With Tripura becoming the 23rd state to ratify the goods and services tax (GST) bill, the legislation has got
presidential assent. The approval from 16 states has come far ahead of the Centre’s targeted deadline of
rolling out the new taxation system from April 1, 2017
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the GST constitution amendment bill .
• The enactment of the bill sets the stage for setting up of the all-powerful GST council—a representative body comprising state finance ministers and the Union finance minister—which will finalize the design of GST.
• The council will decide on contentious issues such as the tax rates and sharing of administrative control between the centre and the states, as well as the revenue threshold for traders below which they will be exempt from GST.
• The States and the Centre are working overtime and talking to stakeholders to draft theCentral GST,State GST and Integrated GST laws, which are to be passed in the winter session of Parliament.
• The CGST and IGST will be drafted on the basis of the model GST law. The States will draft their respective GST (SGST) laws with minor variation, incorporating State-based exemptions. The IGST law would deal with inter-State movement of goods and services
The Cabinet approved setting up of the GST Council, which would decide on the rate of tax under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime likely to start from April 1, 2017.
1.Creation of the GST Council as per Article 279A of the amended Constitution
2.Creation of the GST Council Secretariat, with office at New Delhi
3.Appointment of the Secretary (Revenue) as the Ex-officio Secretary to the GST Council
4.Inclusion of the Chairperson, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), as a permanent invitee (nonvoting)
to all proceedings of the GST Council.
5.Create one post of Additional Secretary (at the level of Additional Secretary to the Government of India), and four posts of Commissioner(at the level of Joint Secretary to the Government of India).
Union Finance Minister – Chairperson
Revenue Secretary- Hasmukh Adhia –Ex Offcio Secretary
Arun Goyal — Additional Secretary
The Union Minister of State,in-charge of Revenue of finance – Member
The Minister In-charge of finance or taxation or any other Minister nominated by each State Government – Members
Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council hold its first meeting in the national capital.
The Central Government has proposed that small traders, having annual turnover of up to 20 to 25 lakh rupees, could be exempted from the GST, but state Governments have demanded that the limit be kept at 10 lakh rupees
a. The slew of facilities includes nominating train superintendent who will be the single person responsible for all facilities on train.
b. retiring rooms hourly booking
c. expanded commodity basket for container traffic
d. liberalized siding policy
e. optional travel insurance for train passengers
Liberalized station to station special freight rates policy
Policy providing sub quota of 33 % to women within reserved categories for the allotment in catering units.
Policy giving preference to local domicile holders for commercial licenses at stations.
New system of allocating vacant berths after final charting to wayside stations.
Launch of the new “Train at a Glance” and new Time Table effective from 1st October 2016.
The 10 Humsafar Express trains and 7 Antyodaya express trains will run between various cities announced.The 3 Tejas trains and The three UDAY Trains also announced.
and Rabari Communities in the list of Backward Classes of the state on the recommendations of the
state Backward Classes Commission
creativity and technological advancement in both countries.
Certificates for Seafarers, 1978.
facto approval for the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY). This scheme was launched on
14th July, 2003 and Varistha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) 2014 launched on 14th August, 2014.
approved ‘Project SAKSHAM’.
panel has also selected to review the disinvestment policy, banking sector in the country, Reserve
Bank of India’s emerging role and its framework
airports to achieve a “carbon neutral” status.
adopt the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial Declaration. The Two day Meeting dedicated
sessions on key thematic areas, Employment Generation, Social Security and Inclusive Development
signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the ISRO’s Development & Educational
Communication Unit (DECU) to improve services of its educational channel ‘Mana TV’.
audiences from both national and international.
Mumbai. Union Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha released the stamp at a function
organised at Divine Child High School in Mumbai. The commemorative’s Vaswani’s design
represents the classic pose of Saint Terasa.
festival Solung with traditional gaiety. The CM Pema Khandu took part in the celebration and also
announced the sanction of Rs 600 crore which would be equally spread to all the 60 Assembly
constituencies of the state to carry out development works.
With this Haryana’s Gumthala Garhu village became the first Wifi hotspot in the Haryana telecom
circle under the bulk plan of BSNL.
(PAVA) also called Nonivamide as an alternative to the pellet guns. The recommended chilli-filled
grenade which will be used in the rarest of rare cases. A seven member committee headed by Joint
Secretary in the Home Ministry T.V.S.N. Prasad was constituted by the centre to find alternative to the
Pellet guns which was introduced by the state police in 2010.
for processing and packaging of horticultural products.
Learning Resource Centre’ in NIT, Silchar and start up centre in NIT Silchar under the start up India
campaign launched by Prime Minister. The world class library is established with the help
of University of Illinois, USA.
people, across 19 states and union territories, will be screened under the campaign.The objective is to
detect the disease early so that those affected can be saved from physical deformity.
shares by Himachalis to non-Himachalis. So that now Himachalis can sell or transfer 49% equity
shares to non-Himachalis at any stage after allotment of projects upto 2 MW capacity and full
disinvestment after two years of commissioning of the projects.
religious fervor and devotion.
innovative initiative by the department. The e-office platform would not only digitize the entire office
correspondence and file noting but also ensure an audit trail of all entries and correspondence, thus
providing an unprecedented level of accountability.
ideas & innovation into start ups worth $15 Mn
(INR 100 Cr) programme to support startups in India.
adopt 50 Adarsh and Utkarsh Vidyalayas in the state for developing education sector infrastructure.
charter. A charter binds the assembly of nations. The charter being translated into the Sanskrit
language is the first of its kind attempt to make it to such an important international document.
use of natural gas in the country and aim towards a gas-based economy.The campaign includes social
engagement via Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and its official blogsite, as well as hyper local,
offline events to directly connect with consumers through discussions, workshops and cultural events.
