1.    India hosting 31st meeting of Health Ministers of WHO South-East Asia countries
i. India is hosting the 31st meeting of Ministers of Health of countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region and 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia at New Delhi from September 10 to 13.
ii. The event has international significance since election for the post of Regional Director, WHO-SEARO would be held during the Regional Committee Meeting and India is fielding a candidate for the position for the first time after 44 years.
iii.  India has fielded Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh as its candidate for the post of Regional Director of the WHO for South Asia Region. She has earlier worked as Dy. Regional Director, WHO for the South Asia Region in New Delhi, and is presently working as Advisor (International Health) in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.
iv. Almost 300 guests likely to attend the inaugural ceremony include Health Ministers of the countries of WHO, South East Asia Region heading their respective country delegations, Director General, WHO (headquartered in Geneva), WHO Secretariat officers and staff, UN agencies in India, Intergovernmental organizations such as ASEAN and SAARC, donors and partners, NGOs and partners, High Commissioners/Ambassadors from the countries of South East Asia region. 

2.    India gets WHO praise for no polio case 
i. WHO today lauded India's efforts in eradicating polio and said the country has not reported a single case of polio in the last 30 months.
ii. You did it. For 30 months you have not got a single case of polio," WHO Director General Margaret Chan said while addressing the meeting of Health Ministers of South-East Asia Region in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.
iii. She said India achieved the feat even as 194 countries in the world were speculating whether it can interrupt the transmission of polio.
iv. "This country is moving in a big way to promote better health to their women and to their children."
v. Chan was here to attend the 31st Health Ministers' meeting of South-East Asia region which comprises of almost 1.8 billion people.

3.    K N Shanth Kumar elected new PTI Chairman
i. K N Shanth Kumar and Mahendra Mohan Gupta, two eminent media personalities, were today elected Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Press Trust of India (PTI).
ii. Shanth Kumar, a senior editor and photojournalist belonging to the Bangalore-based Printers (Mysore) Private Limited, and Gupta, Chairman and Managing Editor of the Jagran group, were elected unanimously at a meeting of the PTI Board following the Company's 65th Annual General Meeting (AGM) in New Delhi.
iii. Shanth Kumar is the Editor of the leading Kannada daily "Prajavani" and Director of Printers (Mysore), publishers of "Deccan Herald", "Prajavani", "Sudha" and "Mayura" publications. He succeeds R Lakshmipathy, publisher of Tamil daily "Dinamalar".
iv. A veteran of the media industry, Mahendra Mohan Gupta, a former member of the Rajya Sabha, heads one of the largest media conglomerates in the country. He has been President of the INS and the Indian Languages Newspaper Association (ILNA) besides having been Chairman of United News of India (UNI).

4.    Nadal beat Jokovic to lift second US Open title
i. Rafael Nadal claimed his second US Open title and 13th Grand Slam crown when he defeated world number one Novak Djokovic, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a lung-busting final. 
ii. Nadal, 27, added the 2013 trophy to his 2010 triumph, when he completed a career Grand Slam, and capped a year that has seen him claim 10 titles and stretch his season record to 60 wins and just three losses. 
iii. Monday's win also earned him a total of USD 3.6 million, which takes his career earnings through the USD 60 million mark, and also edged him closer to Roger Federer's record of 17 majors and put him one behind Pete Sampras. 
iv. The triumph also meant that 34 of the last 35 Grand Slam finals have been won by the 'big four' of Nadal, Djokovic, Federer and Murray. 

5.    India's first 'Wagah in the East' to open on Oct 2
i. The country’s first ‘Wagah in the East’ post, along the Indo-Bangla border, will be thrown open to the public this Gandhi Jayanti when Home Ministers of both the countries will witness a historic cultural extravaganza between the two neighbours.\
ii. The first retreat ceremony between the two countries will be held on the lines of what happens everyday between India and Pakistan along the Wagah post in Punjab.
iii. “The historic ceremony will be held on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
iv. The maiden ceremony, which will include ceremonial lowering of flags in the evening, will be conducted by the border guards of the two countries—the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards Bangladesh dressed in full regalia.

