Current Affairs – March 28, 2018

India’s first insect museum opened in Tamil Nadu

A Rs 5 crore insect museum with the state-of-the-art amenities was unveiled by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswamy at the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore. The museum, established at a 6,691 sqft area, is fully dedicated to insects and claimed to be the first of it’s in the country. It would display insects preserved as specimens as also live ones depicting their different developmental stages, images, videos and models of their unique behavior, habits, and habitats. The uniqueness of the museum is visible in the lobby, which depicts the theme, “BUGS ARE KINGS,” while the exhibiting area comprises seven radial walls (bay) on the right side and an undivided wall on the left side.

World Theatre Day: 27th March

World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute ITI. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message through which at the invitation of ITI, a figure of world stature shares his or her reflections on the theme of Theatre and a Culture of Peace. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.

GST collection falls to Rs 85,174 crore in February; only 69% file returnable

GST collections slid for the second straight month to Rs 85,174 crore in February as only 69 percent of the assessee filed returns. Around 59.51 lakh GSTR 3B returns were filed for the month of February till March 25. This is 69 percent of total taxpayers who are required to file monthly returns, the finance ministry said in a statement. “The total revenue received under GST for the month of February 2018 (received up to March 26) has been Rs 85,174 crore,” it said.
The collection in January was Rs 86,318 crore, while in December and November was Rs 88,929 crore and Rs 83,716 crore respectively. Of the Rs 85,174 crore collected as GST for the month of February, Rs 14,945 crore has been garnered as Central GST and Rs 20,456 crore as State GST. Besides, Rs 42,456 crore has been collected as Integrated GST and Rs 7,317 crore as compensation cess. A total amount of Rs 25,564 crore is being transferred from IGST to CGST/SGST account by way of settlement.

PAN-Aadhaar linking deadline extended to June 30

The Central Board of Direct Taxes recently extended the deadline for linking the permanent account number and Aadhaar to June 30. The policy-making body of the tax department issued an order extending the deadline from the current last date of March 31. The order said the deadline for PAN-Aadhaar linking for filing IT returns is being extended after “consideration of the matter”. The latest order by the CBDT has come in the backdrop of the Supreme Court’s direction earlier this month to extend the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar with various other services.

Rs 350 coin to mark the birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh

The government will come out with a Rs 350 commemorative coin to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th, and last Sikh Guru. “The Rs 350 coin shall be coined at the Mint for issue under the authority of the Central Government to commemorate the occasion of the 350th birth anniversary of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji,” said the finance ministry in a notification.
The coin with the standard weight of 35 gram will have 50 percent silver, 40 percent copper and 5 percent each of nickel and zinc. The obverse will bear the rupee symbol and denominational value ‘350’ in international numerals below the Lion Capital. The reverse side will bear the picture of “Takht Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib” in the center. The years ‘1666’ and ‘2016’ in international numerals will be on the left and right periphery of the coin.

SBI Card launches exclusive credit card for doctors

SBI Card said it has partnered with IMA to launch ‘Doctor’s SBI Card’ which among other things offers professional indemnity insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh to protect doctors against professional risks and liabilities. “The product has been designed in close association with Indian Medical Association (IMA) and is based on research and insights into the distinct requirements and lifestyles of doctors,” the company said at the launch of the card here. Speaking on the occasion, MD and CEO of SBI Card Hardayal Prasad said.

Vijay Raghavan appointed the Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt

K Vijay Raghavan, one of the most distinguished biologists of the country, was recently appointed Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India. He will succeed 81-year-old nuclear physicist R Chidambaram, who has been in the position for more than 16 years, having been appointed in 2001. Vijay Raghavan (64), until recently Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology, will have a tenure of three years. “Yes, I have been appointed. I have not yet taken over. I hope to join soon,” VijayRaghavan told. The Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA), a post created by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1999, is the topmost advisor to the government on all matters related to science policy.

Department of Posts launches Cool EMS Service between India and Japan

Ministry of Communications has launched the Cool EMS Service which will come into force from 29.03.2018. Cool EMS service is one-way service from Japan to India which allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use which is allowed under Indian regulations. Initially, Cool EMS Service will be available in Delhi only.
Food items will be carried by Japan Post in special cool boxes containing refrigerant to preserve the quality of the food items and addressee will collect them from Foreign Post office, Kotla Road, New Delhi in-person or through a messenger in the prescribed time frame. All other features like track and trace, etc of Express Mail Service (EMS) will be available for Cool EMS service as well.

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