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Important Current Affairs 2nd September 2017

Important Current Affairs 2nd September 2017

Current Affairs 2nd September 2017: NATIONAL NEWS

Late fee waived for all tax-payers who could not file the GSTR 3B for the month of July 2017 

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) tax was introduced on 1st of July 2017.  
●    The last date for payment of GST for the month of July 2017 was 25th August 2017.  
●    Payment of GST is complete only when amount of tax payable is debited from electronic cash / credit ledger.
●    Now late fee for all taxpayers who could not file GSTR 3B for the month of July 2017 has been waived, but not the interest on late payment of Tax liability.
●    GSTR 1 is to be filed by all taxpayers by 5th of September 2017 and GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 to be filed by all taxpayers by 10th and 15th of September 2017 respectively.
●    Taxpayers who have committed errors in GSTR 3B will be able to put the correct details in GSTR 1-2-3. 
●    However, interest will be leviable from all taxpayers who have not discharged their complete Tax liability for July 2017 by 25-08-2017.

Swachhta Pakhwada Celebration at Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology 

Swachhta Pakhwada was observed in the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) from 1st to 15th August, 2017 with great enthusiasm and active participation of the officers/staff members of MeitY and its offices. 
●    Day-wise Action plan was prepared for implementation which consisted of both motivational and physical activities. 
●    Shri P.P. Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice, administered a pledge to all the officers and staff on 01.08.2017 and delivered an inaugural message highlighting the importance of cleanliness in our day to day functioning and urged all to maintain a clean/green environment to realize the Swachh Bharat vision of our Prime Minister. 
●    As part of Government of India’s initiative for giving a fillip to renewable energy programme, Shri Chaudhary also inaugurated the 200 KW Rooftop Solar Power Plant, recently installed in the Electronics Niketan building of MeitY.


Sanjaya Baru Takes Over As Secretary General Of FICCI

Dr. Sanjaya Baru on Friday took over as the new Secretary General of the apex industry body Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
●    Dr. Baru brings with him rich experience of political and economic analyses, having been Editor of India's major financial newspapers, The Economic Times, Financial Express and Business Standard.
●    Earlier, Dr. Baru was associated as a professor of Economics at University of Hyderabad, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (Delhi) and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore).
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He has been Media Advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2004-08) and Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, International Institute of Strategic Studies, London (2011-16).
●    Also he has been an active member, National Security Advisory Board of India (1999-2001), India-ASEAN Eminent Persons Group (2010) and the Indian National Defence University Committee (2002-2004).


Infosys seeks shareholder nod to appoint Pravin Rao as Managing Director


India’s second-largest software services firm Infosys has sought shareholder approval to the appointment of U.B. Pravin Rao as its Managing Director. 
●    He will continue to hold the position of interim-CEO and MD for a maximum of five years, or until a new CEO and Managing Director(MD) is appointed, Infosys said in its postal ballot.
●    Rao, who is the Chief Operating Officer at Infosys, had been named interim-CEO and MD on August 18, when the then chief Vishal Sikka had resigned against the backdrop of a spate of allegations hurled by co-founder N.R Narayana Murthy.
●    “U.B. Pravin Rao will hold the position of Interim CEO and MD of the company for a term not exceeding five years or until a new CEO and MD is appointed or if his employment as Interim CEO and MD is terminated earlier by either party giving 90 days’ notice to the other party in this regard,” Infosys said.


 Uranium mine gets India's underground dark matter laboratory


An underground dark matter laboratory for conducting experiments in fundamental physics involving rare event searches was today inaugurated in the oldest uranium mine at Jaduguda in Jharkhand.
●    Dr Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), inaugurated the facility at a depth of 555 metre in the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) mine at Jadugoda, 30 km from here.
●    Speaking to reporters later at Jadugora mine premises, Basu said, "We knew of an estimated five per cent of the possible 30 per cent matters existing in the universe and this new facility will help us to research about the unknown matters."
●    The laboratory has been set up by the UCIL and Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (SINP), Kolkata by utilizing the available infrastructure and underground facilities of the Jaduguda mine.

Kerala rolls out Rs 300 crore eTender for high tech schools


Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education, formerly IT@School Project of the state general education department, has rolled out an Information and Communication Technology eTender for state schools, at an estimated cost of Rs 300 crore. 
●    The eTender for 60,250 Laptops and 43,750 Multimedia Projectors was published in the state’s eTender portal (etenders.kerala.gov.in ) making it the largest of its kind in the southern state, according to an official release.
●    KITE is the first SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) to get funded from Kerala Infrastructure And Investment Fund Board (KIIFB ) established by the state government to support projects worth Rs 50000 crore in five years. 
●    The eTenders published by KITE is for the ICT equipment to be provided under ‘Hi-Tech School project’, said K Anvar Sadath, Vice Chairman and Executive Director, KITE.
●    As many as 4775 government and government-aided schools, to be covered under this programme, include 2685 high schools, 1701 higher secondary schools and 389 vocational higher secondary schools.
●    With the implementation of the programme, each classroom would be equipped with laptop, multimedia projector, whiteboard and sound system.


Australia keen to support India's smart cities program


A 35-member business delegation from Australia, which is on a visit to India, today said here that it is keen to build long-term partnerships with the state governments and the private sector companies here in various sectors, including infrastructure and water.
●    The delegation, which was in the megapolis, held discussions with the officials of the state urban development department, Chief Secretary Sumit Mallick and private sector firms to explore business opportunities in Smart Cities project of Maharashtra.
●    "We are here to build relationships with the state governments here as well as the private sector companies, which are involved in Smart Cities projects to explore the possibilities of Australian involvement and participation in various such projects," Australian Trade Commissioner Grayson Perry told reporters here today.
●    He said the Australian companies, with their vast experience in sectors like infrastructure, smart cities, infrastructure, water and waste management among others, can assist Indian companies and the government in its various programs.

Gopal Singh is new CMD of Coal India


Gopal Singh, CMD, Central Coalfields Ltd, has been given additional charge as the CMD of Coal India Ltd (CIL) till the time a regular appointment is made for the post.
●    Central Coalfields is one of the subsidiaries of the largest coal producer of the world.
●    Singh succeeds Sutirtha Bhattacharya, who retired on Thursday.
●    In a filing on the stock exchange, Coal India said Sutirtha Bhattacharya, CMD, CIL, on attaining superannuation has relinquished the charge of CMD with effect from 31 August 2017.
●    The filing further said the ministry of coal, in its letter dated 1 September 2017, has entrusted the additional charge of CMD, CIL to Gopal Singh, with immediate effect and until a regular appointment is made. He has taken charge with effect from 1 September 2017, it added.

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