Weeks before India ushers in the Goods and Services Tax or GST regime – billed as the biggest tax reform to create a uniform market in India – the powerful GST council cut tax rates for 66 items. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the revised GST rates on Sunday.
“A total of 133 representations were made to lower taxes for different categories of goods and commodities. The council has lowered the tax rates for 66 items,” Mr Jaitley told the media after the 16th meeting of the GST council that includes all the state finance ministers.
Arun Jaitley confirmed that he has conducted 40 meetings with all state finance ministers to fix the rate of different commodities. Now that the major meetings are over, next week we have a meeting where we will decide whether GST is required or not. That will be a minor question. If my colleagues at state level believe that GST is not required then we will not implement it, but if they believe that it is required than other 30 meetings are planned for the next 6 months. Once all the meetings are over, we will conduct one more meeting to discuss about what was discussed in the previous meetings.
Close on the heels of a series of exposes by Bihar Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, fresh details have emerged linking his younger son and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav to an alleged shell company AB Export through which he got a posh property in Delhi’s New Friends Colony.
But that’s not what all is on Tejashwi’s plate. With the AAP allegation over the EVM tampering and other high profile scandals and news, he has to keep himself up to date with latest happenings. Currently he is in the process of understanding the term ‘EVM’ as he had never heard of that term before. He realized that he should learn about the term only when some journalists asked him about EVMs and he was not able to respond.
Yesterday when one of our reporters asked him if he had details about ‘wannacry’, Tejashwi ji said that currently he is in the process of learning about EVMs and it would be helpful for the citizens of Bihar. He has asked for 5 days’ time after which he surely will lokk into other matters one of which obviously is the ‘Wannacry’ virus attack.
Union Urban Development and Housing Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said the country’s development depended on the progress of the states. He in fact told that he had coined the term ‘Sarkar 3’ to show the progress made by the Modi government in last 3 years, but the term was stolen by RGV (Ram Gopal varma)
M Venkaiah Naidu who is known for his catchphrases has given plenty of names for government schemes and other relevant entities. He proudly proclaimed that the country’s mission is MODI — Making Of a Developed India. Earlier, the minister had called the Prime Minister Modifier Of Developing India (Modi). There is also a parody account on twitter. The profile came into existence as recently as March, it makes reverse acronyms of names of political leaders, including Mr Naidu. Their Twitter bio spells out “NAIDU” as “National Acronym Innovation & Design University”
In fact the nation has been thinking that this is the sole job of Naidu in the cabinet. He has been given the task of spreading awareness about the government schemes and party leaders through the interesting medium of creating acronyms. And Mr. Naidu is very good at it. His opposition colleagues are also very interested while he rolls out acronym after acronyms. But, now that he has not produced or coined a new term in the last 5 days, the citizens are concerned. But Naidu has clarified that his acronyms and other terms which he makes are getting stolen and that’s the reason he is not able to speak those words in public.
The allegation that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal received Rs. 2 crore cash has been referred by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to the anti-corruption branch of the police for investigation. Kapil Mishra, sacked as minister by Mr Kejriwal on the weekend, went public with the sensational charge on Sunday.
BJP, meanwhile has taken this opportunity to criticize Kejriwal for going against the government’s dream of a cashless society by accepting the bribery in cash.
One of the BJP officials said that,” taking bribery is normal for any politician but accepting cash for it is unacceptable, when the government is trying to fight black money. Kejriwal should have used one of the digital pay applications to accept it. He has been making mockery of government schemes by doing such petty things. Kejriwal should apologize to the people of India. Our party men also accept bribe but i can give u full transaction details of the same. That’s the power of digital payments”
Former Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna is all set to join the BJP, seven weeks after quitting Congress, in a move which is surely going to send some ripples in the Congress. But according to the former CM, his move is aimed at defeating BJP by making it function like the Congress.
Krishna, apparently, had quit Congress on 29th Jan stating the reason that the party is in a confused state and it is not using the mass leaders to counter the Modi wave. Krishna, who was the Karnataka CM from 1999 to 2004, has seen two continuous Modi waves to reach his decision.
Speaking to Faking news reporter at his residence, this is what Krishna had to say, “ I don’t know about other Congress leaders, but I strongly feel that there is a humongous Modi wave in the country, I had told this to Rahulji but he said ‘ye wave wave kuch nahi hota’. But I know how to help my party gain power again. More and more senior congress leaders should join BJP and make it function like the Congress. This is the only way out”
Meanwhile, the Congress leaders have labelled Krishna as an opportunist who shifts base with the direction of the flowing wind. But there are some leaders like AK Antony and Kapil Sibbal who have not entirely rejected SM Krishna’s logic.
