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A row over who gets how much of GST is making Modi's life hard

Several states are now claiming that the Centre has not paid them GST dues since August.

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Dec 15, 2019, 05.03 PM IST

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Hitting out at Rahul Gandhi, Shah said the former Congress president is making “noises” and is ignorant of India’s history as he wore “Italian sunglasses”.

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  • The government is planning to roll out the tele-law facility across all common service centres, covering more than half of rural India, in the next financial year, according to top official of CSC e-Governance Services India Ltd.

    The top priority of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is to leave the European Union on Jan. 31 and secure a new trade deal with the EU by the end of next year, cabinet office minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.

    The winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.

    The Health Services Personnel and Clinical Establishments (Prohibition of Violence and Damage to Property) Bill, 2019, sought to punish people who assault on-duty doctors and other healthcare professionals by imposing a jail term of up to 10 years.

    The state government has decided to make English the medium of instruction for classes 1 to 6 in all schools, replacing the native language Telugu, beginning from 2020-21 academic year, with Telugu or Urdu being a compulsory subject.

    Govt has to bring in many more talented professionals and get them involved in the policymaking process.

    Regulatory framework may be tweaked; move aims to determine the category of a product. Given the confusing proliferation of products, the government is looking to arrive at an answer by changing the regulatory framework. Most companies prefer to position their products as health supplements under the FSSA to avoid the more onerous D&C Act regime.

    "The Centre had promised to pay Rs 50,000 crore to states to compensate them on account of revenue loss due to the implementation of GST. But the states have not received the GST compensation for the last four months," the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'. The saffron party also said that the Centre's policies were responsible for the "economic anarchy" in the country.

    IBM has launched a global high-resolution atmospheric forecasting system, IBM GRAF, saying more accurate weather forecasting can help governments and companies greatly improve their operations. IBM said GRAF can help bridge the gap between Indian forecasting system and global models.

    The proposed target, to be unveiled at China's annual parliamentary session in early March 2020, was endorsed by top leaders at the annual closed-door Central Economic Work Conference this month, according to three sources with knowledge of the meeting's outcome.

    NCP said that the Shiv Sena's decision to stage a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after supporting the bill in the Lok Sabha indicated its "change of heart". The Shiv Sena supported the contentious bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, but staged a walk out when it was discussed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

    According to two industry insiders, the industry reported marginally improved sales over preceding months in Sept, Oct & Nov although none of these months recorded growth YoY. Construction equipment include machines used for earth moving, road building, handling concrete, material handling, and material processing, among other special equipment.

    On December 18, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper will host his Indian counterpart, Rajnath Singh, at the Pentagon for a bilateral meeting. Following this, he and Singh will drive down to the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department to join External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the second India US 2+2 ministerial.

    The planned ordinance would also deal with crucial issues of independence of electricity regulators and quick finalisation of tariffs based on costs – measures that were originally planned as amendments to the Electricity Act of 2003. States have been opposing these amendments for the past 3-4 years.

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