Current Affairs

ALL News Headlines 2019 November 20TH

NATIONAL HEADLINES

CDS: India is all set to have a chief of defence staff by January as a high-level committee headed by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is wrapping up the groundwork to appoint the single-point military adviser to the government as suggested by the Kargil Review Committee in 1999

NRC: The National Register of Citizens process will be carried out across India, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday while making it clear that there would be no discrimination on the basis of religion.

PRITHVI: India successfully test-fired on Wednesday night its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-2 missile as part of a user trial by the army from a test range off Odisha coast, an official of the Interim Test Range said.

RAFALE: Three Rafale fighter jets have been handed over to the Indian Air Force and are being used to train IAF pilots and technicians in France, the government said on Wednesday.

ELECTORAL BOND: The State Bank of India has refused to disclose communication it got from the government or the Reserve Bank of India on electoral bonds, saying the information was personal and held in “fiduciary capacity”.

SIVA SENA DILEMA: Protesting against the change in his seating position in Rajya Sabha, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut Wednesday wrote to Chairman Venkaiah Naidu stating there was “no formal announcement” about Shiv Sena being removed from the NDA.


INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES

LANKA PM: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday named his elder brother and former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe announced his resignation from the post following the election debacle.

PAKISTAN: Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday responded to recent remarks by Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding the judiciary, saying it was the government that allowed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to travel abroad for medical treatment. In this occasion, he highlighted that a total of 3,100 judges and magistrates had decided 3.6 million cases last year.


 

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TELECOM: Providing relief to the country’s stressed telecom companies, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a two-year moratorium on payment of pending spectrum auction instalments for the years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

GOVT PROPERTIES ON SALE: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced that the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had given its in-principle approval to the sale of government stake in five Central public-sector enterprises (CPSEs) — Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), Shipping Corporation of India, Container Corporation of India, THDCIL, and NEEPCO.

SEBI: Markets regulator Sebi on Wednesday approved stricter disclosure norms for listed companies on loan defaults and revised its regulations for portfolio managers as well as for rights issue of shares. Sebi also extended the Business Responsibility Report (BRR) requirement to top 1,000 companies, from 500 currently.

ZEE ON SALE: The Subhash Chandra-led Essel Group will sell 16.5 per cent of its 22.37 per cent promoter stake in flagship firm Zee Entertainment (Zee), becoming a minority shareholder. However, the promoters will retain management control of Zee, the group said on Wednesday.