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‘Arth-art for Earth’ exhibition

Union Minister of State for Culture Dr. Mahesh Sharma inaugurated exhibition titled “Arth – art for earth” at IGNCA, New Delhi. It consists of “Excavations in Hymns of Clay” – a suite of environmental art installations by Manav Gupta weaving all of them with a storyline and poetry. The exhibition is available for public viewing until the 22nd of October 2018.

GST Diwas marked in Uttar Pradesh

The GST Diwas was marked in Uttar Pradesh with the state govt launching a scheme under which Commercial Tax department officials to contact the traders & resolve their issues. The ‘Vaanijya Kar, Aapke dwaar’ (commercial tax at your doorstep) will be implemented from July 1 to August 31. Its main aim is to stop the exploitation of the traders, & making commodities available at fair price.

States got ` 10,000 cr tax online post e-gov

States have collected taxes worth 10,000 crore online since the rollout of Transport Mission Mode Project (MMP) under the Centre’s e-Governance initiative, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said. Over 19 crore vehicles and 10 crore driving license records have come under the National Register, it said. The ministry added that over 50 lakh national permits have been issued online.

Composite Water Management Index by NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog has come up with the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in the efficient management of water resources. This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water. The index would provide useful information for the States and also for the concerned Central Departments.

President appoints Odisha, Mizoram governors

26 : President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed new Governors of two states – Odisha and Mizoram. President Kovind appointed Professor Ganeshi Lal as the Governor of Odisha while Kummanam Rajasekharan has been appointed as the Governor of Mizoram. Rajasekharan will replace incumbent Lt Gen Nirbhay Sharma.

J&K Chief Secretary got extension

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B B Vyas has been given one year extension in service, beyond May 31, 2018. The move came days after the Centre amended a rule to provide a longer tenure to the Chief Secretary. With regard to others states, a Chief Secretary may get an extension in service, beyond the superannuating age, for a period not exceeding six months.

4 states ink MoUs with Centre on health

The states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Uttarakhand agreed to implement the ambitious national health protection mission (NHPM). NHPM aims to provide an annual coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family. The scheme will target poor, deprived rural families and identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families. It will be cashless and paperless access to services.

NITI Aayog to rank states on SDG parameters

NITI Aayog will soon come out with the Sustainable Development Goals Index to rank states based on their performance in this field. SDGs comprise 17 goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, quality education, gender equality, clean water, sanitation & energy. Prime Minister’s Office in 2017 appointed NITI Aayog as the supervising agency for SDGs to improve India’s global performance.

Govt. collects Rs 7.41 trillion from GST

Govt. has collected Rs 7.41 trillion in taxes in the first year of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) between August 2017 and March 2018The revenues for four months have not been accounted for because of the mid-year rollout and an accounting lag. Under GST, the tax levied on consumption of goods or rendering of service is split 50:50 between the Centre and the states.

Forest cover in India grew by over 6,700 sq km

According to the Forest Survey of India, Forest cover has increased by 6,778 sq km in the country during the last two years.States like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala have made a significant contribution. The total forest and tree cover in India, according to the current assessment is 8,02,088 sq km, which is 24.39% of the country’s geographic area.