Thursday, January 18News That Matters

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Environment Ministry Launches a Regional Project to Tackle Stubble Burning

Environment Ministry Launches a Regional Project to Tackle Stubble Burning

India, Policies
In another significant step to combat climate change, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has approved a regional project on ‘Climate Resilience Building among Farmers through Crop Residue Management’ under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).  The project was approved at the meeting of the National Steering Committee on Climate Change, held here today, under the chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri C.K Mishra. The first phase of the project has been approved at a cost of approximately Rs. 100 Crore for the States of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The project will leverage approximately three times the approved amount with contribution from the States as well as farmers. The project not on
Ballistic Missile Test launch, Successful Direct Hit by Interceptor Missile

Ballistic Missile Test launch, Successful Direct Hit by Interceptor Missile

India, Technology
Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully scored a direct hit on incoming missile today at around 09:45 am from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The interceptor directly hit the target at an altitude of about 15 kilometre and destroyed it into fragments. The spectacular success puts India in the league of a very few select nations world over in the arena of critical defence technology. Today’s direct interception is fourth in a row, where the missiles have scored a perfect hit on the incoming missile. In text book style launch, the incoming ballistic missile was launched from LC-III complex of ITR, which followed the exact path of intended ballistic missile. Radars located at different stations far-off, acqui
Opening new world for business & employment opportunities in North-East through inland waterways

Opening new world for business & employment opportunities in North-East through inland waterways

India
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation will flag off the first movement of cement cargo through National Waterway (NW) 2 on River Brahmaputra in Assam tomorrow,  under the Shipping Ministry’s flagship programme Sagarmala. He will also lay the foundation stone for bank protection work of Majuli Island tomorrow. Assam Chief minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, will also be present on the occasion. Marking a new milestone towards Government of India’s constant endeavors to promote economically more viable and environment friendly modes of transport in the country, two barges of 200 metric ton capacity each, will carry 400 tonnes of cement from the Inland Waterways Authority of India’s Pandu P
PM Modi addresses India Inc at FICCI AGM :

PM Modi addresses India Inc at FICCI AGM :

India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government is working towards fulfilling every need and addressing every problem of the poor. Addressing the Annual General Meeting of FICCI in New Delhi, Mr Modi said, the government is creating a system which will not only be transparent but sensitive towards the needs of the people. He said, the government is also taking steps to address the needs of the youth. Hitting out at the Congress on the issue of huge Non-Performing Assets-NPAs in banks, he said, the previous UPA government forced banks to give huge loans to industrialists. Mr Modi alleged it was a bigger scam than 2G, CWG and coal allocation. He said, NPA or bad loans problems are liabilities handed over by economists in the previous regime to the present dispensation. Mr ...
Aadhaar mandatory linking: SC’s constitution bench to hear case tomorrow

Aadhaar mandatory linking: SC’s constitution bench to hear case tomorrow

India
The Supreme Court today said that a five-judge constitution bench would hear tomorrow pleas against mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various government schemes and welfare measures. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that the larger bench would sit at 2 PM tomorrow to take up the interlocutory applications seeking interim relief against the Centre's decision on linking of Aadhaar with various schemes. The Centre had last Thursday told the apex court that the deadline for mandatory linking of Aadhaar to avail various services and welfare schemes would shortly be extended till March 31 next year. Next day Central Board of Direct Taxes announced extending the date for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31st of March next y...
Govt keeps window open on PAN, Aadhaar for financial dealings :

Govt keeps window open on PAN, Aadhaar for financial dealings :

India
The government has extended the deadline till 31 of March next year for submission of Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the client for certain financial transactions like opening of a bank account. It has amended rules requiring mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and PAN. A new rule modifying the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) 2002 has been notified to replace the requirement of submitting the Aadhaar number and Permanent Account Number by 31st December, 2017 with the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form No. 60 by the due date. On 7th of this month, the deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar was extended by three months to 31st of March next year. Under the PMLA, Aadhaar, PAN and other official documents are required to be obtained ...
Inauguration of Online Examination Web Portal of Indian Air Force by Hon’ble RRM

Inauguration of Online Examination Web Portal of Indian Air Force by Hon’ble RRM

India, Jobs & Education
Today morning Raksha Rajya Mantri Shri Subhash Bhamre inaugurated the online examination web portal of Indian Air Force at Air HQ (VB). Speaking on the occasion he congratulated the IAF for contributing towards the vision of 'Digital India' of the Prime Minister. He also congratulated IAF for developing the online examination system in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) thus also following the 'Make in India' and 'Design in India' philosophy of the Govt of India. Air Marshal SB Deo PVSM AVSM VM VSM ADC Vice Chief of the Air Staff along with other senior Air Force Officers were present during the inauguration. IAF is the first amongst the three services to take up IT enabled Online Testing for induction in Officers and Airmen cadre. The proposal was a...
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says children should also learn Hindi :

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu says children should also learn Hindi :

India
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today emphasised the importance of being proficient in one's mother tongue and said children should also learn Hindi. Addressing a function of a private University at Kattankolathur in Kancheepuram District of Tamilnadu, Mr Naidu said, nobody should force any language on anybody. However, sharing his personal experience, the vice President said, that though one could do well in their respective states by being proficient in their mother tongue, but for a national level role, Hindi should be learnt.
Big bang changes in GST laws on anvil to ease rules and procedures :

Big bang changes in GST laws on anvil to ease rules and procedures :

India
After reducing rates on about 300 items since the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, the government may now propose significant changes in the laws and rules, to simplify procedures and ease rules for the business. The changes could include simplifying the tax return filing process and the composition scheme, apart from the decision on whether to continue with reverse charge mechanism (RCM), tax deducted at source (TDS) and tax collected at source (TCS), two government officials in know of the matter told Moneycontrol. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council--the apex body for decision making headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley—is likely to consider the big bang recommendations of the law advisory group in its next meeting on the first week of January in
Demonetisation, GST implementation are biggest economic reforms in history of independent India: Nitin Gadkari

Demonetisation, GST implementation are biggest economic reforms in history of independent India: Nitin Gadkari

India
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today that demonetisation and GST implementation are the biggest economic reforms in history of the independent India. The Union Minister was addressing the media on the first anniversary of demonetisation in Mumbai. The government is celebrating 'Anti Black Money' today. Calling it the beginning of clean economy in India, Mr Gadkari said demonetization and GST implementation lead to tax compliance in the country. Which resulted in hike of 34.25 per cent in the number of voluntary tax payers in comparison to 2016. In comparison to previous year there were 22 lakh defaulter cases registered which has now increased to 56 lakh cases. Mr Gadkari told the media that 50 lakh bank accounts have been opened for labourers so that wages could directly be trans...