Policy & Law

DIPP awards GI Certification for five varieties of Indian coffee

Vist Andhra- Araku-adventure hotspot

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India has recently awarded Geographical Indication (GI) to five varieties of Indian coffee. They are: Coorg Arabica coffee is grown specifically in the region of Kodagu district in Karnataka. Wayanaad Robusta coffee is grown specifically in the region of Wayanad district which is situated on the ...

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National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) gets Cabinet nod

Cabinet approves creation of the National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT) in New Delhi.

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the creation of National Bench of the Goods and Services Tax Appellate Tribunal (GSTAT). The National Bench of the Appellate Tribunal shall be situated at New Delhi. GSTAT shall be presided over by the President and shall consist of one Technical Member (Centre) and one Technical Member (State). The creation ...

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CBDT identifies non-filers through Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS)

Income Tax Returns for Assessment Year 2018-19

The Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) aims to identify and monitor persons who enter into high value transactions and have potential tax liabilities but have still not filed their tax returns. Analysis was carried-out to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in the database of the Income Tax Department. The sources of information include Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), ...

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GST Council sets higher exemption threshold limit for Supplier of Goods; India Inc expects it to boost MSMEs

GST relief to MSMEs

The GST Council in its 32nd Meeting under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley in New Delhi in a bid to give a boost to the MSME sector (including Small Traders) among others announced Higher Exemption Threshold Limit for Supplier of Goods. “There would be two Threshold Limits for exemption from Registration and Payment of GST for the ...

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National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to create roadmap to fight air pollution across India

nAtional Strategy to fight Air Pollution in India

Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. A time bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan in New ...

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10% reservation bill for general category poor is a historic step : PM Modi

Reservation for poor in general category in Lok Sabha

Prime Minister has said that the constitutional amendment bill providing 10% reservation for general category poor is a historic step for the uplift of the poor and a reflection of the Government’s commitment to SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas. Addressing a public rally in Solapur, Maharashtra on 8 January 2019, he said that the passage of the bill by Loksabha is a strong ...

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Government revises ad rates for electronic and print media

small and medium newspapers including those in regional and vernacular languages to gain from decision by I&B Ministry to hike advertisement rates for print media by 25%

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has taken a decision to revise the advertisement rates for print media by announcing a hike of 25% over and above the existing rate structure for advertisement in print media by the Bureau of Outreach and Communication (erstwhile DAVP). The decision takes place w.e.f today and will be valid for a period of three years. ...

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Cinematograph Act (Amendment) Bill to curtail online film piracy

Film Piracy

In order to check film piracy, particularly release of pirated version of films on internet which causes huge losses to the film industry and government exchequer, Ministry of I&B intends to have an enabling provision in the Cinematograph Act, 1952. Penalties for contravention of provisions for certification of films for public exhibition are given under Section 7 of the Cinematograph ...

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I&B pilot test to enable Private FM Channels relay All India Radio News till 31st May 2019

Amit Khare

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) on 8th January 2019 announced the decision to allow the sharing of All India Radio News with private FM broadcasters. This will be done free of cost, on trial basis initially till 31st May, 2019. Private FM Radio broadcasters would be permitted to broadcast ...

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The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill – 2019 envisages DNA Regulatory Board; National and Regional DNA Data Banks

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill - 2019 will expand the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country.

In a landmark decision, the Lok Sabha on 8th January 2019 passed “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill – 2019”. The Bill has been formulated recognising the need for regulation of the use and application of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology, for establishing identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons. The purpose of this Bill ...

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DIPP Clarification on FDI policy on e-commerce: Press Note 2 (2018) applicable for entities that operate a marketplace for e-commerce


FDI policy on e-commerce, first pronounced through Press Note 2 of 2000, permitted 100% FDI in B2B e-commerce activities. With a view to clarify the already existing policy framework, after extensive stakeholder consultations, Press Note 3 was issued by DIPP in 2016. B2C e-commerce, that is multi-brand retail through inventory based model, has all along remained prohibited for FDI. Through ...

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Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana gets National Health Authority for faster implementation

Narendra Modi in Ranchi, Jharkahnd on September 23, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).  With this approval, the existing society “National Health Agency” has been dissolved and will be replaced by National Health Authority as an attached office to Ministry of ...

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