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Delhi cloth traders in a quandary over GST, continue protests



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New Delhi, June 30 : Wholesale cloth shops wore a deserted look in the national capital on Friday as textile merchants kept their shutters down for the fourth consecutive day in protest against the Goods and Services Tax (GST), set to roll out from Friday midnight.

In all, around 50,000 wholesale cloth shops remained shut in the national capital this week.

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Thousands of cloth merchants, who were not happy with the government’s decision, gathered at Chandni Chowk here and raised their voice against the GST.

However, their apprehensions are not about increased taxes or losses but the intricacies of the new taxation regime, which they find difficult to understand.

“We are not afraid of new tax system (GST)…we are afraid of its complicated system,” Dinesh Jain, Treasurer of Katra Dulia Committee, an association of wholesale cloth merchants of Chandni Chowk, told IANS.

“Most of the businessmen dealing with textile do not know even the spelling of computer. They do not know how to use a computer and a large number of them are also not friendly with smartphones,” said cloth merchant Surendra Kumar Gupta, 66, admitting that he is not a tech-savvy person.

Another cloth merchant Ram Krishna Agarwal said that traders are not aware of the GST policy right now, so they do not know how they will deliver goods from Saturday — after the “complicated” GST is rolled out.

He complained that the government has not given enough time to cloth merchants and said that it must educate people and provide proper training to traders regarding the GST before implementing it.

“Three things are described as essential commodities — food, cloth and house. But this government is levying tax on cloth, which in my opinion is against the interest of 35 crore people, who are directly or indirectly associated with the cloth trade,” Agarwal said.

Jain was unable to make out that “when we are paying income tax regularly, where was the need to slap GST on garments?”

Agarwal apprehended that the traders could get trapped between touts and lawyers after the GST rollout.

President of Delhi Hindustani Mercantile Association, an association of wholesale cloth traders in the national capital, Arun Kumar Singhania, told IANS that they held a nationwide strike this week to press for exemption from the GST, but the central government did not accept their demand.

“Now, we are organising a meeting on Saturday to decide our future course of action,” Singhania said.

The Vice President of the Delhi Hindustani Mercantile Association, Shri Bhagwan Bansal, demanded exemption from GST for cloth traders for a year.

“Textile should be exempted under GST for at least one year and traders should be trained during that period on the new taxation system,” he said.

(Amiya Kumar Kushwaha can be reached at [email protected])


Arunachal Pradesh: Army convoy attacked with grenade by militants in Namsai



Arunachal Pradesh, Jan 24: Militants attacked Army convoy with grenade in Namsai on Wednesday. 

The blast took place at around 7-20 in the morning when the Army team was returning from conducting operation against insurgents, The Shillong Times reported.

“There was an ongoing operation against insurgents in the area which is known for presence of insurgents belonging to the banned ULFA (Independent) and Naga rebel group NSCN-K” Defence source said.


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Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow school where student was knifed to lose recognition



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Lucknow, Jan 23: A school in the Uttar Pradesh capital where a Class 1 student was critically injured last week in a knife attack by a senior girl to lose its recognition, an Education Department official said on Tuesday.

Officials stated in the aftermath of the January 16 incident, an inspection was carried out at the Brightland School in Triveni Nagar which found “very many discrepancies” both in terms of education standards and the security of students.

The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Lucknow Mukesh Kumar Singh has recommended to the Education Department that the recognition of the school be cancelled, the official told IANS.

Prima facie, the official said, the management has been found guilty of trying to fudge the matter and hide it from the police.

The DIOS said that various classes in the school were being run without permission and against norms, and the team set up by the government had found serious lapses in the security system.

The school was allowed by the Uttar Pradesh Board to have classes till Class 12 but was running additional certificate courses, which is illegal, the official said.

The management has claimed that it had installed 70 CCTV cameras in the premises, but there were only 64 and many cameras were found dysfunctional during the inspection, he said.

There was no attendant near the toilet, where the incident took place in which Hrithik was slashed with a kitchen knife by the Class 7 girl student.

District officials said the state government has directed them to conduct surprise inspections in various schools here to ensure that children are safe and that the managements were adhering to the norms.


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After 22 days, UP gets police chief in O.P. Singh



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Lucknow, Jan 23: After a gap of 22 days — the longest in the history of the Uttar Pradesh Police — the state got a new Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday as O.P. Singh took over the charge in the presence of senior officials of the department.

The 1983-batch IPS officer was relieved by the central government from the post of the Director General (CISF) last week.

Soon after coming from the national capital, Singh met senior Home Department officials and on Tuesday visited the famous Hanuman Setu temple to propitiate the Hindu monkey God before driving to the DGP office at 1, Tilak Marg here.

A new name plate bearing the name of the police chief was quickly put up outside his official residence, adjoining the police headquarters.

His predecessor Sulkhan Singh demitted the office following his retirement and after a three-month extension, on December 31 last year and the post had been lying vacant ever since.

Singh had been named as the new police chief by the Yogi Adityanath government, but he had not been relieved by the Centre, much to the embarrassment of the state government.

While the grapevine blamed the Brahmin lobby in the ruling party as the force behind the delay, there was also speculation that Singh’s appointment was being jettisoned as he was very close to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and was the SSP of Lucknow when the infamous murderous attack on BSP chief and then Chief Minister Mayawati was perpetrated at the VIP Guest House.

However, it was reliably learnt that Chief Minister Adityanath’s will prevailed over others and O.P. Singh was relieved from the Centre. He has a two-year-plus tenure left and this could give him an edge in controlling crime, old timers feel.

Singh has been police chief in Almora (undivided UP), Lucknow, Allahabad, Moradabad, Lakhimpur Kheri and Bulandshahr before serving in the state Intelligence Department and the CISF and the NDRF at the Centre.


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