Current Affairs of 6 January


Calamity Cess Approved
Calamity Cess Approved
Calamity Cess Approved - The ministerial panel under Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi approved levy of 1 per cent ‘calamity cess’ by Kerala for a period of two years to fund rehabilitation work in the state hit by floods. The goods and services, which will attract the 1 per cent cess, would be decided by Kerala. If any other state wants to levy the ‘calamity cess’ it has to approach the GST Council for approval.

Integrated Security System For Indian Railways
Integrated Security System
Integrated Security System For Indian Railways - Indian Railways is planning to seal railway stations 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains, in order to complete the process of security checks. Passengers will now have to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure of their trains. Security plan with high-end technology has already been implemented at Allahabad, before the Kumbh Mela 2019 and at Hubli railway station in Karnataka. These steps are a part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations.

Legal Tender of Indian Notes In Nepal
Indian Notes In Nepal 
Legal Tender of Indian Notes In Nepal - The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has written to the Reserve Bank of India, asking it to make Indian bank bills Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 legal tender in Nepal. The NRB has asked RBI to issue a notification under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which will make Indian bank notes of denomination more than Rs 100 legal tender in Nepal. The RBI has only allowed the circulation of Indian currency notes of Rs 100 and less in Nepal.

Before Demonetisation
Before Demonetisation
Before Demonetisation - Before the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes in November 2016, the RBI had issued a FEMA notification allowing Nepali citizens to carry Rs 25,000 worth of such bank notes. After the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Indian currency notes, circulation of new bank notes of denominations Rs 200, Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 was started by the Indian government. The RBI did not issue the notification for the newly circulated bank notes, making their use illegal in Nepal.

World’s Largest Cricket Stadium
World’s Largest Cricket Stadium
World’s Largest Cricket Stadium - The construction of the world’s largest cricket stadium, which will have a seating capacity of over 1 lakh, at Motera in Ahmedabad is underway. Stadium will be built across 63 acres of land and is being designed by renowned architect firm M/s. Populous. The cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 700 crore and the construction tender has been given to L&T.

Aadhaar Mandatory for Driving Licenses
Driving Licenses
Aadhaar Mandatory for Driving Licenses - Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said, the government will soon make it mandatory for linking Aadhaar with driving licences. Government is soon going to bring a law which will make it mandatory.

Interest Free Loans For Women Self Help Group
Women Self Help Group
Interest Free Loans For Women Self Help Group - Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced interest-free loans of up to Rs. 3 lakh for women self-help groups (WSHGs) in the State. Speaking at the ‘Mission Shakti’ convention, Mr. Patnaik said the initiative would benefit about 70 lakh women.

KYC Norms For Corporate
KYC Norms
KYC Norms For Corporate - Corporate Affairs Ministry plans to collect KYC details of companies, chartered accountants, cost accountants and company secretaries. Last year, the ministry carried out the Know Your Customer (KYC) initiative for directors to ascertain their identities as part of larger efforts to clamp down on entities that are suspected to be conduits for illicit fund flows.

CNG From Agriculture Waste
CNG
CNG From Agriculture Waste - Government owned farm cooperative Nafed will set up 100 facilities, which will use agriculture waste such as sugarcane press-mud, the residue of the filtration of sugarcane juice, and stubble to produce bio-CNG. The first such plant will come up at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, which is in the sugarcane belt. Indian Oil Corporation has agreed to procure the bio-CNG from these plants at Rs 48 per kg.

Iran And Russia Will Hold Joint Naval Exercises
Naval Exercises
Iran And Russia Will Hold Joint Naval Exercises - Iran and Russia are preparing to hold joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea, including rescue and anti-piracy drills. Iran and Russia have close ties, including in Syria where they both back President Bashar al-Assad in the country's civil war.

Sultan Muhammad V
Sultan Muhammad V
Sultan Muhammad V - Malaysia’s king has abdicated in a historic first for the country. Sultan Muhammad V’s decision marks the first time a king has abdicated in the country since it gained independence from Britain in 1957. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy.