14 States to pass GST Bill by mid-May

Fourteen state legislatures will approve their respective State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) laws by mid-May, according to Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia. Addressing a GST Conclave here on Tuesday, he said all states were expected to pass their SGST laws by May-end to ensure that the GST regime was rolled out by July. Bihar and Telangana had already passed the SGST laws while Rajasthan was likely to approve the bill on Wednesday. The GST regime would also aid in easing inflation. However, there could be a marginal increase in tax for some services, Mr. Adhia added.

April 26, 2017 00:31 UTC

Sukma attack: He would have gone on a pilgrimage

He was posted in Sukma for the last four years and they have two sons: Anukalp and Aaroh, 5 and 3. He was posted in Sukma for the last four years and they have two sons: Anukalp and Aaroh, 5 and 3. Constable Ashish Kumar Singh was planning to come home near Garhwa town, Jharkhand, and take his family to Vaishno Devi. Ashish was supposed to come home… It’s all God’s will,” Singh’s uncle Arun Kumar Singh said. He was posted in Sukma for the last four years and they have two sons: Anukalp and Aaroh, 5 and 3.

April 26, 2017 00:24 UTC

Murder at noon

In April 2010, in neighbouring Dantewada district in the same Bastar division of the State, 76 CRPF personnel had been killed in a Maoist strike. The road under construction will provide easy access to the backward region, where Maoists have for long held sway. There is also a need to boost the morale of the security and police forces. The State police forces in Maoist-affected areas have more or less abdicated their duties of law and order, leaving the job almost entirely to the paramilitary forces. This needs the State governments to show far more political will to persuade local communities than they currently do.

April 26, 2017 00:22 UTC

Sher Mohammad: Proud that my son fought like a lion for his country: Sher Mohammad's mother

"I am proud that my son fought like a lion for his country," the 65-year-old said. Sher 's father Noor Mohammad served in the Indian Army and retired with honour. Waris Ali, Sher's eldest brother, was the first one to receive news of the attack through an acquaintance who saw the report on TV. Waris told TOI: "As soon as we heard about the incident, we called up CRPF authorities in Raipur. A large number of villagers have gathered around Fareeda and Waris, consoling them and praying with them.

April 26, 2017 00:04 UTC

Niti Aayog: Niti Aayog backs tax on agriculture income

NEW DELHI: Niti Aayog , the government's thinktank, has strongly backed taxing of agricultural income above a certain threshold and removal of exemptions on personal income tax as part of a strategy to expand the tax base and prevent evasion. There is a view within the thinktank that the blanket relief on agricultural income was aimed at protecting farmers, but it was being misused by many non-farmers who declare agriculture as their source of income to evade tax. In its news release on the three-year action agenda, Niti Aayog called for tackling tax evasion, expanding the tax base and simplifying the tax system through reforms. Citing an example it backed the idea of consolidating existing custom duty rates to a unified rate.On the threshold of imposing income tax on the rural sector, Debroy said it could be decided after taking into account the average income of either three years or five years. "I don't believe in artificial distinction of rural and urban, so whatever is the threshold on personal income side on urban side, should be exactly the same on rural side," he said.

April 25, 2017 23:37 UTC

Rape accused ex-UP minister Gayatri Prajapati to walk free today

Samajwadi Party leader and former minister Gayatri Prajapati who was arrested in connection with a case of an alleged sexual assault of a minor girl, will walk out of district jail in Lucknow today. Prajapati was yesterday granted bail by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in connection with case. Prajapati was arrested on March 15 from the Aashiyana area in Lucknow by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF). The Samajwadi Party leader, who was also accused of allegedly raping the girl's mother, evaded his arrest for nearly a month before he was arrested. The Uttar Pradesh Police had also filed a non-bailable warrant against the former minister and six others for the same.

April 25, 2017 23:26 UTC

DGCA: DGCA grounds foreign pilot for fake medical record

NEW DELHI: In a possible first, an expat pilot working with an Indian charter company has been barred from flying in the country for allegedly fudging his medical tests. Pilots need to be healthy -both physically and mentally -and require valid medical certificates to prove their fitness and operate flights. "The expat pilot flew without a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, regulator for US) approved medical.Then he flew without an Indian medical certificate for one month. He later got his medical done here by falsely claiming that he did not operate any flight during the period when his previous medical tests certificates had lapsed. On detecting the alleged medical fraud by this pilot, the regulator withdrew his FATA which means he can no longer fly in an Indian company .

April 25, 2017 23:15 UTC

GST: Two rates for services under GST, says govt

For instance, when it comes to goods transport, service tax is levied on 30% of the bill. Imported goods, he said, will be subject to Integrated GST (IGST) for which credit can be claimed at the time of sale. IGST is just an interim tax or a washout tax which is equivalent to the GST rate on a specific product. In case of locally manufactured goods, a similar GST rate will be applicable and hence, there will be no advantage for the imported goods. The government levies countervailing duty (CVD) and special additional duty (SAD) on imported goods to protect domestic manufacturers.

