30 December 2016 Current Affairs

On Indian investments in Swiss banks Switzerland will give real-time info: FM Jaitley

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram launched another attack on the government for demonetization; calling it a “total mismanagement” of widespread corruption. Chidambaram had called a press conference as the 50-day window to deposit old 500 and 1000-rupee notes draws to a close on Dec 30. The conference shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘BHIM: Bharat Interface for Money’, a real-time cashless transaction app at the DigiDhan Mela on Friday. Shortly after his Nov 8 shock announcement, PM Modi had desired 50 days to clean the economy and control black money, corruption and terrorism, and slowly pushed the country towards digital payments. At the DigiDhan Mela, PM Modi also awarded winners of the first draw of the Lucky Grahak Yojana and DigiDhan Vyapar Yojana on Friday.


India to Start Taxing Money Gains to Singapore Investors from April

India will start imposing capital gains tax on investments coming from Singapore from April and fully withdraw release in two years as the two countries agreed to change a decade-old treaty after New Delhi bent back similar concessions to Mauritius and Cyprus earlier this year.

With the changes, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday, investors based in Singapore will no longer benefit from tax release on capital gain taxes. Changes to the treaty with the Asian financial centre had been widely expected after India this year similarly re-drafted a 33-year old tax treaty with Mauritius.


NASA to Bob up with ice homes on Red planet to protect astronauts

NASA researchers say that in the near future, they might come up with ice homes on Mars to protect astronauts from critical environment. The researchers further say that to protect the astronauts from critical Martian environment, ice is probably the best building material. The surface of Mars has extreme temperatures and the atmosphere does not provide sufficient protection from high-energy radiation. The researchers believe that their “Ice Home” design provides a sound engineering solution to offer astronauts a safe place to call home. The Mars Ice Home is a large inflammable torus, a shape similar to an inner tube that is surrounded by a shell of water ice.


Virat Kohli crush reports of engagement with Anushka Sharma

Virat Kohli decline media reports of his rumored engagement to Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma. There were reports that the couple, who are currently travelling in Uttarakhand, would get engaged on January 1, 2017 with close friends and family.Virat, in a tweet earlier today, said, “We aren’t getting engaged & if we were going to, we wouldn’t hide it. Simple. Since news channels can’t resist selling false rumours & keeping you confused, we are just ending the confusion.


Beipanjiang bridge, the world’s highest at 1,854 feet, opens in China

The world’s highest bridge has opened to traffic in China, connecting two territories in the huge southwest and reducing travel times by as much as three-quarters, local authorities said Friday. The Beipanjiang Bridge top 565 metres (1,854 feet) above a river and connects the two mountainous provinces of Yunnan and Guizhou, the Guizhou provincial transport department said in a statement on its official website.

Updated: January 2, 2017 — 4:59 pm

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