Yearly Archives: 2021

DIGITAL TAX ON E-COMMERCE SUPPLIES

Recently, India and the United States have agreed for a transitional approach on equalisation levy or digital tax on e-commerce supplies beginning from 1st April, 2022. Earlier in January 2021 , the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) had said that the Digital services taxes adopted by India, …

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TOTAL FERTILITY RATE DECLINE IN INDIA

Recently, the latest data from the National Family Health Survey (NFHS 2019-21) has been released. The data shows a declining trend regarding Total Fertility Rate (TFR: the average number of children per woman). Important points: Total fertility rate (TFR) in simple terms refers to the total number of children born …

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INDIAN OCEAN REGION

Recently, the Defence Minister of India addressed the 5th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) held in New Delhi. At the congress the Defence Minister asserted that, time and again India has proved itself to be “first responder” in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The emerging concept of India as …

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CORPAT

The 37th edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Patrol (India-Indonesia CORPAT) between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy is being conducted. Important points: It will witness participation of Maritime Patrol Aircraft from both Nations. It highlights the mutual trust, synergy and cooperation between the two friendly Navies. To reinforce maritime links, …

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DOSTI TRILATERAL EXERCISE

The 15th edition of the biennial trilateral coast guard exercise ‘Dosti’ involving India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka is underway in the Maldives, which will conclude today. The year 2021 marks 30 years since these exercises were first launched. Important points: The exercise was first initiated in 1991, between the …

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ATMOSPHERE & CLIMATE RESEARCH-MODELLING OBSERVING SYSTEMS & SERVICES

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the continuation of Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS) Scheme along with its eight sub-schemes to the next finance (15th) cycle of five years (2021-2026). Important points: It pertains to the atmospheric science programs of the Ministry of Earth Sciences …

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PRADHAN MANTRI GARIB KALYAN ANNA YOJANA

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the extension for the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-Phase V) for a period of another 4 months i.e. December 2021 till March 2022. Important points: PMGKAY is a part of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) to help the poor fight the …

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USHERING THE NEXT ERA OF DIGITAL IDENTITY AND SMART GOVERNANCE’

Recently, the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity) inaugurated a 3-day workshop titled ‘Aadhaar 2.0- Ushering the Next Era of Digital Identity and Smart Governance’. The Workshop aims to analyze the reach of Digital Identity in major reforms and schemes launched by the Government. It also aims to look …

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GLOBAL NUTRITION REPORT

According to the recently released Global Nutrition Report (GNR, 2021), India has made no progress on anaemia and childhood wasting. Important points: At the current rate of progress, the global nutrition targets will not be achieved by 2025 globally and in most countries worldwide. There is substantial variation in data …

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GALLANTRY AWARDS

Recently, group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman was awarded Vir Chakra which is a wartime gallantry award, by the President of India. The gallantry awards are announced twice in a year — first on the occasion of the Republic Day and then on the occasion of the Independence Day. Important points: Post-Independence, …

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