War room set up to deal with GST crises
- There is the tax department of India is ready with the many Mobiles and telephones and many of the computer system with the full accessibility of the tech-savvy youngsters, and by this has created the “mini war room” that has been set in the office of the finance ministry to deal with crises related to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N. Sarna told in the report of the media on Tuesday that the team of the finance ministry will work as in the center for Central and State government officials to address their queries on the historic tax reform scheduled to be implemented from July 1.
- Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N. Sarna said, “The Finance Ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area,”
- A team of tech-savvy young officers will be named and assaults the “war room” to assist officials in resolving their GST-related queries, it to get to know by the resource.
- The Ministry of Finance is an important ministry within the Government of India concerned with the economy of India, serving as the Indian Treasury Department
- Formed: 29 October 1946
- Jurisdiction: Government of India
- Headquarters: North Block, Cabinet Secretariat, Raisina Hill, New Delhi – 110 001
- Cabinet minister: Arun Jaitley
- Minister of state: Santosh Gangwar, Arjun Ram Meghwal
- Programs: Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, more
India’s first blood bank for Cattle to come up in Odisha
- Odisha is going to become the first state in the country to set up the first blood bank for the cattle. In this project there will be the shring of the 60:40 between the Centre and the state government, the OUAT Vice-Chancellor said. This blood bank facility will comes in under the hand of the veterinarians to save lives of the domesticated animals.
- In the staement of this project the Vice-chancellor of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) Surendra Nath Pasupalak said that the the first blood bank of the state for the cattles will be established in the premises of the OUAT at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.
- Mr Pasupalak said that the proposal for this is submitted earlier in the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP). After approval from the NADP, the OUAT is now awaiting approval from the state government.
- The cattle farmers will be provide blood the discount in the this. The blood bank will also go and collect blood from centres. Blood transfusion facility for cattle blood will also be done at the proposed blood bank. This will prevent death of cattle during deliveries and other ailments, he said.
- Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples
- The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara
- The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake
- The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment
- Capital: Bhubaneswar
- Official song: Bande Utkala Janani
- Destinations: Puri, Bhubaneswar, Konark, Chilika Lake, Cuttack, more
- Colleges and Universities: Utkal University, more
Election commission joins hands with Facebook to launch first time nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder”
- The Election Commission is going to launch the new drives for the signup for the electors, and has joined the hands with the Facebook for the ‘voter registration reminder’ on July 1. This will be the first time that the Facebook has been used for enrolling new voters across India. In the year 2016 and 2017, Chief Electoral Officers made efforts at the state level during their state elections.
- In the report of the officials that was released earlier that a notification of the ‘voter registration reminder’ will be sent on July 1 to people who are eligible to vote on Facebook. The remainder for the election eligibility will be sent in the 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.
- On the click on the button ‘register now’ button, people will be directed to the national voters’ services portal (www.nvsp.in) which will guide them through the registration process.
- Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said, “I am pleased to announce that the Election Commission is launching a special drive to enrol left out electors, with a special focus on first-time electors. This is a step towards fulfillment of the motto of EC ‘No Voter to be Left Behind’. I urge all eligible citizens to enroll and vote i.e. recognizes your right and performs your duty. I am sure this initiative will strengthen EC’s enrolment campaign and encourage future voters to participate in the electoral process and become responsible citizens,”
- Formed- 25 January 1950 (Later celebrated as National Voters Day)
- Jurisdiction- India
- Headquarters- New Delhi
- Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi IAS- Chief Election Commissioner
- Dilip Sharma IRS- Director General
Modi to visit Israel on July 4, first by an Indian PM
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to create the history by getting the visits of Israel on a three-day visit that will be beginning from next week, July 4, Modi will be the first Indian PM to step on Israeli soil, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.
- A statement from the Israeli embassy said, “The visit will include a call on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, and a working meeting and dinner with the Israeli Prime Minister. It will also include high-level bilateral meetings and other various components which reflect the fabric of the Indo-Israeli relations,”
- Israeli embassy said, “This significant visit, the first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel, takes place in the backdrop of marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel, and will further upgrade the ever growing partnership between the two countries,”
- Prime Minister Netanyahu on June 25 had announced the visit in a tweet, saying “Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, @NarendraModi will arrive in Israel, This is an historic visit to Israel.”
- Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land
- Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem
- Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
- Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches
- Capital: Jerusalem
- Currency: Israeli new shekel
- President: Reuven Rivlin
- Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
- Destinations: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Dead Sea, Eilat, Galilee, Haifa, more
Kaushik Basu is new International Economic Association president
- The C. Marks Professor of International Studies and professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences that is Kaushik Basu, has begun his three-year term as president of the International Economic Association (IEA) from June 23.
- A Cornell statement said on Tuesday, “Kaushik Basu, C. Marks Professor of International Studies and Professor of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, elected President of the International Economic Association (IEA), began his three-year term on Friday, June 23,”
- “Basu’s leadership kicked off with the closing of IEAs 18th World Congress in Mexico, at which Basu spoke, along with Cornell’s Ravi Kanbur” and other distinguished speakers, it added.
- In term of the Econometric Society, Basu has written in the development economics, industrial organization, game theory and welfare economics. His books include “Analytical Development Economics” (1997), “Prelude to Political Economy: A Study of the Social and Political Foundations of Economics” (2000), “Beyond the Invisible Hand: Groundwork for a New Economics” (2010) and “An Economist in the Real World: The Art of Policymaking in India” (2015).
- The International Economic Association is a Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1950, at the instigation of the Social Sciences Department of UNESCO
- President: Kaushik Basu (India)
- Headquarters: Barcelona, Spain
- Founded: 1950
- Main organ: Executive Committee
- Purpose: Encourage research, publication, and free discussion of economic topics
- Parent organization: Snowy Hydro
- Subsidiaries: Lumo Energy, Direct Connect Australia Pty Limited, Angaston Power Station
India ranks 93rd out of 128 in Social Progress Index 2017
- India has secured the 101st place out of 133 countries that was rated on the basis of the health, water and sanitation, personal safety, access to opportunity, tolerance, inclusion, personal freedom and choice.
- On the sense of the rating parameter ‘Tolerance and inclusion’ India ranks 128th and is at the 120th place on ‘health and wellness’ that, says economist and executive director of the SPI, Michael Green, is the toughest parameter for a country to excel at.
- Even harder to tackle are freedom and tolerance, Dr. Green says. “The most striking findings for India are the worst performance on the tolerance and inclusion front. It’s a complex problem in a diverse country, another thing I will be watching for as India grows economically is when obesity as a crisis will start hitting. GDP isn’t bad but it’s not the whole story… alongside economic growth social progress is more important for policymaking,”
- Executive director of the Social Progress Index, Michael Green said, “Richer countries do better on the SPI as more GDP in general makes lives better but that is not the whole story…there is good correlation between GDP and social progress but not perfect correlation as other things matter…and therefore there is need for a complete model not just a GDP methodology,”
- The Social Progress Index measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens
- Fifty-four indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity to progress show the relative performance of nations
- The index combines three dimensions- Basic human needs, Foundations of Well-being, Opportunity
UNESCO names Sharjah as World Book Capital 2019
- It is the vary and most achievement for the country of UAE and the Arab world, that is Sharjah has been awarded with the prestigious ‘World Book Capital’ title for 2019 by UNESCO. This honor is the presentation of the emirate’s pioneering role in supporting and expanding the local and regional publishing industries, promoting reading to become an intrinsic cultural practice, as well as embracing intercultural, knowledge-based dialogue.
- Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said, “I applaud the nomination of Sharjah as the World Book Capital as well as the efforts undertaken by the city in order to make reading available to as many people as possible, in particular the marginalized populations, as a motor for social inclusion, creativity and dialogue,”
- In press materials issued by UNESCO, the city is reported to have been “because of the very innovative, comprehensive and inclusive nature of the application, with a community-focused activity program containing creative proposals to engage the very large migrant population.”
- Sharjah is the 19th city to become World Book Capital. It was preceded by Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017) and Athens (2018).
- Full form of UNESCO- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
- Formation- 16 November 1945
- Type- Specialized agency
- Legal status- Active
- Headquarters- Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France
- Membership- 195 member states
- Head- Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
BANKING & FINANCE
India signs loan agreement with World Bank for USD 35 Million for “Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project”
- There is the agreement of the USD 35 million from the World Bank for ‘Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project’ was signed on Wednesday at New Delhi, it is said in the govt released. The total project size is the USD 44 million, and in that the USD 35 million will be financed by the Bank, and in that the remaining amount will be funded by the outside. The project duration is five years.
- This agreement from the World Bank was signed by Shri Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. John Blomquist, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Department of Finance, on behalf of Government of Assam, and the Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
- In this week, in the starting, India signed an agreement with the World Bank for co-financing loans worth USD 570 million for ‘Power for All’ project in Andhra Pradesh. The total cost of the project is USD 570 million, out of which USD 240 million is from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)- an arm of the World Bank, and USD 160 million from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a finance ministry statement said.
- The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- Purpose: Crediting
- Membership: 189 countries (IBRD); 173 countries (IDA)
- Subsidiaries: International Finance Corporation, more
- Founders: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White
FSSAI issues draft regulations for organic food products
- The regulator of the FSSAI has been installed with the new and organic food products, seeking to ensure that these food items are actually organic. Organic foods will have to apply the new fund of the, by the government or the Participatory Guarantee System for India (PGS-India) in under the National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) administered run by the Agriculture Ministry or any other standards notified by the food authority.
- “Organic food products are either those grown under a system of agriculture without the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides or made from organically produced raw materials … Currently, a number of food products are being marketed as organic,” the FSSAI said.
- Besides this the regulator has said that consumers do not have any way to check the authenticity of organic food products due to lack of a regulatory framework. “The draft regulation on organic food is aimed at overcoming this problem and ensuring that what is sold as organic food is really organic,” FSSAI said.
- The FSSAIs draft has exempted organic food marketed through direct sale by the original producer or producer organisation to the end consumer from verification compliance. However, this exemption does not apply to processed organic products.
- Full from of FSSAI- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
- Founded: August 2011
- Sector: Food safety
- Jurisdiction: India
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Agency executive: Ashish Bahuguna (Chairman), Pawan Kumar Agarwal (Chief Executive)
- Parent agency: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Union Government appoints Chetan Chauhan as NIFT Chairperson
- Former cricketer and two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Chetan Chauhan, has been given tha name for chairperson of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), it is get to know by the report of the spokesperson of the media.
- “I have been appointed (as the NIFT Chairman) by the Government of India and I will work to the best of my ability. I will spend 60% of the time in DDCA, 30% at NIFT and 30% in my business,” said Chauhan, who is also the vice president of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
- Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “The government wants to convert the National Institute of Fashion Technology into National Institute of Cricket Technology.”
- “Chauhan’s appointment is similar to the appointments to institutions like the FTII and CBFC. This is absurd. He (Chauhan) does not know ‘F’ about fashion and he is the same person who defended Jaitley. And his appointment has the blessings of Amit Shah and Modi,” AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha told reporters.
- The Government of India is the federal government created by the Constitution of India as the legislative, executive and judicial authority of the union of 29 states and seven union territories of a constitutionally democratic republic
- Leader: Prime Minister of India
- Jurisdiction: India
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Appointer: Electoral College
- Main organ: Union Council of Ministers
- Subsidiaries: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, more
Science and Technology
ISRO’s GSAT-17 launched successfully from French Guiana
- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has launched the successfully his latest communication satellite GSAT-17 on Thursday that is around 2.00 am by a heavy duty rocket of Arianespace from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana. It is get to know that I-3K extended bus; the 3,477 kg GSAT-17 carries payloads in Normal C-band, Extended C-band and S-band to provide various communication services.
- The GSAT-17 will be the third satellite that has been launched by ISRO this month, in the other two projects is that GSLV MkIII and PSLV C-38 missions, both from Sriharikota spaceport. The satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services being provided by earlier INSAT satellites.
- “GSAT-17 was injected shortly after orbiting co-passenger Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN in a flawless flight lasting about 41 minutes,” the report said.
- After the successful launch of the mission, the space agency said, “GSAT-17 successfully launched by Ariane-5 VA-238 from Kourou, French Guiana. GSAT-17 that will strengthen ISRO’s current fleet of 17 telecommunications satellites was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).”
- Established- 15 August 1969, (1962 as INCOSPAR)
- Headquarters- Bangalore, Karnataka, India
- Primary spaceport- Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
- Motto- मानव जाति की सेवा में अंतरिक्ष प्रौद्योगिकी (Hindi)
- IAST: Mānav Jāti Kī Sevā Men Antarikṣa Praudyogikī, (Space technology in the Service of humankind.)
- Administrator- A. S. Kiran Kumar, (Chairman)
Twitter hires Castleberry Singleton as the new VP of inclusion and diversity
- To gain the more and being most up line by six percent or more under-represented minorities in leadership roles, Twitter has hired Castleberry Singleton to lead its diversity efforts.
- Castleberry Singleton said in a statement to TechCrunch, “I’m so excited to join the team at Twitter to lead inclusion and diversity efforts for employees and the Twitter community. I’ve spent much of my career leading organizational change and building I&D into core business practices, and I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Twitter and building on the company’s great progress!”
- By the report it is get to know that, Twitter is 57 percent White, 32 percent Asian, three percent Black, four percent Hispanic/ Latin, three percent multi-racial, less than one percent American Indian and Native Hawaiian in the US and 37 percent female worldwide, up from 34 percent in 2015, this report was published by the tech report.
- The person who has been using the social media frequently that have been in the frequent but employees of the social media company do not. Nine out of 10 employees are white or Asian and about two-thirds are men. Four percent of Twitter staffers are Latino or Hispanic and 3% are African-American.
- Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets”, restricted to 140 characters
- Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them
- Founded: 21 March 2006, San Francisco, California, United States
- CEO: Jack Dorsey
- Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States
- Founders: Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Biz Stone
Roger Federer demolishes Alexander Zverev to win ninth Halle Open title
- The World’s number fifth rank, Roger Federer have created the record in the ninth Halle Open title on Sunday, by defeating the last year’s finalist Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 to lay down a marker in the lead-up to Wimbledon.
- Federer, who dropped just nine points on his serve said, “I played unbelievably well. I felt good and never let up. It was my best game this week. Nearly everything worked out for me. It has been a difficult year with a lot of practice, training and rehab so I am very happy to be back on the court,”
- Federer is the 8-time grand slam champion, who has avoided the court that was made up of clay and gone prepare for the grass, after winning the Australian Open and titles in Indian Wells and Miami, is in ominous form and won in Halle without dropping a single set all week.
- “I do not know if I will ever be going to win this tournament again so I will enjoy this one,” said the Swiss, who has won eight Wimbledon titles.
- Roger Federer (born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player
- He has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the most in history for a male tennis player, and held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record 237 consecutive weeks and a record total of 302 weeks
- In majors, Federer has won seven Wimbledon titles, five Australian Open titles, five US Open titles and one French Open title
- He is among the eight men to capture a career Grand Slam
- He has reached a record 28 men’s singles Grand Slam finals, including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships to the 2007 US Open
FIFA set to shift India’s U-17 World Cup games to Delhi
- The group stage match of the India that is coming in the FIFA U-17 World Cup has been get shifted from Mumbai to Delhi. FIFA said that the this shift is taken by the request of the host government.
- “We are working on the most beneficial decision for the tournament. We take the requests from the Indian Government very seriously, as it’s our main partner in the organisation of the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” FIFA’s head of events Jaime Yarza is quoted as saying by PTI.
- Yarza said, “Well, we cannot spoil the fun for the fans. We will have two top players for the official draw on the 7th July, as well as some other appearances until the start of the tournament. But it’s difficult to find time on the agendas of such football legends, so we’d rather work carefully to make sure that these legends make an impact on the Indian fans. But one thing we can confirm: football fans will not be disappointed!”
- Jaime Yarza said, “We are very satisfied with venues like Guhawati, Kochi or Kolkata. The Indian public seems to be aware of the importance of this world cup for the future of football in India, and no one would like to miss the stars of tomorrow in their own country,”
- The Fédération Internationale de Football Association is a private association which describes itself as an international governing body of association football, futsal, and beach soccer
- President: Gianni Infantino
- Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland
- Senior Vice-President: Ángel María Villar
- Membership: 211 national associations
- Secretary General: Fatma Samourac
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Uttarakhand gets award of excellence at international meet
- Uttarakhand has been pretending for the awards for the excellence at the 2nd Global Skill Development Summit that is held in Paris recently for innovations and extensive use of IT for skilling the states youth
- Project Director of Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee Pankaj Kumar Pandey received the honor on the day of the event that was organised in the state on June 23, an official release said here today.
- In this there is more efficient and most important things is the main of employment generation in the border areas of the state, Project Director of Uttarakhand Skill Development Committee Pankaj Kumar Pandey said training programmes are being designed in accordance with the requirements of the industries and are being carried out in both rural and urban areas of the state.
- Pandey said the Committee was also being busy in the international language training programmes for the state’s youth to strengthen the prospects oftheir employability by foreign companies.
- Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites
- Rishikesh, a major centre for yoga study, was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit
- The city hosts the evening Ganga Aarti, a spiritual gathering on the sacred Ganges River
- The state’s forested Jim Corbett National Park shelters Bengal tigers and other native wildlife
- Chief minister: Trivendra Singh Rawat
- Capitals: Dehradun, Nainital (Judiciary)
- Destinations: Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, more
Former Bureaucrat O N Dhar passes away
- A former bureaucrat, O N Dhar, who served himself as the main person of Sheikh Abdullah and other former prime ministers of Jammu and Kashmir, has been dies on Wednesday at the age of 91.
- On the Wednesday morning he wake up in the normal way but after some some he get collapsed, and that is due to a heart attack, it is told by his son A K Dhar.
- When they were prime ministers of Jammu and Kashmir till 1965, O N Dhar had worked with Sheikh Abdullah, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed and Mir Sadiq.
- The elected head of government in Jammu and Kashmir was called prime minister, till 1967, before the nomenclature was changed to chief minister. Dhar had also held key secretarial-level posts in the state subsequently.
- Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K
- It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south
- Districts: 22
- Chief minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
- Capitals: Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)
- Back on June 30, 1908, there was the biggest asteroid-related impact event that has occurred near the Stony Tunguska River in Russia. Now we have set that and celebrate the June 30 as International Asteroid Day, a day to raise awareness about asteroids, how they impact Earth, and what we can do to protect the planet.
- According to a statement, “Science Channel’s programming block will span millions of years, turning back the clock to the dinosaur-era when asteroids eradicated species and zooming towards the future to show viewers how to survive impending asteroid attacks,”
- Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson at NASA Headquarters said, “At NASA, every day is an asteroid day, but we value the international collaboration for a designated day to call attention to the importance of detecting and tracking hazardous asteroids,”
- First celebrated on- June 30, 1908
- Organised by- Stony Tunguska River in Russia
- Aim- To raise awareness about asteroids