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2030 HRS
16.09.2020

2030 HRS.


16th September, 2020


THE HEADLINES:-


  • Lok Sabha passes Banking Regulation(Amendment) Bill; Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says, bill aims to protect depositors' money.

  • Government says, terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir reduced significantly after revocation of Article 370.

  • RBI assures industry of taking all necessary measures to ensure liquidity in the system and promote economic growth.

  • India registers highest single day COVID-19 recoveries of 82 thousand 961 people.

  • Yoshihide Suga sworn in as Japan's new Prime Minister.

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Lok Sabha passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 today. This Bill replaces the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance which was promulgated on 26th June this year. Speaking about the Bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it aims to protect depositors' money. The Minister said, it will help in safeguarding interest of the co-operative bank depositors' in the country. She also raised the issue of PMC bank and asserted that this bill will protect depositors’ interest in similar situations.


We are trying to bring this amendment in order to protect the depositors who in the last two years honourable members sir through you I wish to say would know that depositors in some unfortunate situations in banks or co-operative societies which are operating as banks, are put to hardships either because these banks have fallen into bad debts requiring therefore, the regulator to bring a moratorium or to solve the problem seems to consume all the time.


Ms. Sitharaman said that the current pandemic has adversely affected the financial health of co-operative banks. She informed that the financial health of 277 urban co-operative banks is in a poor condition. The Finance Minister added that out of these, 105 co-operative banks are unable to maintain even minimum regulatory balance whereas 47 have reported negative net worth. She said the amendments to section 3, 45 and 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, proposed in the current bill seeks to bring parity in terms of rules and regulations in co-operative banks as applicable in the commercial banks. The bill also enables the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make a scheme for reconstruction or amalgamation of co-operative banks to secure its proper management, and in the interest of depositors.


Allaying the apprehensions echoed by few members in the Lok Sabha regarding cooperative societies providing long term capitals for agriculture development and primary agricultural credit societies, the Minister said that the bill does not include them under its ambit. Congress, CPM and TMC members opposed the bill terming it as being against the federal structure of the country.


The Minister in her reply said that the bill pertains to a subject in the Union list and therefore did not require consultation with states, which she said, is only mandated for subjects in the concurrent list.

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Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today said, the government is working on setting up a single window system for clearances and approvals of industry. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Mr Goyal said, despite the presence of several IT platforms for investing in India such as in departments of the central government, and state single window clearances, investors have to visit multiple platforms to gather information and obtain clearances from different stakeholders. He also said the cell is being planned as a one-stop digital platform to obtain all requisite central and state clearances  and approvals to start business operations in the country.

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The Government has decided for release of advance grant to implementing agencies to run and maintain old age homes in view of ongoing covid Pandemic. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Rattan Lal Kataria said this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. He said, a total of over 83 crore rupees has already been released to the implementing agencies during 2020-21, till date.

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Trinamool Congress MP Pratima Mondal today raised the issue of insensitive media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death case during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha. After Speaker Om Birla turned down all adjournment motions; she raised the issue of coverage by certain media houses in the case. She asked for formulation of rules and guidelines in the country on reporting of suicide cases by the media.

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Parliament has passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 with Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill. The bill seeks to establish an Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda and declare it an Institute of National importance.


The bill also has the provision to merge three Ayurveda institutes situated at Jamnagar in Gujarat into one. The institutes are, the Institute of Post-Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences. The proposed Institute will be situated in the campus of Gujarat Ayurved University at Jamnagar.


Replying to discussion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, the government is committed to promote the ancient medicine system including Ayurveda. He said, Ayush Ministry has initiated the process to give deemed university status to all its national institutes.


Ayurveda and the Indian systems of medicines are concerned, this government is in full sync with the sentiments of the Upper House. The Ministry of Ayush has already initiated steps to grant deemed university status under de-novo category to all national institutes in the country under its control. The proposals are being submitted to the Ministry of Education & UGC.

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Terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced significantly after the revocation of Article 370 from the newly carved Union Territory. This was stated by the Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. He said, no major terror attack took place in the hinterland of the country from 5th of August 2019 to 9th of September 2020.


The Minister informed that a total number of 455 terrorist incidents have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir within 402 days prior to revocation of Article 370. He said, a total number of 211 terrorist incidents have been reported between 5th August 2019 to 9th September 2020.


Mr. Reddy said that the government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. He added that various measures have been taken by the government for strengthening the security apparatus and strict enforcement of law to effectively deal with the challenges posed by the terrorist organizations.

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Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das today assured the industry that the Central Bank will take all necessary measures to ensure liquidity in the system and promote economic growth.


Delivering a key-note address to the members of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FICCI ) at a webinar, Mr Das said, the economic recovery has not fully entrenched.


