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Current Affairs in Short: 7 October 2019

Indian on October 7, 2019, got the first tranche of the Swiss Bank accounts details of the Indian Citizens.

Oct 7, 2019 18:56 IST
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IFS Ramesh Pandey selected for UNEP’s Asia Environmental Enforcement Award 2019

• United Nations Environment Programme has selected the Senior Indian Forest Service officer Ramesh Pandey for the prestigious Asia Environmental Enforcement Award.
• Pandey will be conferred with the award on November 13, 2019, at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok.
• Pandey is a 1996-batch IFS officer. He is currently posted as the Chief Conservator Forests in Lucknow.
• He is known for his investigation on poachers and combating trans-boundary environmental crime.

India receives the first tranche of Swiss Bank account details

• Indian on October 7, 2019, got the first tranche of the Swiss Bank accounts details of the Indian Citizens.
• The information was shared under the automatic exchange of information framework signed between the two countries earlier in 2018.
• Switzerland's Federal Tax Administration (FTA) has exchanged the information within the framework of global standards on AEOI.
• India is among the 75 countries with which Switzerland is sharing the financial accounts detail.

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WTO hosted World Cotton Day celebrations in Geneva

• World Trade Organisation (WTO) hosted the first World Cotton Day (WCD) celebrations in Geneva, Switzerland. 
• The Indian side was represented by the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani who attended the 5-day event.
• India pavilion at the World Cotton Day exhibition was designed by fashion institute NIFT.
• A sculpture of Mahatma Gandhi made of cotton was displayed to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.

Justice Ajai Lamba took oath as Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court

• Justice Ajai Lamba took oath as the Chief Justice of the Guwahati High Court on October 7, 2019.  
• Justice Lamba was administered the oath of secrecy to the office by Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi at the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati.
• Several ministers including the Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal attended the oath-taking ceremony.

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India to adopt BS-VI emission norms by April 2022

• Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently announced that India will be adopting the BS-VI emission norms by April 2022.
• Bharat Stage Six (BS-VI) is expected to bring transformation in fuels.
• The Government has spent Rs 60,000 crore on switching from BS-IV fuel to BS-VI fuel.
• The motive is to tackle the alarming pollution levels.

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