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Parliament passes Lokpal amendment bill

New Delhi, July 29 -- A bill to amend the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013, was passed by parliament on Thursday doing away with the time limit for public servants to furnish details of their assets and liabilities, which as per the original act was July 31 every year.

The Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, was passed by the upper house on Thursday.

It allows extension of the time given to... Read More


SC to examine if state entry tax violates 'freedom of trade'

New Delhi, July 18 -- A nine judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court bench will hear from Tuesday a batch of petitions by some top corporate houses and business associations challenging the imposition of entry tax by the various state governments, contending that it was violative of the freedom of trade and commerce provided under the Constitution.

The bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur, Justice A.K.Sikri, Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice Shiva ... Read More


BJP slams Mulayam for defending Prajapati

Lucknow, June 29 -- The BJP on Wednesday attacked Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav for defending his close aide Gayatri Prajapati and advised the SP patriarch to "chant Gayatri Mantra" instead of supporting the jailed rape accused.

Mulayam's defence of Gayatri reflected his "anti-woman" stance, the BJP said.

"Giving certificate of innocence to Gayatri is condemnable. He (Mulayam) is a senior and mature leader, but his anti-woman face ... Read More


Jaitley turns down demands for deferring GST rollout

New Delhi, June 29 -- Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday rejected demands for deferring the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout saying the Constitution does not give luxury to delay the nation's biggest economic reform by six months.

Not ruling out a few initial glitches when more than a dozen state and central taxes are abolished and barriers between 29 states done away with, Jaitley said the system is fully geared up and will eventual... Read More


BJP prepares for July 1 signature drive

BHUBANESWAR, June 29 -- The BJP State Krushak Morcha on Wednesday set its strategies and appointed district observers for its signature campaign to be held from July 1 to 15 to press for waiver of farm loans and disbursement of interest-free loans to farmers.

Party's all State executives, district in-charges and State coordinators attended the meeting held under chairmanship of Morcha president Shibaji Mohanty.According to the plan, Morcha activ... Read More


Government fails to provide irrigation facilities to farmers: Congress

Lucknow, June 29 -- The UP Congress criticised the Yogi Adityanath government for failing to provide irrigation facilities to farmers which could adversely affect the Kharif crop in the state.

"While BJP government is celebrating its 100 days in office, farmers are reeling under acute water crisis due to government apathy," charged Congress spokesperson Sanjay Bajpai. He said that every year, all canals were cleaned before June 15 but this year ... Read More


Har Opp MLAs absent from GST seminar

Chandigarh, June 29 -- Amid the ongoing protest by textile traders in Haryana over the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1, the MLAs of opposition parties on Wednesday gave a miss to the one-day seminar on GST organised by BJP-led Government for MLAs and senior bureaucrats.

While Chief Minister Manohar Lal, his Cabinet Ministers and BJP MLAs were present at the seminar held at CII headquarters here, all MLAs of Cong... Read More


SAIL to make value-added prods from rail mill

Raipur, June 29 -- The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is planning to make value-added products from its new rail mill at the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), officials informed.

As many as ten rakes of 260 metre long rails were dispatched to different destinations from Bhilai Steel Plant's Universal Rail Mill in the month of May 2017.

While one rake each were dispatched to Agra Cant, Jhasidih, Palwal, New Cooch Bihar, Jagannathpur and Quilon, two... Read More


Striking right balance for GST roll-out

India, June 29 -- Goods and Services Tax in its present form is not the end. It's a beginning of genuine future reforms. One hopes the dream of 'one economic India' will come true eventually

India's internal trade gross domestic product (GDP) ratio, at about 54 per cent, is comparable to that in other large countries. India has, for nearly 70 years, affirmed and re-affirmed the political "idea of India", is de facto and de jure one economic Indi... Read More


Containing raging fire in Hills

India, June 29 -- The ongoing violent agitation in parts of West Bengal is the result of political mismanagement for decades, of the issues raised by the Gorkha people there

Let us for a moment keep aside the issue of the creation of a separate Gorkhaland State demanded by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which has been spearheading a bandh in the Darjeeling Hills for long now. This is not to say that the demand must altogether be debunked. Nor... Read More