Daily Current Affairs 09 Nov 2020

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FASTags made mandatory to all four wheelers from January 1, 2021

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made FASTags mandatory for all four-wheelers from January 1, 2021. The ministry released an official notification regarding this on November 6 and also clarified that it will be applicable to old vehicles also. As per the notification, it is a major step towards online payment at toll centres.

National Saffron Mission extended to North East

Saffron Production under the National Saffron Mission that was so far confined to Kashmir is now to be implemented in the North East. The plants are to be transported from Kashmir to Sikkim.

Right to Recall Panchayat Member Bill of Haryana: Key Facts

The Haryana Government passed a bill on November 6 which provides a right to recall an elected member of Panchayati Raj Institutions if they fail to perform their duties well. The state government also provided 50% reservation to women in these bodies.

First Solar based Integrated Multi Village Water Supply Project inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh

Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat launched the country’s first solar-based Integrated Multi-Village Water Supply Project (IMVWSP) in Arunachal Pradesh. While dedicating the project, Shekhawat said that the project is as per the vision of PM Modi for the utilization of multiple resources. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu was also present at the event.

Pema Khandu also launched the “Arunachal Jal Sankalp” programme in this event. This is a state-government programme to supplement Jal Jeevan Mission.

Ministry of Shipping renamed to Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has renamed the Ministry of Shipping to Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways on November 8, 2020. PM Modi announced the renaming of the ministry at the inaugural virtual event of Ro-Pax terminal at Surat’s Hazira. He also flagged-off the Ro-Pax ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha in Gujarat in the event. This ferry service between Hazira and Ghogha will reduce the distance of 370 km to 90 km by seat route. Also, the journey time is now reduced to 3-4 hours from 10-12 hours earlier.

Joe Biden announces 12-member COVID-19 Task Force under Vivek Murthy

On November 8, 2020, the US President Joe Biden announced a 12-member Task Force to deal with COVID-19 in the United States of America.

4th India-Philippines Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation

The 4th India- Philippines Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation was held virtually on November 6. The meeting was co- chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Teodoro Locsin Jr, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Philippines.

PM Modi inaugurates development projects in Varanasi

On November 9, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  inaugurated various development projects in Varanasi through video conferencing. The total cost of these projects is Rs 614 crores.

First Hyperloop Passenger ride successful

The Virgin Hyperloop that plans to connect Mumbai and Pune in 25 minutes has conducted its first successful passenger ride. The test was conducted in Las Vegas.

Himachal Pradesh anti-conversion law: Key Facts

The recent murder in Faridabad’s Ballabhgarh has again ignited discussions over the forced religious conversions.  In the last few years, it is a topic of major debate that girls of a particular community are forced to convert their religion and there is a need to curb it. After the murder of a girl in broad daylight, Haryana’s Home Minister Anil Vij has highlighted that the state government is looking over the possibility of making a new law for forced conversions. Not only this, but Vij has also sought information about a similar law already in place in Himachal Pradesh- Anti Conversion Law.

Fifteenth Finance Commission Report: Key Highlights

The Fifteenth Finance Commission headed by N K Singh is to submit its report the President of India.

The recommendations made by the commission are as follows

  • The Commission has recommended that the states shall get 41% of central tax revenues. Earlier, the fourteenth Finance Commission had recommended 42%.
  • 4.3 lakh crores for the local governments
  • Rs 1 lakh grant to health care
  • Rs 2.9 lakh crores of revenue deficit grants to 17 states.
  • The commission have recommended the states to keep aside at least 8% of their budget for building health care capacities.

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