The recoveries however not yet fully etrenched and moreover in some sectors the uptake which was noticed in June and July they appeared to have levelled off.  By all indications the recovery is likely to be gradual as efforts towards re-opening of economy and confronted with rising injection.  The RBI stands battle ready and whatever measures are required will be taken up by the RBI.


Mr. Das stressed that the bank investments in commercial papers, bonds, debentures and shares of corporate bodies from April to August 2020 has increased by 5,615 crore rupees.


The Governor also assured the industry that RBI is carefully monitoring the evolving economic scenario and is battle ready to help the industry and businesses to come out of the COVID-19-induced crisis.

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Income Tax Department has issued refunds of over one lakh six thousand crore rupees to more than 30 lakh taxpayers between 1st April to 15th September this year. In a tweet, Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT said, Income tax refunds of 31 thousand 741 crore rupees have been issued in over 29 lakh cases and corporate tax refunds of 74 thousand 729 crore rupees have been issued in over one lakh 74 thousand cases.

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The Congress today questioned the measures taken by the government for containing the spread of Corona virus in the country and demanded that compensation must be given to migrant workers and poor who lost their lives during the lockdown. Participating in a discussion in Rajya Sabha on the statement given by Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on COVID-19 pandemic, Anand Sharma of Congress said, migrant workers and poor people have to face hardships due to unplanned lockdown. He said, government should inform the house about the rationale behind the sudden announcement of lockdown.


Derek O’Brien of TMC also questioned the government’s move related to the announcement of lockdown without consulting the states. Ravi Prakash Verma of Samajawadi Party, DMK's Tiruchi Siva, K. Keshav Rao of TRS and RJD's Manoj Jha also spoke on the situation arising out after the lockdown


Vinay Sahasrabuddhe of BJP listed out the several measures taken by the Central Government to provide relief to common people during lockdown and to protect their health. Prasanna Acharya of BJD and Swapan Dasgupta also participated in the discussion which remained inconclusive.


Yesterday, while making the statement in the Upper House, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India has been able to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic having lowest per million cases and per million deaths as compared to other affected countries.

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The country today registered the highest single day COVID-19 recoveries of 82 thousand 961 people. The Health Ministry said, the recovery rate of COVID-19 has further improved to 78.53 per cent. The total number of recoveries has reached to over 39 lakh 42 thousand. Maharashtra alone has contributed about 23.41 per cent of the total new recoveries today. 27 States and Union Territories are reporting recovery rate more than 70 per cent.


In the last 24 hours, more than 90 thousand new cases have been reported in the country. With more than 20 thousand new cases in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra is leading the tally. Currently, India’s Case Fatality Rate is at 1.63 per cent.

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A total of four thousand 473  fresh cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Delhi today taking the infection tally in the city to over two lakh 30 thousand. Delhi Government has said that over one lakh 94 thousand people affected with Coronavirus have been cured so far.


In the last 24 hours, 33 deaths were reported in the National Capital taking the toll to four thousand 839.

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In Assam, a 100 year old lady was discharged from hospital in Guwahati today after recovering from COVID-19. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a resident of Guwahati based old age home Mai Handique was undergoing treatment at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury hospital in Guwahati. Mr. Sarma said that with the support of doctors and sheer will power she defeated Covid-19.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) to the nation through video-conference on Friday. The dedication of the Kosi Rail Mahasetu is a watershed moment in the history of Bihar and the entire region connecting to the North East.


The Kosi Rail Mahasetu is 1.9 KM long and its construction cost is 516 Crore rupees. The project was completed during the COVID-pandemic where the migrant labour also participated. The dedication of this project will fulfil the 86 year old dream.


Apart from this, the Prime Minister will also inaugurate 12 rail projects related to passenger facilities for the benefit of the Bihar.

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International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer is being observed today. In a tweet, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, World Ozone Day is observed to create awareness related to climate change and ozone depletion. He asked people to look for ozone-friendly, HCFC free, energy-efficient appliances to minimize the Ozone layer impact.

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India has joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment, DCOC/JA, as Observer. The move came following the high level meeting of the Djibouti Code of Conduct/ Jeddah Amendment held virtually on 26th of August. DCOC/JA is a grouping on maritime matters comprising 18 member states adjoining the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, the East Coast of Africa and Island countries in the Indian Ocean Region. India has joined Japan, Norway, the UK and the US as Observers to the DCOC/JA.


The DCOC, established in January 2009, is aimed at repression of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Western Indian Ocean Region, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea. As an observer at the DCOC/JA, India is looking forward to working together with DCOC/JA member states towards coordinating and contributing to enhanced maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region.

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Yoshihide Suga has been sworn in as new Prime minister of Japan.  Emperor of Japan Naruhito ceremonially endorsed Suga at the Imperial Palace in line with constitutional requirements today. The 71-year-old veteran politician succeeded Shinzo Abe, who resigned due to health issues. Earlier in the day, the head of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Yoshihide Suga was formally elected as new Prime Minister following a vote in the country's Parliament.


