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Daily NEWS Summary: 26.09.2020

Reforms are the need of the moment, Prime Minister Modi said in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that United Nations reform is the need of the moment. “How long will India be kept out of the UN decision-making structures?” He asked.

  • Modi also raised questions about the UN’s response in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and assured the global community that India will use its production and delivery capacity to help all humanity in the fight against deadly disease.
  • “For 8 to 9 months, the whole world has been fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Where is the United Nations in this common fight against the pandemic? Where is your effective response? Modi said in asserting that reform in the responses, in the processes and in the very character of the UN is the need of the moment.
  • In his pre-recorded video statement for the historic general debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Modi said that even in these difficult times of the pandemic, India’s pharmaceutical industry has shipped essential drugs to more than 150 country. .
  • The Prime Minister’s comments that questioned the UN’s effectiveness in tackling the pandemic came amid strong criticism of the World Health Organization (WHO) by US President Donald Trump, who alleged this week that the world’s leading health agency was virtually controlled by China.
  • Modi told the 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly that in and around India, “we are moving forward with phase 3 clinical trials.” In addition, he assured that India will also help all countries to improve their cold chain and storage capacities for delivery.
  • This year’s United Nations High-level General Assembly is taking place in a largely virtual format, as world leaders have not traveled to New York for the annual meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Modi talks with Rajapaksa, launches in favor of the decentralization of powers to minority Tamils

India launched on Saturday in favor of the decentralization of powers by the Sri Lankan government to minority Tamils ​​on the island. The issue featured prominently at a virtual bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa.

  • During the talks, Modi stressed the need to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution, saying it is essential for the peace and reconciliation process.
  • The Thirteenth Amendment provides for the transfer of powers to the Tamil community in the neighboring country.
  • India pressured Sri Lanka to implement the Thirteenth Amendment, which was introduced after the 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan agreement which provided for the transfer of power to the Tamils.
  • The two leaders also deliberated on a variety of key issues, including ways to deepen defense and security ties, as well as trade and investment cooperation.

Renowned economist Judge Ahluwalia Isher dies at 74

Renowned economist and Padma Bhushan laureate Dr Isher, Judge Ahluwalia, who had worked extensively on issues related to urbanization and education, has passed away Saturday in the nation’s capital.

  • Affectionately nicknamed Isher by colleagues and friends, the 74-year-old, married to former vice-chairman of the former planning commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, has been battling cancer for ten months.
  • His passing comes just over a month after stepping down as chairman of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), which it is credited with transforming into a research institution to be reckoned with.
  • Dr Ahluwalia was President of ICRIER for 15 years until she resigned due to declining health. Previously, she was the director and executive director of the think tank since 1998.
  • Ms. Ahluwalia, recipient of the Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2009 for her services in the field of education and literature, had also led a high-level expert group on urban infrastructure and services for the Center. .

Nadda announces a new team of BJP national office members

BJP President J.P. Nadda announced a new team of members of the party’s national office on Saturday. The list of eight general secretaries, a crucial position in the party organization as they are the link between the state and the central leadership, has five new faces, with Bhupender Yadav, Arun Singh and Kailash Vijayvargiya.

  • However, Ram Madhav, P Muralidhar Rao, Saroj Pandey and Anil Jain have been replaced by new faces. Dushyant Kumar Gautam, D Purandareshwari, C T Ravi, Tarun Chugh and Dilip Saikia are the new options as general secretaries.
  • Tejasvi Surya was appointed youth wing chairman in place of Poonam Mahajan. The party also expanded its list of spokespersons to 23, and Deputy Anil Baluni was elevated to main spokesperson while remaining at the forefront of the media.

NCB interrogated Deepika Padukone for more than five hours

Actor Deepika Padukone was interrogated on Saturday in Mumbai for more than five hours by the Narcotics Control Office (NCB) investigating an alleged link between Bollywood and drugs in the death case of film star Sushant Singh Rajput, an official said. Padukone was confronted by her manager Karishma Prakash during her questioning, according to sources.

  • Prakash’s WhatsApp chats, including alleged “D” drug talks, are on the drug agency’s radar. Padukone, who arrived at NCB’s guesthouse in Colaba in South Mumbai around 9:50 a.m., left around 3:50 p.m.
  • The NCB is also interviewing actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan separately in their office regarding the alleged drug connection.
  • The federal agency had earlier arrested actor Rhea Chakraborty, her brother Showik and some suspected drug traffickers. Apparently Deepika and Shraddha’s names were mentioned in WhatsApp chats on Rajput talent manager Jaya Saha’s phone.
  • Meanwhile, the Rajput family criticized the direction of the investigation, saying that ” the NCB investigation also goes in the same direction as the Mumbai police investigation.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India stood at 59,80,040 at the time of this news summary, with a death toll of 94,448.

  • India’s coronavirus vaccine would likely cost between $ 2 and $ 3 (Rs140-210), a highly trained official said on condition of anonymity. He also said that those who cannot afford the vaccine will get it for free, and the government is considering a mass program to make the vaccine widely available.
  • On Saturday, Adar Poonawalla, executive director of the Serum Institute of India (SII), tweeted that expenses related to delivering the vaccine could cost the government rupees. 80k crore rupees, which is roughly equal to 600 rupees per person for 130 million Indian rupees. Quick question: Will the Indian government have Rs 80 billion next year? Because that’s what @MoHFW_INDIA needs, to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India. It is the next challenge we face, ”he tweeted.

The Union Ministry of Education, in an affidavit filed with the Supreme Court, lobbied for the “mother tongue” to be the language of instruction in schools, saying that the goal of the national education policy should promote the ” multilingualism “and the use of the term” at home ” language “as a mode of instruction.

  • This would close the gap between the intelligentsia and the masses, he said. The affidavit was presented in an appeal by the Andhra Pradesh government against a High Court ruling that overturned its order to make English a language. mandatory instruction in public schools.
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