Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 September 2018

Sep 19, 2018 17:09 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 September 2018

Two Koreas sign agreement on denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula

In a historic move, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 19, 2018 signed an agreement on denuclearisation, reducing military tensions and defusing crisis on the Korean peninsula.

The talks were hosted by North Korea in its capital city Pyongyang. The North Korean leader welcomed the South Korea President at the Sunan International Airport, at the start of Moon’s three-day visit to the nation.

It's the third meeting between Moon and Kim but the first to take place outside the ‘truce village’ of Panmunjom, on the border.

Government modifies operational guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana

The Union Government on September 18, 2018 released the new operational guidelines for implementation of the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).

The new modified provisions include the provision of penalties for states and insurance companies for the delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. The new operational guidelines address the current challenges faced while implementing the scheme by putting forth effective solutions.

The farmers will now be paid 12 percent interest by insurance companies for the delay in settlement claims beyond two months of prescribed cut-off date.

Union Cabinet approves Triple Talaq Ordinance, making triple talaq an offence

The Union Cabinet on September 19, 2018 approved an ordinance making instant triple talaq a punishable offence. The clearance by the Union Cabinet takes the bill a step closer to becoming a law.

The ordinance has similar provisions as mentioned in original the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha in December 2017. However, the bill was stuck in the Rajya Sabha.

It faced a stiff resistance in the Rajya Sabha where several opposition lawmakers argued over the criminal provisions in the draft law.

Home Ministry launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of security clearance to private firms

The Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on September 18, 2018 launched an online portal – ‘e-Sahaj’ for grant of security clearance to private firms. The portal will enable individuals and private companies to submit applications and view their status online.

The introduction of the online portal is expected to make the process of security clearance much faster, transparent and easy to monitor.

The various functionaries would be able to access the application and documents online and take timely decisions.

PM Modi, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina jointly launch construction of Indo-Bangla Pipeline Project

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on September 18, 2018 jointly launched the construction of India-Bangladesh Friendship Product Pipeline Project through video conferencing.

The project will go a long way in strengthening the Indo-Bangla ties. It is a new milestone in the history of cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

Both the sides had entered into an agreement for the construction of the pipeline in April 2018 during Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale's visit to Dhaka.

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