Top 10 Weekly Current Affairs: 12 October to 17 October 2020
The polling for the 2020 Rajya Sabha Elections for 11 seats will be held on November 9, 2020.
Union Minister of Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman, during a press conference on October 12, 2020 on economic issues. launched two scheme for the benefit of central government employees. These scheme are Cash Voucher scheme named Leave Travel Concession (LTC) and Special Festival Advance Scheme.
In a recent move, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA (Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority) has called for implementing “very poor” and “severe” category measures listed under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in Delhi NCR. These measures have come into effect from October 15, 2020 onwards.
The polling for the 2020 Rajya Sabha Elections for 11 seats will be held on November 9, 2020. The term of MPs of these 11 Rajya Sabha seats is set to expire on November 25. Considering this, the Election Commission has set November 11, 2020 as the deadline for completion of entire election process.
Johnson & Johnson firm has stopped the COVID-19 vaccine 'ENSEMBLE' clinical trials after a volunteer developed unexplained illness during the trials. The physicians and the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) are currently reviewing the illness of volunteer.
A Massive World War II bomb 'Tallboy' exploded underwater in Poland on October 12, 2020 near the Baltic Sea. The operation for diffusing this massive bomb was undertaken by the Polish Navy. For this operation, the navy evacuated hundreds of residents of the nearby area.
Former Jammu & Kashmir CM and the Chief of PDP, Mehbooba Mufti was released from preventive detention on October 13, 2020. Mufti was placed under the preventive detention in August 2019 under the J&K Public Safety Act (PSA), 1978, after the Central Government revoked Article 370 and withdrew special status of J&K.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) re-elected Pakistan and China to 15-member UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Both the countries will serve as UNHRC members for a period of three years with effect from January 1, 2021.
The Cinema halls, multiplexes and theatres have been reopened across India from October 15, 2020. The Government has allowed theatres and halls to operate with only 50% seating capacity. However, halls and theatres of containment zones will remain closed.
The Raksha Mantri Trophy for the year 2019 has been awarded to the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS)' Command Hospitals. The Defence Ministry has awarded Air Force Command Hospital of Bengaluru as the Best Command Hospital.
Gujarat government will be developing the biggest zinc smelter of the world in Dosawada, Tapi district, Gujarat. The state government and Vedanta group's Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.