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Indian Affairs 

Finance Ministry exempts non-AC restaurants from service tax

  • Finance Ministry stated that hat only air-conditioned or air-heated restaurants are required to pay service tax.
  • Presently, service tax is charged on services provided by restaurants, eating-joints or messes that have the facility of air-conditioning or central air-heating in any part of the establishment at any time during the year in relation to serving of food or beverages.

MoU Between Indian Army and Punjab National Bank

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Indian Army and Punjab National Bank (PNB) on the Defence Salary Package. The signing ceremony was chaired by the Adjutant General, Lt Gen Rakesh Sharma and was attended by top dignitaries of PNB headed by Shri N K Arora, General Manager and Shri Subodh Kaushik, General Manager, Govt Business Division.

IIT Delhi ranked best engineering college in India

  • IIT Delhi has been ranked as the best engineering college in India while Kolkata’s Jadavpur University is ranked the best government engineering college in the country.
  • The rankings are made by EDU, a niche online platform on higher education, with RAND Corporation, USA.
  • The ranking has been done on the basis of college’s employability, research productivity, faculty qualifications, and students’ demand for education at the institution.

Cyclone ASHOBAA intensified into severe cyclonic storm

  • The deep depression created over Arabian Sea is more likely to be intensified into cyclonic storm Ashobaa.
  • This may cause rainfall over Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat during the next 24 hours.

Bhitarkanika witnessing denudation in mangrove vegetation

  • Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha, is witnessing an alarming denudation in large tracts of mangrove vegetation. It is a major coastal eco-system and one of the biggest estuarine crocodile habitats, The mangrove forest division has revealed that the denudation or saline blank formations have been noticed in Bhitarkanika forest block which is measured at 1700 acre.

International News

Iran arrests former Vice-President under Ahmadinejad

  • Iran arrested its former Vice President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a second of its kind arrest of the officials of former administration.
  • Earlier in January, Iran’s Supreme Court convicted and sentenced former Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi to five years in prison and fined him 10 billion rials ($300,000).
  • The foes of Mr. Ahmadinejad repeatedly alleged his government of massive corruption.

Appointments

ICICI Bank to appoint MK Sharma as non-executive Chairman

  • ICIC bank has appointed MK Sharma as new non-executive Chairman of the ICICI Bank Board for period of 5 years.
  • MK Sharma was former Vice Chairman of Hindustan Unilever Ltd.
  • Mr Sharma will take place of KV Kamath who stepped down from the board to become the first President of New Development Bank, created by BRICS nations.

Books

Flood of fire written by Amitav Ghosh released

  • This is the third instalment of the trilogy. First was ‘Sea of Poppies’ while the second instalment was ‘River of Smoke’.

Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy written by Saptarshi Sarkar

  • The book, “Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy”  is written by Saptarshi Sarkar, a digital marketing professional and a huge fan of Sourav Ganguly. This book was released in April 2015.
  • This is a biography of former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly. It deals with the various aspects of his cricketing career.
  • Previous books published on Sourav Ganguly are:  Ganguly – Sourav Ganguly by Vinod Tiwari in 2005 and Sourav Ganguly, the maharaja of cricket by Debashish Datta in 2007.

Sports

7th International junior shotgun: Anantjeet wins skeet gold

  • Anantjeet Naruka became the star performer by winning two gold medals, one individual and other team gold medal for India in the 7th International Junior Shotgun Cup in Orimattila, Finland.
  • He won his medals in junior men’s skeet category. In Skeet Team Junior category he teamed up with Angadvir Bajwa and Arjun Mann.

Goa to host 5th Youth Delphic Games in Feb 2016

  • Goa will be hosting the fifth Youth Delphic Games from February 1 to 14 in 2016.
  • This event is expected to attract 125 countries with over 7000 participants, six art categories and over 70 sub-categories, with many parallel artistic and fun events and activities for everyone.
  • The youths between the age of 15 – 25 years will participate under the motto “Celebrating Arts and Cultures”.

 About Delphic Games

The Delphic Games which was founded in 1994, is regarded as the twin sister of the Olympic Games with a 2500-year history in ancient Greece and has travelled across eight countries in the past 20 years in two formats.
The Delphic Games celebrate six art categories namely, musical arts and sounds (singing, instrumental music, electronic sounds), performing arts (dance, theatre, circus, puppetry) language arts (literature, poetry, moderation), Visual arts (painting, graphics, sculpture, installation, fashion, photography), Social arts (communications, Internet, media, pedagogic, didactic) and ecological arts & architecture (urban planning, landscaping, preservation and conservation of nature, monuments).