International Astronomical Union has named a minor planet between Mars and Jupiter after which Indian classical singer?

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• Minor Planet named after Pandit Jasraj.
• The IAU – International Astronomical Union has named a minor planet between Mars and Jupiter after an Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj. He is the first Indian musician to receive this honor.
• The planet was discovered on November 11, 2006. The minor planets discovered are given permanent numbers by the IAU. The number given to Pandit Jasraj planet was 300128 which is a reverse order of his date of birth 28/01/30.
• Pandit Jasraj (Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj, born 28 January 1930) is an Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Mewati gharana (musical apprenticeship lineage.
• Sangeet Martand Jasraj was born on 28 January 1930 in Pili Mandori, a village in the Hisar district of Haryana

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has flagged off second Vande Bharat Express which runs between Delhi and __________?

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• Amit Shah flags off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express
• Union Home Minister Amit Shah flagged off Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express from the New Delhi Railway Station. The first commercial run of the train will start from 5th October.
• The train will bring down the travel time between Delhi and Katra, the last station on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, to eight hours from the current 12 hours.
• Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express is a big gift for Jammu and Kashmir’s development and for promoting religious tourism. This is the second Vande Bharat Express. The first one runs in between Delhi and Varanasi.

Doordarshan along with which organization wil jointly telecast a TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019?

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• Mahatma Lives’: UNESCO and DD to telecast TV Show on Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary
• UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Doordarshan, country’s public service broadcaster has join hands to telecast TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
• The objective of programme is to celebrate his ideas and teachings and how it has shaped the lives of people in India as well as around the world.

The World Economic Forum's 33rd edition of the India Economic Summit was held in which city?

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• WEF Organizing India Economic Summit in New Delhi
• Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and drones, environmental reforms, infrastructure, gender parity, start-up unicorns, education and South Asia's economic outlook will be on top of the agenda at the World Economic Forum's 33rd edition of the India Economic Summit beginning October 3 in New Delhi.
• The summit will have special focus on collaboration with South Asia and ASEAN countries. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived in India to attend the summit. She would co – chair the summit along with Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, Sania Mirza representing UN Women. MOre than 800 leaders from 40 countries are expected to attend the forum.

Which state has become fully electrified states in the country after providing electricity to over 5 lakh 15 thousand households?

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• Telangana becomes fully electrified state
• Telangana has become one the fully electrified states in the country after providing electricity to over 5 lakh 15 thousand households under the Soubhagya Yojana introduced by the Centre in October 2017.
• During the last two years, the entire state has been covered and the households in remote areas have been provided electricity under the Sahaj Bijili Ghar Yojana (Soubhagya).
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Soubhagya Yojana across the country two years ago in this month.
• In Telangana state, over 5 lakh 15 thousand households especially those in the remote areas have been electrified during the past 2 years achieving 100 per cent coverage.
• After fully covering the state by the end of January this year, a special drive has also been conducted in which another over 63 thousand households have been covered making the state fully electrified under the Soubhagya Yojana.

Doordarshan along with which organization wil jointly telecast a TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019?

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• Mahatma Lives’: UNESCO and DD to telecast TV Show on Gandhi’s 150th Anniversary
• UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and Doordarshan, country’s public service broadcaster has join hands to telecast TV bilingual programme ‘Mahatma Lives‘ or ‘Bapu Zinda Hain’ on 1-2 October 2019, to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
• The objective of programme is to celebrate his ideas and teachings and how it has shaped the lives of people in India as well as around the world

The Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards along with valid foreign passport will be considered for exit or entry into India till ___________?

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• PIO cards to continue as valid travel document upto March 2020
• The Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards along with valid foreign passport will be considered for exit or entry into India till 31 March 2020.
• Government of India had earlier advised all PIO card holders to convert their cards to Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) cards by 30 September 2019.
Key Highlights
• The Indian Consulate in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) stated that as per the latest advisory issued by Government of India- The Bureau of Immigration (BoI) will now accept Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards as valid travel document till 31 March 2020 along with valid foreign passport
• The Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider all PIO cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31 March 2020
• The advisory also stated that all the valid PIO cardholders as on 9 January 2015 are requested to apply for conversion of PIO card to OCI card as per guidelines at the earliest.

“Gandhi Film Festival” will be organized in which of the following cities?

