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News in Short - 13-September-2020

India votes in favour of UNGA resolution calling for multilateral cooperation

Date: 13 September 2020 Tags: International Organizations
  • India, along with 168 nations, voted in favour of a COVID-19 resolution in the UN General Assembly that reaffirms international cooperation to respond to one of the greatest global challenges.
  • The Omnibus Resolution on Comprehensive and Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic was overwhelmingly adopted by the 193-member General Assembly. The US and Israel voted against the resolution and Ukraine and Hungary abstained.
  • The resolution reaffirms its commitment to international cooperation, multilateralism and solidarity at all levels and as the only way for the world to effectively respond to global crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic and their consequences.

Beary language gets independent script

Date: 13 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Karnataka Beary Sahitya Academy has introduced an independent script and numerals in Beary which is said to be spoken by about 20 lakh people all over the world.
  • All these days Beary was dependent on the Kannada script and numerals. Beary is an ethnic Muslim society, concentrated largely in coastal Karnataka, with its own distinct traditions and language.
  • The academy will also launch an app through which the script and numerals can be keyed in. He said the academy will publish the 2021 Beary calendar using Beary script and numerals. The calendar will also have the Kannada script and Arabic numerals.

The Disciple wins FIPRESCI award at Venice Film festival

Date: 13 September 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Chaitanya Tamhane’s “The Disciple” has bagged the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
  • The film, which looks at the world of classical musicians on the fringes of success, had its premiere at the Biennale last week, receiving glowing reviews from the critics.
  • The award, presented by The International Federation of Film Critics aims to promote and develop film culture as well as safeguard professional interests.
  • The organisation, which was formed in Brussels, Belgium in 1930, has professional film critics and film journalists from around the world as its members.

CBI asks for sanction to prosecute Ex-CAG Shashikant Sharma

Date: 13 September 2020 Tags: Books & Authors
  • The CBI has sought prosecution sanction from the government to charge sheet former Defence Secretary and Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shashi Kant Sharma and former Air Vice Marshal Jasbir Singh Panesar in the AgustaWestland helicopters deal case.
  • The others are former deputy chief test pilot S A Kunte, Wing Commander (Retd) Thomas Mathew, and Group Captain (Retd) N Santosh.
  • In 1999, the IAF had floated a proposal for acquisition of 12 VVIP helicopters to ferry top government functionaries. The over ? 3,600 crore contract was given to AgustaWestland in 2010.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh passes away

Date: 13 September 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Social activist and Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh passed away at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in New Delhi. He was 80.
  • Swami Agnivesh came to be known for his campaign against bonded labour through his foundation Bandhua Mukti Morcha (Bonded Labor Liberation Front).
  • He was elected to the Haryana Assembly in 1977 and was made education minister after two years. He, however, resigned from the post in protest against the Haryana government’s inaction against police who had opened fire at workers protesting bonded labour.
  • Swami Agnivesh also led several initiatives to foster peace and interfaith harmony in Kashmir at the height of militancy.