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Current Affairs - Sep 21, 2018

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Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

  • Virat Kohli and Mirabai Chanu are selected to be awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • Virat Kohli is currently Indian cricket captain and Mirabai Chanu is a weightlifter to receive the prestigious award September 25, 2018.
  • Chanu was chosen for the prestigious award following her gold medal in the 48kg category at the World Championships 2017.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the highest sporting honour of India.
  • Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was among 20 sportspersons picked for the Arjuna Awards.

Home Ministry to get integrated control room

  • Ministry of Home Affairs is to get Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER)
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is about to set up this state-of-the-art facility in Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER whereas the project will be executed under the overall supervision of MHA.
  • The ICR-ER will cater to the requirement of Disaster Management as well as Internal Security.
  • ICR-ER will address the requirement of receipt of information on near real-time basis, strategic level monitoring, situation awareness, command and control, preparedness and response in the diverse internal security situation and disaster-related emergencies.
  • Resultantly, it will increase the operational effectiveness and will be helpful in rendering timely response/assistance during various emergency situations.

ISRO's tech incubator in Agartala

  • The ISRO Technology Incubation Centre has been launched in Agartala.
  • The Centre was launched at the first edition of ‘Spacetronics’ organized by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association.
  • The Incubation Centre is located at National Institute of Technology Agartala.
  • On the launch event K. Sivan said that ISRO is looking to incubate space-related innovation and start-ups.

India successfully test fires Prahaar missile

  • Prahaar is a solid-fuel road-mobile surface-to-surface tactical missile.
  • It is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying multiple types of warheads and neutralizing a wide variety of targets.
  • India successfully test-fired this indigenously developed ballistic missile on 20 September 2018.
  • ‘Prahaar‘ has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with the advanced onboard computer.
  • Prahaar is expected to replace the short-range Prithvi-I missile
  • Its operating range is 150 km, and flight altitude is 35 km.


  • The International Day of Peace is observed every year on 21 September. This year's theme was “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched India’s first ever online and centralised National Database on Sexual Offenders (NDSO) in New Delhi. The database will have a record of the name, photographs, address, fingerprint and other details of convicted offenders.


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