Current Affairs Daily Updates: 13th Dec 2017

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Current Affairs Daily Updates: 13th Dec 2017
1. Union Government sets aside Rs 10000 crores service tax demand notices on IT firms
  • The new portal will help the Ministry and CPSEs to assess their performance in the procurement process according to the Procurement Policy, 2012.
  • The Finance Ministry, as a result, apprehensions about the negative effects on the software industry are without basis.
  • The government's move came a day after IT companies raised the issue of tax demand with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the pre-budget consultations.
  • The tax department had slapped service tax demand notices on about 200 information technology and IT-enabled services companies.
2. USA President Donald signs USD 692 billion defence budget
  • US President Donald Trump signed a 692 billion dollar defence budget, which among other things gives funding to provide legislative authority to implement his South Asia strategy and authorises critical missile capabilities to confront threats posed by North Korea.
  • The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) authorises 626 billion dollars of the base budget resources for the Department of Defence and the national security programs of the Department of Energy, providing an additional 66 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
3. Nakul Chopra Elected as BARC India Chairman
  • Nakul Chopra, President of AAAI and Senior Advisor, Publicis Communications elected as the next Chairman of BARC India.
  • He succeeds Viacom18 Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.
  • Nakul will be the third Chairman of BARC India. He had joined the BARC India Board in September 2016.
4. Second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture Held in Muscat
  • The second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture was held in Muscat, Capital city of Oman.
  • The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma led the Indian delegation.
  • The conference was focused on sustainable development, culture and tourism as a factor of peace and prosperity; tourism development and protection of cultural heritage.
5. Rajasthan is First state in India to Offer e-mail IDs in Hindi
  • Rajasthan becomes the first state in the country to launch free email addresses in Hindi (in Devanagari script) for its residents, as per the state IT department Principal Secretary Akhil Arora.
  • The initiative aims to ensure maximum participation of people towards e-governance and that maximum facilities are available in the vernacular language.
  • The first e-mail ID was created for CM Vasundhara Raje.

6. India to Host 3rd Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB
  • India will host the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Mumbai in June 2018.
  • The Theme of the Annual Meeting, 2018 will be “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration”.
  • The Government of India and AIIB Secretariat signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to delineate the duties and responsibilities of major stakeholders who would be involved in organizing the aforesaid Annual Meeting.
7. Dhammapiya Elected as New Secretary General of IBC
  • Buddhist monk Dhammapiya from Tripura elected as the new secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC).
  • He was elected to the post at the second general assembly of the IBC. The IBC is a global Buddhist forum for preservation and development of heritage sites of the religion in India and other parts of the world.
8. Shubhankar Sharma Wins Joburg Open
  • 21-year-old Indian Golfer Shubhankar Sharma claimed European Tour victory in the Joburg Open, in South Africa. He has defeated South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen.
  • This was a maiden European Tour win for Shubhankar Sharma. He has five victories on the professional tour of India and he now has a European Tour title to add to his list of achievements. England’s Marcus Armitage was the top British finisher in Joburg.
9. Bihar Government launches Safe City Surveillance scheme for Women Safety
  • The Bihar government has launched Safe City Surveillance Scheme for checking crime against women. It aims to bring all major public places under watch of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and improve overall crime control in the state.
  • The scheme has been launched in a phase-wise manner, will commence from capital city Patna.
  • It has specially launched for checking crime against women.
10. Karnataka government to introduce digital platform for hassle-free governance
  • In order to strengthen the ecosystem for government services, Karnataka State government will be launching a digital platform to address the issues of the common citizen.
  • The state cabinet ratified the proposal of "Seva Sindhu," a common citizen platform to fine tune the delivery system of government services.
  • He also noted that the interactive platform would provide all useful information about local events, employment opportunities, and others.
  • The portal will provide services like income, domicile, caste, birth, death certificates, ration card, approval of social welfare schemes and other administrative work.