Top 5 Current Affairs: 16 January 2019
The Department of Science and Technology along with Doordarshan has launched two science communication initiatives -DD Science and India Science. While DD Science will have a one-hour time slot on the Doordarshan National channel, India Science will be an internet-based channel, which will be made available on any internet-enabled device.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST) along with Doordarshan (DD), Prasar Bharati on January 15, 2019 launched two science communication initiatives -DD Science and India Science.
The two science communication platforms are national-level initiatives to elevate science into a celebration and bring it close to everyday life. They will have science-based documentaries, studio-based discussions, and virtual walkthroughs of scientific institutions, interviews and short films and will be completely free to access.
7-Member GoM constituted for boosting Real Estate Sector under GST regime
The Ministry of Finance on January 15, 2019 constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) for boosting the Real Estate Sector under the GST regime. The GoM was constituted in pursuance of the decision of GST Council taken in the 32nd meeting held on January 10, 2019 at New Delhi.
The group has been tasked to provide a Composition Scheme for Residential Construction Units. The Secretary of the GoM will be Manish Sinha, Joint Secretary (TRU-II), Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC).
DBT, ICAR sign MoU for cooperation in agricultural biotechnology research and education
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 14, 2019 to increase emphasis on multi-disciplinary research and development activities and nurturing innovations in agricultural biotechnology research and education.
The Department of Biotechnology has undertaken several activities and programs to promote Biotechnology Research & Development in the areas of agriculture biotechnology. On the other hand, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has been coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 on January 18, 2019. The summit will be held at the Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The theme of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 will be “Youth Connect 2019: Shaping A New India – The Story of Billion Dreams”.
Fifteen countries including Australia, Canada, France and Japan have agreed to be “partner countries” this year. Unlike past summits, the United States and United Kingdom will not be associating themselves with the Summit as `Partner Countries’ this year.
Union Cabinet Approvals: 16 January 2019
The Union Cabinet approved the Agreement on the facilitation of visa arrangements signed between India and Maldives signed in December 2018. The Visa Facilitation Agreement signed during the visit of Maldivian President aims to deepen people to people exchanges between the two countries, making it easier for Maldivian and India nationals to travel to each others' countries for tourism, medical treatment, education as well as business.
The Agreement provides for 90-day visa free travel for tourism, medical and limited business purpose and also provides for easy conversion of such visa free entry to medical visa.