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GST time

The tortuous process for the rollout of the new tax regime under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill appears set to come to a happy end after all. After earlier deadlines went by as the tangle between the government and the Opposition continued, the legislation, which is billed as the most momentous and far-reaching piece of economic legislation since Independence, is expected to roll out on 1 July. At

Captain's innings

The thumping victory that Captain Amarinder Singh has notched up for the Congress in Punjab, winning as many as 77 seats in an Assembly of 117 members, invests in him a major opportunity to give the State a clean and efficient administration. There is no mistaking the fact that it was largely a triumph of Amarinder’s organisational skills, his record of governance and in the eyes of the people his

Manohar resigns hurt!

The resignation of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar as cricket’s top boss is the inevitable manifestation of an ongoing tussle between the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over the revenue-sharing model between the two bodies. Clearly, there is more than meets the eye than mere ‘personal reasons’ that Manohar has cited. The ICC Chairman’s post is an honorary job with an annual

Judicious approach

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice J S Khehar, deserves to be congratulated for having resolved the impasse over the judicial appointment procedure. While his predecessor, Justice R S Thakur cried himself hoarse about the huge pendency of courts and blamed the Centre for dragging its feet over judicial appointments, Justice Khehar has found a way out without compromising on principles and paved the way for quicker appointment

Greedy banks

An attitudinal problem is on display in the move by several banks to charge fees and penalties for transactions that exceed a specified number. Various depositor associations are meeting to find out how they can oppose what essentially (and admittedly) are penalties – the precise term used by the State Bank of India – on depositors withdrawing or depositing their own money at a place and time of their choosing.

Mommy issues

Women working in the organised sector have reason to be happy over the increase in the term of paid maternity leave from the existing 12 weeks to a high 26 weeks under a law passed by Parliament on Thursday. That the revised maternity benefit will be a boon for 1.8 million women and will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people shows that for once the benefit would

UP and above

It’s a remarkable victory for BJP. The UP win makes the BJP an indomitable political force across the country. Though the Punjab victory is a consolation for Congress, the real story is in Uttar Pradesh as it is the largest State. However, the Congress revival and the BJP defeat in Punjab cannot be insignificant. With UP’s ‘adopted son’ Narendra Modi leading from the front, the BJP has ended up with