1. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji and HCL founder Shiv Nadar are the only two Indian tycoons in the top 20 richest people in the world of technology, according to an inaugural list by Forbes that has been topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Premji is ranked 13th on Forbes' first ever list of '100 Richest People In Tech', followed by Nadar on the 14th spot. Premji, 70, who has a net worth of $ 17.4 billion, is among Asia's most generous tycoons. Nadar has a net worth of $ 14.4 billion.
2. The Financing Agreement for World Bank assistance of US$ 104 million for Additional Financing under National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-I (NCRMP-I) was signed between Government of India and the World Bank. The objective of Additional Financing under NCRMP-I is to reduce the vulnerability of coastal communities to cyclone and other hydro meteorological hazards in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
3. The Financing Agreement for World Bank assistance of US$ 308.40 million for National Cyclone Risk Mitigation Project-II (NCRMP-II) was signed between Government of India and the World Bank. The objective of NCRMP-II is to reduce vulnerability to cyclone and other hydro-meteorological hazards of coastal communities in the States of Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
4. India's star of cue sports Pankaj Advani clinched his 13th world title after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship held in Karachi, Pakistan. Defending champion Advani outplayed Chinese Yan Bingtao 6-2, stamping his authority on the green baize in the final. The final started off with a bang with the Bangalore cueist racing to a rapid 3-0 lead in the best-of-11 final.
5. In an important development in the process of evolving a new constitution for Nepal, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and top leaders of CPN-UML, Nepali Congress, Unified CPN-Maoist and Madhesi Peoples Rights Forum Democratic (MPRFD) reached the landmark agreement to divide Nepal into six provinces, each sharing its border with India. Dividing the state was one of the thorny issues of the new constitution.
6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a high-level summit on sustainable development hosted by the UN on September 25 and will also travel to San Francisco during his US visit, becoming the fourth Indian premier to visit America’s West Coast. The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from September 25 to 27 in New York and will be convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.
7. London Olympics-2012 bronze medallist Gagan Narang finished fifth in the men's 10 metre Air Rifle event at the Shooting World Cup. Gagan gave a better account of himself in the final, moving up three positions with a score of 144.5. Cao Yifei of China won the gold with a final round score of 207.4, while Kim Sang Do (206.9) of South Korea finished with the silver and Petar Gorsa (186.5) of Croatia bagged the bronze.
8. Versatile Marathi theatre actor, drama director, producer and songwriter Bhalchandra Pendharkar passed away in Mumbai at the age of 94. Among Pendharkar's most memorable contributions to the field of theatre were plays like 'Duritanche Timir Jaavo', 'Panditrao Jagannath' and 'Gita Gaati Dnyaneshwar'. He was awarded many awards including Bal Gandharva Puraskar and Vishnudas Bhave Puraskar.
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9. Suhasini Haidar, Diplomatic and Strategic Affairs Editor at 'The Hindu' newspaper, was presented the Prem Bhatia Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Reporting and Analysis, 2014. While 'The Times of India' newspaper's journalist Priyanka Kakodkar was presented with the Prem Bhatia award for excellence in environmental and development reporting, 2014.
10. Kochi became the first Indian city to be a member of Beijing headquartered World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Council. Kochi became the member of the council on ground of its partnerships in culture, sports and tourism. Kochi's cuisine, martial arts and snake and dragon boat races fulfill the set ground for membership.