28 January 2019


Notifications & Circulars

Press Information Bureau

23.01.2019

Civil

Cabinet approves MoC between India and Japan in the field of Food Processing Industry

MANU/PIBU/0118/2019

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan in the field of food processing sector.

Benefits:

Bilateral cooperation in the field of food processing between India and Japan will be mutually beneficial to the food processing sector in both countries. It will promote understanding of best practices in food processing in the two countries and will help in improving the food processing sector as well as improved market access, leading to equity and inclusiveness. The MoC will lead to betterment of the food processing sector in the country by introducing innovative techniques and processes. It will help in increasing food processing in the country by getting access to best practices and better markets.

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Delhi Development Authority

23.01.2019

Civil

Fixation of use conversion charges for Mixed Use/Commercial Use of Premises and Shop-cum-residence plots/Complexes later designated as LSCs

MANU/NMIC/0023/2019

A Notification was published by the Delhi Development Authority in exercise of powers conferred under Section 57 of the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957), in Part II, Section 3, Sub-Section (ii) of the Gazette of India, Extraordinary vide S.O. No. 358(E) dated 21st January, 2019.

The word 'Draft Notification' was published in the said notification inadvertently which may be read as 'Notification'. The other contents of this notification shall remain unchanged.

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Press Information Bureau

23.01.2019

Civil

ICAT signs MoU with KIAPI for Indian Certification of safety critical components

MANU/PIBU/0119/2019

International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Korea Intelligent Automotive Parts and Promotion Institute (KIAPI), South Korea to support Korean Automotive Industry for Indian Certification of safety critical components as well as vehicles. This MoU was signed by Mr. Dinesh Tyagi, Director (ICAT) and Mr. MyungHo Sung, President (KIAPI) on 22nd January 2019 in Daegu City of South Korea. Enhancing awareness about future technologies in India and supporting Government of India for the formulation of regulations and creating testing Infrastructure within the country will also be two major focus areas of this MoU. Apart from Indian certification, as per various Indian and Automotive Industry Standards (AIS), ICAT will collaborate with KIAPI in the field of future technologies like autonomous driving, electric vehicles, connected transportation, fuel cell vehicles and advanced driver-assistance systems.

Dinesh Tyagi said, "We look forward to a long term business relationship with Korean Industry through KIAPI. We envisage more collaboration with KIAPI beyond Indian certification. We would like to collaborate with KIAPI for Research oriented projects in the field of emerging and future technologies."

MyungHo Sung, President KIAPI said, "We have state-of-the-art proving grounds and expertise to develop advanced technologies in the field of automotive. So, after signing MoU with ICAT, both the organizations will be able to provide services of certification as well as research and development. This will also help Korean automotive industry to collaborate with Indian automotive industry through the services of ICAT".

ICAT, Manesar is one of the independent Testing Agencies under Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVR) notified by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India for Testing and Certification of Automobiles and their safety critical components.

KIAPI is a vehicle Testing institute, located in Daegu, South Korea, which supports parts suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and research institutes for developing next generation automotive technology.

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Reserve Bank of India

22.01.2019

Banking

Directions under Section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (AACS) - United Cooperative Bank Limited Extension of Period

MANU/RPRL/0014/2019

Reserve Bank of India, in public interest, had issued directions to United Cooperative Bank Limited, Bagnan Station Road (North), P.O-Bagnan, Dist. - Howrah, Pin-711303, West Bengal in exercise of its powers vested in it under sub-section (1) of Section 35A read with section 56 of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (AACS) from the close of business on July 18, 2018 which was valid till January 18, 2019. Reserve Bank of India has now, in public interest, further extended the directions for a period of six months from January 19, 2019 to July 18, 2019. A copy of the Directive is displayed at bank's premises for perusal of public.

The issue of the above directions by Reserve Bank of India should not per se be construed as cancellation of banking licence. The bank will continue to undertake banking business with restrictions till its financial position improves. Reserve Bank of India may consider modifications of these directions depending upon circumstances from time to time

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Press Information Bureau

22.01.2019

Civil

Indian Navy Coordinates Largest Ever Coastal Defence Exercise Ten Years After "26/11"

MANU/PIBU/0113/2019

Ten years after "26/11", the Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast today. Exercise SEA VIGIL, a first of its kind, is being undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.

Exercise SEA VIGIL aims to comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken since '26/11'. Seaward monitoring during the exercise will entail patrolling off coast, in Offshore Development Areas and off our islands by the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, supported by the State Marine Police. Closer coast, strategic assets, ports, Single Point Moorings (SPMs) will be patrolled by designated agencies. Seaward monitoring will also entail inputs from technical means, including intelligence sources. Shore-based monitoring will entail enhanced vigil by the State Police along the coast; monitoring of fish landing centres by state fisheries departments; as also monitoring of port areas by respective port authorities.

