PM Modi to chair global investor roundtable today: To attract investment into the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday chair the Virtual Global Investor Roundtable 2020, which will be attended by the heads of 20 top institutional investors from various parts of the world. VGIR 2020 will focus on discussions around India’s economic and investment outlook, structural reforms and the government’s vision for making the country a $5-trillion economy.
2. US election 2020: Biden nears 270 mark: Former Vice President and Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden moved closer to becoming the next White House occupant after winning the electoral college votes of Wisconsin (10), Michigan (16) and Arizona (11), taking his total to 264 of the 270 minimum needed. Donald Trump has 213 electoral college votes.
3. SC refuses to restrain 12 MP rebel Cong MLAs from ministership: A Madhya Pradesh Congress legislator’s plea in the Supreme Court to restrain 12 defected Congress lawmakers to continue as ministers in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government was rendered infructuous on Wednesday, after the recent by-elections to 28 seats allowed these MLAs to contest afresh on BJP ticket. Twenty-two Congress MLAs who switched sides to join the saffron party led to the downfall of the Kamal Nath government in the state in March.
4. Bihar elections: Nitish Kumar clears air on CAA: On Wednesday, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during his rallies before the third and final phase of Assembly elections in the state dismissed concerns among a section of society that some people might be deported out of the country in the event of Centre’s implementation of new citizenship laws. He said that such concerns are a ‘rubbish talk’ by those who are trying to “divide” the society.
5. No unusual surge in Covid cases in first phase of festivals: VK Paul: There has been no unusual surge in Covid-19 cases over the past couple of weeks, contrary to what was feared before the start of the festive season, says Dr VK Paul, member (health) Niti Aayog. He, however, warned that there’s still a week before the actual impact could be felt.
6. Chinese development plans won’t hurt trade: Xi: President Xi Jinping tried to allay fears the ruling Communist Party’s latest development strategy might hamper trade, by promising on Wednesday that China will open wider and become “the world’s market.” Plans that call for Chinese industry to pursue self-reliance in technology and focus on domestic markets and suppliers will “benefit the people of all countries,” Xi said.
7. Kerala govt withdraws general consent to CBI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Kerala on Wednesday revoked the general consent given to the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe cases on the state’s territory, following the example of five other non-BJP governed states i.e., Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.
8. ED issues notice to Kerala CM additional private secretary: The Enforcement Directorate has reportedly asked C.M. Raveendran, additional private secretary to Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, to present himself at its Kochi office on Friday. The move assumed a measure of political and legal implications for the state government against the backdrop of the arrest of M. Sivasankar, former principal secretary to Vijayan, by the ED as part of its probe into the gold smuggling case.
9. BSY would be removed after bypoll results: Siddaramaiah: Former chief minister and leader of opposition in Assembly Siddaramiah on Wednesday claimed chief minister BS Yediyurappa would be removed from the post by his party after bypoll results. Siddaramiah made this claim while speaking to reporters in Mysuru and said: ‘I am very confident that Yediyurappa will be moved out. I am saying this based on information I have from Delhi,” he added without revealing his sources.
10. Over 27.3% people exposed to Covid-19 in K’taka: Sero survey: Around 27.3% of Karnataka’s over 7 crore population may have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, according to the findings of a sero survey carried out by the state government. The sero survey estimates that around 1.93 crore or 27.3% of the state’s population are either currently infected or already had the infection in the past, as of 16 September 2020.