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News in Short - 03-July-2020

Vishakhapatnam gas leak

Date: 03 July 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Benzimidazole gas leakage from the Sainor Life Sciences pharma company at Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City (JNPC), Parawada in Visakhapatnam has resulted in the death of two workers.
  • Though the exact cause for the leakage of the gas is yet to be ascertained, officials are suspecting that there might be some technical reasons.
  • The mishap took place close on the heels of the styrene vapor leak incident from LG Polymers plant at the RR Venkatapuram area of the city in the month of May.

Only 13% of food grains handed out to migrants

Date: 03 July 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Only 13 percent of 8 lakh metric tonnes of free food grains allocated for returning migrant workers under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package have actually reached migrants during May and June, government data reveals.
  • Eleven states and one UT did not distribute even 1 percent of the quantity they had lifted to the beneficiaries during June. These are Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Odisha, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Tripura.
  • Among states which have performed comparatively better, Rajasthan lifted almost 100 percent of its allocated quota and distributed over 95 percent to beneficiaries in May and June each. Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Karnataka also performed well.

Russia votes for constitutional amendment

Date: 03 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Russian voters approved changes to the constitution that will allow President Vladimir Putin to hold power until 2036, through a weeklong plebiscite.
  • The vote completes a convoluted saga that began in January, when Putin first proposed the constitutional changes to stay in power even after his term ends in 2024.
  • Even though the parliament’s approval was enough to make it law, the Russian president put his constitutional plan to voters to showcase his broad support and add a democratic veneer to the changes.

New Zealand health minister resigns

Date: 03 July 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • New Zealand's Health Minister David Clark resigned after security slip-ups at quarantine facilities where the coronavirus was detected just days after officials declared it had been eliminated from the country.
  • Clark was also under fire for personally breaching strict lockdown rules twice earlier in the year, by taking his family on a beach trip and driving to a mountain biking track.
  • Prime Minister Jessica Ardern appointed Education Minister Chris Hipkins as interim health minister until the September election, after which she said she would consider a permanent replacement.

India and Bhutan sign pact for developing joint hydro project

Date: 03 July 2020 Tags: India & World
  • India and Bhutan took a major step forward for the joint construction of the 600 MW Kholongchhu project in Bhutan’s less developed eastern region of Trashiyangtse.
  • The inter-governmental agreement for the Kholongchhu project was signed after prolonged negotiations on the structure of the joint venture and the foundation stone was laid when Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled to Thimphu a few months later.
  • The construction for the Kholongchhu Hydro Electric Power (HEP) project will begin soon, and be completed in the second half of 2025. The Government of India will provide, as a grant, the equity share of the Bhutanese DGPC in the JV Company.