Daily Current Affairs for UPSC IAS Preparation 12. 03. 2018

By Saurabh Singh|Updated : March 12th, 2018

Existing return filing system extended; e-way bill rollout in April

  • The existing system of filing GST returnshas been extended by another three months, finance minister Arun Jaitley, after the 26th GST council meeting held in Delhi.
  • The council could not decide on a simplified GST return form and entrusted the Group of Ministers (GoM) under Sushil Modi to chalk out a single-page form which is simpler and evasion-proof.
  • "E-way bill will be implemented from April 1 for inter-state movement of goods," Jaitley said.
  • Intra-state e-way bill, on the other hand, will be rolled out from April 15 in a staggered manner and the entire country will be covered by June 1.

Related Information

EWay Bill-

  • EWay Bill is an electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on the eWay Bill Portal. Transport of goods of more than Rs. 50,000 in value in a vehicle cannot be made by a registered person without an eway bill.
  • eWay bill will be generated when there is a movement of goods in a vehicle/ conveyance of value more than Rs. 50,000( either each Invoice or in aggregate of all Invoices in a vehicle/ Conveyance ) .
  • A registered person, unregistered person and a transporter should generate an eway bill.


  • GST is an Indirect Tax which has replaced many Indirect Taxes in India. The Goods and Service Tax Act was passed in the Parliament on 29th March 2017. The Act came into effect on 1st July 2017.

GST Council-

  • The GST is governed by a GST Council, chaired by the Finance Minister of India.

Composition of GST council
1. Union minister of Finance
2. Union minister of state in charge of finance
3. Finance ministers of each state governments

Source- Times of India


India, France boost defence ties, new confidentiality agreement among 14 pacts signed 

  • India and France signed a pact that will enable their defence forces to access each other’s facilities and extend logistical support on a reciprocal basis, after bilateral talk between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
  • Signed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly, the pact will facilitate reciprocal provision of logistics support, supplies and services between the armed forces of the two countries during authorised port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.
  • The two sides also made common cause on maritime security, as they signed a joint strategic vision on the Indian Ocean Region to counter more proactive and assertive Chinese activities in the area.

Source – Indian Express


India plans to generate 100 GW of solar power by 2022

  • At the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India has set a target of achieving 100 GW of solar power by 2022, which will be out of the total 175 GW the country plans to produce from renewable sources.
  • India will generate 175 GW of electricity from renewable sources of energy by 2022, of which 100 GW will be from solar power.
  • India has already achieved 20 GW installed solar power.
  • India will contribute $27 million to the ISA for creating the corpus, building infrastructure and recurring expenditure over a 5-year duration from 2016-17 to 2020-21.
  • The Summit was attended by 23 heads of state and several other top level officials form many countries.

Related Information

International Solar Alliance (ISA)

  • The ISA is an Indian initiative, jointly launched by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and the President of France on 30th November 2015 in Paris, on the side-lines of COP-21, the UN Climate Conference.
  • The ISA, headquartered in India, has its Secretariat located in the Gwalpahari, Gurgaon, Haryana.
  • India has offered to meet ISA Secretariat expenses for initial five years.
  • ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries, most of them being sunshine countries, which come either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
  • The alliance's primary objective is work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Programmes by ISA

  • Current Programme
    (1) Scaling Solar Applications for Agriculture Use

(2) Affordable Finance at Scale
(3) Scaling Solar Mini-grids

  • Future Programme

(1) Scaling Solar Rooftops

(2) Scaling Solar E-mobility and Storage.

(3) Common Risk Mitigating Mechanism (CRMM) for de-risking and reducing the financial cost of solar projects in the ISA member countries

(4) Digital Infopedia which will serve as a platform to enable policy makers, Ministers and corporate leaders from ISA countries to interact, connect, communicate and collaborate with one another.

Source- Hindustan Business line

India Won "Best Exhibitor Award" at ITB – Berlin

  • India has won the "Best Exhibitor Award " at ITB – Berlin at ‘ITB- Berlin World Tourist Meet’.
  • India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr K. J. Alphons along with couple of Tourism Ministry officials.
  • More than 100 countries participated in the ITB- Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers.
  • India's Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named "Yogi of the Racetrack " in the meet.

Source- PIB

NCRB celebrates its 33rd Inception Day & releases “Citizen Services” Mobile APP

  • National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) celebrated its 33rdInception Day, on March 11, 2018 in their newly constructed Complex at Mahipalpur, New Delhi and released “Citizen Services” Mobile APP.
  • This single App is a bouquet of various essential police related services to the citizen.
  • The App can be used by citizen for various services such as Complaint Registration & Status Check, View FIR Detail, Locate Police Stations, Vahan-Samanvay, Emergency Contact List, Police Stations Telephone Directory etc.

Source- PIB

Mauritius can serve as hub for Indian companies looking to reach out to mainland Africa: President

  • President Ram Nath Kovind says, Mauritius can serve as a hub for Indian companies looking to reach out to mainland Africa during his visit to Mauritius on the eve of 50th anniversary of Mauritian Independence Day.
  • Mauritius is a gateway to the Indian Ocean region and to Africa. 


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Arya S NairMar 12, 2018

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Hi Arya. In Daily reading List post, editorials and article are given. Also I add some comments to aid understanding. As for detailed anaylis, we may do that in future.
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