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India and China agree to maintain peace in Corps Commander Level Meeting


The 11th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on 9th April 2021, a release issued by the Ministry of Defence informed.

The two sides had a detailed exchange of views for the resolution of the remaining issues related to disengagement along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh. The two sides agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues in an expeditious manner in accordance with the existing agreements and protocols. In this context it was highlighted also that completion of disengagement in other areas would pave the way for two sides to consider de-escalation of forces and ensure full restoration of peace and tranquility and enable progress in bilateral relations, the release stated.

The two sides agreed that it was important to take guidance from the consensus of their leaders, continue their communication and dialogue and work towards a mutually acceptable resolution of the remaining issues at the earliest. They also agreed to jointly maintain stability on the ground, avoid any new incidents and jointly maintain peace in the border areas, the release added.

#China #India

Provisional Direct Tax collections for the Financial Year 2021 show growth of almost 5 per cent


The provisional figures of the net Direct Tax collections for the Financial Year 2020-21 stood at Rs 9.45 lakh crore.

The net Direct Tax collections included Corporation Tax (CIT) at Rs 4.57 lakh crore and Personal Income Tax (PIT) including Security Transaction Tax (STT) at Rs 4.88 lakh crore. 

The net Direct Tax collections represented 104.46 per cent of the Revised Estimates of Rs 9.05 lakh crore of Direct Taxes for the F.Y. 2020-21.

The Gross collection of Direct Taxes (before adjusting for refunds) for the F Y 2020-21 stands at Rs 12.06 lakh crore. This includes Corporation Tax (CIT) at Rs 6.31 lakh crore and Personal Income Tax (PIT) including Security Transaction Tax (STT) at Rs 5.75 lakh crore; Advance Tax of Rs 4.95 lakh crore; Tax Deducted at Source (including Central TDS) of Rs 5.45 lakh crore; Self-Assessment Tax of Rs 1.07 lakh crore; Regular Assessment Tax of Rs 42,372 crore; Dividend Distribution Tax of Rs 13,237 crore and Tax under other minor heads of Rs 2,612 crore.

Despite an extremely challenging year, the Advance Tax collections for FY 2020-21 stand at Rs 4.95 lakh crore which shows a growth of approximately 6.7 per cent over the Advance Tax collections of the immediately preceding Financial Year of Rs 4.64 lakh crore.

Refunds amounting to Rs 2.61 lakh crore have been issued in the FY 2020-21 as against refunds of Rs 1.83 lakh crore issued in the FY 2019-20, marking an increase of approximately 42.1 per cent over the preceding Financial Year.


Night curfew in 7 districts of Karnataka due to COVID surge


The unprecedented surge during the second wave of COVID-19 in Karnataka has forced authorities to clamp night curfew from tomorrow.

The curfew between 10 pm and 5 am will be introduced in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Bidar, Kulburgi, Mangaluru, Udipi and Tumkuru. It will be effective till April 20 April.


- Only those who have health issues and their attenders will be allowed to travel during these hours.

- Travel for essential services like Goods delivery and E Commerce will be allowed.

- Employees of industries working in Night shift must reach to work before 10 pm.

- Only medical services and emergency services will be allowed, other economic activity will be restricted.

- Those who are travelling during curfew period from (Railway station, Bus Stand or Flight ) must produce their tickets as proof of their travel.

#COVID19 #Karnataka

Telangana CM directs authorities to drastically increase COVID tests


Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has directed the authorities to drastically increase the COVID-19 tests in the wake of the resurgence of the virus in the state.

The CM yesterday took part in the videoconference meeting held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with various Chief Ministers. Following this meeting, he held a COVID review meeting with the medical and health department officials of the state

On the occasion, the CM said that he had directed the authorities to increase the corona tests massively in the wake of the recurrence of corona in the state. He also directed for one hundred per cent vaccination of front line workers of all departments. 

The CM said that the collectors should immediately hold a video conference with other district-level officials and conduct a special drive to ensure a 100 per cent vaccination process for the personnel of Police, Panchayati Raj, Municipal, RTC and Revenue Departments.

