Employment News 22 – 28 February 2020
- The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept Delhi Assembly elections bagging 62 of 70 seats, retaining power in Delhi for the third time. BJP bagged 8 seats. The contest was mainly between AAP and the BJP with Congress nowhere in the reckoning. Among the prominent AAP leaders who won the elections include Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from New Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia from Patparganj, Gopal Rai from Babarpur, Satyendar Jain from Shakur Basti, Raghav Chadha from Rajinder Nagar, Rakhi Birla from Mangolpuri, and Ajay Dutt from Ambedkar Nagar.
- President Ram Nath Kovind Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying homage to the martyrs of Pulwama attack on 14 February 2020. It was on this day last year that a CRPF convoy was attacked by a suicide bomber in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were martyred. In Jammu, a memorial to the 40 CRPF personnel was inaugurated at Lethpora camp. The names of all the 40 personnel along with their pictures are part of the memorial along with the motto of CRPF ‘Seva and Nishtha’ (Service and Loyalty).
- The government has decided to rename Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan and Foreign Service Institute in the national capital as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service. The announcement was made in the honor of the legacy and invaluable contribution of former External Affairs Mrs. Swaraj to Indian diplomacy, the cause of the Indian diaspora and the ethos of public service. During her four decades-long careers, Sushma Swaraj was elected to the Lok Sabha four times and thrice to Rajya Sabha. She served as Minister for External Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Parliamentary Affairs, Health, and Family Welfare. She also served as Leader of Opposition in the Lower House. Ms. Swaraj also served as Chief Minister of Delhi and also a Minister in the Haryana Government.
- The government has said that over 16 lakh candidates trained under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana have got placement. Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R K Singh, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said, over 73 lakh candidates have been trained under the scheme till January 2020. Mr. Singh said, the Ministry is implementing the scheme with a view to impart skill development training to the youth across 371 courses. Under the scheme, the focus on employment has been significantly enhanced and candidates have been placed in various sectors and industries.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an internship scheme for the 10th, 12th and graduate students of the state to brighten the employment prospects of these students. Addressing a job fair organized by the Department of Labour and Employment Exchange in Gorakhpur, the Chief Minister said that the state government will bring the internship scheme this year itself. He said, under the scheme, students will be linked to various technical institutes and industries. He said that during the internship of a period of six months or a year, each participating youth will be given 2500 rupees as honorarium every month. Out of this, 1500 rupees will be given by the Central Government and 1000 rupees by the State Government.
- In Kashmir Valley, the administration has sanctioned 125 community bunkers with an aim to build shelters and safeguard human lives from the arbitrary shelling by Pakistan. The bunkers have been sanctioned for Kupwara and Baramulla district of North Kashmir considering their proximity to the Line of Control (LoC). As per divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, the bunkers will be at the cost of 25 crore Rupees. Previously, the same number of community bunkers was also sanctioned for district Bandipora.
- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 2nd March after completion of the general discussion on Union Budget 2020-21 in the first part of the Budget session that concluded on 11 February. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replied to the discussion on Union Budget in both the houses while asserting that the government has maintained fiscal discipline under its regime. Ms. Sitharaman said the nominal GDP of the country has increased from two trillion dollars in 2014-15 to 2.9 trillion dollars by 2019-20. She said the GST collection has been consistently improving and one lakh crore mark has been surpassed in the last six months of current fiscal. She also said, there is positive confidence in the Indian economy and the government has taken several measures to strengthen it. The Minister said, the global sentiment towards India is favorable and that can be gauged by investment flow. Referring to opposition allegation that the defence budget has been reduced, she accused the previous UPA regime of paralyzing the defense sector. She also clarified that no resources have been cut down to any ministry.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially named the disease caused by the new coronavirus as Covid-2019. It comes after the death toll from the virus passed one thousand. Tens of thousands of people have been infected. The word coronavirus refers to the group of viruses it belongs to, rather than the latest strain. Researchers had been calling for an official name to avoid confusion and stigmatization of any group or country.
- UN Security Council has adopted a resolution calling for a “lasting ceasefire” in war-torn Libya, where a fragile truce has been in place since January. The text, drafted by Britain, was approved by 14 votes out of 15, with Russia abstaining. The resolution affirmed the need for a lasting ceasefire in Libya at the earliest opportunity, without pre-conditions. It also expressed concern over the growing involvement of mercenaries in Libya. Libya, Africa’s most oil-rich nation, has been mired in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed longtime leader Moamer Kadhafi. Since April 2019, the UN-recognized Government of National Accord has fought back against an offensive by military commander Khalifa Haftar, who is supported by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. A ceasefire was agreed on January 12, but there are still near-daily clashes near Tripoli and arms continue to flow into the country.
- Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law, Rishi Sunak has been appointed as UK’s Finance Minister. He replaced Pakistani-origin Chancellor Sajid Javid. After the reshuffle, three Indian origin Members of Parliament are now part of Britain’s most diverse cabinet led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 47-year-old Priti Patel is the Home Minister and 51-year-old Alok Sharma is the Business Secretary in the British Cabinet. Sharma was elevated to the role of the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy. Along with these three, 15 Indian-origin MPs are among 65 non-whites elected to the new 650-member House of Commons, reflecting 10 percent of its strength.
- The Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh has been named Player of the Year for 2019 by the International Hockey Federation. Manpreet, a midfielder, became the first Indian to win the accolade since the awards were introduced in 1999. He beat competition from Belgium’s Arthur van Dorren and Lucas Villa of Argentina, who came second and third.
- World silver-medallist Amit Panghal has been ranked number one in the 52-kilogram category for Olympic Qualifiers, making him the first Indian pugilist in over a decade to achieve the global top position in the category. The list was released by the International Olympic Committee’s Boxing Task Force ahead of next month’s Olympic Qualifiers. The rankings took into account the last two world championships for both men and women and the continental championships and Games in 2019. The diminutive boxer from Rohtak said, he is hopeful of securing an Olympic sport in the first qualifier itself. The 24-year-old Panghal holds the numero uno position with 420 points, right now. Last year, he became the first Indian to claim a silver medal at the world championships after notching up a gold at the Asian meet.
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