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23rd August, 2019


  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces a slew of measures to achieve  higher economic growth; Public sector banks to get capital infusion of 70 thousand crore rupees

  • Government unveils steps to boost demand in auto sector and make home loans cheaper; MSMEs to get pending GST refunds within 30 days, super rich surcharge and angel tax on start ups to be withdrawn. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says his government is tightening noose on corruption, nepotism, and loot of public money. 

  • Centre to take immediate measures to ensure supply of pulses and edible oils at a reasonable price.

  • In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu and Sai Praneeth enter the semifinals of BWF World Championships in Switzerland.


The government today unveiled a series of measures to achieve higher economic growth. It has withdrawn enhanced surcharge on Foreign Portfolios Investors FPIs, restoring the pre-budget position. Surcharge on domestic investors in equity markets has also been withdrawn. Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, in order to encourage investment in capital market, the government has decided to withdraw the enhanced surcharge on long and short-term capital gains arising from transfer of equity shares and units.

The government has also decided to withdraw angel tax provisions for startups and their investors.

The government has also decided for the upfront capital infusion of seventy thousand crore rupees into public sector banks generating additional lending and liquidity to the tune of five lakh crore rupees.

"Additional lending and liquidity to the tune of five lakh crores rupees can be made available by providing this upfront capital for the PSBs. This is announced in the budget we are doing it upfront now. And this will benefit corporates and retail borrowers MSMEs and small traders as well. That we are closely working out the ways in which this flow will happen, how it will flow through the NBFCS and so on in a latest light."

The government has reduced EMI for housing, vehicle and other retail loans by directly linking Repo rate to interest rates. Working capital loans for industry will also become cheaper.

All pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) refund due to MSMEs will be paid within 30 days. In future, all GST refunds shall be paid within 60 days.

"GST refunds for MSMEs this was rampantly heard from a lot of MSMEs saying our refunds are stuck, we are not sure when will be get it, will you give it. Now this clearly time-bound. All pending GST refunds due to MSMEs till now that is shall be paid within 30 days."

Corporate Social Responsibility violations will now be treated as civil matters and not as a criminal one. All tax notices and orders will be issued through a centralized and computerized system to end harassment of taxpayers. All old tax notices will be decided by 1st of October this year.

Measures to boost the Automotive Sector include, lifting the ban on purchase of new vehicles for replacing all old vehicles by government departments.

The government will also allow an additional 15 per cent depreciation, taking it to 30 per cent, on all vehicles acquired from now till March 2020.

Ms Sitharaman said, India's growth in comparison to other countries is relatively better. She said, the country's growth rate is higher than United States and China.

The Finance Minister said, reform has been the top agenda for the government since 2014. Ms Sitharaman said, the momentum with which the government wants to carry out reforms will continue.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the resounding mandate of 2019 Lok Sabha polls was not just for a government, but for building a New India that focuses on ease of doing business while ensuring ease of living.

Addressing the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris ,Prime Minister Modi said in New India action is being taken against corruption, nepotism, loot of people's money and terrorism. Asserting that people gave resounding mandate to the BJP Government for building New India, Modi, said that India is moving fast on the path of development.

In an apparent reference to the revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, he said, there is no scope for temporary in India and that a country of 1.25 billion people took 70 years to remove what was temporary.  On Triple Talaq, he said,  injustice cannot be done to Muslim women in new India.

Mr Modi said India will achieve most of the climate change goals set for 2030, in the next year and a half.

Prime Minister reached France yesterday in the first leg of his three nation tour to France, UAE and Beharain. He met French President Emmanual Macron and held bilateral talks.

Briefing media about the talks in Paris, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the talks demonstrated that France and India are true strategic partners in a host of issues that concern the global stage. Topics that were discussed include the forthcoming G7 meeting where the issue of environmental crisis and global warming is set to play a huge part. The Foreign Secretary clarified that President Macron clearly stated that issues between India and Pakistan be sorted out bilaterally.

