Top GKToday’s News Headlines-9 July 2020

Here are the Top GKToday’s News Headlines-9 July 2020

INDIA

  • COVID-19: Navy’s Operation Samudra Setu to bring back Indians stranded abroad concluded
  • New diplomats: David Pine, High Commissioner of New Zealand, Philip Barton, High Commissioner of UK, Akhatov Dilshod Khamidovich, Ambassador of Uzbekistan
  • Veteran actor-comedian Jagdeep, Sholay’s Soorma Bhopali, passes away at 81
  • PM to deliver inaugural address virtual conference ‘India Global Week 2020’ in UK; theme: ‘Be The Revival: India and a Better New World’

PMGKAY

  • Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana for allocation of additional foodgrain extended for 5 months till November
  • Rice/wheat at the scale of 5 kg per person per month is provided being to beneficiaries covered under NFSA (National Food Security Act), 2013
  • Free distribution of whole Chana @ 1kg per month will also be done

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

  • Govt. to continue paying employers and employees’ EPF contributions for 3 months until August; benefit already given for March-May
  • Govt. to develop ARHCs (Affordable rental housing Complexes) for urban migrants/poor as a sub-scheme under PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana)
  • Cabinet approves Rs 12,450 crore capital infusion in PSU General Insurance Companies – Oriental Insurance, National Insurance and United India Insurance
  • Cabinet approves Central Sector Scheme of financing facility under ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’
  • Govt. extends time limit for availing of free gas refill by Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries by 3 months from July 1
  • MoU between CBDT and SEBI signed for data exchange on an automatic and regular basis
  • Govt. extends tenure of NCLAT’s (National Company Law Appellate Tribunal) acting chairperson Justice B. L. Bhat by 3 months
  • Govt. asks ecommerce companies to display products’ country of origin by August 1
  • KVIC begins online sale of Khadi Face Masks; cotton Rs 30, silk Rs 100
  • General and health insurers can offer cover for more than ₹5 lakh under Arogya Sanjeevani: IRDAI
  • NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies) launches NASSCOM Launchpad to trade between India and US
  • Nirav Modi case: Assets worth over ₹329 crore confiscated under Fugitive Economic Offenders Act
  • Facebook’s photo sharing app Instagram launches short video format Reels in India

WORLD

  • WHO acknowledges “evidence emerging” of airborne spread of novel coronavirus
  • U.S. Govt. announces visa restrictions for Chinese officials under the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act
  • Russia asks metals company Norilsk Nickel to pay $2 billion in damages for spilling 21,000 tonnes of diesel in the Arctic in May
  • Ivory Coast PM, presidential candidate Amadou Coulibaly dies at the age of 61
  • UN observing Virtual Counter-Terrorism Week from July 6 to 10

SPORTS

  • BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announces cancellation of Asia Cup scheduled for September

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