The Hindu+PIB Current Affairs 24 March 2019

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Social Media Platforms present Voluntary Code of Ethics for the 2019 General Election

The Social Media Platforms and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), presented a “Voluntary Code of Ethics for the General Election 2019” to Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners.

Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning

A team of Swiss and Indian researchers who interviewed 600 farmers over two years says, Only educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble can address the environmental crisis triggered every year in Punjab.

Coming a law to empower forest staff

A proposed legislation accords significant powers to India’s forest officers — including the power issue search warrants, enter and investigate lands within their jurisdictions, and to provide indemnity to forest officers using arms to prevent forest-related offences.

RIL denies sidestepping any U.S. sanctions

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has denied that it had ever sidestepped U.S. sanctions in supplying products to Venezuela. Since the imposition of U.S. sanctions, Reliance has been in continuous communication with the U.S. Department of State regarding its activities in Venezuela.


State’s overall deficit set to decline in FY20: SBI Economist

Economists at State Bank of India (SBI) said States have managed to contain fiscal deficit at the aggregate level for FY20, but expressed concerns over compression in capital expenditure.

Centre extends IGST, compensation cess exemption under various export promotion schemes

Centre has extended Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) and compensation cess exemptions for goods procurement under certain export promotion schemes till March 2020.

PFC signs agreement to acquire majority stake in REC

State-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has signed share purchase agreement to acquire all 52.63%  shares of Central Government in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) for about Rs 14,500 crore.



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