The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on 21 September 2016 signed a contract with M/s DST, Germany to design vessels, especially suited to navigate the 1620 km stretch of National Waterway-1 (NW-1). Under the contract, DST will develop 150 to 200 low draft vessels.
The Union Cabinet on 21 September 2016 gave its approval to enact Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2016 and to repeal five archaic admiralty statutes.The Bill consolidates the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues.
Two Indian forest officials, Sanjay Dutta and Ritesh Sarothiya, have been selected for the 2016 Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards. Clark R. Bavin Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards honours individuals engaging in exemplary law enforcement actions to protect wildlife.Sanjay Dutta is the range officer of Belakoba Forest Range Jalpaiguri in West Bengal and Ritesh Sarothiya is the assistant conservator of Madhya Pradesh State Forest.
Afghanistan on 22 September 2016 signed a peace agreement with one of the country's largest militant groups Hezb-e-Islami led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. This agreement paves the way for Hekmatyar to make a political comeback.
India and France on 23 September 2016 inked the 7.8-billion Euro deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets. As per the deal, the aircraft will be equipped with latest missiles and weapon system like Meteor and Scalp.
NITI Aayog, the think tank of union government, has devised a short –term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics.In its action plan for revitalising sports in India, Niti Aayog said, India still does not have a conducive environment for sports to polish the talent of Indian sports persons and make them at par with their global counterparts.
The Union Government has appointed Navtej Sarna (59) was appointed as Ambassador to the United States. He will take over from Arun Kumar Singh, who has retired from the service. In his new role he will face the task of engaging with the new administration in United States following the November 2016 Presidential poll.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the third week of September 2016 was named the captain of the all-time India Test XI chosen by cricket magazine Wisden.Dhoni has received the honours ahead of Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin.
Book titled Democrats and Dissenters authored by Ramachandra Guha was released in September 2016. The book is a work of rigorous scholarship on topics of compelling contemporary interest, written with elegance and wit.
Democrats and Dissenters covers a wide range of themes: from the varying national projects of India’s neighbours to political debates within India itself, from the responsibilities of writers to the complex relationship between democracy and violence.
The Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) on 21 September 2016 lifted the title of the Obaidullah Khan Heritage Cup Hockey Tournament. In the final clash at Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal, BPCL defeated Railways by 3-0.The match was decided by penalty shoot-outs as both the teams scored one goal each till the end of prescribed time.
Justice Girish Chandra Gupta on 22 September 2016 was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court.West Bengal Governor K.N. Tripathi administered the oath of office to Justice Gupta at the Raj Bhavan.
Justice Gupta replaced Manjula Chellur, who has taken over as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.Justice Gupta was functioning as the acting Chief Justice of the high court since 22 August 2016 after Chellur's transfer.
Adi Godrej, the Chairman of Mumbai-based Godrej Group, on 19 September 2016 was conferred the 10th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Award for leadership in business and philanthropy.The award recognises Godrej's leadership in transforming the intersection of business and philanthropy and making the Godrej Group a global example of what can be achieved through inclusive, sustainable business strategies.
Junaid Ahmad was on 21 September 2016 appointed as the World Bank Country Director for India. He will succeed Onno Ruhl who completed his four-year term recently.Ahmad joined the World Bank in 1991 as a young professional.
The Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit (IITIS) 2016 has begun in New Delhi after it was inaugurated by Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitley. The three day summit has been organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism in association with Tourism Finance Corporation of India (TFCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 20 September 2016 approved 631 million US dollars loan for construction of industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai, part of India's first coastal industrial corridor running from West Bengal to Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu.