16 September 2020: News Headlines

Published: September 16, 2020

India
  • Lok Sabha passes bill to reduce for one year the salaries of MPs by 30%
  • SC to set up a committee of 5 distinguished citizens to draw up standards of conduct for electronic media
  • PM inaugurates projects under ‘Namami Gange’ Yojana and ‘AMRUT’ (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) Yojana in Bihar
  • ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19’ extended for another 180 days; provides an insurance cover of ₹50 lakh
  • Union Education Minister presents first ever AICTE – Visvesvaraya Best Teachers Award 2020 to 12 faculty members of AICTE approved institutes
  • Engineer’s Day celebrated in India on September 15; birth anniversary of Sir M. Visvesvaraya
Economy & Corporate
  • Parliament passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020; converts DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), BCAS (Bureau of Civil
  • Asian Development Bank releases its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 Update; forecasts 9% contraction in India’s economy in FY2020-21; 8% growth in FY2021-22
  • Lok Sabha passes Essential Commodities Amendment Bill to deregulate production, storage, movement and sale of several foodstuffs, including cereals, pulses, edible oils and onions
  • Gujarat govt. signs MoU with SIDBI to support state’s MSMEs
World
  • India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group Meeting held virtually
  • UK returns 15th century bronze sculptures of Rama, Lakshamana and Sita stolen 40 years ago from a temple of Vijaynagar Period
  • India elected as member of Commission on Status of Women (CSW), a body of UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for four-year term starting 2021
  • EAM S. Jaishankar holds talks with US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in New Delhi
  • Mali: Former president Moussa Traore, who ruled the West Africa nation from 1968 to 1991, dies at 83
  • US: Famed jewel thief, Jack ‘Murf the Surf’ Murphy dies at 83
  • International Day of Democracy observed on September 15
  • World Lymphoma Awareness Day observed on September 15
  • US breached global trading rules by imposing multi-billion-dollar tariffs on China: WTO
  • Donald Trump presides as Israel, 2 Arab states – UAE & Bahrain — sign historic pacts establishing diplomatic ties
  • China launches nine satellites into orbit from ship stationed in the Yellow Sea

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