
    • Alanganallur is the only place where Jallikattu is held as an official function of the government. The protesters raised slogans that ordinance was only a temporary measure and demanded a permanent solution for holding the sport, besides a ban on animal rights group PETA
    • Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court anticipating challenge to its ordinance allowing Jallikattu in the state. Following unrelenting protests, DMK and other Opposition parties urged the Centre to take steps for conducting the sport annually without any hindrance.
  21. Uttar Pradesh elections: Samajwadi Party, Congress announce alliance
  22. Donald Trump begins presidency with fiery vow to unseat establishment
    • Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US, delivering a fiery attack on the Washington establishment in which he vowed to return power to the American public and deliver on pledges he made in his campaign.
    • Trump, 70, who has not previously held elected office, took the oath of office at about noon from Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol.
    • Trump pledged that US interests would be at the center of his presidency, even at the expense of longstanding foreign relationships.
  23. Fit-again; Saina lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold
  24. Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out
    • Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon on Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said.
    • Barrow, who won Gambia’s presidential election in December, was sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, where he is for his safety.
    • Jammeh started negotiations with ECOWAS on Thursday and agreed to step down but demanded an amnesty for any crimes that he may have committed during his 22 years in power and that he be permitted to stay in Gambia, at his home village of Kanilai
  25. Tata Sons’ new chairman has twin obstacles—a family and conglomerate
  26. Cauvery Issue:
    • Karnataka said that it cannot release 6,000 cusecs of water daily for a week, as ordered on September 20 by the Supreme Court. With its cities in danger of running out of drinking water, Karnataka argued, it can next spare water for its neighbour only in December.  But  judges have ordered that for the next three days, Karnataka must comply with its order while they consider its arguments.
    • The Karnataka government on Tuesday imposed section 144 in Bengaluru till September 30 midnight, in wake of protests over Cauvery issue.
    • Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti (MZRHS), at the forefront of Cauvery agitation, said there was no change in its stand that water should not be released to Tamil Nadu.
  27. Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 26th September in the  71st session at the UN headquarters.
    • Swaraj asked the world community to hold countries that “nurture, peddle and export” terrorism to account, taking forward India’s campaign to diplomatically isolate Pakistan. A unified global strategy can defeat terrorism, “and if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it,” she said, speaking in Hindi
    • She also said Pakistan should forget about Kashmir, which belongs to India and shall always be a part of the country. “Abandon this dream… Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she said, mincing no words.
    • Mentioned Pakistan’s approach towards Baluchistan
  28. GST exemption limit set at 20 lakhs:
  29. Launches by ISRO:
  30. Indus Water Treaty:
  31. Presidential Debate 2016 held in New York city:
  32. SAARC Summit 2016:
  33. Lodha Committee recommendations:
    • If the Supreme Court accepts the R.M. Lodha Committee’s request of superseding all the office-bearers of the BCCI and “appoint in their place a Panel of Administrators”, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be in danger of being suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
    • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court said it would make the BCCI “fall in line” and “not allow them to defy orders any more”, after the court-appointed Lodha panel requested it to replace the Board’s management with independent administrators in view of the cricketing body’s resistance to reforms.
    • Chief Justice of India T S Thakur pulled up the BCCI, saying that the Board must remember it is neither a “law unto itself” nor “the lord”. Thakur also called for an explanation by October 6 on all instances of non-compliance reported by the Lodha panel. Justice Thakur heads the special bench that has passed a string of directives in the past to usher in reforms in the cricketing body after the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal broke out.
  34. Ratification of the Paris Treaty by the Cabinet:

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