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Major News and Events of 26 September 2015

What Happened on 26 September 2015

PM Modi to Host G4 Summit in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting G4 summit today in New York. The summit will be attended by Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany), Dilma Rousseff (President of Brazil), and Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan). As per Vikas Swarup (spokesperson of MEA), PM Modi will make a strong push during the intergovernmental negotiation for early achievement of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform. At end of the meeting, the G4 leaders will give a joint statement. MEA spokesperson said that significance of this G4 meeting is paramount because it is taking place after the recent adoption of a negotiating text by General Assembly on UNSC reform, proposed number of permanent/non-permanent members in the reformed council, and the veto power. G4 countries are demanding permanent membership in the Security Council.   

PM Modi delivers Speech at United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

While addressing United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch to reform UN Security Council for its enhanced legitimacy and credibility. He also said in his speech that his government has launched many programmes for empowering poor, developing skills, and disseminate education. PM Modi vouched for a world order where people feel respected and protected. He emphasised on the fact that Indian culture considers earth as mother and considers world as a single family. While stressing upon the need for development and peace, Modi vouched for international partnerships on the basis of human progress. He stressed upon making agriculture more productive and at the same time providing focus on innovation and “personal sector” (individual enterprise). PM Modi ended his speech by quoting Upanishad that wished happiness (devoid of any sorrow), wealth, and welfare for all.

Government to Provide Rs 1.22 lakh crore Loan to Micro Businesses

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while handing over loan sanction letters to MSME entrepreneurs during a Punjab National Bank organised Mega Credit Campaign in New Delhi, said that loans to the tune of Rs 1.22 lakh crore has been allocated in this financial year under Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency (MUDRA) scheme. He also said that 3.7 million small entrepreneurs have been allocated around Rs. 24,000 crore under MUDRA and the central government is trying to provide loans to anything from 12.5 to 17.5 million small entrepreneurs (including cobblers, barbers, mechanics, vegetable vendors, fruit sellers, etc.) during 2015-16 fiscal.

Countdown for Launch of Indian Rocket carrying 7 Satellites Starts Today

A 50-hour countdown for launching PSLV-C30 Indian rocket, carrying 7 Astrosat satellites, has begun at ISRO’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC). The launch will take place on September 28, 2015 at 10am IST from SDSC’s First Launch Pad (FLP). Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C30 will carry India’s first ever dedicated multi-wavelength space observatory Astrosat (1513 kgs) along with USA’s 4 identical LEMUR satellites (weighing 28kgs), Canada’s NLS-14 (Ev9) (14kgs), and Indonesia’s LAPAN-A2 (76 kgs). With this launch it will be PSLV’s tenth flight in 'XL' Configuration.

VVS Laxman calls Appointment of Ganguly as CAB Chief a Positive Sign

Bengal Ranji team’s batting consultant and former Indian batsman VVS Laxman called appointment of Sourav Ganguly as President of Cricket association of Bengal (CAB) as a positive aspect for Indian cricket. Laxman also said that it is a great selection and went on to say that he has been seeing Sourav as an able administrator for last 1 year. Sairaj Bahutule, Bengal Ranji coach, also resonated the same feeling and said that Sourav Ganguli will be able to do justice in leading CAB as he has the natural instinct of taking wise decision in all kinds of circumstances.  

PM Modi pitches for delinking Terrorism from Religion, Acknowledges ISIS Threat

During a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at the sidelines of UN General Assembly session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi acknowledged threat of the terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) to the world and emphasized on the need of delinking terrorism from religion for effectively fighting against terror. Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs, said that both the statesmen discussed on possible ways of countering extremist messaging and preventing youth radicalization by terrorist outfits. PM Modi stressed upon the need of cohesive global response for combating international terrorism. Narendra Modi referred to comprehensive convention on international terrorism and the need of adopting this global convention by international community.

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