The exercise aims to simultaneously activate the coastal security mechanism across all States and Union Territories. The exercise will cover a wide frontage covering for the first time the entire coast of India, including island territories. The exercise will also go deeper, being spread over seaward, coastal, and hinterland areas. Evaluation of critical areas and processes, including inter-agency coordination, information sharing and technical surveillance will be undertaken. Multi Agency Audit and identification of gaps, shortfalls and incorporation of lessons learnt into SOPs are also the desired outcomes.

While smaller exercises are conducted in coastal states on a biannual basis, including combined exercises amongst adjoining states, the conduct of a security exercise at a national-level is perhaps the first of its kind. It reflects the distance that has been covered since '26/11' and the relative maturing of the organisation for coastal security to take on this large-scale endeavour. Despite, the gains, the challenges are enormous. Exercise SEA VIGIL will provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weakness and this will certainly help further strengthening of maritime security and in turn national security.

The scale of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent, the number of stakeholders involved, the number of units participating and in terms of the objectives to be met. The exercise is a build up towards the major theatre level tri-service exercise TROPEX [Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise] which Indian Navy conducts every two years. SEA VIGIL and TROPEX together will cover the entire spectrum of maritime security, including transition from peace to conflict. All Operational assets of the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard are participating in the SEA VIGIL. The conduct of the exercise SEA VIGIL is also being facilitated by the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Customs, State Governments and other agencies of Centre/ State.

Background

Post '26/11', the Indian Navy was designated as the agency responsible for overall maritime security, including offshore and coastal security. The Naval Commanders-in-Chiefs at Mumbai, Kochi, Visakhapatnam and Port Blair were also designated as Cs-in-C Coastal Defence. The Indian Coast Guard was designated as the agency responsible for coastal security in territorial waters, including waters to be patrolled by the State Marine Police. In the discharge of these very responsibilities, Exercise 'SEA VIGIL' has been planned by the Indian Navy.

Coastal security is complex construct since it involves activities both at sea and at land. The targets of the terrorists could be well inland. In the aftermath of "26/11", a whole-of-government approach to maritime security was adopted and a large number of measures were taken by a host of stakeholders. At the apex level National Committee on Strengthening Maritime and Coastal Security (NCSMCS) with Cabinet Secretary at the helm was established to review important matters pertaining to Coastal Security and for effective centre-state coordination. Likewise committees have also been established at State and District level. At the operational level, it included setting up of Joint Operations Centres (JOCs) of the Navy and Coastal Security Operations Centres of the Indian Coast Guard.

A multi-tiered patrol and surveillance mechanism with focus on technical surveillance and augmenting Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) through the coastal radar chain and other systems was adopted. Real-time information sharing through the National Command Control Communication and Intelligence (NC3I) Network; greater intelligence and operational coordination were made the focus areas. The sectoral security initiatives in fisheries, offshore, ports and shipping sectors were also adopted. Overall, while there has been significant progress in the past decade, however, there remain concerns, especially in view of continuing threats in the maritime domain.

SALIENT FEATURES - EXERCISE SEA VIGIL

1. Ten years after "26/11" the Indian Navy will coordinate the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast on 22-23 Jan 19, Exercise SEA VIGIL.

2. The exercise, a first of its kind, is being undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and involves all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.

3. The scale of the exercise is unprecedented in terms of the geographical extent, the number of stakeholders involved, the number of units deployed, and in terms of the objectives to be met.

4. The exercise is a build up towards the major theatre level tri-service exercise TROPEX [Theatre-level Readiness Operational Exercise] which Indian Navy conducts every two years.

5. The conduct of the exercise SEA VIGIL has been facilitated by the Ministries of Defence, Home Affairs, Shipping, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Fisheries, Customs, State Governments and other agencies of Centre/ State.

6. Post '26/11', operational responsibilities for coastal security were entrusted to the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. In the discharge of these very responsibilities that Exercise 'SEA VIGIL' has been planned by the Indian Navy.

7. Exercise SEA VIGIL aims to comprehensively and holistically validate the efficacy of the measures taken since '26/11'. The exercise will entail both seaward and shore-based monitoring.

8. The exercise will in addition to covering the entire coastline, will also go deeper into the hinterland.

9. Evaluation of critical areas and processes, including inter-agency coordination, information sharing and technical surveillance will be undertaken. Multi agency audit and identification of gaps, shortfalls and incorporation of lessons learnt into SOPs are also the desired outcomes.

10. Exercise SEA VIGIL to provide a realistic assessment of our strengths and weakness and this will certainly help further strengthening of maritime security and in turn national security.

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Ministry of Corporate Affairs

22.01.2019

Company

Powers conferred by Section 405 of the Companies Act, 2013

MANU/DCAF/0005/2019

S.O.368(E).--Whereas, the Central Government vide notification number S.O. 5622(E), dated the 2nd November, 2018 has directed that all companies, who get supplies of goods or services from micro and small enterprises and whose payments to micro and small enterprise suppliers exceed forty five days from the date of acceptance or the date of deemed acceptance of the goods or services as per the provisions of section 9 of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Act, 2006 (27 of 2006) (hereafter referred to as "Specified Companies"), shall submit a half yearly return to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs stating the following:

(a) the amount of payment due; and

(b) the reasons of the delay;

And whereas, in exercise of power under section 405 of the Companies Act, 2013, (18 of 2013) the Central Government, considers it necessary to require "Specified Companies" to furnish above information under said section of the Act.