The new Prime Minister has also formed a cabinet retaining  Finance Minister Taro Aso, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi. Of the Cabinet's 20 members, 15 had ministerial portfolios in the previous administration.  


Meanwhile, Health Minister Katsunobu Kato was chosen to succeed Yoshihide Suga as Chief Cabinet Secretary.

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NOW HERE IS A REVIEW OF PROCEEDINGS IN PARLIAMENT TODAY, FIRST FROM LOK SABHA.

 

The Lok Sabha today passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by voice vote. It replaces the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance which was promulgated on 26th June this year. Speaking about the Bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it will help in safeguarding interest of the co-operative bank depositors' in the country. She also raised the issue of PMC bank and asserted that this bill will protect depositors’ interest in similar situations. Ms. Sitharaman said that the current pandemic has adversely affected the financial health of co-operative banks which were already facing financial crunch. She said that the financial health of 277 urban co-operative banks is in a poor condition. The Finance Minister added that out of these 105 co-operative banks are unable to maintain even minimum regulatory balance whereas 47 have reported negative net worth. She said the amendments to section 3, 45 and 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, proposed in the current bill seeks to bring parity in terms of rules and regulations in co-operative banks as applicable in the commercial banks. The bill also enables the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make a scheme for reconstruction or amalgamation of co-operative banks to secure its proper management, and in the interest of depositors. She allayed the apprehensions echoed by some members regarding cooperative societies providing long term capitals for agriculture development and primary agricultural credit societies.


Jayadev Galla of Telugu Desam Party supported the bill and asked the government to modernise the cooperative banks.


Tejasvi Surya of the BJP hailed the bill, saying it will help depositors many of whom are not members of the cooperative banks. A M Ariff of the CPI-M objected to the proposed law and accused the government of bypassing Parliament by bringing an ordinance.

 

During the Zero Hour, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress referred to the reported Chinese surveillance of important Indians and urged the Centre to build an impregnable firewall to deal with the digital aggression by the neighbouring country.

 

Mr. Chowdhury said Beijing has been behind the spread of novel corona virus, physical aggression in Ladakh and now digital aggression. He was referring to a media-report that a Shenzen-based firm with links to the Chinese government, is monitoring over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of foreign targets.

 

The Congress leader asked if the government is not aware of it and alleged that the national security is being targeted.

 

Mr. Chowdhury requested IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to build an impregnable firewall to resist what he described as the menacing syndrome. His party colleague Suresh Kodikunnil also raised the issue.


Bhartruhari Mahtab of the Biju Janata Dal demanded raising of royalty on minerals as it would help states to increase revenue.


Pratima Mondal of the Trinamool Congress raised the issue of what she said the heartless reporting on the death of Sushant Singh Rajput and sought government guidelines for the media to report on suicide cases.


Raising the matter in the Zero Hour, she said many countries have their own rules for the media for covering suicide cases or they follow WHO guidelines. She said the Centre should also come out with a national suicide helpline number.


As Lok Sabha proceedings began in the afternoon, Speaker Om Birla asked Parliamentary Affairs Minister to ensure that his Ministerial colleagues be present in the House when papers listed against their names are tabled.


Nishikant Dubey of the BJP spoke about, what he said, the Constitutional crisis in Jharkhand, accusing the state government of persisting with an acting DGP despite the UPSC and Union Home Ministry speaking against it. He said the Centre should impose President's Rule in the state if the Jharkhand government does not act as per the advice of the UPSC and Home Ministry. He alleged that heinous crimes have been increasing in the state. Locket Chatterjee of the BJP hit out at the West Bengal government over riots.


Amar Singh of the Congress raised the issue of farmers' protests against three proposed laws related to the agriculture sector, which have been tabled in Parliament. The government should listen to the farmers, he said.


BJP member Tejasvi Surya targeted the Left Government in Kerala, saying protestors have been subjected to brutal police action. The government in the state has used every public tragedy for its enrichment, he said, and also alleged a link between the Chief Minister and the gold smuggling case there.

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NOW REVIEW OF PROCEEDINGS IN RAJYA SABHA.


Parliament gave its seal of approval to the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 with the Rajya Sabha adopting it by voice vote today. The Lok Sabha adopted the same during the Budget Session. Participating in the discussion on the bill, members cutting across party lines, underlined the need for strengthening Ayurveda and the Indian medicine system for the welfare of the people. Several members pleaded with the government for setting up of Ayurveda hospitals in all the states. Some members highlighted the benefits of Homeopathy and Naturopathy while suggesting adequate financial support from the government. P. Bhattacharya of the Congress suggested the setting up of a National Homeopathy Helpline.


Earlier, as soon as the Rajya Sabha met this morning, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu administered the oath of office and affirmation to Mausam Noor of Trinamool Congress.


