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Top news of the day: Rajya Sabha passes farm Bills amid pandemonium; India records 12 lakh COVID-19 tests in 24 hours, and more

In this combo image, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien is seen attempting to tear the rule book amid Opposition protests in the Rajya Sabha over agriculture-related bills on September 20, 2020. Photo: RSTV via PTI  

Parliament proceedings | Two agriculture-related Bills passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote amid pandemonium

This is the first time in the monsoon session of Parliament, called amidst COVID-19 pandemic, that the House saw such scenes of pandemonium. The protests started after Deputy Chairman Harivansh rejected the Opposition’s demand to end the day’s proceedings at the scheduled 1 p.m. and asked Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to continue his reply. Enraged Opposition members marched into the well of the House, many leaving their seats in a floor above in visitors galleries to raise slogans. Papers were torn in the well. For several minutes Rajya Sabha TV’s audio was cut. The House was adjourned at 1:30 p.m. for 10 minutes.

Farmers protest against farm bills in Haryana

The three-hour bandh from 12 noon onwards was peaceful till the time the last reports came in around 2 p.m. Though mostly state highways and internal roads were affected, the National Highway-9 (Delhi-Hisar) was blocked near Meham in Rohtak.

Coronavirus | Record 12 lakh plus COVID-19 tests conducted in 24 hours: Health Ministry

From conducting merely 10,000 tests per day on April 8, the average daily number has crossed 12 lakh with 12,06,806 tests conducted on September 19. The last 1 crore tests were conducted in merely nine days and the Tests Per Million (TPM) have been boosted to 46,131, the Ministry highlighted.

Union Home Ministry proposes to amend FCRA, make Aadhaar mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign funds

A draft of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 says that the amendment is required to enhance transparency and accountability in the receipt and utilisation of foreign contribution worth thousands of crores of rupees every year and facilitating “genuine” non-governmental organisations or associations who are working for the welfare of the society.

MD/MS students must serve at a district hospital for three months: Centre

A gazette notification issued last week noted that “all postgraduate students pursuing MD/MS in broad specialities in all medical colleges/institutions under the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 shall undergo a compulsory residential rotation of three months in District Hospitals/District Health System as a part of the course curriculum”.

Relatives of migrant workers who died during lockdown hope for compensation

The lockdown against COVID-19, termed as ill-prepared in its implementation by several critics, brought additional misery on the migrant workers across the country, many of which were forced to return home, by bus, train or even foot in absence of any livelihood and money.

Red alert sounded in six Kerala districts

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared red alerts in Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod, according to a 10 a.m. weather update. These districts can expect extremely heavy rainfall (in excess of 20.4 cm in a 24-hour period) on September 20, the IMD indicated.

16.79 lakh given domicile certificates in J&K, Lok Sabha told

Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy said as per the information provided by the Jammu and Kashmir administration, 21,13,879 people have applied for domicile certificates.

Mosque in Ayodhya may be square-shaped like the Kaaba: Trust

Secretary and spokesperson of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) Athar Hussain said, “It may be square-shaped like the Kaaba Sharif in Mecca, as hinted by architect S.M. Akhtar.” The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board had formed the IICF, a trust, for the construction of the mosque on a five-acre plot.

Clone trains will arrive at destinations 2-3 hours before parent trains: official

With the Railways rolling out 40 clone trains from September 21, waitlisted passengers on high traffic routes can hope to reach their destinations two-three hours before the corresponding parent train, a senior official said on September 20.

Facebook neutral, non-partisan, its India chief says defending handling of hate speeches

Ajit Mohan rejected charges of Facebook India’s decisions being influenced by political leanings of individuals, saying the process followed at the platform is designed to ensure no one person can influence outcomes, let alone take any unilateral decisions.

U.S. will delay TikTok U.S. app store ban by one week

The order said in “light of recent positive developments” and at U.S. President Donald Trump's direction the order will be delayed until September 27 at 11:59 p.m.

India Inc business sentiment recovers in July-September: CII survey

The latest CII Business Confidence Index has surged to the level of 50.3 in July-September 2020, bouncing back from its lowest reading of 41.0 recorded in April-June 2020, the industry chamber said in a statement.

IPL 2020 | Kohli begins hunt for elusive IPL title as RCB face Sunrisers

Kohli has always led from the front but he knows his search for a maiden title will remain incomplete if the team doesn’t perform in all departments.

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