Former hockey captain, Dilip Tirkey elected as Hockey India president.

  • Dilip Tirkey (former India hockey captain) was unanimously elected as Hockey India (HI) president.
  • He was member of the gold medal-winning team at the 1998 Asian Games.
  • He has a record 412 international matches as a defender in his career spanning more than 15 years.
  • He represented India at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, and Athens in 2004.
  • Bhola Nath Singh was elected the secretary general.

Nirmala Sitharaman to launch e-learning platform Bharat Vidya.

  • Nirmala Sitaraman to launch the Bharat Vidya, an online platform for Oriental and South Asian Studies.
  • This platform is designed and developed by the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI).
  • This is a first-of-its-kind online platform that offer both free and paid courses covering various aspects of Indology about art, architecture, philosophy, language, and science.
  • BORI will collaborate with Indian and Foreign universities for awarding credits for its courses.

UCO Bank becomes first lender to get RBI's approval for rupee trade.

  • UCO Bank has received the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) approval to open a special vostro account with Gazprombank of Russia for trade settlement in Indian rupees.
  • This is the first bank to receive RBI's approval after the RBI’s decision to allow Indian banks to settle trade in Indian currency in July.
  • Gazprombank of Russia was set up by world’s largest gas producer and exporter Gazprom.
  • Aim: To provide banking services for gas industry enterprises.

Assam to use portable device "SAANS" to stop neonatal deaths.

  • The Assam government has decided to use the air pressure machine named SAANS.
  • SAANS is a portable neonatal Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) system.
  • It can provide lifesaving breathing support to infants in hospital settings as well as during travel.
  • It is developed by a Bangalore-based start-up, InnAccel Technologies.
  • For the development of the machine, InnAccel Technologies has joined hands with the SAMRIDH Healthcare Blended Finance Facility.

Nagaland govt to launch its own health insurance scheme CMHIS.

  • Nagaland Government to launch its own health insurance scheme called the Chief Minister’s Health Insurance Scheme (CMHIS) on 1st of October.
  • Aim: To reduce out-of-pocket expenditure on hospital care for all bonafide citizens of the state.
  • It provides free health insurance coverage of up to five lakh rupees per family per year.
  • It will cover State government employees and pensioners and all the Indigenous and or Permanent residents of the State.

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