#Bulandshahr violence accused army soldier Jitendra Malik denied bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate court.
#Bulandshahr violence accused army soldier Jitendra Malik denied bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate court. #Bulandshahr violence accused army soldier Jitendra Malik denied bail by Chief Judicial Magistrate court.
Speaking on the occasion, the President noted that the Gorakhnath Peeth have made important contributions in the eastern Uttar Pradesh region in spreading awareness and knowledge. The Parishadhas helped in character building of youth by inculcating in them respect for culture, devotion to the nation and readiness for social work.
The Union Cabinet in its Meeting on 6th December, 2018 has approved the following proposal for streamlining the National Pension System (NPS).
· Enhancement of the mandatory contribution by the Central Government for its employees covered under NPS Tier-I from the existing 10% to 14%.
· Providing freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and pattern of investment to central government employees.
· Payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012.
· Tax exemption limit for lump sum withdrawal on exit has been enhanced to 60%. With this, the entire withdrawal will now be exempt from income tax. (At present, 40% of the total accumulated corpus utilized for purchase of annuity is already tax exempted. Out of 60% of the accumulated corpus withdrawn by the NPS subscriber at the time of retirement, 40% is tax exempt and balance 20% is taxable.)
· Contribution by the Government employees under Tier-II of NPS will now be covered under Section 80 C for deduction up to Rs. 1.50 lakh for the purpose of income tax at par with the other schemes such as General Provident Fund, Contributory Provident Fund, Employees Provident Fund and Public Provident Fund provided that there is a lock-in period of 3 years.
The new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the National Pension System (NPS). The Seventh Pay Commission (7th CPC), during its deliberations, examined certain concerns regarding NPS and made recommendations in the year 2015. The 7th CPC recommended for setting up of a Committee of Secretaries in this regard. Accordingly, a Committee of Secretaries was constituted by the Government to suggest measures for streamlining the implementation of NPS in the year 2016. The Committee submitted its report in the year 2018. Accordingly, based on the recommendations of the Committee, draft Cabinet Note was placed before the Cabinet for its approval.
Implementation strategy and targets
The proposed changes to NPS would be made applicable immediately once time critical decisions are taken in consultation with the other concerned Ministries / Departments.
· Increase in the eventual accumulated corpus of all central government employees covered under NPS.
· Greater pension payouts after retirement without any additional burden on the employee.
· Freedom of choice for selection of Pension Funds and investment pattern to central government employees.
· Benefit to approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS.
· Augmenting old-age security in a time of rising life expectancy.
· By making NPS more attractive, government will be facilitated in attracting and retaining the best talent.
The impact on the exchequer on this account is estimated to be to the tune of around Rs. 2840 crores for the financial year 2019-20, and will be in the nature of a recurring expenditure. The financial implications on account of provisions regarding payment of compensation for non-deposit or delayed deposit of NPS contributions during 2004-2012, would be in addition to the amount indicated above.
No. of beneficiaries
Approximately 18 lakh central government employees covered under NPS would be benefitted from the streamlining of the National Pension System.
Details and progress of scheme if already running
Presently, the new entrants to the central government service on or after 01.01.2004 are covered under the NPS. NPS is being implemented and regulated by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority in the country.
A specific information was receivedby DRI that a smuggling syndicate is actively engaged in smuggling of huge quantity of foreign origin gold from Bhutan into India through Indo-Bhutan border in West Bengal and sending it to different parts of India.
On 06th December, 2018, one car along with two occupants was intercepted by DRI officers after a high-speed chase near Lucknow. Search of the intercepted car resulted in recovery and seizure of 33 bars of 1 kg each,weighing 33 kgs of foreign gold valued at Rs. 10.56 crores concealed under a specially made cavity near the driver seat. Out of two occupants of the said intercepted car, one was the main controller of the syndicate.
In another related operation launched by DRI officers in early hours of 07th December, 2018, one car along with two occupants wasintercepted near Kolkata and from their possession another 33 pcs of gold of foreign origin weighing 33 kg valued at Rs.10.46 crore were seized. The smuggled gold was concealed in a specially built box fixed behind the dash board and also in a specially built cavity near gearbox of the car.
In a swift follow-up action at Siliguri, Rs.3.5 lakhs in cash which are suspected to be the proceeds of smuggling and two more cars were seized under the provisions of the Customs Act. All the carswere found to have specially built cavities, indicating their usage for carrying smuggled gold in the past as well.
In the Current Financial Year 2018-19,Large Number of Cases of Gold Smuggling have been registered/booked. During the period April to November 2018, Indian Customs has already seized about 2.63 Tons of gold. During the Financial Year 2017-18 (April to March), Indian Customs had seized 3.22 Tons gold which was 103% higher than in 2016-17.
This gold is believed to be smuggledfrom India’s land borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and China.
The Provisional Figures of Direct Tax Collections up to November, 2018 show that gross collections are at Rs. 6.75 lakh crore which is 15.7% higher than the gross collections for the corresponding period of last year.
Refunds amounting to Rs.1.23 lakh crore have been issued during April, 2018 to November, 2018, which is 20.8% higher than refunds issued during the same period in the preceding year. Net collections (after adjusting for refunds) have increased by 14.7% to Rs. 5.51 lakh crore during April – November, 2018. The Net Direct Tax collections represent 48% of the total Budget Estimates of Direct Taxes for F.Y. 2018-19 (Rs. 11.50 lakh crore).
