1. Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola becomes New World Muslimah 2013
i. Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola (21) of Nigeria becomes World Muslimah 2013 during the third Annual Award of World Muslimah in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday.
ii. She falls to her knees in prayer after being named World Muslimah 2013.
iii. Ms Ajibola, 21, cried and recited a verse from the Koran when her name was called as the winner. She was awarded 25m rupiah ($2,200, £1,360) and trips to Mecca and India.
iv. Twenty finalists showed off Islamic fashions and worked to demonstrate religious values during the contest.
v. The pageant was held before the upcoming Miss World competition, which has drawn protests from hardline Indonesian Muslim groups.
vi. Finalists in World Muslimah were chosen from more than 500 who took part in an online selection process.
vii. The finalists hailed from countries including Bangladesh, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria and Brunei.
viii. In the run-up to the final, contestants underwent three days of "spiritual training", waking before dawn to pray together and to study the Quran.
Note: i. The World Muslimah contest, Islams answer to the Miss World Pageant is exclusively for Muslims, and contestants are assessed not only by appearance but also their piety and religious knowledge.
ii. Indonesia is the world's most populous Islamic country.
iii. The Miss World grand final had been scheduled for 28 September at a venue near Jakarta, but is now being held in Hindu-majority Bali after strong protests by Islamic groups.
iv. Miss World organisers have criticised the Indonesian government for not supporting the event.
2. Ashish Kumar selected for NASA astronaut training programme
i. A Haryana student has been selected for a three-year astronaut training programme of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US.
ii. Ashish Kumar, who belongs to Dhaulera village of Mahendergarh district, was today honoured with ‘Pratibha Samman’ by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for his achievement.
iii. Hooda, who also presented a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh and a certificate to Ashish, described his selection for the NASA programme as an exceptional achievement, and an inspiration for other students.
iv. Ashish has also cleared Indian Institute of Space Aeronautics and Technology (IISAT) competition organised by ISRO, as well as the IIT entrance test.
v. Ten candidates, including three Indians, have been selected by NASA from across the globe for the programme, the entire expense of which will be borne by the agency.
3. WTO lowers growth projection for world trade in 2013 to 2.5%
i. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has lowered growth projections for world trade in 2013 for the second time, but has said the conditions for improved trade are already falling into place.
ii. WTO economists now predict growth in 2013 at 2.5 per cent against 3.3 per cent projected in April and 4.3 per cent earlier in the year
iii. The projection is still higher than the 2 per cent growth in world trade achieved in 2012.
iv. The multilateral body blamed developing economies for the lower projections, stating that they are not importing as much as anticipated. It also expressed concerns about India’s economy being in the midst of a sharp contraction.
v. Slow revival in demand for imports in developing economies has hindered growth of exports from both developed and developing countries in the first half of 2013 and was the reason for the lower forecasts, the economists said.
vi. On a positive note, the WTO believes that the conditions for improved trade are already falling into place as encouraging data from Europe, the US, Japan and China suggests that the economic slowdown has bottomed out and that a tentative recovery is underway.
4. Govt to infuse Rs 14K cr in PSU banks in next 15 days
i. The Government will infuse Rs 14,000 crore in public sector banks within next few days, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Takru said here today.
ii. In the meantime, Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has said that overtly emphasis should not be laid on the decisions of the Fed in the manner in which the economy will unfold.
iii. Talking to reporters at North Block, Takru said: “14,000-crore infusion will be done in one go. Decision can be taken during the next 10-15 days.’’
iv. “Current non-performing situation does not make us happy but still there is no danger to our banks,’’ he said, while adding that NPA situation will be discussed during the meeting next week.
5. PM dedicates Super Thermal Power plant to the nation
i. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that for the rapid economic development of the country, it is mandatory to make sufficient electricity available at an affordable price. Dr Singh said, without power supply no sector can work efficiently, whether it is agriculture or the service sector.
ii. He was addressing a function after dedicating the Seepat Super Thermal Power Plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC, in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh today.
iii. In the 11th Plan, the capacity had increased by 55 thousand Megawatt, while in the 12th plan, the capacity targeted has been increased by one lakh 18 thousand Megawatt. He said the country is now adopting World Class Super Critical Technology in more and more power plants not only to reduce power generation costs, but also to minimize the adverse effect on the overall environment.
iv. The Seepat Power Plant of the NTPC is the first project of the NTPC using Super Critical Technology. This technology is the next generation method of power generation that saves coal and also maintains ecological balance, which will result in affordable electricity to the public.
