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Daily Current Affairs – 21 Sep 2020 : GKToday Updates

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Daily Current Affairs – 21 Sep 2020 : GKToday Updates

1. Govt announces increase in MSPs for six Rabi crops

  • Union Government has announced increase in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all mandated Rabi crops.
  • The decision was taken in the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs under the Chairmanship of PM Narendra Modi.
  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed that the MSP of six Rabi crops including Wheat, Chana, Masoor, Mustard, Jowar and Safflower has been hiked in the range of 50 to 300 rupees.
  • MSP of wheat has been increased by 50 rupees whereas the MSP for Masoor hiked by 300 rupees. MSP for Mustard and Chana has been increased by 225 rupees. Increase in Jowar’s MSP is by 75 rupees while for Safflower the hike is by 112 rupees per quintal.

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The government earlier passed two farm bills which provides freedom to farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country and also provides for a national framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to engage with agri-business firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters or large retailers for farm services.


2. PM Modi to hold virtual summit with Sri Lankan PM on 26th September

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding a virtual summit with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda
  • Rajapaksa on 26th Sept. This will be the first bilateral meeting with a leader from the neighbourhood country amid COVID-19 pandemic.
  • During the meeting, the two leaders will discuss bilateral and regional issues.
  • PM Modi is likely to address the United Nations General Assembly on the same day through virtual mode.
  • During the UNGA speech, he is likely to highlight his government’s “neighbourhood first” policy as well as how India came to the assistance of the countries in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sri Lanka President: Gotabaya Rajapaksa; Capitals: Colombo, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte; Currency: Sri Lankan rupee.


3. Parliament passes Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill

  • Parliament gave its assent to the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 with Lok Sabha passing it with voice vote.
  • Rajya Sabha gave its nod to the bill earlier on 19th of this month.
  • The bill amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to include protections for health care service personnel combating epidemic diseases and expands the powers of the Central Government to prevent the spread of such diseases.
  • The legislation makes harm, injury, or danger to the life of health care service personnel as a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

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The bill repeals the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance that was promulgated in April this year.


4. Emmy Awards 2020: List of winners

  • The Emmy Awards 2020 marks the beginning of Hollywood’s first major award show in the times of Covid. The event was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel at an empty theatre in Los Angeles.
  • Outstanding Drama Series – Succession
  • Outstanding Comedy Series – Schitt’s Creek
  • Outstanding Limited Series – Watchmen
  • Best Actor (Drama) – Jeremy Strong (Succession)
  • Best Actress (Drama) – Zendaya (Euphoria)
  • Best Actor (Comedy) – Eugene Levy (Schitt’s Creek)
  • Best Actress (Comedy) – Catherine O’Hara (Schitt’s Creek)


5. International Day of Peace: 21st September

  • International Day of Peace or World Peace Day is observed globally on 21st September every year to spread awareness and preach peace and harmony all across the globe.
  • On this day, the world body encourages countries to observe the day by creating an environment of “24 hours of non-violence”.
  • The Theme for World Peace Day 2020 is- “Shaping Peace Together”. It focuses on primarily combating the virus that has plagued the world for the majority of this year.

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In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly established International Day of Peace.


6. Novak Djokovic wins Men’s Singles event in Italian Open

  • World number one Novak Djokovic won his record 36th Masters Title by beating Diego Schwartzman in the Italian Open at Rome.
  • The Serbian player won 7-5, 6-3 in the final to ensure he goes into next week’s French Open on a high.
  • Earlier, top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania won her first Italian Open title when defending champion Czech
  • Karolína Pliskova retired midway through the final with an injury. Halep was leading 6-0, 2-1 when Czech player Pliskova stopped playing after just 31 minutes.