Current Affairs: 19 October 2017

EPFO introduces a new facility for its members to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online

On the eve of Deepawali, Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) is pleased to introduce a new facility for its esteemed members having Universal Account Number (UAN) and other relevant details to link their respective UAN with Aadhaar online. This, in turn, would facilitate the members, a better and speedy EPFO services.

The facility has been made available at EPFO’s website >> Online Services >> e-KYC Portal>> LINK UAN AADHAAR.

Using the facility, EPFO members can online link their respective UAN with Aadhaar. While using the facility, the member will have to provide his/her UAN. An OTP will be sent to his/her mobile linked with UAN. After OTP verification, the member will have to provide his/her Aadhaar Number. Another OTP will be sent to his/her mobile/email linked with Aadhaar. After OTP verification, if UAN details are matched with Aadhaar details, then UAN will be linked with Aadhaar. After linking, the EPFO member may avail online EPFO services linked with Aadhaar.


CIPAM-DIPP Launches Logo and Tagline Contest for Geographical Indications of India

The Cell for IPR Promotions & Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has launched a logo and tagline/slogan contest for Geographical Indications (GIs) of India on website.

A Geographical Indication (GI) is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory. Typically, such a name conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness, which is essentially attributable to the place of its origin. Some of the examples of registered Indian GIs are Darjeeling Tea, Tirupathi Laddu, Kangra Paintings, Nagpur Orange, Kashmir Pashmina etc.

GIs are not only part of our rich culture and collective intellectual heritage, but they also supplement the incomes of our rural farmers, weavers, artisans and craftsmen across the country. The promotion of GIs is in line with the Government of India’s ‘Make in India’ campaign and therefore, it is our responsibility to preserve and protect them.

Taking forward its ongoing social media campaign #LetsTalkIP to promote Indian GIs, DIPP aims to launch a certifying GI mark/logo that can be used to identify all registered GIs irrespective of the categories, and a suitable tagline/slogan for promotion of GIs. This will also help in engaging more people on the subject of GIs and making them aware about the benefits of a GI tag.

DIPP has taken several initiatives for promoting awareness and outreach on GIs. One of the ways to promote GIs could be to present them as gifts. In this context, CIPAM has also launched “Gift a GI” campaign to enhance the visibility and thus help in branding and promotion of registered GI products. DIPP is also working with State governments to spread awareness on GIs.

This contest is an opportunity for creators who aspire to see their creation recognized on a national platform. The last date for receiving entries is 17th November, 2017. The winning entry will receive a cash award of Rs. 50,000/- each, for logo design and slogan for GIs of India.

The details of the logo competition for ‘Design a Logo and Suggest a Tagline Competition’ can be obtained from online platform.


Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu lays foundation stone for TU142M aircraft museum

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu along with Eastern naval command chief Vice Admiral H. C. S. Bisht laid the foundation stone of the museum, being built at the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam.

The Russian aircraft, which was decommissioned in March at INS Rajali in Tamil Nadu after 29 years, was brought to the city on April 8 to be converted into a Museum. The aircraft museum will be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in December.


George Saunders wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

The American short story writer George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first full-length novel, ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’. The book tells the story of Abraham Lincoln’s grief after the death of his young son, and his visits to his tomb.

Saunders is the second American in a row to win the Booker prize, after last year’s winner Paul Beatty. ‘Lincoln in the Bardois the first novel by the 58-year-old Saunders.

Saunders was awarded the prize by Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a ceremony at London’s medieval Guildhall.


Income Tax dept launches ‘online chat’ to answer taxpayers queries

The Income Tax Department has launched an ‘online chat’ service for taxpayers so that they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax issues.

A window has been hosted on the main page of the department’s website — — with a prominent icon stating ‘Live Chat Online – ask your query.’

A team of experts from the department and independent tax practitioners has been deputed to answer the general queries of a taxpayer. An option has also been provided to the taxpayer for emailing the entire chat to their ids for future reference. More features would be added to the online chat system based on the feedback received by the department.

A precautionary note at the beginning of the chat, however, states: “The replies are based on the opinion of the expert and in no manner it should be interpreted as the clarification by the Income-tax Department on any matter.”