15.01.21 APPSC current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

Andhra Pradesh spends over Rs 8,000 crore on free power to farmers

 

The state energy department  stated that the government is taking steps to make the free power scheme a role model for the country by implementing direct benefit transfer (DBT) in it.

Under DBT, the government will deposit the entire subsidy in farmers’ accounts and farmers will pay the distribution companies.

 

State energy secretary Srikant Nagulapalli said, “The DBT is a farmer-friendly policy that would empower farmers to question power utilities to supply quality power to the agriculture sector. It enhances the accountability and responsibility among power utilities.” Srikanth said the government is spending Rs 8,353.58 crore on the scheme.

Energy minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy said the government had immediately sanctioned Rs 1,700 crore to upgrade feeders across the state.

INTERNATIONAL

India Chairs 3 Key Subsidiary Bodies of the UNSC

 

India will host the three-key subsidiary bodies of the UNSC (United Nations Security Council).

The groups are the Counter-Terrorism Committee, Taliban Sanctions Committee and Libya Sanctions Committee.

The Chairman of the Counter-Terrorism Committee evoked a special response in India. Not only has India been at the forefront of combating terrorism, especially cross-border terrorism, but it’s also one among India’s biggest victims. Considering India’s strong interest and commitment to peace, security, development and progress in Afghanistan.

The Taliban Sanctions Committee has always a top priority for India. When the international community pays attention to Libya and therefore the social process, India will assume the chairmanship of the Libya sanctions committee at a critical juncture.

 

NATIONAL

NCAVES India Forum Organized by Union Ministry

 

NCAVES (Natural Capital Accounting & Valuation of the Ecosystem Services) India Forum for the year 2021 is organized by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

 

The NCAVES project is funded by the European Union (EU). NCAVES is Jointly implemented by the subsequent agencies: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), United Nations Environment Programme -UNEP & Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity – CBD.

In India, it’s implemented by the subsequent agencies: the Ministry of Statistics and Planning and therefore the Ministry of Environment, Forests & global climate change (MoEF&CC) and therefore the National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC) in close cooperation.

India is one of five countries participating in this project. Other participating countries are China, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico.

Participation in the project will be helpful to compile Environment Accounts as per the UN-SEEA framework and also helps for publishing environmental accounts in its publication “EnviStats India” once a year from 2018.

Under the NCAVES project, the India-EVL tool was developed.

 

Amendment proposed by govt will bring parity between pvt trade areas & APMCs

 

A key amendment to the farm laws proposed by the government to maintain parity between private trade and APMC mandis by providing equal fees substantially allays concerns of mandi operators and states over loss of revenues but has still failed to find favour with farm unions opposing the new agriculture laws.

 

Though the proposals, specifically on trade areas outside APMC ‘mandis’ and private traders, appear to be a “dilution” of the farm law on trade, officials believe the concerns expressed by farmers have, in fact, opened a door for necessary suggestions which may only improve benefits for farmers as well as states.

 

As far as law on contract farming is concerned, the government’s proposal for amendment will address a key concern of farmers on the issue of dispute resolution which is currently limited to district authorities. The government has now agreed for inserting a provision through amendment, providing an alternative of civil courts for dispute resolution.

 

 

NIXI Provides Free Domain in Local Indian Languages

 

NIXI (National Internet Exchange of India) provides a free IDN (Internationalized Domain Name), which contains any of the 22 official Indian preferred languages, and every IN name reserved by the registrant. Applicants also will receive free local language emails. This offer was created to stimulate the adoption of International (IDN) Domain Names and increase local language content.

 

According to Section 8 of the businesses Act, 2013, established in 2003, NIXI may be a non-profit organization. NIXI was established to form ISPs (Internet Service Providers) peer-to-peer with one another. the aim is to route domestic domestic traffic, to not bring it all the thanks to the United States/abroad. this protects international bandwidth, thereby improving service quality (reducing latency) and reducing ISP bandwidth costs.

 

Liberalized Authorised Economic Operator Package for MSMEs

Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs – CBIC introduces flagship Liberalised Authorised Economic Operator Package for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs – CBIC has adopted a replacement initiative to launch the flagship product “Liberalised MSME AEO Package” for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to understand rapid customs clearance.

In order to attract MSMEs to become Authorized Economic Operators (AEOs) and luxuriate in them, CBIC (Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs) has relaxed the compliance criteria provided the MSMEs have a legitimate certificate from their line-ministry.

The “Liberalized MSME AEO Package” scheme could even be a voluntary compliance program that gives faster customs clearance service for qualified stakeholders within the worldwide supply chain (namely importers, exporters, logistics service providers, custodians, etc.).

The relaxed requirements, allowing Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) who submit a minimum of 10 customs clearance documents within 1 year and who have clear compliance records within two years to use for the scheme.

 

 

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