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Daily News Digest:18 September 2021

KAUSHALACHARYA AWARDS 2021

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Education Minister and Skill Development Minister virtually presented Kaushalacharya Awards 2021 to 41 skill trainers for their exemplary contribution to the skill ecosystem. It aims to acknowledge trainers’ contribution to the skill ecosystem. It is an initiative of Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

45TH GST COUNCIL MEETING

On September 17, 2021, the 45th GST Council Meeting was chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lucknow. Negotiations on petrol & diesel delivery under the GST regime were discussed and a number of important decisions were made.

The GST level in biodiesel for mixing with diesel is reduced from 12 pc to 5 pc. The tax rates on drugs used for cancer treatment are set from 12 pc to 5 pc.

‘EK PAHAL DRIVE’ BY MINISTRY OF LAW

On September 17, 2021, the Ministry of Law and Justice launched a Pan-India Special Campaign called “Ek Pahal Drive” for Justice Delivery at doorstep. It was launched to encourage mass registration under Tele-Law. It was launched by Department of Justice and NALSA. It seeks to actualize the aspiration of access to justice for citizens in India.

21ST MEETING OF THE SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANISATION (SCO)

On September 17, 2021, the 21st Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of State was held in a hybrid format in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Emomali Rahmon, the President of Tajikistan.

THIRD FOREIGN OFFICE CONSULTATIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND EL SALVADOR

On September 17, 2021, India and El Salvador held their 3rd Foreign Office Consultations in San Salvador. Indian side was led by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East), while and El Salvadoran side was led by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration & Economic Promotion, Ambassador Adriana Maria Mira.

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