Jan 06 2017

  • The Island Tourism Festival 2017 began at Port Blair, capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • The Revenue Department under the Union Finance Ministry has extended SWIFT (single window interface for facilitation of trade), a single window customs clearance facility for export consignments.
  • The Union Government will soon roll out Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) to boost export infrastructure by tying up with States. The export infrastructure scheme will help states to develop their own export strategy in alignment with the National Foreign Trade Policy.
  • The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued the notification of setting up of Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS).
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed into three unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) pertaining to the Engineering Goods and Shipping sectors of the economy. The international transactions covered in these agreements include Support Services and Intra-group Services.
  • Japan has decided to assist India with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities. So far, leading countries have come forward to be associated with development of 15 smart cities. These include: United Kingdom-Pune, Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) and Indore, United States– Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad, France- Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur and Germany –Bhubaneswar, Coimbattore and  Kochi.
  • American tech giant Dell has unveiled ‘Latitude 7285’, the world’s first laptop that charges wirelessly.
  • NASA has announced two missions, Lucy and Psyche to explore the early Solar System.
  • Israel is building world’s tallest solar tower to harness solar energy as part of its ambitious Ashalim project, located deep in the Negev desert.
  • The three day International Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik.
  • The Government has imposed an anti-dumping duty on imports of jute and its products from Nepal and Bangladesh for five years period to protect the domestic industry.
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