IPL schedule delay due to Abu Dhabi uncertainty

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) delays the schedule of IPL 2020, decided to be held in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi from September 19 to November 10. The delay, in spite of all the 8 teams being present at the United Arab Emirates, is due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. The regional authorities have made rapid testing mandatory at entry points.

BCCI comes to a decision to hold fewer matches in Abu Dhabi, as a solution. The concrete scheduling is yet to be made public.


India marked a decline in swine flu cases this year

Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March, the National Centre for Disease Control, a Health Ministry body in charge of monitoring outbreaks had not updated their records on H1N1. The official reports reveal recorded 2,721 cases and 44 confirmed deaths from swine flu (H1N1) so far this year.

The reason could be due to the practice of social distancing and usage of masks, as H1N1, like COVID-19 is a respiratory disease. It could also be because of less reporting to the hospitals due to the pandemic. The risk of the spiking of numbers still prevails as the virus is known to have shown upsurge in the post-monsoon months.


PNB recovers ₹ 24 crores in Nirav Modi case

The official statement by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs states the retrieval of a sum of $ 11.04 million (the equivalent of ₹82.66 crores) has been made and is ready to be distributed among the debtors. Punjab National Bank (PNB) has received ₹24.33 crores or $3.25 million as the first tranche of recoveries in the Nirav Modi fraud case. The move is being termed as an unprecedented achievement, fighting against corporate fraud in overseas territories.



Mamata urges officials to step up work under MGNREGA

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directs her officials to resume the work related to the government schemes amidst the COVID-19 chaos. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) has been also implemented for 20,000 migrant labourers in Birbhum, and 17,000 in Purba Bardhaman, who are currently working under projects under the scheme. She also directed Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to create a consolidated list of numbers regarding the same. Relief for Amphan is to be provided to all those who have not yet received it, within seven days.


Congress asks the centre to clear GST dues

Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal, former Karnataka FM Krishna Byre Gowda, and former Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda, in a virtual video conference, presents the party’s demand to clear the GST dues. The demands were clear and legitimate- compensating the States for the expected ₹6 lakh crore loss, compensation of 14% paid to the States on time.

Sonia Gandhi, in a video conference with WB CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled States Amarinder Singh, Ashok Gehlot, Bhupesh Baghel and V. Narayanasamy, voices up the wrongdoings of the centre and asks the opposition to join forces to win the fight. The ministers discuss crucial issues regarding the GST compensation to States, compromisation of secular and scientific values of the National Education Policy, and the insensitivity shown towards the students regarding the exams including NEET and JEE.


Edragon refuses to compromise of rights at sea

A day after Germany’s Foreign Minister seeks to ease tensions between Turkey and Greece regarding their disputes over the control of eastern Mediterranean waters, President Tayyip Erdogan expresses his rigidity to hold its rights over the rights in the Black Sea, Aegean and Mediterranean. The tension between the two has reportedly escalated after Ankara sent a survey vessel to disputed eastern Mediterranean waters this month, which Athens has termed illegal.



World’s fastest human calculator- Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash

Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu praises Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash on Twitter as world’s fastest human calculator. Mr. Prakash (20) from Hyderabad, has won the first-ever gold for India in the Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad held in London, recently.


Pune volunteers for the phase 2 trial of Oxford vaccine

Two men, 32 and 48, have eagerly volunteered for the University of Oxford vaccine, manufactured by the city-based Serum Institute of India (SII) at Pune’s Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College and Hospital. The second phase of the clinical trial began at 1:00 PM and the two volunteers were discharged after half an hour of administration. Doctors reveal the effectivity of the vaccine will be concretely measured after 180 of the first dosage.


The U.S. blacklists 24 Chinese companies

The United States Commerce Department blacklisted two dozen Chinese companies and the people involved in helping the Chinese military construct and militarise the internationally condemned artificial islands in the South China Sea. The move is to terminate the companies whose goods may support Chinese military activities.


Archaeological Survey of India creates seven new circles for better management of monuments

The Union Ministry of Culture announced the creation of seven new circles of the Archeological Survey of India. The new circles, in Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh), Trichy (Tamil Nadu), Jhansi and Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Raiganj (West Bengal) and Rajkot (Gujarat), are in accordance with PM Modi’s call to facilitate and strengthen the process of preservation and registration of archaeological monuments and artefacts.