24 May 2017 Current Affairs

Prachanda resigns as Nepal PM

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachand has resigned paving way for Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister. The resignation is to honor an accord signed in August 2016 when prachanda was elected the Prime Minister with Deuba’s support. According to agreement, Prachanda was to remain in office until the local elections were held while polls at the provincial and central levels were to be conducted under Deuba as the Prime Minister.

 “Good Morning” Squads to Tackle Open Defecation in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Government has decided to form ‘good morning’ squads to monitor and prevent open defecation in villages and districts across the state. These squads will comprise representatives of local bodies, self help groups, NGO’s, students and social workers working in the area of sanitation and cleanliness. A government resolution issued and stated that these squads have been asked to keep an eye on the areas this practice is prevalent and to ensure that local have access to toilets there.

 Entertainment, Cable TV, DTH to attract lower Taxes Under GST

The Union Finance Ministry on 23 May 2017 announced that the taxation on entertainment, Cable TV, and DTH services will come down under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. Cable TV and Direct -To-Home (DTH) services will attract 18 percent GST. With regard to circus theatre, Indian classical dance including  folk dance and drama, the GST rate is 18 percent. The Entertainment Services like events or cinematography films in Cinema theaters will attract 28 percent GST with effect from 1 July 2017.

 PM Modi Calls for Creation of Asia Africa Growth Corridor

PM Narendra Modi on 23 May 2017 called for the creation of an Asia Africa growth corridor for the development of Africa. Modi called for the creation of this corridor while inaugurating the 52nd Annual Meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) at Mahatma Mandir in Gujarat Gandhinagar. The core theme of the Annual Meeting is “Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa. “The meeting AfDB is a five day event that will witness about 3,000 delegates from 81 member countries.

 Kiren  Rijiju unveils World’s first Philosophical book on God

The World’s first Philosophical novel on God was presented by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. In a rare feat, a young Indian IAS Officer, Haulianlal Guite, who hails from country’s most remote are as of Manipur state has recently published a book titled “Confessions of a dying Mind, the blind faith of atheism” in New Delhi. The book billed as “the world’s first Philosophical novel for god” whose author is arguably the first Indian civil servant to write on Philosophy since John Stuart Mill Published on Liberty way back in 1858.

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