Current Affairs - September, 2020

Russia to sell COVID-19 vaccines to India

On September 16, 2020, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund agreed to supply 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik-V to an Indian drug company Dr Reddy’s Laboratories. The deal has been finalized after the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reached agreements with the Indian manufacturer to produce 300 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to India. What Read More…

Facts Box: Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020

On September 16, 2020, Parliament passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 with approval from Rajya Sabha. The lower house, Lok Sabha had already passed the bill. Highlights The bill aims to establish an institute of teaching and research in Ayurveda. The institute is to be declared as an Institute of Read More…

September 16: World Ozone Day

The World Ozone Day is also called the International Day for the preservation of the ozone layer. The day is being celebrated since 1994. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed September 16 as World Ozone Day to commemorate the signing of Montreal protocol in 1987. The Protocol aims to reduce usage of substances that deplete Read More…

Facts Box: Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The Lok Sabha recently passed Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020. According to the amendment, the salaries of the parliamentarians are to be reduced by 30% for one year to mitigate fallout of disruptions that were created by COVID-19. Highlights The bill replaced the “Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) ordinance”, 2020. It Read More…

India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative group meeting held virtually

On September 16, 2020, the tenth Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) Group meeting was held virtually. The meeting is usually held twice a year alternating between India and US. For the first time, the group meeting has been held virtually. Highlights The initiative signed statement of intent to strengthen dialogue on defence technology cooperation. Read More…