6.    China, Sri Lanka pledge to cement friendship
i. China and Sri Lanka have agreed to boost bilateral economic and trade cooperation with Beijing encouraging its entrepreneurs to invest in Sri Lanka and to help deepen mutual exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, tourism, media and other areas.
ii. At a meeting here Monday between Sri Lankan Prime Minister D. M. Jayaratne and Liu Yunshan, senior leader of the Communist Party of China, both countries agreed to strengthen and promote bilateral friendship and cooperation.
iii. The two countries bettered their relationship to a strategic cooperative partnership in May, and China was ready to work with Sri Lanka to grasp this opportunity and boost bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

7.    West Bengal to set up holding company for marketing of products
i. The West Bengal Government on Monday decided to set up a holding company to bring all state corporations marketing different products under the MSME sector under a single umbrella.
ii. The state cabinet took the decision to set up the company which would be named, Brand Bengal Marketing Corporation.
iii. “With the launch of this company, the marketing of all the companies under the MSME sector will be brought under one roof for a better market linkage and return worldwide benefiting the artisans and workers in the sector.
iv. The state cabinet also cleared allocation of Rs 492 crore for ‘Kanyashee project’ to be launched on October 1 this year to benefit the girl child.

8.    AIR to provide latest news through SMS
i. The service was launched by Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari, who also launched the Bharat Nirman online portal.
ii. The service was launched on a pilot scale about six months back. As it received overwhelming response, its reach is being widened.
iii. AIR is able to access information from extremely remote parts of the country.
iv. People willing to subscribe to the service can simply SMS 'AIRNEWS their name to 08082080820.
v. They can also give a missed call to the number to subscribe to the service. 
vi. Along with news headlines, a small message regarding public utility schemes of the government will be tagged.

9.    Indian-American Manju Goel announces candidacy for US Congress
i. Indian-American Manju Goel has announced her bid to seek Republican party nomination to run for a seat in the US Congress, focussing on divisive issues like "Obamacare" and the growing national debt.
ii. Ms Goel, an Aurora resident and conservative who was born in India, hopes to win the Republican primary in March and then take on incumbent Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for the 8th district congressional seat.
iii. Ms Goel outlined her campaign platform on Sunday during the Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic at Busse Woods Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village.
iv. After working more than five years in the health care industry as a process improvement specialist, she said neither patients nor doctors like the Affordable Health Care Act, which she, like many Republicans, refer to as "Obamacare."

10.  Andy Murray seals ATP Tour finals spot
i. Britain's Andy Murray joined world number one Novak Djokovic and newly-crowned U.S. Open champion Rafa Nadal as definite qualifiers for the ATP World Tour finals on Tuesday but Roger Federer faces a battle to make the eight-man field.
ii. Despite falling at the quarter-final stage in his defense of the U.S. Open last week, Murray is third in the race to London and guaranteed a spot at the season-ending tournament.
iii. Murray has flourished on home soil this year, becoming the first British male since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon and he is now setting his sights on completing a memorable year alongside the River Thames.
iv. Federer has been an ever-present at the Tour finals since 2002, winning the event six times, but the 17-times grand slam champion is at risk of missing out this time.

11.  India in fray to host 2018 Hockey World Cup
i. India is among the five nations, who have placed their bids before the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to host the 2018 Hockey World Cup.
ii. The FIH said that it had received seven high-quality bids from five nations, who are all vying for the chance to host men’s and women’s showpiece events to be held simultaneously.
iii. According to a FIH statement, four official proposals to host the men’s World Cup have been made, with a further three submissions being made for the women’s tournament.
iv. The National Associations of Australia, England, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand have all put extremely strong cases forward in an attempt to lure the sport’s top properties to their territory, the statement added.
v. The final decision will rest with the FIH Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the winning bids being announced on November 7.