Government plans to amend APMC Act to woo farmers
In a year when taluka and district panchayat polls are scheduled, the government has planned to revamp the Gujarat Agricultural Produce Markets (Amendment) Act. A bill for amendment of the act will be tabled in the ongoing state assembly session and is seen as a move to woo farmers.
A key government official said that the most important amendment that is proposed will be lifting of restrictions on farmers to sell their produce in a particular Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) only.
Another amendment being proposed is lifting of the restriction of registration of traders at one APMC only. Traders will now be able to register themselves at multiple APMCs, increasing the options of farmers for selling their yield.
Sources in the government said the move to allow private entities to operate as APMC is expected to have a backlash from vested interest groups.
Google announces its plans to open Delhi Cloud Region
Google announced its plans to open a Delhi Cloud Region.
This will be the company’s second cloud region in India since it launched one in Mumbai three years ago in 2017.
The new cloud region will expand Google’s existing network which stands at 8 regions in the Asia Pacific and 22 regions globally.
Google cloud regions bring Google Cloud Platform services to global organisations in industries like media and entertainment, retail and manufacturing.
Projected to be launched in 2021, the Delhi cloud region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions.
Two new land ports to be added as entry points for Bangladeshi people
Bangladesh is to add two new land ports for the Bangladeshi citizens travelling to India. It will have the option of two more land port entry points on their visas.
Visitors from Bangladesh to India will be able to enter India from Bhomra, and Akhaura side of Bangladesh will connect Gojadanga and Agartala, respectively, on the Indian side.
Currently, Bangladeshi people can travel to India with a normal visa from only two land ports namely Benapole and Petrpole, apart from the travel by air and rail.
The decision to allow entry into India from the two additional land ports was agreed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India in October 2018. The move is now in the process of being implemented.
Lok Sabha passed 2020 Direct Tax Vivad Se Viswas Bill
Lok Sabha passed the amendment of the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020, on 4 March. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman on 5 February 2020.
The amendment will extend the scope to cover litigation pending in various debt recovery tribunals (DRTs). It also provides an opportunity to settle direct tax disputes within the current financial year by waiving interest and penalty on their pending taxes.
The Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill provides a method for the resolution of pending tax disputes that are related to income tax and corporation tax that involve Rs.9.32 lakh crore.
It also defines an appellant as the income tax authority, or the person, or both, whose appeal is pending before any appellate forum as on 31 January 2020.
It will cover tax disputes pending at the level of commissioner (appeals), Income Tax Appellate Tribunals (ITAT), high courts (HCs), and the Supreme Court (SC).
JK government launched Student Health Card scheme for school children
Jammu and Kashmir government has launched Student Health Card scheme in Jammu on 5 March. It was launched by Lt. Governor G.C. Murmu at a programme organized by Directorate of Mid Day Meal, School Education Department in association with National Health Mission at Teachers Bhavan Jammu.
The scheme will ensure regular checkups of school-going children.
It is expected that regular health checkup facilities at the school level will ensure the good health of students.
The aim of the scheme will ensure the good health of every school-going children and parents who should be made aware of the benefits of this scheme.
Previously, the government has launched MidDay meal for the needy school-going children so that malnutrition can be prevented.
Chandrayaan-III mission to be launched in first half of 2021
The Union Minister Jitendra Singh announced that ISRO’s Chandrayaan-III would be launched in the first half of 2021. A slight delay might happen in the launching of the third moon mission.
Chandrayaan-III mission was configured based on the lessons learnt from Chandrayaan-II.
The revised configuration is expected to take care of the robustness in design, capacity enhancement for mission flexibility.
It retains the heritage of Chandrayaan-II.
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