Top 5 Current Affairs: 1 September 2016
Rajiv Mehrishi was on 31 August 2017 appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, succeeding incumbent Shashi Kant Sharma who will complete his tenure on 23 September 2017.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on 31 August 2017 extended the deadline for linking of Aadhaar with PAN till 31 December 2017. The previous deadline for Aadhaar-PAN linkage was 31 August 2017.
The Aadhaar-PAN linkage is mandated through Section 139 AA (2) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 which says that person having PAN as on 1 July 2017 and is eligible to obtain Aadhaar, must intimate his Aadhaar number to the tax authorities.
However, those categorised as NRIs, non-citizens of India, those above 80 years of age and residents of Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir had been exempted from the linkage under the Act.
India, Switzerland sign two MoUs for technical cooperation in Railways
The Union Ministry of Railways signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with the Swiss Confederation on 31 August 2017, following high-level meet between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard at New Delhi.
The first MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and Federal Department of the Environment, Transport and Communications of the Swiss Confederation for technical cooperation in Rail Sector.
The second pact was signed between Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL) and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich with the aim of helping the Konkan Railway in establishing the George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology (GFITT) at Goa.
Former bureaucrat Sunil Arora was appointed as the Election Commissioner of India on 31 August 2017. His appointment will be effective from the day he assumes charge.
Prior to this, Arora had been serving as the Information and Broadcasting Secretary, and Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
The 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre has also worked in ministries such as Finance, Textiles and Planning Commission. He also served as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation during 1999-2002 and CMD, Indian Airlines for five years.
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India's largest autonomous public research and development organisation, was ranked 9th best government organisation in the world in August 2017.
With this ranking, CSIR joins the ranks of the globally renowned organisations namely Chinese Academy of Sciences, France’s Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Germany’s Helmholtz Gemeinschaft and Max Planck Gesellschaft, Russian Academy of Sciences, Japan Science and Technology Agency, and many more.
In overall global ranking, CSIR stands at 75th position amongst 5250 institutions world-wide. It is the only Indian organisation which has found a place amongst the Top 100 Global Institutions.
Rajiv Mehrishi was on 31 August 2017 appointed as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India. He retired as Union Home Secretary on 30 August 2017.
Mehrishi will succeed incumbent Shashi Kant Sharma who will complete his tenure on 23 September 2017. The 1978-batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre is the first Home Secretary who completed his two-year tenure after the NDA government came to power.