Current and corporate news : 15 september 2020


Parliament passes National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill and National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill: Parliament has passed the National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2020 and the
National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020 with the Lok Sabha approving them today. Both these Bills were passed by the Rajya Sabha on 19th March this year during the Budget Session. The bills aim at ensuring availability of high quality medical professionals both for homeopathic treatment as well as for the Indian System of Medicine. The National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2020 seeks to repeal the Homoeopathy Central Council Act, 1973 and to set up a National Commission for Homoeopathy. The Commission for Homoeopathy will consist of 20 members which will include a Chairperson, the President of the Homoeopathy Education Board, the Director General of National Institute of Homoeopathy, the President of the Medical Assessment
and Rating Board for Homoeopathy in addition to other members. The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020 seeks to repeal the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and set up a National Commission for Indian System of Medicine. The Commission will consist of 29 members including a Chairperson, the President of the Board of Ayurveda, President of the Board of Unani, Siddha, and SowaRigpa, in addition to other members. The two bills also propose constitution of Advisory Councils for Homoeopathy as well as for Indian System of Medicine. These Councils will be the primary platform through which the states and union territories will put forth their views and concerns before the two Commissions. The Advisory Councils will also suggest measures to the Commission to determine and maintain standards of medical education in the country. The bills also envisage a National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test for admission to both undergraduate and Post-Graduate courses of Homoeopathy and for various disciplines of Indian System of Medicine. The bills will now be sent to the President for his assent.

Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance & Farm Services Bill introduced in Lok Sabha: Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar sought to introduce The Farmers Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Saugata Ray and Shashi Tharoor opposed the introduction of the Bill. Shashi Tharoor asked why it was necessary to bring an ordinance when it had nothing to do with COVID-19 pandemic. Gaurav Gogoi said the government is grabbing the rights of farmers and handing it over to corporates and claimed the government had deliberately removed MSP from the Bill. The Bill was introduced through voice vote.

Harivansh re-elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha: NDA candidate Harivansh has been re-elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The upper house cleared his name with a voice vote. BJP President JP Nadda had moved the proposal to elect Harivansh as the deputy chairman and his motion was adopted. Later, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced his name. The Opposition had pitted Manoj Jha of RJD against Harivansh. However, opposition parties did not press for voting and the JDU MP was declared elected with voice vote.

Parliamentary proceedings begin; 15 newly elected MPs take oath in Rajya Sabha: While adhering to social distancing norms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Rajya Sabha today took up business on the first day of Monsoon Session of Parliament. Fifteen newly elected MPs took oath. They include Shibu Soren of JMM, Zafar Islam of BJP, Dr K Keshav Rao of TRS, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, and Dinesh Trivedi of TMC. The House also paid obituary references to the passing away of former president and ex-member of the Upper House Pranab Mukherjee as well as three sitting MPs, Beni Prasad Verma, MP Veerendra Kumar and Amar Singh. The house also paid obituary to other former members who passed away recently. Later, the house was adjourned for one hour till 4:40 pm as a mark of respect to the departed leaders.

BJP launches week-long ‘ Seva Saptah’ to mark PM Modi’s 70th birthday: BJP has launched a week-long campaign namely Seva Saptah to mark the 70th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which falls on 17th this month. Various social initiatives are being undertaken by the party leaders and workers across the country. Party national president J P Nadda launched the campaign at Chhaprauli village in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Nadda said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s life has been dedicated for the service of people and the country.The campaign will continue till 20th September.

PM expresses confidence that Parliament will send message in one voice that it is standing solidly behind soldiers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that Parliament will give the
message in one voice that it is standing solidly behind soldiers guarding our borders. Speaking to the media before the beginning of the Monsoon session this morning, Mr Modi said, the Soldiers are protecting the borders of our country and all MPs are united in supporting our soldiers. He said, Parliament session being held under special circumstances and MPs have chosen the path of doing their duty in COVID times. Mr Modi said, all COVID norms will be followed and there will be no letting guard down till there is a medicine for COVID-19.


Bihar: Mortal remains of socialist leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh consigned to flames with full state honour: In Bihar, mortal remains of veteran socialist leader and former Union Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh were consigned to flames with full state honour at Hasanpur Ghat on the banks of the Ganga, in Vaishali district this afternoon. Several ministers
including opposition leader Tejaswi Prasad Yadav and a large number of people were present on this occasion. Raghuvansh Prasad Singh died at AIIMS Delhi yesterday. He was admitted for treatment of post-COVID complications.

