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News in Short - 05-September-2020

Sri Lanka cabinet appoints panel to draft new constitution

Date: 05 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Cabinet has set up an experts’ committee to draft Sri Lanka’s new Constitution, the 20th Amendment that would reverse the preceding 19th Amendment, a 2015 legislation that clipped certain executive powers of the President.
  • The move follows the ruling Rajapaksa brothers’ poll pledge to abolish the 19th Amendment, introduced by the former government. After a securing a comfortable two-thirds majority in the August general elections, the government took up the promise swiftly.
  • The government’s amendments to the Constitution will be carried out in two-steps. While the 20th Amendment would “correct anomalies” in the current Constitution, a completely new Constitution would replace it soon after.

India proposes G-20 principles on cross border movement

Date: 05 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • India has proposed development of voluntary ‘G-20 Principles on Coordinated Cross-Border Movement of People’ during a virtual meet hosted by Saudi Arabia.
  • The principles consists of three elements: a) Standardisation of testing procedures and universal acceptability of test results; b) Standardisation of ‘Quarantine procedures’; c) Standardisation of ‘movement and transit’ protocols.
  • The virtual meeting was convened in the backdrop of the pandemic. The discussions centred on strengthening international cooperation across borders in wake of Covid-19.

India-bound oil tanker catches fire near Sri Lanka

Date: 05 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Firefighting crews from Sri Lanka and India are working to put out a large blaze aboard an oil tanker that has been burning, off the coast of Sri Lanka.
  • The Panamanian-flagged tanker, MT New Diamond, caught fire 38 nautical miles (70 kilometers) off Sangamankanda Point in southern Sri Lanka.
  • The 20-year-old vessel had been bound from Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip, according to Marine Traffic, which monitors global shipping.
  • The Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard are all working to put out the fire.

Yoshihide Suga launches bid for Prime minister of Japan

Date: 05 September 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga has formally announced his bid to become the country's next prime minister.
  • Suga unveiled his candidacy following days of speculation about his plans and shortly after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party set a September 14 vote on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's successor.
  • A parliamentary vote will follow later, with lawmakers expected to endorse the new LDP leader as prime minister.
  • The 71-year-old has long been mooted as a potential successor to Abe, having served for years as his close advisor, government spokesman and policy coordinator.

India to host Quad meet and 2+2 dialogue

Date: 05 September 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • India will soon be hosting a meeting of Quad, which also includes Australia, Japan and the United States, and details are also being worked out for India-US 2+2 dialogue.
  • The 2+2 dialogue and Quad meeting are taking place at a time when China is facing the global ire for trampling democracy in Hong Kong, human rights violations in Xinjiang.
  • Beijing is also displaying strong-arm tactics in the South China sea and is also blamed by some quarters for the spread of Covid-19 globally which originated in its labs in Wuhan.