1. Suresh Prabhu assumes additional charge as Civil Aviation Minister
• Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu was on March 10, 2018 given the additional charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry
• The Minister assumed the role soon after the resignation of Ashok Gajapathi Raju of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was accepted by President Ram Nath Kovind.
• Soon after taking charge, he held a meeting with senior officials from the ministry, DGCA, AAI, Air India and Pawan Hans among others.
• The minister said a lot of work had been done in the aviation sector in the last four years.
• Prabhu has assumed charge at a time when the government is in the process of finalising the modalities for strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India.
2. Digital-only media consumers to reach 4 million mark by 2020: Report
• According to a report titled 'Reimagining India's M&E sector', the number of ‘digital only consumers’ of content is set to more than double to 4 million by 2020.
• The surge is fuelled by increasing smartphone penetration and affordable data pricing in the country, states the report by Ficci-EY.
• It estimates that there are around 1-1.5 million "digital only consumers" in India today, who do not normally use traditional media.
• This base, according to the report, is expected to grow to around 4 million by 2020 and generate significant digital subscription revenues for the media and entertainment (M&E) sector.
3. India won ‘Best Exhibitor Award’ at ITB – Berlin
• India won the ‘Best Exhibitor Award’ at the ‘ITB –Berlin World Tourist Meet’, which convened at Berlin, Germany from March 7-10, 2018.
• India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism K. J. Alphons along with other Tourism Ministry officials.
• More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers.
• India's Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named "Yogi of the Racetrack "in the meet. The short film received 3.2 million hits in 60 hours.
4. Anindith named National Motorsports Person of 2017
• Hyderabad's Anindith Reddy was named as 'FMSCI National MotorSports Person of the Year 2017.
• FIA world motor sport council member Gautam Singhania and its president Akbar Ebrahim presented the award to him in the presence of the country's foremost racers, rallyists and officials.
• While, KD Madan, a former FMSCI president and K1000 champion, was conferred with the FMSCI Lifetime Achievement Award for his immense contribution to the sport in the country.
5. NCRB launches mobile app for citizen-friendly services
• The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on March 11, 2018 launched a mobile app for providing better citizen-friendly services by law enforcement agencies.
• The app was developed by the NCRB itself.
• It can be used by citizens for various services such as complaint registration, status check, view FIR details, locate police station, emergency contact list, police stations telephone directory etc.
6. GST Council approves rollout of e-way bill from April 2018
• The GST Council recommended the introduction of e-way bill for inter-State movement of goods across the country from April 1, 2018.
• For intra-State movement of goods, e-way bill system will be introduced in a phased manner not later than June 2018.
• E-way bill is required to be generated only where the value of the consignment exceeds Rs 50000. For smaller value consignments, no e-way bill is required.
• Value of exempted goods has been excluded from value of the consignment, for the purpose of e-way bill generation.
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7. Government amends coastal zone rules to give relief to projects
• Union Environment Ministry amended the coastal zone rules to give relief to projects that started in the fragile coastal areas without required clearances. This will have a serious impact on livelihoods and ecology.
• India’s first coastal regulation zone (CRZ) notification was issued in 1991, under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, empowering the central government to restrict industrial activities and processes to protect the 7500km long coastline.
• The notification was amended 25 times before being comprehensively revised in 2011.
8. Banlotwa first alcohol-free village in Ranchi district
• Banlotwa has become the first 'alcohol-free' village in Ranchi district.
• Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghuvar Das lauded the residents for achieving this feat and gave Rs 1 lakh cash to the village head, following his announcement two years ago that any village becoming alcohol-free would be given the money for its development.
• The state of Jharkhand aims to make all its villages alcohol-free and is encouraging the participation of people to make the same possible.
• In fact, development committees funded by the state government are being set up in villages to ensure the same.
9. National Conference on Counterfeiting & Role of Enforcement Agencies to be held in Delhi
• The National Conference on Counterfeiting and Role of Enforcement Agencies would be held in New Delhi from 13-14 March, 2018.
• The conference is being organised by the Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) in collaboration with the European Union (EU).
• The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu would be inaugurating the two-day event in the presence of DIPP Secretary Ramesh Abhishek.
• The conference intends to bring together national and global experts and enable the exchange of dialogue and practices for the benefit of enforcement agencies, attorneys and industry representatives and provide fresh ideas for further strengthening the IPR protection ecosystem.
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