12 October 2020: Today’s News Headlines

Published: October 12, 2020

Here are top News Headlines of 12th October 2020

India
  • Health Ministry to roll out FELUDA paper-strip test for SARS-CoV-2 diagnosis; developed by CSIR-IGIB
  • PM launches physical distribution of property cards under the ‘SVAMITVA’ (ownership) scheme in rural areas
  • 8 beaches in India awarded prestigious Blue Flag certification by “Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark”
  • Mumbai Metro car-shed to move to Kanjurmarg to save Aarey forests: CM Uddhav Thackeray
  • Delhi govt. imposes Rs 50 lakh fine on NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation) for not taking dust control measures
  • Delhi government exempts road tax on battery-operated vehicles under its EV policy
  • Centre releases Rs. 100 coin to mark birth centenary of Vijaya Raje Scindia; one of BJP’s founding members
  • India ranked 155th on the health spending index; spends less than 4% of its budget on health: Oxfam
Economy & corporate
  • RBI to move to NGTA (Next Generation Treasury Application) for managing foreign exchange and gold reserves
  • Digital payment volumes grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 55.1% between 2015-16 and 2019-20: RBI
  • India to overtake Japan as 3rd largest economy by 2050 behind US and China: Lancet
World
  • Kyrgyzstan: Sadyr Zhaparov appointed new Prime Minister; curfew imposed in capital Bishkek
  • Mexico: President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asks Roman Catholic Church to apologize for abuses of Indigenous peoples during the conquest of Mexico in the 1500s
  • France: Two small aircraft collide in Loches town, killing 5 people
  • 75th birthday of ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) celebrated in Pyongyang on Oct 10
  • US: Hurricane Delta hits the states of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi
  • Saudi Arabia: National Commercial Bank to acquire Samba Financial in $14.8 bn deal
  • International Day of the Girl Child observed on October 11; theme “My Voice, Our Equal Future”
Sports
  • French Open tennis: Spain’s Rafael Nadal wins men’s singles title; men’s doubles: Germany’s Kevin Krawietz & Andreas Mies, women’s doubles: Tímea Babos (Hungary) & Kristina Mladenovic (France).
  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain wins Formula One Eifel Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Germany
  • India’s Nihal Sarin wins 2020 Junior Speed Online Championship organised by Chess.com

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