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  • Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020
  • The Patents (Amendment) Rules, 2020, which came into effect on 19 October 2020, have further streamlined the requirements related to filing of Form 27 and submission of verified English translation of priority documents, which is not in English language.

  • DoPT reforms regarding Child Care Leave
  • As part of reforms, Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has said that the male employees of the government are also now entitled to Child Care Leave.

  • Extension of due date of furnishing of Income Tax Returns and Audit Reports
  • The returns of income which were required to be filed by 31st July, 2020 and 31st October, 2020 are required to be filed by 30th November, 2020.

  • Graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions
  • The Government has now decided to make a graded relaxation in visa and travel restrictions for more categories of foreign nationals and Indian nationals who wish to enter or leave India.

  • Preparation framework for Block and District development plans unveiled
  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj unveils preparation framework for Block and District development plans.

  • Ayushman Sahakar Fund for creation of healthcare infrastructure by cooperatives launched
  • AYUSHMAN SAHAKAR, a unique scheme to assist cooperatives play an important role in creation of healthcare infrastructure in the country formulated by the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) launched.

  • Railway Protection Force (RPF) issues guidelines for travellers as the festive season approaches
  • Railway Protection Force has issued guidelines for travellers as the festive season is approaching. The general public is counselled to desist from the certain acts or omission while being in railway stations, trains or other railway area.

  • Stimulus announced to boost Demand in the Economy
  • Finance Minister announces measures of Rs 73,000 crore to stimulate consumer spending before end of this Financial Year in fight against COVID-19.

  • Cabinet ratifies ban on seven chemicals that are hazardous to health & environment listed under Stockholm Convention
  • Cabinet ratified ban of seven Persistent Organic Pollutants(POP’s) listed under Stockholm Convention.

  • Indian Railways to restore earlier system of preparation of second reservation charts w.e.f. 10.10.2020.
  • Second Reservation Charts to be issued 30 minutes before the scheduled train departure time, as was done before the lockdown. Ticket booking facility, both online and on PRS ticket counters, shall be available, before preparation of second chart

  • Rules published for protection of Good Samaritans
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published the rules for the protection of Good Samaritans vide GSR 594 (E) dated 29th September 2020.

  • Salient Features of Monsoon 2020
  • The all India seasonal rainfall this year was third highest, after 112% of LPA in 1994 and 110% of LPA in 2019Y

  • MHA issues new Guidelines for Re-opening
  • Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The guidelines is in effect from October 1, 2020.

  • Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes
  • The arrival of Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21 has just begun and the Government continues to procure Kharif 2020-21 crops at MSP from farmers as per its existing MSP Schemes as done in previous seasons.

  • Rules relaxed for divorced daughters to receive Family Pension
  • Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has relaxed rules for divorced daughters to receive Family Pension.

  • NPPA steps in to cap price of Liquid Medical Oxygen and Medical Oxygen cylinders
  • The the ex- factory price of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) at manufacturers end is Rs. 15.22/CUM exclusive of GST; and the ex-factory cost of Medical Oxygen Cylinder at filler end is Rs. 25.71/CUM exclusive of GST in suppression of the existing Ceiling Price of Rs. 17.49/CUM, subject to transportation cost fixation at state level, for six months.

  • Union Road Ministry Notifies amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules facilitating implementation of Electronic enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents through Information Technology portal w.e.f 1.10.2020
  • Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has recently issued notifications regarding various amendments in Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 requiring implementation of enforcement, Maintenance of Vehicular Documents and E-Challans through portal w.e.f 1.10.2020 for better monitoring and enforcement of MV Rules.

  • Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols launched
  • Provides information about Age Appropriate Fitness Protocols launched as part of Fit India Movement.

  • Standards for Safety Evaluation of Hydrogen Fuel cells based vehicles notified
  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the Standards for Safety Evaluation of vehicles being propelled by Hydrogen Fuel cells through an amendment to Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989

  • Two important Farmers' Bill passed
  • Parliament passes The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

  • Eight beaches of India recommended for the coveted “Blue Flag” International eco-label.
  • In a first, eight beaches of India recommended for the coveted “Blue Flag” International eco-label.

  • Ceiling prices of Knee Implants extended till 14th September 2021
  • To guarantee accessibility of necessary medical devices at genuine cost NPPA extends ceiling prices of Knee Implants till 14th September 2021

  • Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF 2.0) and Streets for People Challenge launched
  • Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launches Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF 2.0) and Streets for People Challenge launched.

  • Relaxation of the existing timeline for submission of Life Certificate.
  • Government relaxes existing timeline for submission of Life Certificate to hugely benefit elderly persons during the pandemic.

  • India Post launches Five Star Villages Scheme to ensure 100% rural coverage of postal schemes
  • India Post launches Five Star Villages Scheme to ensure 100% rural coverage of postal schemes. Gramin Dak Sevaks to lead Public Awareness Campaign on Postal Services. Scheme to be implemented nation-wide, based on Maharashtra experience:

  • 24x7 Toll-Free Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline Kiran (1800-599-0019) launched
  • Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment launches 24x7 Toll-Free Mental Health Rehabilitation Helpline Kiran (1800-599-0019) to provide relief and support to persons with Mental Illness.

  • Government of India Expands the support to Artisans manifold, for making Agarbatti
  • Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has further expanded the reach and support to Artisans, involved in Agarbatti making, and to the Agarbatti Industry.

  • Promotion of Digital and IT based payment of fees through FASTag
  • Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified draft notification GSR 541 (E) dated 1st September, 2020 to seek comments and suggestions from the stakeholders on making FASTag mandatory for old vehicles sold before 1st December, 2017. The amended provision in CMVR, 1989 is proposed to be put in force wef 1st Jan 2021.

  • Metro Operations to Resume in a Graded Manner from 7th September 2020
  • As per MHA order No 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 29.8.2020, metro services will resume from 7th September, 2020 in a graded manner. Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced the SOP guidelines for metro operations.

  • Government Blocks 118 Mobile Apps
  • Government Blocks 118 Mobile Apps Which are Prejudicial to Sovereignty and Integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order

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