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  1. GST relief for industrial units in Himalayan, NE region till 2027 Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Scheme of providing Budgetary Support under Goods and Service Tax (GST) Regime for the eligible industrial units located in State of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States including Sikkim. Budgetary support of Rs. 27,413 crore for the said Scheme has been approved for the period from 1.7.2017 till 31.03.2027 for such industrial units located in aforesaid States which availed the benefit of Central Excise exemption prior to coming into force of GST regime. It is estimated that total number of 4284 eligible units located in the State(s) of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and North Eastern States including Sikkim will benefit from the above scheme. 2. Petrol pumps to sell LED bulbs, tubelights, ceiling fans soon The OMCs ( Oil Marketing Companies) and EESL ( EnergyRead More
  1. Lok Sabha passes State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 The Lok Sabha passed State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill 2017 to repeal the SBI (Subsidiary Banks) Act 1959, State Bank of Hyderabad Act 1956 and to further amend the State Bank of India Act, 1955, following the merger of five associates with the parent State Bank of India. From April 1, 2017, State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP), State Bank of Travancore (SBT) and Bharatiya Mahila Bank were merged into State Bank of India (SBI). On account of this merger, these subsidiary banks ceased to exist and, therefore, it became necessary to repeal the SBI India (Subsidiary Banks) Act and the State Bank of Hyderabad Act which established these subsidiaries. 2. Telengana CM initiates 2000-crore SriramSagar modernisation Project  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Raohas initiated Rs2,000-crore project that seeks to modernise and strengthen its network.Read More
  1.Maharashtra Government to raise $270 mn from Green Climate Fund The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) will help the Maharashtra Government to raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund, which will be invested in integrated watershed programmes in the state. For raising money from the Green Climate Fund, Maharashtra State Level Climate Change Committee will endorse the proposal next week, after which it would be referred to the Central Government. The approvals will be in place in early 2018 and it could take a year to get the funding.Fund will also be used in crop diversification and adding market linkages.   2.Ravindra Jadeja becomes No.1 test all- rounder in the ICC 2017 rankings In the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has been ranked as World No. 1 all-rounder after eclipsing Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh. Following his Man-of-the-Match performance of 70 not out and seven wickets to help top-ranked India beat Sri Lanka byRead More
  1.Govt merges NCRB with BPRD Union Home Ministry passed an order to merge the three-decade old National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD). Government has taken this decision with an aim to improve administrative efficiency and optimal utilisation of resources. The BPRD Director General (DG) will be the head of the merged new entity, where the NCRB Director, an Additional DG rank post will report to the former.   2. PNB customers to pay higher charges for non-credit services PNB customers will have to pay charges for depositing cash above Rs 5,000 in a non-base branch. Currently, the customers of Punjab National Bank (PNB) are levied charges only for depositing cash over Rs 25,000 at a non-base branch within the same city. A customer will have to pay Re 1 per Rs 1,000 for above Rs 5,000 cash deposit or part thereof with a minimum of Rs 25 per transaction. It has been decided to revise the non-credit relatedRead More
  1. Second AGRI UDAAN program launched in Delhi In an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, Government launched “AGRI UDAAN”- Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 programme in New Delhi on August 4, 2017.  The program will be run by ICAR-NAARM Technology Business Incubator (TBI), a-IDEA and Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad’s Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). This is a 6 month program in which shortlisted agri startups with promising innovative business models will be mentored & guided to scale up their operations.     2. Aadhaar made mandatory for registration of death from October 1 According to the home ministry the Aadhaar number has been made mandatory for the registration of death from 1st of October. The rule will come into force across the country except Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya. It will provide an effective method to prevent identity fraud. Under the new rule, applications for a death certificate would have to provide the Aadhaar number, orRead More
  1.Canara Bank launches “”CANDI””-its first digital branch in Bengaluru Canara Bank has launched its first ‘Digital Banking Branch’ at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru. The branch is titled “CANDI” and its aim to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers. It will enable customers to get most of the information related to their accounts without visiting the branch. The bank becomes the first in the public sector category to initiate artificial intelligence in banking. A humanoid has been introduced in the branch to addresses basic queries of customers on banking products and services.     2. Japanese, Sri Lankan among 2017 winners of Magsaysay awards A Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples and a Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize. The other recipients named Thursday are an IndonesianRead More
  1.18th Kargil Vijay Diwas observed  The 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas was celebrated across India to commemorate the success of Operation Vijay and remember brave sacrifice of Indian soldiers during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War. The war took place between May and July of 1999 in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil district. It began with the infiltration of both Pakistani troops and terrorists deep inside Indian territory in strategic positions that overlooked the only road link between Srinagar and Leh. Based on information from local shepherds, Indian Army was able to ascertain the points of incursion and launch “Operation Vijay”. The Army declared the mission successful on July 26, 1999. Since then the day has been celebrated annually as Vijay Diwas 2. Government approves first housing project on private land under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has approved construction of 30,000 affordableRead More
  1.FM Arun Jaitley introduces bill to amend Banking Regulation Act On July 24, 2017, The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was introduced in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The bill seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which was promulgated in May 2017. Jaitley introduced the Bill amid protests in the House by opposition members over the alleged incidents of lynching by cow vigilantes in different parts of the country.   2. AAI, Uttarakhand Govt ink MoU on aviation development The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has signed a MoU with Government of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA). The MoU has been signed on 21st of July 2017. The scope of the MoU is to identify relevant factors influencing the development of civil aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand. It will assess the commercial potential of various airports of the State, identifying technical considerations for airport operations in the State, evaluating siteRead More

 

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