Top GKToday’s News Headlines-18 March 2020

Here are Top GKToday’s News Headlines for 18 March, 2020

INDIA

  • Lok Sabha passes the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020; upper limit for permitting abortions extended from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks for “special categories of women”
  • SC asks the Centre to consider granting permanent commission (PC) to women officers in Indian Navy within three months
  • 25,782 people belonging to minority communities in Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan granted Long Term Visa (LTV) in last five years: Govt.
  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari presents copy of the book — ‘Invincible – A Tribute to Manohar Parrikar’ — to President
  • ‘My Encounters in Parliament’, book authored by Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Bhalchandra Mungekar, released
  • Former Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani appointed as the Chairman of APTDC (Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation)
  • Ajay Kumar appointed as India’s next High Commissioner to Uganda
  • Veteran journalist & former Rajya Sabha member Patil Puttappa dies in Hubli at 99
  • Coronavirus outbreak: Central Railway and Western Railway hike platform ticket price to Rs 50

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • 30-share BSE Sensex slipped 811 points or 2.58% to end at 30,579
  • 50-share NSE Nifty settled at 8,967 points, down 230 points or 2.5%
  • RBI to regulate activities of payment aggregators (PAs) who are entities that facilitate e-commerce sites and merchants to accept various payment instruments from the customers for completion of their payment obligations
  • Lok Sabha passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 giving statutory status to regulatory institutions such as DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), BCAS (Bureau of Civil Aviation Security) and AAIB (Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau)
  • Moody’s Investors Service lowers India’s GDP growth forecast for 2020 calendar year to 5.3%
  • Microsoft India and NASSCOM Foundation launch Innovate for Accessible India campaign aimed at empowering people with disabilities

WORLD

  • Singapore to host World Cities Summit on July 5-9; theme: ‘Liveable and Sustainable Cities: Adapting to a Disrupted World’.
  • Iraq: President Barham Saleh names Adnan Zurfi as the new Prime Minister

SPORTS

  • Spanish football coach Francisco Garcia dies at 21 after contracting coronavirus

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