Current Affairs Dated 14-10-2020

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India contributed over ₹7.32 crore to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East UNRWA in support of the agency's programmes and services. "India is facing a difficult situation at home due to the pandemic and it has still not forgotten the Palestinian refugees and stepped in to help stabilise basic services," UNRWA said.

Fifty teams if the Central Pollution Control Board - CPCB will be deployed in the Delhi-NCR from October 15,2020 this year to Feburary 28,2021 to ensure better better air quality, the Ministry of Environment said. The teams will maintain strict vigil and report major polluting sources, including construction activities without proper control measures and dumping of garbage, using Sameer app. 

NCP leader Sanjay Shinde was burnt alive in his car after the car short-circuited and caught fire. He was travelling on the Mumbai-Agra Highway when the incident took place near the Pimpalgaon Baswant toll plaza. The short circuit caused a spark, leading to the hand sanitiser kept in the car to catch fire, reports said. Car door was jammed after central locking activated.

Delhi government will form a policy for the regulation of private coaching centres in the capital, according to the officials. The government has asked institues with over 20 students to register themselves with Directorate of Education. "These institutions are running a parallel education system and are still out of ambit of any regulation," Delhi's Assistant DoE Yogesh Pal Singh said.

India's public debt ratio is projected to jump 17 percentage points to nearly 90% because of an increase in public spending due to COVID-19 and a fall in tax revenues and economic activity, the IMF said. The ratio has been remarkably stable at around 70% of the GDP since 1991, Victor Gaspar, Director of IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department added. 
However, IMF also added that the ratio is projected to stabilise in 2021.

Days after she resigned from Congress and joined BJP, actor-turned-politician Kushboo Sundar said, "The Gandhis have to come out of the bubble they have built for themselves. They will not find themselves in opposition also..Forget ruling the country..They are living under false hope that they will be in opposition all the while." 
She also Questioned that "Why are people who swore by Congress leaving?" 

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti has been released after spending over 14 months in detention following abrogation of Article 370. "As Ms Mufti's illegal detention finally comes to an end, I'd like to thank everybody who supported me in these tough times. I owe a debt of gratitude to you all," Mehbooba's daughter Litija tweeted. 

Ex-J&K CM Omar Abdullah was released in March.

"STARS - "Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States" - project under New Education Policy was approved by The Cabinet on "DATE". Union Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that " "In order to achieve fundamental literacy...we have to improve board exams. There will be a seprate assessment institution that'll come in force,"

Which states will be covered under STARS?

It'll cover Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala & Odisha and it is supported by World Bank

Calcutta High Court ordered a 20% reduction in tuiton fees in all "non-government aided schools" in the state during FY 2020-21 due to COVID-19 pandemic. "From the month begining April 2020 till the month following the one in which the schools reopen in physical mode, schools will offer a minimum of 20% reduction of fees across board," the HC said.