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News in Short - 24-September-2020

16 countries provide Visa free entry to Indian passport holders

Date: 24 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Minister of state for External Affairs has said that 16 countries will now provide visa-free entry for Indian passport holders.
  • The 16 countries providing visa free facilities to ordinary Indian passport holders are Barbados, Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Haiti, Hong Kong SAR, the Maldives, Senegal, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Dominica, Samoa, Senegal, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Niue Island, and Montserrat.
  • As of now, Indonesia and Myanmar provide visa-on-arrival to Indian passport holders, while Malaysia and New Zealand have e-visa facilities for Indians.

China pledges to achieve climate neutrality by 2060

Date: 24 September 2020 Tags: Climate Change
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping announced plans to boost his country's Paris climate accord target and called for a green revolution, by aiming for carbon neutrality.
  • China would achieve a peak in carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and carbon neutrality before 2060. It is for the first time the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide has pledged to end its net contribution to climate change.
  • The United States and China have been hit this year by extreme weather of the kind predicted with climate change.
  • In China, heavy rains over the summer unleashed the most punishing flood season in three decades, while the United States is facing one of its busiest hurricane seasons at the same time that record wildfires ravage Western states.

KKR to invest in Reliance Retail Ventures

Date: 24 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co Inc will invest 55.50 billion rupees in Reliance Industries Ltd's retail arm, giving the unit a pre-money valuation of 4.21 trillion rupees. KKR's investment will translate to a 1.28% stake in Retail Ventures Ltd.
  • Reliance, which has been on a fund-raising spree, had earlier raised $1.02 billion from U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake Partners for its retail business.
  • It has been looking to expand rapidly online to take on the likes of Walmart Inc's Flipkart and Amazon.com Inc's Indian arm.
  • Powered by Reliance's Jio tech platform, the unit owns retail businesses as varied as grocery stores and fashion chains, and operates close to 12,000 stores across India.

Bihar DGP takes voluntary retirement

Date: 24 September 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey took voluntary retirement from service. The state government granted benefit of voluntary retirement scheme to Pandey.
  • His premature retirement came hardly five months before completion of his service tenure on February 28 next year.
  • Home department issued a notification much late in the night mentioning that Pandey has been granted voluntary retirement effective from Tuesday evening as per his application under provisions of All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefits) Rules, 1958.
  • The condition of making application at least three months prior from date of seeking voluntary retirement was also written-off for Pandey.

Ayushmann Khurrana in Times' most influential people list

Date: 24 September 2020 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Ayushmann Khurrana has been named among world’s 100 most influential people by the Time Magazine. He shares the honour with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, too, has been named in the list.
  • Ayushmann is among the only three global actors featured in the TIME list of influential people. Five Indians have been featured in this list, including Ayushmann.
  • The others are Indian Prime Minister , Sundar Pichai CEO of  and London-based Indian origin doctor Ravindra Gupta, who found a cure for AIDS.