Earlier today, the Prime Minister held talks with his French counterpart Edouard Charles Philippe and discussed issues of bilateral and mutual interests to further boost the comprehensive strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Modi, will arrive in United Arab Emirates late tonight during the second leg of his tour.

"UAE will honour Prime Minister Modi with its highest civilian award , the Order of Zayed tomorrow in a ceremonial function at the Presidential Palace in recognition of the pivotal role played by him in enhancing bilateral ties between the two countries. PM is also expected to launch the RuPay card “to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad” for the Indian tourists and expats living here. Apart from the high level talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relationship, Prime Minister, along with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohd Bin Zayed, is also expected to  jointly launch the commemorative stamp on Mahatma Gandhi to mark the 150 years of the birth anniversary celebrations of Bapu. Kanchan Prasad, AIR News, Dubai."


Food and Consumers Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today said that the government is monitoring the rise in prices of pulses and oils during the last few days. In a series of tweet, Mr Paswan said, the main reason behind this is the creation of an environment of artificial boom in prices of pulses and oils by the hoarders. He said, the government will take immediate action against hoarders.

The Minister further said, the government has a large stock of pulses and oilseeds. Mr Paswan said, his Ministry has written a letter to Agriculture Ministry to immediately sell the pulses and oilseeds purchased through NAFED, especially the mustard and gram in the market, so that the consumers can get pulses and oil at a reasonable price.


Over two hundred accounts have been suspended by Twitter which were spreading fake narratives on Jammu and Kashmir situation in social media during the last week. Majority of these accounts were being operated from Pakistan. Recently, there has been a flood of fake news about people sufferings in the Kashmir valley. A careful analysis shows that such news stories are nothing but a farce and far from reality.

Old videos and photos are being circulated in social media which have been claimed as recent pictures of Jammu and Kashmir. This is again a fake news. A couple of Pakistani media channels shared a ten-year old photo and made false claims.

Highly placed official sources said, only those people who supported terrorism in the valley are upset with the government's move to remove Article 370. Hence, rumour-mongers and fake news factories aided and abetted by forces inimical to India must be shunned.


The Asia-Pacific Group, APG, of the global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering has put Pakistan in the Blacklist for its failure to meet its standards. The APG of the Financial Action Task Force, FATF, has also found that Pakistan was non-compliant on 32 of the 40 compliance parameters of terror financing and money laundering. The officials said, FATF APG meeting was held in Canberra, Australia and the discussions lasted over seven hours over two days.


In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu entered the semifinal of the women's singles BWF World Championships being held in Basel, Switzerland. She defeated Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan in the quarterfinals today.  In the men's singles, B. Sai Praneeth will clash with Indonesia's Jonatan Christie later this evening. Earlier, K. Srikanth, H.S. Prannoy and Saina Nehwal suffered defeat to bow out of the event.


Snapping its three-session falling streak, market benchmarks, Sensex and Nifty, today gained on expectations of FPI tax roll-back and measures by the government to boost growth of the economy.

"Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 228 points or 0.63 per cent to end at 36,701. Nifty, at National Stock Exchange, also surged 88 points or 0.82 to settle at 10,829. The rupee at forex market also appreciated 15 paise to 71 rupees and 66 paise against the US dollar. Arjun Chowdhury, AIR News "


President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the people on the eve of Janmashtami. In his message, Mr Kovind said, Janmashtami is a day to commit ourselves to the life and teachings of Lord Krishna and called upon people to take a resolve to imbibe these timeless and universal values and follow them for the betterment of their lives and the world.

In Uttar Pradesh, all preparations have been done to celebrate Janmashtami.  The main function will take place in Mathura -the birthplace of the deity. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in Mathura and across the state.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on All India Radio on Sunday at 11 A.M. It will be the third edition of the programme after Mr Modi assumed office during the second term.

The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and AIR website, www.allindiaradio.gov.in. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of the PMO, I&B Ministry, AIR and DD News.

AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will also be repeated at 8 P.M.


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