NTPC permits to use drones for research and inspection of Thermal Power Projects

National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has received a conditional exemption from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) to deploy the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System for the research and inspection of thermal power projects of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The exemption is valid till 31st December 2020 or until the date when Digital Sky Platform will be fully operationalised.

NTPC Ltd will not be operating the RPAS in no-fly zones. In case of any accident, Air Safety Directorate of DGCA will be responsible for accepting the reports.

NTPC will be having the level of insurance for the coverage of any damage to a third party.


IIT and TCS setting new trends in India’s advanced manufacturing sector

IIT Kharagpur, jointly with TCS, has developed novel Industry 4.0 Technology. The development is for real-time quality correction and to control factory operations remotely. Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme, there has been high production at a lesser cost. The innovative development is the leading country to overcome the challenges of the pandemic.

Academic partnerships are playing the vital part in TCS results and TCS Co-Innovation Network.


Government lessened restrictions on visa

The Ministry of Home Affairs has relaxed visa restrictions by announcing that foreigners can come to India. An only electronic tourist visa will be under short-term medical visa. All Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) have permission to visit India.

The flights with these rules include air transport bubble arrangements, flights operated under Vande Bharat mission, and any non-scheduled commercial flights.

But still, there are travel restrictions based on quarantine guidelines in the wake of covid-19 pandemic.



US wants to put an end on the business visas for H-1B speciality jobs

The US department has proposed the stop on using temporary business visas for H-1B speciality jobs. The action can impact many Indian companies because they send their technology professionals for a short stay to complete jobs in the US. Also, it will impact around 6000 to 8000 foreign workers per year.

Last year, Attorney General of California announced the settlement against Infosys Limited to resolve the issue of 500 Infosys employees who are working on B1 visas.

It is because of several reasons in which lesser fees for the given visas are included when employees are not ready to pay significant fees for H-1B visas.


US India 2+2 talks to focus on regional issues

On 27 October, India and the US are going to discuss regional issues when US Defence Secretary and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit India next week on this casual 2+2 ministerial meeting. They will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

Minister Pompeo is also planning to travel Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Maldives to bring his focus on US’s Indo Pacific strategy.


Visibility of Tri-Service Synergy

The demonstration of the joint response of the three services to the events occurring makes clear about the tri-service synergy and coordination with the establishment of the DMA. The Navy kept a close watch on every moment in the Indian Ocean with its high operational alertness. It is on duty since China standoff. It would continue for the coming months as well despite covid-19 pandemic while following the protocols on submarines, warships, and aircraft basis.


Base year revision for CPI-IW from 2001 to 2016

The government revised the base year for the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers ( CPI-IW) from 2001 to 2016. Union Labour Minister said it would be done every 5 years in future.

CPI-IW is used to measure the Dearness Allowance payable to workers. Also, it provides inputs in macro policy planning. The Labour Bureau has started 3 big surveys on employment. It has made it compulsory to collect data on the proposed 4 labour codes.

All India index for September 2020 stands at 118th level, and the linking factor is 2.88.


Passing the controversial 20th Amendment of Sri Lankan Parliament with two-third majority votes

20th amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution has recently been passed. It highlights the expansive powers of the executive president. It followed the 2-day debate as it was the most controversial issue. It passed with 156 votes in favour.

The supreme court ruled that bills are with the provisions of Article 82(1). They need the permission of the special majority of the constitution.

The bill is the rolling back of Sri Lanka’s 19th amendment.