The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has issued fresh guidelines for Selection of Teachers for the National Awards to celebrate the unique contribution of some of the finest teachers.
The purpose of the National Award to Teachers is to honor those teachers, who have not only improved the quality of school education but also enriched the lives of students.
Now, Government school’s teachers can send their entries directly for the awards and an independent national jury will finalize the nominations for the awards.
This is a new initiative, as earlier entries were selected by the State Governments.
All the applications would be received through an online web portal which would be developed and managed by the Administrative Staff College of India.
4. Centre invites comments on the draft of National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental & Economic Responsibilities of Business
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs had constituted a two-member expert committee to update the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business.
The draft has been placed on its website “mca.gov.in” for public comment till 20th July 2018.
The updated version will be finalised after an assessment and review of suggestions and inputs received from stakeholders and wide consultations with the relevant Ministries, Business and Stakeholders.
India’s National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business were released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) in July 2011.
The national framework on Business Responsibility is essentially a set of nine principles that offer businesses an Indian understanding and approach to inculcating responsible business conduct.
5. India hikes customs duty on several goods imported from the US
According to the Finance ministry notification, India has hiked customs duty on several goods imported from the US (effective from 4th August).
The import duty on chickpeas and Bengal gram has been increased to 60%, lentils hiked (to 30%), boric acid and binders for foundry moulds (7.5%), domestic reagents (10%).
The other products on which duties have been hiked include certain kind of nuts, iron and steel products, apples, pears, flat-rolled products of stainless steel, other alloy steel, tube and pipe fittings, and screws, bolts and rivets.
The move was in retaliation for the duty hike by the US on certain steel and aluminum products which had tariff implication of 241 million US dollars on India.
The union government has set up three committees to help a task force set up in April this year to prepare a roadmap for implementing the drone technology in the country.
The committees would separately make their recommendations on manufacturing and license of drones, airspace and air traffic management and policy and law related issues.
The decision was taken during the first meeting of the drone task force chaired by Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha.
It is working towards making Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-UAVs a sustainable, globally-competitive industry based in India.
7. BoB partners Accenture & IBM to drive growth through technology
The Bank of Baroda (BoB) has mandated IT majors IBM & Accenture to create an IT Centre of Excellence (ITCoE) and Analytics Centre of Excellence (ACoE) as part of the bank’s strategy to use technology to drive growth.
The twin centers are part of a comprehensive digital roadmap drawn up to enhance the quality of business, growth, portfolio diversification and fee-income using technology.