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• Gandhi Film Festival to be organised in Mumbai
• Film Division in association with India Tourism will organise a Gandhi Film Festival at JB Hall in Mumbai from 2nd to 6th October.
• The festival as part of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary will showcase select films focussing on Swachh Bharat and non-violence.
• The festival will be inaugurated by noted actor Darshan Jariwala on 2nd October.
• Movies to be screened include ‘Gandhi’ by Richard Attenborough, ‘The Making of Mahatma’ by Shyam Benegal and ‘Maine Gandhi to Nahi Maara’ by Jahnu Barua.
• India Tourism, on the other hand, will arrange for a guided tour of National Museum of Indian Cinema. Films Division will organise a padyatra.

Which state has launched an initiative named 'WING - Women Rise Together‘ which is a capacity development programme for women-led startups?

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• Kerala CM launches capacity development programme for women entrepreneurs
• Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday launched the Kerala edition of WING-Women Rise Together, an initiative by Startup India, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) for capacity development of women entrepreneurs in the country at the second edition of Huddle Kerala 2019.
• The programme aims to identify and support aspiring and established female entrepreneurs by providing them access to incubation, investors and various business support services.
• An initiative by Startup India, the program aims to support at least 7500 women entrepreneurs in the country over the next one year.
• Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) along with LetsVenture has been awarded the responsibility by Invest India to run this programme in all the southern states- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Kerala.

The Indian Railways has now enabled QR code-based paperless ticket booking at 12 stations of which Railway zone?

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• Indian Railways starts QR code process at 12 stations!
• Big boon for Indian Railways passengers! Now, get paperless train tickets easily and quickly with just a few clicks on your phone! The North Western Railway (NWR) zone of the Indian Railways network has taken a huge step for the ease and convenience of passengers with the use of mobile QR codes at as many as 12 of its important railway stations.
• This will enable passengers to swiftly book paperless and unreserved train tickets through the Indian Railways UTS mobile application. The QR codes have been made available at following railway stations of the NWR zone:
1. Abu Road
2. Ajmer
3. Udaipur city
4. Jaipur
5. Durgapura (Jaipur)
6. Gandhinagar (Jaipur)
7. Alwar
8. Rewari
9. Sanganer
10. Bikaner
11. Lalgarh
12. Jodhpur

Viju Khote who passed away recently was a famous ______?

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• Veteran actor Viju Khote passes away at 77
• Veteran Hindi and Marathi film-theatre actor Viju Khote passed away on Monday due to multiple organ failure. He was 77.
• The actor, most famous for playing the dacoit Kalia in Sholay and Robert in Andaz Apna Apna, died at his residence.
• “He passed away today at 6.55 am peacefully in his sleep at the residence. He has been unwell since quite for sometimes. He had multiple organ failure,” actor Bhavana Balsavar, his niece, said

Nearly how many prisoners convicted of offences other than murder, rape and corruption will walk free on Gandhi Jayanthi?

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• Nearly 600 prisoners to walk free on Gandhi Jayanthi.
• Several hundred prisoners, convicted of offences other than murder, rape and corruption, will be released from jails across India on October 2 to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said on Sunday.
• The number could be nearly 600, and the final list is being prepared by the Union Home Ministry in close coordination with the State governments and the administrations of the Union Territories.
• A Home Ministry official said that under the scheme for special remission to mark the birth anniversary, prisoners had been released on October 2, 2018 and April 6, 2019. The third phase is due on the coming Gandhi Jayanthi.

Name the India's first private train which was flagged off recently and will be run by IRCTC?

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• UP CM flags off India's first private train Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas Express.
• Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flagged off Tejas express from Charbagh railway station in Lucknow on Friday. India's first private train will be run by IRCTC six days a week except for Tuesday.
• A high-quality meal will be served to the passengers on the Lucknow-New Delhi Tejas express and there are also tea-coffee vending machines inside the coaches.
• Passengers travelling on this train can only book tickets from IRCTC website and Railways app.
• The train will complete the journey from Lucknow to Delhi in 6 hours 10 minutes. In a first, passengers will be compensated if the train gets delayed.
• According to the information provided by IRCTC, the passengers will get a refund of Rs 100 in case the train gets delayed for an hour. If the delay is of more than 2 hours then Rs 250 will be given to passengers by IRCTC.
• It is also for the first time IRCTC is offering free travel insurance of Rs 25 lakh to the passengers travelling on the train. Taxi hiring and hotel booking facilities will also be given to the passengers on demand.