9 PM Current Affairs Brief – April 5, 2019


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NuGen Mobility Summit 2019

NuGen Mobility Summit 2019 The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) will organize a NuGen Mobility Summit, 2019 at Manesar, NCR from 27th to 29th November 2019. The objective of the Summit is to (a)share new ideas (b)learnings (c)global experiences (d)innovations and (e)future technology trends for faster adoption, assimilation and development of advanced automotive technologies… Continue reading NuGen Mobility Summit 2019

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Election Commission to SC: Taken steps to curb criminalisation of politics

Election Commission to SC: Taken steps to curb criminalisation of politics The Election Commission (EC) has told the Supreme Court that it has taken measures to curb criminalization of politics. Criminalization of politics means the rising participation of criminals and people facing criminal charges in politics. EC’s response in Supreme Court comes in the backdrop… Continue reading Election Commission to SC: Taken steps to curb criminalisation of politics

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Time to push for a sustainable food system, say scientists

Time to push for a sustainable food system, say scientists At a recent event organised in New Delhi, EAT- Lancet Commission has launched Eat-Lancet Report-India. The event was organised by FSSAI with the support of Tasting India and Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The Eat-Lancet Report was first launched in Oslo, Norway in January,… Continue reading Time to push for a sustainable food system, say scientists

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18 Advance Pricing Agreements signed in March: CBDT

18 Advance Pricing Agreements signed in March: CBDT The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has entered into 18 Advance Pricing Agreement(APAs) in the month of March 2019 which includes 3 Bilateral APAs(BAPAs).With this, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT as of now stands at 271,which also includes 31 BAPAs. APA… Continue reading 18 Advance Pricing Agreements signed in March: CBDT

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Health Ministry forms a Solidarity Human Chain; reaffirms commitment towards Universal Health Care

Health Ministry forms a Solidarity Human Chain; reaffirms commitment towards Universal Health Care Recently, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GoI along with the World Health Organization (WHO) had formed a Solidarity Human Chain as part of the World Health Day celebrations. The theme of World Health Day 2019 is Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere.… Continue reading Health Ministry forms a Solidarity Human Chain; reaffirms commitment towards Universal Health Care

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SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of Modi biopic

SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of Modi biopic The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea seeking a stay on the release of the biopic “PM Narendra Modi”. The opposition parties have alleged that the release of the film ahead of elections would violate the Model Code of Conduct. The film has… Continue reading SC agrees to hear plea challenging release of Modi biopic

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EC inquiry against Meghalaya Minister

EC inquiry against Meghalaya Minister The Election Commission has initiated an inquiry into alleged violation of model code of conduct by a Meghalaya Minister. He had used an official vehicle for election campaigning. According to the Model Code of Conduct, no government transport including official air-crafts, vehicles etc. should be used for electioneering work. Model… Continue reading EC inquiry against Meghalaya Minister

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RBI cuts repo rate to 6%, lowers GDP forecast to 7.2%

RBI cuts repo rate to 6%, lowers GDP forecast to 7.2% The six-member Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India has cut its benchmark policy rate, repo rate by 0.25% to 6%. Repo stands for ‘Repurchasing Option’. It refers to the rate at which commercial banks borrow money from the RBI. The rate… Continue reading RBI cuts repo rate to 6%, lowers GDP forecast to 7.2%

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UAE confers prestigious Zayed Medal on Narendra Modi

UAE confers prestigious Zayed Medal on Narendra Modi The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has awarded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Zayed Medal, the highest civilian award granted by its government. PM Modi has received the award in appreciation of his efforts in maintaining strategic ties with UAE. UAE-India relations got momentum after Prime… Continue reading UAE confers prestigious Zayed Medal on Narendra Modi

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SC rejects Christian body’s plea to defer elections

SC rejects Christian body’s plea to defer elections The Supreme Court has refused to hear an urgent plea by a Christian body seeking rescheduling of the Lok Sabha polling date in Tamil Nadu. The petition had said that the scheduled date of polling for the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry falls during… Continue reading SC rejects Christian body’s plea to defer elections

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Brunei’s LGBT community lives in fear

Brunei’s LGBT community lives in fear Brunei has introduced a new sharia law that makes adultery and homosexuality punishable by stoning to death. It makes Brunei the first country in Southeast Asia to have a sharia penal code at the national level. The new law mostly applies to Muslims though some aspects will also apply… Continue reading Brunei’s LGBT community lives in fear

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In SC, govt. defends electoral bonds

In SC, govt. defends electoral bonds The Government has opposed in the Supreme Court on the concerns raised by the Election Commission on issuing electoral bonds. Earlier, the Election Commission of India had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court. It said that the introduction of electoral bonds and the removal of the cap on… Continue reading In SC, govt. defends electoral bonds

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Linking small loans to external benchmark after further talks

Linking small loans to external benchmark after further talks The Reserve Bank has said that it will hold further discussions with banks on linking interest rates on personal, home, auto and MSME loans with the external benchmark rates. In December 2018, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had proposed a major change in the way banks… Continue reading Linking small loans to external benchmark after further talks

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Stressed assets circular to be revised soon

Stressed assets circular to be revised soon The RBI governor has said that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue a revised circular for resolution of stressed assets following the Supreme Court verdict striking down its February 12,2018 circular as ultra vires which means that the RBI had gone beyond its powers in issuing the… Continue reading Stressed assets circular to be revised soon

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In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in a case whether the Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI). The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the Supreme Court… Continue reading In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

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