Rank of India: 100 among 190 countries assessed.
Rank of India in the DB Report 2017: 130
Top Indicators – India’s Rank
- Resolving Insolvency – Rank improved from 136 to 103
- Paying Taxes – Rank improved from 172 to 119
- Getting Credit – Rank improved from 44 to 29
- Enforcing Contracts – Rank improved from 172 to 164
- Protecting Minority Investors – Rank improved from 13 to 4
- 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
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.
- Sh. Shantilal Gulabchand Muttha Maharashtra
- Mr. Chezhian Ramu Tamil Nadu
- .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.
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