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Daily News Digest:17 September 2020

EXPLAINED: WHAT IS SOLAR CYCLE 25, RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY NASA AND NOAA SCIENTISTS?

Scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their predictions about the new solar cycle, called Solar Cycle 25.

The amount of magnetic flux that rises up to the Sun's surface varies with time in a cycle called the solar cycle. This cycle lasts 11 years on average. This cycle is sometimes referred to as the sunspot cycle.

PRIME MINISTER TO DEDICATE THE HISTORIC KOSI RAIL MAHASETU TO THE NATION

The Prime Minister to dedicate the historic Kosi Rail Mahasetu (mega bridge) to the Nation. In 1887, a meter gauge link was built in between Nirmali and Bhaptiahi (Saraigarh). In 1934, due to the heavy flood and severe Indo Nepal earthquake the rail link was washed away.

EXPLAINED : THE SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES OF MINISTERS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020

It replaces the The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. It seeks to amend (i) the Salary, Allowances, and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 to reduce the salaries of MPs by 30%, and (ii) the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers Act, 1952, to reduce the sumptuary allowance of Ministers by 30%.

GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO REDUCE LAND DEGRADATION AND CORAL REEF PROGRAM LAUNCHED

A Global Initiative to reduce Land Degradation and Coral Reef program was launched at G20 Environment Ministers Meet. It aims to strengthen the implementation of existing frameworks which would  prevent, halt, and reverse land degradation within G20 member states and globally.

EXPLAINED : DJIBOUTI CODE OF CONDUCT/ JEDDAH AMENDMENT (DCOC/JA)

India has joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct as an observer. It is a code which is instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

AMAZON SIGNS AMITABH BACHCHAN FOR ITS ALEXA VOICE ASSISTANT

Amazon.com Inc. has signed up Bollywood mega star Amitabh Bachchan for its Alexa voice assistant. With this technology, Users can buy Amitabh Bachchan’s voice as a skill to provide weather updates, recite poetry and give advice.

RAJYA SABHA PASSES AIRCRAFT AMENDMENT BILL 2020

Parliament passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020. It proposes to increase the fine amount for violations of new rules from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 1 crore. It also provides statutory status to regulatory institutions, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). 

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