Latest Current Affairs 23rd December 2020

India-Russia Annual Summit 2020 postponed on account of COVID pandemic, says MEA: The government has clarified that this year’s India-Russia Summit has not taken place because of the Covid pandemic. Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs’ Anurag Srivastava in a response to media reports regarding the India Russia Annual Summit said, “The India-Russia Annual Summit did not take place in 2020 because of the COVID Pandemic. He also stated further that it was a mutual decision between the two governments. “Any imputation otherwise is false and misleading. Spreading false stories on important relationships is particularly irresponsible,” said the spokesperson.

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Cabinet approves Merger of Five Film Media Units through Rationalization of Infrastructure, Manpower and Other Resources: With more than 3000 films produced in a year, India is the largest film producer in the world with an industry led by the private sector. To fulfill the commitment to support the films sector, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has approved to merge four of its film media units, namely Films Division, Directorate of Film. Festivals, National Film Archives of India, and Children’s Film Society, India with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) Ltd. by expanding the Memorandum of Articles of Association of NFDC, which will then carry out all the activities hitherto performed by them. The merger of Film Media Units under one corporation will lead to convergence of activities and resources and better coordination, thereby ensuring synergy and efficiency in achieving the mandate of each media unit.

Cabinet approves transformatory changes in Post Matric Scholarship for SCs: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved major and transformatory changes in the Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Post Matric Scholarship to students belonging to Scheduled Castes (PMS-SC)’ to benefit more than 4 Crore SC students in the next 5 years so that they can successfully complete their higher education.

IT minister announces launch of Grand Challenge for strengthening the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) system: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) along with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced the launching of “CoWIN”, a Grand Challenge for strengthening the COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) system, a digitalised platform to be used to effectively roll out and scale up the mechanism for COVID Vaccine Distribution System, nationally.

Jammu & Kashmir DDC Polls: BJP emerge as single largest party winning 75 seats: In the first ever  District  Development Council Polls held in J&K Union Territory results of 278 seats out of 280 seats have been declared.

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 95.69 %: The country’s COVID-19 recovery rate has reached to 95.69 per cent. During the last 24 hours, more than 26 thousand COVID patients have recovered.

CBI court sentences both the accused in the Abhaya murder case to life imprisonment: CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram has sentenced Father Thomas Kottur and Sister Sephy in connection with the murder of Sister Abhaya, an inmate of the Kottayam Pius Tenth Convent.

MV Jag Anand crew continue to languish as China reiterates its unwillingness to allow crew change: The plight of 23 crew members of Indian ship Jag Anand is far from over as Chinese govt on Wednesday reiterated its unwillingness to allow a crew change citing epidemic control requirements at ports.

U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 18.19 mln: Johns Hopkins University: The United States reported 18,197,351 cases and 322,285 deaths on Tuesday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman concludes pre-Budget meetings for forthcoming Union Budget 2021-22: Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the pre-budget consultation meetings for budget 2021-22 held in virtual mode from 14th to 23rd December, 2020.

Union Health Secretary reviews status of passengers coming from UK to India: Union Health Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan, reviewed the status of passengers coming from UK to India and found positive in the States/UTs of  Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat and Kerala and their response measures in a meeting held through Video Conferencing on Wednesday, in the presence of DG, ICMR, Health Secretaries from the States/UT, NHM MD,Arti Ahuja, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Health , Dr Sujeet Singh, Director, NCDC, and other senior health officials.

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