19 September 2020: News Headlines

Published: September 19, 2020

India
  • Parliament passed a bill to reduce for one year the salaries, allowances and pensions of MPs by 30% “to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Parliament passed a bill to reduce for one year the salaries and allowances of ministers by 30% “to meet the exigencies arising out of COVID-19 pandemic”
  • PM inaugurates 1.9 km long Kosi Rail Mahasetu (Mega Bridge) in Bihar
  • Union Narendra Singh Tomar to hold charge of Food Processing Industries following resignation of Harsimrat Kaur Badal
  • Provide gadgets, Internet pack to poor students for online classes: Delhi HC to schools
  • J&K: LG Manoj Sinha launches National Generic Document Registration System
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval attends virtual meeting of top security officials of BRICS
  • India’s Udit Singhal (18) named by UN to 2020 cohort of young leaders for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) by UN; is founder of Delhi-based Glass2Sand
  • Ayurvedic specialist P. R. Krishna Kumar (68) dies in Coimbatore; awarded Padma Shri in 2009
  • Ashok Gasti, BJP Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, dies at 55
  • Fashion designer Sharbari Dutta (63) dies in Kolkata
Economy & Corporate
  • Lok Sabha passes Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020
  • Lok Sabha passes Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
  • Rajya Sabha passes Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Central Council to regulate homoeopathic education and practice
  • Rajya Sabha passes Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Indian medicine system includes Ayurveda, yoga, and naturopathy
  • India amends govt procurement norms: reciprocal participation, local content requirements upped
  • FDI limit in defence sector increased from 49% to 74% under automatic route & beyond 74% through govt. route
  • Foreign exchange reserves at USD 541.660 billion in the week ended September 11
  • Kia Motors India launches SUV Sonet priced between Rs 6.71-11.99 lakh
World
  • Pakistan: Gilgit-Baltistan to be elevated to full-fledged province
  • Former U.S. President Barack Obama announces ‘A Promised Land’ as title of his forthcoming memoirs in November
  • Global economic recovery may take five years: World Bank chief economist Carmen Reinhart
  • Winston Groom, who wrote ‘Forrest Gump’ that was made into a Tom Hanks-starrer, passes away at 77
  • First International Equal Pay Day celebrated on September 18; seeks to end gender pay gap
  • World Bamboo Day observed on September 18.

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