Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 17 February 2016

Current Affairs for IAS Exams – 17 February 2016


Vodafone gets tax notice

  • Tax authorities have issued a reminder to Vodafone Group Plc asking the company to pay Rs. 14,200 crore of tax dues — that the U.K.-based firm has referred to international arbitration — or risk having its assets seized.

  • The government stated in 2014 that exist- ing tax disputes, including vodafone’s, would be resolved through existing judicial process.

  • The notice, dated February 4, to Vodafone International Holdings BV pertains to its 2007 acquisition of Hutchison’s 67 per cent stake in a telecom venture in India for $11 billion.

  • The deal was executed through companies that are not based in India.

  • The arbitration process does not stop the Tax Department from going ahead and seeking dues that it feels are legitimate tax demands, said a tax consultant.

Supreme Court directed Central Bank to give list of defaulter companies

  • The Supreme Court has directed the RBI to submit a list of companies which have defaulted on bank loans of over Rs. 500 crore.

  • The court also asked it to submit in six weeks the list of restructured loans.

  • Directing that the list be placed on record in a sealed cover, the court asked how State-owned banks and financial institutions were advancing huge loans without proper guidelines and whether there was adequate mechanism to recover them.

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First train arrived from China to Tehran

  • The first train from China’s trading hub of Yiwu has arrived in Tehran, signalling Iran’s firm integration in the Beijing led- Belt and Road connectivity initiative along the New Silk Road.

  • The train ferrying 32 containers completed its 14-day journey, covering over 10,399 km, after passing through the arid landscape of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in Central Asia.

  • Iran is currently in desperate need of investment for infrastructure construction.

  • However, as oil prices are low now, Iran’s revenue in this sector has seen sharp de- crease.

  • At the same time, China is promoting the belt and road initiative. Iran is expected to become one of the major participants of that initiative.

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  • With the Prime Minister's office setting a target to switch at least 90 per cent of all official transactions to paperless mode by the end of 2016, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a new e-platform for non-tax receipts.

  • NTPC made the maiden payment on the portal developed by the Controller General of Accounts, by remitting Rs.989 crore as an interim dividend to the government.

  • The major sources of non-tax revenue for the government are from dividends paidby public sector companies,the Reserve Bank of India, etc.

  • During his previous year'sBudget speech, Mr.Jaitley hadsaid that one major way tocurb black money is to discourage cash transactions infavour of electronic transactions.

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South Asian games ended with full flare

  • The closing ceremony at the India Gandhi Stadium brought the curtain down on the 12th South Asian Games.

  • Twelve days of competition saw action in 22 disciplines —15 in Guwahati and seven in Shillong — and the awarding of 789 medals to athletes representing the eight participating nations.

  • Nepal was introduced as the host of the 13th edition of the Games in 2018.

  • India finished its tally of medals at 308, with 188 golds, 90 silver and 30 bronze medals.

  • Sri Lanka and Pakistan took second and third position respectively.

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