• Daily Current Affairs: 9th July, 2018

    Posted on by in Current Affairs, News, Education & Training

    1. No extra tax incentives for digital transactions – GST Panel
      • A ministerial panel formed by the Goods and Services Tax Council on July 8, 2018 recommended that there shall be no additional tax incentives for digital transactions for a year, citing revenue considerations.
      • The panel claimed that it is not an appropriate moment to incentivise digital payments as it will have revenue implications.
      • The five-member Group of Ministers (GoM) on incentivising digital transaction include Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel, West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra, Haryana excise and taxation minister Captain Abhimanyu and Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal.
    2. Revenue Status to 3 forest villages under FRA, 2006 – UP govt.
      • The Uttar Pradesh Government granted Status of Revenue Village to three villages inhabited by the Tongia Scheduled Tribe in and around forests in Saharanpur district under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA).
      • These villages are – Kaluwala, Sodhinagar and Bhagwatpur.
      • The granting of Revenue Status to villages means that these villages will now come under the revenue department instead of forest department.
    3. Ban on the use of thermocol cutlery – Himachal Pradesh govt.
      • The government has issued fresh notification reiterating that no person including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers, hawkers, rehriwalas will use thermocol cutlery in any form manufactured from non-biodegradable material as listed in Schedule under Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1995.
      • As per the notification, the use and sale of thermocol cutlery, including cups, plates, glasses and spoons will invite heavy penalty.
      • The notification also has provision for imposing penalty on those selling and littering thermocol Cutlery.
      • The state government has set three months deadline for the manufactures, dealers and shopkeepers selling thermocol cutlery across the state to dispose of their stocks.
    4. World’s largest mobile factory opened in India – by Samsung
      • The Electronics facility will be inaugurated on a factory plot measuring 35-acre at Sector 81 in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
      • Key Highlights
        • The factory inauguration marks the first-ever state visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
        • The South Korean President will be accompanied by first lady Kim Jung-sook, senior cabinet members, officials as well as industry captains.
        • The de facto head of Samsung Electronics, Lee Jae-Yong, departed for India on July 8 to lay the groundwork for further expansion in the Indian smartphone market.
    5. 17th World Sanskrit Conference held in Canada
      • The 17th World Sanskrit Conference will be held from July 9-13, 2018 at Vancouver, Canada.
      • The five-day event, hosted by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, is expected to witness participation from more than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries.
      • Key Highlights
        • The conference will provide an ideal platform to the scholars to exchange their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects followed by discussions among the members.
        • There will be a special panel discussion on topics such as – History and Education of Women in Vedic Literature, Sanskrit Buddhist Manus, Mimamsa Beyond the Yagasala, the Yuktidipika forging a place for Sankhya, introducing Bhagavata Purana Commentaries and research on the Gargiyajyotisa.
      • World Sanskrit Conference
        • The World Sanskrit Conference is a premier international forum for professional researchers and educators of the Sanskrit language and its literatures and of the history, religion and cultures of pre-modern South Asia.
        • The conference is held in various countries across the globe once every three years with the support of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies. So far it has been held thrice in India.
        • The 17th WSC is being held in Vancouver, Canada from July 9-13, 2018. This is the first time that the prestigious triennial event is being held in Canada.
        • It is being hosted by the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.
    6. Dipa Karmakar – first Indian to win gold at Gymnastics World Cup
      • Dipa Karmakar, one of India’s leading gymnasts, became the first Indian gymnast to win a gold medal in the vault event of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.
      • She was accompanied at the event by her coach, Bisheshwar Nandi.
    7. Dipika Pallikal to represent Asia in CGF AAC
      • Squash player Dipika Pallikal has been appointed as Asia’s representative in the prestigious Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
      • The appointment was made by the CGF.
      • The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission was proposed in August 2017.
      • Each continent is represented by one athlete in CGFAAC.
    8. The English Patient’ –  Man Booker Prize winner in 50 years
      • Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ was named the greatest-ever winner of the Man Booker Prize at an event celebrating five decades of the prestigious literary award.
      • ‘The English Patient’ won the Booker in 1992 and was made into a 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche that won nine Academy Awards.
    9. Six limited height subways in less than 5 hours built – East Coast Railway
      • East Coast Railway launches highest ever 6 (six) Limited Height Subways (LHS)  in Sambalpur Division and completed it in a single block of four and half hours.
      • As a result these 6 LHS, seven unmanned Level Crossing gates will be totally closed in Bhawanipatna-Lanjigarh Road Section of Kalahandi area of Odisha.
    10. Mukesh Ambani reappointed as Reliance Chairman
      • Mukesh Ambani, one of the board member of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) since 1977, was elevated as Chairman of RIL after the death of his father and group patriarch Dhirubhai Ambani in July 2012.
      • Ambani will be paid an annual salary of Rs 4.17 crore and Rs 59 lakh of perquisites and allowances.
    11. Free ration for ten tribal blocks in Tripura
      • Tripura government will distribute free ration to around 62,000 BPL families in ten tribal dominated blocks for two months.
      • The Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in ten tribal dominated blocks will get this facility because they face a shortage of foods.
      • Each family will get 20 kg of rice per month.
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