Current Affairs in Short: 29 September 2020
India has protested Pakistan’s announcement of elections in "Gilgit-Baltistan” Legislative Assembly.
India protests announcement of Elections by Pakistan in Gilgit Baltistan
• India has protested Pakistan’s announcement of elections in "Gilgit-Baltistan” Legislative Assembly. The Indian External Affairs Ministry reiterated on September 29 that Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, including the areas of so-called Gilgit and Baltistan, are an integral part of India by virtue of its accession in 1947.
• The Ministry stated that Pakistan has no locus standi on the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by it. India also completely rejected the recent actions such as the so-called "Gilgit-Baltistan (Elections and Caretaker Government) Amendment Order 2020” and continued attempts by the Pakistani government to bring material changes in areas under its illegal occupation.
• India stated that such actions can neither hide the illegal occupation of parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh by Pakistan nor the grave human rights violations, exploitation and denial of freedom to the people residing in Pak occupied territories for the past seven decades.
• India has called upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation.
EC announces bye poll schedule for one LS seat in Bihar, 56 assembly constituency in other states
• The Election Commission announced the bye poll schedule for one Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and 56 assembly constituencies in the other 11 states on September 29, 2020.
• The voting for the one LS seat- Valmiki Nagar Lok Sabha seat in Bihar and two assembly seats in Manipur will be held on November 7. The result will be announced on November 10.
• The voting for 54 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat,Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Nagaland will take place on November 3, 2020.
• The Commission, however, did not announce the schedule for by-elections in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The decision was taken after receiving inputs of expressing difficulties in the conduct of elections and issues related to it from Chief Secretaries and Chief Electoral Officers from these states.
India to study Vodafone Group arbitration case award
• The Indian Government stated recently that it will study the arbitration case award in Vodafone International Holding BV.
• The Government will be studying the award and all its aspects carefully in consultation with its counsels and following this, the Government will consider all options and take a decision on its future course of action including legal remedies before the appropriate forum.
• The award in the arbitration case invoked by Vodafone International Holding BV against the Indian Government was passed on September 25th by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.
World Heart Day observed
• World Heart Day was observed across the globe on September 29, 2020. The day aims to focus on drawing people’s attention to heart ailments and a whole range of associated health issues.
• This initiative was first launched in 2000 by the World Heart Federation as an annual event. Ever since, the day is observed annually on September 29th.
• World Heart Day is commemorated to promote different preventive steps and changes in lifestyle to avoid any cardiovascular diseases, like heart attack, stroke, heart failure and any other condition related to the same. On average, more than 17 million people die from heat-related illnesses every year.
• There are several ways one can be more attentive to their heart health, like partaking in physical exercises, stopping smoking, quitting alcohol and starting eating a healthy diet. It is also advisable for every individual to have their heart, blood pressure and cholesterol checked frequently.
Power Finance Corporation signs MoU with Power Ministry
• The Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) signed a performance-based Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Power detailing various targets to be achieved by PFC during FY 2020-21.
• The agreement was signed by Power Secretary Sanjiv Nandan Sahai and CMD of PFC RS Dhillon in the presence of senior officials of the Ministry of Power and PFC.
• The Indian Government has set an ambitious revenue target of Rs 36000 crore along with various performance-related parameters such as Operating Profit as a percentage of Revenue from Operation, PAT as a percentage of Average Net Worth and Non-financial parameters namely IPDS-related parameters.
• The Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC) has been delivering exemplary performance from the past years and the ratings from the Indian Government stand testimony to the performance.