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Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020

On 5th February, 2020, the Finance Minister introduced The Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas (from dispute to trust) Bill, 2020, in order to provide for a mechanism to settle disputed tax cases across the country.


India Out Of US’ Developing Nations List

On 10th February, 2020, the office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) updated its list of developing and least-developed countries, removing India from the list of countries that are designated as developing.


Pesticide Management Bill – 2020

On 12th February, 2020, the Union Cabinet approved the Pesticides Management Bill, 2020, which seeks to replace the Insecticides Act, 1968, for regulating the pesticide sector by fixing prices and setting up an authority.


Medical Devices Notified As Drug

On 11th February, 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare notified changes in the Medical Devices Rules, 2017, bringing a range of products from instruments to implants to even software intended for medical use in human beings or animals under the purview of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act,1940.


Special Category Status

  • Recently, the Andhra Pradesh government urged the Central government to grant Special Status Category (SCS) to Andhra State as being promised earlier by the Centre.

Genome India Project

On 7th February, 2020, the government gave clearance to an ambitious gene-mapping project- Genome India Project (GIP), which has been described as the “first scratching of the surface of the vast genetic diversity of India”.


Lucknow Declaration

  • The first India-Africa Defence Minister’s Conclave was held  on 6th February, 2020, on the sidelines of the ongoing Def Expo 2020 (5th to 9th February) in Lucknow.

Second National Judicial Pay Commission

  • Recently, the Second National Judicial Pay Commission submitted its final report on proposals to revise the pay, pension, and allowances of judicial officers across the country.

National Mission On Quantum Technologies & Applications

The government in its budget-2020 has announced a National Mission on Quantum Technologies & Applications (NM-QTA) for developing quantum computing linked technologies in the country.


Purified Terephthalic Acid

In the Budget 2020, the government announced abolition of anti-dumping duty on the import of Purified Terephthalic Acid (PTA) from seven countries, providing a huge relief to polyester industry.


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