1. 2016 G-20 Summit held in Hangzhou, China
1. The 2016 Group of Twenty (G20) Summit was held in Hangzhou, China from 4th to 5th September 2016 to discuss efforts to reform global economic governance. It was the eleventh meeting of the G20. It was the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China and the second Asian country after 2010 G20 Seoul summit was hosted in South Korea.
2. The theme of 2016 G20 Summit: “Toward an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy”.
3. The G-20 comprising of world’s group of developed and developing countries represents over 85% of the world’s economy and two-thirds of global population.
2. Union Health Ministry launches campaign to eradicate leprosy
1. The Union Health Ministry has recently launched the “Leprosy Case Detection Campaign (LCDC)” to eradicate leprosy from the country. The 2-week-long massive campaign was launched by Union Health Minister J P Nadda. It will be focusing on 149 endemic districts in India.
2. LCDC aims to cover more than 1,600 blocks in the 149 districts across 20 states where nearly 3 lakh health teams will undertake door-to-door visits to detect leprosy cases. Under it nearly 3 lakh health teams will undertake door-to-door visits to detect and treat leprosy and stop its spread. The campaign will be till September 18, 2016.
3. Ecologist Bibhuti Lahkar wins IUCN’s Heritage Heroes Award 2016
1. Assam-based ecologist and conservation activist Bibhuti Lahkar has won prestigious ‘Heritage Heroes Award’ of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). With this, he became the first Asian to win this prestigious environmental award. He was presented this award at the IUCN’s ongoing World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii.
2. For the past two decades Lahkar, has been working to save the grasslands, flora and fauna of Manas National Park area. Currently, he is engaged as Manas Landscape Administrator for Aaranyak, an NGO working for biodiversity conservation in northeast India. He has intensively studied grasslands of Manas and is globally recognised as an expert in threatened flora and fauna of the Terai region along southern foothills of the Himalayas.
4. WHO declares Sri Lanka malaria-free
1. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has officially declared Sri Lanka a malaria-free, after certifying that the life-threatening disease had been completely eliminated in the island. With this, Sri Lanka became second country in the South-East Asia Region declared as malaria after Maldives by the WHO.
2. The announcement in this regard was made at the 69th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia Region held in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease most commonly transmitted by an infected female Anopheles mosquito.
5. N Sikki Reddy, Pranaav Chopra wins Brazil Open Grand Prix mixed doubles title
1. Indian pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy have won the 2016 Brazil Open Grand Prix title of Badminton in the mixed doubles category. It was their maiden Grand Prix title. In the final match, Indian pair (World no. 65) defeated Canadian pair of Toby Ng and Rachel Honderich by 21-15, 21-16 score held at Costa Cavalcante.
2. In 2015, N Sikki Reddy had won as many as five international challenger titles, which includes two mixed doubles and three women’s doubles crowns. Besides, she was also a part of the bronze medal winning Indian team at the 2014 and 2016 Uber Cup.
6. Jan Shikshan Sansthan conferred with 2016 UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
1. The Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) of Malappuram, Kerala was on 1 September 2016 conferred with the 2016 Unesco Confucius Prize for Literacy. The award was conferred on the JSS in recognition of its literacy-linked skill development activities among the underprivileged in rural areas.
2. The JSS bagged the prestigious international award for its initiatives in applying new technology in literacy. Innovations such as Braille applications and the Talking Pen used by the JSS impressed UNESCO.
3. The award sponsored by China consists of 20000 US dollars, a diploma, and a silver medal. Moreover, a JSS team will be given a free study tour to China.
7. Religare Enterprises appoints Sunil Godhwani as CEO
1. Religare Enterprises Limited (REL) on 5 September 2016 appointed Sunil Godhwani as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Godhwani is appointed the Whole Time Director and CEO for the remaining period of his tenure.
2. Sunil Godhwani has been the Managing Director since 9 April 2007 and Chairman since 6 April 2010 of Religare. He holds a BS and MS degrees from New York University Tandon School of Engineering.