Current Affairs March 2016

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Haryana becomes first to launch injectable contraceptive

Haryana became the first state in the country to implement the use of injectable contraceptives as a family planning measure.

In this regard, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched ‘Project Salamati’ in assistance of Pathfinder International.

Key facts

  • Under the Project Salamati, injectable contraceptives would be available free of cost at all primary health centres, community health centres, sub divisional and district hospitals.
  • The sole aim of the project is to maintain healthy gap between the births of children by using injectable contraceptive.
  • It is being implemented by state health department and will be initially implemented in nine health blocks of four districts of the state.
  • These four health blocks are in district Palwal, 3 in district Mewat, Kurali block in district Faridabad and Khor block in district Rewari.
  • These districts have been chosen as a pilot project, as mother and infant mortality rate in these districts are more as compared to other districts.
  • After the success of this project in these selected districts, it would be implemented throughout the state.

Pathfinder International: It is a global non-profit organization that focuses on reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, and maternal health.


CBDT sings 11 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed 11 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs).

With this CBDT has so far entered into 59 bilateral or unilateral APAs. 50 of these agreements have been signed in the current financial year i.e. 2016-17.

Key facts

  • The Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) programme was introduced in India by the Finance Act, 2012.
  • It seeks provide a predictable and non-adversarial tax regime and to reduce litigation in the Indian transfer pricing regime.
  • The APAs cover a wide range of international transactions, including royalty, corporate guarantees, software development services, IT enabled services and trading.
  • The agreements also pertain to different industrial sectors like media, telecom, automobiles, IT services, etc.
  • Some of these APAs have rollback provisions and provide certainty to the taxpayers for 9 years with regard to the covered international transactions.
  • Rollback provisions in APAs were introduced in the July 2014 Budget to provide certainty on the pricing of international transactions for 4 years (rollback years).

For more details: Advance Price Agreements


Playback Singer P. Susheela enters Guinness World Records

Renowned playback singer P. Susheela Mohan created a new world record for singing highest number of songs.

She has now been recognised by both the Guinness Book of World Records for singing most number of songs in Indian languages.

Guinness Book of World Records officially credited her for singing record 17,695 songs (solo, duet and chorus backed songs) in twelve Indian languages.

Asia Book of Records also has recognised her for singing close to 17, 330 songs. It bestowed certificate and a badge of honour to the singer for the most number of single studio recordings

About P. Susheela Mohan

  • She is a Telugu singer and is hailed as Gaana Kokila, Gaana Saraswath and Kannada Kogile.
  • She also has created a record of singing over 10,000 songs in Tamil and over 30,000 songs in other languages.
  • She has sung exceptional 1,336 duets with S P Balasubrahmanyam which is also a record for the maximum number of duets by the same duo.
  • Awards and Honours: In her singing career spanning six decades, she has won many awards and earned accolades. She has five National Awards to her credit.
  • She was awarded Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian award in in 2008.