Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 28 September, 2020

Daily news will speed up the preparation for the Civil Services Examination and it also plays a crucial role to grasp the current affairs topic comprehensively. Here we have covered most of the topics related to various categories including National, International, Sports, Science and Technology, and so on.

1. Destination North East-2020

– Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah inaugurated the “Destination North East -2020” through video conferencing on 27 September, 2020.

– It’s purpose is to introduce various cultures of the country to each other along with the tourist destinations of the North East.

– Peace within the North East is extremely important for the economic development, promotion of tourism and employment in the region.

– For Destination North East 2020, the theme is “The Emerging Delightful Destinations” which speaks of the tourism destinations emerging stronger and more attractive when the Sector picks up momentum.

– It’ll run till 30 September. The four-day programme will feature Audio-Visual presentation of the tourist spots of the states and therefore the region, messages from state icons and achievers, introduction to prominent local entrepreneurs and virtual exhibition of handicraft/ traditional fashion/ & local products.

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2. 193rd Gunners Day

– 28 September is observed as the Gunners Day annually.

– On this day in 1827 Five (Bombay) Mountain Battery equipped with 2.5-inch Guns was raised. Presently it forms part of 57 Field Regiment.

– The regiment boasts of one Victoria Cross, one Distinguished Service Order, 15 Military Crosses during the pre-independence era and one Ashok Chakra, seven Maha Vir Chakras, nine Kirti Chakras, 101 Vir Chakras, 63 Shaurya Chakras, six Bar to Sena Medal, 485 Sena Medals besides many other decorations.

– The role of Bofors in Kargil conflict also established beyond doubt that Artillery firepower plays a defining role in achieving victory in the modern battlefield.

– Gunners motto is, “Sarvatra Izzat-O-Iqbal – Everywhere with Honour and Glory”.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 26 September, 2020

3. World Tourism Day

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan addressed a virtual meet on 27 September along with Minister of State (I/c) for Tourism Shri Prahlad Singh Patel.

– The theme of the day is “Tourism and rural development”. United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has designated 2020 as the Year of Tourism and Rural Development. This Year is an opportunity to promote the potential of tourism to create jobs and opportunities.

– Minister Pradhan commended the Ministry of Tourism for its novel initiative ‘DekhoApnaDesh’ that promotes and encourages local heritage and tourist sites.

– Minister Pradhan called for weaving sustainability with tourism and collaborating to switch prime tourist cities to 100% clean fuels, which can further help protect our monuments and ensure a cleaner environment for the tourists.

– During the event SAATHI Application was launched by the chief guest Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

SAATHI is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism with Quality Council of India to help the hospitality industry to continue to operate safely and thereby instil confidence among the staff, employees and therefore the guests about the safety of the hotel or unit. Shri Pradhan also launched a film ‘Pathik’. It is an initiative on Incredible India Tourist Facilitators Certification Programme (IITFC) and an ICPB MICE Promotional film.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 25 September, 2020

4. Domestic Systemically Important Insurers

– The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), General Insurance Corporation of India and The New India Assurance Co have been identified as Domestic Systemically Important Insurers (D-SIIs) for 2020-21 by the insurance regulator, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI).

– On a yearly basis, the IRDAI would identify D-Skilla and disclose the names of such insurers for public information.

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5. National Medical Commission

The National Medical Commission (NMC) has been established by the Union government along with four other autonomous boards while abolishing the MCI.

– The four autonomous boards are:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education Board.
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Board.
  • Medical Assessment and Rating Board.
  • Ethics and Medical Registration Board.

– These boards are constituted to assist the NMC in day-to-day functioning.

Daily Gist of ‘The Hindu’, ‘PIB’, ‘Indian Express’ and Other Newspapers: 24 September, 2020

6. Retrospective Taxation by India

– In a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague has ruled that:

  • India’s retrospective demand of Rs 22,100 crore as capital gains and withholding tax imposed on Vodafone for a 2007 deal was “in breach of the guarantee of fair and equitable treatment”.
  • India should not pursue the tax demand any more against Vodafone Group.

7. Phase-II of FAME India Scheme

– Under Phase-II of FAME India Scheme, the Government of India has sanctioned 670 Electric buses within the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat and Chandigarh and 241 Charging Stations in Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Gujarat and Port Blair.

– FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan and therefore the main thrust of the scheme is to encourage electric vehicles by providing subsidies.

– The FAME India Scheme is aimed towards incentivising all vehicle segments.

– Two phases of the scheme:

Phase I: started in 2015 and was completed on 31st March, 2019

Phase II: started from April, 2019, are going to be completed by 31st March, 2022.

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