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Following are some important highlights of 1 to 7 September
1. Former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General of India, while former I&B Secretary Sunil Arora was appointed Election Commissioner to fill the vacancy in the three-member Election Commission.
2. India thanked Switzerland for its support in global multilateral organisations. Welcoming the visiting Swiss President Doris Leuthard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought greater cooperation to ensure bilateral financial transparency and thanked the Swiss government for its support to India’s membership bid for the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
3. Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has rolled out its first rural digital centre in an unbanked village — Kathirampatti, near Erode District of Tamil Nadu.
4. A massive rejig of the Union Council of Ministers saw Nirmala Sitharman being appointed the Defence Minister of India, the first woman to hold the charge full time (late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had held additional charge of Defence twice during her premiership).
5. The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (BRICS) grouping unequivocally named Pakistan-based groups — Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) — as terror organisations, removing a key irritant in ties between New Delhi and Beijing and stepping up the fight against global extremism. A joint communiqué released at the BRICS summit expressed concern about the regional security situation and listed the Taliban, IS/Daesh, Al- Qaeda and its affiliates, including the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, TTP and Hizb-ut-Tahrir as sources of violence.
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