When our reporter asked Amit Shah about this news, he said that no Congress leader can change the functioning of BJP as all party decisions are taken by him and Modiji, so there is no point worrying about anyone joining BJP from a rival party. In fact he has invited Congress leaders with the incentive that the sooner you come the better your chance to be a union minister.
Well, only time will tell whether Krishna’s plan works or not, but he has surely given some food for thought to the Congress workers who are constantly finding ways to defeat the BJP
The BJP’s electoral tsunami in Uttar Pradesh will not just dramatically change the party’s numbers in the assembly but will have an immediate impact on the next Presidential elections in July when President Pranab Mukherjee completes his term
For National Democratic Alliance or NDA the path to having its nominee elected as the next President has become much easier after the BJP and its allies won 325 lawmakers in UP, 57 in Uttarakhand and impressive 21 in Manipur. Since the results, the BJP has announced it is all set take charge in the state, claiming it has support of 31 legislators
But the BJP has newer aspirations now. BJP now wants to shift focus to other countries as well. It wants to bring whole of South Asia under the NDA rule, for which Amit Shah has already started preparations. Amit Shah has promised more cricket series between India and the neighboring countries to make BJP more polupar in those countries. BJP is also ready for any alliance if at all it is necessary with the smaller parties.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has made it obligatory for even people with disability to stay still while the national anthem is played at the movies. This has left people furious and made them question the government’s sensitivity towards the issue.
But the government has not stopped at this alone. The ministry has passed a new law according to which people watching ‘Border’ movie on television or any other medium will have to stand full time during the screening of the movie. The movie is about 3 hrs long and any person seen not standing and watching ‘Border’ can be tried in court.
The rule also states that if by mistake someone is swapping channels and finds a channel telecasting ‘Border’, he/ she has to watch the full movie from there, they cannot just ignore the movie can go forwards. There will be new team called the NIB (nationalism investigating branch), which will deal with all matters of conflicts. People can report anyone who violates the rule, given they have ample proof in terms of photos or videos of the violators.
Hours after Akhilesh Yadav failed to get his sulking father Mulayam Singh Yadav to join him on stage for the unveiling of the Samajwadi Party manifesto for next month’s Uttar Pradesh election, a Facebook update from the Chief Minister projected that all is well.
But Akhilesh has still not learnt the calculations required to be a tactically astute politician. In a recent interview to a leading news channel, Akhilesh confidently said that samajwadi party will win 300 seats, but he forgot to remember that U.P has only 298 seats.
After being reminded by the interviewer about the no of seats, Akhilesh quickly corrected himself and said that he was just rounding off the number, as he likes the score of 300 in a cricket match.
One thing is for sure, the Yadav scion may be commiting many mistakes, but he always has a reply ready for the after questions. Well that’s the sign of being a true Samajwadi.
If not in matching him repartee to repartee, Amarinder’s proven he’s a worthy match for Kejriwal when it comes to stick-to-itiveness on the microblogging site – much a la Donald Trump.
But Delhiites are so fed up of Kejriwal that they are booking tickets for Punjab, to go there and vote for Kejriwal as Punjab CM, so that he leaves Delhi.
Kejriwal is aware of all such plans and has tried to block all reservations, but people are finding new ways like travelling by a cycle, no pun intended towards the Samajwadi party here, but Kejri’s time in Delhi seems to be numbered, given the thinking shown by the fed up people.
Kejriwal, on other hands wants to be the CM of both Punjab and Delhi at the same time, and is leaving no stone upturned in promoting his party as the only clean party in India.
BJP’s core voters who are angry with demonetization – traders and well-off farmers – will shift to BSP. We believe one has to choose a side firmly. Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav have been fence-sitters for long before joining in to criticize demonetization,” a senior BSP leader told ET
But Mulayam Singh wants to take a strong step in ending election corruption in U.P. His party will sell election seats in U.P on the booking portal book my show. This way people who want to fight elections on the samajwadi party seat will be able to buy it directly from the internet rather than queuing up outside Mulayam Singh’s residence.
Other parties like congress, BJP, BSP have also tied up with portals like PayTm, MobiKwik etc to sell their election seats. The cost of any seat will be directly proportional to the importance of that seat. People have started using the booking portals and are finding it very comfortable to fight elections now. Elections were always looked upon as the game of the riches and the elite class but not anymore as even a common man can now book a election ticket.