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Daily GK Dose November 24th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 24th

1. NSA Ajit Doval to hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will hold the 21st round of border talks at Dujiangyan City in Sichuan province of China.

  1. Doval and Wang are the designated special representatives for border talks between the two countries.
  2. In this meeting they will discuss ways to maintain peace at the borders.
  3. They are also expected to review the progress in bilateral ties since the Wuhan Summit in April.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had held their first-ever informal summit at Wuhan.

2. Government of India to observe the remembrance of 100 years of Jallianwalla Bagh massacre next year

Government of India has decided to mark the remembrance of 100 years of the historical Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre next year.

  1. The Government is  planning to renovate the historical site by creating suitable infrastructure for providing basic amenities for the tourists.
  2. The commemorative coin and postage stamps will be released on 13th April, 2019 (the day the incident took place 100 years ago).Ministry of Culture will organise cultural activities such as kavi sammelan, plays, exhibition, seminars, etc. across the country.

3. Jharkhand Day being celebrated at IFFI in Goa

Jharkhand Day is being celebrated on Saturday at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

  1. Jharkhand is the focus state at this year's IFFI. This is for the first time that any state has been made focus state at the festival.
  2. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare had inaugurated the Jharkhand Tourism's pavilion at the IFFI.

4. Government decides to set up domestic Gold Council in India

The Government has decided to set up a domestic Gold Council in India. Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said this while inaugurating the 2nd Edition of India Gold and Jewellery Summit in New Delhi.

  1. Mr Prabhu underlined the need for an integrated Gold policy to address all the issues in holistic way.
  2. He said that his ministry will make sure that gems and jewellery business does not suffer from financial issues and his ministry is in talks with Finance Ministry in this regard.

5. IMD develops new technology to monitor impact of rain & deal with natural disasters

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has developed a new technology to assess the rise of water level in rivers and reservoirs by rain.

  1. The technology, called 'Impact Based Forecasting Approach', which shows pre-event scenario, can help state governments to minutely monitor the impact of rain and take real-time decisions.
  2. Speaking at an event organised by the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi, IMD Director General KJ Ramesh said, the department  is in a position to use the technology into service to deal with natural disasters like the recent deluge in Kerala.

6. Cabinet approves setting up of Medical College at Silvassa in UT of Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Under Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently, Union Cabinet approved the setting up of a medical college in Silvassa of Dadar and Nagar Haveli. This will increase the availability of doctors and increase in medical education.

  1. The construction of this medical college will be done till 2019-20 and in accordance with the guidelines of the Medical Council of India and Central Health and Family Welfare Ministry. The expenditure of this medical college will be done by the Union Territory’s budgetary provision.

7. Distribute service charges to workers or pay tax: CBDT tells hoteliers

Service charge collected by hotels and restaurants but not passed on to staff and workers will be liable to income tax in the hands of such entities, the tax department has said.

  1. The missive from the Central Board of Direct Taxes came after the Ministry of Consumer Affairs flagged that some hotels and restaurants are collecting service charge from customers in a compulsory manner, which is in contravention with the guidelines issued by the ministry.
  2. The department has asked the field officers to examine the hotels and restaurants to see if there is any 'under reporting' or 'non-reporting' of service charge collected by them.

8. Women's World Boxing C’ships: Sonia Chahal enters final

Sonia Chahal has entered the final of the 57 kg category at the Women's World Boxing Championship, becoming the second Indian set to fight for the gold after MC Mary Kom won her semi-final.

  1. The 21-year-old Haryana native put up a commanding show and beat her North Korean opponent Jo Son Hwa 5-0.

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