17-18.02.19 Bihar (BPSC) Current Affairs

BIHAR

 

 

·         Bihar’s urban teledensity second best in country

ð  Bihar stood second in the country in terms of urban teledensity after Kerala in 2017-18. However, rural teledensity in Bihar was second lowest among major states in the country during this period with 44 connections per 100 people, according to the state’s Economic Survey report.

ð  The survey stated that Bihar witnessed an increase in its teledensity from 54 in 2016 to 63 in 2018. Teledensity refers to the number of telephone per 100 people.

ð  The survey stated that 44,900 villages were covered under tele connectivity of BSNL and 35 new Wi-Fi hotspots were set up in the state. The total coverage is 66% in terms of area, 85% in terms of population and 100% in terms of national highway, state highway and rail routes. Altogether 68.5% of total villages in state have been covered by the BSNL.

ð  With regard to infrastructure development for the telecom network, the survey has stated that 1,118 landline exchanges and 896 digital subscriber line access multiplexers (DSLAM) for broadband services are working in Bihar as on date.

 

ð  The survey further stated that 11 Wi-Fi hotspots are working and 99 more are planned at tourist and pilgrimage locations.

 

ð  The state government has initiated high-speed Fiber to Home (FTH) broadband connection project in collaboration with BSNL for community service centre and e-governance. It is initially targeted to cover 2,000 gram panchayats across Bihar under Phase-I and the remaining 3,200 gram panchayats under Phase-II of the project.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

·         World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 Held At New Delhi

 

  • World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019, the flagship event of ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI),was inaugurated by Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
  • The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’. 
  • Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji was honoured with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji

 

·         India hiked the custom duty of Pakistan goods to 200 percent

 

  • After the Pulwama terror strike,the Union government has hiked the basic customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200% with immediate effect. This comes after India revoked the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan on February 15 following the Pulwama terror strike, that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
  • The two main items imported from Pakistan arefruits and cement, on which the current customs duty is 30-50% and 7.5%, respectively.The hike on import duty of 200 percent effectively means almost banning the imports from Pakistan.

 

 

NATIONAL

 

·         CBDT proposes 30-40% digital tax for tech giants like Google, FB and Amazon

 

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has prepared a draft proposal under the newly introduced concept of ‘significant economic presence’, also known as digital permanent establishment (PE), which seeks to impose tax at 30 to 40 per cent ratebased on the revenues and user base of such companies in India.

    Large Indian companies pay 30 percent corporate tax, while subsidiaries of foreign companies in India have to shell out 40 percent.

 

·         Union Government Raised Rs.10000 Crore From Bharat-22 ETF Offering

 

  • The government has raised Rs 10,000 croreby the additional offering of Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
  • The additional ‘on-tap’ offering of Bharat-22 ETF was opened for a single day with a base issue size of Rs 3,500 crore and an option to retain over-subscription.
  • The issue was over-subscribed 10 times and received bids for Rs 4,00,000 crore till 7 pm. Bids will pour in till 8 pm.
  • The Bharat-22 ETFissue received an overwhelming response from all categories of investors including retail investors.

 

  • Himachal passed bill to make Sanskrit 2nd official language

 

  • The Himachal PradeshAssembly passed the Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit the second official language in the state.
  • The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh.
  • Once given assent by the Governor, it will amend the Himachal Pradesh Official language Act, 1975.
  • Now, Hindi is the official language of Himachal Pradesh.
  • The Assembly also renamed Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

 

·         About 16 crore Indians consume alcohol: Govt survey

 

  • According to a survey conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, about 16 crore  (14.6 per cent) Indians in the 10-75 age group consume alcohol.
  • Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have the highest prevalence of liquor use.
  • After alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly-used substances in India.

 

 

·         Sunil Chhetri given first ever Football Ratna Award

 

  • Football Delhi conferred Sunil Chhetri with first ever “Football Ratna” Award.
  • Delhi Dynamos player Shubham Sarangi was also honoured.

 

  • Chhetri was recently named as the 6thIndian Footballer in the elite Padma Shri list 

    INTERNATIONAL

     

    ·         World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 Held At New Delhi

     

    • World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) 2019, the flagship event of ‘The Energy and Resources Institute’ (TERI),was inaugurated by Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
    • The theme of WSDS 2019 was ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: delivering on our promise’. 
    • Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji was honoured with the Sustainable Development Leadership Award 2019 for his outstanding contributions towards sustainable development in Fiji

     

    ·         India hiked the custom duty of Pakistan goods to 200 percent

     

    • After the Pulwama terror strike,the Union government has hiked the basic customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring country to 200% with immediate effect. This comes after India revoked the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ (MFN) status to Pakistan on February 15 following the Pulwama terror strike, that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
    • The two main items imported from Pakistan arefruits and cement, on which the current customs duty is 30-50% and 7.5%, respectively.The hike on import duty of 200 percent effectively means almost banning the imports from Pakistan.

     

     

    NATIONAL

     

    ·         CBDT proposes 30-40% digital tax for tech giants like Google, FB and Amazon

     

    • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has prepared a draft proposal under the newly introduced concept of ‘significant economic presence’, also known as digital permanent establishment (PE), which seeks to impose tax at 30 to 40 per cent ratebased on the revenues and user base of such companies in India.

      Large Indian companies pay 30 percent corporate tax, while subsidiaries of foreign companies in India have to shell out 40 percent.

     

    ·         Union Government Raised Rs.10000 Crore From Bharat-22 ETF Offering

     

    • The government has raised Rs 10,000 croreby the additional offering of Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF).
    • The additional ‘on-tap’ offering of Bharat-22 ETF was opened for a single day with a base issue size of Rs 3,500 crore and an option to retain over-subscription.
    • The issue was over-subscribed 10 times and received bids for Rs 4,00,000 crore till 7 pm. Bids will pour in till 8 pm.
    • The Bharat-22 ETFissue received an overwhelming response from all categories of investors including retail investors.

     

    • Himachal passed bill to make Sanskrit 2nd official language

     

    • The Himachal PradeshAssembly passed the Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit the second official language in the state.
    • The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh.
    • Once given assent by the Governor, it will amend the Himachal Pradesh Official language Act, 1975.
    • Now, Hindi is the official language of Himachal Pradesh.
    • The Assembly also renamed Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

     

    ·         About 16 crore Indians consume alcohol: Govt survey

     

    • According to a survey conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, about 16 crore  (14.6 per cent) Indians in the 10-75 age group consume alcohol.
    • Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have the highest prevalence of liquor use.
    • After alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly-used substances in India.

     

     

    ·         Sunil Chhetri given first ever Football Ratna Award

     

    • Football Delhi conferred Sunil Chhetri with first ever “Football Ratna” Award.
    • Delhi Dynamos player Shubham Sarangi was also honoured.

     

    • Chhetri was recently named as the 6thIndian Footballer in the elite Padma Shri list
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