September 14, 2019

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  1. India starts exporting bulletproof jackets to over 100 countries
  • India has started exporting bulletproof jackets as per its own standards to over 100 countries including European nations.
  • India is the fourth country after the US, UK and Germany to have its own national standard on the bulletproof jacket which provides 360-degree protection.
  • Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said he is glad that Bureau of Indian Standards has set standards better than international standards for bulletproof jackets and India has become the fourth country to do so.
  1. Recruitment drive for first batch of women soldiers
  • The Indian Army has started recruitment drive for the first batch of women soldiers, who will be inducted in non-combat roles.
  • 100 women soldiers will be inducted in the first batch of women soldiers. They will be taken into the Corps of Military Police.
  • These candidates from West Bengal, Odisha and Sikkim have recently attended the rally in Shillong.
  1. PM Modi launches pension schemes, inaugurates Jharkhand
  • Prime Minister NarendraModi, who was in the Jharkhand capital, launched ambitious pension schemes for farmers, shopkeepers and self-employed persons.
  • The prime minister also inaugurated a new building of the Assembly and a multi-modal cargo terminal, which is expected to ease transportation in the region.
  • The ‘PradhanMantriKisanMaanDhanYojana’ will help small and marginal farmers by providing a minimum pension of Rs 3000 per month, on attaining the age of 60 years.
  • Farmers who are currently between 18 and 40 years of age can apply for the scheme.
  • The ‘PradhanMantriLaghuVyapariMaanDhanYojana’, a pension scheme for shopkeepers and retail traders was also launched.
  • Another ‘Swarojgar’ pension scheme was also rolled out for self-employed persons.
  • Under both the schemes, beneficiaries between 18 and 40 years will get Rs 3,000 per month after completing 60 years of age.
  • The three-storey building has been constructed at a cost of Rs 465 crore.
  • PM Modi laid the foundation stones online for 462 Eklavya Model Schools across the country, of which 69 will be established in 13 of Jharkhand’s 24 districts.
  • The new secretariat building in the state capital will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 1238.92 crore.
  1. Government to develop 3 Indian Institute of Skills (IIS), foundation stone laid for ISS Mumbai
  • Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has commissioned setting up of Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Mumbai, Ahmedabad, and Kanpur. These institutes are being developed on a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model and in not-for-profit basis.
  • MSDE Minister MahendraNathPandey laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Skills (IIS), Mumbai. At the ceremony, Pandey said that the idea of Skill Institutes was envisioned by PM Modi during his visit to the Vocational Education and Training Center in Singapore.
  • Indian Institute of Skills being developed by the Government will transform his vision into reality by being a world class skill training institute.
  • ISS will focus on technology driven innovations in new-age domains such as automation, Artificial Intelligence and machine learning, cyber technology, energy conservation etc.
  1. National Conference on ‘Criminal Activities and Radicalization in Jails: Vulnerability of Inmates and Jail Staff and their Protection’ organized by BPR&D
  • The Bureau of Police Research and Development is organizing a two-day National Conference on ‘Criminal Activities and Radicalization in Jails: Vulnerability of Inmates and Jail Staff and their Protection’ on 12thand 13th
  • The conference was inaugurated at BPR&D Headquarters by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri G. Kishan Reddy.
  • Scheme for Modernization of Prisons – a Central Government scheme with an outlay of 1800 crore rupees that aims to create 199 new jails, 1572 additional barracks and 8568 prison staff quarters.
  1. Khanderi, India’s Second Scorpene-Class Submarine, Set To Be Commissioned
  • India’s second Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi will be commissioned into the Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Mumbai on September 28.
  • The conventional diesel-electric submarine has been manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.
  • The first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari had been commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017.
  • Under the Project 75 programme, India is committed to building six Scorpene-class submarines that also includes INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi. The programme has been undertaken with Transfer of Technology from Naval Group, state-run French submarine builder, which was formerly known as DCNS. INS Khanderi had been launched in January 2017.

International

  1. Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging
  • Thailand becomes the first country in Asia to introduce rolled out plain cigarette packaging
  • Activists say that plain cigarette packagingis an effective way to reduce the appeal of smoking.
  • In 2012, Australia became the first country to require tobacco products to be sold without colourful brand logos
  • Singapore is set to implement similar restrictions on packaging next year
  1. Indo-Thailand Joint Military Exercise Maitree– 2019
  • Joint Military Exercise MAITREE-2019 between India and Thailand will be conducted at Foreign Training Node, Umroi (Meghalaya) from 16-29 Sep 2019.
  • Indian and Royal Thailand Army (RTA) comprising 50 soldiers each will participate in the exercise with an aim to share experience gained during various counter terrorism operations in their respective countries.
  • MAITREE is an annual training event which is being conducted alternatively in Thailand and India since 2006

Banking & Finance

  1. Income tax department relaxes time for applying for compounding of offences
  • The income tax department has relaxed time for applying for compounding of income tax offences by launching of a one-time facility.
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a circular relaxing the 12-month time limit for compounding application, as a one-time measure.
  • The step has been taken to mitigate unintended hardship to taxpayers in deserving cases and to reduce the pendency of existing prosecution cases before the courts.
  • A taxpayer or an assessee, in order to avail the facility, will have to file an application for compounding a tax offence before the competent authority, that is a Principal Chief Commissioner or Chief Commissioner, Principal Director General or Director General of Income-tax department “on or before December 31, 2019”.

Appointment & Resignation

  1. UN appoints Abhijit Guha as head of Hodeidah mission
  • UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Lieutenant General (Retired) Abhijit Guha as the head of the UN mission in Hodeidah, Yemen.
  • Abhijit Guha will succeed Danish Lieutenant General Michael Lollesgaard, who served in these posts from January 31 to July 31, 2019.
  • Before this role, he held a number of significant commands, staff and instructional appointments within the Indian Army including leadership of an Infantry Brigade and Infantry Division, and of the Mumbai Area.
  1. Karnataka Bank chief becomes Indian Banks’ Association committee member
  • Mahabaleshwara MS, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Karnataka Bank, has been inducted to the managing committee of Indian Banks’ Association (IBA). This was announced during the annual general meeting of IBA in Mumbai.
  • Mahabaleshwara has been elected unopposed from the private sector member banks’ category.

Award & Honors

  1. Five Indian women police officers honoured by United Nations
  • United Nations honoured five Indian women police officers for their commendable services in UN mission in South Sudan.
  • These officers are – Gopika Jahagirdar, DSP, Maharashtra Police; Reena Yadav, Inspector, Chandigarh Police; Ragini Kumari, Inspector in the Ministry of Home Affairs; Bharati Samantray, DSP in the Ministry of Home Affairs, and Kamal Shekhawat, ASP, Rajasthan Police were conferred the UN medal.
  • These police officers received the UN medal at a medal parade in the United Nations Mission in Juba in South Sudan.
  1. Music director UshaKhanna to get LataMangeshkar award
  • Veteran music director UshaKhanna, who created magic by giving songs like “zindagipyaarkageethai”, “chhodokalkibaatein”, and “aap to aisena the”, has been chosen for the Maharashtra government’s coveted LataMangeshkar Award.
  • She has composed music for over 150 films in the male-dominated field.
  • The award, which carries a cash reward of Rs.500,000, a citation and a memento shall be awarded to the 78-year old Khanna.

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