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GST Council finalises lottery, hospitality tax rates

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June 18, Sunday : In Seventeenth Goods and Service council meeting chaired by Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley the panel finalised lottery and hospitality tax rates. Besides this it also gave green chit to anti-profiterring and e-way.

In hospitality industry, rooms with tariff above Rs 7,500  will come under 28 per cent slab, while hotel rooms ranging between Rs 2,000 and Rs 7,500 will attract 18 per cent GST.

State run lotteries will come under the cap of  at 12% and state authorised lotteries will be taxed at 28 percent.

While addressing media, Jaitley ended all the speculation made over deferment of  Goods and Service tax regime from July 1st by saying, all in one tax will be implement on its scheduled date.

He said official launch of the GST is all set to take place on the midnight of June 30th and July 1st during an event.

To make hassle free payments, after the implementation of GST people would able to pay tax on a simple return in first months.

Finance Ministers belonging to different states and union territories are also attend the meeting.

Earlier, in Last meeting, the council revised the rates of 66 items out of the 133 for which representations had been received seeking change from the fitments originally made in the four-slab indirect tax structure.

The council will next meet on June 30.

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Farmers’ Protest: Republic Day violence part of ‘dirty conspiracy’ against peaceful struggle : Farmers’ body

The protesting farmers have also announced a foot march to Parliament on February 1, when the annual Budget is presented, to press for their demands including a repeal of the three new agriculture laws.

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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers’ unions leading the agitation called the violent incidents on Republic Day a ‘dirty conspiracy’ hatched with another farmers’ organisation against the peaceful struggle of farmers.

After its emergency meeting, the SKM issued a statement alleging that anti-social elements such as Deep Sidhu attempted to torpedo the agitation.

“Most of the farmer organizations who are part of the ongoing farmers’ agitation today held an appreciation was conveyed to the struggling farmers for extending an unprecedented response to the Kisan Republic Day Parade.

“The concerned organisations discussed the violent incidents in New Delhi and concluded that the Union government has been severely shaken by this peasant agitation,” SKM said in a statement after the meeting held under the chairmanship of Balbir Singh Rajewal.

“Therefore, a dirty conspiracy was hatched with Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee and others against the peaceful struggle of other farmer organizations, who had set up their own separate protest site after 15 days of the beginning of this Farmers’ agitation. They were not part of the organisations which jointly undertook the struggle,” it said.

The capital witnessed unprecedented scenes of chaos and violence in Delhi during the tractor march by farmers on Republic Day. Hundreds of protesters broke away from a rally on the city outskirts and stormed Red Fort on January 26, with others breaching barricades and clashing with police in other parts of the capital.

The Delhi Police has registered 22 FIRs so far in connection with the violence that broke out during the farmers’ tractor parade in the national capital leaving over 300 police personnel injured, officials said.

“When the farmer organizations declared a programme of Kisan Parade on 26 January, anti-social elements like Deep Sidhu and others, along with the said farmer organization attempted to torpedo the farmers’ agitation,” the statement said.

Under this conspiracy, the statement said, farmers’ organisation and other persons announced that they would march on Ring Road and unfurl a flag on the Red Fort.

“As a corollary of conspiracy, the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee started marching on the Ring Road, two hours before the scheduled march of the struggling organisations. It was a deep-rooted conspiracy to knock down the peaceful and strong farmers’ struggle,” said the statement adding that all the SKM constituents strongly condemned this incident.

The protesting farmers have also announced a foot march to Parliament on February 1, when the annual Budget is presented, to press for their demands including a repeal of the three new agriculture laws.

Thousands of farmers, primarily from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points for nearly two months, demanding the repeal of the laws, and a legal guarantee on minimum support prices (MSP) for their crops.

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Uttar Pradesh: FIR against 3 journos for ‘mischievous’ report

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Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 27 : An FIR has been filed against three journalists in Kanpur Dehat district for alleged ‘public mischief’ and ‘criminal intimidation’.

The journalists were responsible for a news report, which alleged that several government school students ‘shivered in biting cold while government officials were busy with an event’ last week.

The journalists work for a local TV channel that aired the news report.

In his police complaint, Sunil Dutt, the district Basic Education Officer, has alleged the journalists were not even present at the event, and yet they ‘misrepresented the yoga and exercise programme’ that was conducted on Sunday to mark the ‘UP Diwas’.

According to the visuals shown in the programme that was attended by the District Magistrate, a state Minister and local MLAs, the children, in what appears to be their summer uniform, are seen holding toy guns. Students can also be seen performing Yoga.

Another clip shows them in a room, performing exercises. A third clip, also shot indoors, shows them performing the ‘head stand’ or ‘shirshasana’. They are not seen wearing sweaters or winter wear in any of the visuals.

All the guests at the event can be seen clad in winter wear.

According to the official’s complaint, the children were made to take off their winter wear, only for the exercises.

“It is well-known that yoga and physical exercises cannot be carried out in winter wear and requires loose clothing. Local education officials followed this, and made the children take off their winter clothing and wear loose and light clothes for the exercises and then all the children immediately put on their winter wear again,” the basic education officer said in his complaint.

District Magistrate Dinesh Chandra Singh said, “I am very pained to see that some journalists, who were not even there, have published news that the children were shivering in the cold. You can see that a child who performs Yoga cannot do it wearing a sweater or a coat or pants. These children have performed very well, I appreciate them. And we will see what is to be done for those who have carried this report.”

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VK Sasikala released from prison after serving 4-year jail-term

The release of 64-year-old close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa comes months ahead of assembly elections

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Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and a close aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was released on January 27 after serving four years in a Bengaluru jail in a corruption case.

Sasikala, 64, will, however, remain in Victoria Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment for COVID-19 infection. The procedures for her release from jail were completed at the hospital.

She has been lodged in the Central Jail in Parappana Agrahara for four years since February 2017 in connection with the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

A huge crowd of Sasikala supporters lined up outside the Victoria Hospital, raising slogans in her favour and distributed sweets in celebration.

The release comes months ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly elections and on a day when chief minister K Palaniswami inaugurated a Rs 79 crore memorial along Chennai’s Marina beach in the name of Jayalalithaa.

Sasikala will be out of the hospital later this week, but what remains to be seen is what is next for her in the poll-bound state. A lot has changed in AIADMK while she was serving the jail term. Rebel leader O Paneerselvam, who she had ousted from the CM post before going to the jail, is back in the party. The CM she handpicked, K Palaniswami has joined hands with the Paneerselvam.

Many say though she commanded respect for three decades she will not return to politics. CM Palaniswami said recently that she won’t be back in the party. Others said AIADMK will ally with AMMK, the party founded by Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran.

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