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Jaitley asks Cong to refrain making GST politics

Chennai: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has asked the Congress to refrain from indulging in politics over GST launch, saying all decisions with regard to the new tax regime were taken unanimously by the GST Council. The GST Council, he said, is the first federal institution which is chaired by the Union finance minister and has representatives from all states. The government is planning to launch Goods and Services Tax (GST)

India to achieve 40% capacity by non-fossil fuel

Mumbai: As India is moving towards meeting its commitments under the Paris agreement on climate change, its renewable energy market is likely to witness a strong growth over many years, says Moody’s Investors Service. “However, renewable energy projects face challenges related to the weak credit quality of offtakers, an evolving regulatory framework, as well as financing and execution risks,” Moody’s vice-president and senior analyst Abhishek Tyagi said in a statement.

Jaitley discusses risks on virtual currencies

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley held an inter-ministerial meeting to examine risks related to virtual currencies (VCs) like bitcoins. Although several issues concerning bitcoins were discussed, no decision was taken, sources said. The meeting was attended by IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya, Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Economic Affairs Secretary Tapan Ray, Financial Services Secretary Anjuly Chib Duggal and other senior officials. The government

Aadhaar must for taxpayers from 1 July

New Delhi: The government has made it mandatory for taxpayers to link existing Aadhaar numbers with PAN cards with effect from 1 July. Amending income tax rules and notifying the same, the government has made quoting of the 12-digit biometric Aadhaar or the enrolment ID a must at the time of application of permanent account number (PAN). Finance Minister Arun Jaitley through an amendment to tax proposals in the Finance

Venkaiah files 4th set nomination papers for Kovind

New Delhi: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today filed another set of nomination papers on behalf of the NDA’s presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind. While Naidu was the proposer, YSR Congress Party’s Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy seconded Kovind’s fourth set of nomination papers. Union minister Ananth Kumar was also present there. He had on 23 June filed three sets of nomination papers. Today is the last date for filing of nominations.

Oppn candidate Meira Kumar files nomination

New Delhi: Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today filed her nomination in the presence of top Congress and opposition leaders. Kumar, who filed her papers with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on one side and former prime minister Manmohan Singh on the other, will launch her campaign from Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat on 30 June. Accompanying the former Lok Sabha as she filed her nomination in Parliament House were a host

Sena pokes Modi on continued terror attacks

Mumbai: The Shiv Sena today said the prime minister has been assertive about India’s stand on terrorism globally but the situation back home, especially in Kashmir has been worrisome, remarks that come against the backdrop of Narendra Modi’s statement in the US on surgical strikes. The party said that even as the prime minister tries to change the face of India globally, the condition of internal security is a cause

Crime branch to probe Byculla jail convict death

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police Crime Branch has taken over the probe into the death of a woman convict who was lodged in the Byculla prison here, a senior police official said. The Commissioner of Mumbai Police has issued an order, as per which the crime branch will investigate the death of convict Manju Shette, the official said. The police had earlier suspended six jail staffers and booked them on the

Mothers to check food under Mid day meal scheme

Panaji: The Goa government has decided to rope in mothers of students to taste and test the food served to their children under the Mid Day Meal scheme here. In the Mid Day Meal scheme proforma, which is put in public domain by the State Education Department, it is mentioned that “instructions have been issued to all the heads of the institutions to involve mothers of the students for tasting

MSME hub to come up soon in Utter Pradesh

Kanpur (UP): An MSME hub to promote leather goods, hosiery and machine manufacturing is likely to come up soon in the adjoining trans-Ganga city, with the UP government pulling out all the stops to make it a reality. Given the efforts of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC), several entrepreneurs in China have agreed to invest in select industries in the State, a top UPSIDC official D K

Bedi makes CBI conduct raid in CENTAC

Puducherry: CBI searched the Centralised Admission Committee office here after Lt Governor’s office sought its probe into alleged corruption in admission to Post Graduate courses by private medical colleges. In her message through Whatsapp Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said that the “CBI had searched at the CENTAC office and also elsewhere today.” CENTAC is the nodal agency for selecting students for professional courses in government and private medical and other