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Daily News Digest:03 November 2021

SPORTS MINISTRY HANDED OVER TROPHIES TO 2020 NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS WINNERS

On 1st November 2021, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur physically handed over trophies to the 2020 National Sports Awards winners. On 29 August 2021, the Sports Ministry had presented 74 National Sports Awards, including 27 Arjuna awards and 5 Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, now known as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna.

SUPREME COURT SETS ASIDE CALCUTTA HIGH COURT’S ORDER ON FIREWORKS

On 1st Nov 2021, calling it “extreme order” the Supreme Court set aside a Calcutta High Court order banning the use of fireworks during ceremonies such as Kali Puja, Chhath Puja, Christmas Gurpurab, Diwali and New Year's Eve.

A bench of Judges Ajay Rastogi and AM Khanwilkar set aside the order after being told that HC had proceeded on the “unfounded apprehension that there is no sufficient mechanism in place to ascertain whether the crackers used are green”.

INCENTIVES ON CASHLESS TRANSACTIONS USING eChhawani PORTAL

The Ministry of Defence announced that incentives will be given for cashless transactions on the eChhawani Portal of Cantonment Board to promote the digital economy. The financial incentives are being provided for Community Hall Booking, Water and Sewerage Connections, a grant of Trade License, Water Tanker Booking, and 78 other services under Miscellaneous Collection.

NATIONAL AYURVEDA DAY: NOVEMBER 2

On November 2, 2021, National Ayurveda Day was celebrated by the Ministry of AYUSH, nationwide. The day is marked for spreading awareness of the importance of Ayurveda in our daily lives.

In 2021, the day was observed under the theme “Ayurveda for Poshana (Nutrition)”.

NEW ANNUAL INFORMATION STATEMENT RELEASED BY INCOME-TAX DEPARTMENT

The Income-Tax Department has released a new Annual Information Statement (AIS) that not only contains a comprehensive outlay of the taxpayer information but also allows the taxpayer to submit feedback on the provided information. The new AIS can be accessed on the new Income tax e-filing portal (https://www.incometax.gov.in). Now taxpayers can view tax-related information on their different incomes at one place in the new annual information statement; thus, tax filing will become easier.

MADRAS HIGH COURT QUASHED 10.5% QUOTA FOR VANNIYARS

On 1 Nov 2021, the Madras High Court repealed the 10.5% special internal reservation provided by the Tamil Nadu government to Vanniyars. The court said the quota was ultra vires to the Constitution.

Vanniyars is a community or jāti found in the northern part of Tamil Nadu, India. It is a most backward caste (MBC).

PM MODI’S ‘PANCHAMITRA’ IN GLOBAL CLIMATE MEET (COP26)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed a five-fold strategy or ‘Panchamrita’ on Glasgow's first day of the global climate meet (COP26).

TELANGANA IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SEED CONFERENCE BY FAO

In a significant development, Telangana has been invited to participate in International Seed Conference to be conducted by Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The FAO invited K Keshavulu, the Director of Telangana State Seed and Organic Certification Authority (TSSOCA) to address the global seeds conference scheduled to be held in Rome on November 4 and 5.

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