20 March v2019

32nd GST Council;-
~aimed at reducing the tax & compliance burden on small and medium enterprises
•Highlights⤵
~companies would be exempt from GST has been raised to ₹40 lakh(earlier ₹20L) for most States and ₹20 lakh(earlier 10L) for the North Eastern and hill states
~limit for eligibility for the Composition Scheme is raised to an annual turnover of ₹1.5 crore from April 1, 2019
•Union Finance Minister will be the Chairperson.
Special Stamp on Ice Stupa : View — uploads.disquscdn.com {released by Indian Department of Post}
~special stamps aim to create awareness about depleting glaciers and affect the ecology around the Himalaya
•The Ice Stupa is a survival technique that has been developed over a period. Each stupa has the capacity to store at least 30-50 lakh litres of water
The Mizoram Maintenance of Household Registers Bill, 2019
~It aims to create registers containing the names, details and photographs of every resident of the state, on a household basis, [in an effort to detect illegal foreigners staying and “eating away” benefits of development schemes.]
Section 33(7) of the Representation of People’s Act
~It permits a candidate to contest any election (Parliamentary, State Assembly, Biennial Council, or bye-elections) from up to two constituencies. 
•The provision was introduced in 1996 prior to which there was no bar on the number of constituencies from which a candidate could contest.
Indian Forest Act 1927;-
~was enacted to ‘consolidate the law related to forest,the transit of forest produce & the duty liable on timber & other forest produce
•Indian Forest Act amendment: Govt ready with first draft. The draft, which has been prepared with focus on conservation and climate change, has been sent to states seeking comments. 
Permanent status to Finance Commission
•Need for permanent status:
~Finance commissions have over the past several decades adopted different approaches with regard to principles of tax devolution, grants to be given to states and fiscal consolidation issues.
•RBI governor bats for permanent status to Finance Commission.
IND-INDO CORPAT 2019;-
~33rd edition of India-Indonesia coordinated patrol is being held at Port Blair.
Indo-Sri Lanka joint Exercise Mitra shakti-VI
~is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India & Sri Lanka.
G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development
~It is an autonomous Institute of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Govt. of India
'Karen Uhlenbeck' of the U.S Mathematician Becomes First Woman To Win Abel Prize, ‘Math’s Nobel’
~for her work on partial differential equations
•Abel Prize is a Norwegian prize awarded annually by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians

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