India, Russia begin joint military exercise in Vladivostok
i. The 8th edition of the Indo-Russia joint military exercise ‘Indra 2016’ was flagged off in Vladivostok in Russia.
ii. Indra, a portmanteau of the names of both the countries, is a biannual exercise which has been carried out between the two allies since 2003.
Union Cabinet clears new India-Cyprus DTAA
i. The Cabinet has approved a revised Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Cyprus that provides for source-based taxation of capital gains on transfer of shares instead of one based on residence.
Committees for the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay
i. The PM, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the constitution of two committees for the commemoration of the birth centenary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay.
ii. The Prime Minister will chair a 149 member National Committee, and the Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, will chair a 23 member Executive Committee.
Arun Goyal appointed Additional Secretary in GST Council
i. Senior IAS officer Arun Goyal has been appointed as Additional Secretary in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council.
ii. The Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is mandated to decide on tax rate, exempted goods and the threshold limit.
Visaranai to take a shot at Oscar nomination
i. Visaranai, the Tamil docu-drama crime thriller, has been chosen India’s official entry to Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards to be held in 2017.
Sanjiv Singh is new Chairman of IOC
ii. IndianOil Corporation Ltd is India's largest commercial enterprise.
TN government for Thaaliku Thangam scheme under marriage assistance programme
i. The Tamil Nadu government has allotted Rs 204 crore towards the implementation of the enhanced gold scheme under a marriage assistance programme.
ii. Rs 204 crore has been allotted for ‘Thaaliku Thangam’ (Gold for Mangalsutra) scheme for the year 2016-17 to benefit 12,500 women.
First Jesse Owens Award goes posthumously to Muhammad Ali
i. The first-ever Jesse Owens Olympic Spirit Award-2016 will be posthumously bestowed to Olympic champion Muhammad Ali, who passed away on June 3, 2016.
Childhood cancer awareness exhibition at Taj Mahal from Sept. 25
i. The first-of-its-kind exhibition on childhood cancer awareness will be held at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra from September 25 to 27, 2016.
ii. The exhibition ‘CanKids-Kidscan’ will be organised by National Society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India.
Hindi and Urdu writer Reoti Saran Sharma passes away
i. Reoti Saran Sharma, the renowned Hindi and Urdu writer, playwright and television personality, died in New Delhi on 23 September 2016.
ii. He was 92 years.