NEW DELHI: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by the BJP has hinted at conducting a closed-door discussion on the India-China border situation. Despite opposition’s demand for a full discussion on the matter, the government is seen not to go for it.
To take up austerity measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central government has pushed two bills to temporarily reduce salaries and allowances of lawmakers and ministers.
Lok Sabha passed a bill to reduce salaries of lawmakers by 30% for one year on September 15th and Rajya Sabha takes up the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for consideration.
Indian lawmakers fix their own salaries, under Article 106 of the Constitution.
Rajya Sabha passed the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to help in improving the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and airports and meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). This will be done by converting existing regulatory bodies under the Civil Aviation Ministry into statutory bodies; three regulatory bodies are The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), and the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB).
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the battle against Covid-19 is far from over and the government is taking all necessary measures. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha gave a zero hour notice in the Rajya Sabha over “Covid-19 and its impacts on the migrant workforce” to hold more discussions on it.
Former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa filed a complaint with the Narcotics Control Bureau, asking the agency to investigate Karan Johar and what he has alleged was a ‘drug party’ video from 2019. In that video, several stars including Vicky Kaushal, Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone looked tired and drowsy. Netizens had trolled them for being stoned.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar opposed the central government's decision to ban onion export by saying that it will benefit Pakistan. He added that it will be a blow to India’s image as a reliable exporter of onions in the international market.
In Japan, Japanese ruling party leader Yoshihide Suga was elected prime minister in a parliamentary vote. Liberal Democratic Party used its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had resigned from his position.