6. Tata inks deal with Singapore Airlines to start a new carrier
i. Tata Sons have signed an agreement with Singapore Airlines and applied for necessary regulatory approval to set up a new airline in India, the two companies said in a joint statement.
ii. Tata Sons will control the majority 51 percent stake, while Singapore Airlines will own 49 percent in the proposed carrier.
iii. The initial board would have three members, two nominated by Tata Sons and one nominated by Singapore Airlines. The Chairman will be Prasad Menon, nominated by Tata Sons.
iv. "It is Tata Sons’ evaluation that civil aviation in India offers sustainable growth potential. We now have the opportunity to launch a world-class full-service airline in India," said Menon, Chairman of the proposed joint venture.
7. US launches unmanned Cygnus cargo ship to ISS
i. Orbital Sciences Corp launched the first flight of its unmanned Cygnus cargo ship on Wednesday to the International Space Station, as NASA forges ahead with its plan to privatise US space missions.
ii. “This is just the beginning of what we can do to support human space flight,” Orbital Executive Vice-President Frank Culbertson, a retired NASA astronaut, told reporters after Cygnus went into orbit around the Earth.
iii. The Cygnus capsule, hitched to Orbital Science’s Antares rocket, blasted off at 10:58 am (1458 GMT) from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility off Virginia’s eastern coast, for a Sunday rendezvous with the ISS.
iv. Cygnus will ferry about 1,300 pounds (590 kilograms) of food, clothing and other cargo for the crew aboard the space station, which it is scheduled to reach at 1130 GMT Sunday.
v. Parmitano, with help from Nyberg, will command the station’s 57-foot (17-meter) robotic arm, Canadarm2, to reach out and grapple Cygnus ahead of the docking.
8. Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant Appointed New Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court
i. Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant, Judge of the High Court of Uttarakhand was on 19 September 2013 appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court. He was appointed by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
ii. Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant took over from Justice T.Nandakumar Singh, who is the Acting Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High court since March 2013.
About Justice Prafulla Chandra Pant
He entered in U.P. Judicial Service in 1976.
He held different posts in judicial service at Ghaziabad, Pilibhit, Ranikhet, Bereilly and in 1990 he appointed as Additional District Judge in district Bahraich of Uttar Pradesh.
9. Hiroshi Yamauchi, Nintendo video game pioneer, dies at 85
i. Former Nintendo Company Limited President Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built the company into a video game giant from a maker of playing cards during more than half a century at the helm, died on Thursday of pneumonia, the company said. He was 85.
ii. Yamauchi was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto in 1889 as a maker of playing cards, and served as president from 1949 until 2002. He was an executive adviser to the company at the time of his death.
iii. Yamauchi was listed by Forbes magazine as Japan's richest man just five years ago, when Nintendo was flying high with the launch of the Wii with its motion-sensing controller, although the company's fortunes have since faded as smartphones displace consoles among gamers. His net worth at that time was estimated at $7.8 billion.
iv. He was ranked 13th on the latest Forbes Japan list released this year, with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.
10. CPI veteran Veliyam Bhargavan passes away
i. Veteran CPI leader Veliyam Bhargavan, who led the party in Kerala for long, died in kerala
ii. Bhargavan (85) had been keeping indifferent health for quite some time and the end came at a city hospital where he was admitted a few days back following respiratory troubles, party sources said
iii. He was a member of the CPI National Council since 1971 and had served as the party’s State secretary from 1998 to 2010, before stepping down from the post citing poor health.
iv. He was elected to the State Assembly in 1957 and 60, after which he kept himself off electoral scene, concentrating entirely on the organisational front despite pressures from within the party to contest polls.
11. Legendary boxer Norton, who beat Ali, dies at 70
i. Former US heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 70
ii. His son said, Norton, who had been in poor health following a series of strokes, died at a care facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.
iii. He broke Ali's jaw in their first bout in San Diego, California in 1973, which Norton won.
iv. Norton began boxing during his time in the US Marines, turned professional shortly after he left the military in 1967. v. He won a heavyweight title in 1977, but lost the following year in a classic 15-round fight with Larry Holmes.