Rank of India: 100 among 190 countries assessed.

Rank of India in the DB Report 2017: 130

Top Indicators – India’s Rank

  1. Resolving Insolvency – Rank improved from 136 to 103
  2. Paying Taxes – Rank improved from 172 to 119
  3. Getting Credit – Rank improved from 44 to 29
  4. Enforcing Contracts – Rank improved from 172 to 164
  5. Protecting Minority Investors – Rank improved from 13 to 4
  6. Construction Permits – Rank improved from 185 to 181

Countries ranked at 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively – New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark

Organised by: Ministry of Tourism

Inaugurated at: Humayun’s Tomb

Dates: 05 Oct to 25th October, 2017

Components of Paryatan Parv

Dekho Apna Desh: To encourage Indians to visit their own country.

This will include Video, Photograph and Blog Competitions of sites visited during the Event, Stories of India through Travelers’ Eyes, on Social Media, Tourism related Quiz, Essay, Debate and Painting Competitions for Students, Television Campaigns to promote travel to J&K and N.E. States.

Tourism for All: Tourism Events at sites across all States in the country.

The activities at these sites will include illumination in and around the Sites, Cultural Programmes of Dance, Music, Theatre, Story Telling, Sensitisation Programmes for Stakeholders around the Sites,

Tourism Exhibitions, Showcasing Culture, Cuisine and Handicrafts / Handlooms, Guided Heritage Walks, etc. These will be “People’s Events” with large scale public participation.

Tourism & Governance:Interactive Sessions & Workshops with Stakeholders on varied themes:

  • Skill Development in Tourism Sector
  • Innovation in Tourism
  • For inducting Ex-servicemen as service providers for Taxi Operation
  • Developing Rural Tourism in locations near established Destinations
  • Community Sensitisation Workshops on Homestay and B&B Opportunities

The Railways on 14.07.17 launched the country’s first solar-powered local train at Safdarjung in Delhi with a battery bank facility that ensures sufficient power even in the absence of sunlight.

The 1,600 horsepower train has been manufactured at the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai, its solar system and panels have been developed and fitted by the Indian Railways Organization of Alternative Fuel (IROAF). The IROAF has developed this system with a smart inverter, which optimises power generation on a moving train to cater to full load even during night hours with the help of a battery bank that ensures

sufficient electricity.

The system reduces diesel consumption and the carbon signature of these commuter trains by reducing carbon dioxide generation by 9 tonnes per coach per year.

A solar-powered DEMU train with six trailer coaches will save about 21,000 litres of diesel, thereby saving Rs. 12 lakh every year, the Railways added.

The Union Cabinet recently approved SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission.

The schemes are supported by World Bank. SANKALP stands for Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion and has an outlay of Rs. 6,655 crore. STRIVE stands for Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement and has an outlay of Rs. 2,200 crore.

SANKALP and STRIVE are outcome focused schemes marking shift in government’s implementation strategy in vocational education and training from inputs to results.

The following are the recipients of Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Awards for this year awarded on 14 November 2017.

  1. Sh. Shantilal Gulabchand Muttha Maharashtra
  2. Mr. Chezhian Ramu Tamil Nadu
  3. .Ms. Shobha Vidyarthi Uttarakhand

Held at: Pragati maidan, New Delhi from 14 Nov 17 to 27 Nov 17

Theme: Startup India Standup India

Partner Country: Vietnam

Focus Country: Kyrgyz Republic

Best Pavilion Award: Assam (Gold); Kerala (Silver); Lakshadweep (Bronze)

Best International Pavilion: Turkey (Gold); Afghanistan (Silver); Thailand (Bronze)

Award for Ministries: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (Gold). The silver and bronze medals were shared by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Power and Ministry of Earth Sciences ­and Ministry of Steel.

Held on: 24 Nov 17

Conducted by: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)

Purpose: To assess Tsunami preparedness along the vulnerable eastern coastline.

Where held: 35 coastal districts across four States of West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry along the entire East Coast.

Venue: Hyderabad.

Theme: Women first, Prosperity for All

Dates: 28 to 30 Nov 2017

The Government of India, with the approval President of India, has constituted Fifteenth Finance Commission in pursuance of clause (1) of article 280 of the Constitution, read with the provisions of the Finance Commission (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1951 w.e.f. 27th November, 2017. The Commission will make recommendations for the five years commencing on April 1, 2020. The report will be submitted by 30 Oct 2019.

Chairperson: Shri N.K. Singh

Members: Shri Shaktikanta Das, Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri, Dr. Ramesh Chand

Secretary: Shri Arvind Mehta.

Held at: Kurukshetra

Period: 25 Nov 17 to 03 Dec 17

Partner Country: Mauritius

Partner State: Uttar Pradesh

National Anti-profiteering Authority has been constituted by the central Government to examine whether input tax credits availed by any registered person or the reduction in the tax rate have actually resulted in a commensurate reduction in the price of the goods or services supplied by him.

This is to ensure that the consumer is protected from arbitrary price increase in the name of GST.

Constitution of the authority: 5 member to be headed by a Chairman who holds or has held a post equivalent

in rank to a Secretary to the Government of India; and four Technical Members who are or have been

Commissioners of State tax or central tax or have held an equivalent post under existing laws.

Term of the Authority: 2 years

Chairman: Shri B.N. Sharma