CM KCR said that the rule of wearing masks should be strictly enforced and the police department should take steps to ensure that everyone adheres to this provision in the interest of public welfare. Anyone not wearing a mask will continue to pay a fine of Rs 1,000. He also stated that other COVID appropriate behaviours should be strictly followed.

He said that to drastically increase the number of COVID tests, it is proposed to set up RT-PCR testing centres extensively in all districts. Authorities were ordered to bring in RT-PCR kits immediately as needed.

The CM directed the medical authorities to immediately set up RT-PCR examination centres at Gadwal, Vanaparthi, Khammam, Kottagudem, Mahabubabad, Nirmal, Mancherial, Kamareddy, Sangareddy, Medak, Jagittala, Peddapalli, Ramagundam, Bhuvanagiri, Janagama and Vikarabad.

#COVID19 #Telangana

PM warns against relaxation due to COVID fatigue


Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of various states yesterday regarding the COVID-19 situation via video conference.

The Chief Ministers gave feedback about the Covid situation in their states. They said that the timely initiation of vaccination drive is resulting in saving lakhs of lives. However, they also spoke about issues of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine wastage.

The Prime Minister stressed few clear facts before the Chief Ministers.

They are as follows:-

  1. Firstly, the country has crossed the peak of the first wave of COVID and the growth rate is much faster than the earlier.
  2. Secondly, many states, including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have crossed the peak of the first wave and many other states are moving in that direction, which is a cause of serious concern.
  3. Thirdly, this time people and even administration in some states have grown much more casual, which has led to a sharp rise creating difficulties.
  4. However, the Prime Minister emphasized, that despite the challenges, we have a better experience, resources and, also the vaccine.
  5. People's involvement along with hard-working doctors and health care staff has contributed a lot in managing the situation and they are still doing so.
  6. The Prime Minister said "we have to keep focussing on ‘Test, Track, Treat’, Covid appropriate behaviour and Covid Management".
  7. The Prime Minister said that there should not be any relaxation in our efforts due to 'covid fatigue'. 
  8. He asked for adherence to the Health Ministry SoPs in containment zones.
  9. He also emphasized the need for comprehensive data on deaths with detailed analysis.
  10. The Prime Minister asked the states to join webinars organized by AIIMs, Delhi every Tuesday and Friday.
  11. He requested the States for 100 per cent vaccination of 45 plus population in the high focus districts and also called for the 'Teeka Utsav' – Vaccination Festival between 11th  April, Jayanti of Jyotiba Phule and 14th April Jayanti of Baba Saheb Ambedkar.
  12. He stated that effort should be to vaccinate the maximum number of people during the vaccination festival and called upon the youth to help in getting everyone above 45 years of age vaccinated.
  13. The Prime Minister cautioned against carelessness, stressing that despite vaccination, there should not be a lowering of guard and proper precautions should be continued to be taken.
  14. Insisting on his mantra of 'dawaibhi-kadaibhi', the Prime Minister insisted on awareness about the Covid appropriate behaviour.

#COVID19 #NarendraModi

Pinarayi Vijayan tests positive for COVID


Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tested positive for COVID-19.

A Twitter message posted now by Kerala CMO said, "The Chief Minister has tested Covid +ve. He will be treated at the Government Medical College, Kozhikkode. Those who have been in contact with him recently should go into self observation."

#COVID19 #PinarayiVijayan

Tamil Nadu Government issues further restrictions for COVID containment


Tamil Nadu Government has issued further fresh restrictions valid till 30th April 2021 in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Salient features of the restrictions are as follows:-

1. Tiruvizhakal and religious congregations shall remain prohibited.

2. Fruits and Vegetable retail outlets in Koyambedu Market Complex shall be prohibited. Similarly, fruits and vegetable retail outlets in Wholesale Markets in all the districts shall also remain prohibited.

3. Industries shall be permitted to function by strictly following the SOP issued by the Government. The Industries establishment shall arrange for the vaccination of their employees based on the guidelines issued by the Government of India from time to time and stern action would be initiated against the industries and organisation in case of violation of the Standard Operating Procedures,

4. By following the SOP, both public and private intra-state bus transport and Metropolitan Buses operated in Greater Chennai limits shall be permitted. However, the passengers should be restricted to seating capacity available in the buses and passengers shall not be permitted to travel standing.

5. Buses to Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will continue to be operated. But people will not be allowed to travel standing.

