SpaceX launches the 1st all-civilian crew into orbit as part of the Inspiration 4 mission.

  • SpaceX recently launched the world's first all-civilian crew into Earth orbit under a mission called Inspiration-4.
  • A group of four civilians were part of a historic mission with no trained astronauts.
  • The Inspiration 4 crew takes off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on September 16, 2021.
  • The four-man crew spent time in orbit aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, called Resilience.
  • The three-day flight safely re-entered Earth's atmosphere in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida on September 19, 2021.
  • The four members of the mission were Jared Isaacman (Mission Commander), Sean Proctor, Hayley Arsinaux and Chris Sambroski.
  • The Inspiration 4 mission was the first private mission to orbit by SpaceX.

LIC launches mobile app "Pragati" for Development Officers.

  • PRAGATI stands for Performance Review Application, Growth and Trend Indicator.
  • Pragati App will help the Development Officers to get real time information about the performance of their agency force in critical areas of business performance like premium collection, agency activation, potential outperformers etc, apart from monitoring their team on activities such as usage of agents mobile app and NACH validation.

Manipur's Sirarakhong Chilli and Tamenglong Orange have got GI tag.

  • Two famous products of Manipur, Elephant Chilli, commonly known as Sirarakhong Chilli and Tamenglong Orange, have received Geographical Index (GI) tag.
  • GI tag is the name given to certain products which have a specific geographical location or origin.
  • With GI, the crop will get global recognition and the product will be marketed beyond national borders.

"Katley" has been declared as the state fish of Sikkim.

  • The Sikkim government has declared Cooper Mahseer locally known as Katley as the fish of the state.
  • Neolisochilus hexagonolepis is the scientific name of Cooper Mahseer.
  • This decision has been taken to highlight the importance of Katley fish and to emphasize on its conservation measures.

Pankaj Advani won the Asian Snooker Championship 2021.

  • India's Pankaj Advani defeated Amir Sarkhosh to win the Asian Snooker Championship 2021.
  • He won the final of Best of 11 Frames.
  • Pankaj Advani has won this title for the second time in a row.
  • He is the winner of the last Asian Snooker Championship held in 2019.
  • In 2019, Pankaj also became the only player to have won titles in all forms of billiards, snooker, 6Reds and 10Reds competitions.

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