State Tax Dept rewards 1,500 customers under ‘Bill Lao Inam Pao’ scheme
In an attempt to encourage the customers to demand the bills for the goods they purchase, the State Tax department of Uttarakhand has initiated a scheme to reward the customers. On Monday, the Finance minister Prem Chand Agarwal took out the first monthly lucky draw under the ‘Bill Lao Inam Pao’ scheme at the head office of the department. A total of 1,500 customers were selected by the randomly chosen electronic medium for the prizes. Under the scheme, 500 people received mobile phones as first prize. Similarly 500 customers each got smart watches and earphones as second and third prizes respectively. Speaking on the occasion, Agarwal said that the State government has started the rewards scheme to create awareness among people to demand bills of the goods they purchase. He said that the awareness of the customers would help in protecting the government treasury and participation of all stakeholders in the process. He said that complete transparency has been maintained in the process of selection of winners in the scheme and for the whole process has been kept free from human interference. The process is being conducted electronically. The minister said that customers have an opportunity to win prizes every month till March 2023 by uploading their bills under the scheme. He said that after selection the winners would be intimated over the phone. The minister appealed to the people to demand bills and contribute to the development and prosperity of the State.
UNSC Adopts First-ever Resolution on Myanmar
The U.N. Security Council has adopted its first ever resolution on Myanmar in 74 years todemand an end to violence and urge the military junta to release all political prisoners,including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms. Kyi, 77, has been a prisoner since the armytoppled her government almost two years ago and violently cracked down on dissent.
The 15-member council has long been split on how to deal with the Myanmar crisis with Chinaand Russia arguing against strong action. They both abstained from the vote, along with India.
The remaining 12 members voted in favor.
The resolution urges the junta to immediately release all arbitrarily detained prisoners,including Suu Kyi and ex-president Win Myint.
It also demands an immediate end to all forms of violence and asks for all parties to respect human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.
Richest state Maharashtra is also India’s top performer
India’s richest state Maharashtra is also the country’s best performer across financial and social indicators, according to state rankings released by credit rating company.
The rankings, released by CareEdge — research arm of Care Ratings — showed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat is at the second spot, with robust economic growth and fiscal management.
Meanwhile, India’s most industrialized state Tamil Nadu was ranked third with an edge in social and governance categories.
Maharashtra had a composite score of 55.7 followed by Gujarat (51.8), Tamil Nadu (51.1), Telangana (50.9) and Karnataka (50.4).
In Group B (Northeast, hilly & small states), Goa topped the overall ranking and was a front-runner in social, infrastructure, financial inclusion and fiscal categories.
Among the northeastern states, Sikkim was the best performer due to better score in economic, social, infrastructure and environment categories.
Notably, Odisha topped the rankings in the fiscal category due to better score on revenue and fiscal deficit and healthy debt management indicators (CSF & GRF).
Maharashtra topped in financial inclusion with best performance in credit/GSDP ratio, NBFC sanctions and health insurance penetration. It also fared relatively well in mutual fund penetration.
Punjab and Haryana topped in the infrastructure ranking, mainly due to high power availability, railway density and greater irrigated area. However, both lagged in terms of social infrastructure (hospital beds & schools), the report said.
On governance, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were at the top due to high Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rank and better scores in the court conviction rate.
IISc experts detect radio signal from atomic hydrogen in distant galaxy
Astronomers from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and McGill University in Canada have used data from the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Pune to detect a radio signal originating from atomic hydrogen in an extremely distant galaxy.
The signal was emitted when the universe was only 4.9 billion years old.
It means the look-back time for this source is 8.8 billion years. The findings have been published in the monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The astronomical distance over which such a signal has been picked up is the largest so far by a large margin. This is also the first confirmed detection of strong lensing of 21cm emission from a galaxy.