Daily Current Affairs 27th December, 2016
China Passes Environment Tax Law to Curb Pollution,will be implemented on January 1, 2018
- China has passed a new law to levy environment tax on polluters, especially on heavy industries.
- The environment tax law was adopted by the legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) standing committee at a meeting in Beijing.
- Battling recurring pollution enveloping its cities,The Environment Tax Law was adopted by the legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee.
- Under the new law, companies will pay environment taxes ranging from 350 yuan ($60) to 11,200 yuan ($1870) per month for noise. It set rates of 1.4 yuan on water pollutants, 1.2 yuan on stipulated quantities of air pollutants and a range of 5 to 1,000 yuan for each ton of solid waste.
New Regional Institute of Education at Nellore:
- Ministry of Human Resource Development is opening a new Regional Institute of Education at Nellore (Andhra Pradesh). Presently NCERT, an apex body of Government of India on School Education, has five RIEs in the country at Ajmer, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Mysore and Shillong.
- It will undertake research and development of Resource Materials on school and teacher education, help capacity building of Teachers and Teacher Educators, strengthen implementation of Government of India Schemes like SSA, RMSA, ICT in schools, and strengthen linkages among State Education Agencies besides addressing educational needs of the States
Sagarmala Development Company
- The government recently inaugurated the Sagarmala Development Company (SDC).
- The Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013.
- The company has an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 Crore and a subscribed share capital of Rs. 90 Crore.
- The main objective of the company is to identify port-led development projects under the Sagarmala Programme and provide equity support for the project Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up by the Ports / State / Central Ministries and funding window and /or implement only those residual projects which cannot be funded by any other means / mode.
KVGB launches ‘Bank Sakhi’ scheme
- The Karnataka Vikas Grameen Banks (KVGB) has come up with ‘Bank Sakhi‘ innovative scheme for employing women in villages to promote and improve the cashless transactions in rural areas.
- The bank would appoint women business correspondents called ‘Bank Sakhi’ in select villages where this scheme would be implemented.
- The ‘Bank Sakhi’ will provide a range of financial services on behalf of the bank to her community
Assam Government launches Health Insurance Scheme Atal-Amrit Abhiyan
- Assam Government rolled out ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’, a health insurance scheme to provide coverage against several critical illnesses. Atal-Amrit Abhiyan aims to make quality health care affordable to every individual member of a family in the state.
- It has financial outlay of the scheme is around Rs 200 crore.
- Both Below Poverty Line (BPL) and Above Poverty Line (APL) families with annual income below Rs 5 lakh are eligible to avail benefit.
- Cashless cards will be provided to eligible individuals to avail treatment for as many as 437 diseases under six categories at most major hospitals across the country. The six categories are cardiovascular diseases, kidney diseases, cancer, neo-natal diseases, neurological conditions and burns.
Registration of Pakistani Hindus as Indian Citizen reduced from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 100
- The registration fees for Hindus and other minority community people from three neighboring countries comprising Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh, to register as Indian citizens have been reduced drastically to Rs 100 from Rs 15,000.
SCIENCE AND TECH
China tests 5th-generation fighter jet FC-31 Gyrfalcon
- China has successfully tested the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter jet J-31.
- The newest FC-31 has better stealth capabilities, improved electronic equipment and a larger payload capacity than the previous version which debuted in October 2012.
Yuki Bhambri wins $10,000 ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures
- Yuki Bhambri has captured the title of the $10,000 ITF Hong Kong F4 Futures.
- He defeated Shintaro Imai of Japan who has been placed at second position.