So far as the Growth Rate for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT) is concerned, the Growth Rate of Gross Collections for CIT is 17.7% while that for PIT (including STT) is 18.3%. After adjustment of refunds, the Net Growth in CIT collections is 18.4% and that in PIT collections is 16.0%. It is pertinent to mention that collections of the corresponding period of F.Y. 2017-18 also included extraordinary collections under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), 2016 amounting to Rs.10,833 crore (Third and last instalment of IDS), which do not form part of the Current Year’s collections.
The competent authority has decided to extend the Due Date for filing FORM GSTR-9, FORM GSTR-9A and FORM GSTR-9C till 31st March, 2019. The requisite FORMs shall be made available on the GST common portal shortly. Relevant Order is being issued.
Earlier, FORM GSTR-9 and FORM GSTR-9A were notified vide Notification No. 39/2018-Central Tax, dated 04.09.2018 while FORM GSTR-9C was notified vide Notification no. 49/2018-Central Tax, dated 13.09.2018 as part of the CGST Rules.
Ms. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) inaugurated the ‘India Day’, an official side event organized jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the development partners in the run up to the Partners’ Forum 2018, here today. Speaking at the function, Ms Preeti Sudan stated that flexibility has been at the core of all our initiatives in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent (RMNCH+A) programme and a major contributor to its success. She further added that States have launched various innovative initiatives under RMNCH+A that encourage people to be partners in their own health and well-being.
Speaking at the function, Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary and Mission Director, stressed on the various aspect of RMNCH+A and stated that the Government recognizes the crucial significance of the first 1,000 in a child’s life. Our health cadres and midwifery services are geared at this. Equally, our focus is on children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating mothers, who we seek to strengthen through a series of initiatives like the Poshan Abhiyaan and Anaemia Mukt Bharat, he said.
India Day event is aimed to reflect on the journey of the RMNCH+A programme and to share and learn from the good practices and innovations implemented by different States/UTs and organisations to address various health challenges around maternal and child health in order to sustain progress on global goals.
Besides providing a platform for expressing the vision and achievements of RMNCH+A by major stakeholders from national, state, and community, India Day also showcased the key themes through engaging formats such as film and performances to depict the lived realities of key stakeholders. Frontline workers, the youth and peer educators expressed their perspectives on the journey so far and the road ahead. The event’s sessions—conducted under the broad themes of community-based interventions, services and systems and enablers like use of data—highlighted the interventions that have worked well in states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The RMNCH+A strategy iscentred on the continuum of care approach, catering to health needs at every stage of the lifecycle.
RMNCH+A is aligned with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and its key programming tenets articulating well-defined targets to end preventable deaths, ensure health and well-being and expand enabling environments, popularly known as the Survive, Thrive and Transform approach. The agenda of the 2018 Partners’ Forum is framed around these objectives. With India Day, the MoHFW has communicated both its approach to this end as well as its commitment.
In India, maternal, child, neonatal and adolescent health gained tremendous momentum since RMNCH+A was rolled out. India’s maternal mortality rate (MMR) has fallen from 556 in the year 1990 to 130 in 2014–16 (SRS data). The country’s progress can be gauged from the 77% decline in MMR that it achieved during 1990–2015, compared to global decline of 44% during this period. In child health also, India’s achievements have been strong. Under-five mortality rate (U5MR) in India has fallen significantly, from 126 per 1,000 live births in 1990 to 39 per 1,000 live births in 2016.
India attains global 4thand 5thpositionsin wind and solar power installed capacities; India now at 5th global position for overall installed renewable energy capacity
A total of 101.83 billion units of power were generated in the country during the year 2017-18 from renewable energy
The Government has declared the trajectory of bidding 60 GW capacity of solar energy and 20 GW capacity of wind energy by March 2020,leaving two years’ time for execution of projects.
Keeping in view our commitment to a healthy planet and our Nationally Determined Contributions as per the Paris Accord on Climate Change, India made a pledge that by 2030, 40% of installed power generation capacity shall be based on clean sources, it was determined that 175 GW of renewable energy capacity will be installed by 2022. This includes 100 GW from solar, 60 GW from wind, 10 GW from bio-power and 5 GW from small hydro power.
The substantial higher capacity target will ensure greater energy security, improved energy access and enhanced employment opportunities. With the accomplishment of this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world, even surpassing several developed countries.The Share of Renewable Energy in overall installed capacity in the country as on 31.10.2018 is given below:
|Source||Installed Capacity (GW)||Percentage|
|Sector||Target (GW)||Installed capacity (GW) as on 31.10.2018||Under Implementation (GW)||Tendered (GW)||Total Installed/ Pipeline (GW)|
[A] GRID CONNECTED POWER
|Progress of Renewables in India during the last four and Half years (2014-15 to 2018-19 as on 31.10.2018)|
|Sector||Cumulative Ach. in MW (as on 31.03.2014)||Capacity Addition in MW||Cumulative Achievement in MW (as on 31.10.2018)|
|Small Hydro Power||3803.74||251.61||218.60||105.9||105.95||21.15||4506.95|
[B] OFF-GRID/CAPTIVE POWER (in MWeq)
|2014-15||2015-16||2016-17||2017-18||2018-19||Capacity(as on 31.10.2018)|
|1.||Waste to Energy||12.00||14.13||12.21||5.50||3.13||175.28|
|Year||Overall Generation (in BU)||Renewable Generation (in BU)||% share of RE|
|2018-19(up to Aug 2018)||590.04||62.66||10.62|
|Long term RPO trajectory||2019-20||2020-21||2021-22|
SMALL HYDRO POWER
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
2nd Global Re-Invest Renewable Energy Investors’ Meet and Expo (2nd Re-Invest)
International Solar Alliance (ISA)