The Daily Brief – 4th November 2016


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  • 1st Titanium project of India begins test production in District Ganjam, Odisha. The first indigenous Titanium Sponge Plant was launched at Chavara in Kerala by ISRO in 2015.
  • Paris Agreement on Climate Change formulated for enforcement of Green House Gases reduction measures posts-2020 has been enforced after 55 parties (that account for 55% of the total GHGs emissions) ratified it.

    New Delhi
  • Rekha is going to be honoured with the Dubai International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s been awarded the Padma Shri in 2010.
  • Maharashtra is now the first in India to have a cyber-police station for targeting cyber crimes.
  • The Goods and Services Tax Council finalizes 4 tier structure with bands fixed at 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. A separate category of 40% and 65% will be imposed on luxury items like tobacco, aerated drinks, luxury cars etc. 5% will be for common consumption items and 28% will cover white goods as well as ultra luxuries and sin goods(these will attract a GST cess for 5 years as well). The only cess that is retained is the ‘Clean Environment’ Cess.
  • New Delhi faces worst smog in 17 years. On 2nd November, PM 2.5 concentration increased to 695.25 per cu m which is 11.6 times the standard.
  • NDTV India ordered to go off-air for a day for breaching code governing content put up by news channels. This decision was taken by an inter-ministerial committee deliberating over the channel’s coverage of the Pathankot attacks.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee announces that Nepali students would now be able to pursue graduate and post-graduate courses in IITs across India.
  • Munnar, Kerala has been excluded from the United Nations Development Programme project for conserving biodiversity of mountain landscapes of the Western Ghats due to political resistance.
  • 11 day Space Science School is going to be organized in Sangli from November 7 by Canada -based Scientific Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP) and the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).

    Today’s Quiz

    1. Where has India’s first Titanium project’s test production started?

    2. Which actor is being honoured with the DIFF Lifetime achievement award?

    3. Which country’s students would now be able to sit for IIT entrance exams?

    4. Which Prime news channel has been ordered to go off-air due to its coverage of events?

    5. Which cess has been retained in the new tax structure adopted by the GST Council?

    6. Which state is the 1st in India to get a cyber Police Station?

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