Current Affairs, News & Facts of 27 Apr 2016

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  • Shyam Benegal Committee Recommendations on the functioning of Censor Board

    Shyam Benegal Committee Recommendations on the functioning of Censor BoardThe Shyam Benegal Committee, set up by the Centre to look into the functioning of the Censor Board, has submitted its report to Union Information and Broadcasting (I&B) minister Arun Jaitley. 

    Background :

    (1) The panel was set up on January 2016, to take a relook at the functioning of the Censor Board  headed by Pahlaj Nihalani.

    (2) The panel also includes actor-filmmaker Kamal Hassan, filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, adman Piyush Pandey and film journalist Bhawana Somayaa, among others.

    (3) It was also asked to take note of the best practices in other parts of the world especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression.

    Recommendations of Shyam Benegal Committee :

    • Censor Board of Film Certification’s (CBFC) role should be restricted to categorising the suitability of films to various audience groups based on age and maturity.
    • Certification guidelines should allow the audience to make informed viewing decisions and ensure artistic expression and creative freedom are not unduly curbed.
    • The CBFC should refuse certification when a film contains anything that contravenes with the Cinematograph Act, or if the content of the film crosses the ceiling laid down in the highest category of certification.
    • In addition to different classifications that we have currently, we should have two categories of U/A, one plus 12 years of age and one plus 15 years of age and two categories of adult, one is normal adult and another adult with caution.
  • Tourism Ministry launches NMAs Online Web Portal NOAPS 

    Union Tourism Ministry has launched National Monuments Authority Web Portal called NOC Online Application and Processing System (NOAPS) that will provide single window clearance within six working days to applicants seeking no-objection certificates (NoC) for construction-related works near 3686 ASI  protected monuments in the country.

    Current scenario: As per current guidelines 100 metres of area around the monument is a prohibited zone while the area between 100 to 300 metres is regulated zone for which no-objection certificate is needed before starting  construction-related works.The time limit for availing NoC was 90 days as prescribed in Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act. 

    Key Facts:

    • The Portal has used the technology and expertise of ISRO which is in the process of mapping of 3686 ASI protected monuments and sites. Government also has developed user friendly Mobile App which can be downloaded free of cost by an applicant. 
    • The web portal has  been integrated with the online portal of local bodies of Delhi and Mumbai viz. NDMC, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to facilitate single window clearance for construction on a common application form.
    • However, large projects involving construction of building beyond 2000 square metres have been kept out of the purview of this single window clearance system, keeping in view their possible impact on the Monument or the site.
  • Riyad Mahrez becomes first African footballer to win PFA Player of the Year 

    Riyad Mahrez becomes first African footballer to win PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez a professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City and the Algerian national team as a winger has became the first African footballer to win the Professional Footballers Association’s (PFA) Player of the Year award. 

    He also became the second non-European, after Uruguayan striker - Luis Suarez- to win this prestigious award in the sport of Football. 

    Former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs,  won the PFA Merit Award while Dele Alli FC midfielder Tottenham Hotspur was named as the Young Player of the Year for the 2015–16 season.

    They were presented the award for the 2015–16 season at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards ceremony organised in London. 

    PFA Player of the Year award

    It is an annual award given to the player who is adjudged to have been the best of the year in English football. The award has been presented since the 1973–74 season and the winner is chosen by a vote amongst the members of the players' trade union, the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). The first winner of the award was Leeds United defender Norman Hunter.

  • Indian Railways to create Rs 1 lakh crore Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh 

    Indian Railways to create Rs 1 lakh crore Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh Lok Sabha has passed by voice vote the demand of  Union Railway Ministry to create a 1 lakh crore rupees safety fund named Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh to strengthen safety measures on the rail network in a comprehensive way.

    The fund of 1 lakh crore would be used for track renewal and upgradation, bridge rehabilitation, elimination of level-crossings, construction of road over bridges/road under bridges, replacement and improvement of signalling system, improvement and upgradation of rolling stock, replacement of electrical assets and human resource development.

  • IIT scholar K Ashok Kumar wins International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award

    IIT scholar K Ashok Kumar wins International Plant Nutrition Scholar AwardK Ashok Kumar, a food engineering research scholar from IIT Kharagpur has won the prestigious International Plant Nutrition Scholar Award. The award carries a cash prize of USD 2,000 and a recognition certificate.

    Research Work :

    Kumar has been pursuing his PhD at the department on nutrition management of rice-chickpea production system in laterite soil. His research will help application of organic fertiliser such as vermicompost in right amount and timing, to rice crop so that the yield of rice-chickpea cropping system is increased by 10 per cent as compared to use of conventional synthetic fertilisers.

  • IT dept to pay interest on TDS refund

    IT dept to pay interest on TDS refundThe Income Tax (I-T) department will now add interest amount to a delayed refund made on excess tax deducted at source (TDS) cut  and will also not litigate with the deductor on this issue in the future.

    Central Board of Direct Taxes yesterday issued a directive in this regard to the assessing officers of the IT department.

    The decision is based on a 2014 Supreme Court order where the apex court had made it clear that the taxman is bound to pay interest on refund made under the TDS category.TDS is primarily deducted by the employer from the salary paid to an employee.

  • FinMin approves 8.7% interest on EPF for 2015-16

    FinMin approves 8.7% interest on EPF for 2015-16The Finance Ministry has approved 8.7% interest on PF deposits, lower than 8.8% decided by the Central Board of Trustees (CBT).

    This is for the first time that Finance Ministry has overruled the decision of retirement fund body EPFO's apex decision making Central Board of Trustees (CBT) headed by the Labour Minister.

    EPFO had provided 8.75% rate of interest in 2013-14 and 2014-15, which was higher than 8.5% in 2012-13 and 8.25% in 2011-12.

    The estimates of EPFO had projected that the body can easily pay 8.95% rate of interest as it would leave a surplus of Rs 100 crore.

  • TVS Racing Appoints Shreya Iyer as Team's First Woman Racer

    TVS Racing Appoints Shreya Iyer as Team's First Woman RacerTVS Racing has signed Shreya Sunder Iyer as it's first woman rider  for the upcoming two-wheeler Indian National Rally championship. Shreya will begin her career with K1000, which is the first round. There will be five more rounds after this. 

    KP Aravind, R Natraj and AW Tanveer will be Shreya's teammates and these three were the national champions in 2015. Shreya will break the stereotype as motorsport has always been considered a male-dominated sport.

    Shreya, 24, began riding at the age of 17 and rode extensively across India including the isolated Suru valley in the Himalayas and also completed a rigorous Southern India biking expedition of 2,000 kilometers in just 6 days.

  • South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar sworn in as vice-president

    South Sudan rebel chief Riek Machar sworn in as vice-presidentSouth Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as vice-president. His appointment is seen as a step towards ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands. He was welcomed by President Salva Kiir ahead of forming a unity government. 

    About 2.3 million South Sudanese have been driven from their homes since war erupted in December 2013, plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis.

    Now the unity government will have to prepare roadmap for repairing it's economy that is near the point of collapse.


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