The UPSC Daily
27th SEPTEMBER 2017
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In news :First Helicopter service starts from Srinagar to Drass under Udan Scheme
The service will be especially helpful for people during winters and in cases of emergency.
Regional Connectivity Scheme “UDAN” (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik)
(i) concessions by Central Government, State Governments and airport operators to reduce the cost of airline operations on regional routes
(ii) financial support (Viability Gap Funding or VGF) to meet the gap, if any,
A Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) has been created under powers conferred under Rule 88-B of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 to provide the VGF requirements under the scheme. The Central Government has decided to impose a levy on the scheduled flights being operated within India to fund the Regional Connectivity Fund.
The fare for a one hour journey of appx. 500 km on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30 minute journey on a helicopter would now be capped at Rs. 2,500.
State governments will have to lower the VAT on ATF to 1% or l
In news :Ram Vilas Paswan launches “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System”
Consumer Affairs and Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, today launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) and Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System in New Delhi.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr. Paswan lauded the initiatives taken by the WDRA in simplifying the Warehouse Registration Rules, digitizing the entire process of registration, monitoring and management of Negotiable Warehouse Receipts in electronic form.
The Minister informed the e-NWRs will have no chances of any tempering, mutilation, fudging, loss or damage. He said , these NWRs will not only facilitate an easy pledge financing by banks and other financial institutions but also smooth trading on various trading centres like commodity exchanges, electronic National Agriculture Markets (e-NAM).
Mr. Paswan expressed hope that these initiatives will revolutionise the marketing of agricultural commodities and help farmers realize better price for their produce which will be a step towards doubling the their income by 2022 as well as Digital India mission as envisaged by the Prime Minister.
In news :GJM calls off its over 100-day old indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has called off its over 100-day old shutdown in Darjeeling hills of West Bengal.
GJM, which was spearheading the agitation for a separate state of Gorkhaland, said the decision was taken after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made an appeal to withdraw the strike.
GJM Chief Bimal Gurung met senior leaders of the party and later, in an audio message, announced to suspend the shutdown from today for an indefinite period.
Mr Singh had on Tuesday appealed to GJM to withdraw the strike and asked the Union Home Secretary to convene an official-level meeting to discuss all related issues.
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