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Fake ITC cases, trade fraud, fraudulent refunds under GST to be investigated by IT dept
The Centre and States have joined hands to formulate a nine-point strategy to streamline the Goods & Services Tax (GST) and plug revenue leakage. These include linking foreign exchange remittances with IGST refund for risky and new exporters, investigation of fraudulent ITC cases by the IT department, a single bank account for foreign remittance receipt, and refund disbursement, beside others.
These measures are being formulated at a time when the overall GST collection has been below expectations.
Considering the fraudulent IGST refund claims being made, linking foreign exchange remittances with IGST refund for risky and new exporters was explored. All major cases of fake Input Tax Credit, export/ import fraud and fraudulent refunds will also be compulsorily investigated by the investigation wing of the Income Tax Department.

Gujarat: 31st International Kite Festival launched in Ahmedabad
The 31st International Kite Festival has been launched at Sabarmati river front in Ahmedabad. It will continue till 14th January- Makarsankranti- the festival of Kites in different parts of the state. More than 140 kite flying experts from 40 countries are participating in this event.
About 800 kite fliers from Gujarat and 200 kite fliers from 12 other states are also participating in this unique festival.

India continues to be top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism
India continued to be the top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism with Indian tourists constituting maximum 19 per cent of total tourist arrivals to the island nation in 2019. The latest data released by Sri Lankan Tourism revealed that 3,55,002 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year against total arrival of around 1.91 million.
India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets last year. Sea beaches and religious places connected to Ramayana circuit remain the top attractions for Indian tourists.

J&K: Commissioner Secy unveils logo of first ever JK Global Investors Summit in Jammu
Commissioner Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi has unveiled the logo of first-ever JK Global Investors Summit with the tagline ‘Explore, Invest, Grow’ at Udhyog Bhawan, Jammu.
Global Investors Summit is one of the prestigious events to be held in J&K for the first time where senior policymakers, development agencies, MNCs, BIG Corporate Houses and investors from across the world will participate to explore and expand their business in the region.
The Summit is scheduled to be held in April 2020 with the event focusing on driving investment in potential sectors like Agriculture, Horticulture, Food Processing, Film Industry, Tourism, handicrafts and healthcare.

Leh-Ladakh: Both Boys, Girls teams win 5th IHAI National Ice Hockey Championship 2020
In Leh-Ladakh, the home teams won the 5th Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI) National Ice Hockey Championship -2020 in both Boys and Girls categories. Ladakh Scouts Regiment Centre (LSRC) won the bronze medal, in Under-20 Boys category.
The Under-20 boys will be playing Asia Challenge Cup between 10th and 15th of next month in Thailand. Girls will play in the Asian Championship between 23rd and 28th of next month in the Philippines.

More than dozen rockets hit two airbases of US and Coalition forces in Iraq
Two airbases of the United States and coalition forces in Iraq were hit by more than a dozen rockets. The two sites that were attacked are Erbil and Al-Asad.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the attack was in retaliation for the death of Soleimani on Friday.
Meanwhile, the Iranian parliament has approved a triple-urgency bill which designates the US army and the Pentagon as a terrorist entity. The Bill further requires the government to allocate 200 million euro to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force to take revenge for the US killing of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Ravindra Nath Mahto elected as Jharkhand Assembly Speaker
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Ravindra Nath Mahto from Nala constituency was unanimously elected as the new Assembly Speaker on the second day of the Assembly session. Protem Speaker Stephen Marandi administered the oath to the newly elected Speaker of the State Assembly.
Governor Draupadi Murmu
Chief Minister Hemant Soren

RBI eyes market for specialised supervision, regulation cadre
The Reserve Bank of India has decided to recruit 35% of the specialised supervisory and regulatory cadre from the market while the remaining 65% will be recruited via internal promotions. The central bank said that direct recruitment in the Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre (SSRC) will be at Grade B level.
The Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre (SSRC) will comprise officers in Grade B to Executive Director level, the circular said.
RBI said in case there was a shortfall in filling up any vacancy in the specialist groups in Research, Data Analysis, Model Development, Stress Testing and the like, then lateral recruitment will be resorted to in respect of such shortfall.

Rs.104.34 crore refund to RCom upheld
In a relief to Reliance Communications (RCom), the Supreme Court of India has upheld an order by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to the government to refund Rs.104.34 crore to the telecom company.
A Bench led by Justice Rohinton Nariman confirmed the tribunal’s decision of December 21, 2018, while rejecting the contention of the Department of Telecom (DoT) that RCom is under liquidation and continuously defaulting on spectrum deferred payments.

Sanchez wins Parliament vote to remain Spain PM
Spain’s caretaker socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has narrowly won a confidence vote in parliament, enabling him to govern in coalition with far-left Podemos. It will be Spain’s first coalition government since democracy was restored in 1978, after the Franco dictatorship.
The dramatic open vote, by a simple majority of MPs, went 167 to 165 in his favour. Abstentions by Catalan and Basque MPs played a critical role. He will now form a minority government.

SBI lowers GDP estimates to 4.6% in FY 20 from 5%
State Bank of India (SBI has lowered its economic growth projection for the current financial year to 4.6%, from the 5% projected in November.
The Central Statistics Office has pegged the country’s GDP growth for 2019-20 at 5%, an 11-year low. GDP growth in the previous financial year was 6.8%.
The Reserve Bank of India had cut down its growth projection for FY20 to 5% in the December monetary policy review

Stokes mops up South African tail, inspires England to series-levelling win
Ben Stokes produced an explosive spell of bowling as England beat South Africa by 189 runs inside the last hour of the fifth day of the second Test at Newlands. The win levelled the four-match World Test championship series.
South Africa was bowled out for 248, with the last wicket falling when only 8.2 overs were left in the match. Stokes took the last three wickets in the space of 14 balls to clinch the victory. He finished with three for 35.

Tamil Nadu: More than 100 University Vice Chancellors take part in two-day National Conference in Kanyakumari district
In Tamil Nadu, more than 100 University Vice Chancellors are taking part in a two-day National Conference in Kanyakumari district. The conference is mainly discussing about digitally enhanced distance learning methodologies as well as the importance of ensuring increased variety of curriculum in graduate and post graduate courses.

US warns ships in Middle East waterways of possible Iran action
The US government has warned that ships across West Asia waterways crucial to global energy supplies that there’s the possibility of Iranian action against US maritime interests in the region. The US Maritime Administration put out the warning citing the rising threats after an American drone strike in Baghdad killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen Qassem Soleimani.



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