CURRENT AND CORPORATE NEWS : 25 SEPTEMBER 2020

NATIONAL NEWS

‘Fitness Ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz’ is Mantra to stay fit says PM Modi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new-Mantra-“Fitness Ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz”. He has urged the people to apply this principle in letter of spirit to stay fit and healthy. He was interacting with fitness experts and influencers virtually on the First Anniversary of the Fit India Movement. The nation-wide online Fit India Dialogue was organized to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Fit India Movement. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also launched Fit India Age-Appropriate Fitness Protocols. Mr Modi
held interactions with cricketer Virat Kohli, actor Milind Soman, footballer Afshan Ashiq among others who shared their fitness experiences with him.

External Affair Minister Dr. Jaishankar terms IndiaChina border faceoff as unprecedented situation: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new-Mantra-“Fitness Ki Dose, Aadha Ghanta Roz”. He has urged the people to apply this principle in letter of spirit to stay fit and healthy. He was interacting with fitness experts and influencers virtually on the First Anniversary of the Fit India Movement. The nation-wide online Fit India Dialogue was organized to celebrate the First Anniversary of the Fit India Movement. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also launched Fit India Age-Appropriate Fitness Protocols. Mr Modi held interactions with cricketer Virat Kohli, actor Milind Soman, footballer Afshan Ashiq among others who shared their fitness experiences with him.

India aims to end tuberculosis by 2025: Health Minister at UN: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that India has accorded high priority for ending tuberculosis by 2025, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Harsh Vardhan said this while addressing Ministers of Member Nations of WHO, Heads and Representatives of UN Agencies through virtual interaction yesterday. He spoke on India’s role and contribution towards strengthening multisectoral action and progress towards ending TB, especially in context of the COVID-19 crisis. The Minister added that Tuberculosis has been in existence since time immemorial and continues to remain a major global public health problem. Despite the progress made over the last decade, TB remains the leading infectious killer disease worldwide. He said, India has taken several critical steps towards ending TB.

Govt raises limit for use of SDRF funds by states from 35 per cent to 50 per cent to tackle COVID situation:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the limit of using the State Disaster Response Fund for COVID specific infrastructure has been increased from 35 per cent to 50 per cent. He said, the decision will help States have more finances at their disposal to fight the virus. Interacting with Chief Ministers of six states and one Union Territory through video conference, Mr Modi said, there is a need to further strengthen health
infrastructure to tackle COVID. These States and UTs are Andhra Pradesh,
Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. He reviewed the status and preparedness of COVID response and management. More than 63 per cent of the active cases of the country are concentrated in these six States and a Union Territory. Prime Minister also stressed on the need to improve the network of tracking and tracing, and ensure better training. He said that the country needs to not only keep fighting the virus, but also move ahead boldly on the economic front. Mr Modi stressed on the need to increase focus on effective testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance and clear messaging.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bangladesh to make film on revolutionary freedom fighter Pritilata Waddedar: The government of Bangladesh is financing a film on the life of revolutionary freedom fighter Pritilata Waddedar. Addressing the ‘Muhurat’ of the film in Dhaka on Thursday, Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud said that the film ‘Bhalobasha Pritilata’ will be based on the first woman Bengali revolutionary nationalist of the Indian subcontinent against the British regime. The film is based on the novel by Selina Hossain. Dr. Hasan expressed hope that the film will be screened in India and other countries also. Pritilata was born in Dhalghat village of Chittagong in Bangladesh on 5 May 1911. She had her education in Chattogram, Dhaka and then at Bethune College, Kolkata for graduation. She joined the freedom movement and worked with revolutionaries like Surya Sen and Nirmal Sen. She was involved in several revolutionary acts like the famous Chittagong
armoury raid and attack on the Pahartali European club at Chittagong in 1932 where she received bullet injury. However, she consumed cyanide before the British police could capture her.

China remains non-committal on UNSC reforms sought by G-4 countries: China has once again parried questions on permanent membership of the UN Security Council for India. At a press conference in Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson chose to remain non-committal on reforms at the Security Council sought by the G-4 countries. He stated that there is enormous division and lack of a widespread
consensus on the arrangement for reforms at UNSC. However, he stated that Beijing is willing to work with other UN members to seek a package solution which can accommodate all parties’ interests and concerns through dialogue and negotiation. India and other G4 countries have called for the start of text-based negotiations without delay at a virtual meeting on Wednesday on the side-lines of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly. In a statement, they have lamented that there is no meaningful
progress in the Intergovernmental negotiations. It may be recalled that China has been supporting the intergovernmental negotiations which are more in the form of a general discussion and lack transparent working methods. However, G4 countries comprising India, Japan, Brazil and Germany have been demanding the expansion of UN Security Council through substantive negotiations based on a single comprehensive text, which is formal in nature. It is also worthwhile to note that except China, all other four permanent members of security council support India’s candidature for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.

51st IFFI to be held from 16th to 24th January next year in Goa: The 51st Edition of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI will be held from 16th to 24th January, next year in Goa. Earlier it was scheduled to be held from 20th November to 28th November, this year. The postponement follows discussion between Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant. It has also been jointly decided to hold the festival on new dates as per the International Film Festival guidelines and protocols. The festival will be conducted in a
Virtual and Physical format. All COVID related protocols will be strictly enforced a s per the festivals convened recently in the International Film Festival circuit.

SPORTS

IPL 2020, KXIP vs RCB Highlights: KL Rahul inflicts 97- run defeat on RCB: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) won by 97 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on the back of a KL Rahul 132* — the highest individual IPL score by an Indian — on Thursday. Batting first, KXIP scored 206/3 in 20 overs. KL Rahul (132*) and Mayank Agarwal (26) got Punjab off to a fluent start. Yuzvendra Chahal (1/25) got RCB the first breakthrough in the 7th over. It was Shivam Dube who got them their next two wickets, as Rahul kept losing partners in the middle overs. Rahul went into carnage mode in the death overs, as KXIP scored 206/3 in 20 overs. RCB, needing 207 to win, were off to a disastrous start in the chase, being reduced to 4/3 in the third over. AB de Villiers (28) and Aaron Finch (20) put on a short rescue act before Punjab’s leg spinners started ruling the roost in the middle overs. Ravi Bishnoi (3/32) and Murugan Ashwin (3/21) were the pick of the bowlers. RCB were eventually bowled out for 109, suffering their fourth heaviest defeat of all time in the IPL.

Australian cricketer Dean Jones dies of cardiac arrest in Mumbai: Former Australia batsman Dean Jones has died of cardiac arrest in a Mumbai hotel today. The 59 year old Dean Mervyn Jones was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team. He had played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia. He was was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young cricketers. He was in Mumbai with the commentary team for the Indian Premier League.

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