Current Affairs – August, 2020

Supreme Court issues notice to GoI on PIL to identify minorities at State Level

On August 28, 2020, the Union Government sought a response from the Central Government on Public Interest Litigation seeking directions to frame guidelines in identifying minorities at state level. What does the PIL say? The National Commission for Minority Education Institution Act, 2004 does not identify minorities at state level. It identifies the minorities only Read More…

Punjab passes resolution against farm ordinances

On August 28, 2020, the Punjab Government passed a resolution against the farm ordinances of the central government. Ordinances In June 2020, the Union Government of India had issued three ordinances as follows Farmers’ Produce Ordinance, 2020 Farmers Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 Essential Commodities Ordinance, 2020 Farmer Produce Ordinance, 2020 Read More…

Chunauti: Next Generation Start Up Challenge contest

On August 28, 2020, the Government of India launched “Chunauti”, the next generation start up challenge contest. Around 300 start ups working in select areas are to be identified and provided with seed fund up to Rs 25 lakhs. Highlights The challenge is launched with a special focus on Tier-II towns. Chunauti is Challenge Hunt Read More…

14th India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue

On August 28, 2020, the India-Singapore Defence Policy Dialogue was held in video conference. The countries agreed to discuss number of issues of bilateral defence engagements. They agreed to enhance the security partnership. Highlights The HADR agreement was signed between the countries during the dialogue. HADR is Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief. Defence Cooperation India Read More…

United Nations to renew, reduce Lebanon Peace Keeping Forces

On August 28, 2020, the United Nations announced that it will reduce the peace keeping forces in Lebanon for another year. Also, it will reduce the number of troops Highlights The UN Interim Force in Lebanon was established in 1978. It patrols the southern border of Lebanon known as Blue Line. The Blue Line runs Read More…