President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Awards
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on March 20, 2018 presented the Padma awards to 43 eminent personalities at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This year, the second highest civilian award- the Padma Vibhushan was conferred upon three personalities including music composer Illaiyaraja, classical musician Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan and Hindutva thinker P. Parameswaran.
India, Hong Kong sign double taxation avoidance agreement
India signed a double taxation avoidance agreement (DTAA) with Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on March 19, 2018 to improve transparency in tax matters and help curb tax evasion and avoidance.
The treaty on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income will stimulate flow of investment, technology and personnel from India to HKSAR and vice versa. It will also prevent double taxation and boost exchange of information between the two contracting parties.
UGC grants autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions
University Grants Commission on March 20, 2018 made a historic move by granting autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions that have maintained high academic standards.
The 60 higher educational institutions that have been granted autonomy include 5 central universities, 21 state universities, 24 deemed universities and 2 private universities and 8 autonomous colleges.
Some of the names include renowned institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, NALSAR, National Law University Delhi, Anna University, Symbiosis International and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
All pharmacies and chemists have to report TB cases: Government
The Union Health Ministry in a notification on March 20, 2018 announced that it would be tying up with the chemists to strengthen the mechanism of notifying tuberculosis incidence to the authorities concerned.
The notification stated that all pharmacies and chemists dispensing anti-tuberculosis drugs will have to notify TB patients along with details of medicines and a copy of the prescriptions electronically or in hard copy to the nodal officer of the district or any other official authorised by him.
Myanmar's first democratically elected President resigns
President of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, on March 21, 2018 announced his retirement from the post amidst concerns about his health over the last few months.
Htin Kyaw was the country's first civilian president after Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, won the historical elections in March 2016, ending the decades of military dictatorship. With constitution barring Aung San Suu Kyi from holding the post of the president, she nominated her childhood friend and close confidante Htin Kyaw as the country's president.