Govt renames DIPP as Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has been renamed as the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade with a mandate to deal with matters related to start-ups, facilitating ease of doing business among others.
Punjab Government Approves ‘Smart Village Campaign’ Worth Of Rs 385 Crores
The Punjab government approved a rural development scheme worth Rs 384.40 crore to supplement the ongoing works to build village infrastructure and provide essential amenities.
2019 announced as The International Year of The Periodic Table
The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements will be launched at UNESCO’s Headquarters, Paris. According to a statement from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), events and activities will be held throughout the year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organisation of the periodic table by Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev, one of the fathers of modern chemistry.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
GST collections for January expected at Rs 103,000 cr
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections for January have crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark and is expected to be Rs 103,000 crore, acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said. The Rs 1 lakh crore barrier in average monthly collections seen over the past two years had finally been broken this January with the collection for last month expected to be at around Rs 103,000 crore.
India’s unemployment rate hit 45-year high in 2017-18
India’s unemployment rate rose to a 45-year high during 2017-2018. The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) conducted between July 2017-June 2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 per cent, the highest since 1972-73.
BARC India elects Punit Goenka as chairman
The MD and CEO of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL), Punit Goenka has been elected as the new chairman of Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC). He will be taking over from Nakul Chopra, a senior advisor at Publicis.
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played in India
International Cricket Council CEO and former South Africa cricketer David Richardson announced that the 13th edition of Men’s Cricket World Cup will be played in India in 2023.
Mithali Raj becomes first woman cricketer to play 200 ODIs
Mithali Raj became the first-ever women cricketer to play 200 one-day internationals. The ongoing third ODI against New Zealand marks the 200th appearance of the Indian women’s ODI team skipper. Indian women have played a total of 263 ODIs in their history and Mithali has been a part of 200 of them.