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- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 7, 2018 unveiled a mobility road map that seeks investments in manufacturing electric vehicles and increased use of public transport for travel at the first Global Mobility Summit – ‘MOVE’. He announced that the government will soon come out with a policy on electric vehicles (e-vehicles) and Alternative Fuel Technology to give a boost to e-mobility in India. PM Modi also unveiled a new policy will seek to support automakers to raise production of battery-powered and alternate-fuel vehicles, as part of efforts to trim down the rising oil import bill.
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled the space suit and crew model for Gaganyaan Mission, providing the first sneak peek into its upcoming manned mission to space at the 6th Bengaluru Space Expo. The orange-coloured prototype space suit was developed by the ISRO over the past two years at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. The suit can hold one oxygen cylinder, allowing an astronaut to breathe in space for 60 minutes. In the crew model capsule, the three astronauts will be living for five to seven days in a 400 km orbit from the Earth’s surface.
- Former World number one Novak Djokovic defeated world number three Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(7-4), 6-3 to clinch his third US Open title and overall 14th Grand slam title. With this, Djokovic equalled Pete Sampras’ haul of 14 Grand slams. Further, he became the seventh man to win US Open singles title at least thrice in Open era.
- A meeting of the Tamil Nadu Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, recommended to Governor Banwarilal Purohit that all seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case be released under Article 161 of the Constitution. The decision followed the Supreme Court’s observation last weekthat the Governor shall be at liberty to decide on the remission application of Perarivalan, one of the convicts, “as deemed fit” while the others requested the Governor remission of their sentences.
- The government has set up a group of secretaries to look into the issues of the draft e-commerce policy. It will be chaired by the Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). The other members of the group include Secretaries of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and Department of Commerce. The group would look into all the issues of e-commerce sector.
- Asian Games champion Arpinder Singh won the bronze in the men’s triple jump in the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Continental Cup athletics at Ostrava, Czech Republic. American Christian Taylor, the Olympic and World champion, won the gold with a 17.59m opening effort while Burkina Faso’s Hughes Fabrice Zango won the silver with 17.02 while Arpinder’s first round 16.59 got him the bronze.
- India defeated Maldives 2-0, to play in semifinal against Pakistan, in the South Asian Football Federation Cup football tournament. The 2018 SAFF championship is the 12th edition of the SAFF Championship, the biennial international men’s football championship of South Asia organized by SAFF (founded in 1997).
- Indians were the world’s third largest air travellers by nationality last year according to the World Air Transport Statistics (WATS) for 2017 resealed by The International Air Transport Association (IATA). American nationals were the biggest chunk of this at 63.2 crore (18.6% of all passengers), followed by Chinese at 55.5 crore (16.3%) and then Indians at 16.1 crore (4.7%).
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