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02nd MAY 2020

Coronavirus | Direct Taxes Revenues Defy Lockdown

 The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had convened a video-conference on Friday with tax commissioners to review the collection position during the lockdown period.
 The Central Board of Direct Taxes is a statutory authority functioning under the Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963. -dealing with matters relating to levy and collection of direct taxes.
 Pramod Chandra Mody :CBDT chairman
 The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, GST, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India. Chairperson: M. Ajit Kumar
MAHARASHTRA 1st STATE TO PROVIDE FREE & CASHLESS INSURANCE COVER TO ITS PEOPLE

 Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that all citizens will be covered under the state government’s health scheme, and Maharashtra will be the first state to provide free and cashless insurance protection to its people

CSIR’S KISAN SABHA APP

 The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), a CSIR lab, has come up with an app called Kisan Sabha to resolve the problems related to the agricultural supply chain.
 India’s ongoing lockdown has threatened the agriculture sector as it overlaps with the time of harvest. In the present situation of COVID-19, farmers are looking for help in taking their produce to the market, as also in procuring seeds, fertilizer, etc. from the market.
 A robust supply chain management is urgently required to facilitate the timely delivery of the produce at the best possible prices.

STUDY SHOWS SUN TO BE LESS ACTIVE THAN OTHER SIMILAR STARS

 While comparing other stars to the sun which showed much stronger variations, the question arises that whether the feebleness of the sun is a basic trait or whether it has been going through an unusually quiet phase.
 There are various methods through which the extent to which solar activities varies can be reconstructed, at least for a definite period of time.
 There have been reliable records of sunspots covering the sun since 1610. It allowed in drawing conclusions about the level of solar activities over the past 9000 years.

MIN. OF TOURISM HOSTS 13TH WEBINAR TITLED ‘DESTINATION- SARISKA TIGER RESERVE’

 Wildlife Parks and Wilderness areas offer unique opportunities for independent experiences to everyone.
 The 13th session of Ministry of Tourism’s Dekho ApnaDesh webinar on 1st May 2020, titled, ‘Destination- Sariska Tiger reserve’ was a presentation and virtual tour of wildlife adventure, safari experience for the traveller within the Sariska Tiger Reserve’ in Alwar district, Rajasthan.
 The former hunting reserve of the Maharaja of Alwar, the Sariska valley is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
 The park has populations of tigers, leopards,Nilgai, Sambar, chital etc.

World Tuna Day

• Tuna and tuna-like species are very important economically — to both developed and developing countries — and a significant source of food.
• They include approximately 40 species occurring in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and in the Mediterranean Sea.
• They are remarkable fish. Tuna can jump high out of the water; they travel in huge schools; they are warm-blooded. They have been known to team up with dolphins for protection from sharks.
• Their meat is rich in Omega-3, also contains minerals, proteins and vitamin B12, among other advantages

May 7, 2020