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Latest NewsSasikala quits public life | Wipro joins World Economic Forum's initiative to promote racial justice, social equality | Director General of Income Tax of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry set up a 24 x 7 Control Room | Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV merge to form Sansad TV | Spectrum Auction 2021 concludes | India's Active COVID19 Caseload at 1.68 lakh, 5 states witness upsurge in daily new cases | Union Health Minister takes COVID19 Vaccine | Bid amount exceeds Rs 77,000 crore on Day 1 of Spectrum Auction 2021 | 24.5 Lakh citizens register for COVID vaccine | Rs 1,13,143 crore gross GST revenue collected in Feb |
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Sasikala quits public life

 

Sasikala Natarajan, the chief aide of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa, has announced that she is quitting public life.

Announcing the same in a statement, she has asked the AIADMK cadre to stand united and ensure that DMK is defeated in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Sasikala Natarajan was recently released from prison after serving a sentence of 4 years.

#SasikalaNatarajan
03-March-2021
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Wipro joins World Economic Forum's initiative to promote racial justice, social equality

 

Technology major Wipro Limited today announced that it has joined the 'Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative' launched by the World Economic Forum to promote a culture of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for people of all racial backgrounds in the workplace.

The initiative is aimed towards driving action and accountability for companies to confront racism at a systemic level, set new global standards for racial justice in business and accomplish necessary policy changes for inclusion and advancement of professionals with under-represented racial and ethnic identities, a statement issued by the company informed.

Thierry Delaporte, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Wipro Limited said, "As a global brand that influences millions of lives across the world, it is our responsibility to accelerate every attempt towards equity and justice. Wipro is glad to join this important initiative. We will do everything we can to help us all rise up and, together, strive for racial justice. Wipro seeks to access as many different resources as possible, to learn from them, and introduce inclusive practices into our hiring, retention and employee growth approach. Without a doubt, we must be inclusive in our hiring process, create new platforms to engage with employees and alleviate existing racial tensions, encourage racial empathy, and cultivate a fully inclusive and welcoming workplace. We want to ensure legal protection to end discrimination. By joining the Forum's Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative, we hope to cross-pollinate ideas with fellow industry leaders who are philosophically aligned with this belief, and accordingly help develop a set of industry standards and best practices."

"With just 1 per cent of Fortune 500 companies led by Black chief executives, the need to tackle racial under-representation in business is urgent and obvious. To design racially and ethnically just workplaces, companies must confront racism at a systemic level, addressing not just the structural and social mechanics of their own organizations, but also the role they play in their communities and the economy at large. The Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative provides an effective platform for businesses to take individual and collective action towards racially and ethnically just workplaces," said Saadia Zahidi, Managing Director at the World Economic Forum.

#WorldEconomicForum #Wipro
03-March-2021
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Director General of Income Tax of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry set up a 24 x 7 Control Room

 

In the wake of the State Legislative Assembly General Election – 2021 to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and Bye Election to Kanyakumari Parliamentary Constituency to be held on 6th April 2021, the Election Commission of India has sought the assistance of the Directorate General of the Income Tax (Investigations) to monitor election expenditure. 

The role of the Directorate is to provide assistance to ensure free and transparent fair elections by controlling the role played by unaccounted funds in the election process, stated a press release issued by the Additional Director of Income Tax (Inv.), Unit-2, Chennai Nodal Officer, Election Expenditure Monitoring.

To achieve this objective, the Investigation Directorate will take proactive steps to discover and seize unaccounted funds intended to be utilized for electioneering, the release said.

As a part of this initiative, the Director-General of Income Tax (Investigation), Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has set up a 24 x 7 Control Room with a Toll-free number, designated fax and facility of email and WhatsApp to receive complaints/information from the public.

The details of the same are given below:

Toll-free Telephone No.            :         1800 425 6669

Fax No.                                    :         044 – 28271915

E-mail                                      :         itcontrol.chn@gov.in

WhatsApp No.                          :         94453 94453       

Persons who have knowledge/information about storage, possession or movement of a large amount of cash have been requested to pass on the information through any one of the modes mentioned above, the release added.

#IncomeTaxDepartment #TamilNadu #Puducherry
03-March-2021
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Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV merge to form Sansad TV

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels have been merged to form a single channel - Sansad Television.

Retired IAS officer Ravi Capoor has been chosen as Chief Executive Officer of the channel for a period of one year with immediate effect, or until further orders, whichever is earlier, stated an official order.

Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV air the proceedings of the parliament.

#RajyaSabhaTV #SansadTV #LokSabhaTV
03-March-2021
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Spectrum Auction 2021 concludes

 

Today was the second and concluding day of Spectrum Auction 2021.

"The value of the spectrum for which there are winning bids is Rs 77,814.80 crore. Hence, incremental bids for Rs 668.20 crore were made today," said Anshu Prakash, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, at the conclusion of the auction. The auction, which began on 1st March 2021, concluded today at 12.45 pm, after a total of 6 rounds of bidding. The e-auction was based on the Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending Auction (SMRA) methodology.

Mr Anshu Prakash informed that bidding took place for spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. The total quantity of spectrum for which right to use has been acquired in these bands is 855.60 MHz. The participants did not bid in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands. Four rounds of bidding (two each with stipulated activity levels of 80 % and 90%) took place on 01.03.2021. Two rounds of bidding with stipulated activity level of 100% took place today.

Three bidders – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and Reliance JioInfocommLtd – participated in the auction.

Bidder-wise details of quantity of spectrum acquired and amounts payable are as follows:

Bidder - Total quantity (MHz) - Total amount (Rs crore)

Bharti Airtel Ltd - 355.45 - 18,698.75

Vodafone Idea Ltd - 11.80 - 1,993.40

Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd - 488.35 - 57,122.65

A total quantity of 2308.80 MHz spectrum was put to auction, including spectrum that is expiring up to December 2021. Of this quantity, bids were received for 855.60MHz of the spectrum. Excluding spectrum in 700MHz and 2500MHz bands, this is about 60 per cent of the spectrum put to auction. In the 2016 spectrum auction, where there were 7 bidders, the spectrum sold was 41 per cent by the quantity and 12 per cent by value of the total spectrum put to auction. The corresponding figures in the 2021 spectrum auction are 37 per cent and 19 per cent respectively, with 3 participants.

The quantity of spectrum put to auction and the spectrum acquired in different bands is as follows:

Band - Quantity put to auction (MHz) - Quantity acquired (MHz) - Percentage

700 MHz (paired) - 660 - 0 - 0

800 MHz (paired) - 230 - 150 - 65.22

900 MHz (paired) - 98.80 - 38.40 - 38.87

1800 MHz (paired) - 355 - 152.20 - 42.87

2100 MHz (paired) - 175 - 15 - 8.57

2300 MHz (paired) - 560 - 500 - 89.29

2500 MHz (paired) - 230 - 0 - 0

Total - 2308.80 - 855.60 - 37.06

Spectrum Usage Charges (SUC) for the spectrum acquired in this auction will be payable at the rate of 3 per cent of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) of the licensee, excluding revenue from wireline services.

The auction is concluded and these provisional results are subject to scrutiny and approval by the Government.

With the deployment of additional spectrum acquired in this auction in the networks of Telecom Service Providers, the Quality of Service and customer experience of telecom consumers across the country are expected to improve.

#SpectrumAuction
02-March-2021
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India's Active COVID19 Caseload at 1.68 lakh, 5 states witness upsurge in daily new cases

 

India's total Active Caseload stands at 1.68 lakh (1,68,358) today as 12,286 new cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.

Important Statistics:-

  1. The country's present active caseload now consists of 1.51 per cent of India's total Positive Cases.
  2. 80.33 per cent of the new cases are from 5 States - Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
  3. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 6,397, followed by Kerala with 1,938 cases and Punjab reported 633 new cases. Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 67.84 per cent of total active cases.
  4. 86.55 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 6 States - Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Gujarat, Karnataka.
  5. Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single-day recoveries with 5,754 newly recovered cases. 3,475 people recovered in Kerala in the past 24 hours followed by 482 in Tamil Nadu.
  6. 91 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
  7. Six States account for 85.71 per cent of the new deaths. These states are - Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka.
  8. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (30). Punjab followed with 18 daily deaths. Kerala reported 13 deaths.
  9. Nineteen States/UTs have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours. They are West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Lakshadweep, Ladakh (UT), Sikkim, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, A&N Islands, D&D & D&N and Arunachal Pradesh.

#COVID19
02-March-2021
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Union Health Minister takes COVID19 Vaccine

 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and his wife Nutan today took the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

They got their dose at the Delhi Heart and Lung Institute. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the first dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Covaxin yesterday.

