Current Affairs 2018

  • 11-Dec-2018
  • India Successfully Test-Fires Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-5

    The indigenously built Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile Agni-5 has been test-fired successfully from Abdul Kalam island under Chandipur Interim Test Range. It can carry both nuclear and traditional weapons. 
    This is the fourth successful test of this missile. Previously the test of Agni 4 was unsuccessful. Having 17 meters length and 2 meters diameter the missile can hit the target from a distance of 5 thousand kilometers. 

     

  • India and ADB Sign $31 Million Loan Agreement For Tamil Nadu

    The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed in New Delhi a Loan Agreement for $31 million to build-up the State Tourism Industry and boost visitor arrivals. The signatories to the tranche 4 loan for Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism (IDIPT) were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary (Fund Bank and ADB), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed for the Government of India, and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director for ADB in India, who signed for ADB.

  • Centre’s Contribution To NPS Hiked To 14% of Basic Salary

    In a bid to make retirement income scheme more attractive for central government employees, the government has agreed to chip in a higher 14 per cent of the basic salary of an individual as its contribution to the National Pension System (NPS), a top source said.

    The move would benefit over 36 lakh central government employees.

    Also, individual contributions, which will continue to be capped at a maximum of 10 per cent of the basic salary, will be exempt from taxable income.

  • Centre’s Contribution To NPS Hiked To 14% of Basic Salary

    The Union Cabinet on Monday approved a slew of measures to offer more benefits to members of the National Pension Scheme (NPS). Under the new approved changes, the Centre’s contribution to NPS has been increased to 14 per cent of from 10 per cent of the basic salary, said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

    Addressing the press conference, Jaitley said NPS subscribers will now be able to withdraw 60 per cent of the accumulated corpus without having to pay any tax on it.

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