3rd November: Today’s News Headlines

Here are Today’s News Headlines 3rd November, 2020

India

Vigilance Awareness Week, 2020

The Vigilance Awareness Week was observed by the Central Vigilance Commission between October 27 and November 2. Theme: ‘Vigilant India, Prosperous India’.

Uttar Pradesh: Minister Hardeep Singh Puri & 9 others elected to Rajya Sabha

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and nine others were elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Uttar Pradesh. Of these candidates, Eight were from BJP while one each were from the Samajwadi Party and the BSP.

NGT issues notice to GoI to ban fire Crackers

On November 2, 2020, the National Green Tribunal issued notice to Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and four state governments to ban fire crackers between November 7 and November 30

India’s 1st solar-powered miniature train launched in Kerala

The first solar energy driven train was launched in Kerala by CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Novwmber 2, 2020. The train is first of its kind in the country.

Economy & Corporate

Centre extends Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme till the end of November

The GoI extended the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) till November 30.  So far Rs 3 lakh crore has been sanctioned under the scheme. The scheme was Announced as part of the Atma Nirbhar Baharat. The main objective of the scheme is to support the MSMEs.

Business sentiment increases during July-September: NCAER

The NCAER (National Council for Applied Economic Research) survey says that the Business sentiment in the country has increased by 41% between July and September. The sentiment was at a record low in the previous quarter. The Business Confidence Index (BCI) based on the Business Expectation Survey increased to 65.5 in the second quarter. It dropped down to 46.4 in the first quarter.

MSME Credit Health Index launched by TransUnion CIBIL, MoSPI

The TransUnion CIBIL and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation launched the MSME Credit Health Index to provide a measure of the growth and strength of the MSME sector in India. The index provides a numeric indicator for benchmarking the health of the MSME sector to the policy makers, lenders and MSME market participants,

Tamil Nadu grants 100% vehicle tax waiver to Electric Vehicles

The State Government of Tamil Nadu has granted 100% motor vehicle tax exemption for battery-operated vehicles (Electric Vehicles).

World

Priyanca Radhakrishnan: Frst-ever Indian-origin minister of New Nealand

On November 2, 2020, Priyanca Radhakrishnan (41) was appointed as the first-ever Indian-origin minister of New Zealand by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She was appointed as the Minister for the Community & Voluntary Sector and Minister for Diversity, Inclusion & Ethnic Communities.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists observed: Nov 2

On November 2, 2020, the United Nations observed the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. The day is observed to promote a safe environment for journalists to help them deliver their work independently without interferences.

Sports

Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Italy

On November 1, 2020, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in Italy. The second prize was won by another Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. A Red Bull driver, Daniel Ricciardo, won the third prize. Mercedes won the 2020 constructors’ championship.

Rutuja Bhosale wins women’s singles title at $15,000 ITF women’s tennis

On November 1, 2020, India’s Rutuja Bhosale won the women’s singles title at the $15,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament. The tournament was held at Sharm El Sheikh. She beat Anna Siskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 7-5 in the final to win the title.

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