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GST twitter handle to answer all queries

New Delhi: With just over a month left for GST implementation, the revenue department has started a new twitter handle to answer industry queries related to the new indirect tax regime. Traders and industry can ask questions on the twitter handle ‘@askGST_GoI’ and officials from Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) will answer them. “All taxpayers and other stakeholders are welcome to direct their queries related to GST on

Yoga is India’s gift to the world: Modi

New Delhi: Urging the nation to make Yoga an essential part of their lives to remain stress-free, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Yoga is the only thing that is uniting the world. “21st June has become one of the known dates across the world. The entire world celebrates International Yoga day. In very short span of time the message of yoga has spread in every corner of

Indian Army foils Pak infiltration bid

Poonch: The body of one intruder was recovered as the Indian Army foiled another infiltration attempt by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch area on Sunday. One intruder from PoK successfully killed in a Ambush at about 2.30 am on LoC in KG Sector, body of intruder recovered, said Lt Col Manish Mehta, defence spokesperson in a statement. Based on intelligence inputs, an ambush was laid down in the early

CBSE Class XII pass percentage dips

Chennai: Finally, the long wait is over as Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class XII results were declared today. Noida girl Raksha Goel scored a whopping 99.6 per cent to bag the first rank. The second and third positions were bagged by Chandigarh students Bhumi Sawant and Aditya Jain who scored 99.4 per cent and 99.2 per cent respectively. A total of 10,98,891 candidates from 10,678 schools registered for

Consider grievances of street vendors: HC to AAP govt

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has asked the AAP government to consider grievances of street vendors in the national capital while re-visiting the rules and schemes meant to regulate their activities. A bench of justices G S Sistani and Vinod Goel gave the direction after some NGOs, traders’ associations and Congress leader Ajay Maken alleged that the law on setting up of town vending committees has been violated by

Slaughterhouse in Aligarh under NGT scanner

New Delhi: A slaughterhouse in Aligarh has come under the lens of the National Green Tribunal for allegedly dumping solid waste and discharging untreated effluents in drains. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the UP government, Central Pollution Control Board, state pollution control board, slaughterhouse Frigerio Conserva Allana Pvt Ltd, Central Ground Water Authority, Aligarh District Magistrate while seeking their reply before July 19. The

Delhi HC to examine law on govt officials sexual offence cases

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has agreed to examine the constitutional validity of a law that came into being following the outcry over the December 16, 2012 gangrape and provides that no prior sanction is required to try public servants in sexual offence cases. A bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal said that an independent assistance was required as Delhi Police was also supporting the petition seeking

Bihar MP's son killed in car crash near Allahabad

Allahabad: The son of Bihar Lok Sabha MP Ram Kishor Singh was killed in an accident on the outskirts of the city today. Rajiv Pratap Singh, whose father Ram Kishor Singh alias Rama Singh is an LJP leader and represents the Vaishali constituency, was killed when his car collided with a truck on a highway under Soraon police station of the district’s trans-Ganga region, police said. “The incident took place

Kerala govt to toughen stand against corruption: Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram: Sending out a strong message that corruption will not be tolerated, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said the LDF government will further stregthen its fight against the menace. The society has recognised various steps intiated by the government to fight corruption, he said. Though the media had criticised the state government on various matters, it has not raised any issues relating to corruption so far, Chief minister said during

GST to improve goods flow: ICRA

New Delhi: The Goods and Service Tax (GST) rollout is likely to improve the flow of goods on account of reduction in turnaround time as VAT related check posts will be removed. Rating agency ICRA said. The agency said GST implementation will be a positive development for the road logistics sector. Post GST, a more efficient and organised logistics sector is expected to evolve gradually, it added. “The GST regime

Narayana Murthy expresses sadness over IT layoff

Chennai: Founder Chairman of Infosys N R Narayana Murthy expressed sadness over the IT companies laying off their employees as part of cost cutting strategy. “It is sad,’ Murthy said on a query about recent IT layoffs. He, however, did not elaborate on the matter. Infosys had announced that it could hand out pink slips to hundreds of mid and senior level employees as it carries out bi annual performance