Main Opposition parties of Pakistan have formalised an alliance to unseat Imran Khan government as according to them it was elected through a rigged election under the influence of the Army.The Opposition leaders, under the alliance--Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM)--planned to launch a three-phased anti-government movement starting from October and conduct countrywide public meetings and demonstrations that would culminate into rallies in December and eventually a decisive long march towards Islamabad in January 2021.The Opposition said that they would use all democratic and political, including no-confidence motions and mass resignations from parliament, to seek the Prime Minister's resignation.
-The Election Commission of Myanmar has ruled out postponement of general elections in the country due to the COVID 19 pandemic.In an online interaction with the media, the Union Election Commission (UEC) of Myanmar pledged to hold the elections while ensuring measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Last week 24 parties including the military backed main opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) had demanded postponement of elections citing problems in campaigning and other public health related issues.The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) headed by the state Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi supports holding elections on the date announced by the UEC.In the wake of the lockdown, political parties have stopped campaigning in Yangon, reports Reutres.
-Parliament gave its nod to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 with Lok Sabha passing it with voice vote on Monday.In his reply after the discussion on the bill, Union Minister of State for Home Ministry, Nityanand Rai said that the bill ensures that foreign funds are not utilized to tamper the social fabric or disturb the internal security in the country.He said, the legislation will bring transparency in the transaction of foreign contributions and their usage.The Bill seeks to amend the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 which regulates the acceptance and utilisation of foreign contribution by individuals, associations, NGOs and companies in the country.The bill adds public servants among the list of entities prohibited to accept any foreign contribution which already includes election candidates, editor or publisher of a newspaper, judges, government servants, members of any legislature, and political parties, among others.The bill prohibits transfer of foreign contribution received by any entity in the country to any other person, association, or company.Aadhaar number of office bearers, directors or key functionaries of the entity receiving foreign contributions has been made mandatory as per the bill.
-Indian Railways has floated the revised Tender of semi high speed 44 Vande Bharat trains sets.The Tender is for -3 phase Propulsion, Control and other Equipment along with Bogies for Trains Sets.The revised Tender is In line with Government of India’s preference for Make In India policy, the minimum local content percentage has been revised to 75%. It is the first big tender under revised DPIIT norms of Atma Nirbhar Bharat. Having at least 75 % domestic componentsThis tender is now a Domestic Tender. Only the Companies registered in India can apply and will have to quote in Indian Rupee.
-The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has advised the States and Union Territory administrations to stamp International Convention of Road Traffic of 19th September 1949 on the first page of International Driving Permit, IDP issued by them.The Ministry said, it has been brought to its notice that many countries are not accepting the International Driving Permit issued to Indian citizens and that officials there ask for the validation of IDP in accordance with International Convention of Road Traffic of 19th September 1949.In an advisory issued to Transport Secretaries, Commissioners of States and UTs, the Ministry has also provided a copy of the stamp as being placed by some of the RTOs and accepted internationally for reference.