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The UPSC Daily

10th OCTOBER 2017

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In news :PM Modi emphazises on expanding energy infrastructure & access to energy in eastern India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Centre will consult states on bringing petroleum products under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Currently, petroleum products face high Central and State levies and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has repeatedly talked to bring petrol and diesel under the GST framework.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister brainstormed on ways to raise domestic oil and gas production and asserted that his government is committed to doing more for the energy sector with focus on expanding infrastructure and access to it in eastern India.

Mr. Modi told the CEOs of top global and Indian companies that India wants to move towards a cleaner, fuel-efficient economy so that all sections, especially the poor, benefit from it.

He flagged the potential of biomass energy and also invited participation and joint ventures in coal gasification.

The Prime Minister also welcomed all possibilities for innovation and research in the oil and gas sector. He underlined the importance of development in eastern India.

In news :Implement Centre's guidelines on safety & security of school children: SC tells States

Supreme Court has directed all state governments to ensure that the Centre's guidelines on safety and security of children are implemented in reality in every school of the country.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra also issued notice to Chief Secretaries of all states to ensure that they file responses to the petitions, including the one filed by the father of seven-year-old boy who was killed at a school in Gurugram.

The bench, also comprising justices AM Khanwilkar, took note of the several guidelines of the Centre and the CBSE and directed them to put them on their respective websites while asking state governments to suggest additional ones to ensure that children are safe in schools.

In news :UP Cabinet approves digitalisation of land maps

Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has approved digitalisation of land maps. State power minister Shrikant Sharma said in Lucknow that the Cabinet, in a meeting presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave nod to digitalisation of land maps in 70 districts of the state.

He said, Rs. 5.21 crore have been made available for the digitisation work. Mr Sharma said, the maps will be available online and help check malpractices in a big way.

In news :Centre imposes anti-dumping duty on imports of steel wire rods from China

The Centre has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China for five years, with a view to guard the interest of domestic players from cheap in-bound shipments.

The duty was imposed after the Commerce Ministry's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) recommended duty on such imports.

In its findings, the DGAD had concluded that wire rod of alloy or non-alloy steel has been exported to India at below the normal value due to which domestic industry has suffered material injury.

In a notification, Department of Revenue said that the anti-dumping duty imposed shall be effective for a period of five years from the date of its imposition and shall be payable in Indian currency.

These steel products are used in many sectors such as automotive components, railway, engineering and construction.

India has already slapped anti-dumping duty on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from four nations, including China and South Korea.

Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level-playing field to the domestic industry.

In news :UN slaps global port ban on four vessels for violating sanctions against North Korea

The UN has slapped a global port ban on four vessels found violating sanctions against North Korea.

The designation doesn't mean an assets freeze or travel ban. But it's a port ban, said Hugh Griffiths, coordinator of a UN Security Council panel on North Korea sanctions.

The four ships were found carrying coal, seafood and iron ore, exports banned by a UN resolution brought by the United States in August.

He said, it's a pretty swift and decisive action by the committee.


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