Current Affairs in Short: 11 July 2019
Senate of France has allowed imposing a tax on the revenues of tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.
MoU signed between Ministry of Defence and NRDC to boost Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti
• To give a boost to Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC), Ministry of Defence (MoD) and National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).
• Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti was launched last year with the aim to inculcate IP culture in Indian defence manufacturing ecosystem.
• Under this mission, an Intellectual Property Facilitation Cell (IPFC) was established under the aegis of Directorate General Quality Assurance (DGQA).
France approves ‘digital tax’ on US
• Senate of France has allowed imposing a tax on the revenues of tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. US president responded with a reply that said “unfairly targets American companies.”
• The tax would apply to companies that generate worldwide revenues on their digital services of at least 750 million euros (USD 845 million), with 25 million euros (USD 28 million) from within France.
• Trump ordered an investigation into France’s planned “digital tax” on tech companies.
Swadhar Greh Scheme
• The Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing the Swadhar Greh Scheme for rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances.
• The scheme covers women who are deserted and without any social and economic support, women victims of domestic violence, family tension and natural disaster.
• Ministry is also implementing Universalisation of Women Helpline Scheme which is envisaged to provide 24 hours emergency and non-emergency response to women affected by violence.
Japanese spacecraft landed on asteroid
• A Japanese spacecraft has successfully landed on a distant asteroid where it hopes to collect samples that could shed light on the evolution of the solar system.
• The agency JAXA said the probe had been working normally above Ryugu asteroid, some 300m km (185m miles) from Earth.
• Its landing is the second time the probe has touched down on the desolate asteroid as part of a complex mission that has also involved sending rovers and robots.