#COVID19Vaccine #COVID19 #HarshVardhan
02-March-2021
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Bid amount exceeds Rs 77,000 crore on Day 1 of Spectrum Auction 2021

 

Auction of spectrum in 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz, 2300 MHz and 2500 MHz bands commenced at 10 am yesterday and four rounds of bidding took place till 6 pm. Another one or two rounds are expected to be conducted today following which the auction will conclude.

Details of the Spectrum Auction:

  1. Three bidders – Bharti Airtel Ltd, Vodafone Idea Ltd, and Reliance Jio Infocomm – are participating in the auction.
  2. The value of the spectrum for which there are provisional winning bids is Rs 77,146 crore. This has already substantially exceeded pre-bid estimates of Rs 45,000 crore.
  3. Bidder-wise details of quantity won and amounts payable will be available only after the conclusion of the auction.
  4. The e-auction is based on the Simultaneous Multiple Round Ascending Auction (SMRA) methodology. Available spectrum in all bands is simultaneously put to auction in all the Licensed Service Areas (LSAs).
  5. Bidding has taken place for spectrum in 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz bands. The participants did not bid in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands.
  6. A total of 2308.80 MHz spectrum is being put to auction, out of which there have been bids for 849.20 MHz so far. Excluding spectrum in 700 MHz and 2500 MHz bands, this is almost 60 per cent of the spectrum put to auction. (In the 2016 spectrum auction, where there were 7 bidders, the spectrum sold was 41 per cent by the quantity and 12 per cent by value of the total spectrum put to auction. The corresponding figures in the 2021 spectrum auction so far are 37 per cent and 19 per cent respectively, with 3 participants.)
  7. The spectrum which will be assigned to the successful bidders is valid for 20 years.
  8. In 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands, bidders are required to pay 25 per cent of the final bid amount as an upfront payment. In the rest of the bands, bidders are required to make a payment of 50 per cent of final bid amount upfront. The balance amount (after upfront payment) will be payable in 16 equated annual instalments after a moratorium of 2 years.

#SpectrumAuction
02-March-2021
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24.5 Lakh citizens register for COVID vaccine

 

The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination drive, which started on 16th Jan 2021, commenced yesterday for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

As many as 25 Lakh potential beneficiaries registered on the Co-Win portal yesterday. Out of this, 24.5 Lakh are citizens and the rest are Healthcare Workers and Frontline Workers. About 6.44 Lakh appointments were booked by the citizen beneficiaries.

A total of 1,47,28,569 vaccine doses were given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm yesterday.

These include 66,95,665 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 25,57,837 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 53,27,587 FLWs (1st dose), 1,28,630 beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 18,850 beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.

Total 4,27,072 vaccine doses were given till 7 pm yesterday, the forty-fifth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination. Out of which 3,25,485 beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 1,01,587 HCWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report.

#COVID19Vaccine #COVID19
02-March-2021
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Rs 1,13,143 crore gross GST revenue collected in Feb

 

The gross GST revenue collected in the month of February 2021 is Rs 1,13,143 crore, the Ministry of Finance informed in a statement.

Of the gross GST, CGST is Rs 21,092 crore, SGST is Rs 27,273 crore, IGST is Rs 55,253 crore (including Rs 24,382 crore collected on import of goods) and Cess is Rs 9,525 crore (including Rs 660 crore collected on import of goods).

The government has settled Rs 22,398 crore to CGST and Rs 17,534 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. In addition, the Centre has also settled Rs 48,000 crore as IGST ad-hoc settlement in the ratio of 50:50 between Centre and States/UTs. The total revenue of the Centre and the States after regular settlement and ad-hoc settlement in the month of February 2021 is Rs 67,490 crore for CGST and Rs 68,807 crore for the SGST.

In line with the trend of recovery in the GST revenues over the past five months, the revenues for the month of February 2021 are 7 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year. During the month, revenues from import of goods were 15 per cent higher and the revenues from the domestic transaction (including import of services) were 5 per cent higher than the revenues from these sources during the same month last year.

The GST revenues crossed Rs 1 lakh the fifth time in a row and crossed Rs 1.1 lakh crore third time in a row post-pandemic despite this being revenue collection of the month of February. This is a clear indication of the economic recovery and the impact of various measures taken by tax administration to improve compliance.

The chart below shows trends in monthly gross GST revenues during the current year. The table shows the state-wise figures of GST collected in each State during the month of February 2021 as compared to February 2020.

#GST
02-March-2021