Daily Current Affairs (English) - 12.03.2018



NCRB : Citizen Services Mobile APP

  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rd Inception Day, on March 11, 2018 and released “Citizen Services” Mobile APP.
  • An exhibition showcasing various in-house developed applications by NCRB under CCTNS Project, Finger Prints Science, ‘Vahan-Samanvay’, ‘Talash’ Mobile APPs Citizen Complaint, View FIR, Police Station Locater, NCRB Publications of ‘Crime in India’, ‘Accidental Deaths & Suicides in India’ and ‘Prison Statistics India’ was also organised.
  • “Citizen Services” developed in-house by NCRB. This single App is a bouquet of various essential police related services to the citizen. The App can be used by citizen for various services such as Complaint Registration & Status Check, View FIR Detail, SOS – Stay Safe, Locate Police Stations, Vahan-Samanvay, Emergency Contact List, Police Stations Telephone Directory etc.
  • NCRB: NCRB is the Nodal Agency for authentic source of Data on crime, accidents, suicides, and prisons for policy matters and research. Bureau is implementing & monitoring agency for implementation of Crime & Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), a Mission Mode Project under the National e-Governance Plan of Government of India. The project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing in the country.
  • NCRB also imparts training in Information Technology (IT) and Finger Print Science for Indian Police Officers as well Foreign Police officers. Areas covered during the training are Cyber Crime Investigation & Digital Forensics, CCTNS, Advanced Fingerprint Science, Network & e-Security, Coloured Portrait Building System, etc.



India Won Best Exhibitor Award

  • India has won the "Best Exhibitor Award " at ITB – Berlin on its last day. ‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’ was convened at Berlin, Germany from 7th March to 10th March, 2018.
  • India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr K. J. Alphons along with couple of Tourism Ministry officials.
  • More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers.India's Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named "Yogi of the Racetrack " in the meet. The said short film has got 3.2 million hits in 60 hours.



26th Meeting of the GST Council meets

  • Sending a strong positive signal to the exporting community, the GST Council in its 26thmeeting held on 10th March decided to extend the available tax exemptions on imported goods for a further 6 months beyond 31.03.2018. Thus, exporters presently availing various export promotion schemes can now continue to avail such exemptions on their imports upto 01.10.2018, by which time an e-Wallet scheme is expected to be in place to continue the benefits in future.
  • In a related development which would benefit the exporters, the Council reviewed the progress in grant of refunds to exports of both IGST and Input Tax Credit. The Council appreciated that the pace of grant of IGST refund has picked up. Thereafter, the Council directed GSTN to expeditiously forward the balance refund claims to the Customs/Central GST/State GST authorities, as the case may be, for their immediate sanction and disbursal.
  • It may be recalled that in its meeting held on 06.10.2017 the Council had noted that exporters are experiencing difficulties of cash blockage on account of having to upfront pay GST / IGST on the inputs, raw materials etc. / finished goods imported / procured for purposes of exports. An interim solution was found by re-introducing the pre-GST tax exemptions on such imports.
  • Additionally, for merchant exporters a special scheme of payment of GST @ 0.1% on their procured goods was introduced. Also, domestic procurement made under Advance Authorization, EPCG and EOU schemes were recognized as 'deemed exports' with flexibility foreither the suppliers or the exporters being able to claim a refund of GST / IGST paid thereon. All these avenues were made available upto 31.03.2018.



Bangladesh: One Minute Blackout

  • On March 25 Bangladesh will observe a one-minute ‘blackout’ to mark ‘Genocide Day’, in memory of the three million people killed by Pakistani forces during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
  • After an inter-ministerial meeting on on 11th March Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said that the ‘blackout’ would be observed for one minute from 9.00 p.m.
  • The government will not suspend power supply, he said, but people will be asked to switch their lights off. However, emergency services will remain out of the purview. Bangladesh started observing March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’ in 2017.


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