23 November, 2019
News: Fifteenth Finance Commission (FFC) chairman N.K. Singh on Friday sought a leverage with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, arguing that tax rate cuts and grant of exemptions decided solely by the council affect the FFC’s goal of optimizing revenue targets of the Centre and states.
Prelims and Mains focus: on the Centre-states tussle related to GST and the role of the Finance Commission
Context: The Centre and state governments seem to be on a collision course amid a sharp economic downturn that has eroded their financial positions.
Concerns raised by 15th FC:
Significance of FC comments
Singh argued that the nature of governance has changed fundamentally, with the Central government taking the lead in several national priority areas such as drinking water and power supply. He also said an expert group should look into rationalization of centrally-sponsored schemes.
India and Bangladesh Relations News: The 4th India-Bangladesh Annual Defence Dialogue, which was recently held in Delhi, decided to intensify the cooperation between the two-armed forces. Highlights Military training The discussions focused on the current bilateral training and exercises, and it was decided to make them more challeng
Digital Currency Over 7% of India's population possessed digital currency in 2021, according to a recent report by the United Nations Trade and Development Body (UNCTAD). Additionally, India was rated eighth in terms of population ownership of digital currencies among the top 20 economies worldwide. HIGHLIGHT When it comes to
Booster Dose: Corbevax According to a recent announcement from the Indian government, persons who have already taken Covishield or Covaxin as their first or second dosage of Covid-19 may take Corbevax as their third booster shot. Corbevax is still seeking the Emergency Use Listing (EUL)from the World Health Organization Up until this poin
Mid-day Meal Scheme There is recent proof that children who receive eggs as part of midday meals have a considerable boost in their growth, according to a study commissioned by the Karnataka government. About the recent study While the request to include additional dist
Declining Mangrove Cover NASA recently brought attention to the disappearance of mangroves on Katchal Island, which is a part of India's Nicobar archipelago. Findings Of NASA Mangrove loss: The study revealed how much of the world's mangroves have disappeared during the last two decades. On August 8, 2022, the NASA Earth
Copyright© Aspire IAS Academy. All rights reserved. Powered by CLT Technologies & Edu-Publishers Private Limited.