Top Current Affairs Of The Day: 18 June 2022

Japan Participates For the First Time in the Nato Summit

Fumio Kishida, Japanese Prime Minister, will attend this month’s NATO summit in Madrid, becoming the country’s 1st leader to join a top meeting of the transatlantic alliance.

Highlights:

  • Fumio Kishida, Japanese Prime Minister, will attend this month’s NATO summit in Madrid, becoming the country’s 1st leader to join a top meeting of the transatlantic alliance. 

  • The June 28-30 meeting is seen as a crunch moment for the 30 North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, 4 months into Russia’s war in Ukraine.

  • Japan, along with the other countries in the Group of 7, has provided defensive supplies to Ukraine and imposed tough sanctions on Russia.

  • Finland and Sweden have applied to join NATO and are sending delegations to the summit, and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol will also be the 1st leader from his country to attend.

For Agniveers, Govt Establishes A 10% Quota

The Centre informed Agniveers of a 10% reservation in the Central Armed Police Forces Recruitment and Agnipath Plan after opposition to the Agnipath plans.

Highlights:

  • The Centre informed Agniveers of a 10% reservation in the Central Armed Police Forces Recruitment and Agnipath Plan after opposition to the Agnipath plans. 

  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has granted Agniveers in the CAPFs & Assam Rifles a 3-year age exemption between the ages of 17 and 21. 

  • The initial class will be granted a 5-year extension to the maximum age limit.

  • The Centre previously announced the Agnipath strategy for short-term recruitment of the armed forces. This reformative step aims to bring more new blood to the 3 services.

Ministerial Meeting On GST Rationalisation Was Unable To Achieve Agreement

Insiders claim that a GoM working to rationalize the GST rate failed to reach an agreement because some members were opposed modifications to tax rates and slabs.

Highlights:

  • Insiders claim that a GoM working to rationalize the GST rate failed to reach an agreement because some members were opposed modifications to tax rates and slabs.

  • They said that the Group of Ministers would provide a status report to the GST Council on the consensus arrived at the Group of Ministers’ previous meeting on November 20, 2021.

  • Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Smt. 

  • The council will meet at Srinagar on the 28 and 29 of June.

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