Govt merges CTDP with Board of Trade

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has merged the Council of Trade Development and Promotion with the Board of Trade to bring greater coherence in consultation process with all stakeholders for promoting exports and imports. According to a notification of the directorate general of foreign trade (DGFT), the new forum will remain as Board of Trade and will work with ten terms of references. The new board would provide a platform to states and union territories for articulating their perspectives on trade policy and help states to develop and pursue export strategies in line with the national foreign trade policy. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsBesides, the forum would advise the government on policy measures for preparation and implementation of short and long term plans. It would also review export performances of various sectors, identify constraints and suggest industry specific measures to optimise export earnings and to examine existing institutional framework for imports and exports. “To bring greater coherence in consultation process, it has been decided to merge Council of Trade Development and Promotion (CTDP) with the Board of Trade and the new forum will remain as Board of Trade,” DGFT said. The board will be chaired by commerce and industry minister. Its members will include minister of state for commerce and industry and state ministers who are in charge of trade. The official members will include secretaries of different departments like revenue, commerce, health and agriculture besides NITI Aayog CEO, Deputy Governor RBI, and CBIC chairman.last_img read more

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Co Derry resident among 21 killed in Kabul suicide attack

first_imgIT’S EMERGED A resident of Limavady in Co Derry was one of the 21 people killed in a suicide bomb blast and gun attack at a restaurant in central Kabul.Simon Chase, a former British soldier originally from England, was one of two British nationals killed in the attack. 13 foreigners lost their lives in the assault by Taliban militants on the Lebanese ‘Taverna du Liban’.Also among the dead were two Americans, two Canadians, a senior International Monetary Fund (IMF) official from Lebanon, and the restaurant’s Lebanese owner, who reportedly died after he tried to fire back at the attackers.A Danish member of the European police mission in Afghanistan and a Russian UN political officer also died in the Friday evening massacre, which was the deadliest attack on foreign civilians since the Taliban were ousted in 2001.Chase had lived with his partner and family in the Limavady area for a number of years. The BBC reports that he had been serving with the EU police mission Eupol.DUP councillor for Limavady Alan Robinson said the community was “shocked and devastated” following news of his death.“Whilst I did not know Simon in a personal capacity I am however personally very sad to learn of his passing in such tragic circumstances in far away lands,” Robinson said. “As the Roe Valley mourns the passing of Simon, I am confident that the Limavady public will rally around to give support to Norma and her family as they try to come to terms with their sudden bereavement.“I’m sure Simon’s family and friends will take some comfort from the fact that he lived his life to the full, lived the life that he loved to live whilst doing the job that he was so professional at.”Yesterday’s assault was claimed by Taliban militants fighting against the Afghan government and NATO forces. A Taliban spokesman said the attack was to avenge a US airstrike in Parwan province on Tuesday.Read: IMF and UN staff among dead in Kabul restaurant attackRead: Two students shot in Philadelphia school, shooter now in custodylast_img read more

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