Current Affairs – 2020

Gujarat Announces New subsidy schemes for e-Vehicles

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced a scheme for e-Vehicles. This would encourage the use of battery-operated two-wheelers and three-wheelers in the state. The announcement was made to curb the air pollution in Gujarat. ContentsKey FactsPartnering with the climate change Key Facts Government would provide a subsidy of 12,000 rupees to students who are Read More…

Indian Railways to Levy User Fee at Major Stations

The railway board has announced that it will soon start charging a token user fee. The user fee will be charged from the passengers who will take trains from the busy stations. The decision by the Railways will slightly increase the total fare of the tickets. ContentsKey factsDetails regarding the feeStations selected for charging the Read More…

Union Government Approved Amendment to FDI Policy in Defence Sector

The union Government of India have approved Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of 74%. This FDI has been allowed under the automatic route in defence sector. This will attract more overseas investors in the defence industry. This announcement was made by the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) ContentsBackgroundWhat has changed now?Other reforms Read More…

India- Pakistan to meet in SAARC Virtual meeting On September 24, 2020

External Affairs Minister (EAM) of India and Pakistan Foreign Minister (PFM) are expected to meet at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meeting via videoconference on September 24. The announcement has been made days after India-Pakistan tensions that had spilled into a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). ContentsKey FactsWhat was the Read More…

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal Resigns

The Union Food Processing Industries Minister Shrimati Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned on September 17, 2020. Her resignation was to showcase her protest against the three farm sector bills that was introduced to reform the agriculture sector. The President of India Ramnath Govind has accepted her resignation on the advice of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Read More…

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

On 14th September 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 was introduced in Lok Sabha by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on September 17, 2020. The bill is aimed Read More…

Global Smart City Index 2020

The Institute for Management Development (IMD) along with Singapore University have released the Smart City index for the year 2020 on September 17. The report highlights that the Indian cities have declined in their technological updates. ContentsKey FactsKey findings of the reportWorld ScenarioWhy Indian cities have dropped?Smart City indexSmart City Key Facts Smart City index Read More…

Government tells SC to Regulate Digital Media

The Union government have initiated in the Supreme Court (SC) that SC should first frame the guidelines to regulate the digital media. The government said that there is a need to draw the line between “freedom of journalism” and “responsible journalism” for digital media first instead of the electronic and print media. ContentsWhat Is the Read More…