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Thursday, December 21, 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 DEC 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 19 DEC 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      INDIA TO HOST MEETING OF WTO MEMBER COUNTRIES ON FOOD SECURITY
i. India will host a meeting of WTO member countries in February 2018 to muster support for food security and other issues. The announcement was made by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi.
ii. The proposed meeting would be in the backdrop of developed nations forming groupings to prepare ground for pushing investment facilitation, preparing rules for e-commerce, promoting gender equality and reducing subsidy on fisheries.

2.      GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX- INDIA RANKED 60TH MOST INNOVATIVE COUNTRY, SWITZERLAND TOPS
i. India currently ranks 60th out of 127 countries on the Global Innovation Index 2017 as compared to 66th rank on GII 2016. The list was topped by Switzerland. NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Confederation of Indian Industry together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index”.
ii. This Index will rank states on Innovations through country’s first online innovation index portal that will capture data on innovation from all Indian states on innovation and regularly update it in real time.
iii. The Top 3 Countries on Global Innovation Index 2017 are- Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands.

3.      BENGALI POET JOY GOSWAMI TO GET 31ST MOORTIDEVI AWARD
i. Eminent Bengali poet Joy Goswami will be given the 31st Moortidevi Award for the year 2017. The committee, headed by poet and scholar Satya Vrat Shastri, unanimously decided to confer the award upon Goswami for his poetry collection titled Du Dondo Phowara Matro.
ii. It is the first time the award will be given to a Bengali poet. The award consists of a Saraswati Statue, a Citation Plaque and cash award of Rupees 4 lakh.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 DEC 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 18 DEC 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      DHARMENDRA PRADHAN INAUGURATES EASTERN INDIA’S FIRST CNG STATIONS
i. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated eastern India’s first compressed natural gas stations for scooters in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
ii. Pradhan inaugurated two CNG stations for scooters and three-wheelers at Chandrasekharpur and Patia area in Bhubaneswar. The CNG stations were part of GAIL’s Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga and City Gas Distribution projects in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.
2.      ED FREEZES ASSETS WORTH RS 245 CR IN STC FRAUD CASE
i. The Enforcement Directorate has frozen assets worth Rs 245 cr in connection with its money laundering probe in the alleged fraud of Rs 2,200 crore with the State Trading Corporation.
ii. The agency had early this year registered a criminal case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Ms Global Steel Holding Limited, its chairman Pramod Kumar Mittal and others based on an FIR by the CBI.

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 DEC 2017

DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 17 DEC 2017
(DAILY NEWS INDIA)
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1.      ANDHRA PRADESH CABINET APPROVES PENSION FOR STATE'S TRANSGENDERS
i. The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet approved a scheme to provide a pension of Rs 1500 to transgenders above 18 years of age in the state.
ii. Under this scheme, the transgenders will be provided ration cards, plots, and scholarships, also skill development for financial stability. After Kerala and Odisha, Andhra Pradesh becomes the next state to sanction pension scheme for the transgender community.

2.      UIDAI TEMPORARILY BARS AIRTEL FROM CONDUCTING AADHAAR LINKED E-KYC CERTIFICATION
i. The Unique Identification Authority of India has temporarily barred Bharti Airtel and Airtel Payments Bank from conducting Aadhaar-based SIM verification of mobile customers using eKYC process.
ii. The action follows allegations of Bharti Airtel using the Aadhaar-eKYC based SIM verification process to open payments bank accounts of its subscribers without their informed consent.

3.      GST COUNCIL CLEARS E-WAY BILL MECHANISM
i. The GST Council has decided to implement the e-way bill mechanism throughout the country by June 1st after reviewing the readiness of the IT network. Under the Goods and Services Tax regime, the waybill is replaced by an e-way bill.
ii. It aims at mitigating the problems caused by waybill compliance. E-way bill is an electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on the GSTN portal. The decision was taken in the 24th meeting of the GST Council via Video-Conferencing.

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