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Jammu & Kashmir : GST likely to be implemented from Friday midnight

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Srinagar, July 7:  Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is likely to be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir from Friday midnight ending all confusion and speculations on whether the state would become part of the ‘one country, one tax’ system.

The presidential order extending Amendment 101 to the state was received here earlier on Friday.

Following this, the state assembly in session took up the Jammu and Kashmir State-GST Bill for discussion and adoption.

State Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said: “It will be a special GST, but not a separate GST.”

“It will protect the autonomy we have and strengthen it further.”

A Raj Bhawan spokesman said: “The presidential order contains safeguards to maintain the special status of the state and the legislative powers under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir.”

After the bill is passed by the state legislature, the State-GST Act 2017 would come into force and Jammu and Kashmir would become part of the GST regime like the rest of the country.

Opposition National Conference boycotted the assembly session calling the passing of the GST resolution on July 5 “a sham”.

Independent MLAs also abstained in protest.

Congress legislators, however, attended the session, but later walked out.

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Fodder scam: Lalu Yadav gets five years jail term in third case

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Ranchi, Jan 24: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was convicted in the third fodder scam case, granted five year’s jail term by a special CBI court here on Wednesday.

Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra also sentenced to five years in the  prison.

Along with the imprisonment, the court imposed fine of Rs 5 lakhs to both leaders.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad announced the judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This is the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

At present, the RJD Chief is in Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Central Jail, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was sentenced five years’  of jail term.

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Won’t Let Padmaavat Release, says Karni Sena Chief

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Jaipur, Jan 24 : The Supreme Court’s green signal for countrywide screening of “Padmaavat”  notwithstanding, Karni Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi on Wednesday said the Rajput organisation won’t allow the Sanjay Leela Bhansali helmed to be released as it depicts the Rajput queen in less than honourable light.

“We are adamant on our stand that this film should be banned. January 25 may come and go but we won’t let the film release, come what may,” Kalvi stated.

He urged  people for a self-imposed curfew to boycott the movie that “insults the mother, Rani Padmavati”.

On being asked about the violence being perpetrated in the name of banning the movie, Kalvi stated it was “sad”, but held Bhansali responsible for it.

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Padmaavat Row: Protesters block Delhi-Jaipur highway

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New Delhi, Jan 26: Protesters on Wednesday blocked Delhi-Jaipur highway against Padmavaat release. 

In various parts of the country people are agitating against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh Fort has been also closed as a mark of protest.

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