Current affairs today September 15 2017

Presenting current affairs September 15 2017  with regular updates of  today events from all over the country, world and various areas. Aim of our current affairs section is to help you to get high marks in competitive exams you are going to attempt.

CBDT signs MoU with Corporate Affairs Ministry for Information Sharing

Corporate Affairs Ministry and the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have signed an MoU to exchange and share information automatically between the two regularly. The step has been taken to tackle the problem increasing in number of fraud companies. The MoU will make it sure that both departments have unlimited PAN-CIN (corporate identity number) and PAN-DIN (Director Identity Number) linkage for regulatory purposes.

Both departments will share the information of:

  1. Indian corporates
  2. Foreign corporates Working in Indian

Along with regular information, CBDT and MCA both will have authority to seek any specific kind of information present in their respective department’s databases on request for the purpose of carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.

The MoU will likewise empower the departments sharing of particular data, for example, Permanent Account Number (PAN) information in regard of corporates, income tax returns of corporates, financial statements filed with Registrar of Companies, returns of allotment of shares, audit reports and statement of financial transactions received from banks relating to corporates.

Government Will grant citizenship to Chakma, Hajong refugees

Chakma, Hajong refugees will soon be called as citizens of India. Union Government has decided to grant Indian citizenship almost one lakh Chakma, Hajong refugees who had entered India five decades ago from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and are living in northeast now. The decision in this regard taken by the Union Government is a result of the order given by the honourable Supreme Court back in 2015. In the order Union Governemnt was ordered by Apex court to provide Indian citizenship to refugees especially to those who are living in Arunachal pradesh.

What was Supreme Court’s Order?

In 2015, in a verdict, Supreme Court had given three months time to center government to give India citizenship to these refugees. But later on Arunachal Pradesh Government moved to the upper court registering its objection on the decision of Apex Court. But Apex Court rejected their application of objection and since then this matter became a big issue and was delayed till now.

Swachta hi Sewa campaign launched by Union Government

Swachta hi Sewa named nation-wide fortnight-long sanitation campaign was launched by Union Government on 15 September,2017. President Ram Nath Kovind launched the campaign from Ishworiganj village of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

About Swachhta Hi Seva campaign

As the name suggests the mission is related to spread awareness and to do efforts regarding cleanliness in India. The campaign will highlight the government’s flagship cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat Mission and will run from 15 September,2017 to 2nd October,2017.

Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and convening Ministry for the Swachh Bharat Mission will also be in coordination with the Union Government. The primary objective of the campaign is to mobilise people and to give strength to Jan aandolan (mass movement) for sanitation to contribute to Clean India which was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi.

How the campaign will progress?

It will encourage people to undertake Shramdaan(voluntary work) for cleanliness and construction of toilets. Construction of public toilets will play a major role in making India free of open defecation. Public and tourist places will also be cleaned under the campaign. The government has made plans with state governments to make it sure that more and more people participate in the campaign. The aim is to make it people’s campaign not the government’s. Agenda is to reach poor people and providing the sanitation services to them.

Development Trials of Indigenously Built Astra Missile Conducted by IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully conducted the trials for the all weather Astra missile which is developed indigenously in Odisha over the Bay of Bengal, coast of Chandipur.

The missile was tested for seven times out of which two of the trails were done against Pilotless Target Aircrafts (PTA). Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft was used to fire the missile which fired it successfully. After these trilas, it is expected that this newly developed missile will soon be available for induction into IAF. Read full news below:

Indigenously Built Astra Missile Trails

Open sky agreement to be Inked Between India and Japan

Moving one step ahead, India and Japan have agreed to ink another agreement in the field of airlines between the both countries known as open sky agreement. Under open sky agreement, airlines of both the countries will be able to operate unlimited number of flights between India and japan. The agreement will be signed as per the rules and policies of National Civil Aviation Policy (NACP), 2016.

Both countries have exchanged RoD (Record of Discussions) on civil aviation cooperation in this regard after a long talk between Narendra Modi and Abe Shinzo.

Benefits of Open sky agreement:

The agreement will not only facilitate passengers travelling from India to Japan and vice- versa, but the air fares will also come down because of an increase in number of flights between two countries.

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