Delhi: Deputy CM Manish Sisodia tests positive for Corona: Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has tested positive for Corona. Mr. Sisodia in a tweet today informed that he got the Corona test done after feeling mild fever and the report was positive. He said, he is in isolation now and feeling no health-related problems.

UP govt issues notification for setting up of Special Security Force: Uttar Pradesh government has issued a notification for the setting up of the Special Security Force which will be given responsibility of security of important government buildings, offices and industrial establishments. Private companies will also be able to take the services of SSF after making a payment. Additional Chief Secretar , Home Awanish Kumar Awasthi said that the headquarters of the UP SSF will be in Lucknow and it will be headed by an ADG-level officer. Initially, five battalions of the UPSSF will
be formed and all of them will have separate ADGs. The UPSSF will operate under a separate Act. The act will give powers to this special force to make ‘arrests’ and conduct ‘searches’ without any prior warrant. In the first phase, 9,919 personnel will be deployed with the force. Later, 1,913 additional posts will be created for the force.and it will cost the government around Rs 1,747.06 crore.

Consumers being benefited due to e-office system of Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company: Following the Prime Minister’s digital mantra, Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company Bhopal is the first such power distribution company in the country, in which e-office system is being operated from corporate office to local circle offices level. State Energy
Minister Pradyuman Singh Tomar has congratulated the company’s officials and employees on this achievement. Madhya Kshetra Vidyut Vitran Company has implemented e-file and e-correspondence system from July 27 through NIC e-office. Due to the e-office system, consumers are getting quick results of their complaints. There is no physical movement of the file and Corona infection is also being avoided by unmanned systems. Along with the e-office system, more than a dozen IT based reforms have been implemented by the Company, which have become an example in the power sector of the country.

Delhi riots: Police arrests former JNU student Umar Khalid: Delhi Police has arrested former JNU student Umar Khalid under the Unlawful Activities
(Prevention) Act(UAPA) in connection with the northeast Delhi riots. He was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police last night after 11 hours of interrogation. He will be produced before a Delhi court today. Khalid was questioned by Delhi Police Crime Branch for a couple of hours on September 2 in connection with the riots.He was earlier booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in another case
related to the riots. He was also quizzed by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police earlier regarding the conspiracy behind the riots. His mobile phone was also seized by the police.


Japan’s ruling party elects Yoshihide Suga as its new leader to succeed PM Shinzo Abe: In Japan, Yoshihide Suga was elected today as the new head of Japan’s ruling, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Suga received 377 votes in the Party election to pick a successor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who announced last month that he would resign due to health problems. The other two contenders received a combined 157 votes. Suga is currently the chief Cabinet secretary of Abe’s government and he will then be
confirmed as Prime Minister by a special session of the country’s parliament on Wednesday.


Hindi Diwas being observed across the country: Hindi Diwas is being celebrated across the country today. It was on this day in 1949 that
the constituent assembly adopted Hindi written in Devanagari as the official language of the country. Today, Hindi is one of the widely spoken languages in the world and the first language of more than 520 million people. Government has taken several steps to promote the Rajbhasha and at the international forums, Hindi is being well received. The pioneer was the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee whose address to the UN
General Assembly is still recalled by one and all. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated and extended best wishes to the people on the occasion of Hindi Diwas. In a tweet, Mr Modi congratulated all the linguists who contributed to the development of Hindi.


US Open: Domnic Theim beats Alexander Zverev to win men’s singles title: Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five – setter and win the US Open last night. The second seeded Austrian beat the fifth seed 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. It marked the first time in the US Open’s Open era history that a player had recovered from losing the opening two sets to win the title. It was also the first time the final had been settled by a tie-break.
The title marks Thiem’s maiden Grand Slam trophy after three previous defeats in finals of tennis majors. Thiem was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year and also lost in the last-two showdowns at the French Open in 2018 and 2019. He also became the first new Grand Slam champion since Croatian Marin Cilic won at Flushing Meadows in 2014. Thiem is also the first Grand Slam champion other than Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the third of his majors at the 2016 US Open.

Japan’s Naomi Osaka wins US Open Tennis Tournament: Japan’s Naomi Osaka defeated Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to clinch the Women’s Singles title in the 2020 US Open Tennis tournament. This is the third Grand Slam title for the fourth seed Osaka. Osaka previously won the title at the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open. She is now the first Asian player to win three Grand Slam singles titles. The victory has moved up Osaka to number 3 in the world rankings.

Compiled By : CS Surbhi Saxena

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