WCD Minister to inaugurate ‘NARI’ portal for women empowerment
The Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhi would be inaugurating an online portal called ‘NARI’ for the empowerment of women in New Delhi on 2 January 2018.
The portal, developed by the WCD Ministry, will provide women with easy access to information on government schemes and initiatives for women. It summarises over 350 government schemes and other important information and provides links to the Ministries, Departments and autonomous bodies offering these schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.
Besides this, it will provide tips on nutrition, suggestions for health checkups, tips for job search, investment and savings advice, information on crimes against women and reporting procedures, contacts of legal aid cells and adoption procedures.
Saudi Arabia, UAE introduce VAT for the first time
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) introduced the Value Added Tax (VAT) for the very first time on 1 January 2018. The move is a first for the Gulf region, which has long boasted of a tax-free system.
VAT is a five per cent tax that will be levied on most goods and services to boost revenue. It will be applied on food, clothes, electronics and gasoline, phone, water and electricity bills, as well as hotel reservations. Some services that will be exempted from the tax include medical treatment, financial services and public transport.
According to the estimated projection by analysts, the introduction of the taxation system will enable both the nations to raise as much as $21 billion in the year 2018.
Karnataka government to obtain electric vehicles under FAME-India scheme
The state government of Karnataka has received the approval for the purchase of electric vehicles from the Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, under FAME India Scheme.
Under the scheme, the state will purchase 40 electric buses, 100 four wheelers and 500 three wheelers at a maximum of 60 percent subsidy. The subsidy support will also be provided to set up electricity charging infrastructure across Bengaluru. The move is aimed to protect the environment, save fossil fuel and ensure public health.
The FAME India Scheme, which was launched in 2015 under the National Electric Mobility Mission, aims at promoting eco-friendly vehicles in the country.