In the Zero Hour, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the matter of unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir. He said there has been no tourism, employment opportunities and no economic activities in the Union Territory since its status was downgraded 13 months ago.


Mr Azad said in Jammu and Kashmir, there was a self-help group of unemployed engineers and they had 5 per cent reservation in development works. Nearly 15,000 such engineers used to work through this from 2003, but four days ago the government has ended the self-help groups. Vandana Chavan of the NCP raised the issue of deprivation of a large portion of students in online education during the Covid pandemic. In this regard, she cited the suicide of a Class 10 student in Maharashtra as he did not have a phone. She urged the government to make the basic digital devices available to every student. Samajwadi Party MP Javed Ali Khan raised matter of low prices being given to wheat farmers. Chairman Mr. Naidu asked the government to look into the matter. Digvijay Singh of the Congress raised the matter of the increasing prices of oxygen during the COVID-19 pandemic and its shortage. Dr. Bhagwat Karad of the BJP, in his Zero Hour mention, said the rate of Oxygen cylinder should be uniform and regular supply should be there in the whole country. Nominated Member Swapan Dasgupta raised matter of vandalism at Viswa Bharati University in West Bengal and called for deployment of central forces.


Birendra Prasad Baishya of the Asom Gana Parishad raised the matter of gas leak at Baghjan that led to death of some people and environmental damage while K C Venugopal of the Congress raised the matter of privacy of Indians citing a newspaper report on a Chinese company making a database of 10,000 prominent people. Responding to this, Mr Naidu asked the government to look into the veracity of the matter. Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress referred to the National Education Policy and said poor children will have a disadvantage when they start school as there is no clear policy on Anganwadi teachers. Pratap Singh Bajwa of the Congress raised the matter of Punjabi language not being included in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir. Balwinder Singh Bhunder of the Shiromani Akali Dal said that Punjabi has been accepted in U.S., Canada, New Zealand but not in Jammu and Kashmir. 


Santanu Sen of the Trinamool Congress said Ayurveda institutes in other parts of the country are in poor conditions, but the government is focused on institutes in Gujarat only. Supporting the Bill, BJD MP Prashanta Nanda said that strengthening of Ayurveda will reduce government expenditure on healthcare. Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi party questioned the source of the funding for the institutes. M. Shanmugam of the DMK said that the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 will confer the tag of national importance to an institute. V. Vijayasai Reddy of YSR Congress party, supporting the Bill, said it is a part of the education reforms of the government. It will help creating trust and confidence in Ayurveda, he said. Mr. Thambi Durai of AIADMK said that there should be an institute of national importance in every state, not just Gujarat. He said the government has to promote Siddha, Unani and other systems. K.K. Rajesh of CPI(M) said Kerala should have been given an institute of national importance for Ayurveda. Binoy Viswam of CPI said that it is important to preserve the biodiversity and environmental integrity for proper development of Ayurveda. Dr. Subhash Chandra, Independent MP from Haryana, said farmers should be provided financial support to grow more medicinal plants.


Replying to the debate on the Bill, Health Minister said the Jamnagar institute had all the requisites for being declared an institute of national importance. He said right now there are 103 institutes of national importance, but none for Ayurveda.


Later, the Upper House took up discussion on Covid-19 pandemic on the statement made by Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan.

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The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 259 points to close at 39,303. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange also rose 83 points to settle at 11,605.


On the other hand, the broader market at BSE underperformed the Sensex. The Mid-cap added 0.21 per cent and Small-cap gained 0.44 per cent.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.


The National Capital Delhi will have partly cloudy sky. It will have a minimum temperature of 27 degrees Celsius and maximum of around 38 degrees.


In Mumbai, there will be generally cloudy sky with light rain. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius and the maximum will be around 32 degrees.


Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain . The temperature will hover between 26 and 32 degrees Celsius.


Kolkata will witness partly cloudy sky with possibility of moderate rain or Thunderstorm.  The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be around 28 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be 34 degrees.


On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 25 degrees Celsius in Jammu while the maximum will be around 36 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be around 12 degrees while the maximum will be 30 degrees. The city will have mainly clear sky.


Ladakh will have mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 9 and 26 degrees Celsius.


In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 13 and 28 degrees Celsius. It will have mainly clear sky.


In Muzzafarabad, there will be mainly clear sky. The temperature will hover between 18 and 35 degrees Celsius.


In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 25 and 33 degrees Celsius. The city will have partly cloudy sky with possibility of development of thunder lightning.


In Chandigarh, the sky will be partly cloudy. The minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 35 degrees.


In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature will be 22 degrees celsius while the maximum will be around 29 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with heavy rain.


The minimum temperature in Ahmedabad will be around 27 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature will be 34 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with light rain.


Patna will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees.


Guwahati will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature in the city will be 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

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