April 25, 2017 22:52 UTC

India goalkeeper Subrata Paul tests positive, faces four-year ban

The 30-year-old custodian’s urine samples tested positive for banned substance Terbutaline, a bronchodilator that is commonly used by asthma patients. Meanwhile, a source close to the development claims that Paul was inadvertently administered the banned substance after complaining of breathing problems. Paul now faces the possibility of facing a four-year ban unless he manages to prove his innocence in the ‘B’ sample test. The then budding goalkeeper subsequently received a two-month suspension, but worked hard on his comeback and propelled himself to a spot in the national team. The question still remains on his motives to use the banned substance, given that its effects do not provide any significant assistance to goalkeepers.

April 25, 2017 22:52 UTC

IPL 2017: Half-time report

But having dominated the first half of the season, they will be very disappointed with anything but a top-two finish. KKR: Ace of PaceKolkata Knight Riders forced RCB into the lowest IPL score ever. (Source: PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders forced RCB into the lowest IPL score ever. RPS: Giant wakes upSupergiant have had to literally come back from the brink for each of their four wins this season. For all the latest Sports News, download Indian Express App nowFirst Published on: April 26, 2017 4:22 am

April 25, 2017 22:52 UTC

Sonia: Sonia in talks with parties for nominee in Prez polls

NEW DELHI: Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is at the centre of discussions with opposition leaders over putting up a candidate to challenge an NDA nominee for President who could represent a protest against "majoritarian politics. "The deliberations have seen Sonia being receptive to a "joint" opposition candidate as leaders she has met expressed concern over promotion of aggressive and intolerant social attitudes exemplified by violence by cow vigilantes.Though no names were discussed, there has been an agreement that opposition parties need to mobilise against the Modi government and signal that they are ready to oppose BJP's hardline postures on social and political issues.Opposition figures who met Sonia include JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury . CPI's D Raja met the Congress chief on Monday.The leaders have discussed ways to continue the cooperation achieved between 16 political parties in Parliament.Interestingly, it has been Sonia rather than Rahul Gandhi who has been so far involved in the interactions since her return from the US where she went for a medical check up.Sources said the selection of an opposition candidate will gather momentum once the NDA finalises its nominee. The ruling dispensation's choice will be crucial as opposition leaders will need to craft their response keeping in mind the social and political credentials of the NDA nominee.An NDA candidate who is a clear "saffron" choice will be easier to oppose than one who has a politically savvy social profile. Congress netas agree that a culture of intolerance that fosters vigilantism needs to be countered but are less sanguine over making common cause with the more extreme Left and Islamist causes.

April 25, 2017 22:45 UTC

France: Centrist Macron, far-right leader Le Pen trade accusations in presidential race

2 Macron said Le Pen would bring distaster to the economy, divide it with "hatred." Macron and Le Pen, leader of the National Front (FN), go head-to-head on May 7 after taking the top two places in Sunday's first round. 'HAVEN'T WOKEN UP WITH A HANGOVER BECAUSE LE PEN IS HERE'"Some have woken up with a hangover because Le Pen is there. On France 2 television, Macron said the 48-year-old Le Pen would bring disaster to the economy and divide it with "hatred". ALSO READ | France: President Francois Hollande urges countrymen to reject far-right leader Le Pen in presidential run-off voteALSO READ | French presidential election: Centrist Macron appears set for presidency in runoff with far-right leader Le PenALSO WATCH | Bengaluru court sets ex-French diplomat Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping daughter, free

April 25, 2017 22:30 UTC

This little girl has a swachh soul

Children of her age would scrimp and save their pocket money to buy storybooks, videogames or even a smartphone. But, 11-year-old Mondrita Chatterjee waits for her piggybank to swell so that she can build toilets for the poor and the needy, especially underprivileged children. This time, her piggybank cash of Rs 19,000 has gifted two toilets to Tatanagar Satyayatan Mandir, an ashram-cum-activity centre in Haludbani, Parsudih, for poor children. With little help from Tata Technologies, which pitched in with Rs 9,000, her dream came true. Rural records of the Union government's Swachh Bharat Mission puts the toilet coverage percentage in Jharkhand at a moderate 53.93.

April 25, 2017 22:00 UTC

City police battle shortage

Sources in the city police said most policemen here have to work extra hours for several days at a stretch during festivals. Almost every police station in the state is facing manpower shortage, the officer said. When the Guwahati police commissionerate was formed in 2015, it had a 25 per cent shortage of manpower. We hope the force shortage will be solved very soon," he added. Panbazar police station, which is one of the busiest in the city, has 24 constables against its requirement of about 60.

April 25, 2017 22:00 UTC


Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses from the audience while she was speaking on a panel on female entrepreneurship at the W20 Summit in Berlin. The response came when Ivanka defended her father, US President Donald Trump, saying that he has been a “tremendous champion of supporting families”. Her visit has provoked intense interest in Germany, where the Berliner Zeitung newspaper described her as “the President’s whisperer”.

April 25, 2017 22:00 UTC

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