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Writer-academic Madhav Hada to be awarded 32nd Bihari Puraskar

Writer Dr. Madhav Hada will be awarded the 32nd Bihari Puraskar for his 2015 literary criticism book 'Pachrang Chola Pahar Sakhi Ri', the KK Birla Foundation announced.

Named after famous Hindi poet Bihari, the award is given every year for an outstanding work published in the last 10 years by a Rajasthani author in Hindi or Rajasthani. It carries a cash prize of ₹2.5 lakh.

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The recipient is chosen by a selection committee headed by chairman Hemant Shesh.

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PM Modi inaugurates or lay foundation stones for Rs 29,000-cr projects during Gujarat tour

PM has dedicated various development projects worth over ₹7200 crores in Ambaji, Gujarat. He laid the foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under PM Awas Yojana. He also laid the foundation stone of Taranga Hill – Ambaji – Abu Road New Broad-Gauge Line and the development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji temple under PRASAD scheme.

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PM Modi inaugurates phase-1 of Ahmedabad Metro rail project

The Prime Minister flagged off the Ahmedabad Metro Rail project. The Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project is a monumental boost to multimodal infrastructure connectivity. Phase-I of the Ahmedabad Metro project comprises about 32 km of the East-West corridor from Apparel Park to Thaltej and the North-South corridor between Motera to Gyaspur.

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Vande Bharat Express 2.0: PM flags off new train between Gandhinagar and Mumbai

The Prime Minister flagged off the new & upgraded version of Vande Bharat Express between Gandhinagar and Mumbai. It is equipped with advanced state-of-the-art safety features including an indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System - KAVACH.

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IARI Basmati Varieties

The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) organised the ‘Kisan Sampark Yatra’ in the rice growing region of Haryana and Punjab to obtain farmers’ feedback on the three newly released IARI Basmati varieties.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveils prototype of humanoid Optimus robot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed a prototype of a humanoid robot "Optimus" robot that shares some AI software and sensors with its cars’ Autopilot driver assistance features.

It contains a 2.3kWh battery pack, runs on a Tesla SoC, and has Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity.

Musk predicted it could hit a price of "probably less than $20,000".

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Shri Sunil Barthwal assumes charge as Secretary, Department of Commerce

Shri Sunil Barthwal assumed charge as Secretary, Department of Commerce. Prior to this he was serving as Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment. Shri Barthwal is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer of Bihar Cadre. He is a postgraduate in Economics.

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ONDC starts beta testing with consumers in 16 pin codes of Bengaluru

Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), an initiative of the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has opened its network to consumers in 16 locations across the city of Bengaluru. Consumers can place their orders in two domains – groceries and restaurants through buyer apps participating on the ONDC network.

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Eight core sectors' growth hits 9-month low at 3.3% in August

The combined Index of Eight Core Industries increased by 3.3 per cent (provisional) as compared to the Index of August 2021. The production of Fertilizers, Coal, Refinery Products, Steel, Cement and Electricity industries increased in August 2022 over the corresponding period of last year.

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Apple gets its 3rd iPhone manufacturer in India - Pegatron opens plant in TN

The Pegatron plant has been set up by the Taiwanese electronics major under Centre’s popular Production Linked Incentive scheme (PLI), in an industrial park (Mahindra city) in Chengalpattu near Chennai. It is the third Apple vendor to manufacture iPhones in India after Foxconn and Wistron.

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Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers (2016=100) – August 2022

The All-India CPI-IW for August, 2022 increased by 0.3 points and stood at 130.2 (one hundred thirty point two). The Labour Bureau has been compiling Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers every month on the basis of retail prices collected from 317 markets spread over 88 industrially important centres in the country.

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Centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh for 6 more months

The central government has extended for another six months the application of the disturbed area under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, AFSPA in 12 districts of Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. It has also been extended in certain parts of five other districts of the two northeastern states to facilitate the armed forces to continue the anti-insurgency operations.

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India abstains on UNSC resolution condemning Russia's referenda and annexation in Ukraine

The US and Albania tabled a draft resolution at the UNSC condemning Russia's referenda and annexation of four Ukrainian territories. The UN Security Council voted on the resolution. Since Russia vetoed the resolution, it did not get adopted. Among the 15 nations of the Council, 10 voted in favour of the resolution, and four India, China, Gabon, and Brazil abstained.

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PFRDA to observe National Pension System Diwas on October 1

Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, PFRDA will observe 1st of October as the National Pension System Diwas (NPS Diwas) to promote pension and retirement planning among the citizens. PFRDA is organising this campaign under ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.

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36th National Games - Haryana’s Anish wins gold medal in Men's Rapid Fire Pistol event

In the 36th National Games, Anish of Haryana won gold medal in Men's Rapid Fire Pistol event at Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Ankur Goyal of Uttarakhand and Gurmeet of Punjab win silver and bronze, respectively.

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RBI lists 16 NBFCs in upper layer under its scale-based regulation.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced the list of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) in the upper layer under its scale-based regulation. Of the total NBFCs listed by the central bank, 10 are non-deposit taking NBFCs, five are deposit taking non-banks while Tata Sons is a core investment company.

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Delhi CM announces 15-point Winter Action Plan to check air pollution.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a 15-point Winter Action Plan to curb air pollution in the national capital. It includes the introduction of an electric vehicle policy in 2020 and 24-hour electricity supply, air-pollution level had declined in the last four years. It will also install anti-smog guns and mobile anti-smog guns to curb pollution.

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