Now, therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by section 405 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013), the Central Government hereby makes the following Order, namely:-

1. Short title and commencement.--

(1) This Order may be called the Specified Companies (Furnishing of information about payment to micro and small enterprise suppliers) Order, 2019.

(2) It shall come into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

2. Every specified company shall file in MSME Form I details of all outstanding dues to Micro or small enterprises suppliers existing on the date of notification of this order within thirty days from the date of publication of this notification.

3. Every specified company shall file a return as per MSME Form I annexed to this Order, by 31st October for the period from April to September and by 30th April for the period from October to March.

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Press Information Bureau

22.01.2019

Direct Taxation

CBDT identifies non-filers through Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) by using Data Analytics and request the Non-filers to assess their tax liability for AY 2018-2019

MANU/PIBU/0115/2019

The Non-filers Monitoring System (NMS) aims to identify and monitor persons who enter into high value transactions and have potential tax liabilities but have still not filed their tax returns. Analysis was carried-out to identify non-filers about whom specific information was available in the database of the Income Tax Department. The sources of information include Statement of Financial Transactions (SFT), Tax Deduction at Source (TDS), Tax Collection at Source (TCS), information about foreign remittances, exports and imports data etc.

Data analysis has identified several potential non-filers who have carried-out high value transactions in Financial Year 2017-2018 but have still not filed Income Tax Return for Assessment Year 2018-2019 (relating to FY 2017-2018).

The Department has enabled e-verification of these NMS cases to reduce the compliance cost for taxpayers by soliciting their response online. It is reiterated that there is no need to visit any Income Tax office for submitting response, as the entire process is to be completed online. Taxpayers can access information related to their case from the 'Compliance portal' which is accessible through the e-filing Portal of the Department at https://incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in. The PAN holder should submit the response electronically on the Compliance Portal and keep a printout of the submitted response for record purposes. User Guide and FAQs are provided under the "Resources" Menu on Compliance Portal.

Non-filers are requested to assess their tax liability for AY 2018-2019 and file the Income Tax Returns (ITR) or submit online response within 21 days. If the explanation offered is found to be satisfactory, matters will be closed online. However, in cases where no return is filed or no response is received, initiation of proceedings under the Income-tax Act, 1961 will be considered.

Tags : Non-filers Identification Tax liability

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Press Information Bureau

22.01.2019

Election

Election Commission of India organises a Workshop for Radio Jockeys on Voter Awareness.

MANU/PIBU/0114/2019

Election Commission of India organized a workshop for Radio Jockeys (RJs) of leading FM channels including All India Radio and various private FM channels. Total 19 Radio jockeys from major FM channels viz. Big FM, Red FM, Fever 104 FM, Radio Nasha, Ishq FM and Radio City attended 2 hours interactive session, where they participated in activities for dissemination of voter education.

The workshop is a part of the engagement taken up by the commission with the major stakeholders. FM radio is one of the important medium, which connects the voters with the election machinery. The workshop was organized to familiarize the Radio Jockeys with the election process so that they can help in wide and accurate dissemination of information to their listeners.

The session began with introduction to the workshop by Sh. A. K. Pathak, Secretary, Election Commission of India, thereafter, the participants were provided information on the various initiatives of Voter education taken by the Commission with special focus on EVM VVPAT awareness and 'Verify your details on Electoral Roll' Campaign ahead of Lok Sabha elections 2019.

Director, Ms. Padma Angmo interacted with the participants wherein they discussed their queries and assured to take forward the association with ECI on voter awareness in an organic manner. Her interaction was followed by a quiz, which conveyed basic information on voter awareness through interesting questions. The session adjourned with vote of thanks by Sh. Sujeet Kumar Mishra, Under Secretary, Election Commission of India.

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Ministry of Finance 

21.01.2019

Customs

Amendment in the Notification No. 5/2016-Customs dated 01.12.2016 published vide S.O. 3602 (E) dated 01.12.2016.

MANU/CUSN/0006/2019

In pursuance of notification No. 60/2015-Customs (N.T.), published vide number G.S.R. 453(E), dated 4th June 2015 in Gazette of India, Extra-ordinary, Part-II, section 3, sub-section (i), and as amended by notification No. 133/2015-Customs (N.T.), published vide number G.S.R. 916(E) dated 30th November 2015 in Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, section 3, sub-section (i), issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, under clause (a) of section 152 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Principal Director General, Revenue Intelligence, hereby makes the following amendment in the Notification No. 5/2016-Customs (N.T./CAA/DRI) dated 01.12.2016 published vide S.O. 3602 (E) dated 01.12.2016.

In the Table to the said notification, against serial number 2, in column 5 for the existing entry "Principal Commissioner/Commissioner of Customs, Custom House, Near All India Radio, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad" shall be substituted.

Tags : Notification Amendment Substitution

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