Current Affairs

ALL News Headlines 2019 December 1ST

Onion: State-owned trading firm MMTC, which is importing onion on the behalf of the Centre, has placed an order of 11,000 tonnes of edible bulb from Turkey as part of its efforts to boost domestic supply and ease soaring prices.This is the second import order placed by the MMTC. The public sector firm is already importing 6,090 tonnes from Egypt.

Maharashtra CM: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday taunted former CM Devendra Fadnavis over the latter’s impassioned pre-poll ‘Me punha yein’ (I will return) assertion which had evoked many social media memes. Thackeray was speaking after Fadnavis, leader of state Bharatiya Janata Party legislature unit, was named the new Leader of Opposition in the House by Speaker Nana Patole.

Job in Maharashtra: Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari on Sunday said the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is concerned over unemployment and it will enact a law to ensure 80 per cent reservation in private sector jobs for the ‘sons of the soil’.Koshyari made the announcement while addressing the joint sitting of the state legislature at Vidhan Bhawan in which he laid out the new government’s broader agenda for the coming years.

Nirvaya Rape Case: The Delhi government has ‘strongly recommended’ to reject the mercy petition filed by one of the 2012 Nirbhaya murder case convicts, sources said on Sunday. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain has sent the file to Lt Governor Anil Baijal with Arvind Kejriwal government’s recommendations in the case, they told PTI.Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts facing the gallows in the gang rape and murder case of a 23-year-old paramedic student, had filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind. On October 29, Tihar Jail authorities had given seven days to the four convicts to file mercy petitions before the President of India, saying they have “exhausted” all other legal remedies. Out of the four, only Sharma filed a petition, which was forwarded to the Delhi government.

Telangana Rape Case: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Sunday ordered setting up of a fast-track court for expeditious trial in the case of rape and murder of a woman veterinarian near Hyderabad and assured all necessary help to her family. In his first public statement since the incident, Rao also described the rape and murder of the 25-year old woman by four men as ‘ghastly’ and expressed his deep anguish.

Tamil Power in Lanka: DMK president M K Stalin expressed shock at Sri Lankan president’s cold response to demands for devolution of political powers to the island nation’s Tamil minority in his recent media interviews and promise to instead focus on the development of areas inhabited by them. “Rajapaksa had said that giving political powers to Tamils is not his priority. He further stated that the majority Sinhalese are against the devolution of political powers for Tamils. The Sri Lankan president’s statement has come as a shock for me,” Stalin said in a statement.

Japan on Kashmir: Japan on Sunday called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue through dialogue in view of the long-standing differences of views on the region. A day after India and Japan held the first combined dialogue of their defence and foreign ministers, popularly known as the 2+2 dialogue, Japanese foreign ministry spokesperson Atsushi Kaifu told reporters here there wasn’t a detailed discussion on the Kashmir issue during the talks.

Kartarpur: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday said Pakistan Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid’s disclosure that the Kartarpur Corridor was the brainchild of their Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had exposed Islamabad’s nefarious intent behind the initiative.

Reliance Jio:  After Vodafone-Idea and Airtel, Reliance Jio has announced it will soon introduce new all-in-one plans. The revised all-in-one plans will come into effect on December 6, 2019. Reliance Jio in its release said that new all-in-one plans will come with unlimited voice and data. The plans will also feature a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks.

GST: GST collections crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark after a gap of three months in November, growing by 6 per cent to Rs 1.03 lakh crore aided by festival demand. The GST collection stood at Rs 97,637 crore in the same month last year while revenue collection-crosses-rs-1-lakh-cr-in-November 2019.

e-Commence: Traders’ body CAIT on Sunday lashed out at e-commerce majors Amazon and Flipkart, calling them “economic terrorists”, and demanded that the government take action against them for alleged violation of FDI policy norms. However, a Flipkart spokesperson vehemently denied the allegations and said the company operates through a marketplace model in India and is fully compliant with all the laws of the country, including all FDI regulations.

France: French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that European nations should be involved in any talks to forge a new pact limiting mid-range nuclear missiles held by the US and Russia, after a landmark Cold War-era accord fell apart this year. “We cannot just content ourselves with bilateral treaties,” Macron said after talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Paris.

China: Industrial activities in China unexpectedly returned to growth in November for the first time in seven months, as domestic demand picked up on Beijing’s accelerated stimulus measures to steady growth. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) bounced back to 50.2 in November, it’s highest since March, China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Saturday, above the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis.