Daily Current Affairs 10 April 2018 for Banking/Insurance/SSC and other related exams.
Transgenders to be recognised as independent gender category in PAN form
The government has amended Income Tax rules that will now allow transgenders to be recognised as an independent category of applicants for obtaining a Permanent Account Number (PAN) for their tax-related transactions.
- The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), which frames policy for the department, issued a notification that provides a new tick box for the transgenders to apply for the PAN.
- The notification, issued under sections 139A and 295 of the Income Tax Act, specifies the new application process for obtaining a PAN number by an individual.
- The amendment will now be reflected in Form 49A (PAN application form for Indian citizens) and 49AA (PAN application form for individuals not a citizen of India).
- PAN is a 10-digit unique alphanumeric number alloted by the I-T department to individuals and entities.
Govt bans imports of Oxytocin
The Central government has banned the import of Oxytocin and asked the customs department to prevent any attempt to smuggle it into the country.
- The move comes after the Prime Minister’s Office held a meeting to check the “harmful effects of Oxytocin” as cases of its misuse by some dairy owners and farmers to boost milk production and increase the size of vegetables had come to light.
PM flags off India’s first all-electric high-speed train in Bihar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched India’s first all-electric high-speed locomotive in Bihar. The addition of all-electric high-speed locomotive in Bihar will be a giant leap in PM Modi’s govt initiative ‘Make in India’.
- The electric locomotive, with a 12,000 horsepower (HP) was flagged off from Bihar’s Madhepura loco factory.
- Before the launch of high speed locomotive train, the most powerful electric engine in India was of 6,000 HP.
Vice President inaugurates “Scientific Convention on World Homoeopathy Day”
The Vice President of India Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the two-day “Scientific Convention on World Homeopathy Day” organized by the Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi. The convention was attended by more than 1500 delegates, which included homoeopathic researchers, scientists from allied sciences, practitioners, students, industrialists as well as representatives of various homoeopathic associations.
FSSAI launches initiative to address Vitamin D deficiency
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched ‘Project Dhoop’, an initiative aimed at shifting the school assembly time to noon to ensure maximum absorption of Vitamin D in students through natural sunlight.
- The project was launched at National Bal Bhavan in New Delhi, and saw participation of around 600 students from NCERT, NDMC and North MCD Schools.
‘Happy Cities Summit 2018’ starts in Amaravati
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev inaugurated a three-day long ‘Happy Cities Summit 2018’ at Mangalagiri town in Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh.
- Around 1,000 delegates from India and abroad will take part in the Summit. Naidu said that this is first of its kind program in India.
First Meeting of the ‘NITI Forum for North East’ held in Agartala
The first meeting of the newly constituted ‘NITI Forum for North East’ was held in Agartala, Tripura. The meeting was organized by the NITI Aayog, Ministry of DoNER and the North Eastern Council (NEC).
- It was discussed that the focus of development projects in the NER will be based on the concept of “HIRA” (Highways, Inland Waterways, Railways and Airways) as spelled out by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
International conference on human rights starts in Nepal
The three-day international conference on human rights with the theme ‘Identifying challenges and assessing progress: addressing impunity and human rights in South Asia’ started in Nepal to address the issues relating to human rights and impunity in South Asia.
- The aim of the event is to facilitate a regional dialogue among various stakeholders on the issues of human rights violations, culture of impunity, and the limitedness of national human rights institutions.
- Over 50 representatives from 20 countries including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines will participate in the event.
Intl. conference on ‘Water, Environment & Climate Change begins in Kathmandu
The first international conference on ‘Water, Environment and Climate Change: Knowledge Sharing and Partnership’ has started in Kathmandu, Nepal. Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the conference.
- The basic objective of the conference is to bring together professionals, academicians, researchers, entrepreneurs, government and non government institutions to discuss and deliberate on challenges, opportunities and strategies related to water and environmental issues.
- More than 100 international participants from 20 countries including India participating in the conference.
NASA set for historic first Mars-bound mission
NASA is all set for its first interplanetary launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5 with the Mars-bound InSight lander.
- On board the 189-foot-tall United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will be NASA’s InSight to spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars’ northern hemisphere to study the deep interior of the Red Planet and find traces of how it was formed.
- InSight is planned for landing at Red Planet on November 26.
2018 Asia Cup moved out from India to UAE
The 2018 Asia Cup, that was earlier scheduled to be held in India, has now been moved out to the United Arab Emirates.
- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and the winner of Asia Cup qualifier will compete in the 50-overs format event.
Wipro’s Rishad Premji new Nasscom chairman
Global software major Wipro’s Chief Strategy Officer Rishad Premji has been appointed the new Nasscom Chairman for 2018-19.