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News Digest | Employment News 22 – 28 February 2020 of 20 to 26 June 2020

NATIONAL

􀂄 India has been elected as non permanent member of UNSC for term 2021-22. India was elected unopposed being the sole candidate for the Asia Pacific seat. This was made possible because Afghani-stan had withdrawn in India’s favour. India’s two year term will begin on the 1st of January 2021. This will be the eighth time that India will be serving on the security council bringing with it rich experience and legacy. Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (West) VikasSwarup said India’s presence on the Security Council and performance there over the next two years will underscore the value that a country like India brings to the table and reaffirm credentials to be a permanent member of UNSC. He said India’s work in the UNSC will be guided by Prime Minister NarendraModi’s call for a reformed multilateralism and the dynamic 5S vision – Sammaan, Samvaad, Sahyog, Shanti and Samriddhi. He added that through this approach, India seeks to move towards a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system.

􀂄 Following violent clash between Chinese and Indian military personnel in Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh, Prime Minister NarendraModi said the martyrdom of Indian soldiers will not go in vain. He said, India will give a befitting reply to anyone who tries to impinge upon its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Mr.Modi paid homage to the martyred soldiers and remembered their valour. He said, India is a peace loving nation which thrives on the principle of sacrifice and endurance. Prime Minister Modi asserted that India always strives to reach out to its neighbouring countries in order to arrive at a common consensus. Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and the State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China had a phone conversation on recent developments in Ladakh on 18 June. In response to a query on the statement by the Chinese side that the sovereignty of the Galvan valley area belongs to China,MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, both sides have agreed that the overall situation should be handled in a responsible manner and that the understandings reached between Senior Commanders on 6th June should be implemented sincerely. The Spokesman said, making exaggerated and untenable claims is contrary to this understanding.

􀂄 Elections for 19 Rajya Sabha seats spread over eight states was held on 19 June 2020. Of the 19 seats, four each are from Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three each from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two from Jharkhand, and one each from Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

􀂄 In Karnataka, where elections were to be held for four seats, all the candidates have been declared elected unopposed. They are former prime minister HD DeveGowda, Congress leader MallikarjunKharge, BJP candidates IrannaKadadi and Ashok Gasti.BJP nominee NabamRebia was also elected unopposed to the lone RajyaSabha seat from Arunachal Pradesh. Election Commission made elaborate arrangements for the voting keeping in mind the coronavirus pandemic. Every voter (MLA) was screened for body temperature and was asked to use mask and adhere to social distancing norms.

􀂄 India’s first infectious disease diagnostic lab is now ready. This rapid response mobile labrotary is part of government Aatmnirbhar Bharat. This labrotary was built in a record time of eight days from the date of receipt of Automotive Chassis, from Bharat Benz. It is built with the support of Department of Bio-Technology. The lab is a BSL-2 facility with on site Elisa, real-time reverse tranion polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test and Bio chemistry analysers. This lab can test Elisa about 200 per day and RTPCR about 50 per day.

BUSINES/ECONOMY

􀂄 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18 June launched the action of 41 coal mines for commercial mining via video conference, fully opening the coal and mining sector for competition, capital, participation, and technology. Addressing the video conference, Mr Modi said allowing the private sector in commercial coal mining is unlocking resources of a nation with the world’s fourth largest reserves. Criticising last policies of keeping the sector closed, the Prime Minister said India should be the world’s biggest coal exporter considering the size of reserves.He pointed out the irony that India has the fourth largest coal reserve in the world, is the second largest producer in the world, but is also the second largest coal importer. The Prime Minister said the reforms in the coal sector are a great way to make Eastern and Central India, and the tribal belt the pillars of development. He said there are 16 aspirational districts in the country which have large reserves of coal but have not benefited the local people as much as they should have. He said new resources will open up and states will get more revenue and employment.

􀂄 The Government has lifted the export ban on anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine with immediate effect. Directorate General of Foreign Trade in a notification said, the export policy of  Hydroxychloroquine Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, API and its formulations from prohibited to free with immediate effect.The government on 25th of March had banned the export of the drug in the wake of the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic.

INTERNATIONAL

􀂄 More than eight million cases of the Novel Coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide this week including more than 4,35,000 fatalities. According to Johns Hopkins University, with over 21 lakh cases and over one lakh 18 thousand deaths, the US continues with the world’s highest number of COVID-19 infections and fatalities.In terms of cases, Brazil comes in the second place with around nine lakh infections. Regarding fatalities, Brazil has overtaken the United Kingdom in the second position with over 43 thousand COVID-19 deaths.This was followed by Russia, India, the UK and Spain.

􀂄 Nepal’s upper house of Parliament on 18 Junes passed the constitution amendment bill, changing the map of Nepal to include Lipulek, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. Reacting to this, India has said the artificial enlargement of claims by Nepal is not based on historical fact or evidence and is not tenable.External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said it is violative of current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues.

􀂄 Eminent Indian-American soil scientist Rattan Lal has been named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change. Lal, a native of India and a citizen of the United States, will receive the 2.5 lakh dollar award that honours his contribution throughout his career spanning more than five decades and four continents to promote innovative soil-saving techniques that benefit the livelihoods of more than 500 million smallholder farmers, improve the food and nutritional security of more than two billion people and saves hundreds of millions of hectares of natural tropical ecosystems.Lal serves as Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and founding Director of the Carbon Management & Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University (OSU).

SPORTS

􀂄 Aizawl’s Rajiv Gandhi Stadium will be upgraded as Khelo India State Centre of Excellence under the Khelo India Scheme. The Union Sports Ministry plans to establish one KISCE in each state and union territory, with an effort to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country.Chief Minister Zoramthanga in a tweet said this will be a platform for multiplying existing talents in the region towards India’s dream of excellence in the Olympics.

 

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