45th GST Council Meeting: Important Points

45th GST Council Meeting: The 45th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting was held. Extension of Concessional GST Rates: The Council decided to extend the GST relief on several drugs related to Covid-19 treatment till December 2021. Food Delivery Apps to Collect GST: Online food delivery aggregator firms such as Swiggy and Zomato will […]

National Snakebite Awareness Summit

National Snakebite Awareness Summit: National Snakebite Awareness Summit was recently organised in virtual mode by the Integrated Health and Wellbeing Council, New Delhi. The summit was held on the eve of the International Snakebite Awareness Day, observed on 19 September every year. India is registering an alarming number of deaths due to snakebite. Most of […]

India – Saudi Arabia Bilateral Meeting

Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister’s Visit: The Indian External Affairs Minister met the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. About the Meeting: Cooperation in Multilateral Forums: Discussed bilateral cooperation in multilateral forums such as the United Nations, G-20 and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). India is not a member of GCC. Implementation of the Strategic […]

Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006 in Jammu and Kashmir

Forest Rights Act: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to implement the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, which will elevate the socio-economic status of a sizable section of the 14-lakh-strong population of tribals and nomadic communities. FRA enacted in 2006 recognises the rights of forest-dwelling tribal communities and other traditional forest dwellers to forest […]

Mount Kun

Mount Kun: Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh flagged-in, in New Delhi on September 20, 2021, a team of National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh, which completed a mountaineering expedition to Mount Kun (7,077 metres). The team, led by Institute Director Colonel Sarfraz Singh, conducted the expedition to the Nun-Kun Mountain […]

Plant Discoveries 2020: Botanical Survey of India

Plant Discoveries 2020: The Botanical Survey of India, in its new publication Plant Discoveries 2020 has added 267 new taxa/ species to the country’s flora. The 267 new discoveries include 119 angiosperms; 3 pteridophytes; 5 bryophytes, 44 lichens; 57 fungi, 21 algae and 18 microbes. In 2020, 202 new plant species were discovered across the […]