CURRENT AND CORPORATE NEWS : 7 SEPTEMBER 2020

Current and corporate news : 7 september 2020

COVID-19 NEWS

Karnataka minister Shivarama Hebbar tests COVID positive: Karnataka labour and sugar minister A Shivarama Hebbar and his wife were tested COVID positive yesterday. In a tweet he said that they underwent COVID test and were declared positive. As there is no symptom, they are under Home Isolation. Prior to him, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, the leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, Health minister Sriramulu, the Congress state President D K Shivakumar, Tourism minister C T Ravi, forest minister Anand Singh, Agriculture minister B C Patil were among those infected with Covid 19 virus in the state. The state reported 9319 new Covid cases today and 95 deaths. At the same time 9575 people were discharged after being cured of the viral infection. The state conducted 74384 tests for detecting the Coronavirus. Bengaluru urban is leading the index with 2824 new cases and 38 deaths today

NATIONAL NEWS

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds bilateral talks with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami in Tehran: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Amir Hatami last evening. Mr Singh was on a transit halt in Tehran enroute from Moscow to New Delhi. The meeting between the two Ministers took place in a cordial and warm atmosphere.
Both the leaders emphasized upon the age-old cultural, linguistic and
civilizational ties between India and Iran. They discussed ways to take forward bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on regional security issues, including peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Metro services to resume from tomorrow in graded manner in Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad & Lucknow: Metro services will resume from tomorrow in a graded manner in Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Lucknow. Passengers will have to follow preventive measures against COVID-19 by maintaining social distancing and wearing face mask. In the first stage, Delhi Metro services will operate in two shifts 7 AM to 11 AM and 4 PM to 8 PM. Normal operations will start from the 12th of this month. Metro Stations and entry-exit gates in containment zones will be closed. Only asymptomatic persons will be allowed to travel after thermal screening at entry into the stations. Sanitizers will be made available at entry points of stations for use by
passengers. Lucknow Metro is also all set to resume operations from tomorrow with state of the art facilities for the safest travel experience. Lucknow Metro has laid special emphasis on contactless travel, sanitization, social distancing, hygiene and cleanliness. Various rigorous steps have been undertaken to ensure a smooth, safe, secure and convenient commuting experience to the passengers. MD, UPMRC, Kumar Keshav has said that Lucknow metro will resume its services at full capacity. He said Metro trains and station premises will be sanitized at regular intervals to ensure maximum safety to passengers. AIR correspondent reports that, tokens and smart cards both will be functional for commuting. For the first time in the country and in the metro sector, Lucknow Metro will sanitize tokens using UV rays to provide utmost safety to the commuters. There will be Social distancing markings and signage at all stations to ensure adequate gap among passengers while queuing up near Ticket Counters, Ticket Vending Machines and security check frisking points. Social distancing marking has been done on alternate seats to maintain sufficient gap between passengers inside the train. Lucknow Metro will operate with normal timings as earlier from tomorrow that 6 am to 10 pm and 16 trains will run with an interval of 5 mins 30 secs. The trains will stop at every station and masks will be mandatory which will be provided in case any passenger forgets to bring it along with him. Normally 2 gates will be functional normally at every metro station with no separate gates for entry and exit. It will be mandatory to sanitize hands and sanitizers will be available at every gate.

President, PM to address inaugural session of Governors’ Conference on National Education Policy tomorrow: President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the inaugural session of the Governors’ Conference on National Education Policy through video conference tomorrow. The Conference titled “Role of NEP-2020 in Transforming Higher Education” is being organized by the Ministry of Education. NEP-2020 is the first education policy of the 21st century which was announced after 34 years of the previous National Policy on Education 1986. NEP-2020 is directed towards major reforms in both school and higher education level. The new National Education Policy strives for making India into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society. It envisions an India-centred education system that contributes directly to transforming India into a Global Superpower.

3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah being celebrated this month to address malnutrition among young children and women: The 3rd Rashtriya Poshan Maah is being celebrated this month to address malnutrition among young children and women. The objective of the Poshan Maah is to encourage Jan Bhagidaari to ensure health and nutrition for everyone. Women and Child Development Ministry said the Poshan Maah is celebrated every year under POSHAN Abhiyaan, which was launched in 2018 Considering the prevalent COVID situation in the Country, the Ministry
is encouraging all stakeholders to use digital platforms for celebrating Poshan Maah. The importance of nutrition was recently emphasized by
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 68th edition of his Mann ki Baat
programme on All India Radio on 30th of last month. The Prime Minister drew attention towards the role played by nutrition in helping children and students to attain their optimum potential. He also noted the efforts made during the past few years especially in villages where public participation in nutrition week and nutrition month is converting nutrition awareness into a mass movement.

Govt announces 3rd phase of ‘Back to Village’ programme from October 2 to 12 in J&K: In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government announced the third phase of ambitious Back to Village (B2V) programme from October 2 to 12, this year. The announcement was made by Principal Secretary, Power Development and Information Departments, Rohit Kansal who is also government spokesperson, at a press conference in Srinagar yesterday. Terming the first two phases of Back to Village (B2V) as huge success, Mr Kansal said it is a unique programme which received tremendous respect from the people when 4000 Gazetted Officers from J&K administration visited each and every Panchayat of J&K. The Phase-I of B2V was an introductory and interactive programme to understand the people’s
grievances and demands. While Phase-II focused on the devolution of
powers to panchayats and tried to understand how these panchayats are functioning and what are the grievances and demands,” he said and added
“the Phase-III has been designed on the format for grievance redressal.” He
said that next month will be a festival of public grievance redressal, festival
of public service delivery and festival of delivery of development at gram
Panchayat level.

STATE NEWS

Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University conducts entrance exam for various PG courses: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar today conducted the entrance exam for various Post Graduate courses following the protocol for Covid19. A total of 3448 students had applied online for these examinations. The University will be conducting examinations in four phases. The first phase started from today. As many as 601 candidates appeared for the entrance examination, while 300 candidates remained absent.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Chandrayaan-3 launch likely in early 2021: Dr. Jitendra Singh: Minister of State for Space Dr Jitendra Singh said that the launch of Chandrayaan-3 may now take place somewhere in early 2021. Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 and will include a Lander and Rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2, but will not have an orbiter. Dr Singh also said that meanwhile, preparations are on for India’s first ever Human Space Mission Gaganyaan. He said, constraints due to Covid pandemic led to some disruptions in the plan for Gaganyaan but efforts are going on to stick to the timeline of around 2022.

OBITUARY

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu condoles death of Edaneer mutt seer Kesavananda Bharati: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the death of Edaneer mutt seer Kesavananda Bharati, describing him as a rare blend of philosopher, classical singer and a cultural icon. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said, his patronage of Yakshagana was crucial in reviving this traditional theatre form in Karnataka. Mr Naidu said, he is best known for his role in the landmark Supreme Court judgement which held that the basic structure of the Constitution cannot be altered. The 79-year-old seer died at the mutt in Kerala’s Kasaragod due to age-related ailments.

SPORTS

T20 cricket tournament inaugurated at Kungamdora Pattan in J&K: In a significant move to resume different sports activities that were halted due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr G N Itoo in presence of District Youth Services and Sports Officer inaugurated T20 cricket tournament at Kungamdora Pattan today with strict adherence of SOPs and guidelines. While reiterating the administration’s commitment towards development of sports and requisite
infrastructure, DC said that various initiatives are being taken in this regard. The DC distributed various sports items among the teams. He also said that during ‘Back to Village- Phase 3’, special focus will be given to redressal of issues and grievances of the youth.

Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov advance to men’s doubles quarterfinals in US open: In US open tennis, Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov beat German pair Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies to reach men’s doubles quarterfinals in New York. Bopanna is the lone surviving Indian in the tournament after the exits of Sumit Nagal and Divij Sharan. In Women’s singles, Serena Williams came back from a slow start to beat Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the US Open’s third round. She will face No. 15 Maria Sakkari of Greece in the fourth round.

Sports Ministry extends contract of athletics foreign coaches with eye on 2024 Olympics: The Sports Ministry has extended the contract of 9 foreign coaches and support personnel, including High Performance Director of athletics with an eye on the 2024 Olympics, Commonwealth Games and Asian Games 2022. In July this year, the Sports Ministry had decided to draw up extended contracts for foreign and Indian coaches in sync with the Olympic cycle. This decision was taken by the Ministry with a focus on the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, and to ensure Olympic-bound athletes are able to train consistently and in continuity with one coach and improve their performance as per the international standards.

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