Current Affairs of 22 July 2018
Keshav Kishore, Published On:22-Jul-2018
1. GST Council reduced tax for more than 50 products
· The Goods and Service Council has slashed rates for more than 50 products in its 28th meeting.
· Out of 49 items taxed at the rate of 28%, 17 items are brought in 18% slab. Small television, fridges, kitchen appliances such as mixers and juicers are in this category.
· Apart from these GST council has exempted Sanitary napkins form GST.
2. National Register of Citizens (NRC)
· It is a list of Indian Citizens to consider the genuineness of citizenship of a person living in India.
· Failing to be listed in National Register of Citizens (NRC) a person will be considered as illegal migrant.
· It was prepared first in 1951 on the basis of census of that year.
· It is first time that the register is being updated only for Assam as there are various illegal migrants on the wake of Bangladesh Liberation War.
· The first draft by Registrar General of India was published in Dec 31, 2017 which accepted 1.9 crore applicants out of 3.29 crore.
· The Supreme Court of India has directed the Registrar General of India to publish final list on July 30.
3. Naga Peace Accord
· Naga Peace Accord on the basis of framework signed with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) [NSCN-IM] in 2015 is almost ready.
· Recently government interlocutor R.N.Ravi has consulted with representatives to finalise the accord and also to get rid of confusion that who will sign the agreement on behalf of Naga groups.
· There is no redrawing of the maps for Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur to merge the Naga inhabited area for a greater Nagaland or Ngalim but Naga living in these states would get special rights on land and resources.
4. Important Books and Authors
· The Forgotten Cities of Delhi : Rana Safvi
· The Dhoni Touch : Bharat Sundaresan
· The Unending Game : Vikram Sood
· The Flavour of Nationalism : Nandita Haskar
· Bengali Culture Over A Thousand Years : Ghulam Murshid
· How Democracy Ends : David Runciman
Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express, PIB