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

Law not on course

It is unfortunate indeed that a person of the level of a judge of the Calcutta High Court is defying the country’s deeply-respected Supreme Court in a brazen and highhanded manner. The majesty of the apex court is beyond parallel and no one can be allowed to play with it and mock it. That in an unprecedented order a seven-judge bench of the apex court headed by no less than

Visa vicissitudes

After the drive by the Trump administration in the US to weed out illegal foreign workers has come its misplaced initiative to remove foreign workers who have won permission to work legally. It is a measure of President Donald Trump’s paranoia that the department of justice has filed a brief in the Washington DC court of appeals seeking a 60-day freeze in a case involving employment authorisation for H-4 visa-holders

Lurking danger

The low-intensity blast on a Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in Madhya Pradesh which injured 10 people, the arrest of eight members of a group in MP and UP in a co-ordinated anti-terrorist action, and the gunning down by the Anti-Terror Squad of a terrorist named Saifullah who was holed up in a house in Lucknow all point to one thing—that the Islamic State, the dreaded West Asian radical group, is striving

No peace in Kerala

Clichedly called as God’s own country, Kerala is, in recent times, far from it. Violent clashes between cadres of the CPI-M and some Hindu groups have marred the tranquillity in this southern State which is going through a political transition, with the Congress-led United Democratic Front facing an existential crisis, the Left struggling to hold on to its new-found dominant position through hook or crook and the RSS-BJP slowly but