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CURRENT AFFAIRS JULY 21, 2018 By Tina Malhotra
SAFAR 1. WEATHER FORECAST SYSTEM Science& Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest & Climate Change Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan unveiled a state-of-the-art Air Quality and Weather Forecast System- SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting)at ChandniChowkin DEVELOPED AND OPERATIONALIZED BY The system, first of its kind in the country, was developed indigenously in record time by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune and operationalized by India Meteorological Department (IMD). . . 2. WALKINGACTIONPLANchod an action plan to become the wolo nsfonsada The British capital has launched an action plan to become the world's most walkable city. The 'Walking Action Plan', released bythe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's team that aims to encourage a million additional walkingtrips each day by 2024.
SANITARY NAPKINS 1. MAHARASHTRA Sanitary napkins will be exempt from GST, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal announced on afterthe 28th meeting of the GST Council 2. GST REGIME Sanitary napkins are taxed 12 per centtax under the one-year old GST regime, which attracted serious criticism from various quarters. tax on bamboo also has been slashed to 12 per cent. The council has also decided to reduce GST rates on 17 common-use consumer durable items like TV, fridge, vending machines and lithium ion batteries amongothers.
PATA AWARD 1,indian heritage walkfestival India Heritage Walk Festival, a collaboration of Sahapedia and YES Arts & Culture, has been awarded the PATA Gold Award 2018 for its recently concluded pan-lndia event. Sahapedia is an open online resource on the arts, cultures and heritage of India. Sahapedia had organised IHWF 2018 to encourage citizens to explore the tangible and intangible heritage of their cities and towns. YES Arts & Cultur reis the cultural division of YES Global Institute, a practising think tank of YES BANK. 2. SPONSORSHIP Sponsored by the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO), the PATA Awards this year recognised achievements of 27 organisations and individuals in the field of travel and tourism.
NEW PANEL 1. Ministry of information and broadcasting A committee set up by the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) to devise ways to regulate online media and other Internet content has been disbanded, and its mandate will now be handed over to a panel overseen by the ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) 2. ON BOARD OF COMMITTEE The committee has the secretary of MeitY as convenerand has on board the secretaries of MIB and the department of telecommunications as well as the nat- ional cyber security coordinator. 3. OLDCOMMITTEE The 10-member committee was set up in April by the then-l&B minister Smriti Irani. AIM
SHORTS 1. SUPREME COURT Third party insurance for two-wheelers and four-wheelers was always mandatory. But from September, 2018 onward, all new two-wheeler and four- wheelercustomers will have to shell out more moneyand have to pay third party insurance premium for 3 years for cars and for 5 years for two- wheelers. recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety 2. CENTRE FOR CLIMATE CHANGE Agri-lender Nabard said it has launched a centre for accelerating concerted action on climate change by various stakeholders including government, private and financial sectors. Centre for Climate Change, set up in Lucknow, would help Nabard in enhancing its capacity building efforts manifold.