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A race against time begins to revamp the leaky GST regime

The states remain divided on the issue of raising rates or carrying out a big revamp at this juncture.

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Shinzo Abe’s Guwahati visit put off; new dates later

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their annual summit in Guwahati and the government said that the decision to defer the visit was taken after mutual consultations. The scheduled summit looked untenable as unrest gripped the main venue of the visit since the Citizenship Amendment Bill was proposed.

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  • Curfew was relaxed in Assam's Dibrugarh and Meghalaya capital Shillong, but the ripple effect of anger over the hugely divisive law was felt in West Bengal where Beldanga railway station complex was set ablaze in Murshidabad district and RPF personnel were assaulted.

    The package is also aimed at helping alleviate the impact of a recent tax hike and survive a potential economic slowdown after a spending boom for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    The meeting is being held in pursuance of the decision taken by Modi and Shinzo Abe during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit in Oct 2018, with an aim to institute a Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue for further deepening bilateral security and defence cooperation, MEA said in a statement.

    A senior NCP source told that "during the first meeting of the three parties in Mumbai last week, discussions were held on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Bullet train project in which we informed the leaders that according to Central government, the Maharashtra government would be bearing Rs 5,000 crore of the total Rs 1.08 lakh crore cost."

    The 65-year-old is also the second-longest-serving leader of the Group of Seven major economies behind only German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in office since 2005. Abe's grip on power remains firm as he passes the landmark, with his tenure likely to last until at least September 2021 and no clear successor yet on the horizon.

    “We aren’t thinking about that at all yet,” Japan's Deputy Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry said.

    The resolve by Modi and Abe to work towards a stable Indo-Pacific came in the midst of rising disquiet among several member countries of the 10-nation ASEAN over China's increasing assertiveness in maritime limits in the region. It was the third meeting between Modi and Abe in the last four months. Their previous meeting was in Vladivostok in Russia in September.

    India and Japan agreed to further deepen cooperation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region where China has been flexing its military muscles,...

    The prime minster said that President Ram Nath Kovind will participate in the coronation ceremony of Emperor Naruhito in October.

    When asked whether India would like to join the Group of industrialised nations if it is expanded from G-7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday evaded a direct reply.

    India's foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said the two PMs had a very constructive and detailed discussion on the bilateral relationship.

    Rajnath Singh meets Shinzo Abe; to carry on 2 annual trilateral naval exercises with US.

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