India, Iran sign MoU to avoid Double Taxation
India and Iran on February 17, 2018 signed an agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTAA) and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.The information was shared by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT).
The pact will stimulate flow of investment, technology and personnel from India to Iran as well as from Iran to India and will prevent double taxation. It will also provide for exchange of information between the two contracting parties as per latest international standards.
Saudi Arabia allows women to open business without male consent
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on February 15, 2018 announced a major policy change by allowing women to open their own businesses without the need of showing consent from a husband or male relative.
The move marks a major step away from the strict guardianship system that has ruled the country for decades. Under Saudi Arabia's guardianship system, women are required to present proof of permission from a male guardian, a husband, father or brother, to do any government paperwork, travel or enrol in classes.
Haryana government implements project to promote micro-irrigation
The state government of Haryana is implementing a special project to encourage micro irrigation and recharge ground water in the state.
The project is being implemented in 36 over-exploited and critical blocks that fall under 13 districts. The total cost estimated for the project is around Rs 435.23 crore.
Various activities by different departments such as agriculture, horticulture, rural development, irrigation and water resources and forest and the Canal Area Development Authority are being implemented under the project.
Kerala to soon deploy robots to clean up manholes
The Kerala government will soon be utilising the services of robots to clean the sewer holes in the state. The robots have been developed by a startup company called Genrobotics.
Named 'Bandicoot', the robots are equipped with Wi-Fi, blue tooth and control panels and have four limbs and a bucket system attached to a spider web looking extension to scoop out the waste from sewers.
The robotic system is aimed at the complete elimination of manual scavenging. The trial runs of the robots were conducted successfully in the state capital.
Students in Bihar asked to wear slippers during board exams
The Bihar School Examination Board on February 18, 2018 ordered students sitting for the board examinations to not wear shoes and socks during the examination.
The board stated in an official circular that the students will have to wear slippers on the exam day. The board’s President stated that this rule will also be implemented in the annual Secondary Examinations.
The new rule comes after 985 students were expelled on February 17 for cheating during the intermediate examination conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board.