Current Affairs : July 17, 2011

World Bank probable to approve $1 Billion credit for NRLP


  • The Rural Development Ministry to sign agreement with World Bank for Soft Loan worth of $ 1 billion
  • Objective of the Loan: To implement the National Rural Livelihoods Project (NRLP)
    under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM)
  • Distribution of project funds among the states to be based on the relative share of rural BPL population in the total states

Hugo Chavez delegates some of his powers to VP & FM

  • Venezuelan President: Hugo Chavez
  • Mr. Hugo arrived in Cuba to continue receiving medical treatment on cancer     detected
  • Mr. Chavez delegated some of his responsibilities to Vice President Elias Jaua     temporarily

2011 Military World Games open in Rio de Janeiro

  • 2011 Military World Games opened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Games are officially known as the 5th CISM Military World Games
  • About 4,900 athletes from 88 countries competing in 24 events during the 9-day Games
  • A group of 149 services personnel will represent the Indian armed forces at the Games
  • They include a number of National, Commonwealth and Asian Games medalists
  • India will participate in 12 disciplines and the team include ace shooter Sanjeev Rajpur and star boxers Suranjoy Singh, T. Nanao Singh and Chhote Lall Yadav
  • The Indian contingent is headed by Air Marshal J.N.Burma, President, Services Sports Control Board

Volcano Mount Lokon re-erupts in Indonesia

  • A volcano in North Sulawesi in central Indonesia has re-erupted
  • Mount Lokon re-erupted spewing ash up to 3,000 to 3,500 meters high and moving to the north
  • Mount Lokon of 1,750 meters high is one of Indonesia’s 129 active volcanoes

250 Crore Tax payed by the India’s Richest Sporting body BCCI

  • Keeping its reputation of being India’s richest sporting body , the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI paid taxes to the tune of ` 250 Crore for the last financial year

300 small Political Parties did not file IT Return

  • A nationwide investigation conducted by the Income Tax Department has established that 300 registered political parties have never filed their IT Returns
  • IT Department directed by the EC to issue notices to such Parties
  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) asked by the EC to ensure the financial status of these small parties for suspected violation of tax laws and money laundering
  • The CBDT carried an investigation on this issue and submitted its Report to the election panel
  • A number of political parties also do not possess Permanent Account Number (PAN)
  • As the donations to Political Parties are relieved from payment of income tax, it is suspected that people are floating such political parties in large numbers to escape taxes
  • Income Tax Department asked by the EC to step up the investigation and to serve show-cause notices to these small parties under the pertinent provisions of Income Tax Act and make certain the source and efficacy of the funds they received through donations
  • The report tracked the I-T returns of these small parties in 13 states including Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and North East
  • Regularly I-T returns have been filed by all the National and other major Political Parties
  • Chief Election Commissioner Mr. S.Y.Quraishi observed that almost 75 to 80% of the registered political parties have not participated in any elections for the last several years

Satyavanrao Atram passes away

  • Satyavanrao Atram: Former Maharashtra Member of Legislative Assembly and President of the Nag-Vidarbha Aandolan Samiti Raje Satyavanrao Atram
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