Telecom (DoT) to provide theinformation about outages from power distribution companies to
customers.In future consumers can also get the information through the Urja mobile app.
examination forms with their Aadhaar numbers to avoid duplication and facilitate easy access to
documents announced by BSEB chairman Anand Kishor.
fare system’, usually which is followed by airlines, the base fare of tickets will increase with the rising
demand. The new fare structure will, however, not be applicable to 1 AC and executive class coaches.
the Pollavaram irrigation project and tax concessions to Andhra Pradeshannounced by Finance
Minister Arun Jaitely.
areas of 26 states in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat is ranked 14th and
Jharkhand comes last.The survey carried out last year by National Sample Survey Office
(NSSO) under the words of Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Sindhudurg in
Maharashtra emerged as the cleanest district in the country.
connectivity through BSNL to 6,000 villages in Gujarat.
Union Government launched a new service – integration of DigiLocker with Driving Licenses (DL) &
Vehicle Registration Certificates (RC) in New Delhi.
India (ECI).It aims at increasing the electoral participation through voter registration and turnout to
increase the qualitative participation in terms of ethical and informed voting and to provide a
continuous electoral and democracy education to the people.
emergency. Student’s Registration Module has been started on madad.gov.in/ for Indian students
its special assistance scheme under the scheme of Special Central Assistance (SCA) to Scheduled
Class Sub Plan(SCSP) for the year 2016-17, the amount of Rs.359 crore has been released to 18
in all national monuments and tourist destinations to carry forward the Swachh Bharat Mission, the
government chose the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi from 2nd October.The ban would be
applicable to the protected zone or 100-m radius of the monuments.
Verma in five primary areas –Vigyan Bhawan, Jesus & Mary College, Khan Market Metro Station,
American Centre at Kasturba Gandhi Marg, and Moti Lal Nehru Marg .
across the country to register their grievances.
Financing Agency (HEFA) to give a major push for creation of high quality infrastructure in premier
educational institutionswith an authorised capital of Rs.2,000 crore and the Government equity would
be Rs.1,000 crore.
and hiked the penalty for offences under mining act. Imprisonment up to two years or fine up
to Rs.25,000 orboth has been made for those involved in illegal mining of minerals, their
transportation and holding.
approved the proposal for initiation of the Third Phase of Technical Education Quality Improvement
Canal system to achieve the goal of ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ (water to every field).
of 350th Prakash Utsav of the Sikh guru in 2017. The website has been developed by tourism department. Guru Nanak Gurpurab, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak
display the information publicly and would have to ensure security and confidentiality of the 12-digit
resident identification number under the Aadhaar Act. Based on the offence, the penalty could go up
tothree years imprisonment or a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or both. The Act specified a severe penalty of
at least Rs.10 lakh for unauthorized access to CIDR.
Production (DDP) which is more user friendly, universally accessible and less vulnerable to cyberattacks.
crore under the Gujarat Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna at Limkheda in Dahod district, Gujarat on his 66th
birthday anniversary celebrations.
the SwachhtaSaptah (Cleanliness Week). The programme was launched by Union Railway Minister
Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi.
under the Waqf board. She has ordered release of Rs. 3 crore for the corpus fund.
withdrawn from Delhi High Court after it declared that the constitution did not provide for a national
language.Under Article 351 (of the Constitution), Union Government is duty bound to promote and
propagate Hindi language so that it might serve as a medium of expression for all the elements of the
composite culture of India and to secure its enrichment.
Gandhi killers’ case in December 2015, helped get rid of death penalty and addressed the genuine
concerns of the society. A three-judge Bench led by Justice J. Chelameswar observed the judgment.
The innovation involved substituting death penalty with a special category of life
imprisonment without the benefit of release on remission for prolonged periods ranging from 25 to 30
years, if not more.
to advance the date of its presentation in Parliament from the usual February end.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
(Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill 2016 and to repeal five archaic admiralty
Company Pvt Ltd (HDCPL). This company is a joint venture between the Centre and De Beers
Centenary Mauritius Ltd (DBCML) which supplies rough diamonds to the processing industry.
Pradesh ,Nagaland, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh
Yojana (PMJAY) ensured the availability of generic medicines at affordable prices for all by
with Central Pharma Public Sector Undertakings.
known as Lok Kalyan Marg.A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting of the New
Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), presided by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. A notification would
be issued to complete the process of renaming the road.
The Gujarat High Court rejected the government’s notification granting 10 percent quota for
EBCs (economically backward classes) in educational institutions. The Anandiben Patel government
had approved the reservation to placate the Patidar community.
crore to Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation for building toilets under Swachh Bharat campaign
(Gramin) during 2016-17 along Ganga river. Till date 14,500 toilets have been constructed under this