1. Modi to virtually disburse SVANidhi loans to 3 lakh street vendors: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will distribute loans to nearly 300,000 street vendors under the PM SVANidhi Scheme (Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi Yojana) through video conferencing on Tuesday. He will also communicate with the beneficiaries on the occasion.
2. Chhattisgarh nod to draft of bills to counter Centre farm laws: To counter the three agriculture laws enacted by the Centre last month, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to amend its own law on agricultural produce to bring in specific safeguards for farmers, senior state government officials said. A draft of the Chhattisgarh Agriculture Produce Market (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was on Monday approved by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. It would be tabled in the special assembly session to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday.
3. Hathras case: SC verdict today on court-monitored probe: The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its judgment on Tuesday on a batch of pleas which have sought a court-monitored probe into the Hathras case. Senior lawyers, including lawyer-activist Indira Jaisingh, have expressed apprehensions that a fair probe was not possible in Uttar Pradesh.
4. BJP announces 9 candidates for RS polls from UP, Uttarakhand: Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri and MP Neeraj Shekhar are among eight candidates nominated by the BJP for the November 9 Rajya Sabha polls from Uttar Pradesh. The party also announced Naresh Bansal as its Rajya Sabha candidate from Uttarakhand.
5. 2+2 ministerial dialogue: India, US to sign geo-spatial pact BECA: India and the US will sign the last foundational agreement Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA) during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue on Tuesday. “The two Ministers expressed satisfaction that agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit,” the defence Ministry said in a statement after bilateral talks between defence minister Rajnath Singh and US secretary of defence Mark Esper.
6. China to sanction US weapons makers over Taiwan sales: China will impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin, Boeing Defense, Raytheon and other US companies it says are involved in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said. The two US giants were involved in a recent sale of nearly $2 billion worth of missiles to Taiwan.
7. UK court rejects Nirav Modi’s latest bail plea: A UK court has rejected the latest bail plea of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who has been lodged in a London prison since his arrest on an extradition warrant in March last year. The application was reportedly made on the basis of “new evidence” but Westminster Magistrates’ Court district judge Samuel Goozee was not convinced to reverse previous bail rejections in Modi’s case.
8. SC rejects TN plea on 50% OBC quota in medical colleges: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a plea seeking implementation of 50 per cent Other Backward Classes (OBCs) reservation in Tamil Nadu medical colleges on seats contributed to the All-India Quota by the State.
9. Relief for Karnataka as Covid-19 cases dip: From a high of over 8,000 to 10,000 Covid cases daily, the virus appears to be slowing down, at least for now, in Karnataka. In a sign of relief to citizens, government and overburdened health infrastructure, Karnataka reported 3,130 cases on Monday, taking its tally up to 8,05,947. The positivity rate has been steadily declining from over 12 per cent in September to 10.82 per cent as of October 26.
10. Siddaramaiah demands special Assembly session to discuss K’taka floods: Karnataka Opposition leader S Siddaramaiah has demanded a special session of the legislative Assembly to discuss the damage caused by floods and heavy rains in the state. Speaking at a press meet here on Monday, he alleged the state government miserably failed to tackle the situation.