6. All shops including malls, showrooms and vegetable shops will be allowed to be operated but only till 11 pm and at 50 per cent customer capacity and by strictly following the SOP like wearings masks, social distancing and hand sanitisation.

7. Restaurants, tea shops and food courts can operate with 50 per cent capacity up to 11 pm. Take away will be permitted up to 11 pm.

8. Cinema halls, recreation clubs, entertainment parks shall be allowed to operate at only 50 per cent capacity. Takeaways will be allowed till 11 pm.

9. All social, political, entertainment, sports, cultural, academic and entertainment functions shall be permitted in closed spaces with a maximum ceiling of 200 persons after duly following the SOP.

10. Marriages will be permitted with maximum of 100 guests and the number of persons for funerals shall not exceed 50.

11. Sports programmes can be conducted but spectators shall not be allowed.

12. Swimming pools shall be permitted only for sports training.

13. All religious places / places of worship shall be permitted for public worship till 8 pm by strictly following the SOP. However, the public are not allowed during essential rituals.

14. Shooting of cinema and TV serials can be conducted, but everybody involved needs to undergo RTPCR Tests / Vaccination. 

15. Rental Vehicles and Taxis including Cab aggregation have already been permitted to ply with three passengers excluding the driver from 1st July 2020. However, there will be a strict restriction regarding the number of passengers.

16. Autos shall also be strictly continued to allowed to ply with only two passengers.

17. The E-registration system shall continue to be in force for the persons coming to Tamil Nadu from other states (except Puducherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh) and other countries.

Aiming to contain the spread of the disease, field teams would be formed in each of the zones of Chennai and all the districts of the state to monitor the situation. The situation will also be monitored continuously in containment zones and focus volunteers will also cater to essential needs of those living in containment zones.

#COVID19 #TamilNadu

PM Modi takes second dose of COVID Vaccine


Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the second dose of COVID-19 Vaccine today.

Informing the same through a tweet, he said,

"Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today.

Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus.

If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on"

PM Modi took the first shot of the vaccine on 1st of March.

#COVID19 #COVID19Vaccine #NarendraModi

FM Nirmala Sitharaman attends Second Virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting


Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman participated virtually in the Second G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the Italian Presidency in New Delhi yesterday to discuss policy responses to global challenges for restoring strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth.

Important points of the meeting:-

  1. The G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors discussed Updates of the G20 Action Plan in response to COVID-19.
  2. They also discussed supporting the financing needs of the most vulnerable economies, the progress on the international taxation agenda, promoting greener transitions and the pandemic related financial regulation issues.
  3. Ms Sitharaman urged all G20 members to ensure equitable access and widespread distribution of vaccines.
  4. The Finance Minister stated that India has covered over 87 million citizens in its vaccination drive so far and has supplied over 64 million doses to 84 countries, including 10 million doses as a grant.
  5. She urged the G20 High-Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to draw upon such country experiences.
  6. Ms Sitharaman reflected on the global growth projections and underlined the need for continued coordination amidst the persistence of uncertainties associated with the virus.
  7. She said that the G20 Action Plan has served as a good guidance tool and shaping recovery is the mainstay of its current update. 
  8. Noting the discourse in the G20 on climate change, the Finance Minister emphasised the need for progress on commitments made under the Paris Agreement on climate finance and technology transfer.
  9. Ms Sitharaman suggested that while channelling flows of international financial institutions into green transitions, it should also be recognised that the immediate challenge, particularly for developing and Low-Income Countries, is to restore growth.
  10. For boosting support to the most vulnerable economies, the Finance Minister supported extending the Debt Service Suspension Initiative, by six months, till December 2021.

#G20 #NirmalaSitharaman

All Maharashtra Board Students of class 9, 11 to be promoted to next class without exams


In the wake of the current COVID-19 situation, all state board students of class 9th and 11th will be promoted to the next class without any examinations, Maharashtra Minister for School Education Varsha Gaikwad informed today.

The Minister had earlier informed that all state board students across Maharashtra state from Class 1 to Class 8 will be promoted to the next class without giving any exam.

Maharashtra has consistently been reporting a high number of COVID.

#COVID19 #VarshaGaikwad #Maharashtra