News you need to know before starting your day: 23 September 2021

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23 September, 2021


  1. Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health alongside climate change, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday as it released its new air quality guidelines for the first time since its last global update in 2005. Business Standard
  2. The Supreme Court on Wed­nesday allowed wom­en to take the National Defence Acad­e­my (NDA) entrance exam in Novem­ber this year and not wait till May 2022 as requested by the government. Business Standard
  3. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has recommended the payment of ₹50,000 each ex gratia to next of kin of those who died due to COVID Hindu
  4. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a Nagpur-based coaching centre and others for offering to arrange admissions in top government medical colleges by adopting fraudulent means Hindu
  5. Uttar Pradesh recommended a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of influential Hindu seer Narendra Giri on Wednesday night, hours after he was laid to rest in Prayagraj and a post-mortem report suggested that the holy man may have died by asphyxiation. HT
  6. India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have drawn up an “aggressive and ambitious” time frame aiming to conclude a comprehensive trade negotiation by December 2021 and hope to sign a formal free trade agreement in the early part of 2022 to achieve over $115 billion bilateral trade in five years. HT


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  1. World Rose Day, celebrated on September 22, is a ray of hope for cancer patients all around the world
  2. Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEE) share price touched a 52-week high of Rs 355.40, gaining 39 percent intraday on September 22 after the company signed a merger deal with Sony Pictures India.


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