PM MODI’S 10 COMMITMENTS FOR GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has suggested that the BRICS nations make 10 commitments to play a more effective role in global transformation. He was speaking at the Dialogue of Emerging Markets and Developing Countries as part of the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China. He said that India’s development agenda was based on the notion of ‘sabka saath sabka vikaas’ (collective effort, inclusive growth). He said that BRICS, which represents almost half of the humanity, can achieve global transformation with a proactive approach, policies and action based on 10 “noble commitments”. The commitments include creating a safer world, creating a greener world, creating an enabled world, creating an inclusive world, creating a digital world, creating a skilled world, creating a healthier world, creating an equitable world, creating a connected world and creating a harmonious world.
-(Times of India )
NEW NITI AAYOG STRATEGY FOR NATIONAL NUTRITION MISSION
The government’s premier policy think-tank NITI Aayog on 05 September, 2017 came out with the National Nutrition Strategy, seeking to put nutrition at the forefront of the narrative of the national development agenda. It aims at ensuring every child, adolescent girl and woman attains optimal nutritional status by 2022. According to the strategy document, the Integrated Child Development Services Mission would be expanded to form a national nutrition mission along the lines of National Health Mission under the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
-(Hindustan Times )
31 December NEW DEADLINE FOR LINKING AADHAAR-PAN
In a good news for tax payers, the Union government on 31 August, 2017 extended by four months, the deadline to link Aadhaar and PAN till 31 December. The deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar for taxpayers was to end on August, 31. This move comes at a time when a similar extension has been granted for furnishing Aadhaar to avail benefits of social welfare schemes. Incidentally, December, 31 is also the deadline for people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar.
GOVERNMENT EXTENDS OBC CREAMY LAYER CRITERIA TO PSUs
Central Government has extended OBC creamy layer criteria to PSUs as the Cabinet has approved norms for establishing equivalence of posts in CPSUs, banks and insurance institutions with posts in government for claiming benefit of OBC reservation. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said, the move will ensure that the children of those serving in lower categories in PSUs and other institutions can get the benefit of OBC reservation at par with children of people serving in lower categories in government.
-(TIMES OF INDIA )
Sri Lanka hails PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat drive
Inspired by the Indian government’s cleanliness initiative Swachh Bharat, Sri Lanka said it will establish a regional centre for research and development to improve access to toilets in South Asia. City Planning and Water Supply minister Rauff Hakeem praised Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for his ambitious programme and said Sanitation has become the most challenging social service priority in the South Asian region. The minister said Sri Lanka will also host a three-day meeting to review progress in improving access to proper sanitation in South Asian countries.