Current Affairs Assam – April 2018
( Covers all important Assam Current Affairs & GK topics for the month of April 2018 )
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC)
The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been rechristened as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs(CBIC). The apex indirect tax authority also updated its twitter handle to ‘cbic_india’ from the earlier ‘cbec_india’. “With the enactment of Finance Act, 2018, CBEC is renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).
This change was necessitated due to the enactment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) which has consolidated multiple indirect taxes into one tax,” it said in a tweet. With excise duty, service tax, alongside nearly a dozen other central and state levies being subsumed in the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the ambit of the apex indirect tax authority has widened.
Kotak Mahindra Bank launched India’s first Artificial Intelligence
Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched the country’s first artificial intelligence-powered voicebot in the banking sector. The voicebot has been developed using a library of millions of phone-banking conversations over the past three years. The lender has integrated the voicebot Keya, which can understand both Hindi and English, with its phone-banking helpline.
Keya uses automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding, and text-to-speech technology. It is powered by Nuance, the technology behind Apple’s Siri. However, the bank is not using voice for biometric authentication. “Of all the mediums through which customers can interact with us, the voice is the most preferred,” said Puneet Kapoor, senior executive VP, Kotak Mahindra Bank. According to him, the reason behind it was that customers can get their issues resolved in a single interaction.
Pakistan Test fired Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) “Babur”
Pakistan recently conducted successful test fire of indigenously developed Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) BABUR having a range of 450 Km. The Missile was fired from an underwater dynamic platform, which successfully engaged its target with precise accuracy, meeting all the flight parameters, said ISPR Press Release.
SLCM BABUR is capable of delivering various types of payloads and incorporates state of the art technologies including underwater controlled propulsion, advanced guidance, and navigation features. It provides Pakistan credible second strike capability, augmenting the existing deterrence regime. Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and President Mamnoon Hussain have also conveyed their facilitation to the scientists, engineers and NSFC personnel involved in the effort.
World Austism Awareness Day observed on 2nd April
The World Autism Awareness Day was celebrated around the world on April 2nd , 2018 with an objective to inspire the Member States of the United Nations to take actions to spread awareness about autism throughout the world. Autism is a lifetime developmental incapability that demonstrates itself during the 1st 3-years of life.
It originates from a neurological illness that affects the brain functions, generally affecting children and adults in many nations, regardless gender, race or socio-economic status. It is categorized by impairments in social interaction, difficulties with verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behaviour and actions.
Delhi becomes 1st City to supply ultra-clean BS-VI fuel
Delhi became the first city in India to supply ultra-clean BS-VI rating fuel for both petrol and diesel with a focus to fight against the increasing levels of air pollution in Delhi and NCR area. State-owned oil companies have started providing the Bharat Stage-VI fuel which is equal to fuel meeting Euro-VI emission guidelines at all their 391 petrol stations in NCT.
Other cities in NCR including Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad and Faridabad and other 13 main cities,consisting Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru and Pune will roll-out clean BS-VI rating fuel from January 1 st , 2019.
However, Bharat Stage-VI fuel will be rolled-out in rest of the nation by April 2020. By swapping to Bharat Stage-VI, India will join league of United States, Japan and EU which follow Euro Stage-VI emission guidelines.
India shows increase ingesting antibiotic among low and Middle Income
A fresh study proposes that India has revealed the increase in antibiotic ingesting among Low and Middle-Income Countries between 2000-2015. The doctors and specialists advise that extended consumption of antibiotics can cause patients becoming anti-antibiotic resistant at a level that even initial diseases would become problematic to treat thus, transforming them into lethal diseases.
As per to medical specialists, if such matters continue to grow, no antibiotics will be left even for the simplest infections by 2030.